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January 2015 - Now into its 17th year.

Over the years this website has been hosted by a number of providers. Some like Reliant have gone to the pearly gates. My previous web site was hosted by Virgin and currently is still on line. However Virgin have now joined forces with Talk Talk and it appears as if their web hosting is going to be a thing of the past. I'm not sure if the old site will still be visible in a few months time although some of it is still viewable at the globalnet domain. For those new to the scene this old site is worth a look as it features the demise of Reliant and although dated still has some interesting articles. The plan is to transfer some of the old articles and update them onto this site. The first of these is the Bug production figures. As I'm now the Bug Club Historian I would like to continue the good work by the previous historians on gathering more information on the Bond Bug. So if you have a snippet of information perhaps an old photo I would love to hear from you. I can be mailed at ivanhsmith@hotmail.com.



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The Re Restoration of FGU


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 Its the 25th January 2015 and the middle of winter. So what are we up to in Britain ? Hiding away over log fires drinking cocoa. Nah not me I'm out there restoring my trusted Bug. FGU was restored 24 years ago and has been all over Europe including the top of Norway but alas its showing its age. Leaving it outside in all weathers has not been kind plus the canopy support strut has buckled the canopy so badly it needs completely restoring. Quite how Im going to do this I'm not really sure.

   I thought it might make a welcome edition to the site if I tried to do an online diary on the restoration process. I know a few Bugs are being restored at the moment and so it may help inspire others.The interior has now been done (some of that is covered in the article below) but the bodywork really needed tackling.

The canopy has bowed to such an extent the window rubbers were coming away at the base of the screen. I decided to remove the screen and in about 10 minutes it was out. First the chrome strip was prized out then starting from the drivers side bottom edge I leavered and pushed the screen from the rubber and pulled it out. Job Done. Next I removed the plastic trim I wont re use this as its tired but will keep it for reference. The interior mirror was unscrewed, The lights disconnected and windscreen wiper motor removed
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I knew the canopy hinges needed replacing so have obtained a new set
. I couldn't be asked to
try and remove the hinge bolts
as I knew they were probably going to snap so I lifted the canopy slightly and cut through the hinges with an angle grinder. I wouldn't recommend this method if you have a body that is not in need of restoration as it will leave an couple of indents.
With the help of a mate we then lifted the whole lot of and placed it into the shed.




Bond Bug Top Sidescreen Recovering.


    What a bloody job ! I have completed this task before and I must admit it was not one I was looking forward to. The plan was to finish the interior restoration complete with Re covering top and Bottom side screens by the end of Winter. I have now done this task with the aid of a hand cranked vintage sewing machine. I don't profess to be an expert in dressmaking although I have used the trusty machine on many occasions. For those of you who may fancy having a go at recovering the upper side screens and have the equipment here's how I did it.

  Firstly you need the vinyl and the see through plastic for the window. The Vinyl is available from various sellers I got mine on E bay, The window plastic is available from Woolies trim supply. I used Vybac as its thicker then some of the others but still sews OK. You need Nylon thread and needles for the Machine that are up to doing leather work.

  You need to carefully remove the plastic from your old frames using a sharp knife. These can then be used as a pattern for both the vinyl and the clear window.

  Clean up the old frames and re paint. I used anti rust paint on mine.
  Lay out your new vinyl upside down and mark out the new screens allowing a couple of inches extra. You will need 4 - 2 either side.
2 sections of rectangular vinyl are needed for the flaps that go on the inside. Hem the 2 shorter edges then fold in half. Stitch a channel for the steel bar to be inserted then stitch up the 2 ends
  Cut out the vinyl then mark up using a pattern for the window. Cut the hole in the vinyl for the window then use this as a pattern for the other one so the 2 match.
  Cut the window Plastic to shape so its a larger then the hole.
  Stick the plastic window to the inside of one side of the vinyl using plastic parcel tape. Next add the 2nd sheet of vinyl so the window is sandwiched between the two.I initially parcel taped the 2 halves together around the window. This was not a good idea as the tape stuck like shit to a blanket. Sellotape was better but maybe using pins would be a better idea.
  You then need to stitch around the window as close as you can to the edge. I used Nylon thread with leather needles.
  Next you can hem the edges pinning it using the premarked pen lines previously marked from the old side screens.
  Stitch the inner flap -This need to be in an upright position so the flap folds back over the stitches. Care needs to be used to ensure its located correctly. Use the old screens as a guide.
  Next you need to insert the frame You can then stitch around the outer edge



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Bug Club Face book page


Ron Biggin has been busy as Bug club membership secretary and has created a Facebook page for the Bug Club. In its first few days the page has been well liked and a few folks have posted photographs. If you would like to have a look the link is above,


 

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Bug Club Membership

I have redesigned the Bug Club Membership form linked to Rorys and my own site. It initially printed out as 3 pages, But with a bit of jiggery pockery it should now be printing out as one. I have been liaising with Ron Biggin Re the Bug Club Membership, As more folks now use PayPal we have made this an option for everybody as opposed to those living outside the UK.
 If you fancy joining or rejoining the club and would like to use PayPal could you add 1.00 This covers the PayPal charges .
Those new to the club would be best to print out the membership form or copy and paste it into a word document.

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If you need a Bug part Please feel free to give Dave a ring on 01424 446078
Proceeds are ploughed back into the scheme to enable the production of some of the rarer Bug Parts.
If you have a need for a part to be re manufactured please feel free to ask.
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dave_bug_ore@hotmail.com .

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