Right it's about time I got motivated and start to get some work done on my poor old bug. It has been months since I even looked at it but I know it needs some welding to the passenger side chassis rail, work on the brakes (they only work after pumping the pedal which makes life interesting) and the fuel leak which prevented me getting an mot last year. There's bound to be other things to sort out but we'll see as we go along. One thing at a time !
OK been looking locally for prices. Welding of the chassis £400. Paint work £1500 which is me stripping all the Brightwork , internal seats etc. Masking and everything affect by spraying including rubbing down the existing paintwork! Seriously got to be joking !! They can forget that on a car that's probably worth half that.
Crispbug, Not too surprised at the prices if you are getting them from the trade, there is the all consuming item that has to be priced...Health and Safety and that runs up the costs. Garage insurance for gas bottles is costly, as are the restriction on the exposure to painting fumes. Paint cost is expensive too. If you are doing the stripping and prep then the cost is high, I painted mine over two days, undercoat/primer and top coat. He will have priced for discontent if there is rework , re prep!! Did mine outside in the sun...was living in France at the time. B
Hi just an idea but Why do you not go the rialto route and convert a rialto chassis to fit your bug if you need £400 of welding done on your chassis as for paint jobs that's always the expensive part I was quoted by 6 body shops in Lincoln £3500 to £7500 to respray a Cortina and I had already stripped and prept it. It seems body shops seem to like insurance work and would rather fill there body shops with them. as its been said health and safety plays a big part in the cost still think there silly prices mind you. steve. sd1
as you rightly point out steve, most bodyshops don't do full resprays anymore as it's far more cost effective for them to do accident damage insurance work. my last paint job was only last month and i had to strip and prep everything and even then bend a local sprayers ear to do it for me one saturday, luckily it turned out really well but the standard of work some of them think is acceptable is a joke. concentrate on the welding and mechanicals get it mot'd then get a few rattle cans to tidy it up,job done
This highlights the problems of classic vehicle ownership you need to be either a good mechanic or have very deep pockets . When I got my Bug it was mostly complete but had not been on the road for over five years . I dread to think how much it would have cost so far if I did not have my own workshop .
Just to put you in the picture, the bug has no mot at the moment. There's a fuel leak which I believe either coming from the filler pipeline or the pipe coming off the fuel sender to the fuel pump. There's also a problem with the brakes - you need to pump the pedal to get them to work. The chassis has a few issues - probably need welding on the passenger side chassis rail where my trolley jack went through. The bodywork needs a bit of work. There's quite a few cracks above the rear window and the front as well. Good points are the sidescreens are great, lots of spare parts including brake cylinders, canopy claw and it was totally rewired a couple of years ago. I am based in South Wales. Can put you up for the night if you're in the area. I would prefer to see it go to an enthusiastic person like yourself.
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
allan: Does anyone know what thread and diameter of the water temp &oil pressure senders on my 700e ,bug no 50
Jul 5, 2021 21:20:32 GMT
Stiffy: Allan just seen your question. Your better of asking a question on the main site as no one seems to respond to the shout box. cheers stiffy.
Jul 11, 2021 19:57:31 GMT
joegab59: cant seem to get my reg number into the bug gallery, simple steps anyone ?
Jul 15, 2021 14:25:51 GMT