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Old 09-23-2012, 03:29 PM   #43
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I have a tow bar for the standard bugs if anyone wants it.

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Old 11-11-2012, 07:46 PM   #44
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Thumbs up Bugs are good cars

Used to own one third of a good sports car shop in the 70' and 80's. We worked on all (sports) makes, EXCEPT Volvos (parts were a real pain), Fiats ( they would breakdown while parked in the shop ), and Volkswagens.
We didn't work on Volkswagens because they were relatively reliable, parts were cheap, and anybody with a minimum of ability could soon learn the workings of their own bug from front to back. We also could not compete on labor rates, or job times against dedicated Volkswagen mechanics and shops. For larger jobs, like engine and transaxle problems, there were and still are, plenty of people across the country that know bugs inside out, and work at reasonable rates.
I am personally a Triumph fan, but that had to do with family background, and an ability (when younger) to ignore rain and cold. Only "big" Triumph's though, no damned Spitfires, or TR7s !
As you have a normal bug you should do OK. I have owned two myself they were both good, and the '68 was one reliable, rugged, (but cold) little beast!
All the best. Rich.
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:44 PM   #45
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Str8strm tows a 'THING' with his 345.

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Old 11-11-2012, 09:56 PM   #46
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My favorite car was a 65 Beetle I bought from an elderly lady when I was 16, 50 bucks a month for a year (1978). I worked in a repair shop for a few years, through high school and beyond, and VWs from 72 on seemed to be a lot more troublesome- the engines were strained by the smog devices, and maybe the interest in quality control in the air cooled cars wasn't there anymore, but by this time maybe any glitches have been cured. One issue with towing is lubrication in the transaxle, maybe this isn't a problem with a manual, but I'd check. Good luck, VWs were such fun cars.
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:34 PM   #47
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You forgot to tell them how sweet it looks with the new paint job! Tow it and have fun.
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Old 02-09-2013, 01:27 PM   #48
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It does look sweet! Now we just need to finish getting the windows back in, and we will have fun!
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:10 AM   #49
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Up here in the salt belt, some old air beetles 'manual brakes' means 'Freddy Flintstone' style brakes.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:31 AM   #50
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In '84 I bought a '67 Beetle from a co-worker of my father for $50 because it had a knocking noise. Fixed 'known problem' for $16 and drove heck out of it. One of the most fun and best cars I ever owned. (of course that was back in the day before I require a/c on all but my motorcycle) Only about 25 moving parts on those. That was simple beauty of these cars. May be why they sold so many all over the world. I don't think my lovely wife would be down with POS air Beetle as toad.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:33 AM   #51
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Lots of Vdub specialty shops or JCWhitney can hook you up
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:39 AM   #52
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Here is a preview of your new rig! Literally!

1979 Argosy 20'
1974 VW Beetle
Cool. They are the same shape!


That 70's Show!
Here is a preview of your new rig! Literally!

1979 Argosy 20'
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:23 PM   #53
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ADK Jim sent me these pictures of a Super Beetle (slightly different tow bar) as a toad.
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Here is my toad! Now I just need to retrieve my Argosy!
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Here is my toad! Now I just need to retrieve my Argosy!
Orange, imagine that
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Old 04-06-2013, 02:49 PM   #56
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Fred, isn't that NY license plate a little out of date? Aren't they light blue now? They were orange with blue or black letters and numbers when I was a kid and into the 60's, but somewhere they changed them. That should be outlawed. Nothing should change from my youth without my permission.

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