As spring carries on I’m getting the urge to get our 1971 Beetle out of my sister’s garage and put it on the road for another summer. The story of the Beetle is a great one.
Heather’s Aunt and Uncle had it as their transport for their winters in Yuma. I had said to Paul long ago that if he ever decided to get rid of it to give me first crack at it. It’s a desert car and for being 45 years old (and a VW) the body is in really good shape with little rust (even the floor pans are original and have original undercoating left on them). A couple of years ago they said it was time to let it go and would I still like it. Hell yeah!! So we took a family roadtrip to Yuma, hooked it up to a tow dolly and brought it back to its new home.
Although the body was in great shape, those many years of sunshine and heat had done a number on the interior. Last year I found an after market dash panel and replaced the disintegrating original.
We also had some pennies saved up, so I got the seats redone by the folks at Fawcett Boat Covers. They do interiors, covers, awnings, etc for boats, cars, you name it and they did a great job on the Beetle seats.
I’m going to get the headliner and door panels done in the not too distant future but that is another of my many works in progress. I also have new trim and window scrapers from CIP in Vancouver that I need to install. CIP has pretty much everything for old VWs, their prices are good and they’re in Vancouver so shipping doesn’t kill me.
I’ve already pulled it out of the garage once this spring to just fire it up and make sure it’s all working fine. So far so good. My next big job before getting it licensed is to pull the wheels off and check the brakes. I have some new stainless brake lines to put in and I want to do a flush of the brake system as well. So I’ll probably get it on the road for May. Looking forward to it.
Future of the Beetle? I’ve really got a hankering to convert it to electric. I’m sure my boys would give me a hand.