Dominic - My 1973 1303 project.

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Dominic - My 1973 1303 project.

Post by Gordon H » Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:38 pm

Hi all,

Afraid I’ve not been on the forum for quite a few years to let you know how the restoration of my 1303 is going.

I bought Dominic (name given by me) in April 2013 and although he was complete he was suffering from severe chassis and body shell mounting rot!

He has a WoS VW Club tax disc holder with a disc dated 2001. His Reg. No. is XNC 135L.

At the time I contacted your club to see if anyone could remember anything about his previous owner history but had no success.

However, someone called Frank (if memory serves me correct) put me on to a 1974 1303 chassis that had new floor pans fitted.

This, I bought immediately and during the past 7 years I have been very slowly making progress with his resto.

This involved removing the shell from the chassis, which I scrapped after removing any parts that could be re-used.

I then replaced the front bulkhead and both heater channels and then seemed to lose momentum due to other activities!

However due to the COVID lockdown I’ve had no excuse not to crack on with it!

I’ve made more progress in the past 2 month than I have in the last 2 years!

The shell now has had the front L/H quarter replaced and both rear inner wing chassis mounting repair plates fitted amongst numerous other small plates welded on.

The shell is now mounted to the replacement chassis and the struts, brake lines etc all fitted.

I’m now starting to refit the interior, which I completely removed, including the wiring looms to allow me to do all the welding safely.

If anyone has a decent wiring diagram they could email me it would be much appreciated as I’ve lost the photographs I took showing all the dash and voltage regulator wiring.
Cheers,
Gordon H

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Post by McRod » Mon Oct 05, 2020 12:42 pm

Hi Gordon,

Probably a bit late but theres some good wiring diagrams (for all VW aircooled) on thesamba.com

It`d what i used when i restored my beetle.

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Post by 1967_vw » Tue Oct 27, 2020 11:04 am

If you need any spares, let me know. Might have some NOS genuine VW wings if you were interested.

Kev

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Post by Gordon H » Thu Sep 02, 2021 8:35 pm

Hi Kev,

Apologies for the delay in getting back to you.
Do you still have the NOS 1303 wings that you mentioned in your post last year?
If so, are they front and/or rear wings?

Cheers,
Gordon.
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Post by Gordon H » Thu Sep 02, 2021 9:42 pm

Hi all,

I know it’s been a while (again) since I’ve been on the forum.....
But here’s the latest on Dominic’s progress!

I put him in for an MoT last month ( I know that I could have declared MoT exemption) as I wanted to make sure that after all the work that has been carried out I wanted to make sure all was well.

The good news is that he passed his MoT with no advises and the inspector even complimented me on my good work saying ‘it’s the best Beetle I’ve seen in a long time!

So what now?
He’s now insured and declared road tax exempt.
The wheel alignment has been checked and adjusted as I fitted new tyres all round before putting him in for the MoT.
I think that the front wings could probably do with replacing as there’s quite a lot of hidden rust around the headlight bowls -
that’s why I’ve replied to Kev below to see if he still has some.
Obviously I’ll have to decide what to do about this before I get a respray as he’s a bit flakey around a lot of edges!

Also, can anyone recommend a decent priced seat re-uphosterer?
He still has the original basketweave vinyl covers fitted which are obviously very tired now.

Cheers for now!
Gordon.
Cheers,
Gordon H

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