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Wait, the bucket's shiny now? (Or: My '71 Std Beetle)
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    Wait, the bucket's shiny now? (Or: My '71 Std Beetle)

    Okay, so as many of you know, my daily driver is a '71 standard Beetle. I nick-named it "my bucket" just over a year ago when I bought it, because it was just a bucket of parts. Picked it up in easily 7 colors of primer, overspray everywhere, shoddy bodywork, no door panels or passenger seat, no headliner, hood was dented... overall in rough shape, but possibly worth the $800 I paid for it (while it was running on two cylinders)

    Shortly after picking it up, I spray-bombed it in satin black, with red wheels, and some people saw it this way:





    Recently, I've decided it was time for a change... time to clean, and possibly class up the car a bit. It started with my picking up a set of port-a-wall fake wide whitewalls, and that helped. They brought the red wheels together with the car, but I wasn't content with that, it needed more color... and a bit more shine.

    This weekend, I managed to take a few new pictures while a friend of mine was in the area:


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    Re: Wait, the bucket's shiny now? (Or: My '71 Std Beetle)

    Nice!
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    Re: Wait, the bucket's shiny now? (Or: My '71 Std Beetle)

    I agree!!!!
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    Re: Wait, the bucket's shiny now? (Or: My '71 Std Beetle)

    love that color
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    Re: Wait, the bucket's shiny now? (Or: My '71 Std Beetle)

    oooh it's workin! nice indeed
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    Re: Wait, the bucket's shiny now? (Or: My '71 Std Beetle)

    Quote Originally Posted by John@PureMS View Post





    Is this the same car?

    The Cali Style looks great!
    It's just water...

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    Re: Wait, the bucket's shiny now? (Or: My '71 Std Beetle)

    Thanks guys! She's been a long time in the works, and a lot of long nights. Next is the motor and the interior, as both need some work. The motor leaks, and often runs like a paraplegic >.< and the interior... well... I have brown front seats that need me to order new vinyl kits for them
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    Re: Wait, the bucket's shiny now? (Or: My '71 Std Beetle)

    that is a badass bug man!

    looks awesome!

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    Re: Wait, the bucket's shiny now? (Or: My '71 Std Beetle)

    Awesome. I love air-cooleds. Been dreaming of owning an air-cooled one day.

    Question: How much on average does it take to fix it back up like that?
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    Re: Wait, the bucket's shiny now? (Or: My '71 Std Beetle)

    wanna help me spray my car sometime we can white wall homies lol love it man.
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    Re: Wait, the bucket's shiny now? (Or: My '71 Std Beetle)

    DANGG!!!! Clean , I like the color scheme you went with

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    Re: Wait, the bucket's shiny now? (Or: My '71 Std Beetle)

    Quote Originally Posted by Soze View Post
    Question: How much on average does it take to fix it back up like that?
    Please don't make me think about the time and money I've involved into this thing..... >.< Far, faaaar more than I paid for the car.


    Quote Originally Posted by VicFlo View Post
    wanna help me spray my car sometime we can white wall homies lol love it man.
    If I was completely pleased with how mine came out, maybe... but it's such a rush job, and spraying's not really my thing
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    Re: Wait, the bucket's shiny now? (Or: My '71 Std Beetle)

    Quote Originally Posted by Soze View Post
    Awesome. I love air-cooleds. Been dreaming of owning an air-cooled one day.

    Question: How much on average does it take to fix it back up like that?
    more than you want to spend....but enough that you'll love your car even more.

    Quote Originally Posted by John@PureMS View Post
    Please don't make me think about the time and money I've involved into this thing..... >.< Far, faaaar more than I paid for the car.
    see?

    aircooled's are fo lyfe!

    looks like i'm going to have to get to the body work on mine asap.
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    Re: Wait, the bucket's shiny now? (Or: My '71 Std Beetle)

    Dude, how did I miss this thread!? That thing looks SOOOO badass! I wish I was back in SoCal so I could stop by like I randomly do every few blue moons and check that out!

    Cute girl.

    You got blue/black vinyl/leather for the interior as an idea? Might look hella sweet. A swamp cooler would be niiiice!!! Too bad they run like $450+

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    Re: Wait, the bucket's shiny now? (Or: My '71 Std Beetle)

    Looks good....
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    Re: Wait, the bucket's shiny now? (Or: My '71 Std Beetle)

    Nice car - Do anything cool with the drive train?

    Quote Originally Posted by FunkTron View Post
    more than you want to spend....but enough that you'll love your car even more.
    No kidding - I have a couple three ring binders of receipts. Last year we added everything up including cost of the bug, parts/mods, maintenance, ocassional special tools etc... and it was a LOT of money - actually made me throw up a little in my own mouth when I looked at the final number.
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    Re: Wait, the bucket's shiny now? (Or: My '71 Std Beetle)

    Sorry, reformatted my computer here at work, and lost my SCE and my work email passwords >.<

    Nothing done under the rear lid majorly just yet, just a pair of kads, and bumped it to a 1641 when I got rid of some low compression issues sometime last year. I've started looking around for a motor to punch out and build into the 1915 that I'm planning on putting in, and trying to find a new trans, or at least new ring/pinion for this one, as she winds out way too fast, and it doesn't handle the freeway all that well.
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    Re: Wait, the bucket's shiny now? (Or: My '71 Std Beetle)

    None of them handle the freeway well... Freeway Flyer trans and some sway bars will work miracles.

    After my first long road trip I was half deaf and white knuckled - did a trans swap with an old Freeway Flyer (I have yet another I am having rebuilt because I don't know the history of the one I installed) and added the sway bars. Now it doesn't rev as high and we can hear each other on the highway and I can even take my hands off the wheel and it just keeps going straight.
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    Re: Wait, the bucket's shiny now? (Or: My '71 Std Beetle)

    That reminds me, I need to get a front sway back on this thing, at least. I used to have one on, I narrowed it 5" to fit the beam, but when I took it out to Vegas early this year, it caught on a steel plate on the road, and destroyed it. I would've replaced it already, but the welder rental is going to cost me more than the replacement bar...

    I've been thinking about picking up a 73+ trans to try out the 3.88 R&P with .93 4th gearing, and depending how that does me, swap my 4th .89 gear over into it if need be...otherwise, I may just pick up a 3.88 r&p and swap it in, and have your basic "freeway flier" composition. I just know 4th gear at 4k on the highway going back and forth to SD has been getting old QUICK.
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    Re: Wait, the bucket's shiny now? (Or: My '71 Std Beetle)

    Quote Originally Posted by John@PureMS View Post
    That reminds me, I need to get a front sway back on this thing, at least. I used to have one on, I narrowed it 5" to fit the beam, but when I took it out to Vegas early this year, it caught on a steel plate on the road, and destroyed it. I would've replaced it already, but the welder rental is going to cost me more than the replacement bar...
    My beam is only narrowed 2", I think 5" would be a bit much for my personal taste. What needs welding? I used stainless clamps and on mine and it works great.
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