Settling In

Settling in for a long winter. More »

Roof Rack

New roof rack installed. More »

Coil Added

Installed threaded inserts to secure the coil and fuel line holder. More »

Classified Ads

Check out our classified ads page. You may just find something you like! Posting is FREE! More »

New Shifter and Ebrake Boot

New Hurst style shifter and emergency brake boot. More »

Rebuilt Speedometer

Took apart and cleaned the speedometer. More »

Refurbished Oil Bath

Refurbished the oil bath. More »

New Bumpers

New bumpers and refurbished bumper brackets installed. More »

New Horn Ring

Installed a new horn ring. More »

Getting Clean

Getting all of the Beetles clean. More »

New European Tag

New custom European tag. More »

New 3rd Brake Light

New custom 3rd brake light. More »

Badged Hood

Like the look of the badge on the hood. More »

Car Show

Getting setup for a local car show. More »

Our 2015 Hot Wheels Camaro RS

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Vintage Radio Installation

Installed a NOS vintage radio. More »

 

More Progress

Doors OffDoors OffComing A PartNo SurpriseGood Heat ChannelRusty SurpriseLenora and I spent a few hours cleaning out and re-arranging the garage to make a little more room to work on the Beetle. All the while, we were watching Christmas movies (Elf and Christmas With The Kranks) on the tv in the garage. Afterwards, spent some time removing more parts and inspecting the body a little closer with some sanding and grinding. Both doors came off with ease, I’ve never had that much luck getting bolts out of the door hinges before, they’re usually a royal pain in the butt. Sanded the passenger side quarter panel, no big surprise, solid metal, no rust or bondo. Took the wire brush to the passenger side heat channel, again, so surprises, very solid and minimal surface rust. Hit a few spots on the floor pans, surface rust cleaned up well. Found one nasty pocket of rust around the passenger side bumper mount. Shouldn’t be a major fix, but I’m hoping that’s the only hidden rust that I come across.

First Restoration Attempt (1983)

1972 BeetleMy first attempt at a restoration happened way back in 1983/1984, our junior and senior year of high school. A group of about 6 of us were involved with the rebuild of this Beetle and most of the others involved were also Beetle owners. This was my first Beetle, it was actually my second. My first was purchased the previous summer with money that I had earned by cutting grass in the neighborhood. I paid for half of it and my parents paid the other half. A total of 500 dollars! I remember driving it home and looking at the road through the missing parts of the floor pan. It was a disaster, but it was mine. The idea was to “fix up” this old Beetle and give it new life. It was a 1972 Super Beetle. My friends and I spent a couple of months working out a game plan to bring new life to this fun little car. However, it was quickly apparent that this poor little car was just too far gone to bring back to life. It would cost way to much money to fix and finding somebody to take on the task would be impossible. Through luck and fate, I was able to acquire another ’72 Beetle from a junk yard that had a much better body, but was pretty much missing everything else. (that’s a whole other story) So the idea was to take the junk yard body and transfer everything off the running Beetle to it. Simple, right? So on a Friday after school, we acquired the junk yard donor, got it to my parents house and the work began. Three days later on Monday morning, I drove the FrankenBeetle to school. My friends and I, along with my dad, spent countless hours that weekend building one Beetle out of two. It was certainly an accomplishment. The next few winter months were spent doing body work and finally having it painted at the vocational school the following spring. It was a great project, it was a great time that I’ll cherish forever!

First Hurdle

As I begin to put together a laundry list of items that will have to be replaced on the Beetle, I concentrated on a big ticket item and probably the most time consuming and nerve racking, the wiring harness. The wiring harness in the Beetle isn’t in terrible condition, but it is over 40 years old and some of the insulation on the exposed wiring is a bit brittle. So as I began to research a complete wiring harness, I found numerous sites that offered harnesses for just about every year of Beetle…..except for a 1974 Super Beetle. I’ve posted on a couple of forums and emailed a few businesses that sell wiring harnesses so hopefully somebody can shed some light as to why a wiring harness for a 1974 Super Beetle is so hard to find. Worse case scenario is that I repair the existing harness or try to find another original harness that’s in better shape than the one I have. Either way, we’ll figure out something.

Welcome To Kentucky Hot Wheels

Welcome to the new Kentucky Hot Wheels web site. Where all things are Hot Wheels and VDubs. Since we’re avid Hot Wheels collectors and VW enthusiast, what better way to share both of our passions. We’ve added a Classified Ad’s section in hope that local traders, sellers and buyers will use it and avoid other bogus online auctions and classifieds. All ads have to be approved by us before they’re posted. It’s a very easy process. We’ll also be using this site to document the restoration of our 1974 VW Super Beetle, so be sure to keep checking back often for updates. If you see anything missing from this new web site or you can think of a way to make it better, be sure to use the Contact Form to let us know.

Tear Down Begins

Tear Down BeginsTear Down BeginsTear Down BeginsTear Down BeginsTear Down BeginsSo, between cutting the grass and trying to make room in the garage for the Beetle, I managed to start the tear down process. Sorting and separating what is trash and what can be re-used. The process sure brings back some old memories of evenings after school when Robert Love, Terry Diamond, Charlie Greene, Ray Roe, Rodney Salyers and myself would spend hours upon hours working on our old Beetles. No big surprises so far, the body is very solid on this car. Not much to look at, but a great foundation to start with. I’ll be posting pictures as I can and documenting the entire process. You’re all more than welcome to join in on the fun and get your hands dirty… You can check out all of the photos here!

1974 VW Super Beetle Restoration

Coming HomeWe picked up our 1974 VW Super Beetle today in Louisa, Kentucky. It’s a very solid body, no rust in the floor pans, fender wheels, etc. It needs a lot of TLC and some replacement parts. And so, the restoration project begins!