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January 2015 - Now into its 17th year.
the years this website has been hosted by a number of providers. Some
like Reliant have gone to the pearly gates. My previous web
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
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
The Re Restoration of FGU
Its the 25th January
2015 and the
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
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.
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.
Bug Top Sidescreen Recovering.
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.
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
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
up the old frames and re paint. I used anti rust paint on mine.
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.
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
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.
the window Plastic to shape so its a larger then the hole.
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.
then need to stitch around the window as close as you can to the edge.
I used Nylon thread with leather needles.
you can hem the edges pinning it using the premarked pen lines
previously marked from the old side screens.
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.
you need to insert the frame You can then stitch around the outer edge
Bug Club Face book
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,
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