Joseph Wheeler Approved

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I have used the Big Boy Pedal Extender on several of my buggy builds, and with great success. My personal buggy was finished in June 2014 and has the Big Boy Pedal Extender with the double-supported roller on it, and it currently has over 43,000 miles on it, covering the North American Continent 3 times from the Atlantic to the Pacific, including Alaska. Very good quality items and workmanship.
– Joseph Wheeler

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John’s Stylin’ Bug and Testimonial

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Let me first start off by saying I’m not one to write reviews, but I feel this one is necessary for all the VW enthusiasts out there.  I have a 1967 full custom Cal Look VW which I’ve spent countless hours on, to make it reliable and comfortable to drive. The products that Classic Bug parts sells, such as the Big Boy Pedal Extender, have helped tremendously with my comfort in the drivers seat! Along with comfort, I want reliability, and the Clutch Pedal Shaft Upgrade* did this…  I never have to worry about my clutch pedal hook snapping on me ever again! Peace of mind when driving a Classic VW is important.  

Soon to be installed will be the Pistol Wheel for my accelerator. I’m certain this will meet all expectations, as my previous two purchases from Classic Bug parts have. Thanks for the awesome products for the VW community! Keep up the great work guys! I absolutely love the parts I’ve installed thus far…  Soooooo much better than stock!!
– John Mofidi

*Note:   The Big Boy Pedal Extender kit incorporates the Clutch Pedal Shaft upgrade while adding space between your clutch and brake pedals.

Danny Harrel’s 1960 Bug

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Here is my 1960 Beetle. I’ve built this car over the course of the last 5 years.  A few years ago I upgraded my accelerator pedal to the Classic Bug Parts Pistol Wheel, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s a very well made, high quality part.  A pedal might not seem like a huge upgrade, but it made a world of difference compared to the original. No more pedal wobble, and it’s super smooth. I plan on eventually upgrading to the Big Boy Pedal Extender Clutch Shaft too.

My son Oliver loves to play in the bug and my 65 bus, looks like a early start for a love of bugs.  When I build another early bug, I’ll definitely be ordering a pedal for it.  A+ parts.   – Danny Harrell

 

Old Roller Ball vs. Pistol Wheel from Classic Bug Parts

Many people ask us “What’s the difference between the Roller ball and the Pistol Wheel from ClassicBugParts?

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The issue with the Roller ball is that it uses a single accelerator arm, which allows the arm to wobble from side to side, creating friction. This can put strain on the accelerator cable, which is prone to break at that point. On the Pistol Wheel, we use a double-reinforced arm. It operates like a door hinge that eliminates the wobble, plus we have tailored the arm into the tunnel for proper alignment of the throttle cable to the accelerator arm. This further reduces the strain on the cable.

The Pistol wheel rides on a precision-machined stainless steel pin for far less friction in movement. The wheel has been reduced in size for better clearance to the bulkhead and for better carburation. Yes, it has been redesigned for a more comfortable ride and to add a measure of safety to the vehicle.

Please visit the Pistol Wheel page for more details on upgrades for your VWs.

“Keep on buggin.”

The ClassicBugParts Team

Scott Sebastian of Metalcraft Motorsports

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Scott is an Advanced Engine Performance Mechanic extraordinaire. He explained that he is very particular when it comes to choosing the best after-market products.  And get this, while reviewing his projects with us, Scott mentioned that he doesn’t give his clients a choice—he installs Classic Bug Parts pedal cluster products in all his cars!

One of his outstanding current projects is a Ruby Red Karman Ghia Classic, where Scott is planning to install the Classic Bug Parts
X-Celerator Speed Wheel and Clutch Shaft upgrades. Can’t wait to see this lady in red at the upcoming car shows!

If any of you bug lovers out there need precision work on your Classic VW project, Scott Sebastian from Metalcraft Motorsports is your man! You will be amazed by his mechanical expertise and the quality of his work.  Scott doesn’t cut corners, and he uses the BEST components.

Thank you, Scott, for the awesome tour of your cool shop, and thank you for using Classic Bug Parts!

The “Good Vibrations Bug”

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The man behind the amazing artwork of the world-famous “Good Vibrations Bug”, created by the visionary minds at The Rusty VW, painstakingly custom painted by “Stovepipe” Finn Pete.

Yes, the winner goes to a Hawaii Boy.  He takes this great creation away to his new home in beautiful Hawaii.  To make the prize even sweeter, Classic Bug Parts donated the smoothest, quickest accelerator in the world, the “X-Celerator Speed Wheel”, to their artwork in motion, along with the “Big Boy Pedal Extender” clutch shaft, which widens the space between your pedals.

Not only is this beauty looking coool, but it’s going to give the driver a greater sense of enjoyment each time he steps on the pedals.  Stovepipe says this is “the greatest pedal assembly ever”, and uses it in his own bug.

Ernie Flores and Ernie Jr.’s Project

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Father & son Ernie Flores and Ernie Jr. are in the beginning stages of their new project VW.  Attending shows and swaps, this dynamic duo are on the lookout to accomplish their vision of a VW restoration, bringing this 1970 bug back to shining condition.  This project began as a true diamond in the rough.  To start, they rescued the little bug from the harder side of Fresno CA. Within the last four months and well into 2016, they have logged in over 314 man hours and counting into this resurrection, which is Ernie Jr.’s first car. Dad recalls that they cleaned up over 40 years of “What were they thinking?” type things, like household wiring held together with twist connectors…  The previous owners even cut 6×9 speaker holes out from under the dash!

This build has come along very well with the help of 81 year old VW living legend Bruce Bewarder, or as Ernie calls him “My German Mr. Miyagi”.  Also helping out are his other son Isaiah and friends Bobby and Zito. Thanks to them, Ernie Jr. is learning how to work on these German treasures. First thing for the rebuild was the initial cleaning, and that’s when a master plan came about–along with a never ending checklist of what they needed in order to finish his car by the end of summer.

From the oatmeal-colored tweed headliner and carpet kit from Sewfine, to all the body and door parts that will replace the purple spray-painted and ill-fitting chrome aftermarket stuff, a serious transformation is underway.  And don’t forget the original old-school Empi Sprintstar wheels Bruce gave them! The beetle was called Oatmeal once as a joke, and the name just stuck. The plan is to drop Oatmeal really low–a funky clean attitude is what they are going for. A cool college commuter for Little Ernie.

The previous owner had installed a cheap and wobbly roller ball pedal and his foot would constantly slip off or below. Ernie planned to replace it but procrastinated, and then he found out the hard and dangerous way just how bad that plastic roller ball pedal really was. The throttle cable broke as he was entering the freeway in rush hour. The pedal hit the metal and never came back up! He lost all power and found himself cussing and praying at the same time, hoping that he would have enough momentum to reach the side of the crazy rush hour freeway.  He pulled over as much as he could, and it still didn’t feel far enough.  He felt like the giant trucks were going to blow him away! Or worse just plow right into him! Ernie then stopped panicking and made a quick fix.

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An extra wire he found in the trunk and a thousand knots later, and he was on his way. All he could think about on that ride home was, what if his son Ernie Jr.  would’ve been stuck out there in the same situation?  Lacking the experience, what would he have done, or not done? He knew then what his next fix would be!

ClassicBugParts has an upgrade kit called The X-Celerator Speed Wheel, and this, along with the Clutch Pedal Upgrade kit, was a no brainier. Ernie is now confident that by taking care of Oatmeal with these upgrades, it will most certainly take care of Little Ernie and whoever else may be with him in the years to come. Peace of mind is a really good thing. Ernie Flores totally recommends Classic Bug Parts and our products to all his V-Dub friends. (Thank you, Ernie!)

What an amazing story to learn from… Sad to say, those of us at Classic Bug Parts hear so many stories of similar dangers faced by bug owners. This is one of the main reasons why the designers at Classic Bug Parts came up with these wonderful upgrades, precisely because of the great need for safety and smoother rides in these VW treasures.

Ron, Jane, and the team at ClassicBugParts.com look forward to hearing about great successes from Ernie, Ernie Jr., and company!

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