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56 Oval
1303Steve - November 17th, 2018 at 06:32 PM


I just bought this 56 Oval, I found it in a driveway abut 10 ks from my house, I used to see it under a tarp but a few weeks ago the tarp blew of so I saw it was an Oval. Funny thing is two forum members regularly drive past the house where it was. Not sure what colour to paint it, thinking a US colour Capri Blue. So I will get it back on the road some nice wheels and a little bit lower

It has been modified a little,
1600 single port motor
later synchro trans
adjustable front beam
KMac front sway bar
4 stud Beetle front disc brakes and Type 3 rear drums
the dash has holes in for gauges, a tacho and fuel gauge, not sure if I will fill this in or not

1303Steve - November 17th, 2018 at 06:35 PM

The oval has an odd looking fuel sender.

This is the blue Im thinking of doing it in

REDKG - November 17th, 2018 at 07:07 PM

I'm sure you will do it justice, whatever direction you take. 36hp or something a little more lively. Keep it stock looking, nice choice of colour.

1303Steve - November 17th, 2018 at 07:09 PM

Thanks Brian, I will see what the 1600 single port is like, its a Type 3 case so I assume its 1600, it has a Holley Bugspray on it, yuk

Flintstones - November 17th, 2018 at 09:01 PM

Great score Steve.
Is this going to get the GL treatment? ;)

vw54 - November 17th, 2018 at 10:01 PM

you have too much time on your hands

I carnt even get going on mine

yes good score and saved another one hows the rust

vw54 - November 17th, 2018 at 10:07 PM

did you get all the glass n other bits for it

1303Steve - November 18th, 2018 at 07:18 AM

I got everything except door trims and front windscreen, rust is pretty good he spent money getting it fixed a while ago.

Dino this will get just wheels and paint, sort of Cal Look I guess

Bizarre - November 18th, 2018 at 07:32 AM

Can you graft some struts in there ???

Seriously- nice score Steve.

1303Steve - November 19th, 2018 at 12:11 PM

My son has donated some wheels from his Jap wheel collection, he has about 60 pairs, all in 15 inch. I will get the bolt pattern on the Beetle changed to 4x114.3 and have suitable sized lips put on the centres.

I had no keys fro the car so I went to St George Locksmiths in Rockdale and he blanks that he cut to suit my locks

cnfabo - November 22nd, 2018 at 04:04 PM

They will look really cool

1303Steve - November 23rd, 2018 at 02:07 PM


MR930 - November 25th, 2018 at 05:43 AM

Nice. I often regret selling my mint green oval.

1303Steve - January 15th, 2019 at 10:59 AM

OK, car is stripped, panels are at the panel beater, just waiting on the blaster now as I want him to blast the area around the brake master cylinder reservoir and the inside the grills under the back window, Im pretty sure I will paint it a US colour Capri Blue

1303Steve - January 16th, 2019 at 02:19 PM

went for a drive up and down the driveway before I pulled the motor out.

I found a few stupid things that have been done to this car, it has Type 3 rear brakes, someone fitted them with the handbrakes cables entering the backing plate at the rear, the new exhaust was fitted without heat riser blank offs and no fibre rings on the J pipes and the generator was fitted 90 degrees out

vw54 - January 17th, 2019 at 06:10 AM

they may have used the early backing plates instead of Type 3

1303Steve - January 17th, 2019 at 09:23 AM

maybe but I dont think early backing plates would work Type 3 brakes

1303Steve - January 26th, 2019 at 07:21 AM

I saw a Subaru the other day in this colour, I think it would look good on the oval, sometimes old paint formulas dont mix correctly with modern tinters

Flintstones - January 26th, 2019 at 09:37 PM

Reminds me of French Blue, just a tad lighter in tone.

1303Steve - January 27th, 2019 at 06:43 PM

Ive seen a few Subarus on the road in this colour and I like it

1303Steve - January 31st, 2019 at 10:04 PM


Car is at the panel beater now.

My rear guards needed to much work so I went next door to H&M Ferman and bought some new 40HP rear guards. The holes for the taillights are in a different position on the 40HP rear guards, does anybody have a accurate measurement on the tail light holes for snowflake taillights?

The guards that came with with car had welded and re drilled holes, nothing is worse than taillights not in the original position


vw54 - February 1st, 2019 at 06:10 AM

come and measure my Oval ones no taillights on at moment

take a paper template as well or a bit of cardboard

1303Steve - February 1st, 2019 at 08:31 AM

Thanks will do

1303Steve - February 1st, 2019 at 08:41 AM

As usual the panel beater has some nice cars in the shop, there was an old Rolls, a 3 wheel BMW, a R35 Skyline and an AMG convertible

REDKG - February 1st, 2019 at 05:50 PM

VW oval, R35 and BMW 3 wheeler nice cars. The AMG mass produced " badge "for old guys and hairdressers with too much money and no driving skills. The RR , depends if it is a real one or overpriced BMW. Many BMW collectors try to deny the existence of the 3 wheeler. Anyway I'm sure the workmanship should be excellent and choice of colour is spot on. (even if not a VW code)

hellbugged - February 3rd, 2019 at 05:25 AM

Is that Subaru colour the same as the wrx that also wears either that code or a very close match?

1303Steve - February 4th, 2019 at 06:06 AM

I think they did use it on WRXs, its much more subtle in real life, its seems to pop in photos

hellbugged - February 4th, 2019 at 08:28 PM

"hyper blue" comes up on a quick google search for light blue wrx

Yes looks better in the flesh, I had eyed that colour off with the daughter when they came out

We spotted a very similar
hue on another brand that had a bit more vintage/pascal feel

1303Steve - February 4th, 2019 at 08:38 PM

I was thinking of Capri Blue a 58 colour, but I was reading on the samba about people having trouble getting it mixed and looking right

1303Steve - March 1st, 2019 at 12:07 PM

painting has started, Capri Blue it is