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Pinto-Engined Baja Bug Couldn't Hide In The Desert Forever

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If you were into hot-rodded Beetles during the Late Malaise Era, as I most certainly was, you probably remember the small-print ads for the "Pinto Beans" adapter kit from the back pages of your favorite VW magazines.

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There was a certain demented-yet-awesome logic behind the concept: ditch your Beetle's lightweight, air-cooled Type I engine and replace it with a heavier, water-cooled engine of much larger displacement. Hey, with a Baja you'll be hacking off the rear body anyway, right? The creator of junkyard-worshiping Patinaproof spotted this fine Pinto Bean-ated Baja at a local South Bay self-service wrecking yard last week and sent in a few photos for our enjoyment. He has since gone back and pulled the adapter plate and flywheel, which he plans to sell to an ambitious 24 Hours of LeMons team, so it's too late for the rest of you to score this setup for the engineless Baja Bugs rusting in your driveways.

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AlienProbe
AlienProbe

Hahah! You guys are all funny. Handling? Weight distribution? Stuff that makes sense?

Blasphemy.

This car is prime representation of automotive glory that does not make sense. In fact, it is so senseless that it makes sense for representing senselessness at its purest.

Who cares if it would handle like a death trap. I would rock that car out cruising at 30 Mph on Hampton Beach.

Ohhhhhhh, and it would feel so good.