The story of MY72BUG, my 1972 model
1302 'Vert, goes back to the summer
of 1999 when I saw it for sale "
for restoration or parts " for
$1000 CDN in our local newspaper.
I had always wanted an antique car
and figured that this would get me
in for a reasonable price. I visited
the garage where it was stored and
found a car which had fallen on very
hard times. The original fenders were
all gone as were many other parts.
From June '99 to Nov. ' 99 I did all
of the electrical and mechanical work
needed to make the old bug run. At
the time of purchase, the engine would
turn over but wouldn't run. The crankcase
was full of gas. The aftermarket radio
worked. Nothing and I do mean nothing
else worked. I sorted out all of the
wiring atrocities and with the help
of two great VW men, Joe Steffler
of Erbsville and Ernie Abel of rural
Wiarton, Ont., began to assemble the
legions of missing bits and pieces.
Over the winter, I found a very capable
local body shop man who slowly started
the body work portion of the program.
The rust you could see was bad; the
hidden rust was worse. New heater
channels, floor pans, bumper supports,
spare tire well, and multiple wheel
well repair panels were purchased.
The spring and summer came and went.
Steady progress but still a pretty
slow pace. March ' 03 saw her roll
out in primer. I didn't like the yellow
it had been painted ( it was originally
orange ) and chose 1988 VW / Audi
Toronado Red. April the car was home.
By June it was finally assembled in
my garage and on the road. I have
put nearly 3000 miles on it in three
Canadian summers of top-down Buggin'.
This past winter saw all new two-tone
upholstery from TMI, new carpeting,
door panels and a different set of
wheels done up in the same red. The
bug draws plenty of favorable commentary
from the locals and the better half
? She is the only thing better looking
than the car, and truth be told, she
does enjoy the open road in our VW.
Next project, a Transporter unless
a Ghia finds me first. Happy VW'ing