Tuesday, February 19, 2013

OVERHAULIN' take on a 1965 Volkswagen Beetle!

Check out the OVERHAULIN' work done with the 1965 Volkswagen Beetle! Cool!

Overhaulin' is an American automotive reality TV show that ran for five seasons on TLC between 2004–2009, and currently on Velocity and Discovery (Cablevision). The returning season premiered on October 2, 2012 at 8pm EST.


A lot of work had been done previously; bug was beyond repair
lack of certain structural pieces and too much rust were major issues.
from thesamba.com

What was done:

  • a 1967 replacement beetle acquired.
  • damaged front end given a  grafted new nose with custom Foose touches.
  • replaced hood handle with vintage VW emblem; dropped trim over the front of the emblem, cutting molding to make the trim longer to fit the full contour
  • removed rear apron and replaced with a ‘57 rear apron with longer swoop, giving the car a lower look.
  • took the original air vents, split into 2 pieces, welded, smoothed and finished into the rear.
  • color scheme - a two-tone paint: painted the roof, rear deck, interior, door jams and the hood black.  Butterscorch pearl was the elected BASF paint color for the lower half of the two-tone paint scheme.
  • installed a 200+ horsepower turbo charged engine, 4 times as powerful as the stock engine.

  • installed a wider diameter fuel line, new transmission and insulation to minimize road, engine and vibration noise in the vehicle.
  • installed a state of the art brake system
  • installed Gene Berg shifter for easy gear change
  • installed custom designed, tufted diamond patterned upholstery for the interior.
  • The original speedometer was salvaged and used

  • brand new sound system was also installed.
  • pulled the ashtray back and put the radio with a final trim to the dash.
  • 17” Foose Monterey wheels were wrapped in Pirelli P zeros

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