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Old 07-24-2015, 10:21 PM
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Oops I did it again

Since everyone else is buying cars I hopped on the bandwagon.

I've wanted a beetle since I was a kid and ever since then I've looked at ads and been to vw shows, read magazines, everything. And now I'm finally able to get one.

I found it through a friend on Facebook and it met most of my criteria. Mainly not being a rusted out pile of crap...which is hard to find and it had to be pre '67. I didn't want to get a '67 due to the one year only specialness of the car and anything after a '67 just didn't interest me.

So this time next week when it arrives I'll be the proud new owner of a '64 Beetle.



It has a roof rack, black powder coated wheels, new tires all around, new pans, new heater channels, uncut dash, 1600 engine, lowered and narrowed beam, and patina'd.

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Old 07-24-2015, 10:28 PM
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I like old Veedubs and this is a nice one.
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Old 07-24-2015, 10:53 PM
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like the idea of them but drove them enough back in the day to know I don't want to own one now.

My dad bought a 66 new and I drove it plenty until I got hit broadside in it with my future first wife on the way to the Simon and Garfunkle concert at Clowes hall at Butler. (totaled).

I also bought a 59 beetle in Amsterdam in 1970 and drove it all over for a couple of months including over the Pyrenees and the Alps. Great old car but a real pos in terms of handling etc.
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Old 07-24-2015, 11:25 PM
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Cool car, that'll be fun. I like that patina look too.
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Old 07-25-2015, 12:39 AM
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That'll do nicely. Saw my old beetle is for sale on craigslist for a decent price today.
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Old 07-25-2015, 04:42 AM
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I keep thinking about one, but I don't want to ditch the 300D and I think one old car is enough for me these days.

I am quite fond of the improved version designed by Butzi Porsche in the 60's, but they are a bit $$$ for me.
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Old 07-25-2015, 07:31 AM
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Very Nice. I have always wanted one as well but I would need to thin the herd and I'm too invested in my W124's right now to get rid of either of them.
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Old 07-25-2015, 08:08 AM
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I've been considering one too...

...I'm well and truly fed up with W201s
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Old 07-25-2015, 03:06 PM
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my buddy used to Baja around the lake in his-with stock wheels/fenders,, crossways over 2 ft deep ruts left by trucks, it would not get stuck.
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Old 07-25-2015, 07:50 PM
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Looking forward to The Don's usual gripes about previous owner's poor repairs and non-disclosures.
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Old 07-25-2015, 08:03 PM
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Rust...everywhere! Plus the seller forgot to fill the radiator with water...and to even include a radiator!!
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Old 07-25-2015, 10:06 PM
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Owls Head museum had a VW van with a relabeled speedometer. It was labeled "Crash-O-Meter" and the scale was labeled "Probability of Crash".
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Old 07-26-2015, 01:23 AM
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Rust...everywhere! Plus the seller forgot to fill the radiator with water...and to even include a radiator!!
Stone him!
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Old 07-28-2015, 06:32 PM
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I enjoy my '59 ragtop sunroof. Fun to putz around in, easy to work on, and it seems that life slows down when I am out in it.
The '79 bus is faster, and being bright green and white hard to miss although some try not to.
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Old 07-28-2015, 11:04 PM
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Rust...everywhere! Plus the seller forgot to fill the radiator with water...and to even include a radiator!!
I'll sell you a radiator.

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