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