So let me start you off with a story. I bought this car in 2013 for $3700. It's interesting how I came about it. It's a 63 Ghia and it has the original motor. I had an 86 325e that I had done a diff, recaros and some other fun things to but I got tired of it and with no hopes of my 58 bug ever seeing the road for any real amount of driving I decided I wanted a bug. I did this while daydreaming in Iraq and when I was back on the FOB I had my dad sell the 325 and buy a 65 bug I had found online. That was a cool car and I did a few things to it but I quickly lost interest and after a small investment sold it for quite a hefty profit. Enabling me to get this car. Now I also bought this one off the internet but I was in Texas at the time and this car was in Northern CA. I struck a deal with the guy after he sent me 70+ pictures of it and reciepts for everything he had done to it.
The story goes he bought it off an older VW mechanic who parked it in the 90's. It was his wife's car and after she died he didn't even want to look at it. So it got shoved in the back of a garage and forgotten until the guy I bought it from found it. He went through and had the motor rebuilt and the engine tin powdercoated, he did some cleanup work to it, got it running and then decided to sell it due to the electrical issues. Well I'm halfway decent with electrical systems and I always like a challenge so I bought the car off of him.
I bought this car with the intention of never restoring it, only making it mine, making it a solid car and then driving the piss out of it. That is still the plan. I work on this when I have time and I try to get it out and drive it as often as possible. I do not intend on doing the body work or painting it. The car is pretty rust free minus two areas and I like the way it looks now. I do plan on doing the interior of it at some point, but I try to break it into small projects with this car so I don't take it out of action for too long at any one time.
Keep in mind I've actively been working on the car since late 2013 so I have lots of pics and I don't plan on posting them all today since that would get everyone lost in the sauce. I also have a 1958 sedan that is what I consider a work of art. I'll post a thread about that one too, eventually, if anyone is remotely interested. I also have an 81 rabbit vert I'm going to do a quick build on and I recently sold my 356 to some guy in France. So I have some stuff floating around and each of my projects offers me something a bit different as far as value to me. In any case here we go. We'll start with some of the pics sent over the internet to me and go from there.
Next up we'll go through me getting a hold of it and starting work...