V8stealthbeetle Project

Just after we bought the Escort, Carl decided to buy a V8stealthbeetle. This consists of a purpose built chassis from 3L Engineering and Design in South Africa. There are only 100 being made and we have number 5 of 100.

The chassis and all of the running gear are supplied and all we would need to acquire would be a classic beetle shell, and an engine and gearbox.

We found a beetle shell in Taunton for £700. Ideal!

From banger to beauty… or that’s the plan

We then bought an Audi R8 engine and a gearbox from Ebay and we were ready to start.

We picked up the crate containing all of the 800 parts which arrived from South Africa and finally had the time to open it and look inside

The components from South Africa

We excitedly unpacked everything and set to work putting all the parts onto the chassis. I only have very basic mechanical knowledge but this project is so easy to build that even I can do it.

Carl built a frame for the chassis to stand on to make it a workable height for us.

Doug, from the company who we bought the chassis and components from, came to England to interview us for their YouTube channel and to see how we were getting on. You can watch this by following this link https://youtu.be/zYF-d9iAocI

Carl, myself and Doug

We are now at the stage where we need to get the beetle shell stripped down and and cut to fit the chassis before it goes off to be sand blasted. We will keep you posted

If you are interested in buying your own v8stealthbeetle, please get in touch and we will.give you the details

Mark I Escort Project

I bought a 1974 Mark I Escort from Ebay for £4,000. When I saw it I realised it had lime green road paint all over the paintwork as it had been stood outside a paint factory.

I knew straight away that it would have to be sand blasted back to metal even though the panels were in pretty good shape.

I got it home and started to strip it down, labelling each part carefully as I removed them so I would remember where they go. It would be months before I put them back on the car and would quickly forget what went where.

And so it began …….

Even my cat wanted to get involved

The shelving unit full of labelled parts

The Escort came back last weekend from the sand blasters so hopefully I can start replacing any panels which are beyond repair. The car is quite solid actually so won’t need too many.