Classic VW BuGs Newsletter: New Bug For Sale! 36hp Rebuild for 1954 BuG

Added December 2, 2011 by Chris Vallone

Hey My VduB BuDs!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, December is here, it is time for VduB Holiday Cheer!

What I have in store for you this week:
1. FOR SALE! Wow have not heard that in a while huh? An awesome ’65 Sunroof Beetle
2. Finally got the 1954 36hp motor in, we cracked her open!

What a perfect way to start off the gift giving month, I am selling a 1965 fully restored Sunroof BuG for a good friend of mine. I guess he learned a thing or two from me when it came time to putting this lil guy back together, haha :o) She looks awesome.

This is a Super Clean metal sunroof model bug that was painted the L378 Prairie Beige. This car was restored about two years ago, a complete “body off” resto. She sports a later model rebuilt 1500cc motor, 12v system, she cruises beautifully down the road. I took a bunch of pics yesterday at my favorite spot on the Hudson along with some HD video. My friend Dave (owner) gave me a bunch of pics of the resto as well, so you can take a peek at that.

Dave chose to go with the more toned down look when it comes to accessories. You know me, gravel guards, white walls, eyelids maybe, etc etc. I know I will get emails saying “Chris, this is not like you, you are missing your usual stuff on there. Why did you do that? Are these parts not available anymore? What should I do with my bug now that I can’t get those parts? Why are they not making those parts anymore? Why Chris, WHY?” And no I am not kidding I will get those emails or even phone calls, the net is a nutty place.

All kidding aside, Dave restored this car from ground up, brand new pans, all new German seals, chrome, interior, headliner professionally installed, THE WORKS. If anyone would like to add accessories to this car, or change something here or there, let me know, we can do it. Nothing is set in STONE! Or just leave it as is, she looks great. Call or email me for price, 845.290.9900 or email me

Check out the pics HERE

Cool lil VIDEO HERE in HD!

1954 Build-A-BuG Project! We FOUND A MOTOR.

Wait to you see what we found in this motor we just got in for the 1954 Build-A-BuG project. As I stated last week in my newsletter, we found this motor in Mississippi, only because of my newsletter. All the ads I posted online for this motor did nothing for a year. I ask if someone has one in my newsletter, and in one week, POOF, found one. LOVE IT!

All that came with the motor was the short block, no genny, no shroud, no tins, oil cooler etc. She was frozen from being left out in the elements for years. The block does have corrosion, but so far nothing that I could see that would hurt her from running again. We will know for sure when we send the block out to be steamed cleaned and baked in an oven. What’s great is, we cracked open a piece of history, something that has never been opened before. I dunno, there is just something about that, maybe it is just me, haha.

I am thinking about doing a “36hp Engine Rebuild” video for DVD with this motor. What do you think? Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated. There are videos out there on later motor rebuild, but nothing on 36hp. 36hp is a different animal altogether.

*TIP TIP* Never throw anything away when it comes to these motors even if they look horrid. Even though you may not use them, you can always use them for reference. These motors hold different characteristics over the years. 36hp motors from 1954-1955 had a different look to the motors from 1956-1960, so you need to keep that in mind.

Check out the pics I have HERE of the motor coming apart.

Until then, have a great weekend!

Chris Vallone

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