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Oct 21 2009

Mid America Motorworks introduces Rebuilt Volkswagen Speedometers

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Effingham, IL (October 19, 2009) – Mid America Motorworks, marketer and manufacturer of Air-Cooled Volkswagen parts and accessories, today announced the addition of Rebuilt Volkswagen Speedometers to their product line. This product is an OEM VW speedometer that has been completely disassembled and inspected for damaged or missing parts. All internal parts are cleaned and lubricated or replaced as needed. Each unit is recalibrated back to factory specifications. Cases are soda blasted and clear coated for years of shine. The glass and chrome trim are both replaced for high luster and new pointers are used on each unit. All warning light filters are replaced.


Additional benefits and features of the Volkswagen Speedometer:
Available for the Beetle – 1953-1972
Available for the Super Beetle – 1971-1979
Comes with a one-year warranty
Delivered ready for installation
Rebuilt in the USA


As a VW owner and enthusiast myself, I found the need for quality rebuilt speedometers. Looking at the possibilities, we found one of the best restoration builders who met our quality requirements and we are happy to offer this product to our customers,” said Josh Yager, VW merchandiser at Mid America Motorworks.

The Volkswagen Speedometers are shipped directly from the manufacturer within 7-10 business days with prices ranging from $229.99 to $279.99 depending on the year.

For additional information contact:
Nancy Bushur
Mid America Motorworks
[email protected]

About Mid America Motorworks
Mike Yager’s infatuation with the Corvette started it all. What he created from his passion for “America’s Sports Car” in 1974 has grown into not only an astonishing business story, but a lasting legacy to legions of car lovers worldwide. In 1998, the Air-Cooled Volkswagen line was introduced by Mid America Motorworks.

Mid America Motorworks has been a labor of love since 1974, when he started the business with a $500 loan and a collection of Corvette parts and accessories he sold from the trunk of a borrowed car. Today, Yager refuses to use titles like “president” or “founder.” His title is “Chief Cheerleader” because he believes his primary responsibility is to lead and motivate his employees who have enabled Mid America Motorworks to grow and become so successful.

Today, the multi-million dollar enterprise is dedicated to the automotive enthusiasts. Through full-color mail order catalogs and the Internet, it offers thousands of parts and accessories for Corvettes and Air-cooled Volkswagens. Still solely owned by Yager, the company now employs close to 100 people, manufactures a growing line of its own quality interior products under the Performance Choice brand name, and fills thousands of square feet of office, distribution, warehouse, manufacturing, and retail showroom space at its corporate campus in Effingham, Illinois.

Oct 3 2009

Retired English professor’s 1978 Super Beetle

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John Bowman’s 1978 Super Beetle

Retired English professor living in Wimberley misses the classroom, but he finds car restoration stimulating.


You have to be in the know about John Bowman’s passion when he admits he’s “crazy” about Iris, and it’s OK with his wife, Kay.

Iris is the Bowmans’ 1978 Super Beetle — the upscale model of the regular Beetle, with a bigger trunk, nicer wheels and upgraded bumpers, dash and upholstery — that has been undergoing restoration in his garage all summer. It was a gift Bowman gave his wife for her birthday and their anniversary earlier this spring. Now, the blue Volkswagen once owned by a little old lady in New York is a lot of work.

John Bowman bought a 1978 Super Beetle on eBay from an elderly woman in New York and gave the vintage car to his wife for her birthday and their anniversary in the spring. Since May, hes been in the garage restoring the upscale model of the regular Beetle, and he hopes to take his wife, Kay, out for a spin this fall in the finished product.

John Bowman bought a 1978 Super Beetle on eBay from an elderly woman in New York and gave the vintage car to his wife for her birthday and their anniversary in the spring. Since May, he's been in the garage restoring the upscale model of the regular Beetle, and he hopes to take his wife, Kay, out for a spin this fall in the finished product.

The VW is the couple’s way to relive the good old days of the 1960s and 1970s at the University of Texas. They hadn’t met, but both drove VWs. He was a bit of a hot-rodder then. He owned several muscle cars (not at the same time), including two Pontiac GTOs and a Chevrolet Corvette. “My 1969 Beetle was easier on gas and insurance,” he said. And he stopped getting speeding tickets on South Congress Avenue.

“Those were the days — going to Scholz Garten for a pitcher of beer,” Bowman said.

Back to reality and the more docile life of retirement in Wimberley and the very cute Iris. This is not Bowman’s first rodeo with restoring cars and trucks. The retired English professor has restored a 1970 Ford F-100 that he sold back to the original owner when the owner’s grandson was ready to drive. “That was our agreement. I kept it for a while until the boy was ready to enjoy a truck driven by his grandfather,” said Bowman, 65.

In his driveway today is a 1978 Ford F-150; in his garage is a 1993 Ford Lightning, a high-performance show truck, with 3,800 originalmiles on the odometer that he found on eBay. Bowman found Iris on eBay, too.

“It’s from the original owner, a little old lady outside from Hamburg, N.Y., so the story went,” he said.

Bowman snagged it and had it delivered on a trailer in May. He’s been tinkering with it ever since.

He makes clear that he’s not a mechanic or expert in restoring cars, but he mentions that he can understand manuals and “figure” things out. It took him all summer to remove the rust from the floor pans and metal heater channels from the engine to the cab of the car.

“I sanded the pans, applied Rust Stop paint and then applied fiberglass. Then I cut out Dynamat (sound proof material made of aluminum) and added new carpet on top,” he said.

Cleaning every inch of the car was paramount. Nothing that Armor All (an interior cleaner), Simple Green (a degreaser) and Gunk (an engine cleaner) couldn’t handle.

“From there, it’s just getting on your hands and knees and cleaning every part,” he said.

The engine is mechanically sound. Next up are the finishing touches that Bowman will enjoy adding: fender skirts, vintage VW mud guards, new chrome wheels with baby moon hubcaps and white wall tires. He went online and found vintage VW stores and people from all over the world who sell individual parts.The trademark small, ornate vase from a person living in Germany will go somewhere on the dashboard. A faux Iris will be placed there.

Lessons learned? “Patience,” Bowman said. “You can’t rush the job, and you live by the rule of what can go wrong will go wrong.”

He finds the work stimulating.

“I love the fact that I come up against something that doesn’t work, but then I figure out how to fix it. I miss the mental challenge of the classroom, but this work gives me a good feeling,” he said.

The Bowmans say they can’t wait to drive Iris daily sometime this fall.

“Taking the top down, driving it around these hills,” he said. “That’s good therapy. And the sense of accomplishment that I didn’t spend $30,000 by taking it to a custom shop.

“I can look at the car and claim her mine.”

Aug 19 2009


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A Hayward, Calif., man in 1972 paid the sticker price of $2,224 for a brand new Volkswagen Super Beetle because, in those days, there was no negotiating on Volkswagens. Then just one year later in 1973, John Morrissey’s father bought the slightly used Beetle for his college-bound daughter, writes The Washington Times.

Even though the orange-colored Volkswagen had an air-cooled, four-cylinder engine that delivered 60 horsepower, she wanted something “a little more sophisticated.” That is how John inherited the car from his sister, which he drove until he graduated from high school in 1975 and then through his years at the University of California at Berkeley.


“It was me,” he says. He learned the intricacies of driving a manual transmission on the VW.

Mr. Morrissey continued driving his trusty 13-foot, 4.5-inch-long Super Beetle until 1983 when, he says, “I sold it to a buddy’s mom for a bit more than we originally paid for it in 1973.”

Twenty-five years passed, and Morrissey now resides in Ridgefield, Conn. He has stayed in touch with his California buddy and asked him if his mom still had the VW.

Mr. Morrissey was told that she sold the car “years ago,” but that he would attempt to learn the fate of the 1972 Beetle.

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