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Old December 23rd, 2005, 08:40 PM   #1151
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since the body was only bolted to the pan on my 67 by 3 bolts, i decided that now would be a good time to lift off the body. Takin' the pan to my sandblaster after cristmas. Got the body supported up on my scissor lift and after some [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/AssScratch.gif[/img] (hey... thats my smiley) got to the [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/Sawzallsmiley.gif[/img] part of this project. did some [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/welderface.gif[/img] too. Still wating for the replacment firewall to fix where the bastard PO cut a big ass hole to get to the starter [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/mad.gif[/img]
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Old December 24th, 2005, 05:23 AM   #1152
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<span style="color:#993399">re~wrote you vrodders a christmas poem,,, worked some more on the large vw emblems, took teen to store to get hubby's gift(needed an adult id), then took him to work, came home, made a strong drink, watched legally blonde,,, I wouldve hit some people in that movie. Read all the funny replies to night before,,, [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/funny.gif[/img] I like it when you all seem to be laughing! Steve being top guy here, I think he'd make a great santa,,, besides, he already seems to grant our wishes,and keeps us going....more smilies!!!! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/FreakinSmiley.gif[/img] </span>

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Old December 26th, 2005, 01:56 PM   #1153
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I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas..

Today Jerry and I pulled the engine out of the Thing. Big Bug and I built that engine back in May 2003. The date was on the block. We didn't do the bearings or rods. Just installed new pistions, riings, cylinders, heads back then.

We tore the engine down today and #1 rod bearing was melted onto the crank looks like it had no oil. #3 piston was scuffed but the heads and everything else looked good. The Flying Squirrel had a good running engine so I plan to build up that engine for the Thing by transferring the tin and exhaust system.

I also took some comparison photos to compare my '66 to the wife's new '06. Imagine owning 2 of the the same model of car 40 years apart.


That is all for today.

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Old December 26th, 2005, 08:32 PM   #1154
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I pulled my first ever lines with my new Mack 00 pinstriping brush. Had a blast and think I did alright for the first time. Will clean it off tomorrow and try some more.

Here are the results....

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Old December 26th, 2005, 09:20 PM   #1155
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That looks good.

While it wasn't yesterday...I put down $200 on the SOLID '66 Beetle...for $600 total.

I also found a job delivering car parts...in their car, which'll get me the Beetle first pay check in January.

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Old December 27th, 2005, 06:02 AM   #1156
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Well, it was Friday, but it was the last day that I was here, so might as well have been yesterday...
So let me know what you think so far.

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Old December 27th, 2005, 06:22 AM   #1157
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<span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:100%">WOW!!</span> That is turning out real good!! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/bowdown.gif[/img] [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/Sawzallsmiley.gif[/img]
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Old December 27th, 2005, 06:28 AM   #1158
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Old December 27th, 2005, 06:49 AM   #1159
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Damn Ray-Dean...


That looks great! Awesome work on the body lines! Keep it up!
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Old December 27th, 2005, 06:58 AM   #1160
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Old December 27th, 2005, 10:54 PM   #1161
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Well... got my bug in the shop yesterday. cut into the heater channels to inspect and they are GONE! so I decided to replace the heater channels and firewall. pulled the bumpers, fenders, and actually got the body off the pan today. Tried to order from Wolfsburg but they are closed... hoping its not for the week. Anyone know where else I can get the parts from?

I wasnt sure about the fenderless look... only because it looked so good the way it was. But I am sold now... With a little more rake and the right wheels and tires this thing is gonna be even better.

I will have original bullet fenders for sale as well as a pair of early brazillian rears. 2-3 sets of snow flakes, early headlights... complete, 4 window regulators out of a 66, RHD dash, and misc other little parts. I will get a list together and post in the "Shit for Sale" section. But thought I'd throw it out there to see if there is any interest in any of the bigger items first so I can try to finance the extra work to be done.
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Old December 28th, 2005, 06:55 AM   #1162
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I went to RI. yesterday to my friend Tim Schellers house. He recently added burgandy paint to his black '58 and I helped him put the windshield and driver side windows in. He's in the process of rebuilding the engine, going from a 2276 w/ worked over IDA's to a 2276 with a huge turbo with nitros!! With a 60 shot he is expecting a little over 300hp. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/eek1.gif[/img] This is the same car that won First in Class and Best of Show at Litchfield this year. Kind of makes me wonder what he'll do next year? [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif[/img]
We also installed the whitewall inserts on my front tires for "Skeletal Remains". I need to redo one of them because it wrinkled a bit but that's not a problem. Here's some pics. ...Tim

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Old January 2nd, 2006, 03:52 PM   #1163
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got my pans all wlede in this weekend! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/Dancing.gif[/img] That was a feat for a guy learning how to weld! but, they're in and actually welded! then today I was really brave and made a patch panel for the tunnel and got it welded in! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/Dancing.gif[/img] I am happier than hell!! I kinow that this may not seem like a big deal to some, but it sure gave me a shot in the arm!


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Old January 3rd, 2006, 05:28 AM   #1164
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Well I cut out the lower left corner that was all messed up...



And then I started figuring out where I kept going wrong. I would always get a flat spot in the center of the corned about half way up. So I cut out the hindge end of the door pieces left after making the rear of the cab. Then I welded them in the center of the corner (kind of at a 45 to the side and rear pannles). I then was able to lay the pieces in and...



It will look better after I get it primed. There is to much "flash" for the pic to come out good. That's all for now. I need to go make some money.
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Old January 9th, 2006, 08:08 AM   #1165
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I've been out sick and the wife had surgery last week. So not much bug stuff happening.

This weekend, I transferred all the tin, dizzy, carb to the flying squirrel motor. I put the motor on my rolling test stand and started it up, set the timing and checked the oil pressure. The engine seems real good and doesn't leak! Hopefully soon I'll get to install the engine in the Thing and get it back on the road.



I also have a video of the engine running. It is a big file so have patience. Click the link then click the movie camera to watch.

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Old January 10th, 2006, 02:09 PM   #1166
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Sorry I'm a day late with this but on sunday Tom (busguy71) Rob (brokenbeetle66) and Tim from RI came over for a little part swapping action. Rob and Tim brought me some oval doors and a "W" decklid, I passed an engine over to Rob from Dan, and gave Tim a sweet set of oval doors for a project he's doing for a friend. Tom was there just so we could all give him shit [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/funny.gif[/img]
We all piled into the rental minivan, popped "Fight Club" into the DVD player and headed up to Northampton for burgers and beers (except Rob, he had a hotdog and coffee).
Had a great time and can't wait to do it again. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif[/img] ...Tim
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Old January 11th, 2006, 09:11 PM   #1167
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Well... shes back from blasting. They did a pretty good job. the front end has been hit pretty good. And the original chop is pretty rough. The flash in the pics actually makes them look much better than they are. But its workable. The rag will be cut out and flange the roof to except the lip flush mounted. the oval clip is in crooked, off center, and with a at least a 1" lap all the way around so it sits too high. The oval clip is absolutely pristine... it was a good buy, as clean as it is. the old clip should come out pretty easy and will be available with all the rest to be posted later.

Will be spraying it with epoxy sealer in the next couple days then the heater channels and firewall are first on the list.

Its all pretty rough... but it could have been a lot worse! I didnt know what to expect under all the mud.








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Old January 15th, 2006, 03:21 PM   #1168
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I think it's been long enough so I pulled my horn button apart and clear coated it. I think I'll pull it apart again in a few weeks and give it a couple more coats just to be safe. It came out real nice. Thanks again Unkl Ian!! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/bowdown.gif[/img] ...Tim

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Old January 15th, 2006, 03:48 PM   #1169
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Heater channels are out and will start fitting the replacements tomorrow I hope. Spent most of today getting all the undercoating off the fenderwells. have found more rot here and there that needs to be taken care of then I can start with the por15 and button up this part of the job.

I was gonna take the time to strip the underside... but will probably, just knock off the big loose stuff (undercoating) and respray it.

If I had to do it again... I would have sandblasted the wheel wells... the wire wheel took HOURS! but it'll be worth it in the end. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif[/img]
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Old January 15th, 2006, 03:54 PM   #1170
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removed 9 beams at the vw farm and started pulling parts. getting ready for the smasher.
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Old January 16th, 2006, 07:11 AM   #1171
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hotrodheb and i almost finished the rust repair under my rear window.


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Old January 16th, 2006, 03:58 PM   #1172
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Well sitting at night I decided to make a quick t shirt for our club meet on wednesday, one of my mates has earned the title Queenie, so I kinda borrowed the text from the billetproof t shirt & came up with this after some time in photoshop.





I then put this on the front



But did I think about the heat transfering through to the otherside! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/FreakinSmiley.gif[/img]



WTF I'm still gonna wear it on wednesday at the meeting, as it's my first attempt at making a t shirt I think it has come out ok, only thing is, now I wanna make loads more
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Old January 17th, 2006, 12:23 AM   #1173
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i said goodbye to my invader kit car... someone drive 6 hours up from PA to get it. good luck... send pics! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/hello.gif[/img]
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Old January 17th, 2006, 11:13 PM   #1174
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got all the parts for the new engine liad out on the dining table pissed of the wife. but the engine will run by fri i hope. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/driving.gif[/img] still got 2 days of work too do.but i will have to do it in one day [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/Idunno.gif[/img]



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Old January 18th, 2006, 12:34 AM   #1175
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