Friday, July 18, 2014

Automotif XXXV...

This well-loved VeeDub, rolling on classic Minilites, is a near-daily driver for a tasteful Broad Riparian...
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15 comments:

Kristophr said...

It's nice to see one that hasn't been raped by a V-Dub magazine subscriber.

Gewehr98 said...

Curved Windshield Super Bug, no less!

Anonymous said...

My 1st car was a 1966 VW Beetle (last year of 6 volt battery, headlights were birthday candle bright) and my brother and I drove the hell out of it. Had two gauges on dashboard (speedometer and fuel gauge) with pull stems for lights and emergency flasher. No A/C - heater was furnished with center levers that opened vents that would melt your tennis once the car engine was warmed up. Power nothing of course. 1600 cc if I remember correctly - joy to work on, open the hatch and the engine was practically in your face.

Thanks for the memories.

Scott J said...

Dang. Second post in a week making me miss my 1970.

Paul said...

You got some interesting wheels in your neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

Nice. I drove a 72 Standard Beetle through HS and College. I only gave it up because it developed a problem and wouldn't start and Northern VA is too hot/humid from May till October if you're wearing a suit (which I did at the time). I miss it and have considered buying another one now that I have a house with a garage. Unfortunately, drivable examples are $3k+ around here.

Chris

mostly cajun said...

Not a classic Type 111. That's the Type 113 'Super Beetle', another case of 'new and improved' that isn't.

MC

Scott J said...

"raped by a V-Dub magazine subscriber"

That's how I came not to have mine but in my case it was "VW Trends" circa 1987-89.

I got half way through a (gaudy in hindsight) show car conversion. Never finished because of college. Post college I intended to return it to stock but never made the time to work on it.

Gave up and traded it off in 2011.

Tam said...

mostly cajun,

"Not a classic Type 111. That's the Type 113 'Super Beetle'"

No duh. :p

(As G98 pointed out above, anybody could look at the windshield and tell you that.)

Ed said...

As a former driver of a VW First Generation Type 2 (aks a split windshield "bus" with a 6 volt electrical system and a 1500cc engine), looking at the curve of the windshield immediately identified it to me as a Super Beetle.

My reaction? "Nice Beetle!"

Paul Schwa said...

Be still my beating heart!

tailwind said...

Those wheels look more like Empi than real Minilites.

Darrell said...

My first car was a '63 Beetle. The back end got crumpled, so it got cut off and turned into a Baja Bug (since the back was cut off, the front had to be cut off as well, of course). Put a big bore kit on it, jumped all the way from 1200 to 1300 ccs. Also put some of those chrome double headers on the engine. Then I put a Judson supercharger on it, along with big wheels and tires. It ran like a stripe assed ape. The engine would last about 500 miles per rebuild. Friends and I rebuilt the engine five times in one year. The blower put so much back pressure on the engine it blew the glass packs out of the headers, so I usually drove it with straight pipes. I never got a speeding ticket in it, but a cop once heard it from a block or two away, and followed the sound across town until he caught up with me, then gave me a ticket for excessive motor noise. I got airborne in that Bug many times. You haven't lived until you've been airborne in a VW. I'd cruise the local hot rod alley, coasting through the Mickey D's and A&W parking lots. I'd rev it up, then take my foot off the gas--the blower would spin up, then blow blue flames ten feet out the back of the headers. Sounded so cool! I finally got rid of it and bought a '68 GTO.

JC said...

Beetles always look happy for some reason. Haven;t had one, but they on the bucket list.

Gewehr98 said...

My last one before I left the air-cooled world was a flat windshield Super Bug. It came to me with an Auto Stick. I ditched that like a bad habit and installed a proper 4-speed manual transmission. I think it took all of about 2 hours to do so...