1972 Volkswagen Super Beetle

When I was a young man and buying my first car I decided on a Volkswagen.
This was in 1964 and the Volkswagen was a 1963 Custom Beetle Sedan. That was followed 10 months later with a new 1964 Deluxe Sedan. There was a brief period when I tried a couple of North American cars but came back to Volkswagen and had a total of seven more ending with a 1970, 1500 Squareback. There were two more, a used 1960 Custom Sedan which was used as 
a second family car and a 1960 that was going to be converted to a woods buggy but never got finished. That was my last volkswagen until I bought my 1972 Super Beetle in 2007.
Some of these cars are shown below and these pictures were taken when the cars were new or just bought.
1963 Volkswagen Custom (Taken at the Halifax Dingle, 1964)
1963 Volkswagen Custom (Taken at Cresent Beach, Nova Scotia, 1964)
1964 Volkswagen Deluxe (Taken on Rockingstone Road, Spryfield NS, 1964)
1964 Volkswagen Deluxe (Taken in Sambro NS, 1964)
1968 Volkswagen Deluxe (Taken in Windson Junction, 1968)
1968 Volkswagen Deluxe (Taken in Beaverbank, 1964)
1969 Volkswagen Type 3 (Taken at Porters Lake Provincial Campground, Nova Scotia., 1969)
1970 Volkswagen Type 3C (Taken at Beaverbank, 1970)
1970 Volkswagen Type 3  (Taken at Beaverbank, 1970)

The 8th Annual Vintage V-Dubbers  Show & Shine
Held at John's Lunch, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Sept. 16th, 2012
To view all the cars at the show visit Vintage V-Dubbers or visit my page on the show
The 7th Annual Vintage V-Dubbers  Show & Shine
Held at John's Lunch, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Sept. 11th, 2011
To view all the cars at the show visit Vintage V-Dubbers or visit my page on the show
The 5th Annual Vintage V-Dubbers Show & Shine
Held at John's Lunch, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Sept. 20th, 2009
To view all the cars at the show visit Vintage V-Dubbers or visit my page on the show
The 4th Annual Vintage V-Dubbers  Show & Shine
Held at John's Lunch, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Sept. 14th, 2008
To view all the cars at the show visit Vintage V-Dubbers
Ernie's VW 
Camping Weekend
On August 29/31 Ernie Miles opened his property to all 
VW enthusiasts. A great time was had by all

The following training video clips are on uTube.
They cover setting timing on VW engine , Starting Engine and Carb adjustment,
123 Ignition demonstration video, Setting Timing, Vintage VW Training Film - Valve Adjustments Part 1,
Vintage VW Training Film - Valve Adjustments Part2 .
The view others in this series go to

Flat Towing a Volkswagen

I have been asked many times about towing a VW (Flat towing). In my case it was very simple.
I decided to include my instructions to this page. My Super Beetle is a standard shift so I 
can't say if these instructions would apply to an auto shift or not.
I have been towing my VW like this for three summers and have had no problems 
at all except when I tried to back up. That didn't work well at all.
Towing a beetle is very easy but you shouldn't use the bumper.
There are special tow bars available at CiP1 http://www.cip1.ca/SearchResults.asp?Search=tow+bar&Search1=Search

That is the one  used and as you can see I have towed the VW with a few different tow vehicles. The one you choose depends on if you have a 
Supper or Standard beetle.
Mine is a Super beetle and the bar was very easy to fasten. You will need some grade 8 bolts (metric) the dia. of the ones you remove but longer. 
I used ones about 1 1/4 inches long. I also used blue Locktight but still check them from time to time.
Once the tow bar is installed, (about an hours work or less) you will need to provide an attachment point for the safety chains.
I used a 4 ft length of 5/16 chain attached with shackles. On the right side of the frame you will see a towing loop welded to the frame. 
It is about 3/8" stock. that works fine for that side but the left side needs something attached. I used a 3/8 chain coupling and removed 
one of the bolts that holds the sway bar and using a longer bolt and some strong washers bolted it on.
Seems to work fine.
You of course CAN'T fasten the safety to the tow bar itself. If the tow bar was to come loose for some reason the chains would go with it.
Once that is done I used a magnetic mount tail light assembly that I picked up at Canadian Tire. That allowed me not to have to
tie into the car wiring.
At first I placed the lights on the roof but found some scuff marks so I made a couple of brackets and mounted them using the bumper
support bolts. The lights fit there just like if they were made for it.
Now with that done you are ready to tow.
The newer VW's or at least mine has a steering lock that does not lock until you remove the key.
This allows you to leave the steering unlocked but the ignition to be turned off.
If your steering lock won't allow this you will have to disconnect the battery.
If you don't allow the wheels to turn and follow the corners you will scuff the tires badly and put a lot of strain on the steering components. 
That's about it but don't try to back up. I know that doesn't work too well. I have a dented fender to prove it.
We do tow our Bug with a motor home and a Pontiac Van.
When towing with the motor home you can't tell it's back there. In fact you even can't even see it.
I have one of those small flags that are window mounted that I put in the right window and I can see the flag when towing knowing
that the bug is still back there.
Our motor home is a 24 ft Class C with a 350 Chev engine.
The latest motor home is a 32 ft Class A with a 454 Chev engine.
Happy towing and if you have any more questions please let me know.

Disclaimer: Please check with you local authorities before towing with  tow bar. 
I have been told that some jurisdictions do not allow them.
Oldcarandtruckpictures.com excepts no responsibility for the use of a tow bar.
 The Fall of 2007 
The first day I saw my 72 VW Super Beetle
The Fall of 2007  home in the yard
My 1972 Volkswagen Supper Beetle as it looked when I bought it in the fall of 2007
In the backyard, February 24, 2008
On the Beach at Cheverie Nova Scotia, February 25,  2008
On the Beach at Cheverie Nova Scotia, March 7, 2008
On the Summerville Block Wharf Beach, April 7, 2008
At Fort Edward, Windsor, Nova Scotia, June 1, 2008
On the Summerville Block Wharf Beach, June 5, 2008
Towing my Bug, June 15, 2008
 When towing the VW behind our motor home you can't feel it and it has very little effect on the gas mileage
Camping at Brule Shore, Nova Scotia
August 9, 2008 at Avondale, Nova Scotia
Note: the header has been replaced with a stock muffler
 On the Summerville Block Wharf Beach, Sept. 17, 2008
 Engine and interior pictures Oct. 4, 2008
 October 11 2008
 At Summerville, Nova Scotia October 15, 2008
 October 19 2008
 Victoria Park, Truro, Nova Scotia, October 23, 2008

Debert Cruise and Picnic
Sunday, October 3th 2010

We first met at Tim Horton's in Debert as we did in 2008 but this year there were a lot less VWs
For those who didn't attend, all I can say is that you missed a great VW fall outing.
The weather couldn't have been nicer

Debert Cruise and Picnic
Sunday, October 5th 2008

We first met at Tim Horton's in Debert
After a coffee we drove around the area and stopped at MacElmons Pond Provincial Picnic Park
for a picnic and some socializing and BUG talk
The 2009 Season is Underway. 
On the Beach at Cheverie Nova Scotia, March 15, 2009
Harmony, Nova Scotia, April 24, 2009
Around Truro, Nova Scotia, April 25, 2009
Summerville, Nova Scotia, May 14, 2009
1964 Vintage After Market Fog Lights
NOS VW Mud Flaps
Harmony, Nova Scotia, May 29, 2009
Quarry Park, Kempt Shore, Nova Scotia, June 15, 2009
On the Summerville Block Wharf Beach, Sept 12, 2009
On the Beach at Cheverie Nova Scotia, Sept. 14, 2009
 All good things must come to an end and so it is for my Volkswagen.
I took it out for it's last run of the season today. 
It is Oct. 31 and up in these parts that is late for an old car
 On the Summerville Block Wharf Beach, Oct. 31, 2009
By the Kempt Shore Grave Yard Oct. 31, 2009
 I hope everyone has a nice winter and I hope to see you here next spring for more new additions
The 2010 Season is here. 
I had the bug out for a short run today
On the Summerville Block Wharf Beach, March 11, 2010
On the Beach at Avondale, Nova Scotia, April 22, 2010
Towing with our new motor home June 4, 2010
We used the same towing arrangement as we did with the 
smaller motor home and got the same results
At Great Village Nova Scotia, June 5, 2010
At Five Islands Village Nova Scotia, August 15, 2010
At Great Village Nova Scotia, Oct. 14, 2010
 The 2010 season has just about come to an end

 The 2011 Season is Underway. 
 I took the VW for it's first run of the season on March 17
The 2012 Season is Underway.
We had a late season snow storm on Easter, April 8, 2012
I took these pictures in the back yard the day after that storm
April 15, 2012 The snow is gone and the sun is out. great for a drive in the bug
Sally sure thinks that's a good idea
June 20 2012
The 2012 season has come to an end and this is our last trip, Oct 23, 2012
The 2013 Season is Underway
The snow is pretty well by March 30, 2013 so it was time for the first run
First down the Card Beach Road
Then off to the beach at Cheverie, Nova Scotia
These pictures were taken on July 18 2013 at the Lookoff in Kings county
The 2013 season has come to an end and this is our last trip, Oct 10, 2013
Taken at the Quarry Park, hants County
See you all next season
2014 wasn't much of a season for my 72 VW This was due to some ongoing body work
but I did get it out for one last run today. Oct 30.

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