I have to quicky note that this was all done on the saturday, from 10am through to about 6! John and i called it a day once the body was on the chassis and Carried on on sunday......
Frank across the road from Bulli, waiting for my good mate Paul, (aka Paul66beetle), to come and A-frame him home for me! John is all the while taking some last piccys and wondering whether to keep him or not!
Well, the a-frame home was the scariest fecking thing I have ever done in my life (which is bad since I served in Iraq in 2003!). On towing frank 100yds down the road whilst I followed in the Van, it was noticed that the bug was steering furiously from left to right full lock each way, making the car impossible to pull.
After pulling over and checking all the links, steering and wheel bolts etc, Paul gave it another go to no avail. As we couldnt leave the car there, I made the command desicion to leave my van and get in the Bug and control the steering all the way home about 1 mile. It turns out that once I was in the car, my weight controlled the steering and it wouldnt wander, but by this time it was too late! Paul was off!
I had absolutely no chance of flagging him to stop (I was keeping low to avoid being noticed) so there I was travelling in a bug, held to its chassis by only 4 bolts, with no brakes, no seats and ancient tires that have only just been infated! The images of carnage running through my mind once we hit the main road were fecking scary!
Anyway, all turned out good, We got home, I changed my pants, we then unhitched the bug and planted him in front of my garage. Huge thanks to Paul for the tow.
So here is Frank at my place. I had to bolt the wings up and place in the lights just to see his little face!
On further inspection there are small hoes at either end of the heater channels, the heater channel base plate needs some metal and the front bulk head needs a bit of metal but nothing major at all!
Luckily all the panels I needed came with the deal, along with new wing fitting kits and and............a 130amp welder!!!!!! The thing has only ever been used to spot weld in that floorpan half and nothing else!
So what is my plan?
Well I have just been accepted to a night school welding class which is great news. Its a 10 week course (1 night a week) and covers the basics of all welding types. To that end I plan to do all the welding myself.
I will try to restore the original paint as best I can, I may touch up or just leave the marks but I am a fan of original paint and original everything really.
Other than that The car will just be cleaned up and used as it should. At this time I have no idea wether to go slammed or stock(with chunky treads) we will have to see whats franks tells me as I start the rebuild.
In the mean time I will not restore this car but retain its originality including cleaning all parts and replacing only when necessarry (much like Last Triumph is doing with his Oval)
Stay tuned as I would like to document this rebuild as well as take you guys along for the ride. I love to read other peoples projects and I hope you enjoy mine too!