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Old 07-07-2009, 03:43 PM   #1
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Default 1966 1300 comes out of hibernation

I shamefully admit that my '66 1300 has been seriously neglected over the past year. The MoT is due in 3 weeks, and on checking the certificate, I have only travelled 40 miles since the last test...

The main reason for this is that the car is at my Mother's house in Poole, and I live in London. I always drive the Beetle when I am visiting, but the last year something always goes wrong with it.

There is no way this car is coming to London, as apart from new paint 10 years ago she is 95% original. Only the two font wings have been replaced (one in 1972, one in 2005). Even the bumpers are the original Wolfsburg chrome!

So, armed with a brand new 6-Volt Type 404 battery, a pair of new axle gaiters, new sparkplugs, points and and oil change kit, I set to work on GLJ:



One of the main reasons I have been so lazy in getting it running again is due the price of 6-Volt batteries. They are now touching 100. Yes, the GSF ones are cheaper, but they're not type 404's, so the original battery lid doesn't fit. And I'm fussy about that sort of thing.. I remember the first battery I bought for GLJ back in 1998 was 25



After a bit of cranking to get the fuel through, she fired right up!





Finally meets my "new" car, 1980 Dolomite 1500HL (up for sale soon as I'm getting my Sprint back )



After the servicing, GLJ drives like a dream. Floats over bumps, the revvy but oh-so-smooth SP 1300 engine is a delight, and reminds me why Beetles are such great cars in stock form

I've had GLJ for 11 years now, and to be honest, if I had sell all my cars and only keep one... it would be this one.

Next time I'm back in Poole it's getting all polished up as it's being used as the second car in my Sister's wedding
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Old 07-07-2009, 03:49 PM   #2
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Very nice .....you lucky sod ....seriously nice car
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Old 07-07-2009, 03:54 PM   #3
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Yes Howard, they always drive nicest in stock form, my '67 1500 is in similar fettle to yours... absolutely lovely
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That would look lovely with a coat of paint and the sagging suspension fixed... :D
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Very nice

I'm taking my '66 1300 to stock height to experience this so called 'ride quality'... I've never experienced such a thing
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I'm taking my '66 1300 to stock height to experience this so called 'ride quality'... I've never experienced such a thing
Prepare to be amazed!
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Just for amusement, here are a couple of photos from when I first purchased the car in June 1998. One owner, 36,000 genuine miles with 4 ring-binders of history and paperwork

The original owner purchased the car aged 56 and drove it until he died. The logbook states "Harold V. W. Richards"

Sadly, large chunks of the car had been "touched up" with household emulsion and as the original paint was getting rather thin from over-polishing I had it resprayed. The paint on the dash and inside the bonnet and boot was kept original. Although aged it still looks fantastic today - especially considering the car spent almost 9 years outside on the driveway. I just made sure to thoroughly wash it every fortnight.

Future plans including blasting and painting the wheels, and maybe getting the doors re-done. They are starting to show their age a bit (had new door bottoms in 1998).





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I bought it from a local auction, not really knowing anything about Beetles. I was gutted to find it totally riddled with rust. I mean look at that rusty heater channel, it's totally gone. What a rust bucket.

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I have no idea why....but the 66' bug is by far my favorite model .......am I alone?
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I have been itching to see some photos of this for a long time!

If it was slammed n' narrowed I would have had a glance maybe but your car is so untouched and beautiful! I am a "stock" man and although I will occasionally get tempted by some very nice resto cals, cars like yours make me snap out of those dirty thought very fast!


You should bring it it to Peppercorn this weekend, it would go down a storm and it would be a nice little run for it as they dont like being sat for to long, they like being driven.....



.....just no in the wet!
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Love this car - you've even got the bumper irons the right colour (one for analheads)

Stockers are the best IMO
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