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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:57 pm    Post subject: Re: New member, long time owner of 66 beetle Reply with quote

Super cool that you kept the car over time.

Even better that itís your 1st car, try to hang onto that!

I am a 66í fan as well, building one now.

Good luck with it, Iíll be watching your progress!

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:02 am    Post subject: Re: New member, long time owner of 66 beetle Reply with quote

Thanks man!

Yeah, I was SUPER into VW's in the early to late 90's. I've had one of everything except a Thing or Ghia.
I've forgotten a TON of stuff in the last 20 years, though.

Looking for a bolt for my pitman arm at the moment. Can't seem to find mine.

Glad I kept the car a "resto custom" when I was originally building it. Its still my favorite look.

I'd never get rid of this car. I've had it through thick and thin. The last time I ever drove it my little brother was with me and still alive. He's been gone for several years now. I don't get sentimental about machines. Except this one.

I've lurked and browsed the forum on and off over the years. Glad to see so many folks still enjoying these old cars.


Still can't find a set of wheels I love and not sure what will really fit till its all put together and all that. Read through that HUGE wheel/tire thread but still can't really decide what would best suit my needs. I'd like a set of 4.5" sprintstars of brm's for the front and 5.5" or even 6.5" for the rear if they'll fit.
I don't want super skinny tires in the front, so trying to avoid 135's. I'll be running 2"-3" of drop in front on a stock width adjustable beam I bought from Kymco back in 97' and its just sat till now. Stock brakes etc. Will probably spring for some adjustable spring plates for just a wee bit of drop in the rear. Hoping to fit 205/65's back there, or maybe something a wee bit smaller. IDK.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 1:48 pm    Post subject: Re: New member, long time owner of 66 beetle Reply with quote

I totally understand, boy I am so sorry that you lost your brother, wow I canít imagine

Glad to see youíre back on it! Yeah, the wheel choice is a really tough one


Yeah, the tire & wheel thread is super long! I would think you could fit those tires on the rear
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:44 pm    Post subject: Re: New member, long time owner of 66 beetle Reply with quote

I have a '66, too. Same two toned color scheme. Good luck getting her fixed up!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:45 am    Post subject: Re: New member, long time owner of 66 beetle Reply with quote

I know the sentimental thing you got. My 61 is truly the only car my grandfather and I have ever worked on together, and got running. I will never be able to sell her because of that. I know he is still with me just one of the best memories I shared with him.

Can't wait to see you get this thing back on the road.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:50 pm    Post subject: Re: New member, long time owner of 66 beetle Reply with quote

I'm being held up waiting on a pitman arm bolt.

What are the chances my local Ace Hardware has something that will work?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:52 pm    Post subject: Re: New member, long time owner of 66 beetle Reply with quote

compdrag wrote:
I know the sentimental thing you got. My 61 is truly the only car my grandfather and I have ever worked on together, and got running. I will never be able to sell her because of that. I know he is still with me just one of the best memories I shared with him.

Can't wait to see you get this thing back on the road.


Thanks man, me too.

This car hasn't even been vacuumed or washed since 1997 or so. Still has me and my brother's trash in the ashtray.

Its amazing how many of us have these cars we're emotionally connected to.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:59 pm    Post subject: Re: New member, long time owner of 66 beetle Reply with quote

EastCoastCB wrote:
I'm being held up waiting on a pitman arm bolt.

What are the chances my local Ace Hardware has something that will work?


I don't know, but pay attention to the strength rating of the bolt you use. That's a safety-critical, single-point failure item.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:35 am    Post subject: Re: New member, long time owner of 66 beetle Reply with quote

KTPhil wrote:
EastCoastCB wrote:
I'm being held up waiting on a pitman arm bolt.

What are the chances my local Ace Hardware has something that will work?


I don't know, but pay attention to the strength rating of the bolt you use. That's a safety-critical, single-point failure item.


Absolutely!

I'm probably going to order one. I'll just buy enough extra stuff that I won't have to pay shipping for one single bolt.

I think I've settled on wheels. The 911 knock offs with the wide 5 pattern are available in the width and offset that I think I'm after. 4.5's in front with 5.5's in the rear.

I PROMISE to get pics up, and this time I'll save them here. Its tough because my folks live about 25 miles from me and I mow lawns all summer.

And while I have this project going on, I'm in the process of swapping engines in a school bus I own.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:58 pm    Post subject: Re: New member, long time owner of 66 beetle Reply with quote

Pitman arm bolt finally on its way.
Progress is slow, but at least I'm getting somewhere!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2018 2:02 pm    Post subject: Re: New member, long time owner of 66 beetle Reply with quote

Got a set of the wide 5 porsche fuchs knock offs. 4.5" front with 145's and 5.5 rear with 195/65's.
They'll be here in a week or so! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:27 am    Post subject: Re: New member, long time owner of 66 beetle Reply with quote

No updates yet. The wheels/tires are taking a little longer than I hoped but should be here Thursday!

And I bought another bus... A school bus of course. 1999 Freightliner/Thomas with a high hp Cat. My love of VW buses is what got me into fixing up school buses.

Will report back with pics when the wheels and stuff come in.
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