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Offline 68autobug

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I haven't driven My 68 autostick for nearly a year, but yesterday I drove it about 30 kilometers to My Sons place and return. It drove quite well, taking off in either of the 3 forward gears and even driving up a slow hill at 40 KMH in TOP gear, and easily accelerated away. Peaked at 110 KMH which is 10KMH over the speed limit....
The steering is excellent, and the suspension is also excellent..... just right... Brakes work Ok...  No Bad points at all.... It was very windy driving on the highway but I find the Independant Rear Suspenson with Constant Velocity Joints plus the excellent front suspension all do their job extremely well....
Sadly it has come time to think about selling My beloved 68 autostick.


Lee Noonan   Australia
-- Helping keep Autostick beetles on the road --
   -1968 Silver metallic 1600 single port Beetle - with BOSCH  SVDA and new BROSOL H30/31 carburetor with GENIE Extractor exhaust system with a quiet thunderbird muffler

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Offline itskyle

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Say it ain't so...

Oh well, just make sure you get it to somebody as dedicated to the 2 pedal vw driving phenomenon as you are...

(that may take some time.)

One thing I remember about dealling with wind forces on vw beetles was rolling both side windows completely down.  helped a lot in side winds during the summer.

You wouldn't want to try it in winter here, at least, around these parts.

Kyle

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I do remember driving early beetles in strong winds and it was a job to keep them going straight, so when there are strong winds [which we have had now for many weeks - up to 50 kmh] but My Beetle handles and rides very good.... It would be perfect in strong gusty winds once I put the anti roll bar back on the front.... lol..
I had a steel pipe in the ground to hold one of My double gates open, but drove over it many years ago, breaking the anti roll bar.... I replaced the steel pipe with a large rock.... and i bought new rubber mounts for the anti roll bar plus stainless steel clamps with allen key bolts {I think?] but I haven't been able to fit the new clamps on.... maybe I will have to use the original type of roll bar clamps...??  My Wife drove My Beetle yesterday 30 klms and return, with a large crack in the windshield from a stone.... I fitted a new laminated windscreen in 2005 as I don't like the shatter type safety glass that was originally fitted...  I Can remember having a few of those break and the total windshield glass going all over Me.... When driving about 100KMH and the windshield breaking from a stone usually from another vehicle going in the opposite direction,  the wind blows the Glass all over the driver and passenger, which resulted in a lot of tiny glass cuts on My face and forehead and a bit of blood tickling down.... Actually, it was worse when the windshield shattered as You could SEE Nothing until you were covered in glass... Back then our highways were narrow two lanes and very windy with lots of corners....
Laminated windscreens were a godsend.... but only legal with seat belts...

LEE  in Australia
-- Helping keep Autostick beetles on the road --
   -1968 Silver metallic 1600 single port Beetle - with BOSCH  SVDA and new BROSOL H30/31 carburetor with GENIE Extractor exhaust system with a quiet thunderbird muffler

http://photobucket.com/68autobug

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Lee I am sad to hear that you are thinking of selling your AS. I wish you were in Turkey. ı would buy your car with no hesitation,,, ı hope somebody dedicated to 2 pedals buys
best wishes,