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…]

Roof Rack Build

In PiecesRoof RackTest FittingTest FittingTest FittingReceived my roof rack today that I ordered from the Dune Buggy Warehouse in Hamilton, Ohio. Price was decent, looked like the same one found on every other web site that sells them. Build was easy, quality was good, fitment was excellent, those are some of the pros. Here are some of the cons. The kit was missing 14 washers (as per instructions) and 4 bolts. However, the kit did include 6 extra nuts. Guess the Chinese still have a problem counting. Anyhow, its as good as I expected, maybe even a little better. It gives me the look that I was trying to achieve and Im satisfied. Even found a period correct cooler from a friend.

New Turn Signal Switch

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 testedworks like a charm!

12 Volt Aux/USB Input

12 Volt/Aux USB Input12V Aux/USB Input12V Aux/USB Input12V Aux/USB Input12V Aux/USB InputFresh Air BoxFresh Air BoxOne thing the 68s lacked was a cigarette lighter. Since I dont smoke, I have no need for a cigarette lighter, but I do have a need for a 12 volt aux, better yet, a USB connection to charge my phone when needed since Ill be using it as my radio/mp3 player. I was at our local auto parts store this morning looking for a license plate cover for my wifes motorcycle and came across this 12 volt aux/usb input. I immediately thought itd fit perfect underneath the ashtray and it was only 8 bucks, so I figure what the heck. I needed to clean up the nasty ashtray anyhow and since it had the autostick shift pattern decal that needed to come off, I thought itd be a nice little project this afternoon. I was going to be cleaning up my fresh air box anyhow. The 12 volt aux/usb bracket fit perfectly underneath the ashtray just as I had hoped. I used high durable double sided tape to secure it after I cleaned up the ashtray a bit. Ran the ground wire into the ashtray which made for a perfect ground, one less wire to run. The hot wire runs through an existing hole that used at one time to mount a radio or CB, just made the hole a little bigger, inserted a rubber grommet, worked like a charm. I ran the hot wire to the back of the fuse panel to #2. Its only hot when the key is on. I was going to have it continuously hot, but the USB unit has a little l.e.d. light that would stay on all of the time. Buttoned everything up, tested it and its perfect. Finished with a little cleanup of the fresh air box, then took her out for a drive around town, enjoying this nice spring weather! Waiting on the arrival of my bamboo parcel tray and bluetooth speaker. Thatll be next weekends project!

Bamboo Parcel Tray

Bamboo Parcel TrayBamboo Parcel TrayGot the new bamboo parcel tray that I ordered from cip1.com. Happy with the quality of the build, came with necessary hardware that Ill have to figure out. Two screws and pretty self explanatory, but a large black rubber band that Im not too sure about. Did a quick dry fit before leaving for work, love the look.