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swhitcomb Mon Sep 13, 2021 3:46 pm

So I bought a 66. Didnít intend to, but couldnít pass it up. Pretty original car. A lot of the parts missing in the pics are included with the car. My 10th air cooled VW.



























Clearly going to need channels. Someone recently replaced the passenger floor, and patched the drivers pan. Itís still 6 volts still has what Iím pretty sure is the original 1300. My plan is to restore the pan, replace the channels, fix the little bit of rust, and drive it. A lot of the paint is original and I plan to leave it, and maybe blend any repairs. Of course, plans sometimes change so weíll see what I do in the end. [/b]

Pruneman99 Mon Sep 13, 2021 4:10 pm

Nice find. Some rust issues to deal with. But without looking up the engine number against the cassis number, I'd bet that was the original engine.

That polly tire is awesome.

SevenOaks Mon Sep 13, 2021 4:14 pm

Congrats on that. Itís an early 66 like mine - no emergency flasher. Any idea on the condition of the engine yet?

swhitcomb Mon Sep 13, 2021 4:56 pm

SevenOaks wrote: Congrats on that. Itís an early 66 like mine - no emergency flasher. Any idea on the condition of the engine yet?

I think itís a euro 66 based on the ignition switch being on the column.

The engine turns freely and itís all there. I think I can get it to run. Thatís my plan before I dig into it at all. Fresh oil, fresh gas, clean the plugs, and see if I can get it running.

The rust issues donít bother me. Iíve dealt with much worse.

Chickensoup Mon Sep 13, 2021 5:06 pm

Lets go :D its not a euro based on the bumper bracket holes on the apron but it could be a Tourist Deliver car. Nice car. Killer patina but shiny or as works. Nice car

Blue Baron Tue Sep 14, 2021 12:13 am

Steering lock and missing 4-way flashers would ordinarily indicate a Euro car. They could be ordered with U.S. spec bumpers over there.

Tourist delivery cars were normally to U.S. spec.

No matter. Great to see it being saved!

SevenOaks Tue Sep 14, 2021 4:17 am

My 66 also has the steering column lock/ignition switch and no flashers. Everything else appears to be US spec.

matthew henricks Tue Sep 14, 2021 7:16 am

Nice. US Spec European Delivery. Usually this had the steering lock and red/amber tail lights. Have fun with it.

Love the optional and super rare wasp nest. I hear those take years to get.

Have fun with it.

h~moto Sun Sep 19, 2021 5:09 pm

Engine number would indicate a January 1966 build.

swhitcomb Tue Sep 21, 2021 6:35 pm

h~moto wrote: Engine number would indicate a January 1966 build.

Yes sir. VIN matches that build date too.

swhitcomb Wed Sep 22, 2021 12:32 pm

So I brought it home Sunday.







I cleaned and vacuumed it, and took an quick inventory of what came in the box of stuff that came with it. It clearly will need heater channels, and I most likely will replace the patched drivers side pan.











Cleaned the engine up a little.



Then I went and bought a used set of 3 fenders and a shifter for a great price.







I managed to piece together 2 bumpers, 2 headlights, and 2 tail lights from the parts in the box it came with. Then I put it in the garage so it is out of the weather.





SevenOaks Wed Sep 22, 2021 1:38 pm

Love the license plate on the Thing!

sportin-wood Wed Sep 22, 2021 1:43 pm

Were those pans replaced at some point? They look decent despite the car's age!

downsbs1 Wed Sep 22, 2021 1:49 pm

Man, thatís a solid car! Nice score!

swhitcomb Wed Sep 22, 2021 1:57 pm

sportin-wood wrote: Were those pans replaced at some point? They look decent despite the car's age!

Passenger side was replaced. Drivers side is original and someone welded a big patch over the hole.

swhitcomb Wed Sep 22, 2021 1:59 pm

SevenOaks wrote: Love the license plate on the Thing!

Yes, thatís the wifeís toy. Itís a fix as you go driver.

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=475779&highlight=

swhitcomb Wed Sep 22, 2021 2:00 pm

downsbs1 wrote: Man, thatís a solid car! Nice score!

Yeah, I went and looked at it with a friend who found it. I didnít have a lot of hope for it, and went with the intention of saying one too many projects and I donít want it. For the $500 the guy wanted, I couldnít not buy it.

downsbs1 Wed Sep 22, 2021 2:03 pm

swhitcomb wrote: downsbs1 wrote: Man, thatís a solid car! Nice score!

Yeah, I went and looked at it with a friend who found it. I didnít have a lot of hope for it, and went with the intention of saying one too many project and I donít want it. For the $500 the guy wanted, I couldnít not but it.

$500?????? You basically stole that thing! Thatís so awesome!

swhitcomb Wed Sep 22, 2021 3:10 pm

downsbs1 wrote: swhitcomb wrote: downsbs1 wrote: Man, thatís a solid car! Nice score!

Yeah, I went and looked at it with a friend who found it. I didnít have a lot of hope for it, and went with the intention of saying one too many project and I donít want it. For the $500 the guy wanted, I couldnít not but it.

$500?????? You basically stole that thing! Thatís so awesome!

Yes sir. $500 and it was about 25 mins from my house. Doesnít have a title yet, but still a steal for the price. Itís pretty much complete and has a free turning motor. Havenít tried to get it running yet, but thatís next.

bigdog1962 Thu Sep 23, 2021 5:40 am

Your 10th VW and you bought that project. It is an understatement to say you certainly have a passion for VWs! Look forward to following your progress.



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