Finally had to drag the Bug out of my box trailer as I'm moving to Barby on Monday and will need the trailer to move the wife's plant collection! The body of the Bug was just resting on the chassis so it was a quick yank with a man at each corner and it came away. The chassis has been treated with some sort of anti rust product that has obviously worked as there is not a bit of rust to be found. I can only assume the vehicle has been dry stored since 1978? It's been fitted with a later 850 motor and an alternator. It also has a hydraulic clutch fitted.
From what I can see, it appears to have been an ongoing project, as many of these cars are, never having been run since the 70's. The motor is not seized but I will strip it and check it over, the dip stick shows unused oil so it may have been rebuilt already?
It will require a new wiring loom and numerous other parts but I'll tap up the members for bits and pieces as and when needed. The body is a bit battered and has had a terrible repair to the front but I will order a new front section and graft that on once I get started on the body.
Looking at what's for sale recently, I think I got quite lucky. Very little to do to the chassis and just a strip and rebuild of the motor possibly. All the brakes have been done as well so just a refresh and new pipework. The pedal box it well rotten so I assume the body was left outside at some point, for quite some time.
adl2: cdb15, that's just such a shame that someone let it get into that state. I know that's more than I could cope with but I admit I am slightly tempted. For the VIN, it would end up as a Trigger's broom of a restoration.
Nov 25, 2020 22:26:43 GMT
burlmeister: Trouble fitting new 6052 fan belt. Alternator adjusted to the max. Belt is on the engine and alt pulleys but I just cannot get it to stretch over the lip of the fan pulley. Is there a trick to this? Driving me nuts!
Nov 26, 2020 11:09:57 GMT
adl2: That barn find Bug as linked by cdb15 is now bid to over a grand. Or should I say, that V5 doc for a Bug is up to over a grand.
Nov 29, 2020 10:14:12 GMT
Stiffy: Hi Folks.. a lot of questions go unanswered if you put them in the shout box. Its more visible to all if you create a thread. Most questions get answered within hours. :-)
Nov 30, 2020 16:52:59 GMT
adl2: Gone for £1220 in the end.
Dec 1, 2020 13:36:48 GMT
Looking for bug to buy: Hi all, had to sell my bug 3 yrs ago, went to the states and had nowhere to store it unfortunately but I'm back and would like one would consider any condition, a project is fine. Any help or suggestions would be great thanks warren
Dec 14, 2020 18:40:23 GMT
bugberk: Just put the engine/box into my rolling chassis, and the prop shaft seems to be about 3" short, Have I been given the wrong one? this a total rebuild from a pile of bits.
Dec 16, 2020 13:34:31 GMT
goodtimes: thank you for the drawings! very helpful.
Dec 17, 2020 17:31:00 GMT
vannin: bugberk what is the length of your propshaft you are fitting ? you'll get more replies if you ask on the main forum
Dec 30, 2020 15:30:34 GMT
rooster: can any one tell me what car the canopy lock came of ? ive been told a triumph
Jan 18, 2021 15:23:26 GMT
rogeru7: Hi the basic lock is off a Triumph but it will then need a major mod to be used on the Bug canopy unless you have access to a lathe and a mill it’s not an easy mod
Jan 18, 2021 20:15:56 GMT
Steve: Hi can anyone tell what is the tallest you can be to drive a bond Bug
Feb 25, 2021 13:37:55 GMT
vannin: hi Steve, is this for you and if so how tall are you ? more interest and responses if you use the main forum !
Feb 25, 2021 14:51:06 GMT
steve: i'm 6ft 4in am i too big to fit? . im not good with computers, cant seem to get on other thread, sorry
Feb 26, 2021 10:59:28 GMT
mike: I have 2 bond bugs 1 almost restored just waiting on new upholstery and the other is complete runs sweet and original if Warren is still looking for one Cheers
Apr 11, 2021 12:35:02 GMT
Jon T: Hi all, I am looking to purchase a bug, dont mind if needs some work, anyone point me in right direction. thanks<
Apr 20, 2021 10:52:19 GMT
mysticmick: hi all . i recently purchased a bug . my dream car for restoration . i have the vin plate . with chassis number and engine number . but sadly no reg number . is there any way of finding out the original reg so i could apply for the v5 .. thanks in advance
May 8, 2021 16:20:42 GMT
cdb15: To Mystic Mick: contact HPI and ask if they will do a VIN-only check. Usually if you have the registration it's £19 or so, but may be different from the VIN. Or there is a DVLA procedure using form V62 - check out the government web site for the procedure.
May 17, 2021 20:15:30 GMT