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      Member Crispyfritter's Avatar
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      Have you ever bought a car and weren't sure why you did it?

      I was perusing my local Autotrader page on YouTwitFace and came across a 74 SuperBeetle. No one here loves them. The people here only want a 67 or older, but I dearly love them.

      So I popped over to the guys house because I had a few minutes before a string of meetings. He was asking $2k for it. It was a clean, non-sunroof, manual car with basically nothing working electrically, but it started and ran great. The car has no rust. None in the bumper mounts, none in the floors, and no dents. Anywhere. Its unreal how clean the car is.

      I whipped out 13 $100 bills and made my offer. He accepted, and I drove it home. I'll update with more pics once the rain dies down.



      The car idles really high and dies occasionally at stop signs, but it fires right up. I mean, first hit, every time. I'll likely redo the brakes, put my 8 spoke empi knockoffs on it and just clean it up a little. Oh, the steering wheel shakes violently at anything above what I think is 40 mph (nothing inside really works), so I'll be replacing all the steering stuff.

      Outside of that, I have no idea what I'll do with it.

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      Your spouse is more forgiving than mine. I'll just live vicariously through your threads.

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      Good score. I have no interest in these, but I'm interested in the process.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Crispyfritter View Post
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      It's OK to say "Facebook." We won't judge you.

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      Quote Originally Posted by @McMike View Post
      It's OK to say "Facebook." We won't judge you.
      That sounds judgy....

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      Quote Originally Posted by saron81 View Post
      Your spouse is more forgiving than mine. I'll just live vicariously through your threads.
      That. All of that, exactly.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Crispyfritter View Post
      That sounds judgy....

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      Nah..... Now, if it was Pinterest


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      I'd say that is a score for $1300. Good move.

      And yes I have bought many cars without knowing why.

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      throw some ATS cups on it...or are they out of style now?
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      dammit!

      I've been looking for a 73 or 74 super for a while and people seem to want the world for them here. $4000 or more for rusty or non-driving, or they're all convertibles.

      that having been said, I got the A3 because the price was right at the time, but it is by no means the car I had been shopping for the past 3 years for (3.0t a6). kinda blew my load on the pre-show, as it were.
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      That sounds like a good deal to me!

      If I could choose I'd take a '75, as they had rack & pinion steering, but I'd be really happy with that for $1300.

      As to the occasional idle issue I'd look first at the throttle shaft to see if you have a little play there. If not, start looking at vacuum lines or the vacuum advance to see if it's sucking air. It won't be doing it all of the time or it wouldn't idle at all. After that you'll want to time it and then adjust the carb back to where it should be, as it sounds like all of that is out of whack.

      Use urethane bushings for the front end and the shimmy will go away. It's probably the inner control arm bushings, but worn rubber in other places will make them shimmy, too. My '71 convertible always had a little, even with all new rubber and a good alignment. My nephew bought it from me, installed urethane and it was steady as a rock afterwards.

      After that you get to delve into your wiring. For a 1303 (curved windshield Super) you're on your own. I know little about them. I just think it's weird and inconvenient that the wiring is under the dash!
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      Quote Originally Posted by audi80Quattro View Post
      Good score. I have no interest in these, but I'm interested in the process.
      x2

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      Quote Originally Posted by Crispyfritter View Post

      came across a 74 SuperBeetle.
      Previous owner probably can't answer why either. Sometimes no reason needed.
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      Nice score!

      My mom has a '77 Super Beetle. It's been a never ending project, but it is fun to drive for some reason. Maybe because it's a convertible.

      Have fun with the car, I wouldn't want to mess with the electronics in one of those, I know it's very simple, but it's different than anything else domestic and therefore - No thanks.
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      Quote Originally Posted by saron81 View Post
      Your spouse is more forgiving than mine. I'll just live vicariously through your threads.
      No sh!t. Mine will kill me if i bring home anything else without getting rid of a few "projects" first. And even that isn't a guarantee.
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      Quote Originally Posted by saron81 View Post
      Your spouse is more forgiving than mine. I'll just live vicariously through your threads.
      Exactly, must be DINKs.


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      Quote Originally Posted by GolfTango View Post
      Exactly, must be DINKs.


      Chris!
      Nope. DITK

      (Double Income Two Kids)

      That's why I mess with cheap cars!

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      Quote Originally Posted by Crispyfritter View Post

      I whipped out 13 $100 bills and made my offer.
      Do you normally drive around with $1300 in your pocket? Who are you, Jules Winnfield?

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      Quote Originally Posted by 2 doors View Post
      Do you normally drive around with $1300 in your pocket? Who are you, Jules Winnfield?
      I'm pretty confident Chris can quote the Bible with great efficacy.

      Maybe he is...
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      Quote Originally Posted by DeeJoker View Post
      I'm pretty confident Chris can quote the Bible with great efficacy.

      Maybe he is...
      I don't know who that is, and I'm okay at quoting the Bible...but I struggle with the actual book-and-verse location.



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      Curious why the 67 and earlier love. Is 1968 the year they switched away from air cooling or something?
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      In to watch the process on this one. The Missus wants a fun "around town" car to keep the miles off the truck. I'm sure finding a clean one up here wouldn't happen on a reasonable budget though.

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      Quote Originally Posted by DeeJoker View Post
      No sh!t. Mine will kill me if i bring home anything else without getting rid of a few "projects" first. And even that isn't a guarantee.
      Same here. We can afford anything I'd seriously consider bringing home, but it has to be a zero-sum gain for my wife to be on board.
      Now this was a superior machine. Ten grand worth of gimmicks and high-priced special effects. The rear windows lit up with a touch like frogs in a dynamite pond. The dashboard was full of esoteric lights and dials and meters that I would never understand.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Crispyfritter View Post
      I don't know who that is, and I'm okay at quoting the Bible...but I struggle with the actual book-and-verse location.



      Chris
      I'm helping!

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      Quote Originally Posted by DeeJoker View Post
      I'm helping!

      How did you get my picture from that angle?!?!?!



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