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Made in the Philippines: 1959 Chevrolet Corvette Resto-Rod

Sometime in November 2015, I went to the farm of my friend, The Philippine STAR columnist and political satirist Cito Beltran, in Lipa, Batangas to help him sell some of the vintage project cars in his collection. After suffering some back problems, Cito decided to clean up the garage in his farm and finish some of his other project cars ...

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1974 Volkswagen Super Beetle 1303 S Part 3: Debugging our Super Bug

It has been a while since we tinkered with our project cars. For one thing, we’ve been quite busy for the last few months working on the realities of life as well as realizing our goal of coming up with Power Wheels TV, our motoring show with Pop Life TV that will soon be airing on SkyCable Channel 72, digital ...

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1974 Volkswagen Super Beetle 1303 S Part 1: Just Got Lucky

You’re the thing that makes me weak My heart knows of the beat I seek And I found it (just got lucky) Oh yes I found it (just got lucky) – From the 1983 hit song Just Got Lucky by Jo Boxers If you regularly read our Project Cars series, especially about the restoration of the cream 1973 Volkswagen Beetle 1300 ...

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1973 Volkswagen Beetle 1300 S Part 7: Baby’s Back Home

We were supposed to turn over our finished project car, a 1973 Volkswagen Beetle 1300 S, back to its owner, Ildefonso “Fons” Caluag, on Sunday, June 23, 2019 the day after the World Beetle Day. Unfortunately, the day before we were supposed to drive it out of the workshop of JSK Custom Paint and Auto Works in Marulas, Valenzuela City, their shop ...

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1973 Volkswagen Beetle 1300 S Part 6: Last Minute Thrashin’

Our 1973 Volkswagen Beetle 1300 S Project Car has been in the JSK Custom Paint and Auto Works garage workshop since February 10, 2019. Now, four and half months after we took the disassembled special Bug from the residence of its owner, Ildenfonso “Fons” Caluag, in Pandacan, Manila to the JSK workshop in Marulas, Valenzuela City, we are finally scheduled to drive ...

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1973 Volkswagen Beetle 1300 S Part 5: Some Assembly Required

When we last visited our 1973 Volkswagen Beetle 1300 S project car, its paint was being buffed and polished to perfection. Between now and then, the Beetle’s four fenders were painted and polished, and then installed along with the fender beads, or fender liners as they are more commonly known here in the Philippines. The mechanics at JSK Custom Paint ...

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1973 Volkswagen Beetle 1300 S Part 4: Come Together

Loyal followers of Power Wheels Magazine will notice that we changed the nomenclature of our 1973 Volkswagen Beetle from “1600” to “1300 S“. That’s because we finally found out what Beetle model our Project Car was after we found its original “VW 1300 S” emblem that goes on the rear engine cover. This is also significant because we now can put ...

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1986 Mercedes-Benz 500SE Part 3: Sailing Through Tough Times

My mom taught me an adage that was passed on to her early in life: “Lahat ay mahal kapag wala kang pera. Lahat ay mura kung meron. (Everything is expensive if you don’t have money. Everything is cheap when you have.)” I am reminded of this wise old saying after our finances were reduced when we shifted our magazine business ...

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1971 Chevrolet Camaro RS Part 4: Stalled Project

While waiting for its new 383-cubic-inch (6.2-liter) small block Chevy V8 engine and 700-R4 four-speed automatic transmission in October 2013, our 1971 Chevrolet Camaro RS project car was inundated in five-feet-high flood waters during the height of the Habagat monsoon rains while parked outside the garage-workshop of V8 maestro Ben Lim in Cainta, Rizal. Ben jokingly called our Camaro a ...

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