Only passing time...
I moved back home and parked the car while I went away for a few
weeks to the USA.
The car was parked outside, due to lack of spare
garage space, and there it sat until I returned four weeks
Having sat for four weeks (perhaps five), the only thing that had
seized was the front brakes. The pads had rusted to the discs, and
being on gravel didn't help matters - a push forwards meant that it
just dug into the gravel, and the front wheels did not turn.
We managed to free them eventually though, and soon all was
MOT time again! Luckily the only thing that needed doing was
Also around this time I noticed excessive oil consumption/leaking.
I ordered a Rocker cover gasket and fitted it, and it seemed to
solve the problem, but soon it was losing even more oil than before.
I had to get this fixed, I took the car to a local garage and
discovered that it was the mayflower oil seal, but more precisely
my main engine bearings which had come back to haunt me... The garage
in Leeds had told me of this problem but it had not really bothered
me until now.
I had to get the leak sorted out, and replacing the oil seal was
the quickest fix so I went for it. I knew it would leak again but
hopefully I would have enough money to replace the engine casing by then.
(the only proper fix for this problem)
I started to use the car for regular commuting, 10 miles there and
10 miles back. This was good - actually getting to use my Beetle on a
In using the car regularly and putting on some milage, I discovered
that I needed to maintain the car more than I had been doing. Water
leaking in and collecting in the rear-passenger foot wells was becoming
increasingly annoying, and probably the cause of all the corrosion down
there. I also noted that the paintwork was rather bad around the right
hand rear corner of the car, around the boot seal, and near the wing.