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wil7496 05-10-2019 04:13 PM

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Been looking for a late lhd 1600i Mexi for some time but everything i found was a rhd conversion and not what i wanted. As usual, last Thursday evening whilst searching the web i spotted on ebay a 1984 lhd Mexi, had only been listed a few minutes previous but the pictures showed it to be a clean tidy example with a very solid pan and shell. A quick couple of questions to the vendor and i made a decision i was having it, so i did the one thing you shouldn't do, and i bought it blind, i.e. without viewing it.
The following day, that being yesterday, i transferred the payment to the vendor, again, i know a huge risk and one we should never do, arranged for it to be couriered to me this morning, and i took delivery of it just before 11am this morning, just over 36 hours after first seeing it on ebay.
Well, what can i say, it is as solid as any bug of this age i have seen before. The pans and channels look original and unwelded, the front inner wings and spare wheel well are shiny and still have factory stickers on, and it drives really well.
Ive only took a single pic for now but it should give an idea of its condition
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...face349f_k.jpg20191005_115549 by Adrian Wilcock, on Flickr

GlenAnderson 05-10-2019 05:24 PM

That looks really, really lovely. Well done. I’m more than a little jealous.

:)

Zebedee 05-10-2019 05:57 PM

Very nice.

Damageplan 05-10-2019 07:08 PM

Looks great!

sie1970 06-10-2019 11:38 AM

Mexican Beetles in original LH drive are the up and coming thing, people are just realising how good they are. There has been a club running for the past 37 years trying to send this message, and it is now that people are finally understanding!

wil7496 06-10-2019 03:57 PM

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Originally Posted by sie1970 (Post 16567515)
Mexican Beetles in original LH drive are the up and coming thing, people are just realising how good they are. There has been a club running for the past 37 years trying to send this message, and it is now that people are finally understanding!

This is my fourth Mexican Beetle now, and all have been brilliant cars. Im still amazed at how solid this one is for its age, been giving it a good check over today and other than a very small oil leak, identified now as the oil pump cover gasket leaking, everything appears to be in great working order - a lucky find i think!!

keekster64 08-10-2019 01:03 PM

The early 80s mexican bugs were very good. That looks like an excellent example. I had a velvet red one. The build quality was on par with the last german ones. The only weakness, IMHO, is the body was painted on the pan, and the underside of the pan is usually just primer. When they arrived in Germany, VW coated the whole underside in thick hard underseal. As it ages it goes brittle and cracks. Water gets underneath it and gets trapped against the metal causing localised rot, which usually doesn't spread far. If I'd kept mine I would have chipped off all the old underseal and derusted any surface rust, and used some wax based underseal instead. As long as its looked after, they last and drive very well.

callaghan 08-10-2019 01:06 PM

Mexi
 
Lovely!

Out of interest, why are there so many red B and C reg mexi beetles about ? All usually red too. Was it due to it being the last year they were officially imported to Europe ?

Jim 11-10-2019 08:41 PM

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Originally Posted by callaghan (Post 16567849)
Lovely!

Out of interest, why are there so many red B and C reg mexi beetles about ? All usually red too. Was it due to it being the last year they were officially imported to Europe ?

I'm not 100% but think they were all limited edition Red Velvet bugs (someone can correct me :) )

Lovely looking car there, really suits the GT wheels too. Health to drive dude!

callaghan 11-10-2019 08:52 PM

Mexi
 
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Originally Posted by Jim (Post 16568295)
I'm not 100% but think they were all limited edition Red Velvet bugs (someone can correct me :) )

Lovely looking car there, really suits the GT wheels too. Health to drive dude!

Yeh those are nice. But i mean the base model ones with the houndstooth (think that’s what it’s called) interior and not side graphics.

simondo 11-10-2019 08:59 PM

Nice looking Bug :-)

keekster64 11-10-2019 09:01 PM

Not all mex bugs of that age were velvet red ones, which was a limited edition. It’s probably cause they stopped importing them into Germany in85.

smull 11-10-2019 10:28 PM

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Originally Posted by callaghan (Post 16567849)
Lovely!

Out of interest, why are there so many red B and C reg mexi beetles about ? All usually red too. Was it due to it being the last year they were officially imported to Europe ?

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Originally Posted by keekster64 (Post 16568309)
Not all mex bugs of that age were velvet red ones, which was a limited edition. It’s probably cause they stopped importing them into Germany in85.

Yeah, mainland Europe stopped getting them in ‘85/86 so they became less easy to ‘locally’ source. I guess people took advantage of this and bought them whilst they still could.

Nice buy Ady, I just had a nosey on eBay. Looks like you’ve got a cracker :)

Jim 12-10-2019 09:02 AM

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Originally Posted by keekster64 (Post 16568309)
Not all mex bugs of that age were velvet red ones, which was a limited edition. It’s probably cause they stopped importing them into Germany in85.

I know they'd the decals on them, what was different about interior?
A mate had a really tidy one a few years back but I can't remember what seats were like, had it in my head they'd the houndstooth too.

smull 12-10-2019 09:06 AM

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Originally Posted by Jim (Post 16568343)
I know they'd the decals on them, what was different about interior?
A mate had a really tidy one a few years back but I can't remember what seats were like, had it in my head they'd the houndstooth too.

I had one a few years ago. The interior was ahem, ‘unique’ (read ugly) to the Samtrote (velvet red) editions and looks like this:

Jim 12-10-2019 09:23 AM

Ah ha! yes I remember now, cheers dude, I actually like that, very 80s:cool:

smull 12-10-2019 09:58 AM

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Ah ha! yes I remember now, cheers dude, I actually like that, very 80s:cool:

Indeed. Like a Duran Duran video has thrown up inside the car :D

wil7496 12-10-2019 07:28 PM

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Originally Posted by callaghan (Post 16567849)
Lovely!

Out of interest, why are there so many red B and C reg mexi beetles about ? All usually red too. Was it due to it being the last year they were officially imported to Europe ?

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Originally Posted by keekster64 (Post 16568309)
Not all mex bugs of that age were velvet red ones, which was a limited edition. It’s probably cause they stopped importing them into Germany in85.

Yeah, mainland Europe stopped getting them in ‘85/86 so they became less easy to ‘locally’ source. I guess people took advantage of this and bought them whilst they still could.

Nice buy Ady, I just had a nosey on eBay. Looks like you’ve got a cracker [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.volkszone.com/VZi/images/vzismilies/smile.gif[/IMG]

Cheers Andy, really surprised how solid it is. Going in for an mot next week, once ive got it back i'll take more pictures and post them up

Jim 12-10-2019 08:10 PM

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Originally Posted by wil7496 (Post 16568461)
Cheers Andy, really surprised how solid it is. Going in for an mot next week, once ive got it back i'll take more pictures and post them up

Any plans for it?
It looks lovely as it sits though, like a sunbug or GT even.

wil7496 12-10-2019 09:19 PM

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Originally Posted by wil7496 (Post 16568461)
Cheers Andy, really surprised how solid it is. Going in for an mot next week, once ive got it back i'll take more pictures and post them up

Any plans for it?
It looks lovely as it sits though, like a sunbug or GT even.

Initial plan is to get an mot, current one expires at beginning of Nov but not expecting anything major, only other thing im considering is fitting front disc brakes, not a lover of drums all round but other than that, im thinking of leaving it as it is as its such a clean and tidy example

GlenAnderson 12-10-2019 10:14 PM

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Originally Posted by wil7496 (Post 16568485)
Initial plan is to get an mot, current one expires at beginning of Nov but not expecting anything major, only other thing im considering is fitting front disc brakes, not a lover of drums all round but other than that, im thinking of leaving it as it is as its such a clean and tidy example

Good plan.

Plenty of modified bugs about; stock ones, particularly really tidy ones, are a rare commodity these days.

callaghan 13-10-2019 10:30 AM

It really suits the GT wheels too. 👍🏻

keekster64 13-10-2019 11:44 AM

I think you should slam it, fit a 9” narrowed beam, and fit fanny bags just like all the young fellas do these days ;)

Landyman 25-10-2019 08:45 AM

very nice Vocho !

wil7496 10-11-2019 07:02 PM

Been a while since i posted on here but been very busy with the mexi.
I sorted the oil leak and then decided to put it in for an mot, which i thought would be straight forward - how wrong was i!!
Have always had air cooled vdubs since passing my driving test in '82, including beetles, bays, karman ghias, Type 3's, and T25's but have never been as disappointed as i was when i went to collect this beetle from the mot station - the list of fails and advisories was as long as my arm ( or so it felt at the time ), the idea of having the rest of the week off work to drive and enjoy the beetle had just turned into a feeling of ' what have i done?
I decided to park the beetle in my garage and walk away from it for a few days and decide on a plan - my initial reaction was to get rid, but the more i thought about it and the fact that, although its failed the mot, it is in fact a superb example of a mexi.
A few days passed and after studying the fail sheet again, it was obvious id over reacted slightly and things weren't as bad as i initially thought.
The fails were basically, both lower ball joints, n/s front flexi brake hose, a couple of small areas of corrosion, front wheels catching on suspension when on full lock left and right, and the list went on to some advisories including slightly notchy steering.
So, night after night for the last two weeks and weekends, with the help of a very good friend, we have methodically worked our way through the car from front to back and replaced, both lower torsion arms including ball joints, both front n/s and o/s flexi brake hoses, installed a brand new steering box (and adjusted steering lock to lock ), cleaned up all earths on lighting as also had advisory for rear lights, welded two small areas at rear, seam sealed and protected these areas and finally on Friday she was tested again, almost three weeks after initially failing and all the hard work and late nights were rewarded with a pass without any advisories.
Now shes developed another oil leak, not sure where from at the moment, definitely not from pushrod tubes as it appears to be towards engine/gearbox area but for now shes parked up again in the garage happy in the fact she is mot'd.

Jim 11-11-2019 11:40 AM

Good man!
Flywheel oil seal maybe???
Had it been sat up or not used much for a good while before you bought it?

wil7496 11-11-2019 06:05 PM

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Originally Posted by Jim (Post 16572201)
Good man!
Flywheel oil seal maybe???
Had it been sat up or not used much for a good while before you bought it?

It was used, albeit judging by miles since the last mot, not too much. My thoughts are the flywheel oil seal, but ive decided to book it into a local aircooled specialist and let them sort it for me - will update once i get it back

wil7496 11-11-2019 06:52 PM

Could anyone in the know, advise how long you would expect a specialist to take to change the flywheel oil seal ( if this ends up being the source of the oil leak )?

keekster64 12-11-2019 12:45 PM

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Originally Posted by wil7496 (Post 16572249)
Could anyone in the know, advise how long you would expect a specialist to take to change the flywheel oil seal ( if this ends up being the source of the oil leak )?

2 hours at most, if its a stock engine. Although I've done it in an hour before. I would advise you read me thread on oil seals though and would recommend you source your own one.

https://www.volkszone.com/VZi/showth...wheel+oil+seal

wil7496 12-11-2019 09:10 PM

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Originally Posted by wil7496 (Post 16572249)
Could anyone in the know, advise how long you would expect a specialist to take to change the flywheel oil seal ( if this ends up being the source of the oil leak )?

2 hours at most, if its a stock engine. Although I've done it in an hour before. I would advise you read me thread on oil seals though and would recommend you source your own one.

https://www.volkszone.com/VZi/showth...wheel+oil+seal

Many thanks for this, im taking the beetle into garage Thursday afternoon but will be next week before they can get to it, im in no rush but if, as i think, they diagnose this oil seal, i'll will ensure a viton seal is used as replacement,

wil7496 22-11-2019 06:54 PM

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Just collected the beetle from the specialists where i took it last week after discovering another oil leak.
My gut feeling was right in that it was the flywheel oil seal, which has now been replaced with a viton seal as discussed above and im pleased to report that all is well again, its running great and not a single drip of oil. As previously promised, i'll try and take a few pictures of it over the weekend showing what a good, straight unmodified mexican beetle this is.

wil7496 24-11-2019 03:51 PM

Weather not been great today, so not taken mexi out, but tried to take a few pictures of it in the garage just to give an indication of how solid it is
Spare Wheel well
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...904cbd63_k.jpg20191124_151153 by Adrian Wilcock, on Flickr
Front inner wings
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...0d220a15_k.jpg20191124_151111 by Adrian Wilcock, on Flickr
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...05c6e10b_k.jpg20191124_151103 by Adrian Wilcock, on Flickr
Corners of front scuttle
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...f2d87c4b_k.jpg20191124_150939 by Adrian Wilcock, on Flickr
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...e1a3f1ee_k.jpg20191124_150917 by Adrian Wilcock, on Flickr

wil7496 24-11-2019 03:57 PM

Bottom of front quarters
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...d1e7da42_k.jpg20191124_150846 by Adrian Wilcock, on Flickr
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...f415ae9f_k.jpg20191124_150905 by Adrian Wilcock, on Flickr
Bumper mounts
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...cb86cffa_k.jpg20191124_150815 by Adrian Wilcock, on Flickr
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...968535ed_k.jpg20191124_150746 by Adrian Wilcock, on Flickr
Gutters
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...0ae4ceab_k.jpg20191124_150833 by Adrian Wilcock, on Flickr
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...c6539f8d_k.jpg20191124_150825 by Adrian Wilcock, on Flickr

wil7496 24-11-2019 03:59 PM

And finally, the clean engine - the air pipes will get replaced in the very near future
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...824aa7c3_k.jpg20191124_150701 by Adrian Wilcock, on Flickr

Zebedee 24-11-2019 05:36 PM

That does look very solid. That'll save you months of welding. :)

callaghan 25-11-2019 09:33 AM

Very clean ! What’s the protection plan for it ?

GlenAnderson 25-11-2019 10:16 AM

If you ever decide to move it on, drop me a line. ;)

wil7496 25-11-2019 12:42 PM

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Originally Posted by callaghan (Post 16573871)
Very clean ! What’s the protection plan for it ?

All the underside is nicely sealed, clean and tidy, the inner wings are all original colour - tempted to coat with waxoil rather than schultz or similar.

wil7496 25-11-2019 12:44 PM

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Originally Posted by GlenAnderson (Post 16573881)
If you ever decide to move it on, drop me a line. [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.volkszone.com/VZi/images/vzismilies/wink.gif[/IMG]

Will do, ive a habit of finding a decent one and instead of keeping, continue searching for others for sale and then regret selling - made this mistake numerous times over the years

keekster64 25-11-2019 12:54 PM

That's very nice indeed, and I spot some daymoulding wings as well. Looks like someone has given a solid Mexi a nice respray and some decent wings. If look after, it should last for many years.


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