kiffie: VW Bug on the back of a tow truck. (Towed)

Speedometers, anyhow.

The Bug's speedo started making the dreaded death chatter, which means it's time to start looking for a replacement.

Unfortunately, rebuilt speedos are upwards of $200. I don't have that kind of money. Used are cheaper, but you really have no clue what you're getting when you go that route. And even the best used speedo is still a 50 year old bit of machinery.

Our old mechie, down in LA, has a used Ghia speedo listed for ~$70. That's not bad, but see above for why that might not be the best idea. Plus, Ghia speedos are slightly smaller than Bug speedos, so I'd have to make a bracket to get it to fit properly in my dash.

Ghia speedos also don't have an integrated fuel gauge. But I've had the Bug's sending unit disconnected pretty much since I bought it, so that's not really an issue.

I could also just buy a completely aftermarket VDO gauge and be done with it.

But I've never had a good experience with aftermarket anything. So I'm a little leery there.


kiffie: VW Bug on the back of a tow truck. (Towed)

So, is the slamming feeling when shifting gears just a Type 1 thing?

I've never experienced it with either of the family Type 3s, but much like Voodoo, the Bug occasionally kicks like a mule when she shifts.

Volkswagens. v(._.)v

kiffie: VW Bug on the back of a tow truck. (Towed)

A VW Beetle in a MINI Clubman car cover; the wind has filled the cover like a balloon.

So, a Clubman cover fits a VW Bug.

If it's windy, it also provides the perfect disguise to hide amongst MINIs.

kiffie: VW Bug on the back of a tow truck. (Towed)

I will potentially be wandering down south this weekend so that I can ride back up with the Bug when it's towed.

I'm not 100% sure, because arranging tows with AAA is complicated and confusing and requires more luck than skill.

Further, since our original plan (which was for my folks to come up this weekend) changed, the upset has had an unintended domino effect on everything else, and it's making this entite month feel like an uncertain, wobbly table.

On the upside, the sooner the Bug is back up here, the sooner I can look for work, again. My current job is okay, but you really need more than just a part-time job to live here comfortably. And I'd like to not have to survive off ramen and macaronis at the end of every pay period.


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