Autographing the Bug: New Video

Filed in Restoring The Bug by on March 16, 2014 20 Comments


Autographing the Bug

Thanks to everyone who autographed the Bug. I really enjoy putting together this slideshow of all your autographs.  My goal is 1,000 Bug autographs by the end of June, so if you know others that would be willing to add their autograph to the Bug, please share this video with them. Distance isn’t a problem, because the Bug can be signed virtually or in person. Donations of any amount are gratefully accepted, too, as the autograph donations continue to raise money to complete the Bug.

(The video is lengthy. I hope the music and a few pictures will keep you entertained)

Some of you may be asking, “Will that Bug ever be done?” I know how you feel; I ask myself that question a lot too. However, I have narrowed it down to three final goals: heat, radio and bodywork (including paint). When I cross those goals off the list, she will be restored. All the major under-the-hood work has been completed. Of course, like any car she will need regular maintenance, but she will be good to go for a while. Where will we go? As soon as I know, you’ll know too.

I have discovered through the process of restoring the Bug that I like blogging, sharing what I am learning, and learning from my readers’ experiences. So I will blog on. If you want to receive updates on the progress of the June Bug and the fascinating musings of a soon-to-be Waldorf High School graduate, please subscribe by adding your e-mail to the box at the top of my blog or click the link at the bottom of this post and you will be receive an e-mail when I write a new post (I average about 2 posts per week). E-mails are never share and it is easy to unsubscribe if I bore you.   If you would rather skip the e-mail updates, you are welcome to click back over at any time. As my mom is fond of saying, “I’ll keep the light on.” However, I don’t think she said it first.

My intent was to capture every autograph on the Bug in the video, but if I missed your name, please let me know and I will race out to the garage, find your name, snap a picture, immediately update the video and profusely apologize. And because I think blogging should be an interactive experience, if any of you are “counters” and would like to count the number of  autographs  we currently have on the Bug while you watch the video, I would appreciate it. It would be really helpful when someone asks me, “How many autographs do you have?” If I could tell them. And last but by no means least, I’d like to send out a big thank you to Vickie, who added all the virtual autographs in her beautiful handwriting.

My next update will be about muscle cars. I’ll share how I ferreted out an amazing family secret about one of my favorite muscle cars.

Thanks for going along for the ride,


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  1. You are amazing. The video is great and you definitely knocked this senior project out of the park. Thanks for taking us all along for the ride.
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  2. Mike says:

    It looks like you’ve collected a lot of autographs and encouraging notes. Thanks for adding my name. I’m betting the muscle cars include the Goat.

  3. Carrie says:

    Awesome Cole. I’m ready for part 2. My husbands dad is Bug friendly and wants to sign. I’ll Paypal you.

  4. Marcie says:

    Good work Cole! I’m very proud of you for staying the course. I know it was a lot of work in lousy weather.
    Love you,

  5. Debbie says:

    Cole, I imagine you’ve learned a lot more than just how to restore a Bug through this project. I’m thinking about things like perseverance, meeting deadlines, salesmanship, and how to ask for (and receive) help from others. Not bad for a senior project! Way to go!

    I’ve enjoyed this experience through you (and glad my son Domer didn’t feel a need to restore a Bug in high school, ha! All he had to do was construct a working catapult. Long story!)
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  6. irene says:

    Two burning questions were answered: the number of autographs & the handwriting mystery person.
    A varied learning experience for you these last x amount of months. I like hearing the continuing enthusiasm in completing June’s restoration. Keep up the good work, Cole! Will watch the video now.

  7. irene says:

    Awww……a picture of Nik, too!

  8. Liz says:

    Great video! Looking forward to the virtual ride in the Bug. This weekend?.

  9. Antoinette Galioto says:

    This is brilliant, Cole! I’m so happy to have seen the little kangaroo you sketched on my behalf. I’m also thrilled that I got to have a ride in your Bug before I left your fantastic city. What an amazing job you have done with the Bug, your dedication, hard work and passion is brilliant!

  10. Julianne says:


  11. Cole says:

    Thanks and thanks for stopping by and adding your name!

  12. Cole says:

    Glad you liked the roo, I tried. You were the Bugs first international passenger ( a record you still hold). It’s all come together with a lot of help.

  13. Cole says:

    Hopefully tomorrow (Sunday)! Glad you liked the video.

  14. Cole says:

    Nik looked good on the Bug. We will continue on until the end of June and after that–to sell or not to sell. It’s a tough car to drive in Chicago weather.

  15. Cole says:

    A working catapult would be cool. You’ll have to tell me more. Oh yes, I learned a lot more than about car restoration. One of the things I learned about myself is I like it best when the run.

  16. Cole says:

    Thanks Granmarcie. The weather was awful. Even I’m looking forward to warmer weather, this year. By warmer I mean around 65.

  17. Cole says:

    Great. I would be happy to sign his name. Part 2 is starting after a brief reprieve. Thanks for going along for the ride

  18. Cole says:

    Good guess. Happy to add your name! Thanks.

  19. Cole says:

    Thank you. And I can’t tell you how nice it is to have a place to safely put my Starbucks.

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