Beer Tap Handle Shift Know & Boot

Beer Tap Handle ShifterBeer Tap Handle ShifterBeer Tap Handle ShifterBeer Tap Handle ShifterBeer Tap Handle ShifterBeer Tap Handle ShifterBeer Tap Handle ShifterBeer Tap Handle ShifterBeer Tap Handle ShifterBeer Tap Handle ShifterBeer Tap Handle ShifterBeer Tap Handle ShifterBeer Tap Handle ShifterBeer Tap Handle ShifterBeer Tap Handle ShifterBeer Tap Handle ShifterBeer Tap Handle ShifterBeer Tap Handle ShifterBeer Tap Handle ShifterBeer Tap Handle ShifterBeer Tap Handle ShifterBeer Tap Handle ShifterI replaced the stock shifter in the Beetle a few years ago and I’ve been very happy with this EMPI Trigger Shifter. It’s smooth and tight. I did paint the shifter knob to match the exterior of the Beetle, but I always hated that cheap looking plastic base. I’d had plans for a long time to change the knob with a beer tap handle and to add some kind of shifter boot. A few weeks ago, I finally found the beer tap handle that I’d been looking for. There are some really nice and decorative tap handles available, but since Michelob ULTRA is currently my choice of beer (gotta watch those carbs), I decided to go with it! Oddly enough, the brass fitting on the tap handle was the exact same size as the shifter rod, but the threads were different. Since brass is so soft, I just re-tapped it with the correct thread pattern and it fit like a charm. But this being a trigger shifter, the gap needed between the brass fitting on the tap handle and trigger was unsightly. I needed something that would fit over the trigger “tube” but still allow it to be slid upwards. I guess if I had a lathe, I could turn a piece of brass that would work, but I don’t have a lathe or the expertise run one, but I did have some pvc pipe laying around with the correct inside diameter for the trigger tube. I just needed to flare one end to fit over the brass fitting on the tap handle. Nothing a little heat from the heat gun couldn’t handle. I just heated the pvc and slid it over top of the brass fitting. Once I was satisfied and tested it, I gave it a couple coats of brass paint and it looked like it’d been there forever. [Read more…]

Vintage Flower Vase Install

Vintage VW Beetle Flower VaseVintage VW Beetle Flower VaseVintage VW Beetle Flower VaseVintage VW Beetle Flower VaseVintage VW Beetle Flower VaseVintage VW Beetle Flower VaseVintage VW Beetle Flower VaseI’ve been wanting to install a vintage flower vase for a long time. However, to find an original is rare and if you do and it’s for sale, expect to pay upwards of 300 dollars. M & T MFg. sells a reproduction that is amazing, not only in detail, but also quality. Best part, it’s only 20 dollars. So I ordered one a week ago or so, it arrived the other day and I was very pleased with it. I knew that I was going to mount it to the right of the speedo, but I hadn’t figured out how. Initially, I was going to take the grill out of the dash, but that would’ve been way too complicated. Instead, I put some double side tape on the mount, pushed it into place, then removed the vase from the mount. The double sided probably would be plenty strong enough to hold it in place, but I decided to add a sheet metal screw just for good measure. I thought about using a pop rivet, but that would be harder to remove if I want to in the future. So now, I just need to find the perfect flowers for it.

Mabel Gets Some Bling

OEM Rock GuardsOEM Rock GuardsOEM Rock GuardsOEM Rock GuardsOEM Rock GuardsOEM Rock GuardsOEM Rock GuardsVintage Flower VaseVintage Flower VaseI’ve had these OEM Rock Guards for a while, just never got around to installing them. So this past weekend, I took some time to finally install them. The install is fairly easy, I was going to do a tutorial on the install, but I think it’s to easy of process, anybody can do it. I will provide a couple of tips. Whatever fender you’re working on in the rear, remove the wheel, remove the bottom two bolts on the fender and remove the bolt that secures the running board to the rear fender, it makes the process much easier. No need to remove the front wheels or fender bolts. I did buy some edge trim off of Amazon just to dress the top of the guards, it blends with the fender gasket as well. I’ve been on the lookout for a vintage flower vase for ages, but never lucked into one. They go for big bucks on eBay and other sites, up to $300. M & T Manufacturing sells replicas that are spot on, real ceramic and mount included for $20.00. Very nice quality. I will do a tutorial on the installation as soon as I get around to it.

Mabel Maintenance

Mabel MaintenanceMabel MaintenanceMabel MaintenanceMabel MaintenanceThe other day when I updated Mabel’s fuel lines and performed an overall maintenance inspection, I noticed that most of her vacuum plugs were beginning to dry rot a bit. Nothing major, but something that still needed to be addressed. I also noticed that her drivers side low beam head light wasn’t working properly as well. A quick trip to Amazon, I found the necessary caps for all of the vacuum ports and placed the order. 11 dollars and 2 days later, the vacuum ports are fixed. As for the low beam on the drivers side headlight, a quick spray for contact cleaner on the back of the fuse box took care of that. She’s now road worthy and ready to put on some miles.

Updating Mabel’s Fuel Delivery For Safety

Fuel Delivery UpgradeFuel Delivery UpgradeFuel Delivery UpgradeFuel Delivery UpgradeFuel Delivery UpgradeFuel Delivery UpgradeFuel Delivery UpgradeFuel Delivery UpgradeFuel Delivery UpgradeFuel Delivery UpgradeFuel Delivery UpgradeFuel Delivery UpgradeThere seems to have been a rash of engine fires lately that really grabbed my attention. Common causes seem to be bad/wrong fuel lines, fuel inlet to the carb and fuel filter location. I’ve had 9 vintage VW’s over the years and I’ve always placed my fuel filter in between the fuel inlet on the carb and the fuel pump. Considering the amount of loss that I’ve read about recently, I’ve decided to make Mabel a little safer. New and proper fuel lines (hers were just replaced a couple of years ago), relocation of the fuel filter, new clamps and new threaded barb for the fuel inlet on the carb. The video is pretty much self explanatory, though my video skills aren’t the best. I’ve also provided a list and link to everything that I used. Hope you find the video beneficial.


Inlet that I used:

Inlet that I considered, but didn’t use:

Drill bit for tap, size C:

Tap that I used:

Fuel filter that I use:

Clamps for the fuel lines:

Fuel hose:

New Die Cast and Mabel

Getting Mabel Ready For SpringMore Hot Wheels For The CollectionMore Hot Wheels For The CollectionMore Hot Wheels For The CollectionMore Hot Wheels For The CollectionWe picked up a few new Hot Wheels to add to the collection that we didn’t already have. Been looking for the 50th Anniversary Camaro and Mustang for a while, but only recently found them on the pegs at our local Walmart. I really love the detail on these cars. Also picked up a Delorean that I’ve been wanting, but my favorite find is this Matchbox 50th Anniversary VW Bus. The detail on the bus is second to none, it really is a great casting. I was also able to get our own ’68 Beetle “Mabel” out and about for an early spring drive. After sitting for most of the winter, it was great to get her out for a drive. She’s still driving like a top! We’re looking forward to many more miles with her this spring and summer!

Getting Mabel Ready For Spring

It was nice enough today to give Mabel the once over, check fluids, air and give her a nice cold start to get her ready for spring. All systems are go!

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