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Old 08-04-2018, 10:05 AM   #1
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Default Rico's Restoration Blog: The Boho Bug

Hi All,

We have belatedly set an instagram account documenting the restoration of our 1973 1303s beetle. If anyone is interested please go and follow @thebohobug.

https://www.instagram.com/thebohobug/

We bought Rico back in 2008, and spent the following 18 months getting him on the road, courtesy of a newly restored chassis and floorplan from Ebay and new heater channels and other welding done by Castle Welding in Gravesend. Since then he has been a daily driver, whilst we were at university and didn't have the money to get him the spray and finish he deserved!

Over the past year we have finally started on resto mark 2. Our instagram blog documents his journey back to his former glory, with a bohemian twist coming when we refit the interior!

Big thanks to the guys at Lust for Rust who did all the welding, including replacing all four inner wings, both heater channels, the front valance and making the rear valance removable. Also to Final Restoration who painted the car, it looks immaculate and the colour is amazing! We would definitely recommend both to anyone needing work done!

Heres a few pictures to show the progress so far, starting with one from the summer before we stripped him down!
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and some more pictures of the new panels going in at LFR. As said before this involved both heater channels and rear inner wings, new front quarter panels, and the lower edges of the doors and rear quarters. There were also repairs to the lower ends of the A pillars, a new front valance, removable rear valance and smoothing of the left hand drive washer holes and antenna hole.
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One quick picture of the work bench we made for the garage ready to fit a home built loom, parcel shelf for speakers and modify the dash when he gets back!

Also one of the pain prep being done by Final Restoration
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A quick picture of Rico in paint...
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Final few pictures for now, post paint by Final Restoration, the finish is unreal and so much better than the pictures show!

Will keep updating once we have him back next week and start getting the interior back in!
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Looks superb, love the colour, 1303's look really good in moss green.
I'll be embarking down a similar route when my 1303 restoration starts hopefully very soon.
Good luck with the restoration, I look forward to see how this progresses.

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Thanks, good luck with yours too!

I’m surprised you don’t see more in moss green, it suits the car so well. It’s also the first time he’s been one colour in more than the 9 and a half years I’ve had him, so even more of a change!
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Does look good in that colour. Like a sort of friendly Hulk
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Cheers guys, keeping me motivated 💪

First us of the work bench for car stuff last night! Did a little bit stripping down the wiper assembly, ready for a bit of hydrate 80 and paint. Took me a while to figure out how the spindles came apart!

Anyone not heard of hydrate 80 it’s worth a look, reacts with any surface rust and produces a hard as nails layer to stop rust coming back, but it is a bigger to sand back for paint!

On another note, I’m pretty keen to avoid scratching paint work putting glass back in etc, do people use tape and sheets to cover bodywork? If so any recommendations?

Cheers
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