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Old 03-19-2004, 07:59 PM   #1
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Scanned some old pics of some of my VWs...

My folks sent me a box of old photos I had in storage with them from before I moved out here to Baltimore. Rumaging through it I found some of my older car pics from back in the day, so I started scanning them. Here's a few of my air cooled VWs. I'm still digging through it to find some pics of the water cooled ones, but this is a good start.

Most of the bugs started like this one: a $100 shell.



That one became this one:



This one was similar, but I sold it before it even got done, so I didn't get a picture of it until I was delivering it to it's new onwer at the stereo shop that the new tunes were being installed at:




My one and only Super Beetle, a '71 that I did in a way to make it look like an older Beetle (easy to do as that year used the standard Beetle windshield and dash...)






The '57 in my avatar, as I rolled it out of the paint booth, while I was assembling it (with Polished Porsche alloys, that I decided I didn't like on it) and in it's final form.





And my last show Beetle.




I also had a few of these Squarebacks. The pic of the finished paint job on this one scanned like crap, so I'll have to try again later. It was a very "early-'90s" melted ice cream paint jobs...



I'd love to have another one of those.

My early panel van. Slow as hell, but really cool to cruise around in. Never got painted while I owned it.



And the last bus I had, which I sold to make the trip over here to Baltimore in '99.



All this stuff was cheap to buy and build over in Seattle, but hard to find and expensive over here on the east coast. And too expensive to ship over from the west coast.
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Old 03-19-2004, 08:16 PM   #2
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I'm not really one for the Beetle but good job with them!
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Old 03-19-2004, 09:46 PM   #3
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After seeing those pics a scene from waynes world comes to mind... "we're not worthy, we're not worthy, we're not worthy, we're not worthy....etc." i hope you realise/appreciate how lucky you are to have such fine weather and therefore your cars are preserved so well and do not suffer from the same rust problems as our bugs in this country suffer from...
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Old 03-19-2004, 10:15 PM   #4
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After seeing those pics a scene from waynes world comes to mind... "we're not worthy, we're not worthy, we're not worthy, we're not worthy....etc." i hope you realise/appreciate how lucky you are to have such fine weather and therefore your cars are preserved so well and do not suffer from the same rust problems as our bugs in this country suffer from...

Man, I wish the east coast of the US could preserve cars like the west coast can. When I took my wife out to Seattle the first time (back in 2001), she kept commenting on all the older cars that are daily drivers back there that don't even exist anymore over here on the east coast! What I considered rusty scrap not worth working on back west, they consider clean, showroom fresh cars over here...
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Old 03-19-2004, 10:32 PM   #5
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Did you move for business or other reasons then? (if you don't mind me asking... )
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Old 03-20-2004, 02:10 AM   #6
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Did you move for business or other reasons then? (if you don't mind me asking... )


Actually, the company I was working for at the time got a government contract over here, and moved my boss and myself over as on-site liasons (with me doing the CAD and 3D modelling work). When the contract was running out, the government agency we were contracting to wrote a job description for me and kept me on...
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Old 03-28-2004, 08:13 AM   #7
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Kudos on those exceptional beatles. I was not much of a fan, but I really like the one on the chrome alloys you didnt like so much . I just hope my first car I am building as of now turns out half as nice as some of the cars above!
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Old 06-09-2005, 05:20 PM   #8
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I know I am reviving an old thread, but I was wondering if you could put those pictures up again, and if you have any other projects you can share?
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Old 06-10-2005, 03:41 PM   #9
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I know I am reviving an old thread, but I was wondering if you could put those pictures up again, and if you have any other projects you can share?


Some of them are back up. I'l post my latest projects a little later...
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Cool, I have never seen those pics before. Cool stuff.
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Old 06-10-2005, 06:24 PM   #11
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Wow, those are some phenomenal cars. I've always been a big fan of the older VW's. Some day I have great aspirations of doing a resto/custom camper out of a 16 or 21 window early bus. A buddy of mine has a '74 Super Bettle (I know not your favorite), but it's got wide body fenders, tear drop taillights, shaved door handles, 240SX seats, all AutoMeter gauges, a built Type-4 2.0L (maybe 2.2L now that I think about it), a 5-rib bus tranny and all Porsche suspension/brakes. It's a continual evolution kind of vehicle.

I knew you were a VW fan, I just didn't realize at what level. Good lookin' rides .
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Old 06-10-2005, 06:37 PM   #12
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ChrisV, I plan on doing a ground up restoration on a 69 beetle, can you give me any advise that would help me through the process, thanks
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Old 06-10-2005, 07:02 PM   #13
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ChrisV, I plan on doing a ground up restoration on a 69 beetle, can you give me any advise that would help me through the process, thanks

Best bit of advice: Go buy a copy of Hot VWs, and start looking through the vendor ads. Then pick up a copy of John Miur's book:

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Old 06-10-2005, 09:41 PM   #14
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Cool thanks

Except I'm not a complete idiot ("cough" at least not most of the time "cough")
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Old 06-13-2005, 02:35 PM   #15
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Cool thanks

Except I'm not a complete idiot ("cough" at least not most of the time "cough")

Trust me, that book is one of the best car books ever written. EVERYONE shoudl have a copy whether they have a Bug or not. Seriously.
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