Hi all, Went down to see my brother last week and the bug ran fine down and around the marchers, after about 100miles I pulled into a farmers gate to say good bye and the engine stopped. Switched off and talked for 5mins...the engine would not restart and has not since then. The people at AA brought the bug home and I've had a preliminary look but this weekend will be taking it apart....to find the lost volts. One memo to myself remember to take meter and a bit of wire on runs...spanners are good for nuts but not electricity. Any thoughts I am beginning to think that a contact may have come off the ignition switch. Also when cranking the engine over the fuel gauge drops to empty and then returns to tank quantity, am i getting a stray earth? Ayrbugger
when cranking the engine over the fuel gauge drops to empty and then returns to tank quantity, am i getting a stray earth? Ayrbugger
I am assuming that when you say the engine won't start, you mean it doesn't turn over at all? Or does it turn over but doesn't fire up?
Easy bits first: check your battery terminal connections. As in, take them apart, clean them up with some emery cloth or (worn) aluminium carbide (gently!) paper (or glass paper if you've got nothing else), remember to do INSIDE the cable ends as well as the posts on the battery. Rather than a stray short circuit you may be getting effectively OPEN circuit due to corrosion on the battery terminals.
This may not be the cause (though equally it may well be) but at least you need to eliminate it before you do further testing. By the same token, also check that your earth strap(s) are tightly fixed. Again, it may do no harm to disconnect them and abrade so as to remove any corrosion.
Assuming you have fuel to the carb then go for the electrics. After checking the battery as per cdb15 above then check the other 3 earth points around the car. Next do you have a spark at the plugs if no then focus on the dizzy
Hi all, Got my head engaged today and with relevant spares to hand got stuck in. The problem traced out to be a broken wire in the original loom, now remade,also a new coil fitted and she's running sweet as a nut. Job done. Hope to meet you all at the 50th /51st rally thanks for all your helpful pointers, remember when ignition fails sharply it's electrical, if it fails in splutters then it's likely to be fuel. regards Billy aka the Ayrbugger
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