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Old 26th June 2014, 09:20   #1
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Default 1968 VW Beetle Restoration - From God's own Country

Yes, yet another 1968 VW Beetle belonging to Dr Philip Varghese, Ex-Bangalore car came down from Gods own Country. Looked Solid, a decent runner, but the paint job was past its prime, Engine used to overheat on short runs and a few electrical and mechanical Blunders.

A Straight forward approach and the goal towards achieving a simple Stock look with No modifications whatsoever and inching towards originality. But knowing me, i added my own touch in concurrence with Dr.
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PAINT JOB - A simple Two-tone Glasurit Paint job, Origianal VW Kansas Beige on top and a dash or Pearl white for the other half. And 3 coats of Glasurit Clear coat.


MECHANICAL MODS -
1) Gas filled Shocks
2) Electronic Distributor with Flame thrower
3) Re-jetting the 32 PICT carb
4) Valve grinding and Re-adjusting the gaps
5) Replacement Tail-pipes
6) Brand new Brakes, including the Master and wheel cylinders, Metal brake hoses and rubber flexible hoses replaced
7) Copper fuel pipe
8) New Clutch components

UPHOLSTERY - Again a Two-tone Beige Fabric - Brown Rexine combination with Cream Roof-lining and Oat-meal loop carpets

COSMETIC - all original fittings with gravel guards as accessories and one flagpost lights upfront and Rim beauty Trims

ELECTRICALS - New Finolex divided wiring loom, with battery kill switch, and a Brand new Alternator.
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That is a beauty you have there buddy! Congrats on the same, and excellent job from my perspective. Hopefully, in some time, I hope to have a beetle in hand as well.
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No words to express my feelings. i don't think, i will find any in the oxford dictionary. Superb work.

The color of Paint selected, the application and attention to details. Superb.

The way the interiors are restored not to factory standard. In my opinion they are far superior than what VW made it in 60's.

Your attention to detail and your demand for utmost quality clearly shows. I wish you many happy miles in your new Beetle. And thanks a ton for sharing a beautiful restoration project.

And last but not the least. The number plates somehow look old and i personally prefer the RTA approved fonts and sizes. Please get it fixed.
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Beautiful that bug looks now! Hats off to your attention for detail and the subtle mods, though not cosmetic. The paint looks very nice and the interiors look top notch. BTW, did you change the nickel plated bumpers? If not, how did you manage to get a shining look to them as they looked rusted before the restoration?
At last, I would re-iterate Gemi's concern - that number plate looks slightly out of place now. Get the standard plates.
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As they say, old is gold. If you don't mind sharing, how much was the entire cost of restoration.
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Love the interiors, especially the upholstery tone and the steering wheel. IMO a livelier paint job would have restored the spirit of the beetle even better. Enjoy the ride!
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Love the interiors, especially the upholstery tone and the steering wheel. IMO a livelier paint job would have restored the spirit of the beetle even better. Enjoy the ride!
True. Though the current color is very nice too, but the stock yellow color would have been in the spirit of the Beetle.
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Yet another lovely bug rolls out of your workshop. Its a pleasure to see you restore these ageing beauties and giving them a much deserved new lease of life.

I wanted to pay you a visit, while I was in Bangalore two weeks back, but due to prior commitments I could not do so. Hopefully the next time I am in Bangalore.

As I hail from Kerala and since there are a good numbers of bugs out there, would be a delight to see one in flesh and specially one, which has been restored by you.
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Great Restoration. Wish i could get my hands on a Classic Beetle as well.
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This is absolute beauty personified. The best part I liked about it were the interiors. Really neat. The color doesn't appeal to me much but that's just my opinion but it's phenomenally restored. Engine bay looks well set and neat too.
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The colour you have chosen has enhanced the beauty of the car. Hats off to your attention to detail. Wish you many happy miles ahead.
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Pawan,
Beautiful restoration. Kudos to your imagination and execution excellence with attention to detail!
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Another gorgeous beetle ready to turn heads and twist necks in Gods Own Country. The engine bay looks really neat and also love the ambient white lighting inside. Can't wait to bump into it somewhere! Pawan, I'll get in touch with you soon regarding my Bug - great to see the enthusiasm you have for bringing Bugs back on the road.
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Simply beautiful.
Brilliant attention to detailing.
Love the footwell lights.
Please share some pictures of the interiors in daylight.
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