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posted on May 8th, 2021 at 09:57 PM
'55 Oval Restoration


Hi Guys!

I've been pretty inactive on here for several years, but thought I should change that and begin to contribute more. I'll start with a thread on my oval window project i've had for a while now.

I'll begin from the start, with how I got this car....

A little over 6 years ago, during my first year as an apprentice mechanic, i began looking for my third beetle. To begin with, I wasn't looking at any specific model, just a project i could work on. I looked around and checked out a couple of cars, but didn't make a deal. As time went on, I began to think more, I should just keep saving and get the model I had always wanted. A ribbed door, heart taillight '54 oval.

I put a wanted ad out for what i was looking for, and waited. Over the next couple of months, I had a few people contact me with various oval windows they had available.
One of those vehicles stood out above the rest, a February '55 beetle in South Australia. It looked to be a solid, somewhat original car and also fitted my budget. The owner mentioned that he'd only sell the car if I flew from Sydney to SA to meet him, and look at the car in person. So I did just that. I flew to Adelaide on the Friday afternoon, spent the weekend there to check over the car and made a deal.

After returning home, I organised to have the car transported from South Aus to Sydney. In June 2015, a month before my 17th Birthday, the car arrived to Sydney.

I've attached a teaser photo of the day i took delivery of it.

As I get time, i'll keep adding the things that have followed to this thread.

To be continued...

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posted on May 8th, 2021 at 10:00 PM



Lots of potential there. Looking forward to seeing where you are up to now



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posted on May 9th, 2021 at 07:43 AM



Mitch

wheres the other 54 up to




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posted on May 12th, 2021 at 10:03 AM



Hey Dave,
This is that car. Although i've never really posted anything about it.

To continue on, the car is a matching numbers 'Feb 55.
I bought it as a mostly complete fairly original car. The obvious things that weren't correct, included the wheels, bonnet & deck-lid plus a handful of small bits and pieces. It still ran when i bought it. It has had a crappy re-spray at some point in it's past, although the original paint is still there in most places under the white. I believe the original colour is Gypsy Grey, although i'm not 100% sure that's the correct name.

My original intention was to just give the car a quick restoration and get it on the road, although that quickly changed to an all out rebuild/restoration, paying attention to all the little details. Which i'll share as I go.

I'll post some more pictures of the car shortly after I bought it.

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posted on May 12th, 2021 at 10:04 AM



The original engine.

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posted on May 12th, 2021 at 10:04 AM



Inside the front.

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posted on May 12th, 2021 at 10:05 AM



Rear seat still in its original cover.

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posted on May 12th, 2021 at 10:07 AM



The front seats have been re-upholstered at some point. All the carpet forward of the back seat had also been replaced.

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posted on May 12th, 2021 at 10:37 AM



I hope all the body and guard bolts match

are they correct tensile grade for that year model
wheres your gearbox ???




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posted on May 13th, 2021 at 10:41 PM



Of course all the guard bolts will match!! No use being pedantic without going all the way. haha

After receiving the car, I created a list of the pieces i'd need to find to replace the incorrect parts. Mainly the correct bonnet, deck-lid & wheels.

Within a week and a half, i'd found a decent decent deck-lid. Another two weeks, and i'd also found a very nice 4 tab, 5 bolt Bonnet for it.

Wheels were a bit more difficult to find, as i wanted to find them date stamped as close to the date of manufacture as possible. After 6 months looking, I found a nice matching set of four wheels off of a very rusty April or May '54, which I promptly bought. although this meant i still needed another for a spare. (more on that later)

I've attached a photo with the replacement bonnet and wheels fitted. I don't usually mind BRM's, but in this case, i much prefer the original wheels.

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posted on June 6th, 2021 at 10:37 PM



The car was mainly kept in storage for most of the first year & a half, until In the beginning of 2017, my family moved to Tamworth NSW. Being an apprentice, still living at home, I moved with them, Bringing the beetle with me.

It was put back into storage on my parent's property, and when possible i began pulling it apart to begin the restoration. Throughout disassembly, I created a spread sheet with a list of the pieces i would need to buy for the of rebuild the vehicle.

Six month's after the move, I contacted an old wrecking yard local to Tamworth regarding some beetle panels, which turned into a conversation about how he used to wreck old Volkswagens until the mid eighties before closing up. He mentioned he still had a shed full of old parts and welcomed me to look through it all before he sent it to scrap. I ended up buying everything he had Volkswagen related and filled my T3 van twice.

To bring this back to the Oval, i had been searching for another date stamped wheel to complete my set for the car. Among the twenty something wheels i bought that day, one was date stamped for late 54. perfect for me!

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posted on June 7th, 2021 at 06:31 AM



Nice find with the parts



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