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Project #Super71 - The Perfect Engine

As most of you are well aware, THEBUGNUT.com has an ongoing hobby mechanic restoration called Project #Super71. We are restoring a 1971 Super Beetle and sharing the progress online with all you fellow air-cooled VW enthusiasts. During the process we started doing some research on what motor we wanted to install in this Beetle once the time comes (Always good to be prepared). When this 1971 Super Beetle was first rebuilt and put on the road in 1997 it was packing a 1835cc motor with dual 40mm Webber carburetors. We loved that old motor and we’re thinking of installing something similar, with a few more extras to go along with it.

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Fellow BUGNUT Gary Keeping

I wouldn’t say that the “Aircooled Scene” really came very naturally to me. In fact, I grew up in a household that had VW’s of the watercooled variety only. My first VW was a 1985 Diesel Jetta that I purchased from my father. My involvement with Beetles came only after meeting a co-worker (and later roommate) that owned a ’73 Super Beetle. I was enamoured with it almost immediately. Fun, inexpensive and surprisingly versatile. I was hooked and was now on a quest to acquire one. And there it sat, a 1971 Super Beetle, parked for several years beside “General Lee Chicken” in Haliburton Ontario. It was quite solid and ran well but wandered badly on the road.

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TBN Stickers Now Available

Be the first to jazz up your toolbox or classic VW with these awesome 4"x6" die-cut vinyl stickers. We are currently pre-selling them in a 3-Pack for only $6.00 and will ship anywhere in Canada, USA or Europe for FREE as soon as we meet our minimum order requirements.

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Website Updates - Winter 2018/2019

I just wanted to fill you in on what's happening with the website. We are continuing to try and grow the website and add some additional content and functionality along the way. At this point in time it's all fun and games. We are just trying to create a place on the web where we can share our passion for VW Beetles and anything related to the classic air-cooled VW hobby. We are planning on adding a few key elements to the site down the road.

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One or Two Carburetors?

It sounds like a simple question to answer, so why am I having such a hard time figuring it out? Most people in the VW Beetle community are one of two kinds... Stock or Modified. Let's face it... there are probably more of us that like to tinker with our VW's than there are who wish to keep them stock. My hat goes off to those who properly preserve the history of the car down to every metric nut and bolt, but that is a special kind of person. The rest of us hacks can't leave our Beetle alone. Many of us also want to make them lower, higher, noisier, more colourful, or faster.

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Used VW Beetle Parts

I used to work with my mechanic during College in the late 1990's building and repairing VW Beetles for resale or for Bugs On The Hill clients. Over the years a collection of used parts started to grow and were being tucked way on shelves here and there. All these years later my mechanic finally decided that he is no longer in need of any of these old VW parts. He wanted to use the space for more tire storage. Tire storage has become a much more lucrative business than collecting old VW parts that just sit on a shelf.

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Feature Project - 1973 Super Beetle

This 1973 1303 was in-need of some serious TLC, and in exchange for his help Peter would become the owner of the 1971 (without a motor). Getting the 1973 road worth once again sounded easy and fun! Little did he know, it would become a much larger and longer project than anyone initially expected. Another thing that slowed this restoration down was an extension on his own house that included a new garage. That sounds great… but before that can happen, you have to tear the old garage down. All of Peter’s tools and toys had to be packed up and put into storage. By the time the home extension and new garage were completed and ready to function as a shop again, it was almost 3 years later.

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Project #Super71 - Safe, Secure & Straight

I was out in the garage again working on some additional preliminary jobs before I can get into the real work. This time around I was making sure the body of the Super Beetle was safely secured and wasn't going to fold in half as I attempt to replace the rear cross members and heater channels on Project #Super71. I am using the same system I used for the 1973 Super Beetle project, but this time around it's a little more formal.

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Project #Super71 - We Have Lift Off!

I had some dedicated time in the garage, and everything was prepared for lift off, but I have to admit... the car was was patched together way more than I remember back in 1996. It Must have worked however because the car is still with us today! I had to remove all kinds of sheetmetal patches that were holding the body to the pan with sheetmetal screws, rivets, filler, and undercoating. As I removed all the old body work I found all the old body filler from the previous owner.

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Project #Super71 - Prepare for Lift Off

Project #Super71 - Prepare for Lift Off

It's been 22 years since the initial "restoration" of this car. In fact... it was probably more of a patch and repair job than a full restoration. We worked with what we had and that didn't include a whole lot of proper VW restoration experience. Just a whole lot of pop rivets, self taping screws, body filler, and undercoating. Never the less... all that work in 1996 paid off. The car is still with us today and that makes it one more classic Beetle that didn't get scrapped at the junk yard. I will call that a win any day.

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Project #Super71 - Bag & Tag

Project #Super71 - Bag & Tag

We are continuing to work on ripping the Beetle apart when we have time. We seem to be doing a pretty good job taking the car apart and bagging and tagging all the parts. We don't stress about things too much, after all we have done this a few times, and after a while you just start to recognize what everything is and where it should go later. The problem is that if you don't strategically organize the small or odd ball stuff it may get lost in the shuffle. So if you are tearing your own project Volkswagen down make sure you put a little effort into organizing as much as you can. It will help you wen you start putting it all back together.

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Project #Super71 - Wheels

Project #Super71 - Wheels

As with all my automotive related tastes, they have evolved over time. What I like today is completely different from my youth. Gone are the days of anything extreme and too over the top. I still love modified Beetles, but I am not a fan of anything that is not reversible or kills the spirit of the car. What that leads up to is what many call "Period Correct" modification. For Project #Super71 I was searching far and wide for what I think would be the baest looking set of wheels that were not over the top and period correct. In addition, I always like like to have some type of story or history tied to them.

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Wagens West!

Wagens West!

Upon completion of Peoject #Super71, the plan will be to drive the Beetle from Toronto (Orangeville) to San Fancisco California. Now many of you may think I am crazy, but hey... it's something I have been interested in doing for a long time. It's fun to build the car and take it to cruise night, but I love creating memories with my VW's. So many adventures and good times can be wrapped up in your Beetle, why not go all out?

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Project #Super71 - Overview

Project #Super71 - Overview

I have never given any of my cars names, it's not my thing. I usually just call them whatever best describes them. So Project #Super71 is just a name for anything related to the restoration and customization of my 1971 Super Beetle. This entire site will revolve about this project over the next couple years.

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Welcome to THEBUGNUT.com

Welcome to THEBUGNUT.com

The term "Bugnut" is nothing new, however back when I was in college the internet was new and cool fun handles for your online accounts were available for the taking. Since I was fully involved in the VW scene at the time, and driving around in my 1971 Super Beetle, I setup my very first email with the prefix "THEBUGNUT". Going forward I eventually picked up the domain name and other social media accounts with the same handle with the intention of one day making use of it in the VW community.
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Project #Super71 - The Perfect Engine
As most of you are well aware, THEBUGNUT.com has an ongoing hobby mechanic restoration called Project #Super71. We are restoring a 1971 ...
Fellow BUGNUT Gary Keeping
I wouldn’t say that the “Aircooled Scene” really came very naturally to me. In fact, I grew up in a household that had VW’s of the ...
TBN Stickers Now Available
Be the first to jazz up your toolbox or classic VW with these awesome 4"x6" die-cut vinyl stickers. We are currently pre-selling them in a ...


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