Category Archives: Projects

Arm Rest / Handle Install

New Arm Rests / HandlesNew Arm Rests / HandlesNew Arm Rests / HandlesNew Arm Rests / HandlesThe OG arm rests / handles that I ordered for Mabel came in the mail yesterday, so I got them installed this evening. Now we can shut the doors without rolling down the windows. Had been looking for originals at a decent price for a couple of months and finally came across a set the other day on TheSamba.com. Thanks to Ralph Hopper (user TSVW) for a great deal and extremely fast shipping.

New Arm Rests

armrestsThe previous owner of Mabel had about 95% of the interior restored when I bought her. One thing that has bugged me was the lack of arm rests on the door panels, my guess is that they ditched the old ones when the door panels were replaced. Have been looking for months for a good deal on OG arm rests and finally came across one the other day while searching the classified’s on TheSamba.com. Got in contact with the seller and he made me a deal that I couldn’t resist. 20 bucks for OG arm rests and mounting hardware that are in excellent condition. Couldn’t pass up the deal, hopefully they’ll be here in a few days. Now I just have to get the door panels off without screwing them up.

Deck Lid Wall Light Project Part III

VW Deck Lid LightVW Deck Lid LightVW Deck Lid LightVW Deck Lid LightVW Deck Lid LightBetween last night and this evening, I got a lot done on the deck lid wall light. Got the shelf stained and sealed, it turned out exactly the way that I wanted it to. Made a trip to Hobby Lobby and picked up the light for the license plate hood. Got all of the wiring secured. Modified the license plate hood so the light would fit properly. Put everything together and hung it for a test fitting. I’m already working on another unit for a friend of mine, so I’m using the orange license plate hood until I can get my blue one put back one. Still waiting for the seal for the license plate hood, hopefully that will be here tomorrow or Friday and I can wrap this project up and call it complete. I’m very happy with the way it has turned out so far. Hope to get a pic of the finished product in a day or two.

Finished Product:
Finished Light / ShelfFinished Light / ShelfGot the seal for license plate hood in the mail today, so I buttoned up this project. So I ended up with less than 20 dollars in the whole project, but keep in mind, many of the parts where donated. Looking forward to finishing another one for a friend who donated some parts to this one. I’m very, very pleased with the way it turned out.

Deck Lid Light Project Part I

Deck Lid Light Project Part II

Deck Lid Wall Light Project Part II

LED's InstalledLED's InstalledLED's InstalledLED's InstalledI got the LED strip installed on the inner part of the deck lid that will provide back lighting. A friend of mine had ordered a bunch of these on Ebay, so he gave me a set to test. The strip can be cut and soldered in various lengths and double sided tape secures it to the deck lid. These are RGB LED strips, so they can display just about any color at any brightness. Pretty cool! A little bit of cable management and so far, I’m very happy with the results. Just need to make it to Hobby Lobby to pick up the light for the license plate housing, stain (maple) and seal the shelf, then hang it. I’ve already got a request for 2 more.

Deck Lid Light Project Part I

Deck Lid Light Project Part III

Wall Light Project

VW DecklidI’ll just leave you guessing with this pic. But I’ll tell you this….it will not go on a car. It will have a lot more rust on it when I’m finished. It will be functional and serve a purpose. I don’t have a plan for this project, I’m just winging it as I go. Don’t want to have a lot of money into the project, so I’m using spare parts around the garage. If I can do what I want to do for less than 50 dollars, I’ll be very happy!

VW Deck LidStarted with a donated deck lid from a friend of mine. It was actually in really good condition, so I began the process of aging it a bit. Trying to make it look like it’s been sitting in a field for about 20 years. Started by replacing the license plate light hood that I had laying around, also ordered a gasket for the hood. So far, I’m 12 dollars in to the project. Finished the night with some light sanding. BTW, as a rusting agent, I’m using 1 part white vinegar, 1 part hydrogen peroxide and 1 part table salt…heat the area, apply the mixture and let it sit. Works like a charm…!

Rusting VW Deck LidModified License Plate HoodFinished doing all of the sanding that I’m going to do on the deck lid. The idea is to have it look like it’s been sitting in a field for many years. As I mentioned before, I used a mixture of table salt, hydrogen peroxide and white vinegar on the bare metal to start the rusting process. So far, I’m very pleased with the results. I also had to modify the license plate light housing to accept the new light that I’ll be using. Still need to make a trip to Hobby Lobby to find what I’m looking for.

Clear CoatedFinished the rust enhancement, sanding and got everything clear coated in a satin finish. Mounted the license plate, cleaned up the deck lid release and fitted the license plate light hood. Ordered the proper seal for the hood, should be here some time next week. Still need to make a trip to Hobby Lobby to pick up the light, then I need to determine if I’m going to make this just a light fixture or a shelf. All in due time…. 🙂

VW Deck Lid ShelfVW Deck Lid ShelfGot the wood cut for the shelf and the VW badge installed. Still haven’t decided exactly what I’m going to do with the shelf. I cut this prototype out of 2×12, I don’t know if I’m going to stay with that or maybe try a 1×12. Also don’t know if I’m going to stain the wood or paint it. The overall weight of the entire display is much lighter than it looks. Hanging it, even while using the 2×12 for the shelf, shouldn’t be a problem. So far, I’m very pleased with the results… 🙂

Deck Lid Light Project Part II

Deck Lid Light Project Part III

Vintage Radio Install Part II

Vintage Radio InstallationVintage Radio InstallationVintage Radio InstallationFinished installing the vintage radio into the Beetle this evening. Had to remove the air intake to install the back support for the radio. Installed the speaker and buttoned everything up. Very pleased with the end result, wouldn’t hesitate to do it again.

Vintage Radio Installation

Vintage Radio Install Part I

1968 VW Beetle Vintage Radio Install1968 VW Beetle Vintage Radio Install1968 VW Beetle Vintage Radio Install1968 VW Beetle Vintage Radio InstallI’ve been wanting to install a vintage radio in the Beetle for some time now and last week I came across a great deal on a new old stock Tenna Ranger that is period correct. So I received the radio in the mail the other day and was excited to open the box that had been sealed for over 47 years. This is the same radio kit that the dealers would’ve installed at the dealership after you purchased your new Beetle. My next hope was that the radio would actually work after being tucked away that long. Regardless of whether it worked or not, it was going to get installed. So last night, I began the install process. The hardest part so far was removing the dash pad material that would open the hole for the radio. This stuff is extremely tough. But after an hour or so of chipping away at it, the opening was clear and ready for the install. The radio slid right in and locked into place. Next, it was a matter of feeding the wires through the back and connecting the antenna. At this point, it was time to test the radio. Hot wire was connected to the fuse bus, ground wire was secured, wire for the radio light was piggybacked off of the speedo light and the speaker was temporarily connected. To my amazement, the radio fired up, all of the controls and the light worked and even the speaker worked. I was very, very pleased. I quickly tuned in an AM station and listened to the sounds of the 60’s and 70’s. Next, I’ll install the rear support for the radio (air intake will have to come out temporarily to gain access), install the speaker and button up the wiring. Hope to get it finished up tomorrow night.

1968 VW Beetle Vintage Radio Install

Vintage Radio Install

I’ll be installing a vintage Tenna Ranger radio hopefully this weekend, depending on the weather. I know a lot of others are planning on doing a similar project with their VW, so I’ve posted instructions for installing a vintage radio. Just click on the link to the right: Tenna-VW