Harry's 1971 Beetle
A restored and modified 1971 Beetle in the retro style
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My name is Harry Daines
I'm a Builder from Lowestoft, I drive a 1971 Beetle on air.
I've been involved in cars all my life mainly because of my dad, whether it was from tinkering about in the garage to going to shows and talking to other enthusiasts about their cars and others talking to him about his cars.
This car has undergone a lot of work over the last few years including
-Full Restoration Including New Floor Pans A Couple Years Ago And Anything Else That Was Required To Bring It To Show Standard
-Full Custom Patina Paint job Sanded And Lacquered To Show All Its Colours Throughout Its Life
- Restored Original Flat Four Roof Rack With Period Accessories Including A Specially HandMade And Imported Sean Ambrose Surfboard From California
-Pre 67 Front Wings And Lights
-Custom Fabricated Rear Wings
-Widened Black Chrome Banded Smoothie Wheels
-Original Bumpers Stripped And Restored Back To Original Chrome
-Tinted Rear Tombstone Lights
-Full Airlift Performance Air Ride Supplied From Limebug Including Dual Chrome 444cc Viair Compressors And A 5 Gallon Brushed Steel Tank Mounted In The Boot At The Front Also I Have Fitted Manual Paddles And Psi Gauges In The Glove box In A Custom Steel Mount So The Controls Can Be Hidden. Included Is A New Narrowed Front Beam With Disc Brake Conversion
- Full Custom Interior Including Alfa Romeo Tan leather Seats Front And Rear, Dash Painted And Sanded To Match Patina Outside, Classic Looking Chrome Single Din Bluetooth Radio, Hessian Door Cards, Gearbox Tunnel And Rear Parcel Shelf With Custom Fitted 6x9 Speakers, Custom Brown Leather Headlining And Sun visors, Custom Made Pallet Floor Inserts Front And Rear, Wolfsburg Chrome 3 Spoke Wooden Wheel And Custom Made Black Glass Volkswagen Gear Knob Imported From America (Newly Fitted Not In Photos)
- Brand New Fully Rebuilt Original 1584cc Flat Four Engine With Alternator Conversion, Chrome Alternator Stand, Electronic Ignition, Petronix Upgraded Flamethrower Chrome Coil, Red Clear Dizzy Cap,
Pertronix Flamethrower Performance Red HT Leads, Chrome Gp Sports Exhaust
Most of the parts were supplied by Limebug and they have been very helpful throughout this build whether its from ordering parts that I was struggling to find to giving me general information and tips about the beetle and air ride. All the mechanical work was undertaken by Steve Reeve at R&S Autoservices in Lowestoft, I couldn't recommend him more, I recommend him to anyone and everyone. In fact he's now doing a mates air ride on his beetle too after seeing the quality of work on mine.
I have had many cars in the last few years from your bog standard VWs like a Mk4 golf to a slammed Polo Gti to a mk1 mx5 Berkeley special edition. I currently daily drive a Seat Ibiza FR 2.0tdi which I've modified to make in my opinion a perfect daily driver running over 200bhp but still being able to get 65mpg.
I try to make as many shows possible throughout the year. One of the biggest for me is Bugjam at Santapod every July. I managed to bring home the Best Beetle in the rust and rat class last year at Bugjam which I was very honoured to win.
A dream car for me is quite hard as I like lots of different cars but it would have to be a Nissan Skyline R32 Gtr in Midnight purple
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