Sunday, February 23, 2014

Happines is....

an old split window beetle and an abandoned gravel road......

Hessich Oldendorff - Petermax Rennen - Prototyp Museum

Memories for a lifetime...!
We visited CSP, the prototyp museum in Hamburg, and participated in the Petermax Müller memorial race from Hamburg to Hessich. I really recommend a visit to these places - you will not be disappointed.
As usual, I took too few photos, but here are a couple....

On the way to Germany...!

It was a great day when we could finally go onboard the Kiel ferry and head towards Germany. Had good company from a lot of fellow vw friends as well =)

Preparations - Hessich Oldendorff

Although the car was finally registered, there was still a lot of small things to sort out. After all, we were going to the Hessich Oldendorff Show in Germany in just a few days time, and we wanted the trip to be smooth..... =)

As we were going to participate in the Petermax Müller memorial race as well, the car had to be "rally equipped" as well....

The seat belts came off Ebay... Old USAF belts from the late '50ies. Better than nothing at all... ;-)

"MOT" time

Since the car had been off the road since 1975, I had to do some tracing on paperwork and also show the car to the road authority in Norway. With all papers in hand, the car was checked and approved by vegvesenet 29. May 2013. A great day!

First start

Things were coming together, and it was finally time to push the old gal out in the daylight again. Its looking a bit better now than when we pushed it inside the barn in 2006!

The doorpieces are the ones that were on the car when it came to Norway in 1958. Artex of sweden. Since they have been on the car for so long, I opted to keep them and just made some new plates to mount them on.


I had some great help from a friend, T2man, sorting out the electrics. But the headlights I had to wire myself. It took me the whole evening, but I got there in the end. Bright light! =)


I have collected old, original carpet pieces on various vw shows during the years, in both Sweden, Norway and Germany. Finally it was time to install some of them =)

The seats are the car's original. looking quite ok for being 60+ years..


It was nice to get the windows installed. New window rubbers all around, and a NOS front windshield from an old storage. It still has the sticker with the part no. on it =)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Both the car and its engine are getting some attention these days....still only small steps, but at least its going straight forward..... =)

Friday, July 30, 2010

Steering and shock absorbers

The front suspension is finally coming together - could also mount the steering wheel when I was in the garage last week =)

The car's original lever shocks were a bit "sloppy", so new ones had to be purchased. Good ones are not exactly easy to find.....but suddenly a pair in good condition turned up - just five minutes away! Hope to get these on the car next week =) 

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Rollin', rollin'

Last night, we had a delayed spring cleaning of the sechs volt barn, coupled with a nice barbeque served by farmer oval57 and girlfriend. After the "need to do" barn cleaning, we did the "nice to do". With some skilled help, the front drums  were mounted in seconds. I couldn't resist the opportunity to trialfit one front fender to see how it all would come together... =)

When we left the barn, the car was rollin' on all four wheels - many years have passed since the last time that happened...!

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Front suspension....

Swapping the torsion leaves from the old suspension and over to the new one, is a messy thing.....grease all over....thanks to knechten for lending a pair of hands!

The front drums are repainted and new wheel bearings are inserted....the backing plates have had new brake parts mounted.on the wheels again before the summer holiday????


This 30 hp engine might not get anybody excited....but it is in quite good shape, and it will serve it's purpose until some vintage speed will enter the car (next winter). I rebuilt the carb and fuel pump, just to be sure. I do not regret making the reart valance removable - it was a whole new thing to fit an engine =)

Saturday, February 27, 2010


The brakes are of course an important part of any restoration... When removing the rear drums, the rear brakes were rather dusty and full of spiderwebs....

But its coming together nicely - assembled the left side the other day =)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Mating body to chassis

A beautiful evening in the 6V barn, the stars were shining....and the body joined to the pan once again for the first time in a long, long time. "Trialfitted" the tires as well, whitewall Firestones never go out of style.... ;-)

Later on, the two were mounted together with the original, renovated 14 mm "kamax" bolts. Note frame number, dating the car to July 1950.


New floorpans had been fitted earlier. However, the correct seat rails were missing. A set of good old were purchased, and welded in place.

Sanding, cleaning and then painting the 'pan was plain joy.... =)