My new project of fun. Doug the bug.

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  1. Beaker

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    Im cross posting this on reddit and a aircooled site because i need their knowlege.

    Yesterday i bought the first car i ever wanted. a 1963 beetle.

    It was herbie coloured but now it sits primer black. Its going to end up satin black with satin tan sides. Also lowered like 4 inches. I was not planning on motor mods at all right now, just some whitewall tires. If i can some sort of electric ignition system since the current one is a puzzle to get it to start. You pump the gas like 3 times then turn it over then pump it again and hold it half down for exactly 3.7 seconds then it starts randomly if it feels like you did enough work.

    I am the third owner of the bug. The previous owner got it handed down from her grand mom who bought it new in '63. I have the orignial owners manual, documents, paperwork etc. from 1963. its been amazingly kept in great shape and maintained. the interior is brand new. it looks newer then my truck inside. It lacks key features like a radio, and such but thats what i love about it. its just wheels and a motor. Nothing more, nothing less.

    Doug (ive named him doug) has 67XXX miles on it. so like 100k or so in 52 years. I have never been this excited for a car, or anything i can remember in the last 30 years. Its been a dream to have this car since i was a little kid playing in my dads old bug in the driveway, and now i have my own.

    I will keep you updated on how it turns out.

    The last pic is what im kind of aiming for.

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    perfect! love it.
     
  3. Boots

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    It's in great shape!
     
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    Just admit you named it Doug after me. and you want to be inside me.
     
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    white walls, the satin paint you have in mind + air suspension = :bowdown:
     
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    Let's find a gangster swamp cooler for that thing to pump out some hobo air conditioning!
     
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    Food for thought down the road:

     
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    awesome!
     
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    Nice! I like it!

    Would it be wrong to swap out the rear window for the split? I love those.
     
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    Nice pick up. She will probably regret selling that someday
     
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    ^ that's true. One of my buddies really regrets selling his - he had two, one stock, one modified.

    P.S. I hate to say anything negative, and I know my old car would be very dangerous in the same situation, but damn, just don't get in a head-on with those things. Just don't.
     
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    i spoke to a shop here today abvout some stuff, like getting him converted to 12v and shit so thats step one i think.

    i will lower it this summer on spindles but i think it will be in the shop most of the winter getting air bags installed.

    the split rear windows are hard to find. they are usually mid 50;s i think.
    I will deff try to avoid all accidents .
     
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    That's a pretty sweet find! I look forward to updates
     
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    Try and buy some parts now while there's a short window while the Canadian dollar goes up again, lol!

    I've been buying a ton of stuff over the last year. Had to bite the bullet and buy a limited slip differential when the dollar crapped out. Oh well, still a good deal.
     
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    I will be following this thread closely... keep us updated with lots of pics. Love these threads and congrats on the purchase.
     
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    Nice find. Look forward to seeing the progress.
     
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    congrats mike!
     
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    aiming to go with something like this for suspension.

     
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    hittin switches gettin bitches
     
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    His is in great shape. I love the rag top ones.

    after driving it for a day im kinda glad mine has the big window in the back. its hard enough to see out of as is, cutting the window size down half would be tricky.

    My girlfriend makes fun of me cause she says she can hear me smiling so much when i drive it.
     
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    If you keep this active I can stick the thread?
     
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    briangtiguybriangtiguy has one with a ton of work done to it. i remember once he was behind me down by the casino in my stage 2+ GTI so walked on it to lose him and when i looked behind me he was right on my bumper :rofl:
     
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    I will be keeping the thread updated for sure. Sticky it up!
     
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    Done! :bigup:
     
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    Yea, that motor worked awesome! It made 117hp at the wheels for a few months, then rod let go. So i rebuilt it, but it spun a bearing and then chewed itself up again.
    I decided that it was time to do something a little different. I picked up a 91 subaru legacy and junked it for the motor... 2.2 turbo with 180 hp and as much torque, and more than that to be gained fairly easily. I'm going to get it finished putting back together and hopefully tearing around again by summer if all goes well.
     
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    Hopefully this will have a better outcome than your old Scirocco :lol:
    I look forward to seeing the progress on this.
     
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    Thanks to that POS scirocco I spent a day in jail
     
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    A lot better than 5 to 10 years
     
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    I parked out front of the bar last night when i went to work and some kid stopped to look at it so i went and talked to him. I mentioned i wanted the matching front bumper and he replied "oh, i have one in my garage. you can have it."

    so this morning me and my assistant mechanic went on an adventure

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    the bumper isnt mint but this isnt a full resto back to stock. its my car and i like a little character.

    after a spray down at the car wash.

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    Victory drive

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    I did find a little hole in dougs body the other day where i see some bondo as well. ill get it all grinded out and have him welded and fixed up then hopefully paint sometime in the next few weeks.

    http://www.hotrod.com/how-to/paint-body/hrdp-1108-1967-chevy-camaro-affordably-flat-painting/

    i will be attempting this.
     
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