Next Project, New Exhaust

1967 Reverse LightsNew Exhaust ProjectThe Beetle has had a Abarth exhaust on it ever since I bought it. They’re a great exhaust and they look good, but I’ve never been a fan of the sound. I’m also pretty sure that the tubes to the heat risers are clogged with carbon. One of things that make Beetles unique is the bubbly exhaust. So, I’ve decided the next project will be to remove the Abarth exhaust and replace it with a stock exhaust. I put in the order to CIP1.com today. After a quick inspection of the current exhaust, I noticed that the person who installed it did it right. Looks like the heads have new studs and they also used brass nuts to secure the exhaust to the heads. This area can be a real problem if steel nuts had been used, you can easily snap the studs a part if the nut is rusted to the stud. I’ll still give each nut a good soaking with PB Blaster and take my time when it comes to removing the nuts from the studs. This is one step that you don’t want to get into a rush. So hopefully, the new exhaust will be delivered in the next week or so and I’ll put together a “how to” on replacing the exhaust.

Pre ’68 Reverse Lights Install

1967 Reverse Lights1967 Reverse Lights1967 Reverse Lights1967 Reverse Lights1967 Reverse Lights1967 Reverse Lights1967 Reverse LightsI’ve always loved the look of the pre-1968 reverse lights on the old Beetles. I believe that the early 1968’s still had the same setup as the 1967’s. I thought I’d try to incorporate the pre-1968 reverse lights into Mabel just to see what they look like. Finding OEM reverse lights is very difficult and if you do find the lights and the brackets in decent shape, they’re way too expensive to be experimenting with. So I opted for the EMPI reproduction lights. I ordered these from Moore Parts Source out of Anaheim, California. For the price, I’m very pleased with the quality. If you didn’t know they weren’t OEM, you’d never guess. Even though the bumpers are different on the ’68 and ’67, the brackets for the lights still fit perfectly. All in all, I’m very pleased with the outcome. They look like they’ve been there for 50 years. Total time spent on the project was about 2 hours.

Avon Beetles

Avon Beetles

Shauna and Lenora have managed to get me 2 of the 3 Avon Beetles that were released in the 1970’s. Oddly enough, both of these are full of cologne and sort of smell like Old Spice…..I’m only missing the blue one, but I’m sure in time, we’ll find it. Shauna was also able to get me the VW Rabbit that is also full of the same cologne. They’re a nice addition to the collection.

New Die Cast and a New Redline

More VW Die Cast1968 Redline Hot Heap1968 Redline Hot Heap1968 Redline Hot HeapLenora knows all of my vices! She got me some really nice additions for the collection. For the VW collection, she got me a VW Bus from the TV series LOST which we finally started watching a week or so ago. She also got a VW Beetle from the movie Forrest Gump. These are the Greenlight Hollywood brand. We’ve got a few others from this manufacturer and they’re nice, quality pieces. She also got me an original “Sweet Sixteen” Antifreeze Hot Heap redline. When you look at this car, it’s hard to believe that it’s 50 years old and has survived to be in this kind of condition. It’s a near mint piece that looks like it’s never been played with. Very, very nice! The redlines are finally adding up. Happy Valentines Day!!!!

Diorama More Bits and Pieces

More Bits And PiecesMore Bits And PiecesMore Bits And PiecesMore Bits And PiecesMore Bits And PiecesJust a few more bits and pieces and this project will be done. Lenora has inspired me to do a 1:43 or 1:18 scale diorama in the future. The biggest satisfaction is making most of these pieces from scratch, most of them, you can’t buy at a hobby shop or anywhere else. When I first thought about this many months ago, I was hoping for an aged, neighborhood shop where everybody takes their car to be worked on late at night, over a few beers and some good music. I think I’m pretty close to that.

Ruby Is For Sale

New DRL InstallPlasti Dipped Bow TieSuper CleanWaxed and Ready2015 Hot Wheels Camaro for sale…..Just turned over 25,000 miles, well maintained, she’s pristine, no issues whatsoever….$21,000 firm…if interested, please message me…

Diorama Update

Diorama ItemsDiorama ItemsDiorama ItemsDiorama ItemsDiorama ItemsAdded some new items to the diorama that I’ve been working on, mainly the tool chest. I had to build this one from scratch to get the right scale and I think it turned out very nice. It’s made of plexiglass (top) and the drawers are made from wire holders for old DB9 connectors. I also made a couple oil barrels for used oil, they’re made of old diodes. I try to make as much stuff as I can from scratch, makes the process more interesting. I also got the headlights and taillights painted on the flatbed. It’s coming along nicely.