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Hello from Down under -- Australia -- from 68AutoBug -- Lee
« on: October 31, 2002, 08:18:28 AM »
:D  8)  Hello Everyone from Down Under.... Australia . I am currently restoring My 1968 1500sp Automatic Beetle. I am keeping it mostly standard apart from any Newer safety items I can add. The Engine is now a 1600cc Single port [Overhauled] with a Bosch 009 Distributor and dog house oil cooler and fan shroud etc. The engine has been started a few times and has been going for about 15 minutes total.. I bought the One owner car about 6 years ago, and started working on it, every spare minute I had. After installing the engine and gearbox and completely dismantling everything else, I had to STOP working on it due to ILLNESS.
I have been buying NEW parts for it over that time, but I haven't started back restoring the Beetle. I have helped restore other VWs and other Cars during that time and have recently purchased another VW Beetle, a rare 1972 standard Beetle [with torsion bar front suspension and rear swing axles, and drum brakes all round] with a 1500 single port engine, but NO Auto.... [I sold that car after a few months due to rust]  Many of the Auto Chassis from Beetles have been used with manual transmissions in this country.... Everyone knows that they are the BEST chassis to have.... Auto Beetles are fairly Rare now in Australia because of this.  Automatic type 3s are very rare down here and I have never seen an Automatic  Super Beetle.. . Most VW Dealerships closed in 1976 when the Golfs & Beetles were discontinued in Australia. So when the Auto beetles needed adjusting etc ....  Non VW Auto Mechanics said the Automatics were too costly to repair.... because they knew nothing about them.... My Wife was told the same thing Recently by a Mechanic who does work on VWs, when She mentioned that We had an Auto beetle.... My Beetle had been owned by the Wife of a VW trained Mechanic, So its in very good condition Mechanically. I am going to start rewiring it shortly, and hopefully it will be painted by Next Easter....then I can start on the hood lining etc.... I would like to add pop out rear side windows, and Maybe Air Conditioning... Both were NEVER an Option down Here, and the VW sunroof is VERY RARE...  in a country where the temperature is around 35C to 44 C in the Summer..... and can be 41 or 45C on Christmas Day..... [/b]
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« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2002, 04:08:32 PM »
:?:  why do the aussies consider the the auto stick body the best chassis?

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Hello from Down under -- Australia -- from 68AutoBug -- Lee
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2002, 04:57:20 PM »
another hello from australia. i have a 1969 semi auto it has had a fair bit of work to it, it is now a full convertable with a 1600 twinport engine.
the reaseon the semiauto chassis is sought after here is the double joint rear suspension which down here (not sure about other countries) only came our on the semi auto.

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Hello from Down under -- Australia -- from 68AutoBug -- Lee
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2003, 08:32:34 AM »
Quote from: "danny"
another hello from australia. i have a 1969 semi auto it has had a fair bit of work to it, it is now a full convertable with a 1600 twinport engine.
the reaseon the semiauto chassis is sought after here is the double joint rear suspension which down here (not sure about other countries) only came our on the semi auto.
Danny, how about filling in Your Profile with email address and location.  I live in Scone in Northern NSW 320kms NNW of Sydney.
I am totally restoring My 1968 AutoBeetle . I was hoping it would be finished by now... but NO LUCK... maybe in a few months.
regards
Lee Noonan   SCONE   NSW   Australia   vk2lee@qsl.net
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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2004, 07:19:49 AM »
hey there, i also own a '68 Automatic stickshift =) even with the badge and all. safari beige. It was a 1500 twinport, but now a 1600 twin port, very similar to what lee is running.. and im in Melbourne Australia!!!

photo's if anyone is interested is at http://users.bigpond.net.au/killakornkobb/car.htm

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my bad! Sorry guys

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IRS suspension Auto Stick Beetles
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2004, 04:18:11 AM »
Damien,
You didn't fill in Your Profile or sign Your name...
People like to know who's sending the message.


Danny,
IRS suspension was standard on ALL Beetles sold in North America from 1969... so IRS suspensions are NOT unique over there... or sought after.
But they missed out on Disc Brakes in the USA...
only Karmann Ghias had them... from 1972.
Standard beetles in Australia never had IRS rear suspension until the last Beetle - the 1976 standard.. Only Supers had the IRS, PLUS Auto Sticks.

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Well, Two years later & its still NOT finished...
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2004, 04:36:32 AM »
Well, My Beetle wasn't painted at Easter in 2003 but it was painted late in 2003... and work has progressed since... The wiring is very close to being finished.. [a big job with many modifications]
The rear axles have finally been overhauled and fittted a few days ago.
I'm hoping the reupholstered seats from a 1971 super beetle will fit onto the rails of My 1968 beetle.. I have been told they Will... I hope So..  I had to change the torque converter as I damaged it installing it...
I still have to add the extra gauges to the dash... The inner & outer door scrapers have been a nightmare.... and they have been removed to be installed again.. maybe glued & screwed!!!! a Terrible Job???

You can read and look at photos of My beetle - about My restoration at :
http://au.msnusers.com/My1968restoredBeetle/shoebox.msnw?page1

also page 2 & page 3 in a week or so...

Best Wishes from Australia - Down Under -- [/colour]

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« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2004, 05:45:12 PM »
Another little tid-bit i picked up about the semi-auto's in Australia that differs from the standards is that the window winders run on two belts. Which allows a single pane of glass to be installed in them (personally i like the little triangle window), where as Aussie Standards only have one belt so the single pane of glass is too heavy and wont work:)

[got this info from VW mechanic in Burwood]

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Hello from Down under -- Australia -- from 68AutoBug -- Lee
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2004, 03:39:56 AM »
We didn't have the German made Beetles in 1965-66-67..
We had an Australian made 1964 Beetle with No changes until 1968.
When the 1500 Auto Stick arrived in Australia from Germany..
Most Auto Sticks in Australia are the 1968 model.
There are a very small amount of other year auto sticks. [until 1974]

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PS.. Damien's 1968 AutoStick has the Automatic AUTO STICK Badge...
which is VERY Rare in Australia... Maybe the Only One.!!   Lee
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