Roadtrip Misery in the Red Bug, or Why I Reenlisted

August 31, 2015 by · Comments Off on Roadtrip Misery in the Red Bug, or Why I Reenlisted 

1927 VW Superbeetle

1927 VW Superbeetle

I was the proud owner of a bright red 1972 VW Super Beetle, which replaced my beloved 1968 Plymouth valiantValiant Signet. The Bug had dealer-installed air conditioning (I lived in South Florida), but from what I could tell, the electrical system was not beefed up to deal with this additional load. I was used to replacing voltage regulators every few months, as the contacts kept pitting and welding themselves shut. I also added a CB radio (oh, did I mention this was about 1976?). To keep the electrical noise to a minimum (moving the antenna as far away from the engine as possible), I attached a long whip antenna to my front bumper, which meant the optimum radiation pattern was behind me. Appropriately, my handle was Redbug. The “Redbug”  got a lot of unwanted attention, as it had one of those extractor exhaust systems, from which the fiberglass packing had long since blown out. It was loud. Amazingly, I was never stopped for noise pollution. Read more