Well i cant believe i have arrived at a stage where i am having to consider selling my '49!! 😞
Due to (future! :shock: ) family commitments and working 7 days a week with my business. Im lacking time and money. I dont want to sell the car ive grown to love it so much and when i think of the work ive done to it, id be loosing so much.
for those who dont know me, me car is a November 1949 standard beetle. original colour is bordeaux red.
the car is buy no means for the purist, i bought it as the bare shell and the chassis also. so everything else on the car i have had to source myself!!!!
this means the car will never be 100% original, but at the same time its as close as i can get to been correct within my capabilities. indeed if i had it for the next 10 years some parts could be changed as and when they were found (Ie i have a '54 36hp engine) (well its better than having airbags and empis on it)
My chassis is fully restored, less cable brake parts in the drums!
the body is sandblasted, zinc primered and primered.
i have everything else for it (in cupboards, under the bed, in the kitchen, bet im not the only one!)
THIS IS WHAT IM MISSING
Rear lights (49 only with aluminum ring)
Front and rear bumpers thicker ones with rib (may-dec 49 only)
overiders (late 49 only)
running boards (49-53 only)
door catches and latches
Front headlights (any pre 67 will do, prefer pre 53, i have new lamps if needed)
speedo housing/ baklite pod surround (must be brown)
Glove pocket mouldings and aluiminumn surrounds (47-53)
semaphore switch (must be black)
ZAR tag (fuel on off switch orig or reop will do)
interior door handles and window handles (with black bakelite)
Wireing loom (49-53 6 volt)
shoes, springs, levers for drum internals on cable brakes
fuel tank (may-dec 49 only with large filler neck and alli cap)
Oh and 2 liters of bordeaux red
sad thing is im now at a crossroads. looks like the car will have to go, its now just a case of when?
Do i sell up now, my wife will be pleased for me! i could if i sold now 'break even' obviously this would not include all my labour and fuel for driving to every corner of the country for parts. but al least id be getting back some/most of the money i have chucked at it?
this seems the easiesr route but im so sad that i havnt finnished the car, ive never "not finninhed a car".
So do i carry on, investing more money i reckon it needs another £2000 to get it on the road. maby if i finish it my wife will like it so much she will want to keep it?
thing is im aware that i'll never make a profit on the car! but do i break even now, or try and get the car on the road with another £2000, but then will i break even if i still have to sell? as i said its tricky as the true purists will pick holes with it but because its standard the airbag boys will also not want it?
oh, my minds all over the place.......someone tell me what to do!!!
(picture [not my car!] of what the car will look like when finnished)
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