Having seen an ignition coil overheat, melt and smoke prodigiously before I was able to cut the current, I am more than a little sensitive to smoking electrics, especially on a GRP car! So when recently I was testing the lights on the Bug and smoke started to wisp upwards from the steering wheel region it was all systems shutdown!
I traced the source to this little chap, in the steering column lights and indicators multi-switch – the headlamp flasher switch contacts.
The moveable contact, operated by the stalk, has three positions. When the stalk is pushed forwards, the contacts are open about 6mm.
When the stalk is in the rear position, nearest the driver, the contacts gap needs to be about 2mm.
It is only when the stalk is pulled fully towards the driver to flash the headlamps that the contacts actually meet, to light up the main beam.
In my case the contacts were so close together in the stalk rear position that they were beginning to arc and burn. It was a simple matter of bending the front contact slightly further towards the front of the car to give a stalk rear position contact gap of about 2mm, and no more arcing or smoking.
Access is easy once the cowl over the switch is removed, by slackening the C clamp on the underside of the steering column.
I hope this may be of help to others in checking electrical safety on their cars, since the headlamp flasher is permanently live even with the ignition and the main lighting switch turned off. Having a kill switch on the battery meant I was able to cut all power immediately.
karl: For more details pm me or Ron Biggin (Biggles)
Aug 6, 2018 18:19:30 GMT
martin: OK will join club , but cant print form yet ,will do when home next week
Aug 12, 2018 16:21:10 GMT
martin: Hi, as my father cannot get ins he would like to sell his bug. I will put on ebay but if anyone is interested please ring Martin 07590723076 . Good bits... he has rebuilt it and its one of the first . Bad bits ... its painted red and has home made bumpers
Sept 2, 2018 9:22:46 GMT
Little-John: I watched Mike and Eddd. restore a Bond Bug on "Wheeler Dealers." At the Woburn 40th birthday party there were two very professional looking 4 wheel Bond Bugs (one yellow, one green.) Were they factory versions? How were they done? By whom?
Dec 1, 2018 22:10:14 GMT
davidhtomlin: hoping to buy a bug, advice appreciated.
Dec 10, 2018 13:28:14 GMT
andrea: HI Guys! trust everybody enjoyed the holiday season! Need your help: i am looking for hinges... anybody can help? Please let me know. Thanks
Jan 6, 2019 22:58:49 GMT
andrea: Hi Guys! anybody there?
Jan 7, 2019 21:39:15 GMT
andrea: Need your help: i am looking for hinges... anybody can help?
Jan 7, 2019 21:44:41 GMT
mybug: Anyone know the whereabouts of PTO 365M? It was mine back in the early 80s and some pix have surfaced here (apparently from ebay around 5 years ago) so is it still around?
Jan 14, 2019 13:58:31 GMT
karl: Andrea, just seen your post. if you're still looking try putting it in the for sale wants thread.
Jan 14, 2019 19:58:09 GMT
mybug: Searched and spooled through every image/video/old ad I can find on the internet, I'm thinking that PTO 365M is not around any more. May be resting in a shed, but given the small and tight-knit Bug community, I'd have thought that someone would know it.
Jan 16, 2019 14:19:51 GMT
Biggles: I think David and Jim Williams are doing the Hinges ....
Jan 27, 2019 9:41:59 GMT
Dave Powell: David did me some great hinges.
Feb 11, 2019 21:52:09 GMT
mikebentley: how does this shout box work?
Feb 16, 2019 13:40:51 GMT
nigel1962: Hi mark ,did you get my reply
Feb 18, 2019 20:44:05 GMT
crabo: Does anyone have the registration plate numbers or the chassis numbers for the Rothmans Bugs (six of). I friend of mine has just purchased a white Bug (700E) in need of restoration, reg URC 42L, chassis no BR62313, eng no 9816.
Mar 27, 2019 19:41:42 GMT
jefferdp: All, does anyone know the size of the headlights on the bug, Some say there 7/6" but that seems a little large to me. Also where can you get replacments now?
Apr 4, 2019 16:54:48 GMT