After owning my '59 RHD Beetle for a good number of years, it was starting to look a little tatty around the edges. It had never been subject to any 'restoration' work before (other than a bottom half respray in the early 1990s), but it was beginning to get to the point where it would need some attention. I could have spent a day patching up the areas that needed some welding, but instead it was decided that the car should have a sympathetic restoration.
My good friend Karl McCarthy will be doing the welding over the coming months as and when time allows.
Here is the car before we started:
The aim is to try and maintain as much originallity as possible and not go over the top with the restoration.
We started a couple of months ago by stripping some panels off and split the body and pan:
54 years of dirt:
The engine is a '54 30bhp engine I rebuilt in 2000, it's only covered about 2000 miles since the rebuild. The original engine was lost in 1992. If anybody comes across a 30bhp engine starting with 265**** please let me know!!!
The pan is in really good condition with only a few tiny areas needing attention:
Pan and beam stripped:
...and off to be media blasted:
Unfotunately, the body has not survived in as good condition as the pan. It only ever seems to have had a couple of patches in its life though:
The plan is to sort out the pan and complete the rolling chassis before dropping the body back on for aligment of heater channels etc etc.
The pan arrived back from the blasters a couple of weeks ago:
I had never noticed this repair before:
A few other bits need localised repairs, but nothing too bad at all:
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10 years ago
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