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Old 04-11-2018   #41
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Old 04-11-2018   #42
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^ The answer is no , they don't work . A search of this forum will show how best to have pictures displayed in posts . Peter
Well, that's embarrassing. But I think I should get some kind of a geezer pass because those vans were barely 15 years old, near new really, when I owned them. I have no idea how to make the photos show in the post but if you right click and follow the link you should see the pictures. I tried it and it worked.
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Just found these pictures of my second bug, "Suzy the Wonderbug", a 1968 that I acquired in 1993 when I was living in Boulder, Colorado.





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I shot those a couple of weeks ago down at the pier.
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I ended up trading my bug for a 94 Jeep Wrangler, ended up being a horrible decision. I miss it often.
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My first car was a red 62 VW Bug. I loved that car, even with all of its issues. The engine needed a cylinder head gasket replaced because oil would leak into the #4 cylinder and foul it after about 300+/- miles. So I kept a set of tools required to pull the plug, clean the fouling, re-gap the plug and after this I was good to go another 300 miles. Sold that car to a cousin who drove it until she seized the engine for lack of oil, what a shame, should've kept it!
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Officially, per the title, this is a '59 VW which was the last year new cars could be brought into Cuba. In reality, it appears to be a late model Mexican manufactured vintage. Best guess is someone smuggled a newer VW into Cuba then acquired a '59 title and paid someone to change the VIN numbers on the title.

The woman is Yudith, my ex- and now late girlfriend. She swapped her '52 Ford convertible, used to take tourists on overpriced rides, for this VW which was in great condition. She was not seriously hurt in the accident as she was in the passenger seat. She never knew how to drive so always paid a driver.

Someone got her wrecked VW to repair it. Few cars are ever junked in Cuba. Yudith got a Yamaha scooter, large flatscreen TV, big refrigerator, air conditioner, and some other appliances in the trade.

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My favorite combination for pictures of older vehicles is the Rolleiflex 3.5 Tessar and Tri-X.

This shot of one of the VWs in the neighborhood was made with the Rollei on TMAX 400, but there's still something about the Tessar that enhances the timeless beauty of these cars.
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My first "real" car after the USN was a 66 bus. It could hit 65 if I drove it off a tall cliff but a Honda 750 would just fit in the back with the seats out. The synchronizer quit but no problem. Just tie a piece of coat hanger wire between the seats, bend a hook in the end and hook the shifter when it hit fourth. Worked great!! Dang but I miss them days.
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Not mine...local Farmer's Market & Car Show...
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I have to wonder how anyone could ever find something to start with restoration and end up with something like this beauty! Thanks for sharing...
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If they bring the VW Bus back... I bet that we will one day see Kodachrome return!

Until then, dream!!!!

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Bet I can make you cry. My motor went south in about 1971 so I bought a factory rebuilt for $400 plus change. I finally traded it when I tried to turn the heat on (ha ha ha) and found that the conduit that carried heat (ha ha) to the front had fallen off, probably somewhere in downtown Chicago-and that was no joke in the winter!
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At VA Beach, so no. But I did have the camper version of the transporter, 72 version, the first year they went to the dual carbs. Bit of a pain until I learned to sync them.
I had a 1972 transporter. The problem I had with the dual carbs was that, since they wanted to run on after turning off the ignition, solenoid actuated valves were provided to kill the gas at shutdown. But they would often malfunction and the engine was starved for gas while running, especially on the highway!

My 68 squareback was even worse, in its own way.

The 59 beetle was good, though.
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I think we have a better chance of inventing a time machine and going back in time to shoot Kodachrome, than the film stock coming back in its K14 form. They may try to capitalize on the Kodachrome name and bring out some product that uses it but it will not be real Kodachrome.

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It strikes me that the old VW bus was "analog" and the new one will be "digital" in nature.

I prefer the old bus warts and all, but they are unaffordable now. The new one would probably accommodate a wheelchair and be friendlier for a lot of people over the age of 60 if for no other reason than the posdibility of autonomous driving. Which I deplore but it may have its uses. How cool is that?

But I am conflicted...

Give me an old bus, or Beetle, manual transmission and let me drive!!!
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My son setting off from home in his '92 T3 Transporter earlier this year. It has had a motor transplant and is now known as a Kombaru.

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It strikes me that the old VW bus was "analog" and the new one will be "digital" in nature.

I prefer the old bus warts and all, but they are unaffordable now. The new one would probably accommodate a wheelchair and be friendlier for a lot of people over the age of 60 if for no other reason than the posdibility of autonomous driving. Which I deplore but it may have its uses. How cool is that?

But I am conflicted...

Give me an old bus, or Beetle, manual transmission and let me drive!!!
Dave,
There is definitely something to what you said regarding wheelchairs. You know me, liking to think outside the box.
How about a car that is adapted to the wheelchair. No not a minivan or omnibus but a real car. Say, 1985 Mercedes 300TD. Remove the front seat and weld in some wheelchair provision for securing the chair in the car. THEN, we need to get out of the standard wheelchair box and reinvent it. They haven't changed in a century. So we make a wheelchair that is comfortable, with a .120 steel frame that lowers the seat in relationship to the wheel axles and doubles as a real car seat. Yes it would weigh more but think that with a retrofit kit, it is not hard to imagine taking one's loved one out for a Sunday drive in an old car that perhaps you grew up with.

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There is definitely something to what you said regarding wheelchairs. You know me, liking to think outside the box.
How about a car that is adapted to the wheelchair. No not a minivan or omnibus but a real car. Say, 1985 Mercedes 300TD. Remove the front seat and weld in some wheelchair provision for securing the chair in the car. THEN, we need to get out of the standard wheelchair box and reinvent it. They haven't changed in a century. So we make a wheelchair that is comfortable, with a .120 steel frame that lowers the seat in relationship to the wheel axles and doubles as a real car seat. Yes it would weigh more but think that with a retrofit kit, it is not hard to imagine taking one's loved one out for a Sunday drive in an old car that perhaps you grew up with.

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Haha!!! Good ideas! Thankfully we get by with a folding ultralight the few times we need to walk long distances each week (more than 5min.)...

I like the way you think!

Way down the road, who knows what will be going on or needed. My sister and her husband just moved to Florida (they are both in their 80s), and now living with their son, he has to give up his driver's license soon. As baby boomers advance in age, I can see where roomier vehicles (hopefully not the bloated SUV types now) would be much easier for the elderly and ill to use. I wish I had saved enough over the years to have a full-time chauffeur!

Ford is dropping all their cars for SUV type vehicles, except for two. I would like to see a lot of older parents get in those vehicles with seat heights like a Navigator or even an Explorer. Forget pickup trucks!
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I don't think I have a photo of our 71 orange and white bus and that doesn't make me sad. Of all the vehicles we've had over some 50 years, it was neck-and-neck with my wife's Austin America for worst vehicle owned. It made my Renault R5, also orange, appear to have Subaru-like reliability. I have no nostalgia for that bus, only a determination to never, never, never again buy a Volkswagen. I would rather borrow my neighbor's carriage and one of his slower horses that buy one of them again. Thus endeth the rant.
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Hehe, heh..My 62 Beetle outlasted my 71 Toyota.... and every Chevrolet I bought after that. Yeah, it took maintenance, but I like a little aggravation in life, otherwise I would have never owned six MG cars!

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My favorite combination for pictures of older vehicles is the Rolleiflex 3.5 Tessar and Tri-X.

This shot of one of the VWs in the neighborhood was made with the Rollei on TMAX 400, but there's still something about the Tessar that enhances the timeless beauty of these cars.
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I like that shot!
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My son setting off from home in his '92 T3 Transporter earlier this year. It has had a motor transplant and is now known as a Kombaru.

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Ah, youth.... I like his style!
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My wife's 1974 Super Beetle in 2003. She still has it but hasn't run it for some years.


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An open letter to Volkswagen!

BOOOOOOOOO!!!

https://newsroom.vw.com/vehicles/wit...-byebyebeetle/

Just when I was getting excited about Volkswagen, they cheated on diesels and got caught to the tune of losing billions of dollars. Now they are ending Beetle production!

Guess I will be thinking about a vintage Beetle after all....but I hope they change their mind.

Time to take camera in hand and visit some car shows.
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Chris, I wish I had kept mine.... sigh...
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I believe these types of windowed VW kombies were also always popular in the USA, except for the pickup truck and commercial panel van versions due to the Great Society man, LBJ, and his chicken tax.
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Is it possible another Beetle will be part of my life? I must find a VW show to visit come Spring...
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Richard, your photo reminds me of what I loved about my Beetles. The wrench.

Back when I had more time than money, the VW was the perfect car because you could repair pretty much anything on them with basic hand tools. Over the years of ownership I completely rebuilt and installed two motors, reconstructed the entire front suspension and H-beam, reattached a body to a chassis, turned down brake drums by hand, replace all brake lines, patched a hole in the gas tank, rebuilt unknown numbers of carburetors, replace windows, interiors, etc., etc, all with basic hand tools. It truly was a Do-It-Yourself automobile.

I miss mine, and the days when I had time to work on them.

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