For Sale! - This car is now for sale - The Devil is in the detail

Here I will detail further the features and modifications of this car.

Font quarter view

Side view showing how the car sits

Rear engine brace.  This is currently not fitted because the current exhaust blocks the mounts.

Mocal cooler that was fitted above the gearbox, but is currently not fitted.

Oil cooler designed to sit behind the vent in the front airdam

Oil cooler take-off plate.

All this kit comes with the car. Oil pipes shown are stainless braided.

Front left, showing the worst of the scuffing to rim, and brake detail.

Strut top showing buffer. This is in a jacked up position.

Top down view of the box section where the battery once was. This would house a silencer. The only replaced section of floorpan can also be seen.  The chassis is in remarkable condition.

Sparco 4 point racing harnes and Cobra Aqua seats are very comfortable a supportive, but also very light.

Detail of wiring enabling the re-routing of battery cables. Voltage regulator is now internal to Porsche alternator.

Gearstick in situe

Font storage. As its a strut beetle the wheel lies flat, with the batter clamped to its center.  This is an old four-stud rim. You can also see the strut brace, and fuel filler pipe.

Fuel filler pipe detail.

Central locking solenoids and wiring. Car needs door cars to complete, though I have some old ones.

Central locking solenoids attach  thus to locking mechanisms

Flush fuel filler. Lock is beneath tab.
Porsche steering wheel, goes straight on and is a great compact size. Outer rim is comfortable foam, but would have originally been covered in leather.

Hole for radio, or more dials (I have an aliminium plate to cover)

Oil temp, and pressure, and space for boost guage

Rear anti-roll bar

Rear of engine showing oil pumb, hanger mounts, and oil filter.

Showing exhaust tyre clearance, which is never less than 10mm, its a bit close, but the tyre never gets warm.

Engine showing exhaust and pushrods

Exhaust showing filter and cooler.

Interesting picture showing Kafer Cup Bars and where there rear section bolts on at the bottom.

Rear brake detail. showing handbrake mech and drive shaft.

Drive shaft and engine frame Kafer Cup brace mount

Clearance for Kafer Cup brace

Rear number plate is stood off from deck-lid showing vents beneith

Full engine in all its glory. Oil pressure gauge and coil mounted to shroud. Oil filler to right. Chrome breather box at rear.

Throttle mech detail.

Engine mount detail

This the main mounting for the rear valence, as you can see only one bolt will go in as exhaust interferes with valence position

Rear shot showing smoked rear lights

Beetle Challenge

The 2010 Beetle Challenge season starts at Brands Hatch on the 27th March, then the cars head up to the Volksworld show at Sandown Park on the 28th.

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Some pictures by the old Elizabeth Shaw chocolate factory in Bristol, UK.

Oil leak

I had a bit of an oil leak yesterday. I got onto the motorway, and suddenly I had a huge cloud of white smoke behind me. :( I knew it must have been oil on the exhaust, so I turned round and headed home, keeping an eye on the oil pressure gauge. At one point it started to dip a little so I stopped and topped it up with oil again.

Anyway, the cause was this:

As you can see the gasket decided it wanted to be the wrong shape, and oil escaped out from under it. So now with a new gasket it should be ok. I have used a new rocker cover clip too, just in case. Not sure if this was the cause or not, but at some point in my rocker cover's life, someone used a silicone sealant on it. That's stupid for two reasons, one its quite slippery and might cause the gasket to move out of position (did that happen here?), and two, bits of it might end up in the oil system which is not good (although they will be filtered out). Anyway I cleaned it all off. NO sealant should be used at all, only good gaskets and clips, and clean dry sealing faces.

Previous development

A few development shots. Here you can see my garage, and the front wheel and strut without the wing (fender) on.

More shots of the removeable rear section, and interior.