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Trying out CIP-1's China-repro 4-bolt 5.5" smoothie wheels
Posted: Wed Jul 22, 2020 9:53 am
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Trying out CIP-1's China-repro 4-bolt 5.5" smoothie wheels
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You can purchase them in this right red finish, which is what I did (I think white and silver are also choices). Tires are 195/60R15 Goodich's. I had some chrome center bullets on my shelf, and also some chromed plastic lug bolt head covers. Not quite visible are some chrome bullet valve caps also.


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Trying out CIP-1's China-repro 4-bolt 5.5" smoothie wheels
Posted: Wed Jul 22, 2020 9:53 am
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Trying out CIP-1's China-repro 4-bolt 5.5" smoothie wheels
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You can purchase them in this right red finish, which is what I did (I think white and silver are also choices). Tires are 195/60R15 Goodich's. I had some chrome center bullets on my shelf, and also some chromed plastic lug bolt head covers. Not quite visible are some chrome bullet valve caps also.


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WW repro clip kits purchased July 2020
Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:07 am
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WW repro clip kits purchased July 2020
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I had bought a set of those inexpensive repro 5.5" wide 5-bolt smoothie wheels from CIP-1 last year, but have NOT had good luck with the hub cap clips they came with... Old-style Volkswagen wheel hub cap clips kits (http://www.wolfsburgwest.com/cart/DetailsList.cfm…) came in from WW yesterday. They look decent and pretty much "factory style." I ordered 5 kits, and just opened up one of them here to look at. One of the clips is slightly "squished" relative to the others (red arrows), not cool, since I'm gonna want to reshape it slightly (maybe use some propane torch heat?)... In addition to the clips being the nice "tall" style, they also have that nice little crease at the tip end (green arrows) that should make them work with hub caps as they should... So, the plan now is to wire brush the wheels locally where the clips mate up, buck the rivets, and then bring the fully-clipped wheels over to my local powdercoater for stripping & re-coating.


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WW repro clip kits purchased July 2020
Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:07 am
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WW repro clip kits purchased July 2020
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I had bought a set of those inexpensive repro 5.5" wide 5-bolt smoothie wheels from CIP-1 last year, but have NOT had good luck with the hub cap clips they came with... Old-style Volkswagen wheel hub cap clips kits (http://www.wolfsburgwest.com/cart/DetailsList.cfm…) came in from WW yesterday. They look decent and pretty much "factory style." I ordered 5 kits, and just opened up one of them here to look at. One of the clips is slightly "squished" relative to the others (red arrows), not cool, since I'm gonna want to reshape it slightly (maybe use some propane torch heat?)... In addition to the clips being the nice "tall" style, they also have that nice little crease at the tip end (green arrows) that should make them work with hub caps as they should... So, the plan now is to wire brush the wheels locally where the clips mate up, buck the rivets, and then bring the fully-clipped wheels over to my local powdercoater for stripping & re-coating.


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WW repro clip kits purchased July 2020
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WW repro clip kits purchased July 2020
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I had bought a set of those inexpensive repro 5.5" wide 5-bolt smoothie wheels from CIP-1 last year, but have NOT had good luck with the hub cap clips they came with... Old-style Volkswagen wheel hub cap clips kits (http://www.wolfsburgwest.com/cart/DetailsList.cfm…) came in from WW yesterday. They look decent and pretty much "factory style." I ordered 5 kits, and just opened up one of them here to look at. One of the clips is slightly "squished" relative to the others (red arrows), not cool, since I'm gonna want to reshape it slightly (maybe use some propane torch heat?)... In addition to the clips being the nice "tall" style, they also have that nice little crease at the tip end (green arrows) that should make them work with hub caps as they should... So, the plan now is to wire brush the wheels locally where the clips mate up, buck the rivets, and then bring the fully-clipped wheels over to my local powdercoater for stripping & re-coating.


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70 Convertible front trunk latch area
Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:49 am
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70 Convertible front trunk latch area
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My '70 Bug at a local informal gear head gathering, May 2020, Guilford, CT
Posted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:36 am
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My '70 Bug at a local informal gear head gathering, May 2020, Guilford, CT
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Nice day for an informal gathering of gear heads in the "age of lockdowns." Wheels are the repro 5.5" 5-bolt smoothies from CIP-1, and using 4-to-5 adapters. Tires are 195/60R15 BF Goodrich.


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Doug the '60 Bug in some light snow from a few years back...
Posted: Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:43 am
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Doug the '60 Bug in some light snow from a few years back...
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Not sure of the year on this shot, but maybe around 2010 or so.


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Trying out the old Creeky Bug's knobbies on my '70...
Posted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:59 pm
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Trying out the old Creeky Bug's knobbies on my '70...
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Sold the Creeky Bug, but kept the set of knobbies that I put together for it a short time ago. These are the China-repro "Pre-A" wheels, 16"x3.25", and the tires are some super-knobby "Deka" brand tires that Coker sells, that require tubes. I forget the size designation right now--will try to come back and note it. And four-to-five adapters too, of course, No rubbing, but I still think I may put some KYB gas-charged shocks on the back, just to correct that tiny bit of rear end sag. Anyway, fun stuff!


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Trying out the old Creeky Bug's knobbies on my '70...
Posted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:59 pm
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Trying out the old Creeky Bug's knobbies on my '70...
Stock Steve
Sold the Creeky Bug, but kept the set of knobbies that I put together for it a short time ago. These are the China-repro "Pre-A" wheels, 16"x3.25", and the tires are some super-knobby "Deka" brand tires that Coker sells, that require tubes. I forget the size designation right now--will try to come back and note it. And four-to-five adapters too, of course, No rubbing, but I still think I may put some KYB gas-charged shocks on the back, just to correct that tiny bit of rear end sag. Anyway, fun stuff!


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Trying out the old Creeky Bug's knobbies on my '70...
Posted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:59 pm
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Trying out the old Creeky Bug's knobbies on my '70...
Stock Steve
Sold the Creeky Bug, but kept the set of knobbies that I put together for it a short time ago. These are the China-repro "Pre-A" wheels, 16"x3.25", and the tires are some super-knobby "Deka" brand tires that Coker sells, that require tubes. I forget the size designation right now--will try to come back and note it. And four-to-five adapters too, of course, No rubbing, but I still think I may put some KYB gas-charged shocks on the back, just to correct that tiny bit of rear end sag. Anyway, fun stuff!


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Picture of inside of 1970 Bug Convertible header trim piece for jimhens714
Posted: Sat Feb 15, 2020 1:45 pm
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Picture of inside of 1970 Bug Convertible header trim piece for jimhens714
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What it looks like in my '70 Bug Convertible--picture for Jim.


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Creeky at new owner's home, 10/20/2019
Posted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:28 pm
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Creeky at new owner's home, 10/20/2019
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I delivered the car to the new owner's home, a few towns away in Connecticut, on Sunday morning, October 20th, 2019. It had become clear that it was time to pass the car along to another enthusiast, who may have some vision for it and energy to pursue that vision. End of the story for now, but we are friends with the new owner, and will be eager to see what develops in the future. It was a fun nine or so years! Onward and upward!


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Great pleasure meeting Richie from RichiesGarage at Hershey!
Posted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:50 am
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Great pleasure meeting Richie from RichiesGarage at Hershey!
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I've had very satisfying Samba transactions with Richie from Riche's Garage in New Jersey over the years, but this was my first time meeting him in person! A real pleasure! Richie is a very nice guy and very knowledgeable. This photo was taken last week at the big AACA meet at Hershey, PA (October 9-12, 2019), at Richie's flea market space. That's Samba member "moogie32" in the nice posed photo with Richie. Thanks again for everything, Richie, and looking forward to doing more business with you again in the future!


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Nitty-gritty Creeky Buggin' once again, early July 2019...
Posted: Sat Jul 06, 2019 10:48 am
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Nitty-gritty Creeky Buggin' once again, early July 2019...
Stock Steve
The '03 LeSabre that my daughter drives had to go into the shop unexpectedly--thankfully Sarah knows how to drive manual, so she was able to jump into my Subaru, to get to all her jobs. That means that Creeky Bug once again becomes *my* go-to! I was out and about to New Haven and back with it yesterday (7/5/2019), and then a gas-up stop at the Branford (CT) Leetes Island Road Mobil station by the highway. Out and about getting some stuff done today as well. Running good! Happy Saturday...


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Fiitted "Herbie" wheels & tires to Doug the '60 Bug this past weekend
Posted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:30 am
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Fiitted "Herbie" wheels & tires to Doug the '60 Bug this past weekend
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I bought some of those China-repro 15x5.5 smoothies from one of the "hot" California parts houses, that came finished in a nice gloss white, and with hub cap clips already in place. I had my local garage mount & balance the set of 195/60R15 BFGs that I had been running on my other car, and finally put them all on Doug the '60 Bug this past Saturday, 6/22/2019. The clips were NOT happy accepting hub caps, and even though I spent some time tweaking all of the clips, I still lost a hub cap driving to a cruise night on Sunday 6/23 in Derby, CT (where I had a nice photo-op with a '66 Bus from New Haven). I kinda like the "Herbie" look that the fat wheels & RWL tires give the car.


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Fiitted "Herbie" wheels & tires to Doug the '60 Bug this past weekend
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Fiitted "Herbie" wheels & tires to Doug the '60 Bug this past weekend
Stock Steve
I bought some of those China-repro 15x5.5 smoothies from one of the "hot" California parts houses, that came finished in a nice gloss white, and with hub cap clips already in place. I had my local garage mount & balance the set of 195/60R15 BFGs that I had been running on my other car, and finally put them all on Doug the '60 Bug this past Saturday, 6/22/2019. The clips were NOT happy accepting hub caps, and even though I spent some time tweaking all of the clips, I still lost a hub cap driving to a cruise night on Sunday 6/23 in Derby, CT (where I had a nice photo-op with a '66 Bus from New Haven). I kinda like the "Herbie" look that the fat wheels & RWL tires give the car.


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Fiitted "Herbie" wheels & tires to Doug the '60 Bug this past weekend
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Fiitted "Herbie" wheels & tires to Doug the '60 Bug this past weekend
Stock Steve
I bought some of those China-repro 15x5.5 smoothies from one of the "hot" California parts houses, that came finished in a nice gloss white, and with hub cap clips already in place. I had my local garage mount & balance the set of 195/60R15 BFGs that I had been running on my other car, and finally put them all on Doug the '60 Bug this past Saturday, 6/22/2019. The clips were NOT happy accepting hub caps, and even though I spent some time tweaking all of the clips, I still lost a hub cap driving to a cruise night on Sunday 6/23 in Derby, CT (where I had a nice photo-op with a '66 Bus from New Haven). I kinda like the "Herbie" look that the fat wheels & RWL tires give the car.


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Rainy season returns to Southern Connecticut...
Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:31 am
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Rainy season returns to Southern Connecticut...
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Rainy season returns to Southern Connecticut... Coincidentally with my need to commute in the Creeky Bug this week with my Subaru being in the shop. Couple pictures from yesterday evening's (Monday, June 10th) drive home (I-95 northbound approaching the Q-Bridge in New Have, and a Staples stop in Branford), and this morning's (Tuesday, June 11th) drive in to work gas-up stop in West Haven, CT (southbound I-95 service plaza)... Bug's running good! Rain-X is working great! Ha ha!


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Rainy season returns to Southern Connecticut...
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Rainy season returns to Southern Connecticut...
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Rainy season returns to Southern Connecticut... Coincidentally with my need to commute in the Creeky Bug this week with my Subaru being in the shop. Couple pictures from yesterday evening's (Monday, June 10th) drive home (I-95 northbound approaching the Q-Bridge in New Have, and a Staples stop in Branford), and this morning's (Tuesday, June 11th) drive in to work gas-up stop in West Haven, CT (southbound I-95 service plaza)... Bug's running good! Rain-X is working great! Ha ha!


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Rainy season returns to Southern Connecticut...
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Rainy season returns to Southern Connecticut...
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Rainy season returns to Southern Connecticut... Coincidentally with my need to commute in the Creeky Bug this week with my Subaru being in the shop. Couple pictures from yesterday evening's (Monday, June 10th) drive home (I-95 northbound approaching the Q-Bridge in New Have, and a Staples stop in Branford), and this morning's (Tuesday, June 11th) drive in to work gas-up stop in West Haven, CT (southbound I-95 service plaza)... Bug's running good! Rain-X is working great! Ha ha!


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Creeky Bug in New Haven, near old Armstrong Rubber building, 6/9/2019
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Creeky Bug in New Haven, near old Armstrong Rubber building, 6/9/2019
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Drove in to New Haven to mail some stuff at the main post office that’s located right near the big New Haven (CT) IKEA store (IKEA’s campus incorporates the historic old Armstrong Rubber building, that is considered an architectural treasure of New Haven—although it does not appear that IKEA is actually doing anything with it—other than hanging big “sale” banners on it that are visible from the highway--even though they’ve had to have been there now at least 10 or 15 years).


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Doug the '60 Bug out for dinner in North Branford, CT, Wednesday, June 5th, 2019
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Doug the '60 Bug out for dinner in North Branford, CT, Wednesday, June 5th, 2019
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Drove Doug the '60 Bug over to "Nataz" restaurant in North Branford, CT yesterday evening--great food and BYOB--works for me! Rather dim ride back home later in the evening, though, with those *6V* headlights, ha ha!


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Creeky Bug work commuting, Wednesday, June 5th, 2019...
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Creeky Bug work commuting, Wednesday, June 5th, 2019...
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Still haven't done a ton of shakedown driving with this current wheels & tires setup, but brought a bunch of sockets and a breaker bar with me just in case. Of course the bolts holding the adapters to the car, and the bolts holding the wheels to the adapters are different size, LOL!... Photo is at the Branford, CT I-95 southbound side service plaza, gas-up stop on the way to work this morning... Happy Wednesday...


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Cheryl and John from Branford at the North Haven Cruise, 5/27/2019
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Cheryl and John from Branford at the North Haven Cruise, 5/27/2019
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Posted a picture of me and John from my town (Branford) at the North Haven, CT cruise night on Monday evening, May 27th, 2019 (Memorial Day), that was taken by John's wife Cheryl, and realized I needed to post a picture of Cheryl & John's cars too--especially since Cheryl's is a VW! The blue '66 is Cheryl's pride 'n joy, and the red hot rod '74 Nova is John's! Two really nice folks! A picture of them with the Creeky Bug is also added here for good measure!


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Cheryl and John from Branford at the North Haven Cruise, 5/27/2019
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Cheryl and John from Branford at the North Haven Cruise, 5/27/2019
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Posted a picture of me and John from my town (Branford) at the North Haven, CT cruise night on Monday evening, May 27th, 2019 (Memorial Day), that was taken by John's wife Cheryl, and realized I needed to post a picture of Cheryl & John's cars too--especially since Cheryl's is a VW! The blue '66 is Cheryl's pride 'n joy, and the red hot rod '74 Nova is John's! Two really nice folks! A picture of them with the Creeky Bug is also added here for good measure!


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Creeky hitting the North Haven, CT Memorial Day cruise night, 5/27/2019
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Creeky hitting the North Haven, CT Memorial Day cruise night, 5/27/2019
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Beautiful evening to get out to North Haven, CT, on the early evening of Memorial Day, May 25th, 2019. A great group of local car enthusiasts, "The DooWop Cruisers" car club of North Haven runs these cruise nights on Monday nights in the summer, at the North Haven shopping plaza on Washington Avenue in town. I had a chance on Memorial Day to get over there with the Bug and had a great time. The guy with the red shirt posing with me is a fellow old car nut, John from Branford, and John's wife Cheryl took the picture (thanks again Cheryl!). Cheryl is also a Bug driver, and owns a beautiful blue '66 Bug--I will follow up with another picture...


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Creeky hitting the North Haven, CT Memorial Day cruise night, 5/27/2019
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Creeky hitting the North Haven, CT Memorial Day cruise night, 5/27/2019
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Beautiful evening to get out to North Haven, CT, on the early evening of Memorial Day, May 25th, 2019. A great group of local car enthusiasts, "The DooWop Cruisers" car club of North Haven runs these cruise nights on Monday nights in the summer, at the North Haven shopping plaza on Washington Avenue in town. I had a chance on Memorial Day to get over there with the Bug and had a great time. The guy with the red shirt posing with me is a fellow old car nut, John from Branford, and John's wife Cheryl took the picture (thanks again Cheryl!). Cheryl is also a Bug driver, and owns a beautiful blue '66 Bug--I will follow up with another picture...


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First fitment of China-repro 16" Pre-A wheels & knobbies - outdoor photos
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First fitment of China-repro 16" Pre-A wheels & knobbies - outdoor photos
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The first attempted fitment of the red China-repro 16" Pre-A wheels and knobbies was Friday, May 10th, 2019; tried them on the Creeky '69 Bug first, since theywent well with his gnarly character. Used 4-to-5 bolt adapters at all four corners, and 3/8" spacers at the front, to clear the disk brake calipers (the car has Karmann Ghia disk brakes in front fitted). These pictures are from that first-bolt-on, with the car outdoors in the driveway.


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First fitment of China-repro 16" Pre-A wheels & knobbies - outdoor photos
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First fitment of China-repro 16" Pre-A wheels & knobbies - outdoor photos
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The first attempted fitment of the red China-repro 16" Pre-A wheels and knobbies was Friday, May 10th, 2019; tried them on the Creeky '69 Bug first, since theywent well with his gnarly character. Used 4-to-5 bolt adapters at all four corners, and 3/8" spacers at the front, to clear the disk brake calipers (the car has Karmann Ghia disk brakes in front fitted). These pictures are from that first-bolt-on, with the car outdoors in the driveway.


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First fitment of China-repro 16" Pre-A wheels & knobbies - outdoor photos
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First fitment of China-repro 16" Pre-A wheels & knobbies - outdoor photos
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The first attempted fitment of the red China-repro 16" Pre-A wheels and knobbies was Friday, May 10th, 2019; tried them on the Creeky '69 Bug first, since theywent well with his gnarly character. Used 4-to-5 bolt adapters at all four corners, and 3/8" spacers at the front, to clear the disk brake calipers (the car has Karmann Ghia disk brakes in front fitted). These pictures are from that first-bolt-on, with the car outdoors in the driveway.


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First fitment of China-repro 16" Pre-A wheels & knobbies - outdoor photos
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First fitment of China-repro 16" Pre-A wheels & knobbies - outdoor photos
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The first attempted fitment of the red China-repro 16" Pre-A wheels and knobbies was Friday, May 10th, 2019; tried them on the Creeky '69 Bug first, since theywent well with his gnarly character. Used 4-to-5 bolt adapters at all four corners, and 3/8" spacers at the front, to clear the disk brake calipers (the car has Karmann Ghia disk brakes in front fitted). These pictures are from that first-bolt-on, with the car outdoors in the driveway.


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Low angle evening sunlight, Saturday, 5/18/2019, Branford, CT
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Low angle evening sunlight, Saturday, 5/18/2019, Branford, CT
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Another good shakedown run for the Creeky Bug with the new sneakers this evening. Top down experience the best! This is why convertibles were invented...


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Took the Creeky Bug out to meet up with my buddy Bill.
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Took the Creeky Bug out to meet up with my buddy Bill.
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Beautiful weather around here on Saturday, May 18th, 2019, so had to put the top down on the Creeky Bug to take it over to the other side of Branford, CT, to meet up with my old buddy Bill, who runs some great veterans-oriented car shows in our area, and is very committed to veterans causes in general. I had some goodie bag items to donate for a couple of his shows (some imprinted items for my hobby project Shoreline Antique Auto Connection), and so we met up at a local restaurant where a car & bike show were going on. Bill was very gracious to pose for a photo with the Bug. Thanks for all you do, Bill!


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First fitment of China-repro 16" Pre-A wheels & knobbies...
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First fitment of China-repro 16" Pre-A wheels & knobbies...
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First attempted fitment of the red China-repro (not "Red-China repro," LOL) 16" Pre-A wheels and knobbies was Friday, May 10th, 2019. I wanted to try them out on the Creeky '69 Bug first, since I felt they kind of fit his gnarly character. I used some 4-to-5 bolt adapters at all four corners, and also had to use some 3/8" spacers at the front, to clear the disk brake calipers (the car has Karmann Ghia disk brakes in front fitted). These pictures are from first-bolt-on, in the garage, and then rolled outside for one quick shot with the '70 Bug nearby for comparison...


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First fitment of China-repro 16" Pre-A wheels & knobbies...
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First fitment of China-repro 16" Pre-A wheels & knobbies...
Stock Steve
First attempted fitment of the red China-repro (not "Red-China repro," LOL) 16" Pre-A wheels and knobbies was Friday, May 10th, 2019. I wanted to try them out on the Creeky '69 Bug first, since I felt they kind of fit his gnarly character. I used some 4-to-5 bolt adapters at all four corners, and also had to use some 3/8" spacers at the front, to clear the disk brake calipers (the car has Karmann Ghia disk brakes in front fitted). These pictures are from first-bolt-on, in the garage, and then rolled outside for one quick shot with the '70 Bug nearby for comparison...


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First fitment of China-repro 16" Pre-A wheels & knobbies...
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First fitment of China-repro 16" Pre-A wheels & knobbies...
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First attempted fitment of the red China-repro (not "Red-China repro," LOL) 16" Pre-A wheels and knobbies was Friday, May 10th, 2019. I wanted to try them out on the Creeky '69 Bug first, since I felt they kind of fit his gnarly character. I used some 4-to-5 bolt adapters at all four corners, and also had to use some 3/8" spacers at the front, to clear the disk brake calipers (the car has Karmann Ghia disk brakes in front fitted). These pictures are from first-bolt-on, in the garage, and then rolled outside for one quick shot with the '70 Bug nearby for comparison...


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First fitment of China-repro 16" Pre-A wheels & knobbies...
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First fitment of China-repro 16" Pre-A wheels & knobbies...
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First attempted fitment of the red China-repro (not "Red-China repro," LOL) 16" Pre-A wheels and knobbies was Friday, May 10th, 2019. I wanted to try them out on the Creeky '69 Bug first, since I felt they kind of fit his gnarly character. I used some 4-to-5 bolt adapters at all four corners, and also had to use some 3/8" spacers at the front, to clear the disk brake calipers (the car has Karmann Ghia disk brakes in front fitted). These pictures are from first-bolt-on, in the garage, and then rolled outside for one quick shot with the '70 Bug nearby for comparison...


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TIRES for the red set of China-repro 16" Pre-A wheels...
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TIRES for the red set of China-repro 16" Pre-A wheels...
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Wanted something a little out of the ordinary for these wheels... From the applicable page on the Coker web site: "...This is a classic Deka 525-16 truck tire. 5.25-16 size was used in the late forties and fifties and largely OE to imported automobile models..."


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Skinny Excelsior Blackwalls from Coker now on the Pre-A repros...
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Skinny Excelsior Blackwalls from Coker now on the Pre-A repros...
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I knew I eventually wanted these tires, and just had to wait for finances to work out (they are not cheap). These are the Excelsior Stahl Sport Radial from Coker, in size 500R16. I sold the used bias play wide whitewalls that I had on my silver China-repro 16" Pre-A wheels originally. These drive and look very nice on my '60 Bug.


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Bought another set of the China-repro 16" Pre-A wheels...
Posted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:17 pm
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Bought another set of the China-repro 16" Pre-A wheels...
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Didn't go thru the exhaustive stripping, installing clips, and then powdercoating process again this time, like I did with my other set, which are silver. These I bought and then sent straight to the powdercoaters (Shoreline Coatings LLC, in North Branford, my go--to guys) for some basic gloss red. Going to have some fun with tires and center caps options, and may eventually install some hub cap clips, but not for now...


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Creeky Bug, Mid-March 2019
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Creeky Bug, Mid-March 2019
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Put new chrome outlet pipes onto my "BugPipes" header system, and then a little pleasure drive over to the next town over for a little shopping. All pictures from this past Sunday, March 17th, 2019--a.k.a. St. Patrick's Day!


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Creeky Bug, Mid-March 2019
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Creeky Bug, Mid-March 2019
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Put new chrome outlet pipes onto my "BugPipes" header system, and then a little pleasure drive over to the next town over for a little shopping. All pictures from this past Sunday, March 17th, 2019--a.k.a. St. Patrick's Day!


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Creeky Bug, Mid-March 2019
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Creeky Bug, Mid-March 2019
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Put new chrome outlet pipes onto my "BugPipes" header system, and then a little pleasure drive over to the next town over for a little shopping. All pictures from this past Sunday, March 17th, 2019--a.k.a. St. Patrick's Day!


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Creeky in the snow, Saturday, March 2, 2019
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Creeky in the snow, Saturday, March 2, 2019
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I have enjoyed having the Creeky Bug outside in the driveway, ready for me to drive at a moment's notice, thru this winter of 2018-2019, and for the most part it has been possible (either on very dry roads or after some good rains to wash salt away). Come March, now, however, we have been getting some substantial snow in Southern Connecticut. Hopefully we start the swing into Spring very soon now. Clocks springing forward this coming weekend will also be a nice psychological boost, with more usable sunlight in the afternoon...


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Creeky Bug by the James Farm Road Wings, January 2019
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Creeky Bug by the James Farm Road Wings, January 2019
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Took advantage of freshly rain-washed roads (to remove recent salt) and relative mild temps on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, to commute to work in the Creeky '69 Bug. Went out at lunchtime for a quick photo-op by the iconic wings that are part of the James Farm Road bridge over the Merritt Parkway, in Stratford, CT.


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Creeky '69 Bug, still rolling, October 2018...
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Creeky '69 Bug, still rolling, October 2018...
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Here are a couple of recent pictures of the Creeky '69 Bug. Dealt with a few brake problems this summer, but otherwise, still running well. Currently running some 15x6 "MiM" (Italian) alloy wheels (4x130 bolt pattern, no adapters; I bought 'em used from a Samba seller), refinished gloss black, and 195/60R15 radials...


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Creeky '69 Bug, still rolling, October 2018...
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Creeky '69 Bug, still rolling, October 2018...
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Here are a couple of recent pictures of the Creeky '69 Bug. Dealt with a few brake problems this summer, but otherwise, still running well. Currently running some 15x6 "MiM" (Italian) alloy wheels (4x130 bolt pattern, no adapters; I bought 'em used from a Samba seller), refinished gloss black, and 195/60R15 radials...


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Creeky '69 Bug, still rolling, October 2018...
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Creeky '69 Bug, still rolling, October 2018...
Stock Steve
Here are a couple of recent pictures of the Creeky '69 Bug. Dealt with a few brake problems this summer, but otherwise, still running well. Currently running some 15x6 "MiM" (Italian) alloy wheels (4x130 bolt pattern, no adapters; I bought 'em used from a Samba seller), refinished gloss black, and 195/60R15 radials...


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Unusual Italian-mfg 4x130 alloys - refinished
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Unusual Italian-mfg 4x130 alloys - refinished
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Unusual 15" diameter, 6" wide, 4x130 alloys that I purchased recently from a Samba seller--manufactured, it appears, by "MiM" in Italy... Just picked them up yesterday from my favorite powdercoaters (Shoreline Coatings LLC in North Branford, CT: http://shorelinepowdercoating.com/), stripped and refinished in a beautiful gloss black... Now time to start thinking about tires...


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