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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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1973 Volkswagen Beetle 1600 Part 3: First Coating and Parts Sorting

When we last saw the 1973 Volkswagen Beetle 1600 of Ildefonso “Fons” Caluag, it was getting a thin coat of body filler prior to it receiving its base paint. The painter assigned to work on the Bug by Johnson Tan, the proprietor of JSK Custom Paint and Auto Works, was all praises with the VW’s straight body and minimal rust. ...

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1973 Volkswagen Beetle 1600 Part 2: Hidden Issues

When we got the 1973 Volkswagen Beetle 1600 of our family friend and VW enthusiast Ildefonso “Fons” Caluag, our initial assessment is that we just needed to continue the paint wash-over that was abandoned by an unscrupulous journeyman painter. We got a wash-over sponsorship from Johnson Tan, the proprietor of JSK Custom Paint and Auto Works, and we had the ...

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