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Posted 30 January 2015 - 02:53 AM Edited by unopieceo, 30 January 2015 - 02:58 AM.

Haha nicely spotted and picked I went through my pictures 4 times going "how the f*ck did he know that?" before I saw it. We've got a bmw as well so we're very much repping our German heritage in our choice of vehicles. Yeah the slk is very definetley not in the garage when I'm working on the beetle and it will be on the opposite side of the road when I get to painting this weekend.

EDIT: bonus points for spotting the beamer just noticed it features as well

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Posted 02 February 2015 - 08:08 AM

I can barely believe it but the beetle is now cozy and rust proof under its first layer of primer! my bondoing skills were also better than I thought they'd be and with a little attention to detail and a couple more days work I'll be ready to lay on the top coat! The dream is becoming a reality.

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 11:11 PM

Looks fabulous, man. What sort of color are you going for?

I actually spotted a stripped Beetle just like yours on the back of a truck today, and thought of this thread. It was a fresh yellow. :colgate:

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Posted 10 February 2015 - 08:10 AM

A sort of cornflowery blue color, not an original beetle color but whatevs. Was gonna go for red but when I bought the other beetle I decided that would have to be the red one. After a few days of priming, Sanding and filling small imperfections I'm calling the primer coat finished! Without too much effort I should have the top coat on this weekend
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Posted 12 February 2015 - 01:08 PM

Looks nice, mate! Keep it up! I love the Beetle, and it is very, very popular over here. Too bad people just doesn't take care of the car, and they all look all trashed up nowadays.

 

Also, for colors: I just freaking love when you do those two-tone paintings, like in this pic:

 

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I'll prolly rebuild a VW Beetle, or a VW Brasilia (common car over here too) in the future, since they're cool cars to have around.


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Posted 21 February 2015 - 03:05 PM

Couldn't help but notice. Did you prime over the suspension/shocks and pedals?

 

Protect yourself from those ISOs bro!


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Posted 01 March 2015 - 06:51 AM

Yeah I went over most things with the primer I just couldnt be bothered masking up every little thing. The pedals will be fine though Im going to spray them black anyway.

 

So anyway, today was a very important day, as you can see.

 

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Its finally coming together.

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Posted 01 March 2015 - 07:38 AM Edited by Killerdude8, 01 March 2015 - 07:40 AM.

That looks amazing man, I really cannot wait to see it finished.

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Gonna start on motor stuff soon? Excited to see that stuff when it starts.


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Posted 04 March 2015 - 10:41 PM

Yep I'll be starting a full engine rebuild in a couple months should be fun ill be sure to take a lot of pictures :^:
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Posted 15 March 2015 - 08:56 AM

Stuffs going in! a bunch of new rubbers have gone in around the engine bay and bonnet, the fuel tanks been hooked up, wiper mechanism and air vent mech as well as the main wiring harness is all sitting pretty in my little 71, finally its taking off.

 

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Posted 06 April 2015 - 10:24 AM

So since I last posted the old engine has gone back in (unrestored, Ill get to redoing that a bit later) Ive rebuilt the steering column, speedo and ignition wiring, the steering wheels gone on and a few other things. Nearly ready to fire this bad boy up again. Also gonna wind the odometer back to 0 with a drill like from matilda once I get it on the road again.

 

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Posted 06 April 2015 - 09:04 PM

Man...so jealous. I wish I had a garage. :)

My first real car was a '66 bug.





Honest. Looks great.

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Posted 10 April 2015 - 06:02 AM

f*ck yeah I couldn't think of a better first car. I've come to the conclusion that beetles are basically giant toys. They're so easy to pull apart and rebuild it feels like I'm playing with knex or something. It's a tragedy modern engineering has pretty much killed the idea of fixing your own car up yourself. I feel like I'm living in the twilight years of it where there are still unrestored classic cars around that haven't rusted to pieces and are still slightly affordable for the common man. It'll all be over soon.
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Posted 10 April 2015 - 09:41 AM

I'm pretty sure with reproduction parts and stuff, You could just build a brand new VW Beetle, Using no old parts. You'd just need to find a car with a VIN though. Or try to get that car registered somehow.


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Posted 4 weeks ago

So its engine rebuild time, I started last week with the 1300cc seized engine from my '67. The plan is to rebuild this one, swap it with the 1600 so I have a working car while I rebuild that one. Couldnt wait to find out why this piece of sh*t wouldnt turn over, I found out alright.

 

So heres the engine as it was when I got it

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When I first removed it

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After the first day of removing, labeling and bagging parts I was left with this

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A box of bagged parts (and a pile as well)

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And instructions to rebuild once Im done

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Found some weird sh*t as I was tearing out down, f*cking snails and walnuts jammed in around the spark plugs what the f*ck, also found a couple loose bolts and nuts just chilling in the exhaust pipeing, mustve run loud as.

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Sick little engine trolley I made for half of what I wouldve bought one for

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Getting smaller, but at this point I realised it with the two right pistons that were completely seized in thier barrels.

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Freedom! (for the left pistons)

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I finally got them out with some DW-40, a wooden block and a sledge hammer, but theyre pretty far gone. Im going to but a new piston+barrel set.

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Yeah theyre f*cked.

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Finally the crankshaft is free to turn over, its a good feeling.

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Hopefully within the next couple days I can crack this baby open and begin the cleaning and rebuild.

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#46

Posted 4 weeks ago

Are you getting the engine block sand-blasted or just giving it a good clean?

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Posted 4 weeks ago

I'm thinking I'll clean it by hand I had a go over it yesterday with a wire brush and got like 80 percent of the crap off. I might drop the whole thing into a bucket of vinegar and degreaser its been working really well for rust and oil removal on the smaller parts
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