Hi Gradually getting towards refitting the body on the bug , purchased it in bits I have found some rubber strips that look as if they were between the chassis and the body am I asuming correctly . Thanks Smithy 777
Hi originally the body was fitted to the chassis without jointing materials between the 2, if you do decide to fit bubbler on the chassis you may find that the holes on the angled footwell(bulkhead) may not line up
Hi Thanks for reply I have no holes as I have made a new chassis could some one have added the rubber to form a soft shim as the chassis was pretty shot repaired but distorted in your opinion would it help the body as I have had to do a fair bit of work on it as nearly ready for paint. I am really looking for longevity as the chassis I have made is stainless steel. Thanks for help
Not sure, given you have a bespoke stainless chassis, why you would necessarily want to replicate the original fixing, especially if you are looking for longevity. I assume that the chassis characteristics will be different compared to mild steel used originally - stiffness, flexing etc. I don't know how they compare - probably SS is stiffer, but I don't know, but it might be a good idea to have some rubber between body and chassis. I presume the body is still off so you have time to put extra fixings into the chassis? For what it's worth, the Webster body does have rubber strips, and stainless fixing plates as shown in the photo. These locate on captive welded in nuts in the chassis as far as I can tell. Obviously these are not cosmetically wonderful on the interior, but can be hidden with suitable floor mats or other trim etc.
I understand that the Webster mouldings were generally thicker than the original GRP, and again this might be relevant to the flexing anticipated and the fixing method.
Thanks for all your answers, did not know about the webster body so thats a great help have found quite a few cracks in the body hidden with a skim of p38 going through it again, when ready I will sit the body on the chassis and put it up on the lift to see how it fits from underneath it is a M reg bug the clock shows 24,000 miles but if thats right its had a hard life. Would put some pics up but not very smart on a computer. Thanks