We just strap the kayaks on top of the car. I love the state parks..many of them have exemplary facilities and great sites. Not sure what's going on with the Virginia Rally thread but I'd definitely be game for something like that.
Hey Felix, welcome to the gang! There's quite a few VW lovers in here.
I have a 1971 Single Cab I just put a 2.3L Ford engine in. Just finished it yesterday!
I switched engines to pull my 13' Trillium. The 1776cc just wouldn't do it (well).
Does your new bug have problems pulling your camper?
I did not see your reply until now. We will be at FunFest with our Eurovan and Uhaul. We stay in the campground near the Fest, I am blanking on the name right now. Love that campground. Spotless. They put us in the same spot every year (except last year when our granddaughter was born and caused us to miss).
Yes, you are correct. My typo about the year of our old Beetle. Our autostickshift is a 69. It is our go-to car for when the others are in the shop; I don't drive it anymore, but the hubby will. It does run. The skateboarders love it when they see it.
As for the convertible, it has a long ways to go before it looks any different than most red New Beetle convertibles. We put two stickers on the window, hung a beaded thing that we bought the last time we were volunteering on Pine Ridge, and put a Pendleton blanket steering wheel cover on it. That is all so far.
I do watch The Samba but I am not a member. Nor am I a member of New Beetle, at least not that I remember. I may have joined in the past, likewise with The Samba, but I don't participate. On the other hand, the hubby does belong, and I think to both forums. He is Kevin A here.
So, if you go to FunFest, let us know. Maybe we can get together. We usually go on Friday, go golfing, hit the town on Friday (big disappointment, but the Walmart is fun. Clean and not picked over, not like those in Chicago). We have not done the Friday night drive in yet, but who knows, we may this year. On Sat, we spend the whole day there, checking out the VWs, the parts, the museum, and the toys. Usually, we end up with lots of toys and nothing to fix the pickup to make it run, because we can't get at it to fix it. It is full of and buried in camping things.
Sunday is pretty disappointing. Many people leave. I used to be able to only go on Sunday; big disappointment. So if you go, be sure to go on Sat. If you are camping, call Camp Lakewood, although I am guessing that they are full with a waiting list by now.
Does your new bug have problems pulling your camper?
Hi! I saw your post about the Ford engine- congrats on getting it in there! I haven't heard of a Pinto conversion in a while- I know they used to run articles on that and the Corvair transplant- I'll be interested to hear how it does with the trailer! I've been tempted to do the Subaru switch in the van but would need a radiator first
I haven't pulled the Scamp yet because the drawbar I used for the Puck is A- too low for the the Scamp to pull level and B- stuck in there so hard the shop almost knocked the car off the lift trying to airhammer it out. Going back in in the morning and they are going to torch it up and try that way- too rusted to get the receiver off the car without the torch too. If they have to unbolt it, it is getting POR-15'd
Anyway.. I never had any trouble pulling the Puck with the Beetle- but that was 700lbs versus the Scamp's 1200-1400. I'll be lightening the Scamp wherever possible (just seems like poor design for such a small trailer to be so heavy).
Ayup... we've been PB Blastering, Deep Creeping, Sledgehammer whacking, and propane torch heating it for a few days fighting with it, but it hasn't really budged. Silly shop monkeys and their empty Oxygen tanks. thank goodness the new ones have been delivered!
so, until we can actually get the trailer here and make proper templates for new cushions (it only has the ones for the front bunk) and work on other things that require its physical presence, we've been finding and ordering parts and I've been busy doing fun stuff like sewing 50 yards of piping trim and about 10 yards of zipper into fabric. wheeeeeee.
Oh yeah, I have a Beetle too, and i've had a hitch sitting around for probably 4 years but never installed. we were thinking of trying that out at least to get the trailer here, but we now realize it has fewer mounting points to the car and a flat bar receiver instead of a square one. plus my Beetle's got a sport suspension with a 1.5" drop from stock, so I don't think she'd handle the trailer very well... and would need an even bigger rise. ah well.
Hi Cindy! Good to meet you and your VWs! Funfest is still a bit up in the air- will have to see how cash, dissertation work, and camping prospects look. Thanks for all the info on Effingham and Funfest! Felix has a few parts on him from when Mid-America still sold New Beetle Parts (and a few others from Rocky Mountain Motorworks before they merged).
Sounds like the convertible is on its way Felix had a Cherokee dreamcatcher in him for years (ironically bought by my parents on the Navajo res. when they lived two hours from Cherokee, NC). Don't know if you're interested in a particular tribe- we have Mattaponi and Pamunkey here- could send some of their crafts your way.
We'll definitely keep in touch if it looks like we can make it!
Thanks for the offer. I doubt that we will need it though. We go to Pine Ridge every year and buy a lot of stuff just to help them out. We are overloaded in dreamcatchers right now (However, their dream catchers can be 3 dimensional. We have several of those and one in the camper, along with a painting we bought.). I think each kid gets a dreamcatcher gift.
Looking forward to seeing your setup when you can get it hooked up. Are you planning to paint the Scamp to match. Our Uhaul has blue accents to match the pickup if we ever get them together.
Are you planning to paint the Scamp to match. Our Uhaul has blue accents to match the pickup if we ever get them together.
We'll probably stick with white for the present.. need to see how well the gelkote will shine up if at all. We are working on a different side logo. I would like to find some smoothie wheels and moon hubcaps for it..
I don't know about Pine Ridge..will have to check it out
So, we realized after we got back home from looking at the trailer the first time and paying for half of it, that the person we were buying it from had actually posted in this here welcome thread. So, thanks to some expert assistance and advice from sir Eddie Longest, we got the hatch all replaced this afternoon in his totally kick booty garage.
(I'm sure our neighbors in the apartment complex also thank him for not having to be subjected to the fiberglass cutting racket)
Ollie drilling out rivets on the former "hatch"
yay, it's out!
hatch installed, trailer hooked up and ready to go!
So Tabitha, inquiring minds want to know... was all the work done by working from the inside... standing through the vent hole... or did someone need to work on the exterior from the outside? Does this make sense?
I'm just trying to find out if folks can replace the vent without getting on a ladder and laying on the roof.
Enjoy your trip!
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