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05/04/12 06:25 PM
05/04/12 09:03 PM
Type 3 addict
05/05/12 10:54 AM
El Dorado Herbie
01/11/16 12:47 AM
"Ph.D. in Love Bug Science"
One of the things I loved and miss about Herbie No. 2 was my tire setup. I knew 195-65 15s on the front and 205-65 15s on the back would look right on the widened rims, and I loved the look and stance. I still recommend those sizes to replica builders who are using the wide wheels (though most people whine and scoff, and end up buying all the same size). Since our present Herbie has "skinnies" and we have no plans to change it, I decided to change things up on the '56 -- again. Since I sold two cars at the end of the year, I had a few extra dollars, and decided to replicate the look on the '56.
I've had a set of steel A/P slotted rims sitting around that I bought at Bug Jam one year for a future project, and decided to put them to good use. I picked out a set of Firestones because they were medium priced, and because of the nostalgia factor. (Herbie rode on Firestones in The Love Bug). The result is an aggressive look that goes with my rally bug theme.
I have the center caps and beauty rings, but PJ and I decided to leaver them off because they dress up the look too much, and this car should be dressed down. (Sorry, Grant.) Plus the center caps look too oversized, and stick out too far. We looked at it with them on and off, and both decided we lke them off.
You can see from this distance shot that the wheels and tires fill the fenders nicely.
After more than 35 years, I'm still having fun with the car and making changes.
01/12/16 07:57 PM
01/13/16 02:01 AM
Thanks Dann. The car has been off the road for awhile, so I'm having fun getting it back in shape.
01/13/16 07:23 PM
I Pity the Clown
01/14/16 12:54 AM
01/18/16 05:20 PM
01/18/16 10:28 PM
I don't think Kyle has commented yet, but I dig what you say.
Here's PJ and me at the Quaker Steak & Lube Bugfest in Clearwater on Sunday. Here's what the car looks like with a full load on board. (PJ and me and a lot of swap meet stuff.) As you can see, the stance hunkers down nicely. (See that, Phil?)
01/19/16 09:32 AM
Dann was likely referring to my comment. We all look alike to Dann. Dann is ignorant. Dann is . Dann is Dannish.
01/19/16 02:48 PM
01/20/16 12:11 AM
01/21/16 08:14 AM
01/22/16 10:56 AM
Keeper of the ILBR
I went back and compared the photos that show the car with the Radars and the new set.
While I do like the looks of the Radars, I actually prefer the new ones that Greg's fitted. Comparing both, with the Radars, I felt my eyes were drawn to the wheels first, then the car; to my eyes, the new set works much better because they seem to work well with period "style/look" of it.
So the Mexi has been sold....you say you sold another ?
01/23/16 02:43 AM
Yeah, but it's a vehicle we only owned for five months.
What you said about the Raders was my thoughts exactly. I never thought we could think so much alike.
As I said, the Raders will resurface eventually. Unfortunately I need to get a little machining done before that can happen, and my machinist is AWOL.
01/27/16 01:13 PM
I'm sure there's a few things we'd agree on VW wise.....
As to the other car you sold, the only one that for some reason springs to mind would be the rusty one.....but I've a feeling I'm wrong.
01/28/16 02:01 AM
You'd be wrong.
I don't want to get into a whole discussion of this one. Suffice to say we bought it, I had some fun fixing some things on it, we enjoyed it a bit, and we made a little money off it. As nice as it looks, it had tin worm issues that were more than I was prepared to deal with.
01/28/16 06:53 PM
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