Well, it’s a little bit later – over a year! – and I’ve got a few additions to make to the story of the Beetle renovations.
All of the rust has been removed from the chassis and the body shell and all of the welding has been completed – a selection of pictures…..
Here’s one with the shell temporarily attached to the chassis:
The chassis has now been painted and the body shell is back in the body shop being prepped (much slower process than I’d like) ready for painting and joining back with the chassis.
I took the engine away to ‘tidy it up’ and it’s now ready to be installed again. Work has mainly been to shot blast and paint the tinware and to refresh some of the other parts. It’s also had a complete service and I have, today (27/04/14), tightened up the carburettor to manifold bolts (a complete nightmare of a job with the nut by the fan shroud), connected up the exhaust and filled it with oil. Here is a picture of the engine it all it’s new glory:
Note the difference between this picture and the one a little earlier in the post. More to follow….