My '63 Ragtop VW Blog

New Door/Window Rubber Seals and Chrome Trim For My Bug!

Saturday, 02/25/2012

So I just finished replacing all the rubber door seals on my '63 ragtop bug. It was a tough job! The left side door, which I did first, took me a lot longer than the right side cause it was my first time doing this. I really struggled with the vent window seals. I had to remove it after installing it like three times cause the vent window was not aligning well with the dividing bar. I did watch some how-to videos before I started working on this to make sure I didn't mess anything up. Everything else went well, I only had one broken screw and it was on the right side vent window catch. I just left it with one screw, I'll fix that when I do a complete body-off restoration on this bug, who know when...

Chrome Trim or No Trim!?

Monday, 01/16/2012

I've been thinking about what to do about the chrome trim on my beetle. I can't decide whether to add more trim or just remove it completely. So I've made two photoshop images of the bug with chrome trim and with out, to see how it would look. I need help deciding what to do. Please post your suggestions in the comments bellow. Thanks!

1600cc VW Beetle Engine Rebuild - Disassemble

Thursday, 01/12/2012

So last weekend I started disassembling the used 1600cc engine I got for my '63 bug. It's the first time I attempt to rebuild an engine. Of course I've watched episode 3 of the Bug Me videos to make sure I know what I'm doing =), it seemed simple enough. I also ordered the book "How to Rebuild Your Volkswagen air-Cooled Engine", which I should be getting soon in the mail.

The Ragtop VW Beetle Finally Arrived!

Tuesday, 01/10/2012

After a long and inpatient wait the bug finally arrived in Fort Lauderdale today. It came on a flat-bed tow truck at around 2pm. The driver of the truck was as excited as I was, lol... he was like "dude this beetle is awesome" I was like "hurry up and get it off the truck!." The bug was covered in dirt from the long trip across the USA. He started the motor up and backed it off of the flat-bed. Then I finally got to sit on the driver's seat and gave it a try at revving the engine, it felt awesome. It's been a while since I last sat in a beetle, It felt smaller that I remember! But it was awesome. I then spend the rest of the afternoon getting the VIN verified, transferring the title, getting the license plate, and getting the dust off at the self service car wash.

VW Bug Half Way to Fort Lauderdale

Saturday, 12/24/2011

It's been almost a week since the VW bug was picked up from California and it's already half way here to Fort Lauderdale, FL. I've been tracking it's journey online on the transport company's website. Isn't it awesome that the whole thing can be tracked? It eases my anxiety knowing where the bug is and that it's on it's way. The company I hired to transport the bug is called DASAutoShippers, they've been pretty good, we'll see how they ultimately do when the car gets here. Right now the bug is in Mesquite, TX, and it looks like it'll stay there until after Christmas. Hopefully It'll start moving again on Monday.


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