Getting the convertible

I finally got the weather and my schedule to cooperate, and I went back to Alabama to pick up the second of my bugs: a 1966 Convertible. In rough condition. There are some parts here and there to be salvaged (like a motor, maybe, and a transaxle) but most of this vehicle is lost, I’m afraid. I’m going to use it as a practice dummy, and test some repair skills on this one before I work on the ’63.

A Bug is Born

I received my bug’s Birth Certificate today from Germany. Interesting. Confirms what I thought about the manufacture date, and the paint colors. It’s not a detailed, itemized history of the car, but it’s interesting to have. The car came into the US through Miami. I don’t know if was sold there, then re-sold in Alabama, or if it was shipped to a dealer in Alabama directly.

New Keys for Beevis

The keys for Beevis are original (I think), so I want to get a new set to use. Off for my first visit to Tupelo Hardware on Main Street.  This is the famous hardware store in Tupelo where Elvis Presley’s mother bought him his first guitar.

Tupelo Hardware

It’s a cool place. Elvis got his guitar here, but I couldn’t get the keys. They were out of Volkswagen blanks. Oh well, still a cool place.

Head off to Miller’s Safe & Lock for a couple of keys. Add $5.36 to the Beevis Bill.

Start the Title Document Process

Off to the Lee County Tag Office, with Bill of Sale in-hand. Fork over $37.19 and I have a tag for the ’63 Sedan.  That gives me ONE Bill of Sale, and ONE Tag Registration. So next year when I renew my tag registration, I’ll have all the pieces necessary to apply for a long-lost Document of Title.

I have a Bill of Sale for the 1966 Convertible, but I’m not sure I need to get a tag until I evaluate whether or not it can be salvaged.