Category Archives: Projects

Skid Plate Install

20160623_143958Installed the skid plate this afternoon that I ordered from vdubparts.com. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m very pleased with the quality and fit of the plate. Had it installed in just a few minutes. Just an extra layer of protection against road rash. If you’re looking for a good, quality, piece that’s priced right, check out vdubparts.com.

Skid Plate

20160620_20593520160620_211715Got the skid plate in the mail today that I ordered from vdubparts.com. Very fast shipping, quality of the part is excellent. It came in raw steel just as advertised, so I cleaned it and gave it a fresh coat of paint just for rust prevention. I’m sure I’ll wear the paint off the bottom soon enough. I hope to get it installed this week, more pics to follow.

Another Walk Around Of Mabel

Testing some new software.

Walk Around Mabel

A few of you have asked for more pics of Mabels interior, engine compartment, etc..so this evening, I did a little walk around video. Enjoy!

Mabel Gets An Oil Change

Ready For Oil ChangeDirty EngineOil UsedOil Change KitClean EngineToday was the day for Mabel to get her oil changed. There’s always a huge debate about which kind of oil to use in these old cars, but we won’t get into a debate about that, I’ll just let you know what I use and what works for me. I always start with getting the car as level as possible, running the engine long enough to get the old oil nice and warm so it’ll drain easily. I remove the oil drain plate (10mm) and let the oil drain into the oil catcher. I’ll let the oil drain for at least 30 minutes or so. This is also a good opportunity to tidy up the bottom of the engine, removing any oil and dirt from the cooling fins. I also like to give the oil drain plate a fresh coat of paint, just to make it look nice. Oil changing kits are readily available and pretty cheap. Most will come with new copper washers, gaskets and a oil strainer. If you’re re-using your oil strainer, just clean it good with a degreaser and make sure there isn’t any sludge in it. I usually use the strainer twice before replacing it with a new one. When you put your oil drain plate back on, make sure you use the correct washers and have the gaskets in the correct place. Do not over tighten the nuts that hold the plate in place. Just hand tighten them. My engine requires 2.65 quarts of oil, your engine probably requires the same amount. I use 2.15 quarts of Rotella T 15w-40 and .5 of the STP oil additive. I use the oil additive for its zinc content. Your air cooled engine will love this combination!

New Staging Prop

60's Transistor RadioI’ve been looking for one of these for a few weeks now and finally found one on Ebay at a very reasonable price. Not only that, but it’s only about 50 miles away from where I live. Just wanted it as a staging prop for car shows. Nothing says the 60’s like a nice transistor radio. Best of all, it’s new old stock in the box and it works!

New Trunk Liner

New Trunk LinerNew Trunk LinerNew Trunk LinerGot my new trunk liner from Wolfsburg West today. Very pleased with the fit, quality and price (minus the cost of shipping which was more than the cost of the product). Just what Mabel needed to dress out the trunk a bit. Made from the same material as the original liner, you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference.

Speaker Vibration

Vibrating ScreenVibrating ScreenEver since I got the radio installed in the Beetle, there was this vibration coming from the speaker grill any time the volume was turned up. Took out the grill today and determined that the vibration sound was the wire mesh that sits between the speaker grill and the speaker. At some point in Mabel’s life, some body had installed a piece of vinyl between the speaker grill and the opening for the speaker to keep air from coming through, so I removed that and secured the wire mesh with double sided tape…no more vibration and with the vinyl removed, it sounds so much better.