Vera - 1960 Semaphore Beetle.
I have just agreed to the Purchase of this 1959 / 60 model Beetle.
It has been in a lock up since 1976, it is very hard to get at to take a proper look.
I have purchased it to squirrel it away so I can rebuild it back to stock in a few years time...
Here are a couple of photos from March 5th 2013 when I had a chance to have a little look.
The car appears to be quite solid, only needing rear body mounts and the rear bumper mounts need straightening too (there is probably more!).
It has no engine or gearbox fitted...
Its a Semaphore model so believed to be a 1959 Built car...
|Paint||L 349 jade
|Upholstery - cloth||52 dust green/
|Upholstery - leatherette||75 light green|
I collected the car today, Tuesday 19th March 2013.
I've just checked the chassis number... it appears to have been built 900 cars into 1960... bugger!
Who would know that this door had hidden this little bug for 37 years?
Vera - Where she has been for a long rest..
I found a trolley and a Bay wheel made a good replacement for rear wheels..
Out in Daylight for the first time.
Packed and ready to go...
The weather has been great since getting Vera home... I bet the snow is a shock to the system!
27th March 2013. Vera has been waiting for some attention.
Today I had a quick tidy up. Bolted the bonnet and wings on for safe keeping. The fibreglass wings from Day Mouldings have been sitting for so many years that they have lost their shape and gone "flat" .. I'm hoping that hanging them will allow them to re form their original shape.
I've given her a wash too.
Just need to go through the parts and work out my "wanted" list...
Some photos of her with Day mouldings wings hung loosely. Notice the lack of Horn Grills - standard model wings?
Some detail shots...
The Gutters, quarters etc are all good. Doors fit and heater channels appear good...
There is a bit of rust above both jacking points and on the wing mounting on the rear near side...
Dash is nice.
Floorpan, Under bonnet and engine bay all look fairly good. There is a thick hard coating of under seal on everything that needs removing to get a good look at it..
The engine has been sitting in a shed for the last 37 years and is seized, but appears to be the original, it was a runner when taken out for a gearbox change...
The replacement split case gearbox...
2 tone wheels - and a shot to show the original wheels had black rears..
Very old Day Mouldings sticker -
Glove box contents..
Ah, I recognise that Brazing! - shame about the burnt headlining.
Some spare parts...
Last time it was on the road..
The car came with these later seats. Andrew told me that as a teenage boy he had the job of putting the car in the garage. the seats pinched his legs, so as a 1970s upgrade, they put in later seats, as you would to modernise the car.... obviously many years later I want to put it back to original style seats..
I went to the VW Sweetcorn 2013 show and picked up a nice rear light housing from Gunter for the car..
February 2014 - I have at last found a full set of seats from the right era - 1958 to 1964 which will slot straight in.. they are a creamy colour and should look fine - they need a good clean.
2017 - Still waiting for restoration.
More info soon!
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