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Old 06-25-2014, 05:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I would love to buy this

1967 Volkswagen Beetle bug 1.5L engine

until I think about the fact that it's a deathtrap that gets worse gas mileage than my truck.

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Old 06-25-2014, 05:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks purdy. I like it too.
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Old 06-25-2014, 06:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yep, I was 16 and everything was good all night long.

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A 1969 1.4L was my first car, and it was awesome. I survived the deathtrap, and I only drove with full throttle or full brakes (rolled it once on a gravel road).

Easy to work on, unfortunately this is likely because the engineers knew you would often have to work on it. I'm too lazy for constant valve adjustments.
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Old 06-26-2014, 05:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I restored a '64 that was abandoned in a farmer's field.

I think it was "rated" 42 hp. 6V electrical system. If I drove it nice, I could 39-40 mpg.

It could not get out of its own way. It was pathetically anemic. And the head lights were a joke.

I eventually put in a 1.6 litre engine rated at 60 hp and converted to 12V. F/E dropped into the 20's.

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Any car in 1964 was no prize for safety or FE. If I get fast enough for a speeding ticket on my bicycle I will wear a lap belt.
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Never mind it circulated the exhaust up front for heat.

Whats that saying? I want to die peacefully in my sleep, not screaming to death like the passengers in my car?
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It's not ALL about the mpgs. The Bel Air gets 20 or so but the fpgs (fun per mile) are way up there!
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My grandpa has a late '60's beetle. It is a fun little car to drive around, does amazingly well on bumpy minimum maintenance roads and such. I think he bought it new, and has done very little to it over the years outside of constant maintenance to keep it on the road. I wouldn't mind having one myself just for the fun factor. I've never driven through a full tank, but he claims mid 30's in mixed driving.

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