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Updated August 2014
Fitting a Temperature Gauge
Many these days change the bug engine for the later 850 lump.
Although this is not an hard task a few jobs need to be done including
changing the back plate and if using the old gearbox the flywheel. One
item that tends to get left is the Temperature Gauge-The calibration is
different on the 850 engine to the earlier engine. As the Warminster
Bug was running hot last year I decided to fit an electronic one but
didn't like the idea of drilling holes in the body or mounting it in an
area that was to conspicuous. I have solved the problem by
mounting it using a plastic plate covered in period vinyl. The mounting
plate if cut to the right dimensions can then be pop riveted onto the
control box. The wiring can then be taken from the area. One wire goes
to the sender, One to earth (I used the one on the control unit). One
to the Fuse box. This needs to be the ignition fuse so is only on when
the ignition is on. I fitted an in line fuse box to. The units have
light so a wire can be run up from the main wire on the dip switch to
the unit and the other to the same earth. As yet I have not tested it
so will keep you informed.The Restoration of the Warminster Bug.
the winter the fluid from the brake cylinder leaked out all over my
newly sprayed foot well and basically buggered it up. I have had to
strip out the brake and clutch mounting and completely re do the
area. The new paint has blended in ok and both the cylinders
have been cleaned out. If you leave your cylinders for a length of time
I suspect the hygroscopic properties of brake fluid encourage a rust
build up where the front seal is located. Rust will then get drawn into
the cylinder barrel and get under the seal causing a leak.
I have also repainted each cylinder and used clear lacquer to give the whole assembly a better look.
Loxwood Rally 2014
Loxwood event is a fairly small rally but its probably the friendliest
and cheapest in a season. It takes place on alternate years in the
village hall and play field.
This year along with the normal Bond mini cars, BMW Isettas, Messerschmitt Etc there was a nice Gogomobile plus 10 Bugs.
The great thing about these events is we manage to see some historic and beautiful parts of the country.
This time it was to Hollycombe Steam Collection
in Liphook Hants. A steam fair including a Big wheel, Gallopers
and chair rides is on permanent display. Also on site is a Steam
locomotive that winds thought the estate and manages as if by magic to
arrive back at the station. Among the grounds are sheds and a steam
farm. Alas a lot of it looks like it could do with a few more
volunteers. A shed contains about 7 or 8 non working stationary
These in my opinion would not take a great deal to restore.
We had a large convoy and Hollycombe gave a generous discount for the group.
I would recommend this place if your in the area .
Sundays rally was a lazy affair with Loxwood Hall providing the car parking for a mixed collection of Microcar.
Thanks to Les and Sue Gore plus the team who put the event on. Great Job as usual.
Bug Club Membership
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.
Join the Bug Club
you need a Bug part Please feel free to give Dave a ring on 01424
are ploughed back into the scheme to enable the production of
some of the rarer Bug Parts.
you have a need for a part to be re manufactured please feel free to