Paul makes some progress on his late beetle project

5 Jul

Paul has been busy with his late beetle over the last few weeks. It’s a good genuine 1 owner from new car but it needed a bit of tlc. Brett started off the welding work patching up the front inner wing and sill and welding in a new washer bottle recess. Colin then completed the welding work it needed patching up the rear inner wings and welding in a new rear body mount. Paul then went round seam sealing and painting all the repairs ready to get going with sorting the stance. He had already got his custom 7″ narrowed beam from the visit to the Slamwerks open day so the stock beam needed to come off to make way. The original beam bolts proved to be quite stubborn with one snapping off but paul drilled this out and rectified the problem. Paul and Brett then re-drilled and shortened his leaves ready for the new beam to be built up. Paul put it all together and gave it a fresh coat of paint before fitting it to the car. The rear was then dropped 2 inner splines (although Paul does want to go lower) and the spring plates were notched to give clearance. Paul’s wheel of choice for his car were porsche 2 litres. He had sold a set of American Eagle 2 litres a year or so ago but knew that the new owner had not fitted them to a car. He contacted him and struck a deal to buy them back knowing they would finish the look of the car. There are still a few things to be done before the MOT but Paul hopes to have the car rolling to a show very soon. (Photos copyright Paul Pace)

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