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Beating Planned Obsolescence

November 10, 2011

Being a man of my word, we are about to embark upon our grand experiment in beating planned obsolescence.  Behold:

A restored 1965 Volkwagen Beetle.   This is an original black plate California car.  Why is that important?

Well, “black plate” refers to vehicles licensed in the state of California prior to 1971.  CA plates stay with the car its entire life; it’s a way to validate the car never saw snow or salted roads.  Makes the body solid, even after 46 years.

This one is the product of a 6 month amateur restoration, with a rebuilt motor, new master cylinder and wheel cylinders, new window rubber, fresh paint and,

A new interior.  While not fond of the black carpeting, it will do for a while.

What’s important to me? Floor pans have been replaced, and the car is nearly plastic free.

A gas gauge and a speedo – what more does one need?

The color is not a stock color, but it’s very period – and – very Pheebish.

As a matter of fact, mint green and white is about as Pheebish as it gets.

I like that it’s been painted in good old fashioned single stage enamel.  No nasty clearcoat to dry up and flake off in Florida sun, and pretty easy to color match when some drunk-assed idiot tourist whaps it at 2:00 AM.  Don’t laugh – it’s happened to us twice.  With a couple hundred bucks and a paint code, I can repair it in a week.

And it’s straight and shiny!  The Pheebs loves shiny!

It will get some tweaking (as do all my things-with-motors) but the tweaking will be minor.  Biggest short-term change will be a nice set of wide whitewalls, as this car will be the bee’s knees with a set of wide whites.

What did we pay for this little cutie?  Well – about the same amount as an eight year old Ford Focus with 100,000 miles on the odometer. The next big trick will be getting it home from Los Angeles, but we’ve done this a few times.  Hopefully we’ll have it in time for Christmas, as it’s the Pheebs’ big present…for the next five years, minimum.

Wish us luck!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 10, 2011 4:24 am

    All those years in detroit boil down to a people’s car without a/c. We really are in a Depression.

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      November 10, 2011 4:31 am

      I can retrofit A/C, but Pauline cannot use it as it will induce pain, her current car has none. We live at 80 degrees when possible.

  2. November 10, 2011 6:44 pm

    So Excited! A skinny husband and a shiny cute car! Life is good:)

    Can’t wait to see you and then for us to take the new car on some “key” adventures:)


    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      November 10, 2011 11:08 pm

      I’m not skinny. I’m still overweight, just less so.

      As for the car – it will make trips to the Square Grouper less of a chore.

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