> Stephen Keller Wrote:
> Floor pan change is sadly a real thing....I've never done it, and don't
> feel up to it, which is why I got away from those cars, get one that
> does not need it, from a dry state. Always look under the battery, that
> is where the rot begins....pro-tip, I put the battery in a polyurethane
> box designed for boats, to keep the acid at bay, and to avoid the
> springs in the rear seat from sagging onto the terminals and causing a
> short/fire if someone sits back there, again, ask me how I know. :/
> Please remember, and this is hard to explain to a younger person, (no
> offence intended at all) these are NOT modern vehicles, by a long shot,
> be very aware of what this means pre-purchase. Another pro-tip, the
> stock brakes, drums at all 4 corners, have not one, but two star wheel
> adjusters for the pads, when replacing brakes, get the hardware kit,
> just do it, and adjust both star wheels the same # of turns, I can't
> tell you how many I took apart grinding that had 1/3 of the shoes down
> to nothing and the drums ruined because people did not know this. I
> always as a kid wanted to be able to get the tooling to produce bug
> floor pans in stainless steel, to kick rusts ass. :) I have owned close
> to 100 cars in my life, and there are only a few I really miss, my 71
> super beetle convert tops that list, but it was a mobile oil slick, had
> shoddy body work, looked good at 5 yards though, and a 1k top, glass
> rear window. Sigh...I LOVED that car. Air cooled VW are like mopeds,
> they can ruin your life, in a fun, though expensive way, be prepared
> young skywalker! ;) If you are clueless about bodywork run from Giah's,
> the fender seams were leaded from the factory, a serious skill that most
> body shops no longer practice. The convert Ghia, is a very sexy car, but
> be prepared to lay out huge money for a solid one, more than it will
> ever be worth. I don't mean to dissuade you from buying one, but be very
> aware of what you are getting yourself into. They are summer cars only.
Thanks for the advice everybody, I hear similar instances from most regarding floor pans. Definitely not something I wanna be doing right now.
There are a lot of beetles where i
live, on CL and marketplace all the time, a lot of them are rust buckets, and a lot of them have already had pans changed/ never got the New England treatment haha.
I’m gonna save my money over winter and do it right once spring comes, I’ll find out some way to store it during winter months in the meantime.
Just curious... what are you all playing ball park monthly insurance to keep an aircooled on the road?