I was sent this yesterday, pretty cool clip.

I must admit, i wouldn't have done a dry start up on the poor ol thing. (I would soak the cylinders first.) Spin it over with the plugs out.... you get the picture.

I would just love to know the history/story of how the car came to live in England. Did it go there from new.... who owned it, why was it parked up for so long. 


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Neat to see & hear it fire up.  I've had quite a few parts cars fire up and sound like that.  I grinned when he went back to the clock … they will often go around a bit and stop if you tap one that is dead. They have a spring loaded mechanism that pulls them around and once a contact that look like points makes contact it will fling the spring back out and repeat over and over … that is if the mechanicals are not worn our, and their is not too much dust and dirt in their clogging things up.

Yeah, first thing through my mind was.... good luck and see how its going next week. :-)

I find it hard to believe they ran in on a tank full of 22 year old petrol, but it was definitely running without the I.V. hooked up.

Hey Ronnie,

Something maybe to with the quality of the fuel? (I don't really know)

I have noticed, you guys in the States seem to be having stale fuel issues a fair bit. I know here in Oz, we use to be able to start up an old car on old stale fuel and they would run ok.

I haven't done that, in the last 10 or 15 years though, so it may not happen these days. 

For sure the recent ethanol laced fuel (fortunately I have access to ethanol  free gas) we get here gets rank pretty quick, but I just don't see how any fuel sitting in a tank for 20 plus years can be worth a crap. I guess as long as it burns without gumming things up, it's all good.

Just poor judgement not prepping the engine and pre lubing it prior to spinning the engine to have the oil pump push fresh oil through the engine 

the wear and damage caused by this start up as opposed to some lube work could be  very costly — down the road - literally !

this video reminds me of the —-Woody Allen’s movie —were they find a old VW in a cave with 3 inches of dirt on it and they get in and it starts right up — an LOL moment for sure 

just a testiment to the reliability the air cooled VWs were know for in there day 

my dad had a VW when there were —only 50 in the USA 

you know the car the snow plow drivers use to get to the plows 

The performance of the VWs in the major NY snow storms was just Amazing 

Dad always made it to his factory in bad snow storms that was  a half hour away in good weather ( two hours in bad ) 

Dad attended  3 day endurance road races in Connecticut and all the radical race cars were basically broken down along the side of the road and the VWs kept winning the 3 day event over and over 

My wife purchased a VW and drove thru a lot of Europe for months basically on two spark plugs when the engine was finally checked and tuned up 

i loved watching the tires fill up and hold air as I have never been near a car that has been stored for that long requiring that much attention to get moving 

very interesting to observe 

What was in that persons mind to keep the car and park it where it now sits ?

is it because he had future plans for that car that just never happened —I would think 

He had to be very fond of that car to keep it nearby —forever 


No matter what the reason - taping that clock and watching the second hand start to move —with the car in that condition ———IS A MIND BLOWING MOMENT for me  ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 

Just get a warm fuzzy feeling as the Frankenstein Monster begins to come back to life 

my clock still working in my car since new — does FREEK ME OUT - in a good way of coarse 


Came across this today and having a good look at it on Saturday.

Pick the oddity on this one.....

OH BUGGER, hey Jason, can you make the picture look normal please.

Aussie Smurf Caddy

fixed. Just click Edit, tick on center and select a size.. 721 is the default max size.

Must be a Park Avenue ;)



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