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#1 Posted : 23 May 2010 22:05:19(UTC)
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History is 2 owners from new its an original RHD UK registered bug in original L324 polar silver and 72a red interior. Found in a barn in Scotland approx 2 years ago , It had been stored there since 1974.Engine with 90000 mile on the clock. Having said that the floor and heater channels are left on the barn floor and the red interior needs full replacement.

Wish me luck I will need it BigGrin
and be prepared for loads of questions

In Scotland


On its way to NEUK


On the border


and Home


with big brother


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#2 Posted : 23 May 2010 22:52:48(UTC)
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#3 Posted : 23 May 2010 23:08:27(UTC)
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#4 Posted : 25 May 2010 08:07:02(UTC)
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Does it still have it's original reg number? If so, just out of interest, what is it?

Cheers,
Rich.
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#5 Posted : 25 May 2010 09:12:40(UTC)
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Rich Oakley wrote:
Does it still have it's original reg number? If so, just out of interest, what is it?

Cheers,
Rich.


Yeah its got the original reg, Just waiting for V5 to come back from DVLA. Why do you want to know?
PS empty some of your inbox Rich, I tried to PM you.

Gary
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#6 Posted : 25 May 2010 19:06:20(UTC)
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Yeah its got the original reg, Just waiting for V5 to come back from DVLA. Why do you want to know?
PS empty some of your inbox Rich, I tried to PM you.

Gary


Hi Gary,

Have emptied my PM box. Martin 'Middle East' Fenner and I have been compiling a database of UK-supplied early cars for some time. This database will eventually be published with existing and scrapped cars' details (probably just reg numbers, colours, on-road/project/scrapped status). We would like to add your car to the list if possible and that invitation is extended to anybody else who would like to record their car on this list.

Cheers,
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#7 Posted : 25 May 2010 21:20:43(UTC)
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Rich Oakley wrote:
Hi Gary,

Have emptied my PM box. Martin 'Middle East' Fenner and I have been compiling a database of UK-supplied early cars for some time. This database will eventually be published with existing and scrapped cars' details (probably just reg numbers, colours, on-road/project/scrapped status). We would like to add your car to the list if possible and that invitation is extended to anybody else who would like to record their car on this list.

Cheers,
Rich.


PM sent RichBigGrin
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#8 Posted : 05 June 2010 21:57:21(UTC)
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A quick update of pics to show what condition and amount of work that faces me, I am looking at the barnfind threads and thinking if only.























The seats look really bad but it is only the beading stitching that has rotted and if the black marks can be cleaned off we will try and save them, I am just trying to get the engine running got it firing and burping after cleaning the carb out putting on new HT leads and plugs, and resetting the valves and points, a bit more work and I will have it purringLaugh
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Peachy! Love it!
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#11 Posted : 13 June 2010 22:17:53(UTC)
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cheeky cheekyLaugh
Well made upBigGrin
Just need to check compressions then its engine out.
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#12 Posted : 23 July 2010 21:44:31(UTC)
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I have been trying to clean up what I think is the original number plate with the raised digits, after scraping some paint off with a blade, I have uncoverd a small plaque on the top of the plate that says 'bluemels' now I know these are old number plate suppliers, and the plastic digits seem to be painted over with a bluey white colour, right 2 questions Anyone know if 'bluemels' supplied UK bugs original plates?. And were the plastic digits originally coated blue/white or were they the cream plastic colour?


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#13 Posted : 24 July 2010 08:20:24(UTC)
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lucifar666 wrote:
I have been trying to clean up what I think is the original number plate with the raised digits, after scraping some paint off with a blade, I have uncoverd a small plaque on the top of the plate that says 'bluemels' now I know these are old number plate suppliers, and the plastic digits seem to be painted over with a bluey white colour, right 2 questions Anyone know if 'bluemels' supplied UK bugs original plates?. And were the plastic digits originally coated blue/white or were they the cream plastic colour?


Yes they are the original letters. Don't throw them away as no-one makes the correct letters with the 'peaked' top to them Exclamation

Bluemels supplied numberplates to a lot of manufacturers in the 50's and supplied VW Motor's and its dealer's. Luckily when found the Cabrio still had its original Bluemels plates.

The digits would have looked silvery in colour when new. My plate has been restored but I'm still looking to repro the Bluemels badge as mine was too far gone to refit.

Before and after pics of the rear plate below:

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#14 Posted : 24 July 2010 21:37:08(UTC)
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Cheers 55kab
the bluemels badge is in really good nick it had been painted over so I just gently scraped the old paint off with a blade. The digits should resto OK as well so good newsBigGrin
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#15 Posted : 26 July 2010 21:42:35(UTC)
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Any advice gratefully receivedLaugh

I suspect my pedal cluster is rusted and seized. I have taken off all the bolts on the pedals, and the opposite side of the tunnel and the nut off the accelerator end ,cut around the brackets on the floorpan so that is free and the assembly will not budge from the tunnel.



Anyone got an exploded view/diagram/pic to show me how this devil comes to bits.

Cheers in advance

Gary
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#16 Posted : 31 July 2010 09:30:07(UTC)
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I suspect my pedal cluster is rusted and seized. I have taken off all the bolts on the pedals, and the opposite side of the tunnel and the nut off the accelerator end ,cut around the brackets on the floorpan so that is free and the assembly will not budge from the tunnel.

Anyone got an exploded view/diagram/pic to show me how this devil comes to bits


I think you just need to give it some persuasion Gary.

However, I just scanned a couple pages from the 52/55 workshop manual, hope they help.Wink


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#17 Posted : 31 July 2010 19:45:32(UTC)
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Cheers 55Kab, I couldn't find much on the worldwide web especially RHD. But you were dead right loads of soaking with penetrating oil and heating to cherry red and and good wellying with a big hammer shifted it,It was the accelerator pedal and the square end on the small diameter shaft corroded and seized in the floor bracket, I've had to fab up a new shaft as the original had to be cut to get it out of the tunnel.

So from this seized corroded mess


To a working unit again


That little problem has taken 4 nights and this morning to sort, Its now all oiled up and bagged up ready for reassembly.

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#18 Posted : 28 December 2010 19:56:29(UTC)
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Its been a while since an update but I've been busy, the Chassis is just about there rolling with new dual brake set up, I know its not original but my wife will be driving this once completed and I need it to be as safe as I can make it for her.

Anyway

Bracing in to keep everything straight ready for lift off


Body off ready for goosed floorpans to be cut off


Good news spine is in good nick



Test fit of new pans needed a bit of jiggery pokery


Stitch and plug welded and seam sealed


Stripped ready for etch primer then 2 coats of 90% zinc primer


I will eventually stonechip finish these but they are protected for now
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#19 Posted : 28 December 2010 20:30:59(UTC)
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Front beam needed a lot of work, so sorted new spindles, king and link pins etc

Brakes went from this


To this


New brake lines fabbed up


Gearbox back in after a quick clean up




Pedal cluster back where it belongs


The bonnet had gone in the usual place with the usual dents and scars




I gave this to a coachbuilder to sort who proved to be a master at his craft and it came back better than I ever thought it would, original bonnet going back on has got to be better than a repro or replacement



Currently on with the body repairs so I may be a while!







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Nah mate, 57's are rubbish!

Laugh

Just watched your youtube video of the first fire up with envy.... fingers crossed mine fires up and runs!

Don't suppose you've got, or could take a picture of your ignition switch could you?

I'm trying to get a replacement for mine and I;m getting conflicting informatin about long and short arm versions (whatever that means).

Here's a couple of pics of different types I've been offered but i could do with knowing which one is correct, assuming yours is OG?




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