A/b: 1999 VW Rail

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Q: How long have you owned this car?

A: It’s been titled since the summer of 2000. But this is not a car that we purchased – we built it from the ground up.

Q: Is there anything unique about the history of this car?

A: The one point I have always mentioned to everyone I have met is that she was built from the ground up in our garage. Tubes cut, bent and welded all within the confines of a garage being shared with my father’s 1963 Beetle and my other toy at that time, a 1967 Myers Manx fiberglass dune buggy.

Q: What was your objective with this car?

A: In two words: road trip. I wanted a car that I could drive across the country with, get good gas mileage and really see what America is like. I have driven to Wisconsin before and have seen the plains of Indiana, but didn’t smell the harvest being sowed. I have seen the waterfalls on the sides of the cliffs through the Blue Ridge mountain range, but wanted to feel the weather change between turns and have the water splash in my face – I want to be able to experience everything that makes this country great.

Q: What tuning style would you describe this car as?

A: My style. I have no really apparent style to lay claim to. Maybe clean or sand sport? I only design a car that I can tastefully build.

Q: Who helped you build this car?

A: Terry and Bonnie Coppens (my parents), Jim and Ray Neideheiser, and many of the good folks from TheSamba.com for when I could not find the answer myself.

Q: What makes your car special?

A: Ho about the fact I have driven just around 30,000 miles and have never had a problem with tuning that couldn’t have been fixed with a flat head screwdriver?

Q: What is your favorite part/feature/function?

A: The engine, by far. She went from a humble 1600cc single port with just enough power to get out of her own way to one fine beast. She’s now a healthy 2,276cc dual-carbureted hellion. She displaces more cubic centimeters than my Jetta and is more fun to drive.

Q: Who or what inspired the direction of modifications on this car?

A: It would have to have been my good high school buddy who rode a motorcycle everyday to school. He’d always be bragging about how every day, whether it be hot or cold, dry or raining, he would be able to experience what everyone else was merely seeing.

Q: What don’t you like about this car?

A: I never thought of storage when building this car. Of all things considered, the glove box by far is the one thing I miss the most.

Q: What would you change if you could?

A: Nothing, except for a glovebox. I built it to tour and have fun with. I have never regretted any decision made when building up my toy.

Q: On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with the outcome of this project?

A: By far a 10. This is the only toy I have that I can take my friends with or take with me on a road trip.

Q: What would you do to the car if money were no object?

A: I’d run a 5 speed transmission and a turbo set up for the engine.

Q: Who has been your biggest critic of this project?

A: My mom, by always asking why I did this and that.

Q: What do your family and friends say about this car?

A: Friends: That’s legal for the street? Parents: So when are we gonna be able to go out this weekend??

Q: What is your favorite place to drive this car?

A: The Tail of the Dragon, at a cruising pace.

Q: What is your ideal day with this car?

A: Driving up and down A1A in Florida, just taking in the fresh beach air.

Q: Who gets to drive this car?

A: Three very close friends. Me, Myself and I.

Q: If your car had a motto, what would it be?

A: “Get Railed!”

Q: What was your previous project?

A: My Myers Manx.

Q: What is your next project?

A: A 1966 Beetle Convertible – color to be decided.

Q: What one word best describes your car?

A: Wow.

Owner Information:

Name- Matt Coppens

Address- Naples, Florida

E-mail- suckmyexhaust@kein-reis.com

Occupation- Parts and Accesories at Harley Davidson

Club Affiliations- VOLKSAHOLICS of Naples

Vehicle Information:

Year- 1999

Make- Volkswagen

Model- Rail

Mileage- 33,000miles

Original Color- Blue Metallic

Current Color- Blue Metallic

Engine- Boxer 4

Engine Modifications- Dual carbs; ported and polished heads; chromoly rods; mild racing cam and a few other secrets

Exhaust Modifications- Ceramic coated dual outlet baffles

Transmission Modifications- N/A

Suspension Modifications- Front: Stock beam; Rear: Coil over shocks

Brake Modifications- stock

Wheels and Tires- Centerline rims; front tires; Nankang N812s; rear tires: BFGoodrich Trail T/As

Exterior/Body Modifications- Just your normal run of the mill custom-made rail buggy

Interior Modifications- Beard Racing seats in the front; Xtra fiberglass rear seats

Top- Peppy’s Auto Interiors

Audio/Video/I.C.E.- N/A

Thanks/Props- My parents who help me through the headaches; Jim and Ray Neiderheiser for help on the wiring and installing the windshield and again – everyone from theSamba.com for all of their advice and don’t-do-thats.

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