This is my final blog post for my ’66 Beetle Project. I want to share with you some pictures and a voicemail message from the person that purchased the car, Chris Vallone. You may have heard of him. Chris is well known in the VW community. He restores classic VW bugs, is the owner of Classic VW Bugs, and is an educator of VW restoration. He has a YouTube channel where he provides free video content for people wanting to learn the art of aircooled VW restoration, or how to just keep them running. I’ve certainly watched many of his YouTube videos. Chris is a real asset to the VW community. I was pleasantly surprised, and excited, that Chris took a liking to my car and purchased it. I feel like my project couldn’t have ended on a better note.
After receiving the car, Chris called to tell me how much he liked it. Unfortunately I missed his call, but he left me the voicemail message below (click to listen).
I guess missing the call wasn’t so bad after all, because I wouldn’t have this voicemail message otherwise. The message meant a lot to me, and my family as well. Thanks Chris!
Here’s a couple of pictures of Chris and his Dad with the car. Of course they added their touches to the car (stock height on the front end, white walls), which I like very much.
(Posted with Chris’ permission.)
Hi Scott, its been a while since we had contact but I came across your blog and it brought back good memories when you stopped by to pick up the engine. I cant tell you how many engines I have built because of that video and blog. For a hobby im sure keeping busy wow. I have built engines for people all over the United States from split window bugs to type 4 monsters. When you stopped by Mocha was pregnant for the second time and I kept a puppie from that litter and named her Emmie. I just finished up with Emmies 2nd litter and now its time to enjoy the warm weather. Hope all is well Willie Page
Willie!!! It’s great to hear from you. I’m so glad the video and engine has brought you a lot of business. That’s fantastic! Mocha was such a good dog. I should have gotten one of her pups. I’m sure Emmie is just as sweet. Will she be having another litter? All is well here. I have two projects that I’m working on now. A 1983 VW Vanagon Westfalia powered by a Subaru SVX engine, and a 1981 Crown Coach Corporation school bus powered by a Cummins 855 Turbo (290HP) diesel engine (there’s a video of the bus on my youtube channel). Both vehicles came from California, just like my ’66 Beetle. Thanks so much for reaching out. I really appreciate it!