New Horn Ring

New Horn RingNew Horn RingNew Horn RingNew Horn RingGot my new horn ring, contact kit and center cap from M T Manufacturing in the mail today. Compared to the original horn bar and center cap, Im very pleased with the quality of the repo parts. I was going to order from AirHeads, but they didnt have the horn rings in stock and hadnt for a long time. Since Ive ordered form M T before and have been pleased with the products Ive ordered from them, I went with them on the horn ring and center cap. The horn ring is period correct to my Beetle and Im really happy with the look. With the horn bar, it just looked like something was missing. Install took about 10 minutes, everything fit as it should, horn works as it should. Ill call this one a success! Ill put the horn bar that I removed in the classifieds.

Rear Shelf Project Part 3

Rear Shelf BuildRear Shelf BuildRear Shelf BuildRear Shelf BuildRear Shelf BuildRear Shelf BuildRear Shelf BuildRear Shelf BuildMade a trip to Hobby Lobby to pick up material to wrap up the rear shelf project. I had planned to use the same vinyl that I used on the trunk liner project, but found something else that I thought would work and look a lot better. Best way to describe it is like a very think, heavy duty felt. With material and staple gun in hand, I began to stretch, fit and staple the material to the rear shelf. Very happy with the end result, it fits perfectly, at just the angle that I wanted it to. All in all, a very easy project with minimal costs. The plywood that I used was scrap that I had laying around, I have right at 7 dollars in material and a total of about 2 hours time in the project. If youre wanting a rear speaker shelf and dont want to fork out 60 dollars for some crappy aftermarket piece, this project is easy enough for just about anybody with a power saw, jig saw and a couple hours to spare.

Rear Shelf Project Part 1
Rear Shelf Project Part 2
Rear Shelf Project Part 3

Rear Shelf Project Part 2

Rear Shelf BuildRear Shelf BuildFinished sanding all of the edges, getting everything symmetrical. Applied 2 layers of felt to give it a little padding. I think Im going to use the same vinyl that I used for the trunk liner. Will hopefully have everything wrapped up this weekend.

Rear Shelf Project Part 1
Rear Shelf Project Part 2
Rear Shelf Project Part 3

Rear Shelf Project Part 1

Rear Shelf BuildRear Shelf BuildRear Shelf BuildRear Shelf BuildRear Shelf BuildRear Shelf BuildRear Shelf BuildRear Shelf BuildRear Shelf BuildRear Shelf BuildSo I decided to start on the rear shelf project today. Id priced some online, but just cant justify paying 60 dollars for a flimsy piece of material when I can build something a bit more beefy for a lot less. I wanted something strong that I may end up mounting speakers beneath, but still light enough that it can be easily removed. So I decided to make my own rear shelf out of 1/2 plywood that will be covered either in carpet to match the interior or some type of industrial material that will blend well. Remember to measure twice and cut once. Got this one on the first try, test fitted perfectly and it gives the look that Im going for with the stability of heavier material. I glued and screwed a support that will keep the shelf from bowing or sagging over time. All thats left to do is find the right material to cover it. That search begins tomorrow. And the best part, other than my time, it hasnt cost anythingyet!

Rear Shelf Project Part 1
Rear Shelf Project Part 2
Rear Shelf Project Part 3

New Window Regulator and Pop Out Window Latches

New Pop Out Window LatchesChanging Window RegulatorNew Window RegulatorWhen I replaced all of the door seals, scrapers, etc. last month, my gut told me to splurge and replace the window regulators while I was at it. I ignored that gut feeling and with the windows fitting much tighter with the new rubber, the drivers side regulator gave out last week. I was rolling the window up and it just began to spin. Lesson learned. Im sure the passenger side will be next, but Ill wait for as long as I can before I have to replace it. I ordered a replacement regulator from jbugs.com for $64.95. Price was reasonable, quality was acceptable. It pretty much matched the quality of the original regulator, only the support brace at the bottom of the regulator was different. The replacement was only ribbed on the top where the original was ribbed on the top and bottom. Other than that, it was pretty much the same. Now what really sucked is that my 1968 uses the same regulator as the 65, 66 and 67. They changed mid year in 1968 to the newer (and easier to replace) regulators. What I figured would take an hour or so to replace ended up taking 3 hours. Cussing was involved, plus a couple of bloody fingers. Fitment was pretty good, it was just a bear to replace, I had to remove the vent window assembly to remove the old regulator and install the new one. But once it was done, it worked perfectly. The window is still tight in the new rubber, so I hope this replacement regulator stands up to the test. While I was at it, I went ahead and replaced the rear pop out window latches. I cleaned the originals a few weeks ago and decided against buying new ones, but the originals just didnt clean up as good as I thought they would so I ordered new ones from Jbugs.com for 49.95 each (ouch)! The quality is as good as the originals though and youd never notice the difference between the new ones and the originals. Installing the clip that secures them to glass can test your patience, especially with new rubber. All in all, a nice evening project and Im happy with the result.

New Trunk Liner

New Trunk LinerNew Trunk LinerNew Trunk LinerGot my new trunk liner from Wolfsburg West today. Very pleased with the fit, quality and price (minus the cost of shipping which was more than the cost of the product). Just what Mabel needed to dress out the trunk a bit. Made from the same material as the original liner, youd be hard pressed to tell the difference.

Door and Window Seal Replacement Part 5

Door Refresh CompleteDoor Refresh CompleteDoor Refresh CompleteDoor Refresh CompleteSo this evening I had planned on working on the passenger door to get as far along with it as I could. Four and a half hours later, the project is complete. Everything went together so easily on the passenger door that I was able to finish. Didnt take a lot of pics because everything was pretty much laid out and explained when I did the drivers door, no need to repeat everything. So with this final post on the project, Ill share some thoughts, tips and other info that may help you if you decide to do this. First and foremost, I have to give props to the kit that Jbugs.com sells. Not everything was perfect, but the important stuff was good quality German parts that fit correctly and made the install so much easier. They also supplied a dvd to provide tips and info. They made good on a mismatched part (window crank handles) and the prices were very competitive. Alright, on to the insight.

Things To Know:
1. Plan your project out! Know what you need for your particular year of Beetle and make a list. Ask others who have already done this project for their input. I didnt order my kit, my wife bought it for me for Christmas. Jbugs and a couple of friends were very helpful and let her know everything down to the last detail that was needed to rebuild the doors. You cant always tell by looking what youll need to purchase. Some of the original parts may have been eliminated over the years. Dont forget the little things.
2. Again, spurge and buy the quality parts. Not only do they look better, but they fit better and are easier to install. Truth is, the quality parts arent that much more expensive.
3. Know the tools youll need in advance and have them on hand when you begin your project. Nothing worse than having to stop to buy or borrow a tool that you dont have but need. Soapy water and WD40 will be your best friends.
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