Remembering my little blue bug.

By
Title Insurance with First American Title
http://actvra.in/NcZ

I've always had a special place in my heart for the Volkswagen Beetle... I owned a blue 1966 Bug back in the early 70's, in fact it was the very first car I actually owned. Not many perks but it got great gas mileage and was fun to drive. I ran into this red 1970 VW at Fry's in Renton, WA.

I was attending Green River Community College then and drove to Auburn from Renton. Then after classes to Enumclaw to teach guitar lessons at the Stan Boreson Music Store. Those were long days and finally around 7:00 or 7:30 pm back home to Renton via Maple Valley. That was a little over a 65 mile round trip everyday, yet a tank of gas lasted all week.

1970 Volkswagen Beetle
Very straight and cute 1970 Volkswagen Beetle in Fry's parking lot, Renton WA.

I loved the Beetle's simplicity. It was reliable, low maintenance, and with a little imagination it drove like a sports car. One drawback however was the internal heater worked off the air cooled engine. I remember a lot of cold wet winter mornings jamming for an 8:00 am class with foggy windows and your breath freezing on the inside of the windshield.

The drive from Renton to Auburn was straight down the valley and flat. It wasn't until the last 2 miles or so when I had to gun it up through Lea Hills to campus that it would finally heat up. Then, as if by magic, the windows cleared and you were now in an oven rolling the windows down gasping for air.

I put a lot of hard miles on that little car before it needed some engine work. If memory serves me, it was rings. My friend Steve Johnson, unlike me, had mechanical skills and we decided to pull the motor and do the repairs.

We rented a jack to hoist the engine and with me on top and Steve lying on the ground we unbolted the motor when it slipped off the jack. I'll never forget Steve bench pressing it up through the engine compartment grunting, "Here!" Thanks to Steve we got it running again and I was back on the road.

Good memories and many adventures... remembering my little blue bug. It was very good to me.

Originally posted on the blog: The Blackberry Chronicles, Remembering my little blue bug.

History of Das Auto

Posted by

René Fabre

"Where there's conversation, there's opportunity."

Please Note - The views expressed herein reflect only the individual’s personal views and are not the views of the author’s employer.

The Blackberry Chronicles, a blog by Rene Fabre and his travels around the Greater Pacific Northwest and beyond. Connect w/ Rene Fabre on Google+. Rene Fabre on Twitter. Rene Fabre writes reviews on Yelp. Rene Fabre on Linkedin.com The Audiorium YouTube Channel by Rene Fabre. Facebook.com/renefabre Rene Fabre loves digital photography and here are his shares on Flickr. Rene Fabre is a musician and composer and shares some of his orginal music and recordings on Soundcloud. Rene Fabre shares his interests on Pinterest.
close

This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Topic:
Real Estate General Information
Location:
Washington King County Renton Earlington
Groups:
POSITIVE ATTITUDE for the Weary Soul
"Whacked"!!!
AHA!---A Forum of Landmark Proportions---your Group
ActiveRainPhotoBlogger
HyperLocal Neighborhood and Community Posts
Tags:
vw beetle

Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Ambassador
1,888,226
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

My first car was a 66 Bug, biege in color.  Then I graduated to a 1979 white convertable with the 1600 cc Carmen Khia engine.  I loved that car (Vinny VDub) until 2004.  We had lots of fun times together and my son abused him a bit in HS but he still kept on ticking.  Finally had to let him go but sold him for just under $7,000.  Still look at them driving downt the road and sigh.

Apr 28, 2012 05:29 AM #4
Ambassador
662,554
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
New Media Marketing

Betty: Agreed... There's something about them that's almost like having a pet.

Apr 28, 2012 05:30 AM #5
Ambassador
662,554
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
New Media Marketing

Hannah: I had no choice. I think the first 4 or 5 cars I drove were all sticks! After the Beetle though, I went big with an Olds Starfire. Man that thing loved speed! 440 Hemi with a 4 speed automatic. An awesome gallactic cruiser sports car!

Apr 28, 2012 05:33 AM #6
Ambassador
662,554
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
New Media Marketing

Peter: Great list! What fun to look over so many cars I've known from the past!

Cindy: Wow, you had that 79 for a long time. Those were beautiful cars. Me too, I always have to gaze when I see a bug go by and in the back of my thoughts I wish for one.

Apr 28, 2012 05:37 AM #7
Ambassador
2,292,373
Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

The Volkswagen beetle, for being a German import, surely was a part of 1960s Americana...  

Apr 28, 2012 09:00 AM #8
Ambassador
662,554
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
New Media Marketing

Paul: Indeed it was! Totally iconic of the 60's and the summer of love! Peace!

Apr 28, 2012 11:09 AM #9
Ambassador
1,722,456
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

Rene...

That little air cooled engine was dependable and pretty easy to work on ... I never owned one but many of my friends did.

Apr 28, 2012 12:14 PM #10
Ambassador
662,554
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
New Media Marketing

Richard: My joke was/is you only needed 4 tools... An adjustable wrench, a hammer, and a standard and a Phillips screwdriver and you could fix most anything!

Apr 28, 2012 12:41 PM #11
Ambassador
1,518,466
William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE
Hi René, That was a great story and those are the memories that us all smile. A fun read!
Apr 28, 2012 03:16 PM #12
Ambassador
662,554
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
New Media Marketing

William: Thanks. It was fun to remember. Good memories.

Apr 28, 2012 08:00 PM #13
Ambassador
1,286,456
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORs® in Clark County, WA

I had a light yellow VW Karmann Ghia convertible as my first car - I loved it so much. I too always appreciated 'The Bug' - and I agree with your assessment.   How many friends were able to stuff in your Bug - I remember one of my friends managed to squeeze quite a few guys into the car for a fun antic. :)

Apr 30, 2012 02:12 AM #14
Ambassador
662,554
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
New Media Marketing

Hi Debb: How could I forget stuffing as many guys into the car as you possibly could! I'll have to think about that one, I think we got 7... including me at the wheel once.

Apr 30, 2012 02:41 AM #15
Rainmaker
134,615
Stacia Whatley
Hawkins-Poe Inc. - Gig Harbor, WA
StaciaSellsHomes Your Western WA Realtor®

That's a great memory! I was just thinking about my first car a couple of weeks ago! AHHH the good ol days! :)

Apr 30, 2012 08:18 AM #16
Ambassador
662,554
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
New Media Marketing

Stacia: Thanks... Love my Explorer and all its comforts, but I still have fond memories for that little blue bug :O)

Apr 30, 2012 08:32 AM #17
Rainer
20,372
Eric Estate
JB Goodwin - Austin, TX

I learned to drive in a 73 beetle.  My Dad's car.  It was a ugly brown color, but was so easy to work on, and I even knew the little trick to get it in reverse easily.

Great memories.

May 01, 2012 11:39 AM #18
Rainmaker
1,547,604
Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker (503) 810-7192
BuyersAgentPortland.com | Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time - Portland, OR
Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results

Oh WOW -- this post brought back memories.  My first car was a VW Beetle, blue ... kinda powder if I recall.  Loved that car.  Of course I didn't know how to drive a stick at the time and learned by doing.  ;-)

May 05, 2012 03:54 AM #19
Ambassador
662,554
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
New Media Marketing

Eric... I think my tool box at the time had a rubber persuader hammer, and adjustable big pair of plyers, a couple of standard screwdrivers and a couple of Philips screwdrivers and a small metric wrench set. You could fix just about everything!

May 05, 2012 06:22 AM #20
Ambassador
662,554
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
New Media Marketing

Carla... Love it... mine was that darker VW blue! Fortunately I learned to drive in my Dad's 1952 Plymouth which had a long throw 3 speed shift on the column. You'd a thought I was Parnelly Jones or something with a floor shift! Oh Yah!

May 05, 2012 06:25 AM #21
Anonymous
Sam Longoria

I had a green 1970 bug, in which I tooled around Hollywood in the '80s - '90s. Great car, never had an overheating problem, and there were no cold mornings in California, so the heater worked fine for me. The whole car used a single fan belt, which drove the generator, cooled the motor, and pushed hot air through that vent.

Lot of responsibility for that strip of rubber, and after several years of daily use, it...snapped. On an uphill grade, up the rocky mountain before Simi Valley. No spare belt, what to do?

I was seriously stuck, until I thought to unlace my sneaker, tie the shoelace into a circle, and stretch it over the pulleys, to run the car again.

Fired her up, and made it over the steep hill, and then down to the auto parts store, for a new belt. Hurray, another victory for Dr. Porsche's brilliant simple design!

Another time, after the '94 quake, electricity was off, there were no street lights, nor were there gas pumps, so no car fuel. Worried about my friend who lived where the quake started, I went into a paint store, and bought several gallons of paint thinner (mineral spirits).

Poured it into the tank, and tuned the engine with my screwdriver, so it didn't ping too badly, and I was off. Drove over sidewalks and lawns, down the wrong side of the road, up exit ramps, to get to Northridge, epicenter of the quake.

Shattered buildings and concrete block walls, downed poles and wires, but VW got me there, and my friend was okay! Yay, VW Bug!

Jan 30, 2017 12:05 AM #22
Ambassador
662,554
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
New Media Marketing

Great story Sam! I have several too... I forgot you were in Cali during that quake! Wow, it must of been like driving through a movie set! ;O) ... Thanks my friend for chiming in!

Jan 31, 2017 09:28 PM #23
Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?

Ambassador
662,554

Rene Fabre

New Media Marketing
Ask me a question
*
*
*
*
Spam prevention

Additional Information