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Post by 54sunroofsemaphore on Mon Apr 04, 2011 10:02 pm

hello everyone, im new on the site, and am looking for others who love vw's as much as i do. i have had 2 and a half bugs in the past, all sedans, a 1974, 1964, and 1963 sunroof body (thats the half), and now im the proud owner of a 1954. i got it for a song, and its a complete car, plus the guy i bought it from is an old aircooled guy too, he has a collection to drool over. he is the one that vw approached to use one of his restored ovals to set side by side with the "new" beetle when they first introduced them. his office is full of vw show trophies, pics of his dubs, and two articles from vw trends showing two of his cars that were featured in the past. back to my car, its a '54 oval, sunroof, with semaphores, and even has the "heart" tail lights, mr stewart (the vw man in my opinion, and one who sold me the car) has the paperwork from vw showing its an all numbers matching bug. it hasnt been on the road in about 30 years, but im looking forward to working on it and driving it to its first show. im in the lagrange georgia area, and looking forward to meeting others who share my same affliction. take care everyone.
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Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Mon Apr 04, 2011 10:09 pm

Nice! Welcome to the site! Can't wait to see some pictures or the car in person!

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Post by 54sunroofsemaphore on Mon Apr 04, 2011 10:19 pm

thanks atty, im not sure how to post other pics of her just yet, but as soon as i find out how i will.
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Post by bakertim2 on Mon Apr 04, 2011 10:22 pm

Welcome to our little corner of the web. Sounds like a very cool car. I can't wait to see it. Peacebug on here is also in the Lagrange area.
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Post by 54sunroofsemaphore on Mon Apr 04, 2011 10:31 pm

thanks baker, i think i met him the other day at a local vw show at the mall here, judging from the profile pic of his car, very cool cat, i enjoyed talking to him.
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Post by 65type2dailydriver on Mon Apr 04, 2011 10:54 pm

Welcome to the site, looks like you found yourself one sweet ride there.
To post pictures use an online picture host like photobucket, Flickr, etc... upload the photos there and then use the link they provide.
Did you pick this bug up in GA?
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Post by fluxcap on Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:37 am

Welcome! There are a few of us just up the road from you in Newnan. Hope to see you and your car on the road soon.

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Post by Grifspop on Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:12 am

Welcome to the Georgia Dubs forums!
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Post by 54sunroofsemaphore on Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:09 pm

thanks everyone, 65type2 i got it in manchester georgia where i work as a police officer. theres a small used car lot there and just from talking to the people of town, they directed me to mr stewart, and after just a few days of talking to him about the bugs ive had, and how id always wanted an oval, a deal was made, and here we are today.
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Post by 60andslow on Fri May 13, 2011 1:47 pm

i wanna meet mr stewart and work out a deal.....lol

u think hed let go of anything else?
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Post by 54sunroofsemaphore on Tue May 24, 2011 7:54 pm

the last time i talked to him he said he didnt mind if anyone stopped by his business or called him there, hes a real nice guy and fun to talk to. his place is called economy used cars, in manchester ga, on broad street at second street. idk if he has anything else hes looking to sell, but it never hurts to ask.
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Post by 54sunroofsemaphore on Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:23 pm

its been a while since ive posted about my bug. so far ive got a mountain of parts that will tune her up, rebuild her brakes, and get her running again, i also picked up some 2 1/2 drop spindles from cip1. next is to find some affordable tires, id like smaller up front, going for that old school "big-n-little" look, anyone know any good tire size combo's i should consider? my plan is to get her running and driving, weld up some of the holes in her, 'glass the holes in the rear pan half's, and ride out. my goal is to definately show her at the next vw show planned at west georgia commons mall in lagrange, since im only about 5 minutes from there. id like to thank lindy herrell and his son for all the good deals on parts and advice so far. looking forward to seeing some of yall out and about.
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Post by bakertim2 on Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:33 pm

Tire sizes really depend on the look you're going for and how low the car is going to sit. What type of driving style you have is something to consider. For the super low car such as Bertha and Jolene, the tire sizes are 145/65R15 for the front and the rear is 185/65R15. There is some of the other rides that are lowered that run a 135 or 145SR15 for the front then those that like to have a little more footprint on the road that run a 175/55R15 for the front. Look through the cars in the members rides section or under the Baker Kustoms (projects) section and see what fits your look.
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Post by Raggtop on Wed Nov 30, 2011 7:41 pm

I'm running 165/50/15 in Front with 195/60/15 out back on my Single Cab,
And ran 165/45/15 and 205/60/15 on my Oval..
But like Tim said see what fits your look..
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Post by bakertim2 on Wed Nov 30, 2011 8:08 pm

We'd all like to see pics of this car.
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Post by DiggerD on Wed Nov 30, 2011 8:23 pm

bakertim2 wrote:We'd all like to see pics of this car.

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Post by Bugman114 on Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:05 pm

to post pics you must first post them on an online photo hosting site, like photobucket. once posted, there will be a few links next to the pic, it will start with [img] . copy and paste that in your reply. please post some pics, i would really love to see it as well Very Happy
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Post by 54sunroofsemaphore on Fri Dec 02, 2011 11:12 am

im gonna run the stock wheels for a while cause cops dont make alot of money, im planning on a set of brm's eventually. since ive got the drop spindles, im interested in a tire size that will help lower the front end just a little bit more (on the stock '54 steel wheel) and ill probally just stay close to factory size on the rear so as to not mess with the gearing too much, im also gonna keep it a 6volt system, i know 12 is better, but ive got a little bit of purist in me, and i think it will help the ole girl stand out a little bit more from the crowd.
ive tried uploading some pics of her but i cant seem to figure it out, id really like to get some up on here and see what everyone thinks of the car, since everyone here knows and respects the 'wagen more than the average joe out there. i can email pics to anyone interested, just hit me up stratocaster72@hotmail.com have a merry christmas everyone.
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Post by rpm750 on Fri Dec 02, 2011 11:19 am

BRMs are cheap right now, I payed well over $100 bucs each for my BRMs. If you are going Flat4 then yes they are more money. But for a repro of a BRM they run as low as $79ea.
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Post by earlyvwfanatic on Fri Dec 02, 2011 11:51 am

rpm750 wrote:BRMs are cheap right now, I payed well over $100 bucs each for my BRMs. If you are going Flat4 then yes they are more money. But for a repro of a BRM they run as low as $79ea.

I ordered mines from Kustom1Warehouse.net and I paid $340 (total of $418 with the shipping) for a set of Empi BRM's with caps, bolts and valve stems included!! That's the best deal I've seen anywhere. For tires you can check out Onlinetires.com. Picked up a pair of Federal Formoza 165/45/15's for $51.25ea and 195/55/15's for $64.85ea.
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Post by 54sunroofsemaphore on Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:13 pm







i hope this works, what do u think about her?
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Post by sploval53 on Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:20 pm

Omg man that's a beautiful car.
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Post by Hobug on Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:25 pm

That car is awesome. I want it. Very Happy
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Post by fluxcap on Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:32 pm

Ditto. that is an awesome looking car!

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Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Fri Dec 02, 2011 12:46 pm

earlyvwfanatic wrote:
rpm750 wrote:BRMs are cheap right now, I payed well over $100 bucs each for my BRMs. If you are going Flat4 then yes they are more money. But for a repro of a BRM they run as low as $79ea.

I ordered mines from Kustom1Warehouse.net and I paid $340 (total of $418 with the shipping) for a set of Empi BRM's with caps, bolts and valve stems included!!

http://royrogersparts.com/wheels.html

$360 shipped for brms


The car is awesome! Can't wait to see it out in person!

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