1972 Classic Volkswagen Super Beetle Convertible, nice looking car, very well maintained.
Much has been updated and upgraded on this car, to include:
New convertible top and roof liner, installed 11/11/2013
New heater components consisting of
New heat exchangers (heater boxes)
New ducting in front to improve defrost functionality
Installation of two heater blowers inline with the heater boxes, which are surrounding the exhaust manifolds - these blowers
were purchased from a dealer who represented spare parts off of NASCAR
racing cars, and these units were originally designed as blowers in the engine
compartments of large yachts to ventilate any fuel fumes, but were later re-
designed by Roush Racing to cool their NASCAR brake systems. These blowers
have 'RK 191' written on them, indicating one of Roush Team race cars, but I can't determine
which one, maybe somebody else with Roush Racing team info can determine this.
New exhaust system
New engine dress up components to include fan shroud, engine tin and other misc. parts
Recent low profile directional tires, giving the car a low slung modern look (for a 41 year old car)
New carpeting and floor mats, both inside the car and forward trunk areas
New seat belts
New correct spare tire and rim, fully inflated, lug wrench
All mechanical components have been checked for reliability, including all brakes, CV joints, engine, transmission and clutch, electrical system.
Too many other minor parts and components have been replaced to mention without leaving something out, please ask if you have questions.
NOTE: there are several systems that were engineered by the German VW teams back in the 1940's through 1972 when this car came off of the assembly line, and some of them were just plain lousy engineering, and I replaced them, namely the windshield washer system and the heater system. Both were just barely functional even when brand new, and in my opinion unacceptable.
Heater system: in line with the heat exchangers but before the flapper valve running into the passenger compartment, I have installed two 12 volt electric blower fans, than when engaged blow perhaps as much as a 500% increase in air flow than the original German system. So much heated air is generated by these fans (formerly installed on NASCAR race vehicles), that I had to install a rheostat to control the fan speed so that the interior compartment does not get too hot (nobody ever said that about a convertible VW Beetle before). This unit, when the levers are set to defrost, generate a healthy heated air flow to the windshield ducts, and the system works as it should have been designed 50 years ago, but wasn't. Because the car is air cooled, no water is used in the heating system, and accordingly the heat exchangers start putting out heat after only about 30 seconds after the car has been started from a stone cold engine left over night in a cold garage, and once just a minimum amount of heat is available, the NASCAR heater pumps force warm air into the drivers compartment almost immediately. Any other car takes several minutes to warm the coolant that provides heat to the interior of any standard car, but this VW has heat right away, regardless of how cold it is outside.
Windshield washer system: the original German system on these cars had the spare tire providing pressure to the washer fluid reservoir, and then plumbed up to the windshield wiper control inside the car, then on to the windshield washer nozzle on the hood. Each and every step along the way, leaks could occur through normal wear and aging of the rubber components, and failure anywhere along the line would depressurize the tank along with the spare tire. Any failure anywhere in the system would ensure not only no pressure to the windshield washer, but also ensure a flat spare tire. Terrible engineering, in my opinion. I removed all of this, and simply installed an electric washer pump designed for a 1981 Toyota Camry at the bottom of the washer reservoir, and wired a control button to below the dashboard, where failure of this system is extremely low: no chance of losing your spare tire air, and virtually no chance of losing pressure to the windshield washer nozzle on the hood.
The condition of the car is very good, but the car is 41 years old, after all. Relatively rust free Colorado car now in Illinois, but there are some minor areas with surface rust but nothing structurally significant. The older paint job on the car still shines nicely, but there are many areas that had touch up paint applied, and some cracks and checking are apparent on the hood and elsewhere, but it does not really affect the generally nice appearance of the car.