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PostSubject: Billy the Barn Bug   Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:27 pm

This project couldnt have happenned without my top friend Mr Cliff Munday who VERY kindly passed over a secret bug in a barn he'd been sitting on for himself. Plan is to keep it stock, but lower and subtly cal looked. Its being done on a very tight budget but has so far been helped by so many fantastic DBS'ers who have offerred parts for very cheap prices, or even for free (you're all utter legends!!)

Here it is then:





































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PostSubject: Re: Billy the Barn Bug   Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:38 pm

Nice to see you've finally managed to get some photos posted up, Olly.

Hopefully there's not too much work to see her get an MOT?
Keep posting up what parts you are on the look out for. Smile

Seems you found a good pair of tyres for her.

Now all we need is a date you are going to finish it.
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PostSubject: Re: Billy the Barn Bug   Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:12 pm

Hi Olly, what have you done with the wheels and tyres that came on the bug? i may be interested if you still have them, and they are what i think they are
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PostSubject: Re: Billy the Barn Bug   Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:19 pm

Looks good Olly, what work needs doing on it??

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PostSubject: Re: Billy the Barn Bug   Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:32 pm

vwroadster wrote:
Nice to see you've finally managed to get some photos posted up, Olly.

Hopefully there's not too much work to see her get an MOT?
Keep posting up what parts you are on the look out for. Smile

Seems you found a good pair of tyres for her.

Now all we need is a date you are going to finish it.

Cheers Pete Smile

There's a few things left to do for the MOT but in the scale of things, and compared to previous projects I've done, this is almost there now and relatively straightforward. Top of my head I need to:

- Weld the holes (3-4 hours work) courtesy of Cliff Smile
- Fit rear bumper and new brackets
- Re-fit running board
- Rub down the entire underside and underseal front to back (easily a days work to do it properly) incl stone chipping inner arches and wings
- Swap the tyres for a pair of 145's I won cheap off ebay (happy days!)
- Drop the back/drop the front
- Fit new fuel pump/fuel lines/service the engine

Thats about it to be honest. It took me about 12 hours or so to cut the paint back and it's still not perfect (very thin respray) but looks a million times better than it did. It's never going to win shows, I just want a nice useable fun car on a budget. It's incredibly solid and unmolested so I wanted to keep it semi stock Smile

I'm 3 weeks into it now, and I want to get it done within 6 weeks (so much for 'going slowly' eh) but I should be on track. Hopefully MOT it within a few weeks then will put it under cover and get it out for the spring when I've got enough saved for insurance and tax Smile

Driveway resto's in the winter are a bitch, by the time I get home its too dark or its raining so that has slowed things up

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PostSubject: Re: Billy the Barn Bug   Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:34 pm

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Hi Olly, what have you done with the wheels and tyres that came on the bug? i may be interested if you still have them, and they are what i think they are

Hi Phil, sorry but I sold those on ebay a fortnight ago mate. I wasn't a fan of them; even though I know 6" wolfraces (in VERY good condtion) are collectable. I sold them within 90 mins (!) which paid for almost all the bits I needed to buy for the car to put it back to stock. They looked too clumsy to me compared to some 5.5"/4.5" cal look combo I'll be running now. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Billy the Barn Bug   Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:35 pm

Mr Scoops wrote:
Looks good Olly, what work needs doing on it??

As above mate. I reckon another 20 hours work and I should be on schedule for a 6 week turn around Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Billy the Barn Bug   Mon Jan 24, 2011 9:44 am

love the bug olly, be good to see it on the road!!
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PostSubject: Re: Billy the Barn Bug   Mon Jan 24, 2011 4:00 pm

Nice one Olly.

Now keep this thread up to date!! lol
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PostSubject: Re: Billy the Barn Bug   Mon Jan 24, 2011 5:04 pm

sweet dude looking forward to seeing it.

oh and when ya getting a roof rack for it?
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PostSubject: Re: Billy the Barn Bug   Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:54 pm

little teaser for you.... still has 4-6" to drop if I want it!! mu ha ha!

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PostSubject: Re: Billy the Barn Bug   Fri Feb 25, 2011 9:56 pm

sorry for not updating this for a while, i'll add more pics soon

mot time next week.... massssssssive thanks to cliff for getting her running, has been a bit of a pain on the wallet so will be a couple months til i have enough saved for tax and insurance but cttp is my goal deadline Smile

will let you know how mot goes

a huge thanks to everyone who has helped me with cheap parts and tech issues. has ended up costing me three times its buying cost but its sooooo worth it, definite keeper i reckon

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PostSubject: Re: Billy the Barn Bug   Fri Feb 25, 2011 11:06 pm

nice work bud, be good to see you dubbing again
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PostSubject: Re: Billy the Barn Bug   Sat Feb 26, 2011 4:04 pm

Its been a bl@@dy hard few wks on billy but its gonna knock peoples socks off in the flesh at cttp
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PostSubject: Re: Billy the Barn Bug   Sat Feb 26, 2011 4:37 pm

cliff has worked his socks off on trying to sort the engine - its being a hit of a pig but almost everything has been replaced now so can only really be one or two things left to try (grrrrr bloody cars lol)
bodywork is looking much smarter, super solid and not like the farmers banger it once was Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Billy the Barn Bug   Sat Mar 12, 2011 6:31 pm

I think someone needs to fire some fresh pics on here dude.. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Billy the Barn Bug   Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:13 pm

hehe.... like these ones bud??

i cannot thank all of the DBS'ers who have made this happen with cheap parts/techy help, and for actually doing all the majority of mechanical work for me: cliff, who has been an incredible friend, and i'll be eternally grateful. rich has been... well, rich, and after trying to slam my bug to within 3cm of it's life he finally saw sense and broke the law and raised it back up a bit - it is still looooooow though and is settling lower by the hour eeek!! pics dont do it justice. see it in the flesh!

i will put a load of new photos of all the work (100+ hours!) up soon, it just takes so long on photobucket.









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PostSubject: Re: Billy the Barn Bug   Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:21 pm





(that was filter number 4! - luckily it's a lot cleaner now, but still needs a new tank to be right)
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PostSubject: Re: Billy the Barn Bug   Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:25 pm

looking good bud, i see rich lowered it dlightly lmao
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PostSubject: Re: Billy the Barn Bug   Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:28 pm

lol that is slightly compared to what it was... seriously!
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PostSubject: Re: Billy the Barn Bug   Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:28 pm

p.s. the really weird thing is, thats only stock height spline wise, just purely using the 2" red 9 design lowered spring plates - so it can be put back to stock anytime etc. winner!
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PostSubject: Re: Billy the Barn Bug   Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:34 pm

And it now has an mot! Lol
Looks cool matey, been a great project to be involved in
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PostSubject: Re: Billy the Barn Bug   Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:47 pm

haha... its been an utter ballache and a total b1tch for the last two days, but yeah haha when i look back to what it was when we started, it's been a brilliant journey. deadline for everything to be 100% is CTTP. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Billy the Barn Bug   Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:52 pm

looks f'ing ace mate ......BIG welcome back to aircooled dub world Cool .....byt the way ,you so don't need a new tank ,just use two tubs of the resin stuff we use on our scooters ....i've usde it on all my dubs ......its quite expensive (possibly cost you 30) ....but will seal ALL rust and a few holes permenantly


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PostSubject: Re: Billy the Barn Bug   Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:53 pm

Nice one Olly, looks fantastic!
Just need a set of wolfrace slots on that and it would be perfect!
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