Life updates + more progress on the ‘68 New Yorker

Isaiah Estrada

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I’ve been a little quiet on the forums, life has been a bit of a whirlwind the last month! Unfortunately my uncle (mom’s brother) passed away so young at only 47. He was an absolute car nut himself, however he didn’t own any classics besides his cherished 1974 Super Beetle. The family couldn’t think of selling his pride and joy, so my mom and sister decided we should restore it. I’m the only one who can drive stick so I’ve been having an absolute blast driving this little Bug around! As you can see, it was in an accident some time ago, so the body / shell is not so great. A LOT of bondo and rust. Since it’s a 74 (a super beetle at that) I told my mom that maybe it’s best we just get an older beetle (Pre ‘73 at least, like a ‘68-‘71) and swap the drivetrain into a more solid shell. That way the car will still be a tribute to him!

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She’s a 1600cc 4 speed manual. Such a blast to drive (but so so SO slow.) We laid my uncle to rest with this little die cast I found that was so close to his!

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Guess I never acknowledged it, but as a little kid I was OBSESSED with VW’s. I wanted a Karmann Ghia or a Bus real bad. Feels cool to reconnect with what is probably my first love of old cars:)

As for the New Yorker, I’ve been waiting to dial some things in as well as make more progress on the interior.

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New U Joints!

Also finished up the interior floor pans. No, it’s not “perfect” and I wasn’t able to source out the “correct” floor pans, but I made it work. No one will ever see it anyways!

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My seats (1966 Chrysler 300 front buckets + 1968 Chrysler rear bench) are getting reupholstered as we speak. New foam cores being made as well as the seat pattern which will mimic the factory 1966 300 pattern as close as we can get it. Don’t have any pics of that unfortunately.

I found a random flowmaster laying in the back seat of the Bug, 2.5” in and out so it’s perfect to mock up a temporary exhaust (at least for one side LOL) while we break the engine in. We have a glasspack + pipe from a 56 Olds for the other side. Very very redneck but hey, it gets the job done!!!

Next step would be to obviously get the car running, we need the 440 distributor which should be getting here soon. Dial it in, and then move onto the interior. Paint floor with black POR-15 rust inhibitor, lay Kilmat insulation and then finally install carpet, dash, seats, headliner etc etc. Super excited to be nearing this phase of my build. I can’t wait to hear the New Yorker fire up for the first time in 42 years!

Also, I was able to score this 1976 Plymouth Volare (F Body) disc brake setup for the 62. It will bolt right up to the upper and lower control arm with minimal modifications, much like how we C Body guys can swap our ‘65-‘68 brakes with ‘69-‘73 discs. They cleaned up REAL nice!

Whole lot of elbow grease required, but what’s new?

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My condolences for your loss. I used to like VW's too, thank goodness we both smartened up and bought Chrysler's! California has, or at least had, all the parts suppliers for VW restoration, so you're in the right place. I believe all '74's were referred to as "sunbugs". They were all sunroof cars, and all painted gold, so maybe sort of collectable?
 

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Sorry for your loss. I'm sure you will do that "Bug" justice. Nice floor pan work. You don't need style points for something no one will ever see. Keep up the good work young man.
 

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Sorry for your loss. Those VWs can be fun cars. Regular Beetles had 4 torsion bars for their suspension, as the Super Beetles got front struts. Might be other variations in the SBs, too, compared to Regular Beetles, too. Either of them might be "slow", but they can pull some serious g-forces on initial acceleration, by observation.

In the 1980s, there were three levels of VW parts. OEM/new from VW, Parts from Mexico (good qulaity at a lesser price), and what is now called "Off-Shore" (so-so quality for less money). Mechanical and popular body parts, plus interior kits. Those VWs were definitely "cheap to keep and fix". So shop for vendors and have fun! DO NOT forget to adjust the valves!!!!!

Just some recollections,
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My condolences for your loss. I used to like VW's too, thank goodness we both smartened up and bought Chrysler's! California has, or at least had, all the parts suppliers for VW restoration, so you're in the right place. I believe all '74's were referred to as "sunbugs". They were all sunroof cars, and all painted gold, so maybe sort of collectable?
Thank you! I’ve definitely been checking out some really good places. We have a whole shop in Santa Maria dedicated to vintage VW’s too. The owner Ryan has a gorgeous 1950 split window bug, right hand drive! Is a rag top and sits on Porsche alloys. Really cool 70’s-80’s lowered Cali Bug look.

Makes sense about the gold, one of the running boards was held on with zip ties so I yanked it off and it revealed gold paint underneath!

Sorry for your loss. I'm sure you will do that "Bug" justice. Nice floor pan work. You don't need style points for something no one will ever see. Keep up the good work young man.

Thank you so much! Your support and kind words are always welcomed and appreciated. I look forward to getting more and more done every day on this beautiful C Body.

Sorry for your loss. Those VWs can be fun cars. Regular Beetles had 4 torsion bars for their suspension, as the Super Beetles got front struts. Might be other variations in the SBs, too, compared to Regular Beetles, too. Either of them might be "slow", but they can pull some serious g-forces on initial acceleration, by observation.

In the 1980s, there were three levels of VW parts. OEM/new from VW, Parts from Mexico (good qulaity at a lesser price), and what is now called "Off-Shore" (so-so quality for less money). Mechanical and popular body parts, plus interior kits. Those VWs were definitely "cheap to keep and fix". So shop for vendors and have fun! DO NOT forget to adjust the valves!!!!!

Just some recollections,
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Thanks so much! Some great info here. I also took the liberty of purchasing a VW shop manual since my own for the 68 has been so helpful! Definitely going to be giving it a tuneup soon, although it runs surprisingly well. I know everything under the hood is many many years old though.
 

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Yesterday was the perfect day for painting, so I took a flap wheel, wire wheel and sandpaper and went to town on this ugly driveline!

I had 2, but one was broken. We ended up just using the one on the left in this pic. Reconditioned with new U Joints as seen in post #1 of this thread.

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After a LOT of prep work and elbow grease, we got a nice (mostly flat) surface to lay some paint on. Unfortunately this one had some putting in some areas where it had sat in the trunk for 40 years, but the shop didn’t think it was unusable. The flat black gives it a clean look and no one will ever really see it anyways. So it’s just for good measure and practice then!
 
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