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Old May 26th, 2008, 03:20 PM   #1
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Default How do you do it!?!?

Well i'm about to start my project, i don't know where to start, check out my pics, i have a link to Flickr on mt intro page...

http://www.volksrods.com/forum/showt...136#post317136


i know it needs pans and heater channels, but i also plan on welding the doors shut. the body is way too far gone to have doors. should i just start hacking or should i do some reconstructive surgery first?

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I didnt' realize how hard it would be to make the first cut!
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Old May 26th, 2008, 03:41 PM   #2
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Hell yeah, i gotta see this, is this gonna be the build page??? Just do a sign of the cross and CUT........
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Old May 26th, 2008, 05:01 PM   #3
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I couldn't do the 1st cut myself, had someone else (Crack Monkey) to do it After that the other cuts were easy. But once you build your confidence, making the 1st cut on other major things is easier to do
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Old May 26th, 2008, 05:12 PM   #4
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Wow, I thought I was the only one. I had to go puke when I cut the rear off the ghia for a Baja. I felt so bad I welded the ends back on for tail lights.
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Old May 26th, 2008, 05:16 PM   #5
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The biggest and hardest part is the "mental barrier" of the first Major Mod., I had so much trouble decideing to chop my top, I'll do it in a heartbeat now
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Old May 26th, 2008, 05:56 PM   #6
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Besides the dash (which was hacked beforehand so wasn't hard to cut) and front end/nose (can be re-welded up), this was 1st MAJOR cut made under my possession. Once cut there's no turning back with this one...

before; notice the chalk lines made for pre-planning on where to cut, etc:


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Old May 26th, 2008, 06:14 PM   #7
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It's only metal man. Don't be afraid of it.
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Old May 26th, 2008, 11:58 PM   #8
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It can always be rewelded or reshaped...
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Old May 27th, 2008, 12:03 AM   #9
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dive in, if you don't like it weld it back on, don't like the welds then grind them off... metal is easy to work with and repairable
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Old May 27th, 2008, 06:35 AM   #10
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Yeah i know what you all mean. I just wasn't prepared for what i was feeling, i've done lots of body work and fabrication before, but i guess since it was restoration, it didn't phase me. My hat is off to all of you that do this without thinking and creat something awesome from something plain. I'll be one of those guys soon too, i've always had visions, now i'm going to bring them to life. after i do the volksrod, my 57 chevy is next.
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Old May 28th, 2008, 01:37 AM   #11
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have you made the first cut yet?
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Old May 28th, 2008, 01:57 AM   #12
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I was also hesitating for a long time with the Double Cab to cut the roof for the deluxe skylights even though I had allready bought the skylight inserts... Even though I still dont plan on making the roof I decided last November that I'll cut out the holes on one side so I can't go back...

Not finished yet but the righthand side is fitted just waits for the . I have still more important work to do before I finish the roof, but soon.
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Old May 28th, 2008, 07:15 AM   #13
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No cuts yet, the pans and heater channels are in pretty rough shape so i think i'm going to have to put some supports in the body, then take it off, and replace the pans, plus i have some lowback seats for it, and it has late model seat tracks in it, so they'll have to be swapped anyways, plus i have to reinforce the pan head for the beam extender, as well as i found some serious rust under the pan head. i'm going to take pics as i go...
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Old May 28th, 2008, 07:26 AM   #14
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What you do is grab the sawzall in one had, beer in the other, hold the sawzall to the car, and pull the trigger whilst tilting your head back to chug your brewskie. Once you've finished chugging all of your beer stop cutting and have a look!
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Old May 28th, 2008, 07:45 AM   #15
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The best thing to do is to form a plan. Decide what the end result is and just keep pluggin away until you have achieved it. Don't look at it as a big project but a series of little ones. If you do that, you'll do fine.
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I dont know Walt very well and I havent started cutting yet either, but follow Walts advice which is: Its only metal, you just need to be smarter than the metal. He knows what he is talking about.

I am really nervous about cutting on mine, but I have a goal, a personal goal, not just building my VR. I have alot ov vision for my car and it will take some serious time to get it done. Dont rush it. Hell look at Bulldogs build. He and Rob havve been building on that one for months and they are still going. Dont be in a rush.
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Old September 2nd, 2008, 04:53 AM   #17
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Well i did it yesterday, didn't take long at all, but i've still got a long way to go, but it's very inspiring to see how quickly it can go...
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Right on... now is where the fun begins. Keep the pics coming.
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Old September 2nd, 2008, 12:10 PM   #19
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That's the ticket. I had the same situation. I sat around trying to figure out what to do, until I decided to cut it all off and just start something of my own (check out my intro).

Good luck and don't let the little nagging voice of doubt in your head win.
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Old September 2nd, 2008, 12:35 PM   #20
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first thenthen ya then you do thisthen do this

then the next day ya go out and ya



then ya come on here and ya hold your sign
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 04:26 AM   #21
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Herbie 66, What are you building? looks interesing, keep it coming!

Depending on the weather, Hanna, Ike, Josephine, etc. i should have more work done this weekend. i'm in no hurry though, it took me months to get here, i'll be working in spurts...
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 02:21 PM   #22
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I am building a "woody" wagon of sorts, with an extended front end, and fenderless. Purely a fair weather fun car. No windows except for the windshield and a canvas top. Check out the thread "No turning back now" in the cutting board. I have been posting updates there. I like the input from the others on this board. I have made a couple of changes based on good advice the guys have given.

Good luck with your project and keep it up. It gets easier with every cut.

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