Vintage Radio Install Part 2

Vintage Radio InstallationVintage Radio InstallationVintage Radio InstallationFinished installing the vintage radio into the Beetle this evening. Had to remove the air intake to install the back support for the radio. Installed the speaker and buttoned everything up. Very pleased with the end result, wouldnt hesitate to do it again.

Vintage Radio Installation

Vintage Radio Install Part 1

1968 VW Beetle Vintage Radio Install1968 VW Beetle Vintage Radio Install1968 VW Beetle Vintage Radio Install1968 VW Beetle Vintage Radio InstallIve been wanting to install a vintage radio in the Beetle for some time now and last week I came across a great deal on a new old stock Tenna Ranger that is period correct. So I received the radio in the mail the other day and was excited to open the box that had been sealed for over 47 years. This is the same radio kit that the dealers wouldve installed at the dealership after you purchased your new Beetle. My next hope was that the radio would actually work after being tucked away that long. Regardless of whether it worked or not, it was going to get installed. So last night, I began the install process. The hardest part so far was removing the dash pad material that would open the hole for the radio. This stuff is extremely tough. But after an hour or so of chipping away at it, the opening was clear and ready for the install. The radio slid right in and locked into place. Next, it was a matter of feeding the wires through the back and connecting the antenna. At this point, it was time to test the radio. Hot wire was connected to the fuse bus, ground wire was secured, wire for the radio light was piggybacked off of the speedo light and the speaker was temporarily connected. To my amazement, the radio fired up, all of the controls and the light worked and even the speaker worked. I was very, very pleased. I quickly tuned in an AM station and listened to the sounds of the 60s and 70s. Next, Ill install the rear support for the radio (air intake will have to come out temporarily to gain access), install the speaker and button up the wiring. Hope to get it finished up tomorrow night.

1968 VW Beetle Vintage Radio Install

Deck Lid Wall Light Project Part 3

VW Deck Lid LightVW Deck Lid LightVW Deck Lid LightVW Deck Lid LightVW Deck Lid LightBetween last night and this evening, I got a lot done on the deck lid wall light. Got the shelf stained and sealed, it turned out exactly the way that I wanted it to. Made a trip to Hobby Lobby and picked up the light for the license plate hood. Got all of the wiring secured. Modified the license plate hood so the light would fit properly. Put everything together and hung it for a test fitting. Im already working on another unit for a friend of mine, so Im using the orange license plate hood until I can get my blue one put back one. Still waiting for the seal for the license plate hood, hopefully that will be here tomorrow or Friday and I can wrap this project up and call it complete. Im very happy with the way it has turned out so far. Hope to get a pic of the finished product in a day or two.

Finished Product:
Finished Light / ShelfFinished Light / ShelfGot the seal for license plate hood in the mail today, so I buttoned up this project. So I ended up with less than 20 dollars in the whole project, but keep in mind, many of the parts where donated. Looking forward to finishing another one for a friend who donated some parts to this one. Im very, very pleased with the way it turned out.

Deck Lid Wall Light Project Part 1
Deck Lid Wall Light Project Part 2
Deck Lid Wall Light Project Part 3

Deck Lid Wall Light Project Part 2

LED's InstalledLED's InstalledLED's InstalledLED's InstalledI got the LED strip installed on the inner part of the deck lid that will provide back lighting. A friend of mine had ordered a bunch of these on Ebay, so he gave me a set to test. The strip can be cut and soldered in various lengths and double sided tape secures it to the deck lid. These are RGB LED strips, so they can display just about any color at any brightness. Pretty cool! A little bit of cable management and so far, Im very happy with the results. Just need to make it to Hobby Lobby to pick up the light for the license plate housing, stain (maple) and seal the shelf, then hang it. Ive already got a request for 2 more.

Deck Lid Wall Light Project Part 1
Deck Lid Wall Light Project Part 2
Deck Lid Wall Light Project Part 3

Deck Lid Wall Light Project Part 1

VW DecklidIll just leave you guessing with this pic. But Ill tell you this.it will not go on a car. It will have a lot more rust on it when Im finished. It will be functional and serve a purpose. I dont have a plan for this project, Im just winging it as I go. Dont want to have a lot of money into the project, so Im using spare parts around the garage. If I can do what I want to do for less than 50 dollars, Ill be very happy!

VW Deck LidStarted with a donated deck lid from a friend of mine. It was actually in really good condition, so I began the process of aging it a bit. Trying to make it look like its been sitting in a field for about 20 years. Started by replacing the license plate light hood that I had laying around, also ordered a gasket for the hood. So far, Im 12 dollars in to the project. Finished the night with some light sanding. BTW, as a rusting agent, Im using 1 part white vinegar, 1 part hydrogen peroxide and 1 part table saltheat the area, apply the mixture and let it sit. Works like a charm!

Rusting VW Deck LidModified License Plate HoodFinished doing all of the sanding that Im going to do on the deck lid. The idea is to have it look like its been sitting in a field for many years. As I mentioned before, I used a mixture of table salt, hydrogen peroxide and white vinegar on the bare metal to start the rusting process. So far, Im very pleased with the results. I also had to modify the license plate light housing to accept the new light that Ill be using. Still need to make a trip to Hobby Lobby to find what Im looking for.

Clear CoatedFinished the rust enhancement, sanding and got everything clear coated in a satin finish. Mounted the license plate, cleaned up the deck lid release and fitted the license plate light hood. Ordered the proper seal for the hood, should be here some time next week. Still need to make a trip to Hobby Lobby to pick up the light, then I need to determine if Im going to make this just a light fixture or a shelf. All in due time. 🙂

VW Deck Lid ShelfVW Deck Lid ShelfGot the wood cut for the shelf and the VW badge installed. Still havent decided exactly what Im going to do with the shelf. I cut this prototype out of 212, I dont know if Im going to stay with that or maybe try a 112. Also dont know if Im going to stain the wood or paint it. The overall weight of the entire display is much lighter than it looks. Hanging it, even while using the 212 for the shelf, shouldnt be a problem. So far, Im very pleased with the results 🙂

Deck Lid Wall Light Project Part 1
Deck Lid Wall Light Project Part 2
Deck Lid Wall Light Project Part 3

New Window Regulator and Pop Out Window Latches

New Pop Out Window LatchesChanging Window RegulatorNew Window RegulatorWhen I replaced all of the door seals, scrapers, etc. last month, my gut told me to splurge and replace the window regulators while I was at it. I ignored that gut feeling and with the windows fitting much tighter with the new rubber, the drivers side regulator gave out last week. I was rolling the window up and it just began to spin. Lesson learned. Im sure the passenger side will be next, but Ill wait for as long as I can before I have to replace it. I ordered a replacement regulator from jbugs.com for $64.95. Price was reasonable, quality was acceptable. It pretty much matched the quality of the original regulator, only the support brace at the bottom of the regulator was different. The replacement was only ribbed on the top where the original was ribbed on the top and bottom. Other than that, it was pretty much the same. Now what really sucked is that my 1968 uses the same regulator as the 65, 66 and 67. They changed mid year in 1968 to the newer (and easier to replace) regulators. What I figured would take an hour or so to replace ended up taking 3 hours. Cussing was involved, plus a couple of bloody fingers. Fitment was pretty good, it was just a bear to replace, I had to remove the vent window assembly to remove the old regulator and install the new one. But once it was done, it worked perfectly. The window is still tight in the new rubber, so I hope this replacement regulator stands up to the test. While I was at it, I went ahead and replaced the rear pop out window latches. I cleaned the originals a few weeks ago and decided against buying new ones, but the originals just didnt clean up as good as I thought they would so I ordered new ones from Jbugs.com for 49.95 each (ouch)! The quality is as good as the originals though and youd never notice the difference between the new ones and the originals. Installing the clip that secures them to glass can test your patience, especially with new rubber. All in all, a nice evening project and Im happy with the result.

New Trunk Liner

New Trunk LinerNew Trunk LinerNew Trunk LinerGot my new trunk liner from Wolfsburg West today. Very pleased with the fit, quality and price (minus the cost of shipping which was more than the cost of the product). Just what Mabel needed to dress out the trunk a bit. Made from the same material as the original liner, youd be hard pressed to tell the difference.