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Old January 15th, 2010, 07:45 PM   #51
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Hey Hotrodgary,how much you looking to get for that ragtop kit?
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Old January 16th, 2010, 08:34 PM   #52
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Well we got oval clip fit and everything pretty well mocked up now, just gotta get to welding!

Took alot of muscle'n around with the oval clip to get it straightened out and patched, had to replace one of the hinge mounts with an extra from the old rear clip. Took alot to finally get it all fit right, and cutting the sections from the b pillar to the rear clip wasnt as bad as I thought it would be, took alot of cuts for the first side, and only one cut for the second side lol.

Where I cut the firewall worked perfectly, it lays right against the rear clip so i can just weld it straight across.

I wound up sliding the roof skin back to the rear to get the "hump" of the roof to look right, the sunroof is about 5" further back than factory but looks good still. (not shown in any of these pics.. it happened after some beer drinking and stareing lol)

Tomorrow I will do some slicing all around the sides to roll it up to fit the radius' of the roof skin. Then I gotta cut the sides behind the rear quarter windows and do the radius for the rear of the quarter windows also.

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cuttin the pass post out of the spare roof


all fit in place


gettin ready to cut the roof skin out of the spare top


the oval clip



set it in place just for a look see


then set the roof skin on for another look see... then we drank alot of beer and talked, that nights progress was over lol


set the side sections in and did alot more eyeballin..



Trimmed the peices to fit to the rear clip, this took alot of guess work actually, but if fit pretty nice. Second side was easy lol



Gotta do some slicing now to roll everything up to meet the roof skin


again, i'm ready to drive this thing dammit!

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Old January 16th, 2010, 08:43 PM   #53
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Nice shirt, I'm sure that helps.

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Old January 17th, 2010, 04:53 AM   #54
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What? Huh? Next you'll be telling him to wear a mask when welding! Sheesh! j/k....after years of doing car audio my hearing isn't what it should be...take the advice :)

Didn't realize you were using the crank back sunroof. Didn't the oval roof clip have a ragtop in it?

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Old January 17th, 2010, 11:02 AM   #55
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Looking good. I slid the roof skin back as well. the roof flowed better into the oval clip and moving the peak back gave it a bit of a wedge chop look even tho it is a straight 4" chop.

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Old January 17th, 2010, 12:56 PM   #56
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Of all the chops I've seen, I think the most critical area (besides keeping the curve of the roof) is the back edge of the rear side windows. To big and the windows don't seem to follow the curve of the drip rail, too small (or no) curve in the corner makes it look like someone just moved the roof down and didn't put any effort into making it look factory. This is looking real good so far...

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Old January 17th, 2010, 10:42 PM   #57
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Hey Gary it's looking good man
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Old January 18th, 2010, 04:24 AM   #58
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I got the roof skin tacked in place now. Not super happy with the drip rails so far but they will just need a little massaging around to get em to flow real nice.

Next is going to be to finish tackin around the roof skin and filling in some of the gaps. then time to tackle the rear quarter window sections of the body.

All my inside cuts were almost exact surprisingly it wont take alot to finish off the inside, I'm happy about that cuz its a pain in the ass finishing off that inside stuff!

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test fit the trunk lid... or hood... or deck lid? whatever you wanna call it lol


all tacked up

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Old January 18th, 2010, 04:36 AM   #59
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never seen a sawsall with the bright blue on it ??? custom job ??
Dont knock my sawzall! lol. I won that as a door prize at Back To The Bricks in Flint this last year actually!

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Didn't realize you were using the crank back sunroof. Didn't the oval roof clip have a ragtop in it?

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No it didnt have a ragtop in it, if it did I would def be using it!

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Old January 21st, 2010, 03:00 PM   #60
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chop looks really good, downward stretch.. are u gonna sand blast the windows down, cut/belt sand.. or plexi? been thinking diamond cut gently and sand windshield, see where the doors fall post chop with trim, and plexi the flat rears....

bs side note... flat busted... so my wife (8months preggo doesn't hormonely help) said (a while back when i told her i was buying the 67) one of the jeeps, or something had to go before anything new showed up... she came to my shop tonight unannounced and found the 67 b/c i was still out on a job... no good deals on jeeps lately vs good deal on the vw... whatcha goin do? meant to tell her but was trying to move my least preferred first, for fear of a sleeping death.. lol
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Old January 21st, 2010, 03:14 PM   #61
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look for 'Sonic Ear Valves" theyre metal with rubber replaceable ear pieces to custom fit snug. you can listen to a TV or radio or even talk on the cell phone, but cut N grinding is muted in the higher frequencies. even panel beating with hammers N dollies dont bother ya. makes it more fun to piss off the neighbors, too.....
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Old January 21st, 2010, 03:19 PM   #62
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Lookin' badass. And the best part about it, I know I'm gonna (at least I better) see this ride on the road in MI this summer
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 07:05 AM   #63
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Been busy this week so i dont really have any updates. All I got done was cutting the sides of the windshield area to line up.

I did draw another pic and messed around with photoshop to try some wheels. I still am partial to the early ford blue green color but I have noticed its pretty popular, I really like the early vw greyish/beige colors. not sure the name? Anyways here what I did!
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 07:36 AM   #64
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I'm diggin' number 2. Car looks awesome by the way!!!

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Old January 22nd, 2010, 07:47 AM   #65
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I like the green #1 , are you going to do the louvers in the front wheel wells? that looks sweet.
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 09:39 AM   #66
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Just say no to cragars/ American Racing Torq Thrusts!

I like number 2 and 3, both are equally appealing to me.
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 09:57 AM   #67
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Just say no to cragars/ American Racing Torq Thrusts!

I like number 2 and 3, both are equally appealing to me.
Torq thrust are played out... BUT, i happen to have a set of those pictured thats why i used em lol.

i honestly think smoothie wheels are played out just like the early wire wheels. i love em, but everyone has them!

I have always been a fan of the salt flats or halibrands.. just cant affor the halibrands lol

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Old January 22nd, 2010, 01:11 PM   #68
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The project is looking great. I vote for the last one.
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 05:29 PM   #69
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When you get this done, you should take it up to the Machine Shop. Those guys would probably appreciate it :)

I sold my 67 body to a guy I met there once.

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Old January 24th, 2010, 11:35 AM   #70
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vote for #3, minus the moons, adding W.walls... played or not, have always liked'em on everything.. panheads, model a, vw's
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Old January 24th, 2010, 12:49 PM   #71
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I'm going with stock chome wheels with moon hubcaps.
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Old January 29th, 2010, 07:21 PM   #72
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Well, no new updates really, still welding and grinding... and cuttin stuff back loose and redoing lol. Hopefully I will have it welded up this weekend.
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Old January 29th, 2010, 07:50 PM   #73
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Hotrodgary,this is a great write-up,and the step by step photos are helpfull as well.I am going to chop my 67' Bug 4" and will be using your posts almost step by step,but I do not have a oval to insert and will be cutting the rear window sheetmetal.You say you are cutting things lose and redoing,what happened? Anything I can avoid? Maybe something that could cut down on the gin and tonics and
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Old January 30th, 2010, 10:58 AM   #74
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gary - project started... will post pics later

rhyno.. may have some pics that may clear up the rear window, pm with email...

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Old January 31st, 2010, 05:29 PM   #75
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Wow Carl... you second post lol
I will be out there tonight
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Yeah, well... Honestly I don't feel like me or my vw belong here, so I don't post much.
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