The chap who built my Webster did a marvellous job in terms of fitting stuff into it, but I suspect he did it all with the body off, and didn't give any thought as to how parts in the nose region could be maintained. In the standard Bug of course this is the front wheel and steering area, but in the Webster I have the washer reservoir, the horn, a brake servo, an oil cooler, and the heater fan box and hoses. And probably other things I haven't discovered yet !
Getting to any of these items is a nightmare with the body in place, so I am considering cutting an access panel in the top section, roughly where the piece of wood is in this photo:
The cut-out need only be large enough to get an arm down inside, with a spanner or two, so something like these:
Something like this might be suitable - avaialble in most diameters 4, 5, 6, 8 inch etc, all plastic so no corrosion, marine grade so water tight, low cost, and as it happens for me, the right colour!
The white cover costs around £35, and is lockable which is important - don't want itchy fingers opening up the inner workings of my car, or worse, removing the cap and running off with it! The dark one is a type widely available for under £10, again marine/watertight etc, but of course no lock facility.
A 5 inch/125mm diameter hole in this location wouldn't be an issue, would it?
with all the other stuff Reg managed to squeeze in that space, I think I probably *have* !!
But your point is a fair one - I have in fact spent many hours this past few days trawling the usual sources for inspiration for something a little more aesthetically 'car-like' ... found some gorgeous bling that would suit, *if* I was prepared to spend hundreds, *an* if it was available in smaller sizes.
I have some ideas, but I'm happy to have any other suggestions and comments anyone is prepared to offer?
I have been thinking of fitting an oil cooler to my Bug . Where is it mounted ?
Two points - first, I don't think it is an oil cooler after all, I think it's a second water radiator, and second, it's mounted in the usual central front position, on a home made hanger frame, for a Mini - bearing in mind this is a Webster with a Mini front sub-frame. I don't know where you'd put it on a Bond Bug, with the front wheel being where it is.
Another point is where do you take the oil from on the Reliant engine? Most aftermarket kits use an adaptor in place of the oil filter, and then the original oil filter either sits on top piggy-back, or is located remotely somewhere. Looking at my oil filter, it seems to be a half-height Mann one (I haven't got that far in my exploration yet) and even at that it is pretty tight to the engine bay bodywork, so I'm not sure you'd get a piggy-back adaptor arrangement in there. Of course, with a remote filter you can mount it pretty much anywhere that's convenient for servicing.
So, it seems I have three radiators, and they're all for water !! Apart from the standard one, there's the heater rad, in the box slung under the front end (but no fan fitted - presumably Reg never got around to that):
Then there's the auxiliary one - it seems from the size of the hose and the marking "Heater Hose" on it that this is a water radiator.
These hoses disappear up into the engine bay and I can't get into that just now, until I can get the canopy off again next week. Watch this space !!
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
fmb4: My Bug has nothing but a hole where the canopy latch should be. Any help in finding one would be greatly appreciated!
Apr 9, 2019 14:55:30 GMT
Biggles: fmb4 One on ebay now
Apr 13, 2019 9:16:03 GMT
heartnut: Quick question: If I fit a Lucas 15/16/18 alternator, is it true that it will heed fibreglass work to fit it as the body is bigger than the original generator?
Apr 26, 2019 19:14:47 GMT
rolydog2001: I have fitted a Dynamator to get around this, looks original and gives the same output.
Apr 27, 2019 19:25:09 GMT
heartnut: Thanks for that - good tip!
May 2, 2019 20:21:08 GMT
tpg: can you please help? my son is nearing the end of a 4 year restoration of his mini cooper car and we are trying to locate 2 of the above wheels to make up a set. Would you know any of your colleagues who may know anybody who would sell us 2 alloys. Any inf
May 12, 2019 13:59:52 GMT
tpg: Sorry the wheels are Dunlop D1 LP922 X 10inch. thanks
May 12, 2019 14:01:25 GMT
tpg: Hi dose anybody have 2 DUNLOP D1 LP922 ALLOYS for sale? URGENTLY required
May 25, 2019 9:53:39 GMT
fmb4: I am in desperate need of a latching assembly for my canopy. I am restoring, and have only a hole where it would have been. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Maybe some one could send me detailed photos of same so I could perhaps have one made
Jun 10, 2019 21:52:08 GMT
rolydog2001: I'm about to fit mine soon, if you can drop me a PM via the forum with your email (or whats app better) I can send you some pics.
Jun 15, 2019 19:06:17 GMT