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The 66 Baja Transmorphification of Coolness: Part 1

The service department at Chirco sees a ton of projects go through it every year. It’s not uncommon for the shop guys to do 2 or 3 engine builds, 19 “make my car pass emissions”, 7 tune-ups, 6 or 7 carb rebuilds, 20 or so fix my broken cables and still put time into the resto projects we have every week!

I’m not trying to brag, but are shop guys can fly….like literally fly….and their knowledge of air cooled VWs is right up there near the tippy top.

66 type 1 vw chirco vw parts

Kevins 66 Type 1…Before

That being the case it’s not suprising that Kevin brought his 66 type 1 here to have it transformed into a cool 66 Baja! Ken said the car got hit, or hit something and the front end was damaged so he thought it would be cool to turn his street car, all lowered and what-not, into a Baja. Kevins’ son Collin was hangin out with him. I asked if it would be Collins’ car and before he could answer, Kevin said “….ummmmm no.” ???? We’ll see.

The car has been here for a few days so I went to take a few pics.

7 Piece Baja Kit by Chirco.com

7 Piece Baja Kit by Chirco.com

Bob and Joe Butler are the mechs assigned to this build. Chirco had the 7 piece baja kit in stock so they went ahead and removed the fenders, hood and pretty much everything except the doors and install the new kit.

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Nice shot of Kevins car…AFTER

Careful attention was paid to the fit and the cut. The 7 piece kit does come with a little extra room on the pieces so measuring and trimming is important. Naturally the Chirco Super Soldier Shop Freaks are meticulous. The cut to line up the fenders was absolutely perfect! I suppose a person could do this kind of thing all on their own, but it helps to have an extra set of eyes, not to mention, hands, legs, spleens and elbows.

1641cc Air Cooled VW Engine built by Chirco.com

1641cc Air Cooled VW Engine built by Chirco.com

The engine was built by Bob in like 2 days I think. It’s a 1641cc with a single Weber Progressive carb. It’s pretty much the Chirco 1641 engine rebuild kit, with a few special touches. The exhaust system is a Single Quiet System.

Bob thinks it’ll be a pretty sweet power-plant for this car.

air cooled vw throttle tube chirco.com

A Hose on your Throttle Tube is a good thing.

Joe Butler, “Junior Mint Mechanic” and all around cool guy pointed out a little somethin to me. He said they use a little piece of hose with a slit in it to help hold the throttle tube in place. It stops it from rattling around and from ending up in places you wouldn’t want it to end up. ????

rear baja bumper at chirco.com

Rear Baja Baby Buggy Bumper ????

We also had the Bumpers in house. The guys sent it out for paint so it has a nice clean look. The front bumper got the same treatment. You can also see the other parts of the 7 piece baja kit. Now if you’re thinking you don’t want or need all 7 pieces, you can order them individually. Note: The fenders are sold in pairs though.

interior parts for vw at chirco.com

Great job on the interior by Kevin’s Wife.

The interior wasn’t actually done by us. Kevin’s wife did it. I don’t know if she used one of our interior kits or what. I do know that it’s a very very nice job and worth showing you. I was told she went on YouTube and found headliner videos and everything she needed. Really a nice job….impressive.

That’s gonna be it for part 1. I’m told a tire and wheel choice has been made and the raised spindles should go on soon and then we’ll have a roller!

It’s pretty bada_s to get a chance to see builds like this happening every week around here. We’ll go get some more shots and get part 2 up here as soon as we can.

Thanks for reading.

-TC

Chirco Reviews

Jesse Rayne Swazey
Jesse Rayne Swazey
18:04 31 Oct 22
Great business everyone is awesome . Anything V.W you can get there.
Dawn Butler
Dawn Butler
20:09 12 May 22
Love this place, people there are like family, vibe is always welcoming .
G N.R.
G N.R.
23:54 11 May 22
Great place. Legit Bug Shop. Very honest guys!
Tim Ferguson
Tim Ferguson
08:50 22 Dec 21
Go see Frsnk or Joe for your VW needs
Mike Weidig
Mike Weidig
17:06 18 Dec 21
Great palace to buy VW stuff
Mike Martin
Mike Martin
23:18 16 Dec 21
Great dudes! Full of knowledge!
John Tucson
John Tucson
20:05 25 Nov 21
You gotta Bug? They got the parts!
Bobby Garcia
Bobby Garcia
00:30 22 Nov 21
Excellent service and real professional workers love this place
Chase Willeford
Chase Willeford
00:20 03 Nov 21
Awsome place super helpful
Carter L4Y
Carter L4Y
02:20 23 Sep 21
Awesome people, great prices, my personal favorite local shop!
Mr Steve
Mr Steve
19:53 23 Jul 21
Very helpful group with more than just the usual aftermarket parts.
pat wood
pat wood
17:30 12 May 21
Great VW products and prices, backed by friendly staff, and they are super knowledgeable too! I can't say enough good things about Joe, Frank, John and the rest of the gang. I've learned a ton from them all. Plus they make you feel like family every time you walk in the door. I wish more automotive retailers did the kind of job they do! Such a standout business, plus every year they throw an awesome Bugtoberfest celebration. I've been going for the last 5+ yrs and I wouldn't dream of missing it! Thank you for always taking excellent care of this amateur hobbyist!!!
Dale McCraw
Dale McCraw
12:53 12 May 21
I found Chirco while researching my Baja Bug project. You cannot ask for a nicer better staff who is always ready to give you technical advice on any project and help you find any parts you need. Their wealth of knowledge about anything VW is unsurpassed. Their willingness to help you through your project is amazing. This is the only place I use to get my stuff. My only negative comments which may not be all their fault is the time it has taken to get my parts, and the shipping seems really high compared to other places.
Angelo
Angelo
20:39 24 Apr 21
Great store.All around VW heaven.
Tim Schantzen
Tim Schantzen
20:49 27 Mar 21
Prices reasonable and they say they will match prices. I have never tried to see if they do. They have been able to get the parts I needed in good time if not in stock for a 63 bug.
Doug McDowell
Doug McDowell
19:33 05 Mar 21
Chirco Is the best. I had a little part confusion which was EMPI's fault But Joe is taking care of it no worries. My buck goes to Chirco. Thanks Joe
jhary 13
jhary 13
13:52 12 Feb 21
Very good, i dont live in the US and the shipping is really fast
Ron Johnston
Ron Johnston
11:58 11 Feb 21
👍✌️🚘🚘Chirco automotive is your one stop shop for all things VW. They always have everything in stock and their prices are some of the most competitive in the industry. I ❤️love the fact that you could go in to just buy a five dollar part that you need for your old Volkswagen bug and joe The owner is behind the counter and treats you like you’re spending 1000 bucks💵Always friendly they know everything in the world about Volkswagens🚘. I’ve been getting parts and service from them for over 20 years and have never been let down. Heck one time I called ☎️📞and I needed a starter and it was close to closing time ⏰and they said they would stay open until I got there. And you got to go to the bug Tober fest. Keep up the good work Chirco automotive 🥇🏆👍we need you we appreciate you and you guys are the best!!!!! Bear down Arizona!!! Go wildcats!!!✌️👍🚎🚙✅🏆🥇😁👍
Michael Werch
Michael Werch
00:41 28 Jan 21
Always ready to help with all your air/water cooled needs!
Ron Johnston
Ron Johnston
11:41 31 Dec 20
👍✌️🚘🚘Chirco automotive is your one stop shop for all things VW. They always have everything in stock and their prices are some of the most competitive in the industry. I ❤️love the fact that you could go in to just buy a five dollar part that you need for your old Volkswagen bug and joe The owner is behind the counter and treats you like you’re spending 1000 bucks💵Always friendly they know everything in the world about Volkswagens🚘. I’ve been getting parts and service from them for over 20 years and have never been let down. Heck one time I called ☎️📞and I needed a starter and it was close to closing time ⏰and they said they would stay open until I got there. And you got to go to the bug Tober fest. Keep up the good work Chirco automotive 🥇🏆👍we need you we appreciate you and you guys are the best!!!!! ✌️👍🚎🚙✅🏆🥇😁👍
Great place and wonderful staff and so helpful.
Andrew Kent
Andrew Kent
13:38 09 Dec 20
Locally owned Volkswagen specialists. Great service and competitive prices on parts and repairs.
James Mundy
James Mundy
17:37 09 Nov 20
Joe and his shop is a honest business, they will work with you and do what they say. Wonderful environment and wonderful gentleman that work there. All your volkswagen needs are here.
Ron Johnston
Ron Johnston
07:37 06 Nov 20
👍✌️🚘🚘Chirco automotive is your one stop shop for all things VW. They always have everything in stock and their prices are some of the most competitive in the industry. I love the fact that you could go in to just buy a five dollar part that you need for your old Volkswagen bug and joe The owner is behind the counter and treats you like you’re spending 1000 bucks. Always friendly they know everything in the world about Volkswagens. I’ve been getting parts and service from them for over 20 years and have never been let down. Heck one time I called and I needed a starter and it was close to closing time and they said they would stay open until I got there. And you got to go to the bug Tober fest. Keep up the good work Chirco automotive we need you we appreciate you and you guys are the best!!!!! ✌️👍🚎🚙
Rick Adams
Rick Adams
19:27 03 Nov 20
First time working on air cooled motors, Joe explained everything to me and got me all the correct parts and tools I needed. Great bunch of guys ! Machine shop guys was great also!
Ron Johnston
Ron Johnston
16:43 20 Oct 20
Chirco automotive is your one stop shop for all things VW. They always have everything in stock and their prices are some of the most competitive in the industry. I love the fact that you could go in to just buy a five dollar part that you need for your old Volkswagen bug and joe The owner is behind the counter and treats you like you’re spending 1000 bucks. Always friendly they know everything in the world about Volkswagens. I’ve been getting parts and service from them for over 20 years and have never been let down. Heck one time I called and I needed a starter and it was close to closing time and they said they would stay open until I got there. And you got to go to the bug Tober fest. Keep up the good work Chirco automotive we need you we appreciate you and you guys are the best!!!!! ✌️👍🚎🚙
Bill Ridenour
Bill Ridenour
20:54 27 Sep 20
Very knowledgeable parts people. They have everything one needs for a vintage VW.
Art Emser
Art Emser
15:25 12 Sep 20
best selection of aircooled vw parts in town. Also try Bugs n buggies if they dont have what you need
Lewis Mitchell
Lewis Mitchell
22:08 10 Sep 20
They have better availability on parts for 50 year old cars than some chain auto parts stores have on last year's cars. If you want stock replacement or to customize your bug go here.
Ron Johnston
Ron Johnston
10:08 06 Sep 20
Chirco automotive is your one stop shop for all things VW. They always have everything in stock and their prices are some of the most competitive in the industry. I love the fact that you could go in to just buy a five dollar part that you need for your old Volkswagen bug and joe The owner is behind the counter and treats you like you’re spending 1000 bucks. Always friendly they know everything in the world about Volkswagens. I’ve been getting parts and service from them for over 20 years and have never been let down. Heck one time I called and I needed a starter and it was close to closing time and they said they would stay open until I got there. And you got to go to the bug Tober fest. Keep up the good work Chirco automotive we need you we appreciate you and you guys are the best!!!!! ✌️
michael mcconnell
michael mcconnell
02:42 04 Jul 20
Awesome company! FedEx misplaced my order for a couple weeks and the owner himself called me to resolve the issue when it wasn't even their fault! They definitely have me as a customer from here on out. Thank you!
lhopf32 .
lhopf32 .
16:28 03 Jul 20
Chirco's staff have been great! Being a new Bug owner, I really appreciate the time they take to answer all my questions.
rocco lindsell
rocco lindsell
02:24 24 Jun 20
Great prices and awesome customer service.
Original X Man
Original X Man
22:25 26 May 20
I want to start off by giving a big THANKS to the Chirco staff. I have only had my Baja a little over a month now but they all have been very helpful in everything I’ve needed. If I didn’t understand something they explained it very well. I took the Baja from something that hadn’t run in two years or so and got it moving again, I couldn’t have done it with the help from them and the extensive parts selection they have.
2047tommy thompson
2047tommy thompson
02:24 25 May 20
Love this place. They have everything you need for VW air cooled engines
Brent Engelhart
Brent Engelhart
18:03 02 May 20
Best shop in town know what they are talking about and getting my big road ready love these guys and will continue to shop local.
Al Smith
Al Smith
01:46 09 Mar 20
Have purchased thousands of dollars of engine parts, brake parts, transaxle assembles and front end assembles. Great place to purchase your VW components. All of my parts were right on point. Were shipped to my to my delivery point. Can't go wrong with this business!!! Al
Derrick Ian
Derrick Ian
23:45 06 Jan 20
They have always had exactly what I have needed from my 1965 Baja, to my 1974 super, always willing to give advice, the staff knows their stuff, and they have a large stockpile of parts, the only place I get my VW parts.
James Horner
James Horner
22:41 21 Dec 19
Awesome place! They have everything for the old school VW! Staff is very friendly and knowledgeable!
David Taylor
David Taylor
18:27 20 Dec 19
These guys really know their stuff. Joe is very understanding and so are all of his staff..Highly recommended for anything to do with VW Bug parts!
John Konieczny
John Konieczny
17:43 14 Dec 19
Awesome service have all the parts you need
John Konieczny
John Konieczny
17:43 14 Dec 19
Awesome service have all the parts you need
Jessika McCoy
Jessika McCoy
19:44 19 Oct 19
They are so friendly and knowledgeable at Chirco! Definitely recommend for anyone who needs parts and great service.
Scott Woodburn
Scott Woodburn
20:34 16 Oct 19
These guys were great. Frank took almost two hours find the right parts I needed. Will definitely be going back for more parts and expertise.
J T W
J T W
05:32 24 Sep 19
These guys are great and very helpful! Prices are fair and parts are quality.
steve mcdaniel
steve mcdaniel
03:44 27 Aug 19
The best place to get your VW repaired..
steve mcdaniel
steve mcdaniel
03:44 27 Aug 19
The best place to get your VW repaired..
Logn Carter
Logn Carter
05:19 20 Aug 19
Great service, reliable and very fast. I was in and out in about 10 minutes even when I ordered quite a bit.
Sandy Edens
Sandy Edens
14:49 09 Aug 19
I went here for a Volkswagen car show also wslked around in store very clean lots of parts and employees were awesome
Sandy Edens
Sandy Edens
14:49 09 Aug 19
I went here for a Volkswagen car show also wslked around in store very clean lots of parts and employees were awesome
Mike Baldwin
Mike Baldwin
19:22 21 Jun 19
Front end rebuild, windshield replacement was a good experience with one of the best shops I’ve been to. Safety issues were found and resolved on my 1954 VW. John, you’re the best!
Mike Baldwin
Mike Baldwin
19:22 21 Jun 19
Front end rebuild, windshield replacement was a good experience with one of the best shops I’ve been to. Safety issues were found and resolved on my 1954 VW. John, you’re the best!
Mary & Terry Toth
Mary & Terry Toth
17:21 25 May 19
Very good people to work with they really know there stuff I recommend highly Terry & Mary
George Russell
George Russell
17:30 23 May 19
Regardless of whatever else I've had for cars I've always had at least one VW. Reliable and easy to work on. Chirco is without question the best place around Tucson to get quality VW parts and service.
joe gardner
joe gardner
19:38 07 May 19
i live in hawaii and its hard to get parts. the guys at chirco has made my experience much easier.. thank you guys.
Kurt van opstal
Kurt van opstal
02:57 01 May 19
I buy some times parts from. Them. For. My company fun buggy, Punta cana, Dominican Republic. Making tours with beach buggy's. I like there good service and quick shipping
Jeremy Mate
Jeremy Mate
20:13 07 Apr 19
I love chirco Automotive, great people, great shop and awesome showroom!!
Jason
Jason
23:37 27 Mar 19
Awesome people!!! And they have had everything I've needed so far
Doninik L
Doninik L
05:01 17 Mar 19
Best place in Tucson to get you vw fix. They are knolagable and can help you out with just about anything you need
Britten Rosenberg
Britten Rosenberg
00:32 10 Mar 19
Being a VW onwer and live very close buy I have been there a lot. Staff is very knowledgeable and are very friendly. Joe the owner is a good guy and will help you get what you need.
Robert Barracco
Robert Barracco
04:07 03 Mar 19
Nice people Quick Service had what I needed very good experience
Tim Miller
Tim Miller
20:33 10 Feb 19
Great service, very helpful staff. Great prices.
Randy Best
Randy Best
00:26 16 Jan 19
Old aircooled dub paradise. I restore old VWs and this place always has what I need.
Adam Kowalczyk
Adam Kowalczyk
20:41 08 Jan 19
Plenty of V W dune buggy parts, and lots of knowledge.
Peter Sollenbarger
Peter Sollenbarger
02:35 08 Dec 18
Joe Chirco is a great guy with a great team to help him out. they are very knowledgeable about all VW and more.
Keith Rae
Keith Rae
19:02 18 Oct 18
Awesome place. Great staff. Usually have what you need
Dillon Faulkner
Dillon Faulkner
21:43 26 Apr 18
Plethora of parts for any buggy needs. Y’all are dumb if you can’t figure out what your own toy needs to get up and running. Can’t blame a parts store for your ignorance.
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