ELIDA — John Meyer acquired his classic 1974 Volkswagon Bug in a most interesting way.
A little more than two years ago, his son-in-law found the car in a farm field, overgrown with weeds. His son-in-law took the car home and decided he was going to try and rebuild it.
“He dragged it home and tried to get it to run,” Meyer said. “The thing caught on fire, and he nearly burned the garage down.”
At that point, the son-in-law wanted nothing to do with the car and he gave it to Meyer. He immediately went to work on it. He spent about a year taking the car completely apart. He cleaned and stripped the vehicle, and gave it a new coat of paint. The engine was redone and new floorboards put in. It took another year for him to put the car back together.
When choosing a color to paint the vehicle, Meyer said that his wife had decided on red. However, he had different plans. He decided on the color “Clapton” green. Meyer is a big Eric Clapton fan.
“I picked that color because it is the same color as Eric Clapton’s guitar,” Meyer said.
Meyer said he has had the car on the road only a few times now that it is road-worthy. However, he said he enjoys the car’s simple features.
“I like the size and its nimbleness,” Meyer said. “It is fun and simple to drive. There aren’t a bunch of gadgets to get confused over.”
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