In my plans to arrange some alternative support mechanism for the canopy of my Bug, I'd like to know whereabouts in the car are the steel strengthening bars. One can make an educated guess, of course, and maybe explore with a strong magnet to locate buried steel, but does anyone know where I could find a drawing, perhaps a cut-away or similar, that showed whereabouts the A-post, B-post and so on are on the standard Bug? There must be some sort of frame that supports the steering wheel and lower end of the canopy strut, and there must be something in the canopy to keep it stiff - isn't there ??
Well I hope there is! and presumably somewhere there must be drawings or plans of this structure. Any ideas ?
There is a steel tube running down the canopy near to the gutter trims (both sides) On the inside if you were looking I know there's a strip of box tubing under the heating vents where it recedes back to allow for the heater box. A plate for the ram and a pair for the hinges. Off top of my head think that's it, I may be wrong. (Have replaced most of above)
Many thanks folks for all your comments and advice. I like the idea of the wire detector - brilliant ! I will give that a go when I get a moment. I was given one years ago as present, but found it never worked reliably in domestic walls - maybe it will come of age in GRP !! (of course, there is the minor problem of actually finding it after 20-odd years!)
Well, the builders' pipe detector was a washout - I found the thing, cleaned up the battery compartment, soldered on new connectors and got it lighting up and buzzing, but... it didn't work at all. And generally it seems unless you pay best part of £100 for a decent Bosch one, these things still don't work reliably - so much for 20 years' technological development )
However... my really strong magnet *did* work, and among other things shows that the rearmost edge of the canopy seems not to have a steel loop in it, but merely a plate or strip about 12" wide to reinforce the latch area. OTOH it also confirmed that there is a plate in the centre under the screen where the standard gas strut mounts.
The only thing now is, how do I locate the holes in the plate to fix the strut pivot?
If you have a question your better of starting a topic in the main forum.
andrea: Need your help: i am looking for hinges... anybody can help?
Jan 7, 2019 21:44:41 GMT
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
Stiffy: Hi folks. if your new to the forum questions are best answered on the forum. The shout box is not seen by many.
Sept 9, 2021 23:10:52 GMT