My love for air cooled Volkswagens came
at an early age. I can still remember
my first VW experience when I was about
6 years old sitting in the back of my
families Bug sliding across the bench
seat, trying my best to hold onto the
assist straps all while having a great
time. From that moment on I knew exactly
what vehicle I wanted.
forward 8 years later, it was time for
my learners permit. My parents knew
I wanted a Beetle, I didn't care what
year it was I just needed one. So for
my fourteenth birthday my parents went
to an auction and brought home my 1974
1600cc standard Volkswagen Beetle. It
was orange with white headliner and
significant front end damage to the
passenger side, but she ran and that's
all I cared about.
I figured I've got 1 more year until
I can officially get my license so I
better start making the Bug my own before
I hit the streets with it. First thing
the orange paint had to go and I wouldn't
settle for anything else but Red. Once
I got the Bug red I knew next up was
to replace all the interior in black
and get rid of those stock wheels.
years later I got my first job at a
mechanics shop that specializes in air
cooled VW's. Although at the time I
just cleaned the shop at every chance
I got I was hands on learning all about
these VW's and what makes them tick.
I started seeing many different styles
of the Beetle but when I saw my first
Cal Look in person I knew how I wanted
my Bug to look. I immediately went home
and started changing the look.
years later I move from Northern California
to Las Vegas. All the while the Bug
was my only vehicle and daily driver.
A couple years later one very hot summer
night at about 3am I blew my motor in
the airport tunnel. I was heartbroken
but I knew this would never be the end.
I trailered the Bug back to CA where
it could be stored until I get a new
got a new 1641cc with dual 34mm ict
Weber's by JCS engines, got rid of the
mondo exhaust and went for the stinger
instead. I knew I had made a great combo
immediately, Low, Slow, Shiny, and Loud.
Fast forward to current day I've changed
a few things. Lowered 1 1/4" off
the ground in the front, lowered the
rear a few inches, full Airkewld suspension
with 4" narrowed adjustable beam,
powder coated black centerline wheels
with some Firestone 135's up front.
Next up will be air ride in the near
she hasn't been my daily for a few years,
but I never miss a classic Volkswagen
show and often cruise around. I can
honestly say the relationship I've had
with my Bug for the past 20 years has
been incredible. Since starting the
The Rest Air Cooled Club NV back
in February 2017 I get to share my story
very often and others get to enjoy my
Bug as well.
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