There are times when you see something and you just have to buy it. Like a shirt you see in the store that just speaks to you. You might not even be shopping for a shirt, or shopping at all for that matter, but you see it, and you have to buy it. That happened to me recently. With a car. This car. A few months ago I was browsing around craigslist looking at cars.I wasn’t looking to buy a car neccesarily, I just like looking and seeing all the cool and interesting things that pop up. I�m always looking at part outs, dsms, muscle cars, rat rods, stuff like that. And I usually check out any bug that pops up, especially after seeing videos of WRX swapped beetles tearing up the streets. It’s so cool. Again, I wasn’t planning on buying anything, I was just window shopping, as it were. Then I saw this thing. At first glance I had no idea what it was, but it looked cool. So I bought it. It’s a 1972 Standard Volkswagen Beetle with a 1937 Ford front end on it. I love it. I love it for a lot of reasons. I’ve always like bugs, and I’ve always liked old hot rods, and this is a weird bastard love child of the two.It’s abby normal, it’s odd and it’s strange. I love it. Another reason I really like this car is that to me, it’s a blank canvas. I like modifying cars, and I love street racer cars, cars that push the definition and legality of the term street car. Performance wheels and tires, racing seats, decals, zero fucks given weight reduction and everything and anything else. It’s an itch I need to scratch that I don’t want to do with my daily driver. Speaking of, my daily is a 1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX, and I like how it looks too much to do any crazy visual mods to it.For example, I love racing steering wheels, but I don’t want one in my DSM because then it wouldn’t match the rest of the stock interior. With this car though, I won’t have that problem. I don’t even like the interior so it’s probably all going to get ripped out anyway. And this car is already a frankenstein mash up of two different cars, so I take that as a green light to nuts creatively with the car.I get to build this thing exactly how I want it. Another reason I like it it is because the crazy mash up. I like old hot rods for their unique style, the big fenders, the sleek look, the crazy engine swaps you can do and I like beetles because they’re such a light weight car, they’re small, they’re nimble and they have a ton of
personality. I get a bit of both worlds with this car, which is great. I’ve had this car since February 2015, and it took a bit of work to get it running and on the road. Mainly because the engine was out when I bought it. I had to assemble all the tin work, which is kind of like a weird 3d puzzle. I had some wiring issues to figure out to get it running, I had to change the gear oil, change the battery, replace the shift coupler bushing, replace the shift coupler, fix the shift knob (oh, cool story about that, one of the previous owners had blah blah blah) and I had to clean all the dirt and rust out of the gas tank, clean out the gas lines, fix the blinkers and a bunch of other little things just to get this car moving under it�s own power again.I have to say thanks to the Samba and Shop talk forums, they’ve been an amazing source of help to get me up and running again. Anyway, now that it’s moving again, it’s time to start coming up with a build plan. Because you know I can’t leave this thing alone. HIt that subscribe button, my next video on this car will be going over the build ideas and laying out a plan of attack for this beast. And let me know in the comments what you want to see with this car, I’m always open to suggestions. And for good measure, it’s time for this things first sticker. I present to you, Velocity Labs first official project car: Bugford! .