Sleuthing out what's needed to get the 65 Beetle running - charging the battery, turning the engine over by hand to check compression, verifying the ignition primary, wondering why the turn signals don't flash... Chasing down gremlins on an old VW is one of my favorite meditations. 6V electrics are extremely simple, but very unforgiving when it comes to corrosion. My nostrils are redolent of horsehair padding and old motor oil. I have dirty fingernails.

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