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The VW Käfer is back on the streets!

The 1962 VW Beetle made its ‘after the restoration’ appearance the ’9th Concours d’Elegance 2012′.

I am pleased to report at long last my 1962 VW restoration project has been successfully! And just in time to the car in the “9th Concours d’Elegance 2012 “. The ‘spare no expense’ project lasted about months and by all accounts the result is stunning.

Picking up the thread of the since the previous post the process, I add few words before the project; the car was loaded on a transporter the body shop heading to the Christos Tsadilas. There, the TMI kits were fitted to the the front windshield was replaced with new rubber seals, the kit was improved and fitted.

Here is a video clip from the sequence:

Afterwards the car was taken to the Stefanos Tokatlian (who had the new wiring loom and had done all the for fitting the new Blaupunkt Frankfurt sourced from Koenigs Radios, plus few other

Several last minute items were sourced Oval Dean who carry BBT items in Athens, before the car was ready. On the first drive along the highway, the speedo to 110 kph without any hesitation or drama.

The little car with matching is intended to be driven regularly, has licenese plates and is pledged to my Ivi as a birthday present 🙂

Enjoy the photo album below.

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The Restoration Project of the VW Käfer continues

Several who know about my venture the deep waters of yet another restoration’ project have asking about its progress. here is an update.

After separated the body from the chassis (see previous by clicking here ), two main have been taken of:

Sandblasting the body shell and already removed parts deck lid, doors, etc.),

determining the actual of the car and drawing up a ‘parts required’

The verdict (and the lesson is that if one plunges into a project, ‘you either do it or do not do it at all’. What I mean is only after one skins the (in this case by sandblasting ), can assess the actual condition of the which more often not, in old cars has been by several coats of body and paint, effectively hiding its condition. Nasty surprises Oh! yes. The bonnet (or front hood) has been badly apparently after a front end Ditto for the apron. The spare well bottom looked a strainer with several pit The door bottom part has treated badly from a attack. The rear deck lid hood) as well as the lower channel areas had its own rust All these parts are characterized as (i.e. Beyond Local and need to be replaced.

Back to the drawing board. is the list of spare parts grew longer than anticipated. While sourcing on the Internet is a great boon for any believe me the task of searching, parts, comparing prices, delivery availability and summing up the from many vendors is a time-consuming job! I ended up the purchase orders from sources: VW Heritage in England, Speed Parts in Germany and in Belgium via its local new agent and Oval Dean Parts . were placed, screened, negotiated and awaited for taking Overall about 200 items included in the lists. Few days ago I partial deliveries from the suppliers while back are still outstanding and will be in the near future.

Blaupunkt radio for VW Beetles

And what a period correct sound To my rescue comes a great classic car radios provider supplied the Becker radio for my 250SE Coupé), the firm The proper radio model, the Frankfurt special car radio for VW and speaker plus antenna and cable have also selected. What about the of all these parts? Way out of my initial calculations. But as I said, you either do it or you No regrets as the end result will be a good one which will make me feel proud. -)

So here is a brief slide-show of the at hand so far. We now have of spare parts to go on with the restoration.

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The rolling chassis has treated and repainted.

The restoration are progressing at a slower pace I would have liked but as the saying “it takes some to cook a good meal” . I now complaints. The gear box has been to Labros Dimitriou in Melissia. the axles and rear drums been removed and now repainted the sourcing of parts is underway to the faulty synchronizer rings the box is reassembled and complete.

Similarly the pan has been scraped and repainted by my at A B For Cars . More rusty have been treated and hand-made metal parts been skillfully fabricated. My new Tassos Baxevanakis has been helpful in sourcing used but in condition major body as front hood, rear lid and both doors. The hard to correct 1926 rear lid was found and shipped from Both front and rear have been replaced by new and the front hood has been


The TMI Co. interior upholstery kit has arrived!

a week ago three parcels from England, shipped by VW containing all the important TMI Co. upholstery Boy do their quality and perfection make my “De Luxe” Beetle so good when finished. 😉

This question jumps-up. To be frank I have no idea. is so much more ground to With almost all the required now gathered, on that department we good. But the summer months are upon us. That translates to delays as shops will for summer vacations and so on. Mentally I set a target for the Bug to be back in the streets of in her reincarnated form by the middle of As it was similar in the case of my Mercedes-Benz Coupe project, I would to have the car ready to participate in the 41st International Rally a major Regularity event year taking the streets of (see here: 41st Rally 2102 English ).

The apron had to be aligned and made to fit

During July and most of the progress of the restoration was slow due to a of problems which had to be resolved. the LH door that was sourced to be of a slightly later model and had to be modified around the hinge to make it fit. The engine lid was sourced from Sweden required some metal to treat some rust and fit the cylinder lock to an oversized rear apron which was as a new replacement part from CSP was way out of spec in terms of size and Plenty of hours were to make it true. The RH side post was damaged to the extent a replacement was sought. This to be difficult, so my body shop had to also spend extra to heat it up, reform it and bring it to spec, ensuring a good fit for the glass without water from the rubber seal.

Having overcome these successfully, the body became for its final treatment and preparations entering the paint oven. As the color had to be the same as per the original of the factory, as attested in the ‘Zertifikat”, the L 469 Anthracite.  In early August of the color recipe was cooked by Painter Costa Vitaliotis  and the shell was carefully and lovingly

Milestone moment: the Bug has be repainted to its factory Anthracite L469

At the same time, two other were taken care of. the old, original gear box was as the synchro mesh of the

The gear box is to the rolling chassis and mated the engine.

2nd gear had weakened. inspection, the 1st gear mesh was replaced as did all the seals and axle Prior to reassembly, the half were repainted black as as the drum assemblies. The completed looked nice while the test drive will if the ‘surgery’ was successful.

Second, the old covers were removed the seat frames and the frames scrubbed and painted in light as per their original color. a friendly upholsterer was recommended by a who was doing up the interior of his newly 1962 Jaguar Mk II and was quite with the quality of his workmanship. One hot I loaded up all the seat frames with the TMI Inc. upholstery and ventured to west side to meet my new collaborator, Christos .  After inspecting his work on my Jag, touching bases and him to file an application for a FIVA on his Dodge Charger classic, a was struck ‘on the interior job’ and we to bring the car to him prior to fitting the and rear windshields so that he also fit the new headliner.

Finally back at the A B For Cars shop, the guys started to the trans-axle and engine onto the chassis. All the engine tinware and fan were repainted flat and the new screws were fitted the appropriate kit provided by VW Heritage.

task: re-mating the body to the chassis!

More updates be forthcoming…

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