Sean's '59 Panel

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Well, I’m back mobile with a working e-brake! Once again, Bruce stepped up big time and sorted everything out.
Also shout out to Bill for calling Wolfsburg West and finding out they actually carried a part not listed in their calendar or website.
I had a part overnighted and FedEx got it to me by 2pm and Bruce had me on the road by 4:00. Unbelievable!
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It's me, Sean
1957 Beetle Oval Sedan 36 Horse 6 volt
1959 Panel 40 Horse 6 volt
1969 Standard 1600 and 6 volts too many.
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Excellent -- she breathes again! :D
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Amazing!
"There is no restoration process that can give a car legitimacy equal to originality."
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With winter coming and my plan to convert to 12 V, I thought its also time to finally address my speedometer woes. I've tried several used speedometers, but it always seems the odometers in them are bad. The hassle is you have to go through the headache of installing them to find out later that they're no good! :oops:

So speedometers on the samba for split buses that are re-done can be pricey. It's not uncommon to see fully reconditioned ones go for $400. I'm currently running an incorrect 80mph one (should be 70mph) with a bad odometer. The second (tenths) odometer wheel locks up on the number 3 digit. Bruce cleaned up my original 70mph unit, but we took a chance on the odometer being good and of course once installed it was bad! :lol:

So I started talking with a guy (Ryan) who has an outfit called Orange Empire Speedometer out of Corona California. Rather than buying one of his reconditioned units for $325, he suggested sending the 70mph unit out and see if he could fix it. I told him I had some other pieces parts from other split bus speedo's and he said send them along and he'll use them as possible cores and reduce my cost.

You probably know this, but if you're sitting on old speedo's from split buses, the 70mph ones are pretty valuable and bring really good money even as cores. The 70mph kilometer ones go for $600-$700 when reconditioned. Don' t throw those away!

Here's wwhat I sent out. I'll report back my experiece with this outfit good or bad.

My nice 70mph with bad odo.
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One crusty 80mph from 1962
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Another from '64
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Pieces parts
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It's me, Sean
1957 Beetle Oval Sedan 36 Horse 6 volt
1959 Panel 40 Horse 6 volt
1969 Standard 1600 and 6 volts too many.
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Used this great weather to clean up my floor and engine cover areas. Love these warm November days!
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It's me, Sean
1957 Beetle Oval Sedan 36 Horse 6 volt
1959 Panel 40 Horse 6 volt
1969 Standard 1600 and 6 volts too many.
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Got my speedo back from Ryan at Orange Empire Speedometer in Corona California. Great transaction. I recommend Ryan for your speedo work. Good communication, fair pricing and quality work. He’s right by Wolfsburg West so he often uses them for his out shipping.
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It's me, Sean
1957 Beetle Oval Sedan 36 Horse 6 volt
1959 Panel 40 Horse 6 volt
1969 Standard 1600 and 6 volts too many.
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Broke one of my elephant mirrors a couple weeks back and it was the best thing that happened in a while. I couldn't see anything out of those things to save my life. Yea, they looked right, but in a panel with those mirrors you may as well be driving blind.

So I reached out to Bruce because I've always liked the convex passenger mirrors he's been running on his buses. He told me to come out and he would fab me up brackets so I could put the kind of mirrors I wanted on the bus.
I searched around for a few days and finally went to Grainger down by Valley View (I think its actually in Brooklyn Hts) and they hooked me up with two 8 1/2" round stainless offset convex mirrors. They were about $18 each. I included the receipt below if anyone with a split is interested. Since the picture is crappy the Item # for the mirrors is 2FAF3.

Bruce fabed up two arms with the supporting bracket arm and gave me a quick tutorial on welding while he was at it. Really happy with how these came out. Bruce really nailed it. I got all the chrome ground off the arms and went to town with some Tractor Supply paint and I can now see when I make a lane change!

Many thanks Bruce! :D
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It's me, Sean
1957 Beetle Oval Sedan 36 Horse 6 volt
1959 Panel 40 Horse 6 volt
1969 Standard 1600 and 6 volts too many.
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