Sneak Peek

ThermadorJust a sneak peek of what’s on the way. Next project coming up soon!

Just Some New Pics

VW Hub Cap ClockVW Hub Cap ClockUpdated BlingUpdated BlingUpdated BlingUpdated BlingJoe's Crab Shack BucketFan UpdateThis past Sunday, we visited the Cincinnati Zoo, then stopped at Joe’s Crab Shack in Bellevue, Ky. on the way home. I immediately noticed the Corona and Miller Lite buckets sitting on all of the tables. I thought the Corona bucket would be a great complement to our J C Higgins cooler so I inquired about purchasing one. Our cool waitress checked with her manager and she told us that it was cool just to take it with us. So, props to the Joe’s Crab Shack in Bellevue, it’s a perfect complement to our J C Higgins cooler. I also replaced the center logo on the fan that I installed last weekend, just to make it look even more VW. I like the little details that we can add to these cars just to make them that much more personal. I also updated our VW hub cap clock. Found new clock workings that fit the look a little better.

New Dash Fan

Dash Fan InstallDash Fan InstallDash Fan InstallDash Fan InstallDash Fan InstallDash Fan InstallDash Fan InstallDash Fan InstallDash Fan InstallDash Fan InstallDash Fan InstallDash Fan For Our 1968 VW BeetleDash Fan For Our 1968 VW BeetleDash Fan For Our 1968 VW BeetleDash Fan For Our 1968 VW BeetleA week or so ago I took Mabel to a local car show. Unfortunately, it was very hot outside and the temp inside the car was even worse even though it was a short drive. I was looking around for window mounted or dash mounted fans and found many modern, plastic fans and blowers available. I wanted something that at least looked a little vintage but still worked well. I my mind, I was visioning the old school bus fans that were used to help keep the drivers cool. I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for, but I did find a ALEKO CF02 mini (6″) fan that looked pretty close to the look I wanted. It was advertised as having an adhesive base for mounting, but that part wasn’t true. This fan is pretty heavy, no way any adhesive is going to secure it. Anyhow, I ordered it, it arrived and I was pretty satisfied with the quality. But as I mentioned, for it’s size, it’s pretty heavy. Obviously, there was no way to mount it to the windshield, so I had to come up with a way to mount it to a flat dash without drilling any holes or doing anything to make it permanent. So after kicking around a few ideas, I figured I’d let the weight of the fan work to my advantage. I used a piece of 1/8″ scrap aluminum to make a bracket that would straddle itself between the top of the dash and windshield rubber, then used the screw for the dash pad to keep it from moving. After a few hit and misses, it worked like a charm. Threw on a little paint and it looks like it could’ve been there the whole time. The fan cost $16.99 on Amazon and I’ve got about 3 hours in the whole project. I’ll call this one a success…..

The 12 volt auxiliary had already been added. You can see how I did it by clicking here!

Odds and Ends

Raising MabelRaising Mabel2018 Dodge Challenger Fuel Filler2018 Dodge Challenger Fuel FillerTaking care of some odds and ends this evening. Had to raise Mabel a couple of inches in the front to keep her from scraping and leaving sparks down the highway. I’ve got her as high as I can with my current setup, hopefully no more scraping the ruts in the road. I also replaced the chrome fuel filler door on our 2018 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack. Wasn’t a fan of the chrome, decided that the matte blacked looked so much better.

1968 Redline Hot Wheels Custom VW Beetle

1968 Redline Hot Wheels Beetle1968 Redline Hot Wheels Beetle1968 Redline Hot Wheels Beetle1968 Redline Hot Wheels BeetlePulled the trigger and purchased this while it was still available. These move fast and to find one in excellent condition is rare. 1968 Redline Hot Wheels Custom VW Beetle. I’ve been wanting one for a very long time and this one became available for a very nice price. Depending on condition and color, these usually range in price from $80 to $300. It’s a nice find and it’ll be a nice addition to the collection.

Product Review & Planning Ahead

There are many necessary tools needed for the repair and/or regular maintenance of your vintage VW. I thought it’d be a good idea to share some information on those tools from time to time that may help others out.

Titan Magnetic Parts TrayTitan Magnetic Parts Tray

This first is a must have for working on any car. There’s nothing worse than losing nuts and bolts when it’s time to put everything back together. I use this Titan Magnetic Parts Tray that I believe I bought on Amazon for a little over 7 dollars. It has a magnetic base that allows it to hang securely from your toolbox, car hood, etc. They come in various shapes and sizes and they’re a great to keep your parts organized while you work.

 

13mm Half Moon WrenchNext is a Half Moon Wrench, size 13mm and 11mm. If you’ve ever tried to remove your carburetor or generator stand without one, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Yes, it can be done with a regular open face or boxed wrench, but this 6 dollar investment makes things so much easier. I picked this one up on Summit Racing for about $3.50. It’s a must have!

 

Carb Rebuild KitNew Fuel LinesI had planned on doing some regular maintenance on my carburetor before it got too cold outside, but since the Beetle is running fine, I think I’ll wait til spring. I had it apart last fall to replace the float, but I didn’t clean or replace the jets as I had planned. I also think my accelerator pump diaphragm isn’t working as well as it should. Ethanol in today’s fuel is hard on the diaphragm and it’s probably a good idea to change them every couple of years or so. I’m also going to relocate the fuel filter to underneath the car and away from the engine bay. I know that there’s much debate on this, but I still feel that it’s a good idea. I picked up this rebuild kit and new fuel line from the Dune Buggy Warehouse a while back, it has everything I need for the carb rebuild. I believe the rebuild kit was around 12 dollars and 1 meter for fuel line (the good stuff) was around 13 dollars. You can never have too much spare laying around.

Aussie Trim

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I’ve been wanting to do this project for a while, just never got around to it. I’ve always been a fan of the Australian trim on the vintage Beetles and I wanted to try and replicate it the best I could with my own spin. The idea was to use reworked metal trim, but after many failed attempts, I decided to go with the more modern ABS trim. It was easy enough to work with. I’m happy with the outcome, not perfect, but I like it. And if I don’t like it in a couple of years, I can always remove it. I won’t do a step by step, the pics pretty much speak for themselves, but if you have any questions, please feel free to ask. You can do this project for less than 20 dollars. I did take this opportunity to order new door handle seals. I just installed these in March of this year and they have already deteriorated. I know it’s a cheap part, but nonetheless, nothing is made like it used to be. I believe I got these from Jbugs.com.