I bought the car in Sydney, Australia in early 2002.
When i went to see it it was painted GM (Holden) chrome yellow but the paint had
begun to deteriorate. The seats were also perishing in the bright sun. The
driver's door flew open around corners. The gearnob kept coming off in my hand.
The gearbox grinded and popped out of second gear. The engine was tired and
noisy. The bumpers were rusty. The wheels were ugly and shit. There was a big
dent in the rear fender. It backfired and later on the freeway home the exhaust
but i loved it...
After getting the car home i gave it a big tidy
up. I can remember walking around it, so amazed i actually owned an Oval window
beetle. I felt privelidged to possess a car of its vintage. I soon realised the
car had great potential. It was rust free. The original pans were in excellent
condition. The car had Hellbug Engineering modify the chassis to accomodate
later ball joint front beam with Avis adjustable suspension and IRS welded into
the rear. It now had disc brakes on the front and type 3 wagon rear drums. It
Within a month of owning it i had lowered the
front end substantially.
After that i ripped out the interior and fitted a lovely set of lowbacks front
seats, and matching rear seat and door trims finished in blue/grey Mercedes Benz
leather. This really freshened up the car.
I soon grew tired of listening to the motor
screaming all day and had James install a nice sound system including an Alpine
deck and twin Rockford Fosgate 10" subs.
Since then I hav added a mesh sunvisor and towel
rail bumpers as well as eyelids.
Now the bug pumped...
Im proud to say i stripped and rebuilt and then painted and detailed the motor
myself and installed it along with the new gbox with the help of my friends Rex,
James and Ryan.
The beetle is by no means finished. So far I hav just built a reasonably good
looking bug that is comfortable and (somewhat) reliable. The big stuff is yet to
Future work includes:
Pan off resto using a original 1956 chassis.
Front beam narrowed and adjusters added, as well as dropped spindles giving a
full 8 inches of suspension height adjustment!
Lower the rear 2 splines.
Full respray in original 50s VW colour (yet to be decided).
Original blood red interior.
Chromed EMPI Sprinstars
Euro-style number plates.
Woodslat roofrack (already purchased)
+ loads more accessories!
Bigger motor and then maybe one day this Oval will be AIR BAGGED!!!
...or i might just do something totally different...