Yup, haven't been 'round these parts much lately. I've been elbow deep in my classic VW restoration project. Why should you care? Well, I assume you don't. Anyway, last night, I scored a new/unused, in the box Blaupunkt radio for my Bug (correct year and everything -even with the owner's manual). Going to deliver the Bug to my buddy's paint shop on Wednesday for a show car finish in the original, rare color (according to Barrett Jackson, only 272 of these were built). What will it look like when done, you ask? Well, here's one (not mine) with a fresh coat of paint:
I'm restoring mine back to original with only a few minor liberties. One, the above pic shows the correct wheels that came on these Champagne Edition IIs. I hate the skinny, cheap and expensive 165 tires you end up using with these 4.5" wide wheels. So, I have a set of these wheels but they are the ones used on 914s, so they are 5.5" wide (allowing for normal 195 tires). Another minor liberty is the molding around the front windshield won't have the chrome insert. I've never liked that chrome insert, so I'm going Cal-Look and using an all black rubber windshield surround. No biggie. Finally, isntalling a new carpet kit that is jsut better than orig (orig is like fuzzy headliner along the lower sides with rubber on the floor. Never cared for that, so jsut using a full aftermarket high quality carpet set (same color). That's it. Historically accurate (with the listed minor exceptions) all the way down to the new radio.