After some frustration with dealerships and the high payments for leasing vehicles, my wife and I decided that now was a good time to pick up one of our bucket-list cars as daily driver. After some searching, we happened to find and purchase a 1972 Volkswagen Beetle.
The ‘72 Beetle had the look we liked:
- a flat windscreen
- shallow dash
- more compact than the later Super Beetles
- the bumpers that we had planned on buying
- minimal rust
In addition, the engine seemed to be running strong, the brakes worked, and the suspension did not seem terrible.
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Sections on this page:
- Year: 1972
- Transmission: 4-speed manual
- Engine: 1600cc
- Odometer: 75, 763 miles
- Purchased: June 14, 2019
Currently don’t know too much about the car except that all the work in the last five years has been done at one shop and that the previous owner made it to front page of a local newspaper with their Herbie vinyls.
I have a small collection of the service history. The folder had several other cars mixed in so I am not sure if this is all of the reciepts that the previous owner had. Below is a rough outline of what work I know has been done.
|Date||Odometer (in KM)||Purchase or Shop||Notes|
|2016-08-05||69, 714||Shop||Mount and balance of four 165/80R15|
|2015-05-29||58, 262||Shop||Oil service|remove Herbie vinyl
- fix rust and paint
reduce gas fumes in cabin
- get seats that are not broken
fix rear drivers side turn signal
- disc brake conversion (don’t like the drum feeling)
- push button start
- redo interior (headliner, seats, floor, dash)
- inside and out paint
- electric engine conversion
- birth certificate
Combo of receipts and things we need to get in the near future:
|Ear Clamp Pliers|
|Oil drain pan||$6.99 CAD||2019-09-15|
|Black nitrite Gloves (50 pack)||$20.99 CAD||2019-09-15|
|Oil drain gaskets (10 pack)||$24.99 CAD||2019-09-10|
|Valve cover gaskets (4 pack)||$6.29 CAD||2019-09-10|
|Aluminum fresh air heater hose||$9.79 CAD||2019-09-10|
|Fresh air hose clamp||$8.39 CAD||2019-09-10|
|Fuel tank rubber hose and clamp kit||$81 USD||2019-07-05|
|Front license plate clamps||$4.95 USD||2019-07-05|
|Rear license plate mounting braket||$8 USD||2019-07-05|
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