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posticon Barn Find......Well shed find but near enough!!


I had a phone call about a week ago from a guy called Steve, over in Horam, that my parents know through their rock 'n' roll events, call the house. Expecting him to ask to speak to my old man I was surprised when he said it was me he was ringing to speak to.

He had one of his friends, who runs Glynd Forge (chap named Terry), round to measure up for some wood burner doors. In passing, Terry had asked Steve 'did he know anyone who might be interested in a beetle?' to which Steve replied actually yes, hence the phone call.

Anywho... Steve passed me over to Terry and we had a bit of a chat about this beetle which turned out to be two beetles. A '68 model and a late '67 early '68 (first of the upright light models). I took his details and said I 'd get back to him.

This prompted me to get the wheels in motion to arrange for the possibility of buying these two bugs. It would be pointless me buying them only to have no where to put them. Anyway a quick chat to the parents, a check on the bank account and a word with the management to see if I could go and look at them on an evening we were supposed to be doing something, and all permissions were granted.

So I called Terry and arrange to go and see them on the Tuesday (28th Oct). He lives down in Newhaven.

Tuesday evening came and Rob and myself jumped in the car with the Sat Nav and set off for moonlit Newhaven.

And this is what we saw.....

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Re: Barn Find......Well shed find but near enough!!


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After having a good look around the two of [sign in to see URL]'t get round the whole of each beetle as they were tight against the wall. But we had a damn goo rummage and a poke about.

Both beetles had been worked on. Terry had spent a while working on the '68 to restore it for his son, who as happens quite alot, lost interest and then let it sit. All the major work is done on it, all that need doing is putting it back together.

The '67/68 had been bought from ebay by Terry for himself, once his sons one was done, but again he lost interest. This one has had the most extensive work, with major panel replacment on the floor pan, engine bay, rear seat area and front and rear arches. He bought it like this, as again it previous owner had started doing it up for his daughter who lost interest and so it was sold on.

Both beetles have all the parts with them. Both have engines. The '68 has a supposidly running 1300 single port engine that is complete. The second has a 1500 stripped to the block. Not sure why but it does turn freely.


[sign in to see URL] looking we returned back to our neck of the woods, running all sorts of potential ideas for them through our minds.

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Thursday [sign in to see URL] had made up my mind, I was going to offer him a price for both which he bit my arm off for. He had said he'd advertised them before for alot more but had no takers and was keen to get rid of them.

So I arranged to come down that Friday eveing to collect the first one, the '68 as this is the most complete was a-framble and would be the easiest to get on the road.

I arranged this on a tight time scale, started work early in order to finish early to get down their early in order to load up and get back home for 8pm in order to go out for Halloween.

We left at ten to 5 and got the Newhaven just before 6pm with no problems.

I started grinning straight away as I was greeted with this sight...

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We promptly started to load up the van, the plan being we'd take all the bits and pieces on this run leaving a light load for the trailer job to collect the second.

Van loaded to the roof as Terry said he had even more bits in his other shed that I could take with them, the deal was getting better and better all the time.

Before attaching the a-frame we had to raise the front end of the beetle as it has adjusters this was fairly easy or should have been had I remembered my tool box. So a frantic search for some tools and a very keen Rob soon had the front up as high as it would go which was not very high at all.


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So we were loaded and I went to move the van round in order to manouver the beetle ready for attaching the a-frame, I put the key in the ignition and waited for the hot plugs to warm up on the engine and to my horror a small plume of smoke made its way out of the steering column around the ignition housing.

I can't tell you what I said at that point as I'd have to delete the post because of it, but lets say the floor light air turned the same colour as the blue van.

Anyway decided to give it another shot and it started fine, no smoke, no fault reading every thing [sign in to see URL] panic over and we proceeded to load the bug onto the a-frame.

We soon found that highest suspension setting was its on the boarder line lowest point of the a-frame with about half an inch gap. Needless to say it was a bit noisy going down the unmade track towards the main road.

Finally we were off, just after 7pm we had less than an hour to be back an unloaded. Now it takes a good hour unladen from my house to Newhaven so I knew we were going to be late. So I let the management know we were about 15mins behind.

Anyway we made good time upto Berwick and I was enjoying watching the sparks from the a-frame out the door mirror emoticon

We had to sit and wait at the level crossing in Berwick for a train that didn't seem to be in a [sign in to see URL] came and went and we were off again, a slow crawl over the level (or unlevel) crossing less than a hundred yards down the road, a flashing oil light and charging light sprung up on the dash.

Again this part turned the now un floor lit and dark air the same colour as the blue van. So we pulled over in the nearest layby thinking the worst so we checked the oil, topped it up a little, oil light was still on.

I then spent the next 20 mins trying to get hold of people who seem to not understand the concept of a mobile phone. frantic call after frantic call and voicemail. Bearing in mind we were fully loaded and towing a beetle we needed to try and get the number for the recovery people and hope they had a big lorry.

Also Called the girlfriend to explain the situation and she was quite good at trying not to show her great annoyance at yet another late appearance by me.

We decided to go for it and keep an eye on the temperature to make sure it was not overheating.

About 2 miles into the journey, thew dash lights went out and the main headlights suddenly became really bright something we hadn't noticed before.

We spent the next few miles from Berwick trying to work out what happened, then all of a sudden the lights were back. and our headlights went dim again.

We decided to limp it back, but by the time we got back to Herstmonceux I wanted to give it a check over so we pulled over. The time was now [sign in to see URL]. Rob advised against stopping the engine just in case, so we checked the a-frame and lights and carried on back to Robertsbridge.

Eventually arrived at [sign in to see URL] and promptly unloaded and parked the beetle all the time leaving the van running. I then parked the van in front of the beetle and switched it off. Tried to swtich it back on to see and it was [sign in to see URL] shave and major disaster averted. Only next thing was I had to explain it to my dad.

Anyway managed to get the complete engine out as this was the only thing that needed two people, got cleaned up and still made it our for a damn good Halloween night.

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This is what she looks like in the light...

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The next morning I decided to make a start and gutted the bug. It has had later 1303 seat put in it which had gone abit moldy.

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Gave her a good looking over, It seems she had been well looked after in the last and been treated to a few trick bits, sloping (early) front and rear wings, semi W deck lid, empi 8 spokes. And to my surprise she hasn't had as much welding as previously thought. One side of the pan still has the original heater channel (not rotten), both floors are original but all had been painted in red oxide.

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My main aim was to get the floors painted black for protection and that way I can cover it all up and forget.

Its worth pointing out that this is not going to be a pretty bug, she will be practical and for the moment is intended to get me out of a hole while my van is fixed up.

At some point, the bug did have remote operated solenoid locks all round but this has long gone, the doors have been replaced and are therefore odd colours, the bonnet has been de-locked and the decklid has been smooth. It has also had an engine fire at some point however the damage is not extensive and very easily fixable.

On closer inspection the bug is looking more and more of a bargin and very solid.

So by the end of last night, I have painted the floors, put the white trim over the front wings (as the rears had been done), re-connected the rear lights as they had just been cut, checked the the front breaks (all ok)and basically sorting a mental plan for getting it on the road asap.

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Some of you (if anyone reads this) might be asking what about the other beetle, this one will be collected in about a week once Terry gets back from Holiday. This will need a trailer as the body and chassis are held on by about 4 bolts at present.

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Wow! Congratulations
I like your utter excitement. Just like a little boy who has comes home from his first day at school and won't shut up!
At this rate I expect it to be finished and back on the road by 9pm tonight!


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T'was a good evening out, you can't beat picking up a couple of Beetles from a barn, like christmas come early.
Looks like Beetles are making a comeback, i recently inherited a 72 1300, nice to see more in the club emoticon

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Nice one dude! Keep us posted as to the progress!!!

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Well, al little bit has happened since the start of the story....

Terry got back from Holiday and I arrange to get the second beetle from him. We did this about 2 weeks ago.

A little more uneventful this time, however I couldn't get hold of a trailer for the run so we had to wing it and put it on the A-frame.

We got there and found the body wasn't bolted to the chassis at all but we had brought a selection of bolts and managed to get the 4 corners bolted and decided to add a few straps to it for added security.

As we had picked the vast majority of the parts up with the first beetle all we had to bring back this time was the bonnet, doors and spare gearbox, this fitted easily in the the back of the van. Within the hour we were loaded and ready to set off from Newhaven.

As I said, a lot less eventful this time. The van behaved itself but we did have to contend with monsoon type rain that night.

Needless to say when we got back the beetle was a rolling water tank as where ever water could get, it got.

Now that both Beetles were home, I could get on with getting one sorted.

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