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Members Buggies / Re: Memory from 2009 about mine
« on: March 25, 2021, 02:06:09 PM »
Wow! Thats bright H

It looks very nice  ;-)up

The alternator belt idler is still working then ?


Beach Buggy General Help / Re: Shiney, shiney bits
« on: February 13, 2021, 03:02:03 PM »
I quite like the idea of using one as a manual choke  ;-)up :)

Events, Cruises and Gatherings / Re: SDBC Virtual Meeting tonight 8pm
« on: January 09, 2021, 08:33:51 AM »
Well, I am looking forward to seeing this, I have managed to sort out my video
and sound so will have to see how it all works.

My God! I do look a mess on screen though, haven't had a haircut for months and months and
being retired now, every day's a Sunday, so I think I've let myself go a bit!  8)

I have also put this zoomy idea on my SDBC main page, so people may if they
would like to, just go to the page and use it, the SDBC meeting is the target so
you should be able to go straight in  ;-)up -



Events, Cruises and Gatherings / Re: SDBC Virtual Meeting tonight 8pm
« on: January 08, 2021, 02:00:47 PM »
I too have just discovered this SDBC meeting zoom thingy, Yes, I think a listing of some sort would be a
nice thing to do, I missed the last one.

Other than that, I hope very much that everyone is surviving in the mad stuff thats upon us now, and
more importantly, managing and coping

Peter X

Beach Buggies For Sale / Re: 1972 VW Beetle for sale
« on: October 26, 2020, 05:07:59 PM »
I shall and do indeed miss my Beetle, shes always been there through thick and thin
along with my Manx. But I am just being sensible, I dont agree with those that just store things away only
to let them rot and eventually become just useless.

My Beetle needs to be used, daily, to be cared for and maintained in the process, somebody
else can build their own memories, of which there will be many, she hasn't gone completely though
as I have retained one special piece, something that was supplied with her before she left the factory,
its always been there but has never needed to be used, its quite large when opened up fully with the four
legs swung out, it will remind me of all the times we had every time I look at it.

We have a photo album full of real photos, not silly digital ones that will be lost when a drive finally fails but
just something to look at when needs be.

I am older now and it seems when my age is reached, other things take over in the 'what's important' areas,
Stell is tucked up for a while but for now I am using my bike, I live in a place that has been my home for all of my life
and I can now go every day to see it when ever I want to. Its amazing, I cycled today through back lanes and footpaths
to Penshurst via Hever and Chiddingstone, stopping at places I know where the walls and rocks have been signed by people for
over 300 years, most dont even realise they are there, its all a bit hidden...
The trees are golden and the roads and paths are knee deep in leaves acorns and chestnuts, a carrier bag full of chestnuts takes
only a few minutes to collect. I cycle past dozens of 300/800 year old Oak trees, one has an arrow shaft sticking out of the bark, its
high up in the tree but few know its there, mainly because they never climbed it!

I am happy with everything I have and my Beetle will be moving on, here is the valley I know like the back of my hand


Beach Buggies For Sale / Re: 1972 VW Beetle for sale
« on: October 26, 2020, 09:44:17 AM »
Hello Snoopy

Yes, I know, a bargain price, but the most important thing is that she goes
to a good home, she owes me nothing AT ALL and will be looked after by someone who
knows what they have, she will be used just as she should and be full of 'stuff', running
around all over the place in all weathers, daily.

Many may think thats silly, but for me its just how it should be


Beach Buggies For Sale / Re: 1972 VW Beetle for sale - SOLD
« on: October 26, 2020, 09:21:38 AM »
Well, my faithful friend through thick and thin has been sold.

She has been running non stop for 48 years, literally saved my life and is off to her new home
where she will be looked after and have some work carried out, not real problems, and be kept just as she is.

Sun, Rain, Floods, Snow, Hurricane and multiple 1500 mile non stop runs to other countries and all she
ever wanted was general checks, oil and brakes, the occasional wash, 48 straight mot's and she started every time.
I am going to miss her presence very much, but Stell, her sister, now has her entire garage back.

Its funny how you can get attached to these cars, but they are the real deal and something that in this
mad electronic world we live in now, people can only dream of. Shame how it's all gone really.


Beach Buggies For Sale / 1972 VW Beetle for sale
« on: October 24, 2020, 07:57:37 PM »
Hello Everybody,

I know I have not posted up in a while but am still looking in.

I have decided it is time for me to let my faithful old Beetle go, shes definitely not a candidate for a buggy though.

I hope very much its ok for me to put this in here.

My Beetle has basically never let anybody down since the day she came out of VW, made to order
for a lady in Munich. it has done 85500 miles since and comes with all the original order paperwork, from the first enquiry
right up to the delivery note and final bill. She was ordered with four or five modification's and was built to order. Both she
and my Manx have been my daily drivers for many many years.

It is Marina Blue, has a sun roof, a 1300 twin port engine, high backed seats, no fuel gauge, but a little
vdo is now sitting inside the glove box. The body style is a 1200 basic model and it is left hand drive,
the wax seal is still in place at the rear of the speedo as the speedo cable collar has never been unscrewed
since fitted and then sealed by VW when it was made.. She has five new radials fitted.

I am the third owner, there is a fourth, my son, I gave the Beetle to him when he started driving,
he had it five years I think and then gave it back.

I am selling her as I dont need two cars anymore, my Manx, Stell, is to stay so her sister can move on and
have a life of being properly used. My beetle is 'N' registration, she and her owner emigrated to England in 1974
so hence the N registration plate.

The Beetle is rock solid and has just got her latest mot this last week, I have attached some photos, please if I may, no silly questions,
if anyone is interested do let me know. I think 4500 is a reasonable price to ask.

My Beetle is the perfect little car for someone to be using on a daily basis, and she needs to be really.

Many Thanks, Peter

Edit: I changed the mileage to '85500 miles'' as It has a speedo thats in 'Kilometres' and I get confused sometimes

Members Buggies / Re: Memory from 2009 about mine
« on: April 27, 2020, 01:58:54 PM »
Good times H  ;-)up - very Good Times  8)

Here are a few more...  :) Hunter's Workshop + Swanage 2009



Beach Buggy Engine and Exhaust Help / Re: Valve adjustment
« on: April 20, 2020, 12:51:26 PM »
Any use of push rods that dont expand would be useful I would have thought, if
only to stabilise things, my thoughts were that valve stems will expand a small amount lengthwise
due to the severe heat of the gas flowing all over them whilst on its way out, whereas the inlet port will be
cooling the stems due to the inrush of cool vaporised fuel, some of that fuel will be flowing over the
valve head itself too, cooling it from the back.

Don't know, but the two environments are very very different in terms of the world a valve has to live in.

I have always given my exhaust valve a tiny bit more gap and so far all's been fine, I think this point is
fundamental to any engine really, with the exhaust port being a hotter world than the inlet...

Peter  :)

Beach Buggy Engine and Exhaust Help / Re: Valve adjustment
« on: April 20, 2020, 10:10:07 AM »
Well well,

I have always tried to set my exhaust valves slightly wider than the inlets...

The only reason and typical me, is that I have always felt that though the heads
are warming fast everywhere, the exhaust valves at full lift are getting a 'heat boost' along
their exposed stems due to the very very hot exhaust gas running up, past and all around them
whilst exiting the heads, causing the stems to expand slightly more length wise and thus closing the gap.

May be wrong but I have never noticed any extra clatter, that said, when the engines
running my exhaust drowns out other sounds so I probably can't hear it anyway!  ;D

Peter  :)

Members Buggies / Re: Dave DND and my Hustler GT
« on: April 02, 2020, 03:05:26 PM »
Just a question if I may.

I have watched the assembly video and would like to know, when the attachment bracket
is slipped into place and bolted to the new assembly at the rear, nearest the napoleons hat,
is it then welded in place up and over the frame where it sits ?

Just wondering thats all  :)


Members Buggies / Re: Dave DND and my Hustler GT
« on: March 29, 2020, 09:41:37 AM »
That all looks pretty astonishing ;-)up

It will be very interesting to see how things go when it arrives.

I treated myself to some new binoculars recently, mine had literally been used to death over
40 years and the customs charge was a little higher than I had anticipated, however I do
like to be driven more by quality with some things and it was worth paying  :)

I hope all arrives soon and that we can see what its all about in a step by step guide to fitting!

Peter  ;-)up

Sourcing new parts is always a bit of a gamble now as most have
highlighted, but I would like to add, as it helps sometimes when its just not
possible to actually see some of these things first, something I think the internet 'shops' thrive on!

The quality of my older Limebug beam is waaaay ahead of the standard one, even from the old days,
the tubes used are substantial, with thicker walls, as are the shock towers, I really like the fact that the shock towers are
solid, and the powder coating means they are well protected for ever, the one difference
design wise I notice now, is that the beam has a shock tower thats not straight, its got an offset, probably to
alleviate any clearance issues that were reported, though both my beam and my sister Sally's beam from Limebug
fitted well.

I notice too that at last Limebug are producing a steering damper mount that clamps to the beam and is easily set up,
so no more welding the old one in place and not getting its position quite right.

I just thought I might mention this stuff, as my Limebug beam has exceeded my expectations in every way  ;-)up

Also, I must mention, this photo shows my beam installed alongside dropped spindles, the result is just what I wanted,
but you can be the judge of what the ride height may be on your buggy's if standard spindles were used.

Getting parts that deliver your requirements isn't easy, the state of your leaf springs will have huge effect, Sally's
are completely worn out and soft, thats why she also has coil overs fitted as well, just to 'help' the leaves in their work.


I have been very happy with my Limebug front beam, it has no up or down adjustments and is made
incorporating the standard ride height.

It's many years old now and came powder coated, it still looks as it did when it first went in and I am very happy
with it.

You may notice I have red covers at the ends of each tube, the beam didn't come with any dust covers so saving
on buying some originals I just parted the heads off old hard Urethane ones, with a 3mm lip, and they work just fine  :)

However, I just had a look and these things arn't cheap now I'm afraid, also it seems they are adjustable now too,
mine was one of their early ones before prices really took a hike  :(  Shame really!

Maybe worth having a browse though, the quality is really good and I believe they have utilised CNC welding capabilities now too,
something that will hopefully provide buyers with expected quality every time.

The young guy's at Limebug were very adamant about the quality side of it all last time I spoke with them  ;-)up


Peter  ;-)up

Aftermarket Beam, Suspension and Steering Rack setup:
There are some aftermarket beams out there that do not try to mimic the originality of the original one and are a slightly updated shape. The trouble is though, that every bloody one I have found is always about how low it can go, when I want to go the other way. I don`t really want to be shelling out top dollar to have to modify it to achieve the ride height I want. A rack and pinion steering rack seems a popular conversion and a very viable possibility, but steering geometry has to be carefully sorted to make it work - that's a bit out of my comfort zone. There are also alternatives to the suspension itself by replacing the torsion leaves with solid bars and using coil over shocks on the front.

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