Volk­swa­gen Bee­tle

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1972 VOLK­SWA­GEN BEE­TLE 1200L

Hav­ing com­pleted a full year in my own­er­ship, the time had come for the Bril­liant Orange Bee­tle to have its an­nual MoT and ser­vice.

One of the lit­tle jobs that needed do­ing be­fore the an­nual test was re­plac­ing a head­light bulb. It’s (usu­ally) a sim­ple enough task in a mod­ern car – car­ried out in the time it takes me to type this sen­tence, in fact – but of­ten not quite so straight­for­ward when it comes to your first en­counter with a much older car.

Ac­cess­ing the Bee­tle’s head­light in­volves the re­moval of three screws, each of which has a dif­fer­ent fix­ing. One in par­tic­u­lar is so long that I was wor­ried that the en­gine would drop out when I fi­nally un­screwed it!

Iden­ti­fy­ing and then ob­tain­ing a re­place­ment bulb proved once again how good the parts back-up for old school VWs is, and the task it­self was no prob­lem and it was soon time to re-fit the re­tain­ing screws so ‘Harry’ could ven­ture safely out at night once more.

The Bee­tle has en­joyed some good out­ings in re­cent weeks, in­clud­ing the splen­did Easter Sun­day Great North Road Ve­hi­cle Gath­er­ing at Stib­bing­ton Café near Peter­bor­ough, in good VW com­pany with a 1971 early bay camper and a ’98 Caddy MkI pick-up truck. Be­ing stock height, the Bee­tle had no prob­lems with the kerb ramp – un­like oth­ers I could men­tion!

Its most re­cent trip was to VW Air­cooled Works at Whap­lode, Lin­colnshire, where the pre-MoT tasks and ser­vice will be in ex­pert hands.

Nudge nudge, wink wink – head­light off.

Mak­ing light work of the blub change.

AS­SO­CIATE EDI­TOR DAVID BROWN

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