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Finally I have a non-virtual hobby - beetle restoration

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by davids355, Jun 8, 2013.

  1. davids355

    davids355 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Everyone has to get off the computer sometimes.

    Here's my new offline challenge, helping to restore my dads old 1969 T1 semi automatic beetle.

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    This was it in the old days:

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    First step is repairing the engine:

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    It's the first thing I've ever done that doesn't involve a computer so I thought I'd share:)
     
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  2. illfounded21

    illfounded21 Senior Member

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    Good luck mate.

    It's good to be able to 'switch off' from a screen and channel some energy in to something else.
     
  3. davids355

    davids355 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Yea, honestly, because I work in IT, everyone always says to me "oh I bet you don't go near a computer on the weekend do you!".

    "No, unfortunately I'm ALWAYS on the computer, because I'm a geek :)".

    So it's nice to have a hobby that doesn't involve computers :-/
     
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    Beetle had been my first love! :)

    Hope you can get it back to near-original state. Whatever car you buy in life, please keep that antique beauty...
     
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    Thats what I call a good hobby.

    Good luck :)
     
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    I also renovated my Dad's beetle 2 years ago.It costed me a fortune...
    Good luck with it!
     
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  7. Duffers5000

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    Restored 2 of them about twenty years ago. Ive restored lots of cars and the Beetle is about the easiest thing you will ever get to work on.

    At the time we used to get all new parts from Mexico......Dont know if thats still the case ? but any part you need are available. When you restore a more obscure classic, parts are hard to get and you have to spend big dough on buying or engineering bespoke bits.

    Its summer and I have a big garage....damn you have me thinking !
     
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  8. davids355

    davids355 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Yea it's already cost a lot as we've been half attempting it for quite a few years.

    Parts are still very easy to get. That's the good thing.

    It needs loads of work though - engine is seized up. And car has lots of rust issues!

    Doing a total original restore though :)