2017 Dodge Charger Daytona

2017 Dodge Charger Daytona2017 Dodge Charger Daytona2017 Dodge Charger Daytona2017 Dodge Charger DaytonaToday we picked up our 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona. An early Mothers Day gift for Lenora. We were looking at the Challengers as well, but even though the kids are grown, we still felt the need for a family car with some attitude. This thing is a beast and so much fun to drive. Punch the accelerator and she’ll lay you back in your seat in a heartbeat. More fun times ahead!

Some Roof Rack Bling

Case For Roof RackCase For Roof RackCase For Roof RackCase For Roof RackCase For Roof RackCase For Roof RackCase For Roof RackCase For Roof RackLast year for Fathers Day, Lenora bought a vintage cooler and straps for me to add to Mabels roof rack. Love the look and get lots of complements on the set up. I still wanted to add one more item just to offset everything. A couple of weeks ago I came across an old camera case at work that was going to be thrown out. Nice aluminum case with 50 year wear, but still in very good condition. To bad the camera was long gone. I thought it’d compliment the cooler and add the offset that I wanted. I wanted to put some kind of decal, logo or something on it just to spruce it up a bit. I found a picture on the web that I thought would be nice so I printed out a few on the colored laser jet and started kicking around some ideas. I ended up settling for what you see in the pics above. I aged the paper print with some brown and black spray paint. I was just going to glue the paper to the case then clear coat over top of it but I didn’t know what affect this may have on the laser jet ink. So after some quick research, it appeared that Mod Podge was the way to go. Once I had the “sign” looking the way I wanted, I taped off the area on the case, applied some Mod Podge, then laid the paper sign in place. I used a damp sponge to remove any air pockets and to carefully smooth out any wrinkles. I took the heat gun with a low setting to help dry the Mod Podge. Let it sit for a while to finish curing, then did the same thing to the other side of the case. Once both sides of the case were dry, I applied a generous coat of Mod Podge over top of the paper sign and let it dry. Final step was to spray both sides with acrylic flat clear coat and let it dry. Nice little project and I’m pleased with the outcome!

Update:
Roof Rack BlingRoof Rack BlingVW Roof Rack BlingVW Roof Rack BlingVW Roof Rack BlingVW Roof Rack BlingVW Roof Rack BlingSo I decided to add a couple more decals to the case. I remember as a kid, a local VW dealership in my hometown. The owner of the dealership was Bill Niesel. Much controversy surrounded Bill Niesel when his wife was kidnapped in murdered in August, 1974.

New Arm Rests (repost)

The previous owner of Mabel had about 95% of the interior restored when I bought her. One thing that has bugged me was the lack of arm rests on the door panels, my guess is that they ditched the old ones when the door panels were replaced. Have been looking for months for a good deal on OG arm rests and finally came across one the other day while searching the classifieds on TheSamba.com. Got in contact with the seller and he made me a deal that I couldnt resist. 20 bucks for OG arm rests and mounting hardware that are in excellent condition. Couldnt pass up the deal, hopefully theyll be here in a few days. Now I just have to get the door panels off without screwing them up.

New Arm Rests / HandlesNew Arm Rests / HandlesNew Arm Rests / HandlesNew Arm Rests / HandlesThe OG arm rests / handles that I ordered for Mabel came in the mail yesterday, so I got them installed this evening. Now we can shut the doors without rolling down the windows. Had been looking for originals at a decent price for a couple of months and finally came across a set the other day on TheSamba.com. Thanks to Ralph Hopper (user TSVW) for a great deal and extremely fast shipping.

New Turn Signal Switch (repost)

Old Turn Signal SwitchNew Compared To OldSolder All ConnectionsWas going to wait and do this tomorrow, but not really tired, so it got done tonight. The OG turn signal switch had seen better days. The plastic pieces had started to disintegrate years ago. I ordered a replacement from CIP1 last week because their having a huge sale the whole month of March. Pleased with the price, pleased with the quality. As you can see in the first pic above, it was certainly time to replace the switch. The new switch can be used in other VWs besides the Beetle, so not all of the wires will be used. You can cut out the ones you wont use, making it easier to get the wires through the steering column. Then its just a matter of splicing everything together. All of the wires are color coded, so its hard to get them wrong. I soldered all of my connections to ensure good contact. Put everything back together, then tested, works like a charm!

New Bumpers (repost)

Old BumpersOld BumpersOld Bumpers OffOld Bumpers OffBumper MountsBumper MountsGetting Ready To RaiseRaisedAccording to UPS, my new bumpers should be here tomorrow. Which means that this evening was a perfect time to remove the old ones, dress up the bumper mounts and have everything ready to install the new ones when they arrive tomorrow. Hoping the quality is satisfactory. I ordered mine from Parts Place Inc. Theirs were the same price as most every place else, but their shipping was about a third of what everybody else wanted. Guess Ill find out tomorrow. So anyhow, I removed the OG bumpers, pulled the bumper mounts and spent the evening sanding, cleaning, priming and painting them. They were in pretty condition, just some surface rust and fading, so they cleaned up nicely. I also cleaned the OG horn. Had time to spare, so I put the Beetle up on car stands and adjusted the front beam. I really needed to raise it a couple of inches for every day driving this spring and summer, so I figured Id go ahead and knock it out tonight. Really like it slammed to the ground, but its just not practical for me to drive it that way. For car shows and get togethers, I may knock it back down a couple of inches.

Bumper Brackets PaintedRefurbished Bumper BracketsClean HornCleaned Up The HornNew BumpersNew BumpersNew BumpersGetting Some SunGetting Some SunNew BumpersNew BumpersRefurbished BracketsNew BumpersStarted early this morning with the anticipation of my new bumpers being delivered by UPS. Installed the bumper brackets that I spent all evening yesterday cleaning, sanding and painting. Im very pleased with the way they turned out, they look brand new. I also gave the horn the once over. Cleaned it and hit it with a fresh coat of paint. I also installed my 68 speedo that I refurbished the other day. The 69 speedo that I refurbished last week was working very well, but I really needed to know if I solved the problem with the speedo whine in the 68. So while I waited for my UPS delivery, I swapped speedos and hit the road. Smiles from cheek to cheek! The 68 speedo works perfectly and is quiet as a mouse! And the new gels look awesome. I wouldnt hesitate taking on this task again, may even do it on the side for people who want to give their speedo a fresh look. Now that I know the 68 speedo is good to go, the 69 speedo will go to the classifieds. UPS arrived around noon with my Brazilian bumpers. Carrying them from the UPS truck I quickly noticed one big different between them and the bumpers I removed from the car. They weigh about 1/3 less. I unpack them, give them once over and for the most part, Im pleased. Definitely not the same quality of the OG bumpers, but for my application theyll be fine. My next concern was fitment. Ive read horror stories about these bumpers not fitting well at all. But I actually had these installed in about 25 minutes. They fit perfectly. I used the same bolts that I removed from the OG bumpers, but opted for new washers and nuts. For the price, I couldnt be happier, but if this car was going to be left outside in the weather, Id be real concerned. Look at the pics and judge for yourself. Over all, a very productive day!

Oil Bath Freshening (repost)

New License PlateDirty Oil BathOil Batch LatchOil BathOil BathRaining outside, so I decided to freshen up the oil bath. Had planned to do it this weekend anyhow. Removed the clips and cleaned them up. Spent a few hours prepping for paint, then gave it a few fresh coats. I’ll let it dry over night then put it back on.

Oil BathOil BathOil BathFinished with the oil bath freshening. Let the paint cure over night and this morning. Very pleased with the result. May try to find the missing parts for the cable control flap. Since this was a one year only design, it may be hard to find. Next project in the engine bay is to clean up the engine bay insulation.

Finding Mabel, Our 1968 Beetle

Super BeetleOur New ToyFresh Motor'68 Beetle InteriorSo, in our quest to find a regular Beetle, our week started last Friday with a viewing of 3 Beetles in our local area, all within 40 miles of each other. The first one, a 1970 Beetle, the owner was asking $7995 for it. The guy had too much sentimental value on the car. It was decent, but certainly not a 8000 dollar Beetle, more like a 3000 dollar Beetle. The other two were within 5 miles of each other, so I checked them out before work. A 73 Beetle with the asking price of $3996. And it was on a used car lot. [Read more…]