Hi. I'm fairly new to the site. I owned a '68 beetle for many years, but early last year sold it and put the money towards our '79 Devon Moonraker I did have a crawl around underneath before we bought it, but then fairly soon afterwards took it to Johnson Autoworks for a service and inspection. Luckily despite my lack of experience it is pretty solid original metal underneath - quite rare for a UK vehicle. Here it is next to my father-in-law's '39 MG TA Tickford Anyway on a journey down to Cornwall the engine had a little "episode". It was firing badly and had a bit of smoke from the exhaust. However it cleared up after a few seconds and we continued with our holiday. Later on it failed the MOT on emissions (1979 was the year the tests were introduced apparently) and we had no compression on the 3rd cylinder. It was parked up on the drive. We pulled the engine out and I started to strip it down I'll bring you fully up to date tomorrow.