Category Archives: VW Beetle
Thanks to Lenora, Shauna and Colby for picking up some new VW die cast to add to the collection. Colby found a really cool M2 1956 VW Beetle Deluxe model kit complete with wheel options and lift. Lenora found 2 Walmart exclusive M2 VW’s. A 1959 VW Microbus Deluxe and a 1953 VW Beetle Deluxe. Both with really neat paint schemes. Shauna picked up a Hot Wheels “The Beatles Yellow Submarine” Kool Kombi and a Artistic License Series VW Bug. Both are really cool, love The Beatles Kombi!
Got 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.
Lenora Boyd and Shauna Kristine Boyd got me some awesome Fathers Day gifts….a lot of them are for our ’68 Beetle Mabel…Lenora got an awesome vintage cooler and authentic luggage straps!!! Thanks to Darin Allen and Nicole Wuerffel Allen for helping her pick a great cooler! And the straps came from Foreign Concepts VW in California…great quality and great fit….Shauna knows all of my vices….sunflower seeds and pop art…an awesome Hot Wheels Beatles VW van and Hula Girl for Mabel…..couldn’t be happier.
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!
Today 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!