Pics of me and my daughter adding brake fluid while my wife helped us bleed the brakes. It was a family affair! Thanks ladies, I couldn't have done it without you!
All this stuff was fixable, and that was the reason why I wanted to buy the car in the first place. I didn’t want a vert that was already fixed up, because then I would have to change everything someone else did, to make it mine. What's the point of spending even more money doing it that way right? Anyway, just to be able to drive the car home was a bonus for me. Although I was a bit worried the whole time that the car was going to die and I didn’t even have the 100 mile tow from AAA!
After an over 3 1/2 hour trip home that was only supposed to take 1 hour and 15 minutes, I was just happy to put the Bug in the garage. Don’t get me wrong, having a convertible is AWESOME, and I did enjoy the trip home for the most part. The weather must have been 95 in the shade, and you know I drove the car with the top down! However, by the time we pulled through the traffic, the sun had gone bye bye, and I was starting to feel the chill at 65 miles an hour wearing a tank. Still, looking up at the stars from time to time while driving the vert home made the journey worth it!
Now to tell you what I did to get this bad boy the way it is now. It is not finished by any means, but it is a "driver" and that is what I wanted.
For starters I had to replace the shifting coupler, as the gears were very sluggish. I then had to replace all the brake lines, brake cylinders, and rear brake shoes. the front brake shoes didn't look to bad, so I was able to keep those. I had to install a new emergency brake, which came in a bag not preassembled, so it was puzzle time! Then came time to bleed the brakes, which for everyone that has done this before knows, is more than a one person job. Yes, I tried the syphone method, and it wasnt good. So I had to call the wife for assistance. She was cool with it.