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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 5:34 pm    Post subject: Re: '64 vert, Java Green Reply with quote

I drove the 64 vert 295 miles down to Northern NJ last weekend for the AirRaid VW event Island Dragway, Great Meadows, NJ.

Met up with a bunch of other VW friends at a Brew Pub in Jersey.
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Test fit by Manny Hernandez.
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Following Casey Masterson around.
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Cul de sac camping, near the Delaware Gap.
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It was chilly.
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Show and swap time.
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Lined up for morning test runs.
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Dial In for 1/8th mile.
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Go time!
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Going home time...
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:02 pm    Post subject: Re: '64 vert, Java Green Reply with quote

I got the 64 vert out for some early Spring action this year.

Feb. 25, 2017.

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April, 7, 2017, engine tune-up and prep. for NJ trip this weekend.

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Clean heads.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2016 7:49 pm    Post subject: Re: '64 vert, Java Green Reply with quote

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Figuring out the lower rear tack strip trim.
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Did that tack strip trim come with your top?
My current top has that type of strip but the new top didnt come with a strip. I really dont want to spend $300 on chrome trim since I dont want the chrome anyways.


The top came with the vinyl tack strip. The metal tips were sourced from my upholstery guy.
Well the company my top is from seems to be dragging their feet on the strips, where did you get your top or what brand is it?


I got the top and wood bows from BugCity in Berlin, CT. www.bugcity.com
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 11:23 pm    Post subject: Re: '64 vert, Java Green Reply with quote

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Figuring out the lower rear tack strip trim.
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Did that tack strip trim come with your top?
My current top has that type of strip but the new top didnt come with a strip. I really dont want to spend $300 on chrome trim since I dont want the chrome anyways.


The top came with the vinyl tack strip. The metal tips were sourced from my upholstery guy.
Well the company my top is from seems to be dragging their feet on the strips, where did you get your top or what brand is it?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2016 5:39 pm    Post subject: Re: '64 vert, Java Green Reply with quote

Out and about in my 64 vert today. Weather was cold but clear. Hopefully an early end to winter here in the Boston area.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2016 5:25 pm    Post subject: Re: '64 vert, Java Green Reply with quote

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Figuring out the lower rear tack strip trim.
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Did that tack strip trim come with your top?
My current top has that type of strip but the new top didnt come with a strip. I really dont want to spend $300 on chrome trim since I dont want the chrome anyways.


The top came with the vinyl tack strip. The metal tips were sourced from my upholstery guy.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2016 11:48 pm    Post subject: Re: '64 vert, Java Green Reply with quote

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Figuring out the lower rear tack strip trim.
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Did that tack strip trim come with your top?
My current top has that type of strip but the new top didnt come with a strip. I really dont want to spend $300 on chrome trim since I dont want the chrome anyways.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:43 pm    Post subject: Re: '64 vert, Java Green Reply with quote

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So, I finally got this car registered and titled correctly as a 1964.

Some time after I bought it the car I realized the VIN on the tunnel was very hard to read, and somewhere along the way the first digit was recorded wrong, and the car was registered and titled as a '62. There were a few obvious signs of it being a '64 too (see page 1 of this thread).

So I started with a call to my insurance company, then a trip to my local registry of motor vehicles. They gave me the correct forms to apply for a title change and to get a visual VIN verification. For this, I drove to my local Police station and had an officer verify the VIN visually. I sent my forms in and requested a VIN change and model year change.

Unfortunately the state title department sent it all back to me and requested a letter from the vehicle manufacturer to confirm that the VIN corresponded to a 1964 VW. I would have thought they would have that information themselves, but oh well.

So I surf over to vw.com and they have live chat. I asked about getting a letter to confirm the model year of my bug. Eventually they pointed me to the museum in Germany to get a birth certificate for the car. Before applying for a birth certificate, I checked out this thead on the Samba:
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I was glad I read the most recent pages on the above thread. Seems like it could take 8-12 months to get a birth certificate from Germany. "Forget that", I said to myself. My RMV form from my insurance company was only good for 30 days.

I quickly pulled some VW books off my bookshelf and found four good sources that verified my model year and VIN. I made some copies, contacted the title department, explained what I had for verifying documents and they said that was OK. Another trip to the local registry and $75 later I finally had the correct model year and VIN on my reg. and title.

Here are the books I used to document my VIN and model year:

- Volkswagen History to Hobby by Bob Cropsey
- VW Idiot's guide by John Muir
- Volkswagen Illustrated Buyer's guide by Peter Vack (motorbooks)
- Wolfsburg West catalog
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2016 10:17 am    Post subject: Re: '64 vert, Java Green Reply with quote

Car looks awesome Stan! Hope to check it out at the shop sometime
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2016 7:50 pm    Post subject: Re: '64 vert, Java Green Reply with quote

So, back in the winter of 2011 I replaced the top on this convertible.

The old top was pretty well used up, and I reinforced it with a brown tarp until replacement could happen.
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New header bow.
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I re-used these two bows.
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The lower outer rear tack bows were replaced with some free scraps from Home Depot.
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Also replaced those upright wood pieces on the sides of the frame.
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This is a simple vinyl top, no fussy headliner or padding for me.
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Header treatment.
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Figuring out the lower rear tack strip trim.
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I'm happy with the top, and it is very easy to maintain and use.
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Got some new tires too, for real driving.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:31 pm    Post subject: Re: '64 vert, Java Green Reply with quote

My '64 vert is at the Big E auto parts swap meet this weekend, 1/16-17/2016, in West Springfield, MA. See www.apswapnsell.com for more info.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2015 7:10 pm    Post subject: Re: '64 vert, Java Green Reply with quote

Putting on some late season miles.

Christmas Eve 2015, Holliston, MA... TOP Down!
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Today at the Wayside Inn Grist Mill, Sudbury, MA.
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New fans.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2015 2:06 pm    Post subject: Re: '64 vert, Java Green Reply with quote

I replaced the old, stiff steering box in the '64 vert this week.

Here is the old steering box in place. It was hard to turn and forget about wheel return after turning.
I first removed the tie rods to confirm the problem was with the steering box, it was.
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New TRW steering box.
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These mount studs need to be transferred from the old box to the new one. Mine came out with no problems after some cleaning and lube.
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My old steering box was from a '55-'61 bug, which has a larger output shaft and different pitman arm.
Bug City in Berlin, CT supplied me with the used '62-'65 pitman arm, shown installed on the new TRW steering box.
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'55-'61 pitman arm in foreground wouldn't work with new steering box.
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New steering box installed. Also replaced the right side tie rod ends and greased the left side ones.
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Much nicer steering now. Next step is an alignment.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2015 9:10 pm    Post subject: Re: '62 vert, Java Green? Reply with quote

I recently fixed an oil leak on my '64 vert and was able to drive it again, after a year-plus slumber.

Oil cooler bracket broke away and caused a steady oil leak.
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Motor back in and not leaking!
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Took it for a cruise to see my buddy Cisco at his bike shop in Framingham, MA. That's his '66 bug.
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Washed the vinyl top I installed a few years ago.
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Took it to lunch at my favorite Mexican eatery in Framingham.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 1:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, the centre pressing on the decklid finishes early next to the light housing. That together with a t-handle indicates a 64 decklid as well.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The rear seat material is specific to 64 beetles only and is not reproduced as of today. So java green, small windshield and that cloth should make it a 1964. My guess is that the year was typed wrong on the reg. at some point. I had a hell of a time earlier this year trying to explain to the RI DMV that my 68 beetle vin# was the engine #. A 40 year old DMV error. Good luck with it Stan.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2009 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Michael Fischer wrote:
The back seat cover is 64 only.


Ding ding- we have a winner! Spotted that upholstery right away- other clue: steering wheel and horn bar. Good spot Mannaxman on the cover plates.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2009 1:04 am    Post subject: '62 vert, Java Green? Reply with quote

What number is on the body VIN plate?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks like someone really messed with the VIN..I hope it's not stolen. Probably just because of the body swap.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree, Java Green with that upholstery, that is a 1964 convertible.
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