68 fastback - Marko's old car - bits n bobs!

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68 fastback - Marko's old car - bits n bobs!

Post by kinga » 12th September 2016 - 9:10pm

Hi all,

A couple of months ago, I stumbled across a really nice 68 fastback for sale.

Managed to get the wife to (well, sort of!) agree to sell our (her?) beetle, which was very nice, to buy this fastback.

Drove a round trip of 680 miles to buy it, but it was worth the drive.

It's mint and it drives so nice, first time i've ever driven a type 3.

I'm afraid i can't report on any restoration work to be done by me as there is none!

I have deliberately referred to this as Marko's old car as, whilst it is now mine, Marko should take all the credit for the amazing work he has done on it to bring it up to the condition it is in now.

So, all I can really report on is the bits'n;bobs I do on the car to put my stamp on it - not really a lot I can do, but thought you m ay like to see the bibs n' bobs I do.

So, here's how I bought the car, exactly as Marko left it, condition wise, when he finished restoring it a couple of years ago, albeit now possibly a touch higher & on stock rims/hub caps.

Height wise, I do like my cars lowered (the beetle was lowered, as is my 64 bus) but I reckon the fasty is spot on, and it drives so well I am gonna leave well alone (although if I put some adjustable spring plates on the back, I could drop it down an inch...look, here I go again)...

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Just out of interest, here's my bus...

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So, first job is to get some tunes in it, as there's currently no stereo.

I wanted a stock look, so was looking out for an OEM radio with MP3 connectivity - whilst we were on holiday recently in Norfolk, I decided to bite the bullet & buy a RetroSound, so ordered it whilst I was away, so I had something to look forward to when the holiday was over.

Came home to this pile of bits..

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Which soon turned into this..

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It's a Retrosound Hermosa, so FM, MP3, MP3, Bluetooth - you buy the unit then buy the relevant face plate/knobs separately - I chose the type 3/Karmann Ghia facplate with the chrome rear knobs & black/silver Blaupunkt 'Classic' looking front knobe.

Made a bracket to support the stereo under the centre of the dash..

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Made it out of some quite heavy gauge steel so it was reasonably robust, but then decided to lighten it (hence the holes) as it was a bit on the heavy side.

Just finished mounting it this evening (not wired it up yet) so apologies for the photos which are a bit crap as I took them in the dark. I will take some better ones when I get chance in the light but hopefully you get the picture..

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Bought a hidden aerial so I don't have to drill through the front wings, and I also wanted to hide the speakers.

When I was on holiday a few years back in Weymouth we went to car boot sale and I found some speakers still in the box - paid £3 for them so thought I would use those.

When I opened the box, I found the 6 month guarantee ran out in July 1988, so they have been in the box for 28 years - perfect!

Made some boxes out of some old board I had knocking about in the garage, covered them in some old carpet I took out of an old bus and mounted the speakers - they fit under the seat perfectly.

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Not expecting to win any sound-offs but reckon the set up should be ok for some reasonable sounds.

Will post up again when I do any other little jobs, like maybe some alloys....

Like I say, no big resto thread but thought you may enjoy some tinkering stories.

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Re: 68 fastback - Marko's old car - bits n bobs!

Post by kinga » 13th September 2016 - 8:19pm

better photo..

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Post by Marko » 13th September 2016 - 8:29pm

glad it still looks amazing! everyone I speak to always comments on how crazy I was to sell it! well there's nothing I can do about that now!

by the way I still have the sub box I built for this in the loft, if ever you fell the need for a sub you can have it! (collection only though).

here's a link to the audio I did in it!

https://www.talkstuff.net/ipb/index.php ... ct/page-17
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Post by kinga » 15th September 2016 - 5:47pm

Thanks for the offer Mark - will bear it in mind if I am ever in your neck of the woods, but bit too far to make a special journey to collect it!

Some good work going on there with the stereo - bet that sounded ok!

My set up won't be very powerful, but hoping it should be ok for some 'background' music!

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Post by col1600 » 16th September 2016 - 1:38pm

hello mate

you got yaself a lovely motor there, i followed markos thread and he carried out some very nice work on her (and at some pace as well)..doesn't matter what little bits you do to her its always nice to keep up with the story as it goes on, so keep it coming..

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Post by kinga » 27th November 2016 - 11:13am

Couldn't really decide on wheels (I am a bit of a wheel junkie & always changing my mind!).

I do like the stock look, but wanted to put my own stamp on the car, so I was looking out for some gas burners.

Couldn't find any used ones, then my mate told me that the guy who he has just sold his beetle to is taking the repro sprintstars off, so I had them off him.

They came with brand new tyres, but the sizes were all wrong for my suspension set up - it had 165/65/15s on the front, ideal for a slammed type 3, but as mine only looks to have been lowered a smidge, there was too much of a gap between the top of the tyre & the wheel arch at the front. Also there were 155/80 on the back which looked a bit too narrow for the rear.

So, I put the 155s on the front & had some 185/65/15s I had knocking about fitted for the back.

I reckon it looks about spot on for my use now - its not that low but the car gets used with the whole family & we have a lot of speed bumps where we are (I have had rubbing issues with the beetle I sold to buy this fasty & also on my bus so nice not to have any rubbing issues on this!)..

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Post by Marko » 27th November 2016 - 11:18am

looks spot on, very nice indeed!
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Post by col1600 » 27th November 2016 - 11:40am

You'll need oxygen your up that High!!!

Its sometimes horses for courses, it needs to be practical for family use, I bet It rides like a dream..
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Post by kinga » 27th November 2016 - 7:48pm

lol.

Does drive like a dream, yes.

Maybe like it an inch lower, but not inclined to mess around with inner & outer splines at the mo..

but never say never!

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Post by kinga » 20th February 2017 - 10:14pm

Just fitted my new pressie to myself - NOS mudflaps.

Spent some time trying to get them to fit spot on, as I have OCD when it comes to things needing to be straight and look just right.

I had to fit a couple of small brackets to drop the mudflaps down a smidge on the inside.

I have not drilled any holes in the arch and not sure I am going to need to..the are quite firm thanks to the rubber lip which slips over the inside of the arch.

Will try and get some better piccies from further away, but close up..

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Post by broady_6 » 11th July 2017 - 9:03pm

they look very smart sir. always been a fan of mud flaps. I think it comes from my love of rallying in the good ole days!
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Post by kinga » 14th July 2017 - 9:52pm

Top 10 trophy at Deva a couple of weeks back - well chuffed!

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