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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:51 pm    Post subject: Barn find 59 Euro ragtop Reply with quote

This is the start of the thread, I've only posted it since the title is in hand now. Its a 1959 Ragtop that was purchased in Belgium and brought back over to the US. It was driven some but has been parked for 20 years now by the og owner. Till now,.... I couldn't get off work and its been a hard thing to get a deal struck on it, but as soon as there was a deal we didn't want to waist time getting it home. I'll post a few teaser shot till tonight.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Side note the og tail lights are in the car, along with a german bamboo tray that goes under the dash Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Take numerous before and after pictures. Semaphores are way cool but expensive. Keep it stock as a rock and enjoy the ride.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its going to be my Dads car, but we are going to work on it together. Hes never had a VW guess seeing mine has made him want something to work on. Did I mention we are the second owners of the car Very Happy The plan is to keep it stock so don't worry about that. I've had lowered stuff before its fun, but stock is just such a better ride. I'm hoping he got alot of pictures of them getting it out. Was not in a good place, the barn was a more of a tin shed and it was on its way out.
It had fallen in behind the car, there is also a tree that has to be removed before it could be pulled out. So not that fun, super glad my brother got to go with him. I still wish I could have been there, the removal is a really fun experience.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=493553&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0
65 dlx Slow build
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Tail lights were inside the car
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http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=493553&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0
65 dlx Slow build
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great looking car....be sure to post pics as the clean up progresses
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice find!
When you can lets get some more pics!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Going to take it to the car wash tonight and blow it off, not to mention get all the rat crap where I can't breathe it in... I'll get more pictures up in the next few days.
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http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=493553&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John, where did u find that and how did you find it? Very cool!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with Vintagevolks the story behind the find is always interesting to read.
And with the rat crap... bleach water in a bottle spray it down and then vaccuum it out...avoids the deadly Hanta virus.
http://www.cdc.gov/hantavirus/pdf/HPS_Brochure.pdf
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been after this car for 5 years Very Happy I was starting to think it was a myth until a month ago.
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65 dlx Slow build
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its a Sept 1958 made and it has the correct 36 horse engine!!! Got to clean out all of the pecan hulls that are all inside of the hood. Did find the license plate from Belgium, it was under hood. More pictures to come!
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59 Euro ragtop build with my dad
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=493553&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0
65 dlx Slow build
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LoL that doesn't answer the question of how and where did u find it?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LoL that doesn't answer the question of how and where did u find it?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

vintagevolks wrote:
LoL that doesn't answer the question of how and where did u find it?


Word of mouth, one of my customers when worked at the parts store told me about it. Helped me chase it down, gave the lady my phone number. Its one of those things where the timing was perfect, she wasn't going to sell was going to give it to her son until he said some things to her that were not to nice as she put it.
I'm really glad we got it, can't wait to start working on it with my Dad. He's lurking thesamba as I type reading things about the car.

So now with the questions, how do you unstick a semaphore. One of them will not come out. Embarassed
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59 Euro ragtop build with my dad
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=493553&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0
65 dlx Slow build
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That car looks like it will clean up nicely! Jonathan you know how I love 58-59s! Still has the 36hp in it too!
I can't wait to see more of this one! Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How to unstick a semaphore? Very carefully. Remember they are expensive. You may have to rebuild them. Have you tried applying 6V to the wiring...http://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/info/wiring/bug_58.jpg

After all those years it maybe suffering from rustosis.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, I'm youbugme2's dad.

This car was a job to get out but well worth it.
My plans are to do a pan off restoration and put it back as close to original as possible and document everything as we go. This is not the original color. It was beige or tan, not sure what color I'm going to go with yet. Got a long way to go before that bridge.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Almost forgot, the Tag on it is 1983 so it has been sitting for around 28 or 29 years. It's amazing how good a shape this car is in considering.
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