Where Have All The Beautiful Cars Gone…

Filed in Car Culture, Restoring The Bug by on August 14, 2013 14 Comments


These last few weeks, I’ve been doing routine maintenance on the June Bug and reading through the Volkswagen Official Service Manual Super Beetle, Beetle & Karmann Ghia: 1970-1979 (just a little light summer reading) in order to learn as much as I can about Volkswagen Bugs. The Bug enthusiasts at the car forum Sumba have also been welcoming and patiently answer all my questions. And teens know, there are dumb questions.

This week, I drove June over to a car mechanic to get his opinion on my next rehab step. June was a jewel, and started right up, but the drive over was terrifying because she doesn’t exactly stop on a dime—ok, she doesn’t really stop at all. Fortunately, the horn works, the distance was short, traffic was light, and people gave me the right of way. The good news: all the tires held tight and the mechanic gave me a lot of great suggestions regarding engine work and brakes!

The video will share more about the June Bug and my most recent field trip…..

And now for a few pictures from the Volo Museum located in Volo, Il



Batmobile  Batmobile Blues Brothers Car

Blue Brothers Car Car 2 Car Cole 2 Dukes Of Hazzard  Dukes Of Hazard Ghost Busters  Ghost Busters Hot rod Mail Attachment-3 New Green Hornet Shelby CobraShelby Cobra

Thanks for going along for the ride,

Cole live


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  1. Maddie says:

    Hi Cole!
    Beautiful cars. Love the Shelby but can you imagine trying to park it? Herbie is so cute! Did you race right up and give him a hug?
    Sounds like June is coming along and has a lot of heart. And your Mom must be having heart failure with you driving without good brakes. Make them a priority, good investment.
    Love your videos, feel like I know you! Keep them coming.

  2. Curtis says:

    Cole your passion for the older cars makes me smile. I drove a Shelby and still keep a framed picture of her on the piano next to the rest of the family. Keeping up with you and your Bug helps keep my memories fresh. I look forward to all your posts and especially like the videos. My daughter helped me write this comment so don’t expect a lot of them but I’m reading and watching and enjoying the ride and will pop in whenever I get the chance.
    Have fun.

    (Cole my dad wants to sponsor you so I will e-mail for your address. He doesn’t Paypal. :-D )

  3. Liz says:

    The brakes on the Bug go stop, stop, stop, all through Chicago. You are going to have some great stories to tell your kids someday. I can’t wait to show my kids the pictures of the cars, my youngest son loves the Green Hornet and Batman. My daughter is a huge ghostbuster fan.
    Sounds like you are tootling along and will be road ready very soon. Love the progress reports.

  4. Carol Smith says:

    These memories you are making now will last you a life time. There is a car museum in Roscoe,IL that has some really neat cars and ones that have history behind them like the car President Kennedy was shot in and Bonnie and Clyde’s car that is riddled with bullet holes just to name a few. Maybe some day you will be able to check this place out.

  5. Mark says:

    Visiting from Sumba. Know-it-alls love new blood. Looks like you have a good Bug and a plan. Happy to sponsor your project. It’s good to see a kid doing something other than playing video games or sitting in front of the t.v. And I noticed you bought a Sumba subscription to support the forum when you could have taken a free ride. Your a good kid.

  6. Debbie says:

    I hate to say it, but those old cars had STYLE! They all looked different and seemed to have different personalities. Too many of today’s cars look alike (I’m thinking in particular of SUVs). Nothing memorable about a box on wheels!
    I love the Blues Brothers’ black-and-white, the Dukes’ car, and of course, the Batmobile. Glad June is taking the next step in your project — thanks for the update! Now, because I AM a mom and should sound like one, get those brakes operational!!
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  7. irene says:

    you’re right. vehicles nowadays do not have personality. no chops! very cookie cutter like. we had an mg years ago….loved it! i’m glad you found your classic!

  8. Cole says:

    I love the classic look and wish we could incorporate it more into today’s cars. Maybe, I’ll work on that :-D

  9. Cole says:

    The Blues Brothers’ car was really cool. One of my favorites. Cars do all look the same. Very few stand outs.
    Brakes? Kind of boring….

  10. Cole says:

    Thank you so much. I’m enjoying the process even when it gets overwhelming. Glad there are know-it-alls to help.
    Sumba has provided me a lot of great information.

  11. Cole says:

    We went to the museum and had a great time. Thank you for the suggestion. They really had some great cars and the display was really well organized. I posted some pictures on todays blog post but will add more later.

  12. Cole says:

    I am getting the idea that you think brakes and stopping is a good idea. The ghostbusters care was neat and of-course the theme song was playing on the radio. Batman’s car is the coolest.
    The Bug is coming along slowly but surly.

  13. Cole says:

    Thanks you so much for the sponsorship. Glad you stopped by. A Shelby is an amazing car, I bet you have some great stories to tell. Would love to hear them anytime.

  14. Cole says:

    No, I did not hug Herbie but I smiled at him. Parking anything in Chicago is a pain and expensive.
    Your right both my Mom and Grandmother would like me to have brakes. Me too, even when I go slow it’s tough on my shoes when I have to stop with my foot.
    I’m told all Bug owners are part of one big family.

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