I tell the story, which always elicits smiles, that since we are in Texas, it is not uncommon that our story begins with horse-trading. In 2002, when I left home to attend college in Louisiana, things stopped almost completely at the Bug Barn. All mechanical and electrical components removed in disassembly are carefully inspected, tested and either repaired or replaced. Examples of our work can be viewed on our , , and pages. One such enthusiast who has been a great asset to our business is Jay Salser. Just finished painting and assembling this car after approximately a year Restoration.
I struggled with deciding what to do. There still are some salvage yards located around the Country. Getting these cars into good, driving condition is my passion—and, I see from the readership at 1967Beetle. From there, one Bug led to another, and another, and so on. We also understand that some people like to restore their car one step at a time, while the car is still being used. This turned the shop back into a weekend-only operation.
Boy was I in for an education! New front door kits; windows, wings, trim, flaps and seals are installed. We painstakingly repaint the car, making sure every area that shows after assembly has the correct finish. We focus mainly on our ground up restoration process, however, we do provide the option of partial restorations in 1 or more of the following 3 stages; interior, exterior, mechanical. Driving a restored volkswagen has been compared to a religious experience. They cut out the roof for a rag top, but the aftermarket kit is fiberglass.
In addition to our large inventory, we also have an on site service department for all your repair and maintenance needs. You won't start speaking in tongues or rolling down the aisle of your classic bus, but some people have reported feeling like they themselves have been restored. You might consider using one of these. I drive it everyday and it always runs perfectly. Cassie and my wife enjoy talking when they come to Garland to deliver parts. After paint has cured, the body is wet-sanded with 1500 grit sandpaper and machine polished for ultimate shine.
The choice was ultimately decided when the chef I was working for sold the restaurant, giving us the perfect opportunity to move. I hope that this helps. It will be much easier for you to sell the chassis and title to someone who wishes to make a kit car, etc. That engine was to be the predecessor of the flat four engine we know today. This will give you an idea of the cost part of the job. He purchased land from my grandmother, and the foundation for the main shop was poured in 1977, with the help of friends and family. Dustin Carter may have the part which you need.
To this day we are still trying to finish organizing, but we have come a long way since that first day. The car has been professionally rebuilt and gone through inside and out. You will find that most of our vehicles do not have a long, drawn out story to read with them. They understood this and made every attempt to include me in the entire process. I would encourage you and your daughter to sit down to assess the car before you remove even one screw. Our time frame however was a little off.
Salvage people usually have a net-work that allows them to communicate with, or at least know about, one another. Any that are in the salvage yard very likely also are cracked. Here at J-3 we pride ourselves on the quality of our fabrication work and the skills required. An older article that has been getting a lot of page views lately. He has helped and supported us while also becoming a very dear friend.
Thanks for letting us know about your visit to the Bug Barn, Jon. In the meantime, keep supporting 1967Beetle. We can do just about any type of metal repair, media blasting, and custom work. We would like to have either a factory sun roof or just leave it as a regular roof. We decided not to put the kit in the car, but that leaves us with a dilema. We also offer classic car appraisals if you are looking to sell or just want to find out what your car is worth.
Growing up, I did not know anything other than Volkswagens. So, look the car over completely—top to bottom, end to end, the engine, the interior, everything. Stereo options are up to you. You would not want to try to ship a car-top clip—very expensive. The soft top was also replaced and opens and closes as it should.