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Old 17th November 2013, 19:13   #1
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A brand new BigBoysToys engine, Missing parts, a Decade and more of resting.

The motorsporting stalwarts Sanjay Balu and Arjun Balu ( ITC Champion 2010 -2012 ) and their 1972 Beetle that never saw the light of the day since long. We got in touch through a common friend/t-bhp'ian Mr Sheriff ( imperial.s.a ) Over a formal conversation it was decided their car will land in Bangalore from Coimbatore at the second quarter of 2012. The car came in, yet we never got to meet. No project costs discussed, No time frame discussed, but i decided to give them a surprise. I got the car running the very next day it came in here

The process was smooth all through the restoration, our thought process and wavelengths matched to the "T" and hence began the restoration.

The team came in good throughout and the dream became a reality, enjoy the pics.
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So the bodywork done, primered, baked, painted, Baked and the untouched surface properly dried for more than 15 days. i approach my Best team for completing the fitting job, Apart from a Rear Glass from Sanjay's another Beetle and 2 quarter glass the car never had any glasses on it. Most of the engine tins missing, i got lucky at our local scrapyard and AtulTuff helped me with all the toughned glasses.

Few vital parts were provided by (TheBulletBoy ) Pankaj - jalopyShop and i was fortunate enough to get the Complete rubber set from J-Bugs thanks to Arjun and Sanjay for arranging them.

Over a period of the next 3 months, we got to do the fitting and the mechanic with his final suspension and engine tuning. By end of October we were test driving the car and we took the next 2 weeks in fine-tuning the car. Second week of November it was decided, the car will be delivered by 15th and i still had a lot of issues to iron out. but somehow things fell in place.
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And now for the final set of pics.

Arjun Balu and Sanjay Balu came over on 15th November 2013 and the car was driven along with their Other Restoration ( Peugeot 504 ) all the way from Bangalore to Coimbatore and i am glad they liked the car
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A couple of videos taken by me during testing

Just wish i had a professional photographer shoot this Art in Motion







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Another video from Sanjay Balu on the drive back to Coimbatore. Arjun Balu behind the wheel.

I am already missing this car


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Thats a very good restoration
The Bug always gives me a smile on my face
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Wow, thats a fine job sir, well done.

She looks just out of the showroom. Very rare to find such a fine example of the much loved bug. Would you be able to share with us, the costs involved or an approximate cost involved for a restoration job like this? keeping in mind the car is in working condition. thanks
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GREAT!!!! congratulations, all your time and hard work paid off real good.
such a master piece!
and did i notice a coco-cola can in the engine compartment?
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A superb restoration job carried out. The Beetle looks spanking new.
That the car did Bangalore-Coimbatore right after the restoration speaks volumes about the quality of work that was carried out.
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Hottest looking bug I have seen in a while.

Quick question -

1. What is the can of coca cola doing in the engine bay?

2. Is it advisable to go wider with the rubber on the rear tyres? Would add to the stance. *I have the Porsche Singer in mind while I type this*
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Oh so droolworthy!. Lovely restoration. The paint job really stands out!

Oh what fun it must be to drive one...
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Hottest looking bug I have seen in a while.

Quick question -

1. What is the can of coca cola doing in the engine bay?

2. Is it advisable to go wider with the rubber on the rear tyres? Would add to the stance. *I have the Porsche Singer in mind while I type this*

Coca Cola wrap is Pavan Kadam's signature in the engine bay and wider tyres in the rear - advisable ? Its all got to do with the cal look and added horsepower iceman. As you would know the Beetle is tail happy

At the end of the day, we are glad Pavan helped us finish a project and that too to a level we did not dare to want in 1995 with import restrictions and all that on all the beetle bits. To have such a car today we are thrilled to bits.

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Another video from Sanjay Balu on the drive back to Coimbatore. Arjun Balu behind the wheel.

I am already missing this car


Pavan all you have to do is get yourself to coimbatore and drive -
Offer open anytime.

For those who dont know AB is concerned about his other baby - the LC

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Coca Cola wrap is Pavan Kadam's signature in the engine bay and wider tyres in the rear - advisable ? Its all got to do with the cal look and added horsepower iceman. As you would know the Beetle is tail happy

At the end of the day, we are glad Pavan helped us finish a project and that too to a level we did not dare to want in 1995 with import restrictions and all that on all the beetle bits. To have such a car today we are thrilled to bits.
Absolutely. The restoration is a fine example of worksmanship and detail. I am jealous of you already.
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Pavan kadam , what a restoration . Excellent is the only word I can use here , love this beetle . Alloys are looking stunning on this car , very good choice .
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