ol' yeller

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  1. I don't care who you are, that's there's funny!
  2. Can't sell it if we don't know your price.
  3. Sorry, but '73 was the first year of the curved windshields on the super beetles. I agree that the one pictured in the OP is a '72. I have owned '65, 71, 74, 99 and 2004 Beetles. I also have owned a '71 Ghia and '71 Squareback. My '74 Super Beetle was the only one I bought new. It was a special edition SunBug. Every one of them were great cars, giving good performance with great economy as well as being super reliable. My '74 was the best of the bunch
  4. Wire transfers are very safe. However not all financial institutions will do them. I recently sold my RV to a person who was financing it through his Credit Union. They refused to do a wire transfer, even for a transaction fee. They claimed that $40,000 was to little for them to use that transfer method.
  5. I left a lot of skin and blood behind the dash in my '69 when I restored it. I think I had it out 4 times before I got everything to work the way it should.
  6. Nothing wrong with what you are doing but I feel compelled to point out that the 4 barrel engines from the factory also came with higher compression pistons. I don't believe that in '66 you could get a 300 4 barrel. If you wanted a 4 barrel, you got the 340. The 4 barrel manifolds on the '64 300's were made of aluminum and don't match up with the cast iron heads on a '65 manifold. That means you are looking for a 1 year only manifold. They are getting pretty scarce and therefore expensive. The good news is that the 300 was used in A body and B body cars in '65.
  7. My last Reatta was one of the 1990 Great Race pace cars. It was bought from a dealer in SoCal by the original owner and shipped up here to the Great Northwet. I purchased it several years ago. The original owner had kept the pace car decals and passed them onto me. I had one mounted on a display board for when I showed the car. The car had no other markings or special stuff that wasn't on any other white, 1990 convertible with a garnet interior. It was remarkably well kept and at 100K miles it won a Gold Award at the Portland National. I then sold the car to good friend who still has the car. I'd be happy to share any further info if desired. While the Pace Car history made for a good story about the car, I never felt like it added anything to the value of the car.
  8. Failing Ronnie's suggestion, you can also use dental floss to saw through the old adhesive to remove the letters.
  9. Now THIS is how to post a For Sale ad! I hope you sell it. If my situation was different, I'd be very interested. Good luck!
  10. Along with the pics you might want to include a price and location.
  11. Also save the coins you find in/under the seats and carpet. It will come in handy!
  12. I thought white smoke meant we had a new Pope?
  13. I'm used to a lower gear ratio!
  14. Actually our conversion was done locally to the Greater Seattle area and it starts with an "A". I think the actual lift is made by "B" and it uses the chain and motor. Funny story was that while I knew our van had this feature, it never operated when the ramp was deployed. One day my 3 year old grandson got into the van for about 45 seconds unsupervised. Then all of a sudden, the van started kneeling every time the ramp was deployed. It took some careful reading of the owners manual to discover the on/off switch in the dash to control the feature. My grandson discovered it in less than 45 seconds. It is a feature we really don't use much as my wife has a powered chair and the incline of the ramp isn't an issue. I will only take the van in for service if something is not working. At 14 years of age every time I brought it in, they tried to talk me into buying something newer, telling me how old and antiquated our van is. I figured for $74K I could do a lot of fixing. So far, after a year, my method has proved out! Besides, I thought Toyotas ran forever!
  15. I sent you a PM. I think you can use '65 mounts but you have to replace the frame pads that bolt to the cross member with ones from a '65 300. Maybe someone here has some?
  16. That is interesting. Ours is a Toyota and older (2004). The Dodge we had loaned to us was also the same vintage and operated the same way. Evidently things have changed over the years. Ours also has a switch to turn off the feature when desired.
  17. You'd think so as did I. I haven't crawled under ours but it isn't bagged. There is an electric motor that compresses the right rear spring to lower the floor to make it easier to enter with the wheelchair. Ours is a Toyota but I looked at the Dodges and they were the same.
  18. I am one of the BCA's "Lost Members". I didn't leave because I was mad at the BCA over some slight, I didn't leave because they weren't meeting my needs, I didn't leave because I was mad at the board for some reason. I left because my life situation changed and I no longer own any collector cars let alone a Buick. If it was more affordable, I probably would have kept up my membership just for the Bugle but I no longer have that discretionary spending within my budget. I understand what was outlined for the costs of running a club and agree that a price increase was well justified. Unfortunately for me I had to make some choices and leaving the BCA was one of the harder ones. Maybe some day in the future I can come back into the fold but not now.
  19. The most expensive car i ever owned was a $300 1969 Riviera I restored.
  20. A couple of points Terry. My wife is quadriplegic and we also have a converted, modified handicap van. Ours is a 2004 Toyota Sienna. It has about 103,000 miles on it. I agree that they are expensive but when you consider they have to chop out the entire floor and drop it 11", add the body cladding to cover the drop, and then add in the electrics for the ramp, it isn't unexpected. Our van has been bulletproof in the 2 years we have had it even with over 100K. It came with complete service records and there never were any issues during its lifetime. I don't think you can paint all handicap vans as having a dirty secret for reliability. I think we paid $17,500 for a 13 year old van with 100K miles. I was quoted a price of $74,000 for a new Sienna modified van. Too rich for my blood. This is unrelated to your issue but you stated a concern about being left by the roadside. That is always on my mind as well. I don't know where you live but here in the greater Seattle area most cab companies offer a handicap van at no additional charge over a regular taxi. I expect that is available in many other areas. You might want to check it out in advance of needing it. Finally, good luck on resolving your issue with Chrysler. I'd stay after them until they fix it. We abandoned Chrysler Corp. products back in 1999 after I replaced the transmission in our miserable 1992 Plymouth minivan for the 3rd time in less than 75,000 miles. I got tired of fighting with them over every warranty issue.
  21. My guess is timing. He says the timing chain was replaced. If it wasn't properly lined up or the distributor was way off, it could give the same symptoms of a too tight engine.
  22. I have done this several times. The problem is the front cross member and the oil pickup tube. It is easy to do with a jack and a block of wood under the harmonic balancer. Drain the oil, remove the 2 bolts through the engine mounts, jack up the engine, unbolt the pan and there you go. The hardest part of this job will be getting out the broken bolts.
  23. I don't think lemonaide is going to do it Bernie. I am lobbying for someone to sell their house but I am meeting some resistance. I thought I'd been a good Dad so there is some hope and this birthday is a milestone BD at 65. It is with great regret that I must tell you to not to put your hopes on me. I am also extremely disappointed in this board as there hasn't been a single donation. Seriously though, you have a beautiful car. I believe it to be the sexiest, most beautiful car ever built. I don't know why you are selling it but It looks to be fairly priced for what it is. I hope the next owner appreciates it and understands how lucky they are to own it. Good luck my friend.