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Old February 23rd, 2010, 12:47 PM   #101
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looks sweet Gary....can't wait to see it in person...
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Old March 16th, 2010, 05:41 AM   #102
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Well, I wish I had more updates but I got nothing

Been busy working on stuff for other people, got a harley bobber type bike I'm working on for a guy, then I got some interior panels to upholster for a friend before I will get back to the bug.

BUT I did manage to pull it out of the garage for the first time to clean up my mess and took some pics

Also theres a pic of the scrap pile.... I would make someone a hell of a deal if they would come get it!!!... anybody? lol

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Old March 16th, 2010, 08:18 AM   #103
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I don't know if I missed it in the thread, but how'd you get away without widening the oval clip? I had to put a wedge in to get it the same width.

Looking good, though!
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Old March 16th, 2010, 10:58 AM   #104
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I don't know if I missed it in the thread, but how'd you get away without widening the oval clip? I had to put a wedge in to get it the same width.

Looking good, though!
Should have cut and widened it.

But I cut and pulled the quarter panels in on each side a little bit. Worked fine.
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Old April 15th, 2010, 05:35 AM   #105
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Havent had alot of time to work on it lately but I've been pickin away at it. Got the fire wall cut out and the new one in place and started making my inner fender panels, got the louvers in them last night I just have to finish fitting them and weld em in. I think they are going to look pretty cool especially with the louvers, I havent seen anybody do anything like it before?

I also finished welding in the windshield and cowl, got windshield wiper bumps removed and the gas filler filled, and got everything ground down smooth.

I need to start cutting out and welding up the fender bolt holes too... not looking foward to cutting or drilling them things all out. Whats the method you guys use to get em out easy?

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Old May 24th, 2010, 09:55 AM   #106
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So again, Still working on other peoples cars, got a 68 chevy truck I'm doing the interior in right now. And still waiting on parts for a bike I have been messing with for a guy. But I did pick up a few more goodies for myself!

Got some 15x5 and 16x6 Gennie wheels for it, and I got my front tires, BFG Silvertown 590-15's. Still gotta get the back tires, prolly gonna be a 700-16.
Also bought some alum. bomber seats. They should be in later this week, I will have to post a couple pics.

Anyone got some helpful insight on cutting out all the fender nuts and welding and smoothing it off?

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Old May 24th, 2010, 11:00 AM   #107
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Anyone got some helpful insight on cutting out all the fender nuts and welding and smoothing it off?


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I did a write-up on how to do this in the Fernon's Chop thread, here is the best way to fill in all the fender holes.

I put a screw in to the holes and then beat the plugs out of the body

They come out pretty easy and are easy to fill in then.

I just made a bunch of plates to weld back into the openings.

Then tacked them in.

Then ground them down.

Hope that this helps...




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Old May 24th, 2010, 11:10 AM   #108
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FOR SURE! Thanks for the advice, I was most concerned with getting them out.. that looks like a good method! Thanks, Gary
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Old May 28th, 2010, 04:49 AM   #109
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So I got my "bomber seats".. I think they are bad ass! I will put some little ass pads on the bottoms to sit on, and NO those arent my seat mounts lol... but they are my wheels, they were just the right height so I could sit in it and pretend to drive.. lame... I know! lol

I planned on putting alum. door and quarter panels in so I will probably throw some holes and rivets in them too so they kind of match.

Also here is of one of my Gennie wheels and my front tires.

Im thinking about running the gas tank in the back cargo area now instead of under the hood, then run a flip top type gas cap on the outside of the body by the rear window... still thinking?

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Old May 28th, 2010, 05:32 AM   #110
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Your seats are bad ass !!! and I like the wheel mounts, make the seats swivel on 'em
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Old May 28th, 2010, 06:49 AM   #111
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Hello Gary
I love the bomber seats ......How bout info on them, might be what Im looking for.
Thanks James
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Old May 28th, 2010, 08:13 AM   #112
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Those seats look bad ass. I seen some similar to those on Ebay.
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Old May 29th, 2010, 01:22 PM   #113
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Kool car man! Seats are awsome! Good job man
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Old July 21st, 2010, 05:36 AM   #114
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Well... STILL working on other peoples stuff, and STILL piling up parts for the bug!

I picked up a one piece window kit from a guy, its brand new in the box from Johnnys Speed Shop outta california, had the tag on it, 1986 lol!

Got some cool vintage aircraft lap belts.

Also got my alum. door panels, got some seat mounts/sliders from speedway. And a bunch of misc. shit for the engine, brake hoses, fuel line etc.

The ole' girl is starting to get rusty from no attention, it gets pushed out of the garage everyday so I can work on stuff, she is neglected

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Old July 29th, 2010, 05:58 AM   #115
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OK, Well still not much going on, been busy.
I did pick up a really nice W-Decklid this past weekend, for really cheap, so thats awesome!

I made a Bad Investment, I bought a bicycle and had been messing around with that also, I had to make a sticker for it and call it Bad Investment, and a little cubic inch sticker LOL, since I got it shit has broke and I bought a bunch of misc. shit I didnt need to lol like a
66/80cc engine on it, springer front end, lights, chrome stuff, etc haha.

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Old July 29th, 2010, 06:05 AM   #116
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You guys will probably like this stuff too, my father-in-law has been busy working on shit other than his hotrod too lol, he made a pretty sweet little wagon, made a polished stainless dropped front axle for it and few other goodies.

Also had an old Cushman back half that he grafted onto an old harley front half to make a little yard art!

And also a real nice 57 Cushman he just built!

Theres also a pic of his 29 sedan he has been doing.







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Old July 29th, 2010, 06:58 AM   #117
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Wow! You've made quite a bit of progress!
And the stuff your FIL is doing is really cool!
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Old September 20th, 2010, 06:11 AM   #118
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Well no pics, but i picked up a speedway socal crossmember for the bug, not sure if I wanna use it yet or not, I really like the look of the dropped axle, but then I got a whole new bj front end and beam extender going to waste...? Guess I could sell em.

Also picked up a collection of dashes lol, I kept buying them and changing my mind on what to use, but I have settled on a 49 ford coupe dash to chop up and put in it.

I have also collected up a whole load of other misc parts.

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Old September 24th, 2010, 05:47 AM   #119
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Gary, we will have to get together to build the steering parts for our cars, I also picked up a so cal crossmember.
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Old September 24th, 2010, 09:56 AM   #120
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If you still have that pile of parts outside of the garage,i would love to take the roof off your hands.Hell if ya want me to i'll clean up the whole driveway of misc vw carnage.
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Old September 25th, 2010, 11:58 AM   #121
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Ok, now that I've looked at all the pictures in this thread I've come to the conclusion that you have access to a louver press. Man, I just love the look of custom punched louvers. I think it would look cool if you were to do your door panels in aluminum to match your bomber seats. A few pieces riveted together, maybe a bead roll or two and a row of louvers run across the bottom of the panel.

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Old September 28th, 2010, 10:23 AM   #122
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Here's what I was thinking for door pannels to match your bomber seats.



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Old September 29th, 2010, 06:08 AM   #123
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I have very similar plans for the door panels actually, thanks for the drawing Doc!
And yes I do have access to a louver press lol

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Old October 11th, 2010, 04:25 PM   #124
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So I got the truck outta my garage I have been working on and finally got to work on the vw sunday after a whole summer of not touching it! Felt good!!

Started slicin' n dicin' the 49 ford dash to fit, gonna take alot of fittin to make it work. Pics to come soon...

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Old October 11th, 2010, 04:35 PM   #125
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Been watching your build Gary but never wrote to ya'. Gotta ask about that steering dampner you got there, whats that unit out of? Looks good and I bet it works good too.
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