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Old 19-05-2019, 06:36 PM   #71
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The only issue I have with the 1303 is the profile of the rear wings, from a certain angle they destroy the lines of the bug. Because of the size of the rear lights the wing raises up and away from the body instead of dropping down, so considering changing to rear wings with tombstone rear lights.
Yep agreed. Itís a common swap. One Iíll be doing. I have a set of Day Mouldings wings in the loft for tombstones and a a set of lights from my first bug in the 80ís to go on. Itíll all be about nostalgia for mine.
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Yep agreed. Itís a common swap. One Iíll be doing. I have a set of Day Mouldings wings in the loft for tombstones and a a set of lights from my first bug in the 80ís to go on. Itíll all be about nostalgia for mine.
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This is my Texas Yellow 1303 currently going through a total restoration.

Great thread, looking forward to seeing how your car progresses.
Good luck with the rebuild.
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Yep agreed. Itís a common swap. One Iíll be doing. I have a set of Day Mouldings wings in the loft for tombstones and a a set of lights from my first bug in the 80ís to go on. Itíll all be about nostalgia for mine.
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I agree as well. If you look carefully you will notice the late wings have less tyre clearance as well, which is not helpful when running wider rims and tyres. I am switching the wings on my late model as well for the same reason, for tombstones.
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This is my Texas Yellow 1303 currently going through a total restoration.

Great thread, looking forward to seeing how your car progresses.
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It's nice to see some 1303's getting loved. Good luck with yours too.
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I agree as well. If you look carefully you will notice the late wings have less tyre clearance as well, which is not helpful when running wider rims and tyres. I am switching the wings on my late model as well for the same reason, for tombstones.
Never noticed less tyre clearance, definitely worth changing them over then.
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So, back to playing. I've knackered my hip, which in turn (due to over exertion at work) has also knackered my back. I managed to get out there for a little while after work today and now I'm lying on the floor with and ice pack on my back

Simon and his Dad came round for a look at the welding the weekend and decided the dash needs to come out first (which I was going to take out anyway)



Started taking the glove box out and needed to disconnect the bonnet release cable. According to Haynes just unscrew the latch and disconnect the cable......



No screws, just rivets. Rather than have a hissy fit I managed to get some grips behind and loosen the screw to get the cable out. No clue how I'll get it tightened again!
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Big hole and a few little pinholes

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I'm seriously considering running with no dashboard, tidy the wiring, blank off any holes and a mount for the speedo.....





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