Here we have the start of my latest project...i say latest but i haven't had a beetle project since finishing the 3 year body off build of my cal looker back in '92, but's that's another story! Since then i've had numerous beetles, a '65 split bus, '76 panel van '72 westfalia, '70 trekker, 3 x T4's, '03 New beetle and a SWB buggy but after building a new workshop and selling my 911 i felt that i needed something to put in it, so along came the '58. many of you will have seen this car (it was for sale on here).
anyway a brief history...the car, a LHD 1958 bug with Golde sunroof minus chassis was bought last month from Lee Ivatt..he has let me know what he knows about the car....
e-mail from Lee...
Cant wait to see the progress, its going to look amazing when done im sure.
The only Info I have is
It was built/converted to a scooby bug buy TSR racing (the guys who do the vw dragracing).
It was Andy's (the boss of tsr) personal car, and was intended to be a demonstration car at all the big vw events.
Due to time and being a personal project the 58 went to the back of the que on the 'to do' list, and when the doors, boot and bonnet got stolen during the respray it was the final straw. He removed the running gear and fitted it to a customers bus
He sold me the rolling shell at the beggining of this year, and as you know I had every intention of continuing with the build.
I decided not to carry on with the build, as I could not see my self using the the car when finished. And to do the car proud and do it right, would meen spending more money than id get back. So I decided to break it.
The scooby engine id sauced, sold on ebay.
The 67 chassis which was converted to IRS I sold privatley on Here.
And obviously you had the shell.
The only other information I have is that Before Andy owned the car, it used to belong to Cambridge Football club. Im not sire if it was on its 58 chassis here or not though.
I did probe andy for some more information, but this is all he seemed to know about the cars history before he had it.
Here is a link to the tsr website, if you click on the picture of the 58 bug you can see it here when it was up and running a scooby engine.
Thats all I know mate. I dont think youll get anymore info out of andy, as I never did after asking a few times!! Though it may be worth a long shot and contacting the football club!
Lookfoward to the thread mate!
There is a link to the Vzi page here
The plan is to build a resto cal keeping the bodywork and trim standard but adding some mechanical mods such as disc brakes, lowered suspension and a hot motor hopefully a 2.3 type 4!
First job has been to source some of the parts needed which is when i discovered how difficult some of these early parts are to find! but have with the help of some fab folk on here found some bits already, thanks to you who have helped so far! what a great thing VZi is...if only it was about back in the day....
The '58 in the workshop
I've decided the only way to go is to build the car up and then disassemble to paint. i also have to fit all the panels to check alignment for the new front and rear ends as the car was cut to allow a subaru engine and front mounted radiator.
Replacement bonnet and engine lid fitted
i thought i'd start on the front of the car. the valance, inner wings and spare wheel well will need to be replaced to return the car to 'stock'. i've also found some accident damage to the offside which will have to be sorted too!
Right! best get out there and do some more!