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Years back I was amazed at the love and customization lavished on VW Beetles in some cultures where gas cost about $5 US a gallon. They really are capable and versatile machines, and will likely remain one of the sought after classics whether stock, abused, or gloriously customized.
 

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I am a big fan. I had a 64 6 volt bug I made into a Baja bug. I put a type 3s motor out of a fastback. They call them a pancake motor because the fan ran off of the crankshaft and if you lost a belt they wouldn’t overheat. I really liked the 68s because of the irs rear suspension and 12v. I precancerous the Baja 500 in it one year. I went the whole way without any flats. I passes a prerun race truck that had two flats in one hour on one section near Rancho Chapalla up to Gonzaga Bay.
 

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My Dad bought a new 68 f bugor ?$1999.
 

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I hear you on the pricing. I was seriously looking for one for my first car back in the early eighties. The ones I was looking at were in the $500-$1000 range. I wanted one mainly because they were so easy to work on and customizable. Unfortunately I couldn't find one with a solid enough floor pan to buy one. Still would like one of "the people's cars". From a custom standpoint, my favorite around here was what looked like a basic red beetle. The guy shoehorned a big block Chevy in the front. It still had the little exhaust tip sticking out the back and the wind up key on the rear hood. Unless you crawled underneath and saw the narrowed rear end and the 2" exhaust, you wouldn't know any different. Talk about a sleeper.
 

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The CA cars are all good. So many got chopped up for dune buggies, Baja buggies and Manz buggies. I kinda wish for a good Manx as they are street legal.
 

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Learned to drive my Mom's new 1963 Bug ($1300 out the door). My first car was a used 1964 Bug ($1000 from a used car lot) in 1965. Lots of great memories. Also owned a 1963 and 1970 but obviously the 1964 was my favorite.

Regular gas was 29.9 cents a gallon and I got 30 MPG......... Cost me a penny a mile. Gas/grass/orAss no one rode for free.
 

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I courted my wife in Brazil back when Beetles were very common there.
It would not be unusual out in the country to see barely glowing headlights of an oncoming 6V older beetle appearently running 12V headlights...mighty dim, not even as bright as a Boy Scout flashlight.
And in the big cities most everyone ran with their headlights off as a courtesy to others once it got dark.
One night in Sao Paulo amid a torrential downpour I helped move a wife's friend from one ancient apartment building to another. I was using a decrepit worn out borrowed Kombi flatbed whose windshield wipers refused to turn off. This made the timing of entering and exiting the VW tricky for if not careful the closing door would eat the moving windshield wiper. Then the key got stuck in the cylinder so that the entire lock cylinder came out in my hands. For the rest of the many-load evening I had to carry the key plus lock cylinder in my pocket until time to cram it back into the steering column and drive again. Still it was a very functional popular class of vehicle almost anyone could keep running with tape, wire and a little wishful thinking.
 

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Great story Fred. So many good cheap parts came from Brazil. I r emember dual port heads and centifical advance distributors.
 

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My VW.

It's actually a 1971 Beetle chassis with a 1951 MGTD Replica body. It's a ton of fun to drive and a real head-turner. In great mechanical condition and, it's for sale in North Florida for $4800.

If interested, send PM for more details.

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My VW.

It's actually a 1971 Beetle chassis with a 1951 MGTD Replica body. It's a ton of fun to drive and a real head-turner. In great mechanical condition and, it's for sale in North Florida for $4800.

If interested, send PM for more details.

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Do you belong to the VW club Wulfpack? My nephew lives in Milton and him and his wife have a 66 and he works on bugs with friends all the time. He has a shop in Pensacola.
 

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Sweet machines folks! Wish they still built them in the US or imported those still made overseas. Mexico is slated to stop Bug production at the remaining factory in Pueblo in either June or July of 2019.
For those craving the Bug experience a Tijuana taxi ride should still be available for decades to come.
 

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funny this post should come up right after i just watched an episode of Fantom Works on tv last night. they rebuilt the body on a 1967 bug that had a 2300cc motor putting out over 300 hp. the motor was all ready in the car when it was brought into the shop and they didn't show much of it, as it was a secret or something. they did show it for a second and there wasn't any room under the hood for anything else, that motor was huge. the car went good, it snapped their heads back when he booted it, it was fast and looked and sounded mean

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We used to have a lot of great VW engine builders in and around San Diego. So much off road racing here too. When we first got married my wife worked for Unique Metal Products. Thaty made many race car parts and aluminum race car bodies. They even collaborated on a dune buggy attack car for the army with Jackman I think. Some of the guys I worked with including the son of the owner all drag races together which lead to the business.Two guys at UMP had a class 9 vw race car.Class 9 was a full on race buggy but very light weight as it was limited to 1600cc’s I think, meant to be a budget racer. These cars didn’t have the top end of the unlimited cars and were slow on the straights but in the rough stuff could easily keep up with low breakage. I used to pit for them. I watched a spectacular crash right in front of my pit out on the back side of the Mint 400 race. A trophy truck was trying to pass a smaller buggy and when they didn’t make room gave then a “tap” on the rear bumper that sent them off the course where they hit a cactus with the right front wheel. This caused a spectator endo and spinning pirowet that ended up back on 4 wheels. The force was so hard that the front torsion bars were force out the side of the tubes jamming the wheel. The driver had a concussion as he crawled out of the car and didn’t know what happened. After his head cleared up we hammered the torsion bars back into the tube and he limped back to the main pit. This was before cell phones and we had no radios to call for medical assistance. Not the best plan but that’s what we did.
 

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tweaker,

do you know of any good bug shops still in san diego?

thanks,

joe
 

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Kit Cars and their owners have always had a reputation as being phonies, and certainly they can be described as pretending to be something they are not.

My only defense of that.... if asked.... is that this is a factory built car, with a MSO, a warranty and a professional build quality. Not a car assembled from components by their owner.

As for myself, I am always quick to point out that this is a VW ...not a Porsche.... and I only drive it for my own pleasure..... never to a cars and coffee or a show of any kind....but rather I drive it on curvy backroads in perfect weather with no one around to impress....

I am way to old to worry about what people think ….not into adolescent dick waving.....

In any case …...when I do stop..... people will frequently ask what kind of car is that ??? And when I tell them it is a replica, they always compliment the car as being practical and driveable and looking like a lot of fun.....and it is...

And it made sense to me because I wanted to drive a safer, dependable modern car with classic looks.

These cars are built by JPS Motorsports in Southern California and were the subject of a segment of the Jay Leno program.
 

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Jo nand he there ae a few stores/shops left. What are you looking for?

Cool replica nicely done.
 
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