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While in Mexico, I wandered around the downtown area of a nice resort town and stumbled upon one of the coolest VW mods I’ve ever seen. It was labeled the “HumBug.” It was a Super Beetle chassis and a modified Hummer shell, along with 15″ tires to complete the look. It had all of the typical Hummer attachments, spare tire, tool rack, hummer grill, but the engine was still mounted in the rear, and it was standard shift. The seats are molded as part of the fiberglass shell.
Apparently, Hummer took umbrage with the name as it was close enough to claim a trademark violation (seriously!?! Because I’m not confused between the two). So, in Mexico, it can be called the HumBug. In the good ‘ol US, they changed the name to the Wombat.
Thw Wombat is headquartered out of Vancouver, Washington. About as far northwest as you can get, so shipping is a major concern should you decide to go this route. The website is www.WombatCar.com, and has multiple features and galleries of the Wombat mod. These guys are serious in their construction of the Wombat. There is a steel sub-frame under the fiberglass, making a very sturdy vehicle.
If you have a chassis with rusted out floorpans, don;t worry! Knock those things out and recondition the chassis – the Wombat comes with it’s own floor panels in the frame! The kit comes with a wiring harness (with towing plugs) lighting and reflectors. You supply: Running VW Bug Chassis (including engine, transmission, etc.), tires & wheels, fuel tank, interior, seats, windshield glass, wiper motors & wipers, mirrors, paint, bulbs, battery tray & holddowns and (of course) assembly and labor.
The Wombat Car Company
16505 “A” SE First Street
Vancouver, WA 98684
Just when I was about to publish this post, I received a call from my wife. She accidentally skid out in the car and put it in the ditch. Needless to say, i was glad she was alright, but the car was damaged. Strangely enough, the damage was eerily similar to the damage in this ad. The ad about your wife damaging the car. weird.
On that note, Here is a great video of VW Beetle’s meeting both major and minor annoyances:
Built solid, built well, and even floats . . . .
I laughed, I cried. I cried some more.
At least the floorpans were in good shape . . .