The engine, fuel, axles, brakes and transmission chapters are great. Use a chisel and a hammer to remove the welds for the channel that holds the engine to the body gasket, which is on the inside of the engine bay. I found the same links you listed while searching the net, so I guess I'm on the right track. Ball joints can break on anything, in fact its common enough that most people switch to thing spindles. The black and white diagrams have wire color codes. If you are into offroading, I think you'll find the experience dissapointing.
The cars are much easier to find and quality seals, door handles and other stock parts are still available as they are the basis for the Mexican beetles. For the price of the car, the modifications suspension, reinforcement, safety, interior redesign, possible engine mods , you can get quite a good start on a better designed off road car built from a custom welded frame. A tubular steel cage, along with a front and rear bumper, is fitted to the body and floor pan for protection of engine and occupants. Got a little more done today. This isn't very detailed in some sections, but contain a ton of useful info.
Do you want something that works in the dirt or just your typical run of the mill Baja. Near essential would be rebuilding the engine, increasing the engine to at least 1600cc preferably 1800 or 2000cc , which thankfully only needs a cylinder liner and piston replacement, a relatively easy job, and raising the suspension Good ideas would be replacing the drum brakes with disk brakes, increasing the compression ratio, installing a bash plate, bull bar and powerful lights, and replacing the tacho, speedo, and a few other things with digital and more accurate replacements. Muir is a genius in giving normal people instructions, step by step, to complete a repair. Non air-cooled, Jetta-based, modernized, 1997—Present, etc. Keep your garage library stocked with all the manuals and tech books you will need.
At least the cage should be 5 legal, so after you win the lotto, you will have a base to build from. The only race they are racing is against their own class, the ones that finish anyways. Any idea how much you are looking to spend on it. Mixed in with photos of racing action are black and white photos of parts. You seem to be thinking of a stock bug, with a tiny 40kw engine, and no suspension mods.
In many places, you can even get them street legal. Every Baja bug is different and is built to the owner's desires, so use your imagination when envisioning the end result. I have not read through in detail, but it looks great. Click the image and buy at Amazon and I'll get a commission. They are high floatation farm implement tires that have knobs grooved into them and can be purchased through mail order. I guess I could find something like taht on my Porsche but it's not like I would take the car camping. Use a grinder to clean up the cuts and then paint the inside of the engine bay with spray paint.
You should go with an after market system designed for sand and off road use. There's even a diagram of the fuel injection system. I like everything about it. I know I mentioned the Ecotech earlier, but in the dunes they are complete dogs on a car as heavy as a stock framed bug. Did you recently buy it? You may want to consult photos of other Baja Bugs to get an idea of what you want. I'd just hate to see you dump a lot of money into a car and expect a whirlwind experience.
The Bug has a rear-engine layout that lends itself well to being used off-road. This chapter alone will help you choose the right set up for your Bug. Anything else I should be looking for? Chapters cover: Engine preparation, Transaxle and clutch, Front suspension, Rear suspension, Frames, roll cages, and skid plates, Brakes, Off road lights, Electrical mods, Wheels and tires, Fuel tanks, Steps in building a Baja Bug body work , Safety tips, Driving tips, Common field repairs, Appendix, Index. Also, sand will scratch the windshield if you use the wiper blades. The dyno testing covers 40 different engine setups from total stock 1600 cc dual port, to a 2332 monster with every trick. The rear takes alot of measuring and cycling to make sure everything is correct.
Sure they are manuals but you can actually read through them like a book. They're just slow and the suspension will never allow it to keep up with a real off-road vehicle. The nice thing about a new kit is you get the installation instructions. Apply the paint about 10 inches from the surface in smooth back-and-forth motions. Well I certainly hope this helps you build your baja bug.