Storage Unit Find: Upgraded 1969 Volkswagen Beetle

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People throw around the phrase “easy restoration,” but this is a possible candidate. It’s a stalled project, a 1969 Volkswagen Beetle for sale here on eBay in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with a Buy It Now price of just $3,500. Much work has already been done.

If you like your Beetles enhanced, this may be the project for you. The chassis has been completely rebuilt, and now sports a disc brake front end sourced from a Karmann Ghia. There are new front wheel bearings, rear brake cylinders, and pads as well as all-new brake likes. The transmission received a cleaning and new gear oil.

The dual-port engine, well, that’s part of what makes this a project. It’s there but disassembled, after being bored .020 over. The owner reports that the crank, cam, and all internals are present and serviceable, but not installed. “The heads need cleaning, and the valve guides need to be checked. The flywheel/clutch isn’t beat up.”

The body will also require some assembly and work, but it was de-rusted and primed. A new luggage tray is needed, and the cross members in the parts bin welded in. The headlight buckets need help, and there are places where rust has been cut out but not replaced with new metal.

The gauges have been restored, and the seat frames are there, and all glass except the windshield. A six-volt Southwind gas heater has been refurbished. A new wiring harness is needed, but those are readily available for such a common car.

Standard 15-inch wheels are on the car now, but it comes with vintage 14-inch Cal-Masters.

This was a very dynamic year for Volkswagen, with 1,241,580 vehicles produced. U.S. sales were 403,016, a slight dip, with 377,332 of them being Beetles (and 10,005 of them Cabriolets). More than 21 million Bugs were built, in all. So bring your welding torch, as well as your screwdriver. The end product should be a pretty nice Bug.

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  1. bobhess bobhessMember

    Decent car, decent price.

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    • Ron Jordan

      .020 pistons? Never heard of that on a VW.

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      • Steve Cota

        The ad says it was “Align Bored” that means the crankshaft is oversized, not the pistons

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  2. Beyfon

    Puzzled by that heater – wouldn’t a -69 Beetle be 12V so what are you to have a 6V heater for?

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    • Matt G

      Hook two of them up in series for twice the heat!

      Like 6

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