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    Default It's VW time...

    I think it's time to become a Beetle owner again. I've owned my Corvair since the early 1990's, but I miss my Bug.

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    The picture above is not of my car, but Mine was a 1962.

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    Unable to justify the Q7 $$$, we’re looking at these:

    \"A little too tall, coulda used a few pounds...\"

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    Much to choose from in your locale? Yeah, I think it'd be fun. I'd prefer a 914, but they're even tougher to find.
    There's a lot of things they didn't tell me when I signed on with this outfit....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beowolf View Post
    Unable to justify the Q7 $$$, we’re looking at these:

    Highlander?
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    I like 'em
    In the early '70's I worked in a 2 man shop that just rebuilt VW engines, maybe 4-5 a day.

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    Didn't the early bugs have a small (? 36 HP?) engine, held on with 4 bolts? Talk about simplicity. And fun.

    The 914 my sis had was a 1.8L, 75 hp. I miss that car.
    There's a lot of things they didn't tell me when I signed on with this outfit....

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    I had a whole series of VWs in my 20s and 30s. 40 years later, modern cars have made me realize that in a Bug you're driving around with 10 gallons of fuel in your lap.
    Ask me! I've got my Leatherman!

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    I've had a Mk1 Scirocco Storm,

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    a Mk1 1 litre Polo,

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    A MK3 1.6 Polo,

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    a T4 Long wheel base 1.9 Transporter, which I lived in for 5 years...

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    and currently a slightly boring, yet comfortable and perfectly adequate 1.6 Golf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by George Jung View Post
    Didn't the early bugs have a small (? 36 HP?) engine, held on with 4 bolts? Talk about simplicity. And fun.

    The 914 my sis had was a 1.8L, 75 hp. I miss that car.
    Yes. Drop 100 horse in a big and watch it fly.

    VWs are pretty taxed, nowadays. Air cooled, anyway. I’d love a 68 with a good pan and shoddy body, so we could Baja one.

    HoneyBunny wants a 62 ragtop. Me no likey convertibles, though. And, we ain’t found a 62 rag, yet, that was worth the loot. In 20+ years of searching...

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    Sheesh! 15(? Maybe a few more...) years ago? Whoa...

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    I have a 1600 engine out behind the barn, in the rain...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    I have a 1600 engine out behind the barn, in the rain...
    Single?

    Iíve always thought one would be fun in a boat.

    Peace,
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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    Single?

    I’ve always thought one would be fun in a boat.

    Peace,
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    I can't remember, but probably.

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    Those pushrods make wicked crossbow bolts.

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    Always wondered why Ralph Nader's book on the Beetle didn't seem to do it any harm in the marketplace.

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    Air suckers. Yecchh. At least Corvairs had something approximating heat. OK, the KG I had for a while was an OK summer car.

    I do have to say that back in the day they were cheap to fix: 99 cents for a full gasket set, $70 for 4 jugs & pistons ($125 for German made instead of Pakistani), $35 for a "reman" dual port head (+ core). I sold zillions of those & also did lineboring for customers - $50 to bore including oversize main bearings. $80 including a reground crank with appropriate over outside, under inside mains & whatever rod bearings fit the crank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George Jung View Post
    Much to choose from in your locale? Yeah, I think it'd be fun. I'd prefer a 914, but they're even tougher to find.
    They’ve all rusted away. They were actually built of compressed rust.
    Fight Entropy, build a wooden boat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by George Jung View Post
    Didn't the early bugs have a small (? 36 HP?) engine, held on with 4 bolts? Talk about simplicity. And fun.

    The 914 my sis had was a 1.8L, 75 hp. I miss that car.
    I had a 914 then a superbeetle that the 914's engine went into. Yes, it fits if you do not mind some bodywork to the very rear of the body. They didn't have the 911 style fan kits back then, so all the sheet metal below the decklid needed to be removed. It was a fast bug that tried to kill me several times
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post

    I do have to say that back in the day they were cheap to fix: 99 cents for a full gasket set, $70 for 4 jugs & pistons ($125 for German made instead of Pakistani), $35 for a "reman" dual port head (+ core). I sold zillions of those & also did lineboring for customers - $50 to bore including oversize main bearings. $80 including a reground crank with appropriate over outside, under inside mains & whatever rod bearings fit the crank.
    And the shims...

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    I just changed my turtleback wheels over to moon discs, sort of an LSR look now...

    Every so often I get the urge to sell it and pick up a baja or a rail buggy, but those really are hen's teeth around here.
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    I just sold this (new) beetle. It got 32 mpg, went faster than my Honda, fit my 6' 4" with room to spare, and carried lots of stuff through the hatch. This is my bike in the back. Kinda miss the little thing....


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    Quote Originally Posted by George Jung View Post
    Highlander?
    VW Atlas

    Either that or the new “big” Subaru.
    \"A little too tall, coulda used a few pounds...\"

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    I drive a MKV GTI I bought new in 2009. It's good. I like the original Beetle too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George Jung View Post
    Didn't the early bugs have a small (? 36 HP?) engine, held on with 4 bolts? Talk about simplicity. And fun.

    The 914 my sis had was a 1.8L, 75 hp. I miss that car.
    My brother's 53 had 25hp.
    Ask me! I've got my Leatherman!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lew Barrett View Post
    I drive a MKV GTI I bought new in 2009. It's good. I like the original Beetle too.
    I often miss my ‘10 Mk VI. But commuting 200 miles a day was hard on my bad back.

    Still, it was a fun car.
    \"A little too tall, coulda used a few pounds...\"

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    A coworker converted one to electric and did the whole baja thing. Its a pretty easy conversion as you use the existing transaxle and just bolt on an electric motor. You can still shift the gearbox, though he generally just leaves it in 2nd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beowolf View Post
    VW Atlas

    Either that or the new “big” Subaru.
    Ascent? Turbo -4; close to 300 hp; pulled away from my X3, which surprised me. Look well made and comfortable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J.Madison View Post
    A coworker converted one to electric and did the whole baja thing. Its a pretty easy conversion as you use the existing transaxle and just bolt on an electric motor. You can still shift the gearbox, though he generally just leaves it in 2nd.
    That’s interesting. 12 volt batteries? Where? Got a link?
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    Had a 73 Superbeetle. Liked it.

    I just picked up a Kia Soul for running around in and I have to say, it gives me a similar vibe to my old bug. ( Except no shifting and the heat in the Soul actually turns off when I want it to.) Cheap, utilitarian, funky look.

    One thing a Bug has going for it, compared to other small cars, is relatively large wheel size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by George Jung View Post
    Didn't the early bugs have a small (? 36 HP?) engine, held on with 4 bolts? Talk about simplicity. And fun.

    The 914 my sis had was a 1.8L, 75 hp. I miss that car.
    I was pretty hard on the engines so all my electrics had bayonet connectors so could drop the engine out with out removing the wiring from the engine. Six bricks and a bit of flat ground was all I needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    Air suckers. Yecchh. At least Corvairs had something approximating heat. . .
    Sure. As long as you didn't mind getting your lungs full of oil smoke along with the heat. Miserable o-rings!

    I still think of getting another 2CV occasionally. But, not at all practical - just a summer weekend show car, and I can't afford that.
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    Default Re: It's VW time...

    Quote Originally Posted by George Jung View Post
    Didn't the early bugs have a small (? 36 HP?) engine, held on with 4 bolts? Talk about simplicity. And fun.

    The 914 my sis had was a 1.8L, 75 hp. I miss that car.
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    The closest car I found to an old bug was the Saab 900 before GM took over. It had that same funky flavour but with a different aftertaste
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    "We all have a gift, Frank. Yours will reveal itself. Eventually."

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    My family bought its first VW in 1954. We were living in Wichita at the time. That was when the turn signals were semiphores that came out of the door posts. About the same time, a friend of my dad's bought a split window Porche - also a rarity in that part of the world. Since that first VW, our family has owned 7 bugs, a van, a double-cab transporter, 3 rabbits, and a 914. My brother also owned a 911 and a 356. Those all were fun cars to drive and the air-cooled VWs were easy to work on. I don't even know how to change the oil in the Volvo I now drive.

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