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Colin sells his fasty

30 Aug

It was a sad day at RSVP when Colin finally decided to let the fasty go. The new owner had requested it to be raised slightly and to be put back onto 17″ fuch. He shipped a set to colin for him to fit. It’s a shame that such a cool car has had to leave the RSVP line up but it is all for a good cause. Colin is now on the look out for something very early, right hand drive and of the split bus variety. We’ll let you know what he finds. (Photos copyright Paul Pace)


Colin gets Married

29 Aug

On Friday 27 July 2012 RSVP member Colin got married to his long term partner Ruth. He arrived at the ceremony in style with his best man / brother Paul in his 70 beetle. Massive Congratulations to Colin and Ruth and best wishes for a long and happy future together. (Photos copyright Brett Elesmore)

Colin’s fasty gets new wheels

28 Aug

Colin had been struggling to find a set of wheels he loved on his fasty since he had owned it. He had been through several sets of wheels from ercos to fuch even going for 17″ fuch for quite some time. Just before the Volks World show in March he had decided to go back to 15″ and with the help of Brett and Paul detailed a set of chrome fuch. The fasty looked great but Colin still wasn’t happy with the look. In early July he made a decision to go back to 4 stud instead of porsche pattern when he held up one of Paul’s 2 litres next to his wheel arch. 2 litres were the wheel of choice but he wanted to do something different. He didn’t want the usual detailed or fully polished look, he wanted to do something different that no one had done before. After an evening of chatting whilst working on Paul’s beetle with the other RSVP boys Colin came up with the idea of having a polished rim and a cast sort of finish centre. A plan of action was then put into place and Colin started on his quest to source a set of good quality 2 litres. A set of fairly new american eagle 2 litres came up for sale and he struck the deal and went to collect them. The already polished rims were then heavily masked up and Colin and Brett took them over to Brett’s dad’s yard. There they set up a make shift booth and Brett sand blasted the centres to achieve the cast like finish. Colin was stoked with the result and quickly swapped the brakes over to 4 stud and got the wheels fitted ready to roll to Bug Jam 26. The fasty had never looked better. (Photos copyright RSVP)

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)

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)

The RSVP boys detail Gareth’s fuch

21 Jun

Gareth had converted his bus to porsche pattern brakes with the idea of eventually putting it on polished detailed fuch. He had been rolling it on teledials for a while when Paul decided to change the polished ssp fuch on his beetle for chrome. This meant there was a set of polished fuch up for grabs so Gareth did a deal with Paul to take them of his hands. After seeing Steve’s fuch that had been detailed by Brett, Steve and Paul he asked if they could detail his. So another night of detailing was arranged and Steve and Gareth joined Brett once again at his house, later joined by Paul, for another late night getting the job done. (Photos copyright RSVP)

The RSVP boys detail Steve’s Fuch

20 Jun

Steve’s 67 beetle was looking good rolling on ssp polished fuch but he decided they needed detailing to finish off the look he was going for. A night of detailing was organised and Steve and Paul joined Brett at his house to get the job done. The wheels were finished at 1.30 am, but after seeing the the finished product with the wheels back on Steve’s beetle the next day they knew the late night was worth it. (Photos copyright RSVP)















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