Perhaps the biggest job was dealing with the squareback's rather ancient-looking floors. As you can see here, they were a bit rusty. Jared took the lead on this part of the project, and his first challenge was to try to find metal patch panels he could use to replace the crumbling, four-decades-old metal.
Parts for VW "Type 3s"--squarebacks, fastbacks, and notchbacks--aren't as easy to find as parts for Beetles and buses, but the Internet handled the assignment with aplomb. Jared discovered a "rabbit hole of endless Volkswagen knowledge" called TheSamba.com
, and through that site hooked up with a company called ISP West
in Southern California that had just what he was looking for
It wasn't always so easy. The 35-year-old Jared reminisces about the many weekends of his youth spent "scouring the pick-and-pulls all up and down the East Bay here, just hoping you picked the right one on the right day and there'd be that right car and it would have what you needed."
He also recalls the old-school method of buying a copy of Hot VWs magazine and combing through the ads to find parts companies and catalogs. Then you'd start cold calling:
"You know, call Airheads VWs in Texas, and then Bob at the counter will say, 'Yeah, buuuuut how 'bout you try Joe's Vanagon and Squareback Parts in Miami?' Doing all that could take weeks back in the day. Now you've got all that sort of work done in a few hours. There's almost too much