Sunday, 20 February 2011

wheels and tyres

another bargain! we started with a set of replica chromed Fuchs (4.5-in front and 5.5-in rear), which we then masked, primed and detailed in gloss black, then added a pair of EBay-bargain 185/70 tyres (£10!) for the rear (white lettering pen cost £3!) and a pair of new 135R15s for the front. They're fitted via adapters at the moment, but we may fit drilled hubs at a later date..

Saturday, 19 February 2011

constructing the 4.5-inch narrowed beam and air-lift shocks...

extended shock towers allow the car to drop further. air shocks lift 6-inches! that means we can get over any speed hump...!
full details of the load controller kit to follow (and in print, too!)

more slammage..

then the rear end was dropped by an inner spline. note, this is a semi-auto, hence the rear end is IRS - cool!

in the workshop...

we dropped the bug in at for some suspension surgery. front end was fitted with drop-spindles and the front tyres swapped for a pair of smart car 135/70 'slam' tyres

engine overhaul

after a little tinkering and a proper service, the original 1500 single port motor fired up and ran really nice! however, we had to pull the motor to fix a few oil leaks as this bug was certainly marking its spot..
note the flex plate (not a flywheel!) - we also checked over the semi-auto system and everything seemed fine, which was nice to know.

number plate overhaul

our original number plates would never pass an mot, so we had to give them a quick overhaul... do you like the 'machine-turned' look? lol we'll have to replace them in due course, but for now they'll work just fine

the initial purchase...

here's how it looked when we picked it up... a non-running 1968 semi-automatic bug!