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The 1302S was obtained in the Summer of 1995. Come the summer of 1996 I tried to weld and discovered I was really bad at it :rolleyes:. So we enlisted the help of Mike the Welder (Small Car Projects Bournemouth in 1997) who chopped out out my poor attempts. The 1302S had front end damage from a collision at some point and a new spare wheel well and offside front strut were replaced and all squared up. New half floors and heater channels and the bodge (not mine) behind the foot pedals was resolved so the body could separate from the floor. And that is roughly where the story ends apart from a small foray of tinkering in 2008, until now.

I currently tool around in a Ford Corsair that I've had for 20 years and only been enjoying properly for the past 3 years. 'sorry - photos not showing...'


Been out of the Beetle scene for a long time, last visit to any VW show was Volksworld in 2011. Seeking some inspiration as the reality of working on the Beetle is getting closer - just need to finish building the garage.

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welcome aboard, looking forward to see the pics:)
 

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They look great, is the Corsair a Crayford? V4?
 

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Sorry - boring thread without photos showing. Do I need to post X amount of times to get my pic links to work?



The 1302S was obtained in the Summer of 1995. Come the summer of 1996 I tried to weld and discovered I was really bad at it :rolleyes:. So we enlisted the help of Mike the Welder (Small Car Projects Bournemouth in 1997) who chopped out out my poor attempts. The 1302S had front end damage from a collision at some point and a new spare wheel well and offside front strut were replaced and all squared up. New half floors and heater channels and the bodge (not mine) behind the foot pedals was resolved so the body could separate from the floor. And that is roughly where the story ends apart from a small foray of tinkering in 2008, until now.

I currently tool around in a Ford Corsair that I've had for 20 years and only been enjoying properly for the past 3 years. 'sorry - photos not showing...'


Been out of the Beetle scene for a long time, last visit to any VW show was Volksworld in 2011. Seeking some inspiration as the reality of working on the Beetle is getting closer - just need to finish building the garage.

Dom
No, it's not based on an amount of posts.

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tags should work fine - but you are trying to link to a picture hosted on a 'http' site - any images linked here need to be from a 'https' (secure) site. Sorry.

You can upload/attach images direct though.

When you hit 'New Thread' or 'Post Reply' (if you're already in a thread) below the box where you type your reply, there's a 'Manage Attachments' hotlink. If you click that you'll get a pop up window where you can upload 4 images/files from your PC in each post. If you need more than 4, just hit reply again after your post and add another 4. It'll all make sense if you click on 'Manage Attachments'. (It doesn't work with 'Quick Reply' tho' . . . only 'New Thread', 'Post Reply' or 'Quote'.

Hope this helps. And welcome. :)
 

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With thanks to Brian for posting a pic earlier and to explain my image hosting issues, here are some more.

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The 1302S in August 1995 - looks tidy...

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The floor hid a multitude of horrors and newspaper in the A posts (Essex publication would you believe)

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All fixed up after several months at Small Car Projects in 1998 and pretty much as it is is now.

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The Ford Corsair Convertible - V4 1700 - a Crayford conversion
 

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The ford must be a rare enough beast, very cool.
Looking forward to more pics and updates :)
 

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So as to not appear as a drop in and drop out individual here is some more info about the cars at home.

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Me - in the Corsair Convertible last Sunday (31st May 2020) on a very hot day at a friends house for a socially distance meet up. Only trouble with the open top driving was the sun was rather hot on my forearms (got a nice tan now). The Essex V4 did not over heat on a 47 mile round trip - great! Chatting to a neighbour about his classic car woes (Hillman Minx) I have come to the conclusion that the Corsair may be suffering the same problem and have a spark plug breaking down.

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The Beetle (1302S) and why I am here on Volkszone - We have owned it for 25 years, with the repairs you can see last done in 1998. The grey is zinc primer I sprayed on it a long time ago due to a bit of surface rust at the time... It all seems sound and has been living in our carport for 20 years. Its been wheeled out for the first time since going in there as I am just getting the car port enclosed into a garage now (in the back ground) and had a concrete slab done a couple of weeks ago. Then Finally I can begin to work on the Beetle - no plans as such but have lots of spares from years ago.

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The daily driver and general hack (1.9TDi Sport). I have owned it for 14 years and is/has been a great car, though getting very tired now and MPG is not as good as it used to be. Its a regular up and down on the A303 and it has 292,000 miles on the clock. Would have been very close to 300k now if I wasn't working from home so much.

Just need to finish the carport/garage and hopefully start posting more about the Beetle. Thanks for looking.

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This is a Photoshop I did way back in 1997/1998.
I've found the pictures recently, 2020, so I just added the images together to make up this animated gif. It shows what we (the Mrs and I) were thinking at the time... however, being realistic - my thinking is now to keep it close to stock with subtle lowering and wider wheels.
 

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Loving the Corsair, :cool: My Dad had one (I know you're sick of hearing that, I know I am with the Cortina) when I was a little kid (about 4yo). A Corsair, the same colour as my Dads' was also the first and only car to knock me off my bike! :lol: The poor driver and his family must have shat themselves as this kid on a bike suddenly appeared from between 2 parked cars. I didn't half hurt my arse when I landed, I looked up and there was my Dads' car :eek:, or so I thought. I very near shat my pants too. I picked my bike up and ran home pushing it. :lol:
 

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Loving the Corsair, :cool: My Dad had one (I know you're sick of hearing that, I know I am with the Cortina) ...
:lol:

I'm surprised by the number of folk that have had one considering I hardly ever saw one as a kid or when I was a novice driver in the 80's.

Good to see another Ford enthusiast, here.
 

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Recently finished workshop now housing the Corsair so I can finally get around to sorting out the front suspension - struts, top mounts etc.

You can see our 1302S without the covers it had been under for 20 years.

Once the Corsair is sorted, I hopefully will be turning my attention to the Beetle.:)

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Getting started

I have begun to take a closer look at the 1302S. A couple of images to wet your appetite. Bear in mind the car has been stored for over 20 years with a little bit of attention applied back in 2008.
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The engine was removed way back in 2008 and suffered from poor storage - least of my concerns for now, the chassis and a good structure is my priority.

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The current workspace, was formerly a car port (and where the 1302S was stored) but now enclosed and with a concrete floor.

But here is my main issue, the framehead is in quite a poor state and as you can see has been patched a few times in the past.

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This is beyond my capabilities and I am hoping for guidance of who I can go to to get this done. Original restoration repairs on the floors and body were done over 20 years ago by Small Car Projects (aka Mike the Welder) in Bournemouth but no longer trades (hasn't done for many years).

Can anyone suggest/recommend a Dorset/Wiltshire/Somerset based VW specialist to carry out his work? Beetle Magic (Dorset) seem to be very quiet and I'm not sure if they're still trading and Evolution (Wiltshire) have moved about so much I'm not sure where they are, either Durrington or Chilmark.

Anyway, any pointers or help is gratefully recieved.

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Evolution was in chilmark last time I was up there. Cant comment on any of the work they do as never used.
I've since been looking around online and found their Facebook page and subsequently sent them a message. Thanks for replying. Dom
 

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Update!

Been sort of busy past few months - The beetle is lined up to go to a specialist very soon. In the meantime I have been preparing areas all over the car by grinding back old underseal, paint and filler. This was the first and obvious place I started that needs attention...

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I then then found and made a list of about 17 areas that need repair and correcting - I discovered at the bulked the body had been welded to the floor, inside and outside.😕

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I've been loosening floor pan bolts all around but some had to be ground off, especially at the front floor pan where the bolts had been welded over! The rear offside body mount was also ground off as the panel needs to be replaced anyway. The front suspension bolts all loosened as well so hopefully save a bit of time at the repair workshop.

I've bought a load of panels from Machine7 (most of them Klokkerholm) to be put in and some fabrication will need to be done as well and hopefully within my planned budget.

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Things are moving on now and the 1302S is now with Paul at South Coast Customs & Classics for repair.
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The body had been welded to the floors in about 5 more locations that I couldn't see - two places at the front of the frame head once more to the rear of the frame head and on each side on the rear floor pans.
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That was hard work and thankfully Paul worked out where the problems were. Luckily some extra folk were on hand to help lift the body, it took 4 of us to move it into the container, the front end being a bit too heavy for me.
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So with the repair list now extending to re-doing the floors that were done 24 years ago, I left it in the capable hands of Paul.
 

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I am sat reading this about 1/4 mile away from where Small Car was in Bournemouth 😀
 
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