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...
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I played around some more with this photoshoped image of my '63 VW bug. I added some white walls to the tires and painted the rims black. I think it looks cool... Might go for this look. What do you guys think?
Here are some pics I took of my 1963 VW Beetle before the BBQ this past Sunday at Deerfield Beach's Quiet Waters Park. I hadn't posted pictures of the interior after I got the car. So here are some. I'll have to take more detailed photos some other time.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The 1963 VW Ragtop Bug is on its way from Yucaipa, California. It'll take about 18 days to get here, three days longer than usual cause of the holidays. I can't wait for it to get here! Hopefully it'll arrive in one piece. I've decided to start this '63 VW Ragtop blog to document the life of this awesome bug.