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Post by EJT on Thu Aug 21, 2014 12:09 pm

Hello there.  I'm Eric from Decatur... my first car was a 1963 VW bug that I bought in 1983.  Soon after, I was bitten by the Karmann Ghia "bug" and bought a 1972 orange Ghia in 1984.  It was pretty beat up so, in the late 80's I found a 1962 body in the VW graveyard out in Conyers (no longer there as far as I can tell) and swapped bodies.  When I got the body on the 72 pan I noticed that the back end had been widened to accommodate larger wheels.  After that, it was anything goes, so I decided to turn it into a Ghia roadster (blasphemy to some, I know)... removing the roof and putting on a fiberglass flip-front-end.  It has then sat at various houses over the years until a few weekends ago when a friend of mine invited me to keep it, and work on it, in his garage.  So now I'm 30 years removed from the VW scene and amazed that Hot VWs magazine is still around (just subscribed) and that many of the companies where I purchased parts in the 80s are also still kicking.  It feels good to tinker again so I am currently re-wiring with a dune buggy wiring harness and replacing the brakes (rusted up over the years) so that I can get it to start and stop before putting in an engine.  One thing that HAS changed over the years is the price of engines... I figure I will start with a 1600 until I can go bigger some other time in the future.

Glad to be back in the VW world and happy to (hopefully) meet you all.

Eric Tidd
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Re: New from Decatur, GA

Post by zabo on Fri Aug 22, 2014 6:26 am

hey eric, welcome - post some pics of this thing!

Im in decatur as well, red 60 beetle with white walls- stop me and say hi if ya see me. Very Happy 
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Re: New from Decatur, GA

Post by fluxcap on Fri Aug 22, 2014 8:59 am

Welcome to the site!

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It's like, how much more black could this be, and the answer is none.......none more black.

1962 ragtop beetle
1966 camper bus - Bocephus
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Re: New from Decatur, GA

Post by Grifspop on Fri Aug 22, 2014 9:17 am

Welcome to Georgia Dubs!
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Re: New from Decatur, GA

Post by ultralite on Mon Aug 25, 2014 11:02 pm

Hi Eric, I'm also local. Several of us gathered last month at the Corner Pub one Sunday evening and hope to do it again soon, be looking out for that.

Jonathan

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Re: New from Decatur, GA

Post by EJT on Tue Aug 26, 2014 12:58 pm

Thanks all! Zabo, I'll look out for you and your awesome beetle... ultralite, I'll look forward to another gathering. I was just there (at Figo) last night.
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Re: New from Decatur, GA

Post by EJT on Fri Oct 10, 2014 3:22 pm

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Re: New from Decatur, GA

Post by Damn-it Don on Sat Oct 11, 2014 8:51 am

That's a cool looking car. Welcome!
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