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Saabmans Daughters Beetle

Discussion in 'Resto Corner' started by saabman, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. Ninga

    Ninga Well-Known Member

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    I should have started at woolies! :D My path in the hairdressing world got me an old Ford Escort as my first car, although we did have a bit of fun in old 'Betty' Ford.
    I say good for your gal mr930 and also to Nat, Bernie... awesome first cars! As my 2 year old just loves Vera and any other Kombi she sees, I can imagine as she grows, the VW passion will also! Well... we hope it does!;)
     
  2. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    As a father Bernie, you should be pleased she wants the beetle, over a Kombi.

    The back seat of a beetle, is way less attractive to that suspect guy dating her at anytime, than a R&R bed in a Kombi! :rolleyes:
     
  3. saabman

    saabman Well-Known Member

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    IOve done something wrong here - Ive aquired the vehicle, Im stripping it down - im sourceing he parts and hey I ythink Im paying for it as well :roll:

    Your on the ball there Grant ............. but where thseres a will theres a way - her mother used to have a super bug :rolleyes:

    funily enough just after we got it she was loking in the back and noticed it only had 2 seat belts. to which she exlaimed how are me and my friends going to go on a road trip in that ..... (im not sure HOW many people she was wanting to go tripping with )
     
  4. saabman

    saabman Well-Known Member

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    As with every project things never seem to go to plan!!

    the quick patch up has been slowed up a bit when I dscovered this

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    so dash as well out - I think the only thing bolted to the body now is the suspension!
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  5. saabman

    saabman Well-Known Member

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    all fixednow - just dont lok too close to at the welds - the wire feed was waaaay to high. -I got it sorted by the time I finished that section..

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    INlooking around under the bug I notoiced this.

    Passenger side
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    drivers side
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    there is evidence of accident damage - and repair on the passegnger side along with rust repairs - new flor pan on passenger side and numerous patches in the are beteen the passenger compartment and the wheel well.

    should I be worried about the missalignment of these brackets - actually it appears that the foot well is pushed back about 5mm - hence the gap.
     
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2013
  6. saabman

    saabman Well-Known Member

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    look slike I may have struck an issue,

    Due to the accident at some stage in the past the distance between wheel centres on the passenger side is 2cm shorter than that of the drivers side.

    How much of a problem is this liekley to be?

    Should I go and find another beetle and make use of the parts or is it REALY a significant issueand just accept it will make a lousy race car?

    Or will that much difference provide significant handling issues and be a saftey issue?
     
  7. Miss Leah

    Miss Leah Member

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    Bernie are you still alive or has the beetle taken you whole?

    You've not been on the KC for a week, are you cheating on us with another forum?
     
  8. saabman

    saabman Well-Known Member

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    Im Back Miss Leah ;)
    Been in NZ for a couple of weeks went on a floating nursing home ( I think most peope know them as a cruise ship) NO body can suggest Kombis are slow after having been on a boat - flat stick from NZ to Oz was a whopping 40km/h .....

    But check this out

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    Got the young lass onto the job yesterday...

    And ooooh boy do we have a lot of work todo :lol:

    I started bashing the dents out of the roof today - I think someone misstook it for a dance floor at some stage or a trampoline. - managed to beat most of the dents into submission - a bit more work to get it it right but looking much better than it was ths morning.
     
  9. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    Great work Bernie.

    At least the daughter is getting stuck into it.

    I wouldnt worry about the slight miss-alignment I am sure you could fudge it somewhat and if it drives straight - the worst thing it will do is wear tyres out.

    Its amazing what a good wheel alignmnet mechanic will fix.
     
  10. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Nice score - a 75L with rack and pinion

    Make sure you dig all that foam out from the rear C pillars.
    A steel coat hanger bent in a fish hook in a slow electric drill does the trick

    Also pull the rubber trim holder off the boot and bonnet and go Mexican seals
    Stops any rust forming on that lip

    Barry
     
  11. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Also consider welding up the slots for the air box
    A VW fail was that drain point you have fixed is not at the lowest point of the air box.
    It fills up with dust and small leaves and just rusts away.
    that then is a constant dribble of water onto the floor and fuse box.

    As for the damage - I would be more worried if the strut towers tops are out.
    Try and do some wheel alignment measurements with a string line between back and front
    Also check the bulkhead in the floor pan.
    That is where the drain comes out
    If that has clogged it will have rusted out
     
  12. saabman

    saabman Well-Known Member

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    I had a good chat to a wheel place and it appears it should all be good so I have pressed on..

    The bulk head was an absolute mess. when I put the drsin back in Ive tried to locate it as low as possible and looking at filing the inside of the box with some kind of filler to raise the level above the drain - might work - then again it might not. but will see how it pans out.

    I had a look at the out let under the car and it appears to be good - probably because no water actually ran down the drain but into the car :lol:

    Been taking Nat out for drving lessons in the Kombi this week -she got her Ls last week and she is not doing to bad its a pitty she goes back to her mother in sydney next week and she only has a modern automatic vehicle :(
     
  13. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Hey Bernie,

    Are you down in the ACT anytime soon for a coffee / beer or whatever type catchup?

    Just moved 4 non working beetles for a very good friend to an address in Fyshwick, and it'd be great for you to meet him. :)
     
  14. saabman

    saabman Well-Known Member

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    I'll have to schedule a trip grant ;)
     
  15. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like a plan Bernie!

    Is the 75 L Bug in your sig, this project?:rolleyes:
     
  16. saabman

    saabman Well-Known Member

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    Sure is.. It was drivable when I stuck it in there :lol:

    The little darling got a bit peeved because I expceted her to get out of bed in the morning hours and couldnt play her playstation all day so got her mother to take her back to sydney yeaterday - so work has gound to a halt - could be a very slow job :roll:
     
  17. saabman

    saabman Well-Known Member

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    Well after a bit of a hiatus,

    Nat asked to come down for a few days and work on the beetle - ok it's 1 week till we attempt to drive to Perth and not really in my schedule but what dad can say no to their gorgeous daughter ;)

    The beetle got pushed out of the shed and sanded and sanded some more finished of with a good blast from the high pressure washer. We are hoping to get undercoat on the body before she heads back home on Wednesday !!
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  18. saabman

    saabman Well-Known Member

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    Not to mention we have been squeezing driving lessons in the kombi as well - out for a night drive tonight :wtf:
     
  19. saabman

    saabman Well-Known Member

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    Nat applying some undercoat in my "spray booth"

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    Waiting for the application of liberal amounts of filler :lol:

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  20. saabman

    saabman Well-Known Member

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    It's been a couple of months but the beetle got some more lovin today.

    Liberal amounts of body filler have been applied and sanded with more to go on tomorrow.
    We also started sanding the guards down as we hopefully will get a coat of primer on tomorrow :eek:
    Progress is slow as she lives a good three hours drive away so school holidays are about the only time we can squeeze in a couple of days work.

    It's been really encouraging to see her working the body filler and feeling the ridges and dips and getting a feel for the job.

    Nat working the sander
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    The hair is slowly growing back after shaving it off to raise money for cancer research after the death of her grandmother earlier in the year. She has been enduring looking like a boy - so is hanging out for it to regrow ..
     
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