Well, I've been trying to get my hotrod '66 Beetle finished. With my own business, a house remodel and small kids at home it's been kinda tough, so I've been looking around for a nice air-cooler for a while. I ran into another sea sand '66:
She has 58,000 miles on her, the engine has never been apart and you're looking at the original paint. She has a couple of little scrapes here and there and a little rust underneath, but it's a clean, mostly unmolested example of a mid '60s Beetle. My current plans are to leave it alone mechanically and work on getting rid of the rust underneath. There's a little cutting and welding to do, but not much. I figure I'll get the bumper mounts fixed and repair the end plates of the heater channels (the little piece of metal about 6" square at the front of the rear fenders), make 1 little patch just above the running board (which is barely in the visible paint, dammit) and next year put the original floor mats/carpeting in her. I'll have to do something about those wheels, too. They should be 2-tone.
I haven't tinkered with one in about 15 years, so I'm having a ball. I rebuilt the carb, which fixed the off-idle bog that it had and I'll be rebuilding an original style fuel pump. It will be all-original mechanically after that... 6-volt system and all!
It was weird at first. My initial thought after driving it the first time was "damn, these things are tiny, dangerous little tin cans!" I then came to realize that was because being away from them for so long, I could be a little more objective.
It's so nice that I don't know yet what I'm going to do with my 1775cc longblock sitting on my engine stand. I suppose I could finish it and stuff it in there for a while. I'd have the only 6-volt original paint hotrod Beetle(n8r) in the entire tri-state area! [/Doofenshmirtz]
I do plan on making a few modifications, such as dual-ciruit brakes and I have an original Empi camber compensator, but I won't do anything I can't quickly change back and I won't drill any holes. (There's a new dual-curcuit reservoir that goes directly onto the master cylinder, negating the need for mods under the front hood) and I may put my Porsche 'B' brakes up front for added safety as well.
The best part about getting this car? Since it's the same year/model/color as my long-term project, I have almost every part that I could want for it! I have everything from new window scrapers to extra stock parts that are getting hard to find.
Other than some a tune/adjustments and an alignment, It's needing nothing mechanically. It's weird. I've always built these things... I've never just bought one and driven it. Oh well. That's part of being a dad. I figure at some point I'll have to paint it (since I plan on owning it for decades) and if I do, it will be a little easier to make modifications if I wish.
Should I keep my other project and make a hotrod that looks just like my stocker or should I finish it enough to sell it and use that money to fund the '69 Fastback for the wife? (She loves that car) I think the wife will win. She's been very supportive of my finding a car like this that I really like and she gets a kick out of it. She has no idea that they can be fast, so I may have to at least temporarily put the big engine in there. I would love to see the look on her face when I dump the clutch and crack 30 in about 2 seconds!