72 beetle tidy up

Discussion in 'Show Us Your Ride' started by pkrboo, Oct 21, 2017.

  1. So as you may or may not know I bought this bug from @Ploptop2.

    I am hoping to get it back in the road asap and then fettle the few bits and bobs that need doing as I go.

    The engine runs and gearbox works ok.

    It has been stood for two years so will need brakes checking, fuel and vac pipes doing etc.

    First off though is to sort out the front end of the "minor bump" quite a lot of damage was caused but I think it is repairable.

    It needs a new front beam as the one on there is bent. Once that is changed, it should make a big difference and have it well on the way to an MOT.

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  2. Poptop2

    Poptop2 Moderator

    It will be nice to see the progress pkrboo.

    The engine is sweet and the whole thing was completely rebuilt prior to me getting it with new wings, bonnet, deck lid and clips, it has new headlights now too ( cringes and checks wallet) and the one wing has been renewed twice. I hope the new beam sorts things and you don't have to resort to a chain around a tree job!

    Best of luck with it. I can't tell you how gutted I was to see her go, but I knew I'd lost heart in it, so better someone else sorted it!
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  3. Looking forward to seeing the progress on this one. Just when Mrspkrboo thought she'd got the driveway back!!!
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  4. Dubs

    Dubs Sponsor

    You don't like having nothing to do, do you! :thumbsup:

    Think I have a good used beam buried in a pile of bits somewhere if you need it Matt.
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  5. Picking up a beam tomorrow hopefully
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  6. Picked up new beam this morning and decided to crack on.

    Old Beam is clearly bent

    Bit of rust treatment

    And then got the beam in. Need to fit the leaves and then put it all back together.

    The steering damper is absolutely FF. No Damping what so ever. Also the front shocks are a different part. Number either side and are slightly different lengths which bothers my OCD so I may change those too. Couple of ball joint rubbers to replace and all's good I think.


    Old Beam with hubs off
    bent beam!!
    rust treatment
    rust tretment
    old against new(second hand)

    fitted just needs leaves and hubs to go on.
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2017
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  7. Slap on the Vactan!
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  8. Good luck with the project, keep the pics coming!

    Seconded, I have a large carton of it, works very well!
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  9. Poptop2

    Poptop2 Moderator

    Framehead looks undamaged too. Can't always tell until the beam is out of the way, but I did suspect it was okay. So pleased to see it getting some TLC. Well done mate.
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  10. Poptop2

    Poptop2 Moderator

    Those shocks could have been the issue I was talking about when I said I never felt that beam was right re steering. I never spotted that!
  11. Dubs

    Dubs Sponsor

    That is a nasty bend in that beam! The framehead most be solid though if it withstood the impact. :thumbsup:
  12. Looks like thick steel on those wings and bonnet ..are they as thick as moggy minors ?
  13. Did you catch the guys that nicked your wheels

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  14. Oh, I forgot to say, the steering damper was absolutely knackered. No Damping at all. That won't have helped
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  15. Haven't seen a moggy minor wings etc but this is pretty thick, you're right
  16. Yep very solid, minor bit of rust(hole) to sort
  17. Poptop2

    Poptop2 Moderator

    You did say now I have re read the post. I glanced through that bit reading FF as 'fully functional' for some daft reason!

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