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  •  Brings tears to my eyes (13+ / 0-)

    My first car was a 10 year old '55 Bug -- 36 hp engine, 6 volt electrical system.

    At one time I owned 3 Bugs, a Squareback, and a Ghia -- and enough parts to build 3 engines.

    My children learned to drive on a '73 Super Beetle.  Both my son and daughter learned by doing on that Beetle:
    -- oil change
    -- brake job
    -- bleed brakes
    -- replace points, plugs, condenser and tune engine
    -- valve adjustment
    -- replace light bulbs, fuses, and belt

    And -- the Complete Idiot's Guide is the finest piece of literature ever written.  I still have my original Idiot's Guide -- it has greasy fingerprints and handwritten notes all over it.

    Don't own a single Bug any more but I was cleaning out some tools last week and ran across a box full of specialty tools for working on the old Bugs -- flywheel lock, 36mm socket and breaker bar to remove the rear hub . . .

    •  I bought an early imported (3+ / 0-)
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      Volkswagen Varient Squareback (a military guy shipped it back from Germany) .... it ran really bad and the owner couldn't figure why it was so hard to start.

      Got it for a song and dance .... took it home .... changed out the 12 V coil for the proper 6V coil .... drove it for several years.

      Amazing what a little spark can do.

      "Politics is the entertainment branch of industry" - Frank Zappa

      by Da Rock on Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 08:52:25 AM PST

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    •  '54 Bug for me. Had a sunroof (4+ / 0-)
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      and turn flaps.  Couldn't fix it, but got good at push starting by myself.  

    •  whatcha gonna do with those tools? eom (1+ / 0-)
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      i'm not aware of too many things-i know what i know, if you know what i mean-e.b.

      by shesaid on Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 09:56:49 AM PST

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    •  LOVED the Idiot's guide! (1+ / 0-)
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      I really, really loved the drawings in the idiots' guide. They were so, so groovy and humorous.  I've never had so much fun reading repair manuals as those Idiots' Guides for both the air cooled and water cooled VW's. Even though the water cooled VW's were considerably less charming than the air cooled's, the Idiots Guide was just as well done.

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