At last, I now have an old VW Beetle that is going to be my Herbie replica, Thanks to DrLuv. It will be possibly more than a few years before it's a Herbie, but I have waited this long, I can wait again. This will be my project.
Here are the pictures in order, from before I got it to when I received it (I don't mind reposting these pics again).
And the day when it arrived...
Now, where is my bug? It's at VW Restorations being worked on for it to pass the safety inspection & road test so that it will be road worthy. The things that need work on are the headlights, signals (flashers), knob on manual gear shift, and this gear that is broken off the steering wheel and the drivers window needs to be repaired (the mechanism to roll up the window is busted, but it can be fixed. The engine has been taken out of the bug because the fuel (or is it the oil) filter had to be removed to somewhere else in the engine because it would cause a fire (that's what happened to one of the members on this board, it was a later 60's Herbie replica, a few years back I remember, I won't mention who), and now I am told that it needs a matching cylinder to match either one of the two. It also needs proper tires & wheels.
DrLuv advised me to get the sunroof installed first before I paint it. Luckily, for a factory sunroof appearance, I understand that it can be simply molded from the bottom inside the roof. I will have that done. That info came from Sliding sunroofs website.
http://www.slidingragtops.com. Check to see where it says sunroofs for VW Beetle on the front page. It may look slightly different, but very near! I was told to check with Speedy Auto Glass or another business like it.
When it comes to painting, my dad has a friend whose friend restores cars, he does metal body work & painting included, one of his friends cars cost him $2600. , and he did a SUPER job! My bug unfortunately does have some rust, but only minor & it's just surface underneath and in behind the fenders and may have 3 holes developing, but this can all be fixed at a less expensive price.
There will be more on my bug later.