I started putting this website about 4 years ago but I haven’t owned an air cooled Volkswagen in more than 15 years. That is until this year. I just bought a 1967 VW Bug. It is a a “fixer-upper” that needs a lot of love and attention (and some cash money of course).
Right off the bat I can see that I will need 4 new tires, a muffler, a battery, a rear window, and some seats. But it does have a brand new top and maybe even the original bumpers. Most likely have to replace the entire brake system and a lot of wiring too.
I have already bought myself a copy of the “How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive” by John Muir. Next I am looking to get the Bentley manual. To me those are the required materials from the start. The How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive is a great read even if you dont have one! I love the illustrations and the way John describes the procedures.
As I work on this sweet air cooled machine I will post pictures. In the mean time here are some “Before” photos:
I really dig that dashboard! There is a problem with the ignition switch though. I suppose the original key was lost and another switch was wired in. I hope to fix that issue.
The ragtop is new but it doesn’t have a window. Also, I’m not certain that it was installed correctly.
So here it is. The bug I have been wanting for years. I created this website because I love the air cooled VWs and had planned on getting one much sooner than this. But it is now sitting in my driveway and awaiting some tender love and care. I look forward to some good times with this!
Written by David Slone, Copyright 2012