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anyone got any vw based kit cars?, or has had one in the past?


hi ive just joined this forum, ive always had an interest in bugs and campers, and liked kit cars, about 3 years ago, i was looking on ebay at a bug, thinking should i buy it, it needed a lot of work,so i looked at the kit car section, just to see what was there, to my delight i saw a picture of a car that looked like a lotus eclat , and so looked at the ad, it was a charger 2, vw bettle based kit car, i fell in love with it there and then, so i decided to put in a small bid, not expecting to get anywhere, so i kept an eye, and to my surprise the owner emailed me the following day, he had been approached by some who had bid but only wanted the wheels, they were going to scrap the rest, so he offerred the car to me, for what i was going to pay,so i drove down to watford from kent to look at it, when i got there i was very surprised, it had been partially built but then left in a garage but was in very good condition, and had been based on a 1500 beetle, hense it had disc brakes on the front i offered him £350 there and then, , result, i was now the owner of this thing and a shed full of boxes, i filled my car with all the parts i could , and made arrangements to get a tow truck to collect the car the following day
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well the following day i started looking at what i had , everything was new, well, ten years ago, but was now just rust, so i removed the brake pipe runs, and replaced the entire system, it was lucky that there are so many parts avalible, after chatting with friends who own other kit cars, they spent a hell of a lot more than i had to, on parts,and also completly overhauled the fuel system and rewired the electronics this took me most of the next year , working week ends i then took the engine out and split it, after removing the siezed barrels, and to my horrow, i found i had what had been a brand new engine,and the jounrnels were un marked and only need a clean up, i fited all new shells and got a set of stock 1600 barrels i put the engine back together and back in the car, the engine was fired up of the first time in july last year, and the car sailed through the mot later the same month its off the road at present whilst i sort out a few body work issues and try to identify a new problem that has recently shown up
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Re: anyone got any vw based kit cars?, or has had one in the past?


Hi,
Are you the Martin who owns the white charger on the kent kit car club site?
I too own a charger, maybe we can have a chat sometime.
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Nige
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hi nig, yeap its me, what mark have you got,
 mines still running ok at the mo, its off the road right now geting it ready for the dreaded MOT ive got to do the front ball joints this year, everything else was changed last year, so im confident it should be ok im still working on the interior when i can, its a bit basic inside but im getting there, biggest problem is the doors dont shut flush and the drivers side needs serious re working around the hinges
 
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Welcome to the club! You got any pics of your ride?

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