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Lightning Bug Emblem
Posted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:37 am
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Lightning Bug Emblem
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Over the years, I've had several questions regarding the Lightning Bug emblem pictures in my photo gallery. There really is not much more to tell except these few notations.

There are no markings of any kind on the back side and the finish is "as cast". The mounting pins are cast in and are not threaded. The emblem appears to be made of pot metal and the dimensions are approximately 241mm L x 22mm H x 4.5mm T (w/o pins). The pins are approximately 9mm L.

The only other item of note is that these don't bend, they break. Careful use of a torch helps form them somewhat.

This is the only one I have left and is a reminder of (much) younger days with VWs.

Art LeBrun
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Cables - VW1367 Engine Tester
Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 8:38 pm
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Cables - VW1367 Engine Tester
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A question recently came up regarding cables used on some of the older VW testers. This list is for the old blue box engine tester. It can display timing, RPM, duty cycle etc. and has a timing light built in. The gray cable is for the connection to the built in TDC sensor on the 1/2 side of the block behind the flywheel. The plug is supposed to be attached to one of the alternator studs on the Vanagon. Lots of other air cooled VWs use them as well. Does anyone know the number for the gray cable?

Postscript - the unidentified gray cable has been identified as VAG 1367/9. Also, for many of the older pieces of equipment the prefixes "VW" and "VAG" are used interchangeably.


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Cables - VW1551 Scan Tool
Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 8:31 pm
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Cables - VW1551 Scan Tool
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A question recently came up regarding cables used on some of the older VW testers. This list is for the old blue OBD1 and OBD2 scan tool. It can also work with some of the older blink code systems. I believe that there are others not used in our markets.


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Split Window Beetles Help Berlin Airlift 1948-1949
Posted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:12 pm
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Split Window Beetles Help Berlin Airlift 1948-1949
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This picture is scanned from a book on the Berlin Airlift of 1948-1949. It would seem that the Splits must be nearly new and are part of the ground support teams unloading U.S. Air Force and Allied transport aircraft at Tempelhof Air Base in West Berlin around Christmas 1948. CN-414 is a Douglas C74 Globemaster.

In case you’re interested, the book is titled “Christmas From Heaven”, subtitled “The True Story of the Berlin Candy Bomber” read by Tom Brokaw, illustrated by Robert T. Barrett and music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The book is part of the story of how Americans helped keep West Berlin alive and made friends with the children by dropping candy attached to little parachutes during the Russian blockade of West Berlin in '48 and '49.

This is a neat true story and I highly recommend the book and the included DVD. I’m not sure to whom the photo is credited. The book ISBN is 978-1-60907-700-6.


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Recycle and/or Repurpose
Posted: Wed Mar 30, 2016 8:18 am
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Recycle and/or Repurpose
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Back in the mid 1970s, there was enough engine and transmission repair work at the VW Dealer where I worked to keep 2 of us busy all the time.

Most of the brass synchro rings, shift forks, & valve guides went into the beer fund recycling bucket. I got to looking at a couple of brass reverse gear selector forks and in a moment of whimsy, decided that they looked a lot like turtles. Some green and colored touch-up paint later and there you have them. Still hanging out after 40+ years.

Art LeBrun
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Alternator stand crack - Type 1 (2)
Posted: Thu Mar 10, 2016 7:34 pm
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Alternator stand crack - Type 1 (2)
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After removal of the questionable alternator stand shown in a previous picture, the crack with the dye trace (arrow) shows up more plainly from the inside. Note also the origin of this particular part.

After doing a bit of reading here, it seems that this sort of problem is not unknown and pictures have been posted of alternator stands that actually came off in pieces. A used OEM replacement was procured from the classifieds and cleaned, inspected and installed and that resolved this particular problem.

Art LeBrun
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Alternator stand crack - Type 1 (1)
Posted: Thu Mar 10, 2016 7:24 pm
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Alternator stand crack - Type 1 (1)
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After an engine rebuild on a close friend's 2213 engine, there was a persistent engine oil leak that I was unable to identify. Using UV dye in the oil and the UV leak light, I was able to locate a cracked alternator stand.
This picture was taken using only the UV as the light source and the bright spots are the fluorescent dye traces.

The crack extends ¾ of the way around the lower part of the stand near the base (arrows) and opens up substantially when the engine warms up a little. Oil splashed up from the cam gears drips out at higher rpm, just enough to be annoying.

The stand in question had been powder coated and we wondered if the temperatures required for this process could have in any way weakened this non-Genuine VW part.

Art LeBrun
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Vanagon 2.1L Digifant ECM circuit board
Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 8:55 pm
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Vanagon 2.1L Digifant ECM circuit board
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Back in August, 2012, a friend had his '90 Vanagon towed to my small shop with a no-run condition. I had not looked at Vanagon Digifant in over 20 years, but it all came back quickly upon checking my repair manuals.

All of the usual pin-out checks pointed to a defective ECM, so with nothing to lose, I took it apart to see if there was anything obviously out of place.

I was surprised to find several cracked solder joints (arrows) along the main board at the output transistors.

I was even more surprised that after a good cleaning and re-solder, the engine started and ran just fine. There was no evidence of anyone having opened this particular ECM previously and no evidence of circuit board stress. A known defective was swapped in and the engine would not run, so the repaired ECM was put back in to verify the repair.

Years later, it still runs strong. Go figure!

I saw some recent pictures posted which made me think of the incident. Look into it, you may see what I saw...


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BROSOL OIL PUMP
Posted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 2:15 pm
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BROSOL OIL PUMP
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BROSOL Oil Pump

I recently needed an oil pump with 6 mm mounting holes for an “F” series engine rebuild.
I decided on a pump with 26 mm gears and looked around to see what was available.
The search was short and so was the answer; not much.

I did find several well-known suppliers listing the BROSOL HD pump but only one actually had stock, so I placed my order. I attempted to install the pump, but closer inspection revealed the mis-drilled holes shown in the picture (arrows). I contacted the company and they said to elongate the holes or drill them out to a larger size. I got to 9 mm and it still would not fit, so I contacted this supplier to see if they had a better idea. They did not respond any further, so I doubt I’ll be doing business with them again.

An advertiser here listed a Schadek 6 mm pump with 26 mm gears, so I ordered one from him, but it turned out that he really had BROSOL and not Schadek. I ordered one anyway and it was the same. So a machinist friend elongated the holes using a mill and a jig. Keep in mind that the pump body is nearly ½ inch thick in that area. I installed it, but I’m not happy having to hack up a new part in that manner.

Is it unreasonable to think that “precision” stock engine parts should fit a stock engine? HP stuff is one thing, but stock is something else. I guess I’m just too old school; I remember when there was such a thing as quality parts that fit properly.

Anyone else run into this situation?

Art LeBrun
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Eastbound on I-20, Late January, 1973
Posted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 12:43 pm
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Eastbound on I-20, Late January, 1973
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Heading home to King of Prussia, PA from a visit with family in West Monroe, LA, I took this "selfie" on I-20 near Vicksburg at sunrise.
We did not call them "selfies" back in 1973 however.

The original green '69 Beetle pictured elsewhere here made the trip without complaint.

Art LeBrun
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Aricson VW (Norristown, PA) Parts Delivery Panel at sunrise
Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 8:34 pm
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Aricson VW (Norristown, PA) Parts Delivery Panel at sunrise
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This is a cropped image from a slide of the parts delivery van used by Aricson VW, 2049 W. Main Street, Norristown, PA (now Jim Wynn VW [a good Dealer]).

I took this picture as I was opening the back door of the Service Department in early April, 1974. You can just see the lettering on the side.


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Editorial Assistants
Posted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 10:04 pm
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Editorial Assistants
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Some years ago (2003), while working as a technical editor for Bentley Publishers, I had a pair of rescued kitten brothers. They stayed in my home office with me during the day while I worked, but on occasion, would jump up on my desk looking for a little attention.

Dover (the dark one) and Bristol (the blond one) are both still keeping us company nearly 11 years later. By the way, they are named after favorite race tracks.

Art LeBrun
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* As a sad postscript, our beloved friend Bristol died peacefully at the Vet’s office on Wednesday, June 04, 2014 after a short fight with respiratory disease. His friends miss him.

* As a second sad postscript, our beloved friend Dover died peacefully in my arms at the Vet’s office on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 after kidney problems and a probable stroke. His many friends miss him.


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Single port 1500-1600 intake manifolds
Posted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 10:40 pm
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Single port 1500-1600 intake manifolds
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Recently, I've had problems with non-VW single port manifolds. In both cases, new aftermarket manifolds were installed and could not be made to seal properly at the head. One is on an engine that I built for myself, and the second was on an engine a friend brought to me to correct a running problem. Check out the difference in the connection end and the build quality! If some type of special seal/gasket was available, the aftermarket might be usable...
Long story short, a used genuine manifold is better than a new aftermarket.

Art LeBrun
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P.S. Anyone else run into this problem?
P.P.S. Ran across yet another one of these manifolds at a shop where I know the owner. Same problem; poor running and won't idle.


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The "Boatswagen" from Australia
Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 6:54 pm
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The "Boatswagen" from Australia
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As described in the "Volkslore" chapter of Walter Henry Nelson's book titled "Small Wonder - The Amazing Story of the Volkswagen". This should be required reading for all air-cooled VW enthusiasts. The most recent edition is available softbound from Bentley Publishers.


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FrostFest 2013
Posted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:17 am
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FrostFest 2013
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Single Cab.


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Frostfest 2013
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Frostfest 2013
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View of the swap meet/vendor area looking back from the front door.


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Vanagon Double Cab at the Port of Houston, TX
Posted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:17 am
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Vanagon Double Cab at the Port of Houston, TX
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I took this picture of a late model Vanagon Double Cab on Saturday, July 15, 1989. I was at the Port of Houston to pick up my VWoA Service Training 1990 Corrado which had been delivered to the wrong port in error (was supposed to go to Wilmington, DE). I had to drive the Corrado back to the Washington DC area to teach a class on it early the following week.

Not sure what model year this Vanagon is/was, but it was new at the time of the picture. I took the picture because it was so unusual to see any type of VW commericial vehicle in the USA. I was told that it was a VWoA company vehicle and registered to them.

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Bosch distributor lower drive plate 0231 115 078
Posted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 5:31 pm
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Bosch distributor lower drive plate 0231 115 078
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Lower drive shaft for Bosch distributor 0231 115 078 (VW 113-905-205-AA).
Plastic slip plate (arrow) is cracked and needs to be replaced.


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Special Vehicles at the Puebla Factory
Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 8:17 pm
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Special Vehicles at the Puebla Factory
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During my visit to the VW factory in Puebla, Mexico in October of 1994, I saw many unusual vehicles. I took this picture of a pair of Busses and another "special" Factory vehicle. I was told that this was built from the forward part of a Caribé (Rabbit) for some specific function at the factory and was not a regular production type. Time did not permit a closer inspection of the rest of the vehicle, but as you can see, it is very short. I believe that the green tractor may have been powered by an air-cooled Beetle engine.

Art LeBrun
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Mexican Beetle on the Assembly Line
Posted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 9:51 am
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Mexican Beetle on the Assembly Line
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I took this picture of a Beetle on the assembly line during a tour of the Puebla, Mexico factory in October 1994. The lighting was poor and flash photography was not allowed, and I was not very close, so the quality was poor with my little point & shoot camera.

At that point in the production run, they were not building very many cars in Mexico and the line was stopped for the day.


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Rain or Shine - July 2008
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Rain or Shine - July 2008
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The 2008 SPVWC show at York VW was a good show despite a few sprinkles (read downpour). That's why they put wipers on VWs. Besides, water beading up on a good wax job is a beautiful sight.

Art LeBrun
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Single Cab at the Puebla Factory
Posted: Wed May 13, 2009 5:38 am
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Single Cab at the Puebla Factory
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During my visit to the VW factory in Puebla, Mexico in October of 1994, I saw many unusual vehicles. This Type 2 was one of several "specials" seen on that trip. I was told that this was "purpose-built" for a specific function at the factory and was not a regular production type. I was unable to ascertain what driveline it had and time did not permit a closer inspection of the rest of the vehicle.

Art LeBrun
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Fahrvergnügen Vanagon
Posted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 7:58 pm
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Fahrvergnügen Vanagon
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I was one of the Service Training Instructors at the VWoA facility in Lanham, Maryland in the early 1990s. While there, I got to see a lot of really cool vehicles come and go. This late model Vanagon driven by someone from the Sales Department graced our parking lot one afternoon during the summer of 1991. Don't know anything about it, but it sure was bright!

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Stan's Classic VW Service #1
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 6:50 pm
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Stan's Classic VW Service #1
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As I was leaving Stan's shop on Saturday 4/11, he got a phone call with a question. As usual, he is glad to help in any way that he can.


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Stan's Classic VW Service #2
Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 6:44 pm
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Stan's Classic VW Service #2
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On Saturday 4/11, I had the pleasure of meeting up with my friend and former Bentley colleague, Stanagon, at his new workshop in Natick, MA. We had a chance to discuss business, VWs (naturally!) and family. As always, it is good to see old friends enjoying life.

Although he is starting out slowly, Stan has a wealth of solid VW knowledge and experience to draw on. And his enthusiasm is catching, so give him a call!


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Mexican Beetle Floorpans at the Factory
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Mexican Beetle Floorpans at the Factory
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I took this picture of a pair of of brand-new Classic Beetle floorpans during a tour of the Factory held by VWoA in conjunction with a meeting in Puebla, Mexico in October of 1994. It looked like they pulled these right off the assembly line for us.

The pan in the foreground was all ready for it's red body to be installed. This will eventually be a fuel injected, swing-axle vehicle. Note two of the differences from the German-built brothers; the chassis is body color, not black, the body/pan seal is foam rubber, not solid, Also note the location of the (large) fuel filter for the fuel injected engine.


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Race Car's Day Off
Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 7:39 am
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Race Car's Day Off
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Other pictures I've posted show my 1969 Beetle in various autocross race trim versions. However, my "race car" was also my daily driver. It is pictured here at Pine Grove Furnace State Park south of Harrisburg , PA during the summer of '75 or '76. My wife and I were at an annual picnic of college friends.

I was a volunteer fire fighter at the time and I was allowed to display a blue light on the roof along with fire company ID tags. Also visible is my quarter wave fiberglass CB antenna, the quiet power exhaust, the normal 165 wheels/tires, and my Hot VWs magazine sticker in the rear side window.


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It Followed Me Home - Part 1
Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:32 pm
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It Followed Me Home - Part 1
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I took this picture of my '57 Sunroof Sedan while heading south on US Route 1 in PA about 10 miles from the MD state line. She was securely and legally linked to my '81 Rabbit Diesel Pickup with a tow bar and lights. The engine was in the bed of the Pickup along with my solvent sink and some other things that the commercial movers refused to take with them.

This was taken when VWoA transfered me from the Valley Forge, PA Service Training Center to the Lanham, MD facility in mid-August of 1990. Most of my "stuff" went in the moving company's trailer, but we had cars, tools, and shop supplies that were outside of their responsibility to move, so we did it on our own. It was a relatively short move of around 170 miles.

As always, be sure the trans is in neutral, the steering wheel is unlocked, and the handbrake is OFF!

If you look closely in the oval window, you can see my friend Frank driving my company Vanagon. By the way, the '57 ultimately was sold here on TheSamba.com


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German VW Dealer Service Shop - 1960s VW promo slide
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German VW Dealer Service Shop - 1960s VW promo slide
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Is it real or is it a diorama?

This picture is from a scan of an old glass-encased slide I found when I removed the drawers from my desk. I was the VWoA Service Training Instructor at the Valley Forge, PA Training Center at the time. This slide is marked with the number 15 suggesting that it was part of a set. Wonder what was on the other slides and what became of them? I do have parts of other slide sets from the 1960s, but this is by far the oldest. I believe that this came from a developement presentation given to prospective VW Dealers.


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Delaware Valley Sprint Association (DVSA) Philadelphia PA Area
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Delaware Valley Sprint Association (DVSA) Philadelphia PA Area
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My first race ever with my first car was at General Electric "on the hill" near the King of Prussia Plaza on July 23, 1972. I was still very stock at the time (DS-1) and finished 4th out of 6 in that class. Winning time in the class was by a BMW at 50.89; my time was 56.09; slowest time was 57.28.

D Stock was a sort of catch-all class for unmodified cars that really had no other place and were outside of the generally accepted definition of sports car or sports sedan. That day we had a Vega, a Cortina, a Corvair and a BMW along with a pair of Beetles.

The Beetles did not really fit into anybody's definition of a sports sedan and they tolerated us. They hoped that we would soon see the folly of our ways and purchase a more proper sports cars such as an MG, Triumph, or Porsche. I was always told to "stick with what you know" so I decided to stay with VW and I had a lot of fun over the years. Looks like my girlfriend (eventually my wife) was my pit crew that day.


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1988 Vanagon Syncro Fahrvergnügen Van
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1988 Vanagon Syncro Fahrvergnügen Van
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Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, VWoA exhibited a Vanagon Syncro equipped with JBL sound system gear at some of the big summer show events including big VW shows here on the East Coast, which is where I first saw it. Some of you folks probably also saw it. It made the rounds for a couple of years, and I think there may have been more than one. When VWoA finished showing it, this particular Van arrived at the VWoA facility in Lanham, MD to be stored at the Region. I was one of the Corporate Service Training Instructors based there at the time and I remember seeing it parked up in the storage area while the “higher-ups” decided what to do with it. This particular Fahrvergnügen Van (I think they were also called Jam Vans) had rack-mounted amps, tuners, and decks and I think it had a platform on or through the roof. The rear side glass was removed and speakers were installed in the window openings and the whole Van was wired for 115 Volts AC.

In 1992, it was decided send the Van to auction, but since the audio gear did not belong to VWoA, it all had to be removed. Things of this nature are always rush-rush, so there was no time to ship the Van back to the original installer. As it happened, I was the only technical guy around that day and was asked to handle it. So after I dismissed my class, I moved the Van to my classroom and went to work. The repair order I generated stated: “Removed all audio equipment and associated wiring. Cabinets and racks to remain. 115 Volt wiring to remain.” The RO also notes the VIN, the mileage (04018), and the date (03/05/92). When done, I moved the Van back to the garage and arranged for shipping the gear back to the ad agency in St. Louis, MO. About the only thing I remember about the Van was that it had the noisiest valvetrain that I’d ever heard; probably due to collapsed lifters and lack of maintenance. Years later, a collector purchased the Van and when he heard my story, he asked me for pictures. I sent them to him but never heard another word.

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New Beetles at the Port of Wilmington, Delaware
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New Beetles at the Port of Wilmington, Delaware
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I took this picture while doing research and gathering data for the Bentley Publishers New Beetle Service Manual that I was working on during April of 1999.

This is one of several rows of New Beetles all dressed in their Factory-applied shrink wrap that looked like candy. And in spite of the rainy and overcast sky along the Delaware River, the bright colors of the cars really stood out.


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It followed me home dear... can I keep it?
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It followed me home dear... can I keep it?
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I took this picture of my current '69 Beetle on the day that I picked it up. She was securely and legally linked to my '97 VR6 Passat Wagon with a tow bar and lights and tagged along like an obedient little puppy.

This was taken on the PA Turnpike near Somerset in mid-February, 2004. And no, it was not some nut-case tail-gating me...
Be sure the trans is in neutral, the steering wheel is unlocked, and the handbrake is OFF!

And yes, my wife said that I could keep it.


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Mexican Beetles at the Factory
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Mexican Beetles at the Factory
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I took this picture of rows and rows of brand-new Beetles during a tour of the Factory held by VWoA in conjunction with a meeting in Puebla, Mexico in October of 1994. I was told that these Factory-fresh Type 1s were in that area awaiting worldwide shipment.


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Delaware Valley Sprint Association (DVSA) Philadelphia PA Area
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Several times during the 1970s, the DVSA, working with the Old York Road Sports Car Club, held a charity sprint at the Wanamaker's department store parking lot in Jenkintown, PA. The money and publicity went to benefit the Abington Memorial Hospital. This particular sprint was held in a terraced parking lot, so there was much more elevation change than usual.

The date of this particular photo is May 5, 1974 and a group of friends got together to enjoy participating in this friendly contest of cornering ability and driving skill. The group includes:
Green Beetle (44) class D/M- Art LeBrun (me)
Yellow Tiger class B/S - Howard
Blue 914-4 class C/S - Roger
Yellow Beetle (88) class G/S - Karl
White, red, blue Beetle class S/M - Mike

According to the results sheet from the OYRSCC, Howard and Roger brought home trophies that day! The bike parked between the Tiger and the 914 is Frank's; I don't remember him having a car at that point. Interesting to note that the car hobby has kept most of us close over the years.


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Delaware Valley Sprint Association (DVSA) Philadelphia PA Area
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Another picture taken of me racing my original Lightning Bug "on the hill" at General Electric in King of Prussia near the Plaza. The configuration of the car dates this to the summer of 1974.

Although there were a lot of pictures taken of that old '69 Beetle, I wish I'd taken more close-up pictures, especially of the different engine configurations I used over the years. I seem to have forgotten most of the details and I wonder if I was as particular then as I am now... The moral of this story is to take lots of pictures now so you don't have to trust your memory later.


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Strictly VWs Aircooled Extravaganza 2 - Dover, DE
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Strictly VWs Aircooled Extravaganza 2 at Dover Volkswagen on Sunday 8/3/08. A nice little show! If you look closely, you can see the grandstand of the Dover NASCAR track in the background.


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Strictly VWs Aircooled Extravaganza 2 - Dover, DE
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Strictly VWs Aircooled Extravaganza 2 at Dover Volkswagen on Sunday 8/3/08. A nice little show!


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Wheel & Tire Warning - radial tires on wheels designed for bias-ply tires
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Wheel & Tire Warning - radial tires on wheels designed for bias-ply tires
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Most VW Factory repair information from the 1960s and 1970s had versions of the information shown in this picture. I combined two of them and made a single illustration to help illustrate the point.

My current Beetles are a pair of 1969 sedans and my wheels are the later type with the safety hump. Not sure what I'd do if I had an earlier vehicle; it can present a real problem.


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Volkswagen for the Wehrmacht 1939-1945 (Post-ERA Books)
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"Volkswagen for the Wehrmacht 1939-1945,
Type 82 Kuebelwagen
Detailed Examination of a 'German Jeep' Captured by the U.S. War Department"
Published by Post-ERA Motor Books, Arcadia, CA 91006
©1972 Dan R. Post
Library of Congress Catalog Card 72-84803
ISBN 911160-43-4

A reprint of the US War Department Technical Manual TM E9-803 from 6 June 1944 covering the Kuebel. Interesting from a historical standpoint. Reproduced photos are generally only fair quality. The book says that the Kuebel in question was captured in North Africa early in the fighting and was shipped to the Aberdeen (MD) proving grounds where it was disected and tested to produce a technical manual for the Allied forces who may also have captured one.

From my collection/library.


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Delaware Valley Sprint Association (DVSA) Philadelphia PA Area
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More autocrossing during 1973 at Leeds & Northrup facility in North Wales, PA. I was driving my trusty near-stock 1969 Beetle. Back then, I was usually put in a modified class because the headers and mechanical advance distributor. But the class usually had cars that were much more highly modified and the only way to take home any kind of trophy was if I got real lucky. I was an OK driver, but nowhere near as good as class hotshoes. But I learned a lot and had fun.


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Delaware Valley Sprint Association (DVSA) Philadelphia PA Area
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Autocrossing during August 1973. This time on a course laid out at the now-defunct Leeds & Northrup facility in North Wales, PA. Looks like this was taken while I was driving my 1969 Beetle in a fast section of the course.


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Beetles in the Rain - Summer 1973
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Beetles in the Rain - Summer 1973
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A heavy thunder storm caused runoff to cascade into the new car storage area of Aricson VW, West Main Street, Norristown, PA in the late summer of 1973. I was a Service Advisor at that Dealer at that time and took this picture out of the back shop door at the beginning of the storm when the electric power went out. All of these new 1973 VWs and dozens more had to be moved to higher ground as the water rose. It got so high that it flowed in the rear shop door and out the front door.


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Delaware Valley Sprint Association (DVSA) Philadelphia PA Area
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This picture is of me driving my 1969 Beetle in an autocross at General Electric "on the hill" behind the King of Prussia Plaza (PA) around 1975-1976. I was just coming off the starting line under a full head of steam.

This is from the same series of pictures as the other one I posted a while back, probably the same day since it was the same place.


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Crankcase markings II
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Crankcase markings II
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More information from the later VW repair manuals shown in a previous picture. With so many people working on the venerable air-cooled engines, there is bound to be some confusion over markings.


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Notes of the Practical Work - Engine - Subject 11
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This picture is a composite made from the cover of a notebook and part of page 4. I received the notebook when I attended VW engine school back in 1974. Much of the information that appears in this handout appears nowhere else.


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Overview of AirCooled Family Reunion II - Chesapeake Beach, MD USA
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Overview of AirCooled Family Reunion II - Chesapeake Beach, MD USA
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A couple of dozen air-cooled VW enthusiasts turned out in perfect late summer weather for a get-together here on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Kudos to Eric and crew for organizing a nice family get-together.


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Repair manual set - late models
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Repair manual set - late models
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This is my set of VW repair manuals from the late 60s onward. This particular set includes the air conditioner (ZC), OEM gas heater, and key code books. Types 1, 2, 3, & 4 are covered along with Ghia, Thing, and so on.


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Overview of AirCooled Family Reunion - Chesapeake Beach, MD USA
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A couple of dozen hearty VW souls dodged the forecast raindrops and turned out for an early season get-together here on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.


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Lightning Bug Emblem - Early 1970s
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Lightning Bug Emblem - Early 1970s
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This emblem is a twin for the one that was on my 1969 Beetle autocross car shown in an earlier photo posting. I keep it on my desk as a memento. The one on the car broke when it was removed, but I still have it in my emblem collection.

Not sure of the origin of these, but I bought a bunch from the Dealer (Aricson VW, Norristown, PA) where I worked back in 1973. I was told that they were part of a "Glitter Bug" package marketed regionally by VWoA around that time.

Footnote (03/20/10): I recently located information that confirmed that this emblem was introduced at the time of the "Glitter Bug" Beetles in 1970. The part number was ZVW 813 250 and the suggested retail price was $2.95 as 0f 07/71!


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