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Posted August 30, 2014 - 04:54 PM

I have the "how to keep a VW alive" book, I actually have 2, one in good condition that's in the house and one that's in rough shape for the shop.

I'll half to look into the "how to hot rod your VW engine".

It's really hard to find a VW in good condition here too, they are all rusted out and if they aren't they will cost a fortune.

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Posted August 30, 2014 - 05:13 PM

Just now getting started on painting, got one coat on the engine compartment and the drivers door.

 

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Posted August 30, 2014 - 05:14 PM

Any one have any good tips for painting, sanding, and getting a good finish?
 



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Posted August 30, 2014 - 05:43 PM

Any one have any good tips for painting, sanding, and getting a good finish?


Yes, several of the guys here amaze me with their paint prowess. I have a couple of guys in mind. If they don't chime in, I'll PM them.
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Posted August 30, 2014 - 05:46 PM

Yes, several of the guys here amaze me with their paint prowess. I have a couple of guys in mind. If they don't chime in, I'll PM them.

 

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Posted August 30, 2014 - 07:36 PM

   Take your time is the biggest thing, mix the paint correctly, let it set the correct time, and have fun with it.  Everyone I know says painting is hard but I take my time and have fun with it and it usually turns out ok.  I am putting some thought into selling my kit car, I don't think I will ever get to it.

    How to hot rod Volkswagen engines, by bill fisher.  Best book I have read so far for hotrodding vw engines, very detailed and informative.  A must have for vw nuts!!!


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Posted August 31, 2014 - 11:01 PM

The wind was really blowing today!, didn't get as much as I was hoping, it was hard to stand up straight non the less work on anything.

Anyway, got the front fenders pulled and as I suspected I found more rust :deadhorse:

I'm getting ready to bring up my parts/donor bug and I need to see if it has some good sheet metal that I can start cutting off.

 

 

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Posted September 01, 2014 - 10:40 PM

Got the deck lid primed, also got the rear bumper, fenders and ect pulled off.

The good thing is, I didn't find much rust at all in the rear, just a couple small spots I already knew about

I look at it now and I wonder if it's ever going to be put back together, but I guess it all has to be pulled apart before it can be painted and resembled.

Anyway, I guess I'm getting closer although it's in more pieces :(

 

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Posted September 02, 2014 - 10:35 PM

I spent today cutting rust, I got some removed on the heater channels (luckily only a little bit of rust there), also got some more rust cut out under the back seat. I then started on cutting rust out around the back window, it doesn't look as bad as what I thought it might be, so hopefully it will be a fairly easy fix. The tough part is trying to get all of the foam out, VW used it for insulation but moisture gathers between the foam and the body which then rust them out. That's why a lot of the bugs you see are rusted out around the back window.

I took a couple pictures when I first started, but I somehow forgot to get pictures when I was done.
I'll post some finished pictures tomorrow.

 

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Posted September 03, 2014 - 10:57 PM

Here are some pictures of the rust that I cut out, I still need to cut out more rust on the inside of the cab as you can see in the last pictures

Didn't have anytime to work on it today, had to drive to Missouri to get a little Mazda pickup, which was a 400 mile round trip.

 

 

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Posted September 09, 2014 - 09:47 PM

I've been super busy, just found some time to do some more work on my bug today.

I started on one of the rear fenders, it has some bad rust on were it mounts, I have another pair of fenders that are beat up but have good mounts. I cut off the good mount and got it brazed in to the good fender.

It turned out pretty good considering this is the first time I've ever done this.

Hoping to get a lot more done tomorrow

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Posted September 10, 2014 - 04:53 AM

   I do like the look of those bugs, yours looks to be moving along well.  I made the decision to sell my kit car the other day, put it up for sale last nite.

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Posted September 10, 2014 - 08:27 PM

Looks like a good project for someone and luckily it isn't me :rolling:

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Posted September 10, 2014 - 08:37 PM

Got the rear fenders finished, I had to put 4 patches on the last fender but I believe they are now both ready to paint.

Next I'm going to start on the inside the cab and start patching everything up in there.

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Posted November 06, 2014 - 09:41 AM

FINALLY finding time to get this bug finished, I've been working on it every day this week now, EVERYTHING will need to be painted before Tuesday because that's when it gets cold. I got just about everything patched up, but it seems like when I get 1 thing patched I find 2 more rust holes. Yesterday I got the rear fenders and deck lid painted, today is the hood and doors, the day after is front fenders and then finally the body. I finally got the rust holes patched up around the back window, I was worried about how it was going to turn out, but it now looks great. I don't have a wire welder so I brazed everything and it worked surprisingly well.

The other day I got the gas tank and hood removed, hopefully one of these days it will be going back together.

 

 

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