I have been held up for several months working on the body but finally got a new guy coming tomorrow (fingers crossed)to blast my Bond Bug shell as the last two times the other guy turned up and his kit failed. I getting him to blast all the nooks and cranny's and underneath to remove all crap from the fibre glass as well.
I have already picked up my refurbished wheels from WheelWork that are now shiny black power coated better than new. The engine mechanic has fitted the new baffled oil sump and removed the old mechanical water pump, got a nice shiny electric one now for better flow.
I had my prop shaft assembly balanced by a specialist machining company in Stowmarket and picked it up last week. Looks too good now to hide underneath LOL
All the metal bits including my new frame, swinging arms, brake calipers, diff etc are at the powder coaters in bits and will be ready to pick up in the new year.
I have an engineer ready to rebuild the diff (now it is back to just is casings)with new bearings and seals I bought.
Then it is time to put all the mechanics back together.
It is a long old haul doing this project properly but it is great fun.
I am hoping once all the mechanics are finally together I will bring it to a club meet to show it all off before the body goes on and hides it all LOL
Are their any members still around I know from the 1980's when I used to come to all the rallies ??
Definitely be there Karl even if the body is not finished. All the running gear will be put back together probably around Feb and I bought a special flat bed Smart car trailer for the Bug a couple of years ago to bring it to meets.
The body might just be sitting on the Bug for easy removal if it is not complete.
By the way the blaster guy turned up today and it has now been done so I can move on.
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