Thanks for the info. Speedfreak, I just sent the guy a check and should have your car in about a week. I'll let you know how it drives when I get it.
I hope you can laugh at that--I know I did.
I have to admire you for not giving up on your quest for the Sterling. I hope it's everything you expect it to be when you finally get one. Best of luck to ya. Also, I know this is a given, but you will post pictures when you get it right.
"When it rains, we all get wet, the Pope and the prostitute"-Santana
Yes, I believe the '62 has the link-pin set-up. I'm assuming you're looking for something with good street performance. I can only offer that a link-pin set-up is usually sought after by the off-road junkies. I've got a '61 Bug w/ a Baja set-up. The link-pin front suspension is known for being very durable in off-road applications. The design is such that it can take a whole lot of abuse (i.e., jumps) before failure.
I'm not sure if a ball-joint suspension results in a significant change in handling. It is a somewhat weaker configuration, but I don't think you'd be running a Sterling across the desert.
Adam is correct - there is a huge after-market for bug parts - and relatively inexpensive too. There's a lot of upgrades available including front disks, shock towers, etc. - so you shouldn't worry about that.
BTW - it wouldn't suprise me if there is a similiar internet forum (like SBW) for VW enthusiasts. Perhaps you can get lucky and find a site where you can get a more definative answer.
...I don't want a pickle
I just wanna ride my motor - sickle...
actually ive looked for forums & even posted.. the thing is.. there are so many of them. instead of 2 or 3 really good forums.. it seems all i could find in the vw world was little villages instead of a large metropolis. interesting though that the link pin is stronger.. i assumed different.
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