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Today was a trial, lining up the body holes, got the first one at the rear in, not tight as there are movements to be made to get the others in line.
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the other side is 15mm out, I've placed a drift pin in there hoping to hear it ping as it drops into place and tells me it's lined up and ready for a bolt.
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the front bolt holes need to move 15mm to the cars left, this will line them all up, so I'd better lift and push the front 15mm to the cars left.
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Wait till you get to the floorpan holes, it'll be a miracle if they all line up with no poking of the jiggery 🥸

shenanigans' with the white bonnet cable too, not working yet.
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with a mirror behind the catch you can see the wire has to go through three holes to get trapped in the screw,
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If you take the rod with the cone end (technical term) off the bonnet catch and place it in the hole when you get the release right it should pop out... of course you have to get it to lock in place first 😉
 

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Discussion Starter · #1,062 ·
the socket part is working, just got to sort the white cable.

today went really well...the front bolts lined up
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lifting the front and moving the body slightly to the left side of the car made the rear bolt line up. Removed it again to add a wide washer so it didn't sink into the rubber ring.
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slowly and evenly tightened down the two front bolts with two rubber blocks and a fancy metal washer/spacer.
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I used a longer bolt to tighten up and close the gap, I'll leave this in overnight and replace it with a shorter bolt, washer and rubber ring.
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with all that work underneath the car, I needed a job standing upright on two legs for a bit. Rummaged through the boxs' of bits and fitted the rear number plate and the deck lid handle.
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door handles fitted.
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soooooo handy
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this led to the steering wheel getting bolted to the dash.
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bolted in but not yet connected..
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Today was my Thursday 6 k run, after, I looked at the rain cover and realised my get up and go, had got up and gone. So I had no energy to grub around in the damp, under Mickey doing up the rest of the bolts. So I chose to do small stuff in the workshop. Sorted some tools up out of the way, where I can get at them easily.
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starting on the gear stick.
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the electrical junction box, not sure if it should be black or if the last owner tried to paint it silver?
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the inside has been sealed inside and looks great.
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the cover for the accelerator lever in the passenger footwell, ready to fit.
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Also, I don't think I've ever seen one on a Beetle 🤔
Come to think of it, the seller inadvertently passed over a couple of Morris Minor parts, a gear stick and a wiper mechanism, Mixed up in boxs' of loose parts. So that is one more part for e bay.
the electrical box for the beetle must be this little guy here, hanging up the wall like game awaiting plucking.
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quick glance at it, I remember taking this off near the left rear footwell.
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new box of Parts, £91 Quid this cost me, inc VAT, free post for orders over £50.
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steering damper, rubber coupling disc, gear stick gaiter, gear shift coupling set and the rear window seal.
I was all keen to get stuck in, but just had a five minute fix to do on the spare wheel mount bracket on my Morris Pickup, an hour later, and broken bolt, welded on new bolt tip, timber spacer....it just went on and on, finally, got the spare remounted and there's no annoying rubbing noise now, the wheel feels nice and firmly mounted, job done.
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got another four floor bolts in and then fixed the steering damper, such a simple straight forward job in comparison. the old loose rusty one in the foreground of the shot.
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finally got all the floor bolts in, not a simple task, at one point I was wondering if it was not going to happen, all in now, took my time and didn't get too annoyed. Then an annoying little job, the fuel filler flip out flap, the wire had broken so I had to devise a new way of gripping two lengths of wire, went for a drilled bolt pinching them together, works a treat, bonnet one tomorrow, if the rain holds off.
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the steering linkage doughnut next, out with the old, in with the new fresh one.
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the steering box needs re aligning with the end of the column, out with the pinchbolt and it's tab washer, tap it around, but the front springs need lowering to line it up.
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got some replacement rims, retro, they'll look great, but some alterations to the hubs need doing before they'll fit.
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Back indoors out of the wind and heavy rainfall, my workshop is now the Engine workshop, Starting here. The first nuts securing the heat exchanger to the engine studs. Having already sandwiched the shaped metal washer/seal. The upper is the original stud, the longer lower is a replacement, I'll shorten it when I am sure of final locations, when I do the final nip up.
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here's the heat exchanger bolted up one end.
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second one bolted in from one end. Next up, the exhaust, but I noticed a pin hole in the connecting collar one side that needs welding up.
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first nut on the exhaust, dead easy this side, the other side has had to studs drilled out and new longer studs screwed in.
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the exhaust suspended in position.
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here is that weld repair to the collar, can't have exhaust gases escaping from here.
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