The Kitchen family from Toronto made some progress yesterday on restoring their 1974 Super Beetle. It’s an ambitious project, since they bought the car partially dissembled, with the chassis and body already separated. They have been locating and replacing missing/damaged parts as they go. So far they have performed a top-end rebuild on the stock 1600, but it’s now time to start on the body work. While it has it’s fair share of southern Ontario rust, it can be repaired with some time and patience. In order to make working on it easier, a rotisserie was fabricated. Working above your head with rust and dirt falling in your face just isn’t fun. Since the body is off, most people fashion a rotisserie to attach to the bumper mounts. However, if you wish to work on or replace the bumper mounts this obviously becomes an issue. It was decided to build a custom mount across the body strut tower mounts for the front mount, and to build a plate for the rear firewall and bolt the car to the plate. When the rotisserie work is complete, then the bolt holes can simply be welded closed.
As the Kitchen family progresses with their project (as with any K-W Bug Club Members) we will try to document their project progress for others to see. If any members would like to show their projects just email us and we will publish them on the website.
When I bought my bug, I expected some electrical issues. I’ve had a few. From issues with my headlights to some issues with basic grounds. You can come to expect these kinds of things on cars approaching 45 or more years old.
Another issue I encountered on my own beetle was an intermittent starter issue. In this post, I’ll break down how the starter system works electrically and mechanically since this topic has come up a few times with a few friends in recent days.
Thank you to all participants, spectators and sponsors of Bug Out #38. We enjoyed beautiful weather, fun with friends, and a lot of great VW’s. This years event was our largest ever, with 163 cars in attendance. We had 33 vendors this year, also a record vending year.
Congratulations to this years winners at Bug Out #38.
For music in the car, some folks tether their iPod or phone to the auxiliary jack, but that is a poor choice as it means touching a handheld device while driving.
Over the last 10 or 12 years, car manufacturers have seen the need for MP3 audio integrations through the factory car stereos. The car stereos are much more capable than ever.
Early attempts at MP3 integrations were weak, and had very specific USB hardware support, resulting in stuttering audio or USB device restarts, playing music from the beginning, starting at track 1 again. Vehicle restarts would start at track 1….AGAIN! Random, being not really all that random. These quirks are really frustrating and somewhat distracting for the driver.
On the classic VW air-cooled engine, a few things typically go wrong. Since there were so many Beetles, we have a pretty big sample set of potential issues. One thing that commonly goes wrong – engine fires. Continue reading “DIY: Engine Fire Prevention”
I’ve started a new project for my bug this winter. I think I’ve committed to building a new engine. It’s a costly project, and to save some money where I can, I’d like to be able to re-use some parts from an engine that I acquired.
Volkswagen announced this week that the Beetle would be discontinued again by next summer . This time the “new” Beetle would be retired and plans for the upcoming electric powered Beetle would be in doubt as well.