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Re: 66 Fastback....

Post by Editor » 24th November 2014 - 3:27am

The Type 3 is pretty good in snow, but the tyres make a lot of difference. In '67 there were a few inches of snow in Bristol, and my '59 Beetle still had the original cross-plies on (50,000 miles and only half-worn!), but they wouldn't manage in the snow very easily. Called in at the tyre place on Cheltenham Road (long gone I expect), fitted a pair of Pirelli CF67 Cinturatos on the rear and climbed Nine-Tree Hill (about 1-in-3 gradient). Brilliant tyres, but wore out quicker than ZXs.
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Re: 66 Fastback....

Post by Rich Oakley » 28th November 2014 - 10:16pm

Great info Dave.

I fitted my Fastback with brand new XZX's a couple of years ago. My car was originally supplied by Modern Light Cars with crossplies, but ZX radials were an option on Volkswagens in 1966 (it states this in the original instruction manual).

My Garnet Red '59 still wears crossplies, as do my 1956 Oval Cabrio, 1956 Oval Beetle, 1957 Camper and 1947 Beetle.

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Post by Editor » 29th November 2014 - 2:20am

I've probably said this before, but my Beetle was supplied originally by Modern Light Cars in Holdenhurst Rd, Bournemouth. The '58 Beetle and '64 Variant my father bought new also come from them. Mr Pink was the service manager.
I remember when putting the Beetle onto radials, I thought something was wrong when the back seemed to slide, but it was just the flexible sidewalls compared with the harder crossplies.
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Re: 66 Fastback....

Post by miketyp3 » 1st December 2014 - 2:13pm

Rich Oakley wrote:My Garnet Red '59 still wears crossplies, as do my 1956 Oval Cabrio, 1956 Oval Beetle, 1957 Camper and 1947 Beetle.
Now you're just showing off Rich!
Not a bad collection you have... 8)
Thanks for the sunvisor btw. :D

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Re: 66 Fastback....

Post by Rich Oakley » 12th September 2015 - 9:03am

It was my car's 50th birthday on 1st September and it was recently used for a photo shoot in Classic Car Weekly to celebrate 50 years of the Fastback.....

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Re: 66 Fastback....

Post by purplepeter » 12th September 2015 - 10:37am

Nice pics & Happy Birthday to Your Car Rich!
I'm curious about the position of Your Coil though..

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Re: 66 Fastback....

Post by Rich Oakley » 12th September 2015 - 2:50pm

purplepeter wrote:Nice pics & Happy Birthday to Your Car Rich!
I'm curious about the position of Your Coil though..
Thanks Peter. The position of the coil is correct for early 1600 engines. I have a NOS 6v black one to fit on it when I get the time.

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Re: 66 Fastback....

Post by Havana Henry » 13th September 2015 - 2:44pm

Take it out on Thursday for a spin Rich?

It's that time of the month you know
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Re: 66 Fastback....

Post by Rich Oakley » 14th September 2015 - 10:38pm

Havana Henry wrote:Take it out on Thursday for a spin Rich?

It's that time of the month you know

It is indeed James. Unfortunately, I'm not going to be around (again).

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Re: 66 Fastback....

Post by Rich Oakley » 17th August 2017 - 12:10pm

My lovely old Fastback gets used so infrequently, but in the last seven days, I have used it to travel from Leicestershire to Luton, Central London, Kent, Swindon, Bath, Birmingham and back to Leicestershire, followed by a return trip to Luton airport! Lots of miles added to the odometer which now reads 114,510. People seem to be amazed when I fly past them in the fast lane of the motorway :D Two people pulled up beside me at traffic lights and asked what kind of engine was in the car! Type 3s are officially amazing!

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Re: 66 Fastback....

Post by miketyp3 » 18th August 2017 - 5:42pm

It still looks stunning Rich, and good to hear to hear its running well.
Have you moved to Leicestershire then?
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Re: 66 Fastback....

Post by Rich Oakley » 18th August 2017 - 5:48pm

miketyp3 wrote:
18th August 2017 - 5:42pm
It still looks stunning Rich, and good to hear to hear its running well.
Have you moved to Leicestershire then?
Hi Mike,

Yep, just up the road from Brixworth.

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Post by miketyp3 » 18th August 2017 - 7:09pm

Really!
My workshop is in Brixworth!!
Call me if you're passing through.

Market Harborough?
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Re: 66 Fastback....

Post by Havana Henry » 18th August 2017 - 9:55pm

Looks great Rich, fantastic to see it's being used regularly and that you're thrashing the nuts off it.

See you soon.

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Re: 66 Fastback....

Post by Rich Oakley » 20th August 2017 - 12:36pm

miketyp3 wrote:
18th August 2017 - 7:09pm
Really!
My workshop is in Brixworth!!
Call me if you're passing through.

Market Harborough?
Yep, Harborough. Will give you a bell v.soon.

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Re: 66 Fastback....

Post by Rich Oakley » 20th August 2017 - 12:37pm

Havana Henry wrote:
18th August 2017 - 9:55pm
Looks great Rich, fantastic to see it's being used regularly and that you're thrashing the nuts off it.

See you soon.

James.
You know me well James :D See you on Thurs.

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Re: 66 Fastback....

Post by Joe_bury » 28th August 2017 - 1:18am

That's such a stunning Fastback, please keep it original 'as is' doesn't need anything done. Great work well done

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Re: 66 Fastback....

Post by broady_6 » 28th August 2017 - 9:22pm

Yeah, i love an original car. And great condition for a comaprtively high miler
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Re: 66 Fastback....

Post by Rich Oakley » 28th August 2017 - 10:47pm

Joe_bury wrote:
28th August 2017 - 1:18am
That's such a stunning Fastback, please keep it original 'as is' doesn't need anything done. Great work well done
Fear not, I don't do 'modified'.

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Re: 66 Fastback....

Post by broady_6 » 2nd September 2017 - 9:01am

Rich Oakley wrote:
28th August 2017 - 10:47pm
Joe_bury wrote:
28th August 2017 - 1:18am
That's such a stunning Fastback, please keep it original 'as is' doesn't need anything done. Great work well done
Fear not, I don't do 'modified'.
:D
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