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August 18, 2008

The 74 Beetle Rides Again

Wooo Hooo... We finally finished the Bug! So as a father and son project it was totally satisfying. Me and the boy were able to spend quite a few quality hours together. I think Hefito learned a little bit about how cars work. He is pretty good at removing and attaching Beetle fenders and attaching the fresh air vent.

It turns out that we had most of the parts and I could still remember how most of them went back on the car. It was a challenge and we didn't use all of the stuff I bought mostly because I was getting tired of working on the car and Hefito was anxious to start driving it. Mostly we are talking about rubber parts and such that were way more trouble to change than I ever imagined.

The car looks great (pictures to come soon...)

What did we learn?
- Restoring a car can take A LOT longer than you might think
- Take notes when you remove stuff from a car. You never know when you are going to put them back together (especially wires)
- Check the fuses. If they don't work what they are connected to won't work.
- Check that all the wires are connected BEFORE you put the fresh air vent back on.
- Change the fuel tank evaporator hoses even if they look good. If they leak even a little you get an awful gas smell in the car.
- Restoring a 74 Beetle can be very satisfying.

Posted by Hefe at August 18, 2008 12:24 PM


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