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GB Buggies / Re: Sad new to see Jimmy Peters died last night
« on: Today at 11:50:01 AM »
Thats sad news - What happened?

Beach Buggy General Help / Re: Slow leak
« on: February 19, 2020, 07:45:06 PM »
I certainly did - I had a pair of slot mags that just would not keep air in for more than a few weeks, had them powder coated and never looked back


Beach Buggy General Help / Re: Removing Chrome coating?
« on: February 18, 2020, 08:22:56 PM »
. . . . . .  they made the point that they only do trade work no retail options.

Rookie error there mate . . .  ::)

ALWAYS . . . ALWAYS . . . make enquiries such as this making out you are trade . .   "Hunters Auto's" or something similar

Conversation should go, "I've got a customer who wants . . . ."     Rather than "I want . . . ."

Stupid really, but can make a difference as it suggest that you are not one of the idiot's and timewasters out there just ringing around but someone who may just be back with more work later

Try it, you will be surprised what it can achieve   ;-)up

VW Parts For Sale / Re: "Beetle" for sale - may help with V5 issues !!
« on: February 14, 2020, 05:32:45 PM »
majic dave

Nice badges aren't they ?   ;)
Still got a couple left

Beach Buggy General Help / Re: Removing Chrome coating?
« on: February 13, 2020, 10:34:38 AM »
platers must all have a stripping facility because folks send in stuff to be re-chromed.

That was my thinking too  ;)

Beach Buggy General Help / Re: Removing Chrome coating?
« on: February 12, 2020, 10:30:40 PM »

Have you tried asking South West Metal Finishing near Exeter?

https://www.swmf.co.uk    :-\

Beach Buggy General Help / Re: Removing Chrome coating?
« on: February 11, 2020, 08:59:31 AM »
I thought it had to be stripped off using the reverse of the "electrical" means that it was put on with - this will almost certainly need to be done at a chrome plating workshop and is actually a really simple process to do.

My powder coat company will not touch anything with any chrome on it at all, despite being keyed as the tiniest particle can blister very easily when heated in the oven.

VW Parts For Sale / "Beetle" for sale - may help with V5 issues !!
« on: February 10, 2020, 02:46:41 PM »
Its an unproven one as yet, but for those of you running about with "Beetle" on your V5, then why not stick this badge on the back of your Buggy.

The running gear is Beetle, The Paperwork says Beetle, and now . . . So does the badge on the back !!

Problem solved !

These are not the cheesy plastic ones, but proper metal letters that are individually stuck on  120mm x 20mm

I have a few of these left  9.99 including postage


camper space is available on the drive as bed and caravan are booked.

 ;-)up ;-)up

Careful with Japanese bling you may end up with a Bosozoku buggy

The way my luck is going it is more likely to be a Coronavirubaru Buggy with Chinese parts 

That's the beauty of playing with the Jap stuff - the bling options are limitless !!

Don't know how good they are quality wise though as not ventured down that route just yet

Its not actually that small Peter - If you look back to the start of the thread to a picture I took of one in Sawmill Jim's Bug, it fills the engine bay about the same as an air cooled one would

Going the high powered turbo route needs a full frame for rigidity in my book so built to suit the required box.

 ;-)up ;-)up Absolutely - Beetle chassis was never designed to take that much power

just thinking another option for sump to ground clearance is to raise the gearbox like the lowriders do. With irs it is easier then a swing axle.

True, but if you were going to relocate the gearbox, then you really should not be considering the EJ20 engine as a conversion. For all the extra work involved in lifting and moving the box, then you would be better off making space to fit a 6 rib bus box in there - and that way you can use the EJ25 Turbo engine which is a lot more powerful.

I have decided not to go down that route as my own ultimate goal is a more reliable engine with parts that are easy to get. The power increase of the EJ20 is more than enough in the Buggy for me and the higher revving engine should give me a bit more speed too with a much smoother delivery.

At least I hope so  :-X

Does it weight significantly more, and have a bit more rear end sag factor too?
(Of course you have a type 4 lump, which I think is a bit heavier than a T1 anyway)

It certainly weighs more than a stock air cooled lump, and I would say that it feels marginally heavier to move about than my Type 25 lump too, but not by much.

Not many figures on the net, but I recall that I saw somewhere that the Subaru short block was around 110Kg for shipping weight, so by the time you have ancillaries and fluids in there, it would be half that again. Remember though that a lot of bits will also be removed too. Power steering, Air Conditioning and the cast iron manifolds are heavy beyond belief for what they are, and thankfully all gone.

But, engine mounts and gearbox cradles really should be investigated if considering this conversion - the engine in the cradle sits exactly where I was hoping, with no additional sag than when a T25 lump was in there - that's a good start.

All of my engine and gearbox mounts have already been uprated though in anticipation  ;-)up

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