Read about a local antique car show in the newspaper yesterday. One model
pictured was a VW beetle convertable like I had bought new and drove for
several years. Does that make me an antique as well? <sigh>
You know it's time to clean the refrigerator
when something closes the door from the inside.
I've done engine removal/install on my '64 Bug and '67 Squareback
(basically the same procedure) 5-6 times. One-way is a about 15
minutes to one hour, depending on whether you're rushing it.
Don't remember much of the detail now, but these guys weren't even
screwing in the tin. There's plenty of videos on Youtube.
We took about a half hour the first time to take it out of my K Ghia.
I've heard a few stories about VW owners that did not pay their bill for
repairs having their engine repossessed as the car sat in their driveway.
On Mon, 7 Mar 2016 12:50:34 -0800 (PST), DerbyDad03
On the "new" bug it takes a lot more than 15 minutes to get it out,
and it involves removing transmission, axles, suspension, steering and
a whole lot of hoses, wires, and linkages compared to 4 bolts, 3
cables and a couple wires on a classic.
It isn't exactly an antique car show but a local club has a show every
summer. There are a lot of beautiful restored '60s and '70s cars.
Unfortunately I drove a lot of them back in the day and a restored POS
is still a POS. I'm more into '30s and '40s coupes, but I imagine if you
came of age then they were crap too.
I've had late twenties, mid thirties, eatl 50s, late fities, and on up
to my crrent (latest year yet) 2002.
I've got a soft spot for the mid-fifties and early sixties cars - but
a mid 30s resto-rod would be great. The old 35 Chevy Master 4 dr had
been set up with a Ford/Lincoln 410 V8 and straight axle - which would
NOT have been fun to drive, but would have really moved.
The worst part of that car was the wood-framed fisher body.
The 38 terraplane would have been a nice cruiser if I had gotten
around to installing a Pontiac Sprint OHC 6 with 4 speed, as I had
planned.. The old flatty with the hudsonite clutch was a noisy slouch.
The 53 Hemi wagon is one I wish I still had. It was a nice highway
cruiser - with a bit of updated suspension it would make a real nice
The 57 "gofar" pickup was a bit tiring on a transcontinental run -
independent suspension up front with power steering would have helped
a lot (the guy I sold it to did that mod - along with a 340 AAR engine
and tubbing it and making a pro street heap out of it) The 264
flathead was a torque monster but was tiring at anything over 60 MPH.
(from Waterloo Ontario to Tulsa OK and back running with a big-block
chopped channelled model A coupe)
The 60's ara Valiants and darts didn't stop worth crap - which was
one thing I'd definitely fix if I had one today.
The 49 VW would be a nice "toy" but without extensive mods would not
be much of a driver. The 61 mini I could make a real nice "local
driver" out of..
A "bubble-top" chevy with late model undercarriage and power-train
wouldn't be a bad car - for a chevy.
A 53-55 glass-top ford Victoria updated with modern underpinnings
would be nice too.
For now I'll have to make do with my 20 year old Ranger P'up. (my
Coronet Wagon and Fargo Pickup were both 20 years old when I owned
them - and I thought they were OLD!!! 250,000 miles on the Flathead
was really high mileage - I believe it had one rebuild under it's belt
before I replaced the cracked cyl head - and the hemi was a total
rebuild at 100,000. - the Ranger is at 212,000 miles and has never
been open - - -
On Monday, March 7, 2016 at 6:12:02 PM UTC-8, rbowman wrote:
Yep, had several late 30s, drove a 26 buick (buddies inheritance) a short distance.
It really bothers me to have someone braggin one his 32 duece when all that remains of it is a grossly chopped up body and many times even tht is a fiberglass reproduction..
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