Paul gets his late beetle through an MOT ready for Bug Jam 26

28 Aug

In early July the decision was made and race was on for Paul to get his late beetle ready for Bug Jam 26 on July 20 2012. He had got a long way with the build but there was still several big jobs to do before he could get it rolling to the MOT station. It needed the engine to be rebuilt, fitted and set up, the wings and bumpers to be refitted, brakes bled and tested, some clearance issues sorted for the new wheels and some of the wiring loom rewired to name a few. Paul worked hard through the next few weeks with the help of the other RSVP boys, staying out in the garage into the late hours of the nights. A break through had been made by the weekend before Bug Jam and the engine was back in and it was ready for a test run. But disaster struck as Paul started up the engine and an oil leak instantly appeared. The beetle was rolled back into the garage and the thought of making Bug Jam seemed impossible.

The next day Paul decided both him and the beetle could still make it and started a mad charge to get it sorted. He spent that evening pulling out the engine on his own and locating the oil leak to the oil cooler seals. New seals were fitted and with the RSVP boys round to help the engine was then put back into the car. Paul started it up and the oil leak had gone. The timing and the carb were both set up and Paul took it for a quick spin to see how it ran. The beetle ran great so Paul set to work to get all the little finishing touches done. After cancelling his MOT slot earlier in the week Paul’s local MOT station luckily had a slot available the day before Bug Jam. The thought then crossed Paul’s mind of how he was going to get such a low car on to the mot station ramps. He remembered that Brett had some 4 stud rivieras that his ghia came on which had some full profile tyres fitted. Brett pulled them out of his garage and they were fitted to the beetle along with the adjusters on the beam being set to maximum height. With the help of some wood blocks the Beetle rolled on the ramp and flew through it’s MOT. Paul then got it home swapped the wheels back over to the 2 litres, lowered the front ride height back down and reset the tracking. He could now relax knowing that in the morning he would be able to enjoy the cruise and a well deserved weekend away at Bug Jam 26. (Photos copyright RSVP)

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