Mike Peckham
2017-02-09T18:36:17Z
My 57 Oval has survived the last 60 years extremely well. It remained with the original owner until his death in 1978 and was then passed to his son, who used the car to teach of his four children to drive, one after the other. Then, in 1986, it was put in a lock up with a bent con rod with a view to it being restored one day. In 2003 the lock up was scheduled for demolition to make way for re-development so a new home was sought for the Beetle. It went through several owners in four years, each keeping it for no more than six months (sadly one decided to keep the original number plate before selling it on) then I bought it in 2008.

Since then I have driven it all over the UK and much of Europe, visiting shows and for pure pleasure. It's been in the Historic Line Up at Stanford Hall for all but one of the last 9 years and has also visited Heissich and Bad Camberg. Most recently I drove it in convoy along with a '58 bus, a 58 Porsche 356, 58 Beetle a '63 356 and a very convincing Herbie look alike to the 24 hour Classic Le Mans where it was displayed on the Real Flat Four Club stand.

However, despite being a solid car and having had only very minimal welding repairs in the last 60 years, it was becoming evident that some repairs were becoming necessary to the bottom of the sills, the bulk head and the rear corners. So it was duly dispatched to Karl at Wolfsburg Wizards for some sensitive surgery, intended to preserve the car and, most importantly make it water tight, as every European trip seems to be accompanied by passage through a storm cell!

It's all done now, and I'm going to post some pictures to tell the story. The first are of the car as it was before it went in for repairs. Enjoy
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July 1957 UK supplied RHD Oval. 1972 World Champion Beetle. 1978 UK supplied RHD 1303LS Cabriolet. 1973 UK supplied RHD 1303s.
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Mike Peckham
2017-02-09T18:43:30Z
Removing the body from the chassis (sorry, some of these pictures are coming out on their sides. You're just going to have to turn your laptop on it's side...
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July 1957 UK supplied RHD Oval. 1972 World Champion Beetle. 1978 UK supplied RHD 1303LS Cabriolet. 1973 UK supplied RHD 1303s.
Mike Peckham
2017-02-09T18:48:37Z
Work begins. The original paintwork is masked and the inner wings media blasted.
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July 1957 UK supplied RHD Oval. 1972 World Champion Beetle. 1978 UK supplied RHD 1303LS Cabriolet. 1973 UK supplied RHD 1303s.
Mike Peckham
2017-02-09T18:53:13Z
The chassis is media blasted, zinc sprayed then painted in black, several small repairs were necessary
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July 1957 UK supplied RHD Oval. 1972 World Champion Beetle. 1978 UK supplied RHD 1303LS Cabriolet. 1973 UK supplied RHD 1303s.
Mike Peckham
2017-02-09T19:01:21Z
Inner wing repairs done
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July 1957 UK supplied RHD Oval. 1972 World Champion Beetle. 1978 UK supplied RHD 1303LS Cabriolet. 1973 UK supplied RHD 1303s.
Mike Peckham
2017-02-09T19:05:37Z
More inner wing work
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July 1957 UK supplied RHD Oval. 1972 World Champion Beetle. 1978 UK supplied RHD 1303LS Cabriolet. 1973 UK supplied RHD 1303s.
Mike Peckham
2017-02-09T19:10:32Z
Then the sills
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July 1957 UK supplied RHD Oval. 1972 World Champion Beetle. 1978 UK supplied RHD 1303LS Cabriolet. 1973 UK supplied RHD 1303s.
Mike Peckham
2017-02-09T19:14:52Z
more
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July 1957 UK supplied RHD Oval. 1972 World Champion Beetle. 1978 UK supplied RHD 1303LS Cabriolet. 1973 UK supplied RHD 1303s.
Mike Peckham
2017-02-09T19:17:48Z
Red oxide going on
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July 1957 UK supplied RHD Oval. 1972 World Champion Beetle. 1978 UK supplied RHD 1303LS Cabriolet. 1973 UK supplied RHD 1303s.
Mike Peckham
2017-02-09T19:37:25Z
Then the black...
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July 1957 UK supplied RHD Oval. 1972 World Champion Beetle. 1978 UK supplied RHD 1303LS Cabriolet. 1973 UK supplied RHD 1303s.
Mike Peckham
2017-02-09T19:42:38Z
Putting it all back together again
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July 1957 UK supplied RHD Oval. 1972 World Champion Beetle. 1978 UK supplied RHD 1303LS Cabriolet. 1973 UK supplied RHD 1303s.
Mike Peckham
2017-02-09T19:45:57Z
Interior going back in
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July 1957 UK supplied RHD Oval. 1972 World Champion Beetle. 1978 UK supplied RHD 1303LS Cabriolet. 1973 UK supplied RHD 1303s.
Mike Peckham
2017-02-09T19:58:32Z
And all back together. Almost as though nothing had happened!
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July 1957 UK supplied RHD Oval. 1972 World Champion Beetle. 1978 UK supplied RHD 1303LS Cabriolet. 1973 UK supplied RHD 1303s.
Fiber Split
2017-02-17T16:53:40Z
Looking good mike bet you cannot wait for summer :thumbup:


Andy W
Rattletrap
2017-03-06T13:00:07Z
Originally Posted by: Mike Peckham 

And all back together. Almost as though nothing had happened!



You forgot to 'slam it into the weeds' and add a set of Earlies after making the chassis so nice, Mike.:wink:
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