Checking in from the coast of maine
Well, I have been hanging around the site for months now and finally thought I should write something. I have been working on vw's now for quite some time. My dad taught me how to drive in his '60 bus and my first vw was a 64 convertible that I bought with 16K miles for $350 back in 1968. I had been in an accident and needed all 4 fenders, pass door rear deck and top replaced. I worked on that for a year before I actually got my license. From there I had a couple of other bugs, moved onto diesel rabbits in the 80's. Had a diesel bus for a time as well.
Several years ago I bought an 81 diesel caddy that had been sitting in the woods rotting away for 17 years. Paid $300 for it!
Didn't run, had no floors, strut towers mostly gone, etc. Everyne said that no one in their right mind would start a project like that.....but I have now been driving it daily for a year. Runs like a top and about 50 mpg. I figure that I have about 3 grand into it not counting my labor...
2 years ago I picked up a complete but sadly neglected and VERY rusted 66 bug and have been busy with that.
Last summer I rebuilt the pan and all the suspension components. Over the winter I good friend let me use one of his garage bays and I have been working on the rusted body.
I discovered this site and have been so impressed with the work that all of you do I thought that perhaps my next bug I would venture into a roof chop.....then I realized that at my age, there might not be enough time left for another so got out the sawzall and started in.
Been a long winter, but I pretty much have the roof back on and in the next week or so hope to tow it back home to work on this summer.