mooney3019
2011-01-11T17:54:35Z
been offered an early sixtys Cab complete, it has come from the states some time ago, and is 100% rust free, but is on a later pan and has no ID at all, is it worth buying and how would I go about registering it ?



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RockStock
2011-01-11T18:27:12Z
mooney3019 wrote:

is it worth buying


no. cos
mooney3019 wrote:

is on a later pan



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Rattletrap
2011-01-11T19:37:06Z
I had a '54 Cab on a 1965 pan and RHD. Don't touch it, you'll never be happy with it.:x
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JD
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2011-01-11T19:42:52Z
I don´t see why not, if you can find a year correct pan - except that it´s an early cabrio and like a lot of cheap cars from the States may well have been bodged within an inch of it´s life.
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mooney3019
2011-01-11T19:52:22Z
its rust free just such a shame not to have it on the road, dont get me wrong it needs alot of work, hood etc but straight and un welded
mooney3019
2011-01-11T20:27:01Z
by the way JD sent you a pm yesterday clear you inbox
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2011-01-11T21:11:54Z
Ah, done it now! :oops:
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cupa65
2011-01-11T22:10:17Z
You could always buy some alloy wheels for the red car instead :wink:
Dakota
2011-01-11T22:52:58Z
buy a standard bug the right year with a floor pan and log book etc and stick the cab shell on it and call it a donor shell, the stamped number appears on the pan.
mooney3019
2011-01-12T14:10:38Z
cupa65 wrote:

You could always buy some alloy wheels for the red car instead :wink:


which ones!!
55Kab
2011-01-12T14:58:35Z
mooney3019 wrote:

been offered an early sixtys Cab complete, it has come from the states some time ago, and is 100% rust free, but is on a later pan and has no ID at all, is it worth buying and how would I go about registering it ?



You could probably register it with the later pan and just drive it and have some fun but long term it would be better to relocate it onto a year correct pan which with a little looking shouldn't prove too difficult to find.

Got any photos you can post up?

55Kab
2011-01-12T15:01:45Z
Rattletrap wrote:

I had a '54 Cab on a 1965 pan and RHD. Don't touch it, you'll never be happy with it.:x



H'mmm interesting, can you tell us some more please John. Was this a UK RHD car?

There's a guy on Vzi that owns a black RHD Oval cabrio and it's on a C plate so assume a 65 pan...just wondering if it's the same car?

pre67vw
2011-01-12T15:47:37Z
There are quite a few cabrios on sedan pans, with a leaky top and carpets soaking up the water the floors rust out - it was always easier to put it on a sedan pan rather than repair the original one. If the price is good then it would still be worth getting, as others have said you could put it on a year correct pan if you wanted.

To register it, first insure it on the chassis number (as it won't have a number plate), MOT it, then get a birth certificate from Germany on the chassis number, fill in the DVLA forms and wait for your V5. You may need to take it along to a local inspector to have a little look over it.
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mooney3019
2011-01-12T16:14:55Z
no, sorry maybe i didnt say it has zero paperwork no vin plates, chassis number is a sedan, just working out figures at the mo, last cab mohair roof I had was over 10 years ago, it is just the frame at the mo, no headlining, padding, outer, no cables etc etc
pre67vw
2011-01-12T16:51:12Z
mooney3019 wrote:

no, sorry maybe i didnt say it has zero paperwork no vin plates, chassis number is a sedan, just working out figures at the mo, last cab mohair roof I had was over 10 years ago, it is just the frame at the mo, no headlining, padding, outer, no cables etc etc



Yep, you don't need any paperwork - get the birth certificate from the chassis number which should be official enough for DVLA, but you have to MOT it before you apply for a V5
Rob Amos
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fergusmalhoon
2011-01-13T11:01:32Z
Regardless of the condition, you need to be careful running a cab shell on a hardtop chassis as the necessary sill strengtheners are often missing or poorly fitted.
pre67vw
2011-01-13T11:09:54Z
fergusmalhoon wrote:

Regardless of the condition, you need to be careful running a cab shell on a hardtop chassis as the necessary sill strengtheners are often missing or poorly fitted.



The sill strengtheners are part of the body, not the chassis - the only difference between the sedan chassis and the cabrio chassis is that the cabrio doesn't have the jacking points.

Sill strengtheners are obviously important to the strength of the shell, but they can often be missing/poorly fitted even on it's original chassis.
Rob Amos
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RockStock
2011-01-14T20:39:19Z
proper VWs have their original pan!
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cupa65
2011-01-14T21:21:43Z
With regard to alloy wheel. What about some 22 inch chrome with spinners? :omg:
GKL 7
2011-01-14T21:29:04Z
pre67vw wrote:

The sill strengtheners are part of the body, not the chassis




Popular misconception,i've read countless postings from people that thought cabrios had a special chassis.

Original chassis or not,it's worth saving.How many fewer Hebs would we have if they had been scrapped because the OG chassis was missing.Not ideal,i know, but it's a necessary compromise.