I think no matter what I type I'm still going to come across as the naive young chap who desperatley wants a classic beetle, nonetheless I'll ask away and hopefully gain some knowledge from these forums.
Just got a new job, one which I'll need a car to commute to the extremely remote location of the office (about 40 miles from my flat). I will have spare time and (hopefully) money to work on this car and I have a decent amount of experience working on cars for a 22 year old (but I've never worked in a garage or the like).
Firstly, I want to know how relaible a '73 beetle can be (I appreciate this will vary wildly depending on the specific car) and how cheap/easy repairs and parts are for such a vehicle?
Secondly, I'd like to know what it is I really need to look out for when buying this car 2nd (or 52nd) hand.
I've got my eye on a '73 beetle for £1800.
The desciption is as follows:
"1973 vw beetle,tax exempt,been used every day buy me for work for the last 3 years,very good little runner,things ive done are,new clutch,gearbox bearings,new voltage regulator,all welding done for last mot due sep 15,new fuel pump,new exhaust,new battery,new brake shoes,new brake cylinders,new brake pipes,
,just serviced,new plugs,dizzy,rotor arm,air filter,condenser,fuel filter,leads and points,could do with a tart up on the body work side,but is 40 years old,is registered as historic,insurance only cost me £88 a year fully comp,comes with lots of spare parts,ie,couple of carbs,doors ,window glass etc,too much to add,also comes with roof rack ,with various boxes and junk to go on top,any questions please ask,only selling as i want to get a campervan. "
The photos show the car in decent nick superficially at least.
Is there anything in that description I should be concerned about?
More importantly what should I ask and try and find out BEFORE I go down and see the car in person?
Thanks for taking the time to read this.