What a great gift! One of my office team found this in an art gallery in Boulder, Colorado. It’s going to make a great addition to out office decor.
It uses a VW Beetle door – and the dog makes a great completion to the piece.
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Getting the Beetle back in shape!
It’s springtime, things are thawed out from a couple months of freezing and snow. It’s now warming up and a perfect time to clean out the garage, fire up the Beetle and let the engine get some oil pumping through it’s veins. What a great day that is!
It started up great – all of the electrical work and carb rebuild from last year really paid off, as it started right up. and it kept starting up – apparently, the accelerator cable got stuck on the carpet and the engine kept on revving up. Immediately, my first project for this year presented itself. Figure out why the accelerator cable is sticking. Then replace the emergency brake – that broke in the fall when I closed up shop on the Beetle.
I got the engine under control, let it run for a while, and then took a nice long ride in the Springtime sun. I stopped to fill up the gas tank on the way home. But later that night, my wife mentioned a strong smell of gasoline coming from the garage. i checked and there was a nice steady drip coming from the engine compartment. I started looking around and attempted to work the fuel line behind the engine compartment, where I saw the drips emanating. Unfortunately, that’s when i realized that there was a completely different problem – old hoses.
I had drained the fuel over the winter, and in the dry weather, the old hoses had cracked and some had deteriorated – to the point that one completely fell apart as i tried to work it into a better seating on the fuel line. I had to work fast! the hose came off, fuel spilled out, and now a steady stream! I found a bucket, siphoned the rest out of the talk and into some (thankfully) empty gas cans. That crises was averted, the new situation was getting new fuel lines installed, as an inspection of the old lines revealed that they all needed replaced. I’m not sure how long the old ones were there – i hadn’t replaced them in the 4 years that I had the car, who there was no telling how old they were.
After cleaning out the garage (again), this time with degreaser/cleaner to remove the gasoline smell and residue, it was off to get fuel line at the local automotive store. I simply bought a 5 ft length, enough the fit as needed and use where ever there was a need for new hose. It didn’t take long at all, and worked out very well. I feel much better knowing that the lines are fresh, tight and sealing the fuel line. After filling the tank again, and running the engine I knew it was working fine – no gas smell, no leaks.
So, what have we learned today?
Check your fuel lines, especially if you drain your fuel over the winter.
Project list for this year:
Stop accelerator from sticking
Fix emergency brake
Install a new headliner (old one is black, ripped and improperly installed)
Change carpet from black to lighter color.
maybe new seat covers? and seat cushions? I’d love to get rid of the old horsehair cushions)
I think I’ll be doing well if I can replace the whole interior this year, but it is definitely something to work for…
TheClassicBeetle will be reporting from the SEMA Show! Held in Las Vegas on November 2-5, The owner of TheClassicBeetle.com has been invited to speak at the education day for automotive products vendors. Afterward – one can only image the fun to be had at the premiere event for automotive specialty products.
Pictures and Video will be posted as they happen!
Taking a vacation in Mexico is like stepping back in time. One did not have to look far to see hundreds of Super Beetles throughout the day. Busses, Things and the occasional buggy rounded out a great sightseeing excursion in trying to see as many old VW’s as possible. Here are only a few of the Mexican Beetle’s we captured on vacation:
Joseph and his multicolored 65 VW
I was browsing Flickr for some Beetle restoration pictures and getting some ideas for my interior work that i have planned for this summer.
Joseph and his multicolored 65 VW
Originally uploaded by wvgasguy
My brother gave me this car. Debbie and I painted it. (you can tell, can’t you) This was my first of many cars to drive through the years. Thankfully none of them were as bad as this one.
In browsing around, I was surprised to find that there were not only pictures of people and their old VW’s, but many posted their stories as well.
This may become a regular feature, but I’d also like to hear from the readers. What’s your VW Beetle memory?