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    New project

    Pick up my latest project the other day. It's been 22 years since I've owned one, this one is the oldest one I've had. In the past it has been a '72, a '69 and a '67.

    This one is a '62.

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    Going to be a chore undoing all the "street" mods the previous owner did. He lowered it front and rear, in fact, the front didn't even have any shocks installed, it was dropped so low that the front tires are eaten to shit from rubbing on the fenders. Rear brakes don't work, headlights are spotty, he put doors from a '65 (no wind wings) and he pulled all the exterior chrome off, welded the holes and painted over them. Ugh... Interior is in pretty good shape though.

    It's got a 1600DP with twin baby Webers and as soon as I fix up the major safety stuff, it'll be going on a 700 mile road trip to Butte in January.

    I got the front end up today as high as it'll go the way this guy had it setup with the adjustable beam. Gonna have to do some more work to get it to stock clearance.
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    Who am I rolling with? Wild Wise School of Outdoor Adventure

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    Cool...I had a '62 in that exact color! Had some trouble in the transaxle that I never did fix, but always got me where I was going. Great fun - good luck with your project.
    The beatings will continue until Morale improves. Arrgh!

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    Is it a 62 or the 62 1/2 ? That looks like a good project. Mexican is the VW expert so I am sure that he will chip in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by idk View Post
    Is it a 62 or the 62 1/2 ?
    April '62 production.
    Aidoneus Bishop
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    Who am I rolling with? Wild Wise School of Outdoor Adventure

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    Looks like it's solid.

    My only bug was a rusty bucket of bolts.
    In the winter, you had to alternate between warmth and window-down modes.
    The heat exchanger was rusted through and gave off more exhaust fumes than heat.
    1st time I drove it, I thought the tranny was messed up. I didn't know anything about the auto shift and was resting my hand on the shift lever, causing it disengage. What a whacky setup!
    I don't recall it ever leaving me stranded though.

    Good luck with it!
    Always give 100% (unless you're donating blood).

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    The Autostick. Yeah, those were POSs, they dropped it from their lineup for a reason.
    Aidoneus Bishop
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    Who am I rolling with? Wild Wise School of Outdoor Adventure

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    I hated the auto stick with a passion. This bug looks to be a fairly easy restore for you. There is a company in NY that makes a Porsche engine set up for bugs....not sure if you're interested. That thing looks good lowered, but it wasn't lowered right as you've explained. Good luck, bud !
    Yea Baby!!!! It's only Rock n' Roll, but I like it

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    Apparently the chcks love a VW:

    Always give 100% (unless you're donating blood).

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    Nice old car and a nice project. Had a couple of 67's. Biggest problem we recall was floor pan under the battery rusting and needing repair. Believe the 67 was the first to have 12 volt electrical system.

    We trudge on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RocketandRollit View Post
    Apparently the chcks love a VW:

    HA ! Back in the late 70's one of my Mates had a 34 Ford Coup, at the time I had a 55 Chevy. Dam ! Wish I still had that now.
    We used to give shit saying coups are for Chickens !

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