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Old April 1st, 2014, 01:58 PM   #1
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It seems like I'm either working, sleeping, on the run with the family or on my laptop so my bus hasn't been touched in a while. I lack motivation. Maybe I'm just overwhelmed by the bus project and not focused on the little steps to get it done? Maybe I have ADD and ...damn, forgot where I was going with that. Maybe it's all the tricycles I own or the honey-do list? Who knows, but I can't seem to get my westy done. So...I bought another project.

A rusty '67 bug.





It runs but needs a tune-up and the engine needs to be sealed. It has more oil on the bottom than the Exxon Valdez. It drives but does not give a feeling of confidence going down the road. It stops but it takes a while. It has rust (front apron & tire well, left door, left rear fender, pinholes in channels), it has body damage (front apron & tire well). It is missing parts (both bumpers, hubcaps, SB12 headlight rings, radio delete plate, visors, etc) It has an engine. I haven't looked to see what it is but I expect it to be the original 1500. It has two '66-67 wheels on the front with brand new (nipples on the tread) 26/7.50/15 Mickey Thompson Frontrunners and two smoothies on the back with new 235/70/15s monsters on the rear. I also have two additional smoothies. It has a new aftermarket (stock-style) gas tank. The front pans are original and look new and it has had both rear pans professionally (?) repaired. The horn, interior light and fuel gauge do not work. I think everything else does. The interior is good. No carpet or headliner but the seats have been recovered and it has good aftermarket panels.

The plan: Make it stop. It has a new master cylinder. The shoes are shot so I will replace them and the soft lines for now. If that doesn't work I will go ahead and do the hard lines and wheel cylinders later. I have to change the stance. I want to get a 4" beam and some aftermarket wheels. I have a good pair of 205/65/15s in the shop for the rear so I need some front tires. Pull the engine and clean & detail it. I hate a dirty, leaking engine. I will find bumpers and a new spare tire well and apron. I will replace the left rear fender and weld up the driver door rust. That's the loose plan. Low budget!! My wife wants me to paint is satin black with BRM replicas but I'm not sure. I've had a couple of satin black bugs and I have had a couple of bugs with BRM replicas. Thinking maybe some Torque Thrust replicas or Crestlines or...??? I need new tail light lenses and turn signal lenses. The door windows are stiff and need lubed. I have to get an aftermarket shifter...prefer a Hurst or Berg but we will see what pops up.

If you have anything I need for this and will ship to Florida, let me know.
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Old April 1st, 2014, 02:07 PM   #2
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Looks like a Volksrod to me.
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Old April 2nd, 2014, 10:09 PM   #3
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Leave it as is and put the biggest motor you can in it




How would that be for a sleeper?
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Old April 3rd, 2014, 06:58 AM   #4
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Time for a beam extender and an 1835 engine. Brakes? You don't need brakes! Give it a louder horn instead.
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Old April 3rd, 2014, 02:55 PM   #5
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How would that be for a sleeper?
i agree id just make sleeper out of it
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Old April 3rd, 2014, 05:21 PM   #6
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No big engine going in here...been there, done that. This is just going to be a simple cruiser. I'm going to make it run, drive and stop decent. This will be a simple, get in, turn the key and go car. The goal is simple, cheap and dependable.
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Looks like a Volksrod to me.
I agree with Unkl, looks like a Volksrod to me as well, unless you plan to restore it to like new condition, then it's just another VW Bug

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Old April 6th, 2014, 02:25 PM   #9
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I picked up a set of new wheels for it today at No Dough.
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I have the brake spring kits now along with rear axle seal kits and front inner/ outer bearings. I bought two 145/65/15s for the front from tire rack. I have two 205/60/15s for the rear but noticed one dead is damaged pretty bad so I have to buy rear tires...probably a 195/65/15.

I am building a home-made drum puller to get the front drum off.

I put some masterseries on the door sills. There are some holes there but I do not plan on replacing the heater channels. I may patch them but I doubt it. this car will not be pretty.

I still need a narrowed beam and drop spindles.

I'm still working 3rd shift as a shop supervisor but I'm also covering my old M.E. job while my replacement is out on maternity leave so I'm at work about 13 hrs a day plus the 45 minute commute each way so not much time to work on anything right now. I actually paid a guy to put a new liner in my pool today!!
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I was feeling sorry for you until you mentioned the pool....
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Old April 18th, 2014, 06:31 PM   #12
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I have been work 12-14 hours 5 days a week and 8 hrs on Saturday. No time to work on the bug but I did manage to get the rear axle seals, brake shoes and spring kit put on. Today I was off but it was raining so I took the BRM replicas and tires and got them mounted & balanced.




I put some Masterseries on the top of the heater channels and rattle-canned some tan camo paint on the hood.



The next thing is to replace the front wheel bearings and brakes. Then, I have to buy or build a narrowed beam and lower the rear.
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Old April 27th, 2014, 06:32 PM   #13
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The left front drum was stuck so I made a drum puller.



My 14 yr old son wants to drive the bug so I told him he had to work on it. He got to learn how to replace brake shoes and springs.


We finally bolted the BRM replicas on. The rear tires are 195/65/15s and the fronts are 145/65/15s. I'm broke now but I still need a 4" narrowed beam and some drop spindles. If you have any for sale, let me know. We are not going for the gasser look
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Yeah, you've got the wrong wheels for the gasser look...
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The Lighting bug in the 70's and ran BRM's. A few VW gassers ran them. Just sayin.
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If I was smart I would spend money on wheel cylinders, hoses, drop spindles and a beam so I could get this pig on the road.

I'm not smart.
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I started the bus and drove it around the yard...noticed it was pouring oil out. I think it might have blown an oil cooler seal. That's what I get for not doing my usual engine pull, clean, paint & reseal like I usually do to a "new" VW
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