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RidinRetro1973
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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unrestored Sports Bug

What a find! Does your car still have the black taper-tip exhausts?


I have a NOS pair of these, are they worth anything?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd be interested in them for my restoration.

What you looking to get for them? Got any photos?

Thanks


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unrestored Sports Bug

What a find! Does your car still have the black taper-tip exhausts?


I have a NOS pair of these, are they worth anything?

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CWAVE wrote:
I'd be interested in them for my restoration.

What you looking to get for them? Got any photos?

Thanks


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Rome wrote:
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unrestored Sports Bug

What a find! Does your car still have the black taper-tip exhausts?


I have a NOS pair of these, are they worth anything?


Please post a pic, bidding war! LOL
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those are so cool. I love seeing old parts in the original boxes.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For all the nice things CWAVE said about my old beater, I will bow out of the bidding. His bugs need these tips more than mine; mine is a long ways off from restoration.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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For your enjoyment here's one from NJ which I've admired at many meets; this shot from 2005-
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I got bad news for you Rome, that's one of the last pic's taken of Bill's Sports Bug. A week or so after that was taken there was an unforgiving fire in his garage.

Shield your eyes, this is pretty gruesome.

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Fortunately, Bill had insurance, he rebuilt a bigger and better garage, and a nicer Sports Bug.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I swear that for a fraction of a second I could smell that when I saw the picture. Sad
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

...looking forward for photos of the build progress...
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My plan for this weekend is to put the complete Sports Bug away in the trailer and pull the second "Sports Bug Shell" out and into the garage. It's still full of snow and ice, so first things first will be to thaw it out and see what the damage is.

Upon closer examination, it appears that the previous owner took a sawsall to the bottom of the A Pillar just above the door hinge on each side. I recall that he was telling me he had trouble getting the screws out to take the doors off. My first choice would NOT have been to hack the doors off in that manner. Actually that would have NEVER been an option in my mind. But what's done is done.

Once I get the car (what's left of it) into the garage and thawed out, I'm going to do a quick assessment of the panels I'm going to need to order, and get my order in. Sooner I get my order submitted, the sooner I can start digging into this project and undo the damage that's been done.

So, end of the coming weekend, beginning of next week I should have some more detailed photos of the beginning of the restoration/investigation.

Can't wait to start digging into this project.

I'm also going to have to figure out a way of supporting the body for the time being. The only support the body has right now is the roof, so I'm going to have to be gentle. What I might do is do a quick measurement off my complete Sports Bug on the door openings, and weld in a piece of steel of the correct length at the same spot on the shell, just to stabilize the body somewhat. It's not stable at all right now.


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...looking forward for photos of the build progress...

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I got bad news for you Rome, that's one of the last pic's taken of Bill's Sports Bug.

J, I know; I know. The next year when I spoke to him and asked about the car he told me the sad news. I couldn't believe it until he showed me the same photo you just posted. I did not want to let any Samba reader down with that fact after I posted my photo. Dang- that was such an appealing car- the lowered front, the 1915cc engine; everything done top-notch.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:22 am    Post subject: 73 sports bug Reply with quote

love the sports bug!, I'm mostly finished with my project other than a few bits here and there. keep us posted with your project.

here's a pic of my sport bug before putting body back on frame

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fun to watch this thread, I purchased new a 73 Sports Bug and truly loved the car. I seem to remember that the reverse gear was a problem for that particular model and mine was changed before I took possession of the car from the dealer.

It sure did attract lots of bumble bee's. Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 5:57 pm    Post subject: Re: 73 sports bug Reply with quote

Great pictures of your painted Sports Bug body. Hope mine will look as good when it's at that point.

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love the sports bug!, I'm mostly finished with my project other than a few bits here and there. keep us posted with your project.

here's a pic of my sport bug before putting body back on frame

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One day ahead of schedule, I managed to get the complete car into the trailer and the first of two that I'm going to restore into the garage.

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And here's the complete car ready to go into the the trailer.

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Tomorrow I'll dry it out and start looking at what needs to be purchased to get this project rolling.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just discovered something kind of cool. My two Sports Bugs are only 6 cars apart in serial numbers. Thought that was kinda neat! They probably saw each other on the assembly line.

The build date on both car's door stickers are 03/73
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting... They may have arrived in Canada on the same boat, or even sold through the same dealer. What are the odds of having them both?

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got the history of both cars from their respective owners, and it appears that they were both sold from the same dealer here in Edmonton, Alberta Canada.

I have a friend in Ontario. When we were teenagers in the 80's he had a Sports bug (that car is now long gone), and has recently restored another. The serial numbers of the car he owned in his youth, and the one that he has now are only 5 cars apart. Crazy huh!

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Interesting... They may have arrived in Canada on the same boat, or even sold through the same dealer. What are the odds of having them both?

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CWAVE wrote:
I got the history of both cars from their respective owners, and it appears that they were both sold from the same dealer here in Edmonton, Alberta Canada.

I have a friend in Ontario. When we were teenagers in the 80's he had a Sports bug (that car is now long gone), and has recently restored another. The serial numbers of the car he owned in his youth, and the one that he has now are only 5 cars apart. Crazy huh!

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Interesting... They may have arrived in Canada on the same boat, or even sold through the same dealer. What are the odds of having them both?

-Sam


I seem to remember that dealers only received 2-3 Sport Bugs at the most. So, this story makes sense.
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