View original topic: "What did you do with your Thing today"? Page: Previous  1, 2, 3 ... 39, 40, 41 ... 83, 84, 85  Next
Semper_Dad Thu Jun 16, 2011 12:02 pm

mikeyj007 wrote: I ordered a custom front license plate and got it in the mail today. I was a bit disappointed to discover that the "chrome" frame is really just cheap plastic universal frame that won't work. Does anyone know where I can order a metal license plate frame? Do they makes ones that don't cover up the outer ring on the plate?

All the euro frames I've seen are plastic. Why doesn't the frame work? I put some strong (neodymium) magnets between the plate and holder. They are lined up to matchup with the high point ridges on the front nose. I can remove the plate easily and stow it on the inside of the trunk hood for security if I want.

You can find the magnets at most craft shops or internet. I think I ended up using about 8 half inch round ones. Hot glued them INSIDE the holder BETWEEN the plate and holder. You can put some additional ones on the backside of the apron to increase hold.

mikeyj007 Thu Jun 16, 2011 1:01 pm

The middle of the frame has a bunch of holes that won't let you use the stock holes without the holder. If you use the holder then the bottom part hangs down below the frame. I could have drilled some holes if it was all one solid piece of plastic.

After much searching I found a site that ships them out of Thailand. I'm not sure how much they cost yet. I like the idea of being able to secure it and also see the outer ring on the plate.

Semper_Dad Thu Jun 16, 2011 2:27 pm

Those are nice. Drop them an e-mail, maybe they can give you a USA contact.

perello Fri Jun 17, 2011 9:38 am

tack weld the new inner rocker...smoothly :)

fit test the outer rocker, this is the only repro part I am using (danish rockers), in my opinion the inner is perfect but the outer didnt come out as good....

GenaBrewer Sat Jun 18, 2011 11:41 am

Checked the valves, re-timed the dizzy and changed the trans oil.
Very supprised by the difference in feel with new oil. Feels smoother, like there's less vibration coming from the back. The old oil didn't even look that bad, I just didn't know how old it was. What came out was Hypoid (nothing else smells like that), what went in was Amsoil Severe Duty 75-90.


63ziggy Sat Jun 18, 2011 6:54 pm

with temps around 99+ and heat index 105-108

we took on local show sponsored by local VW dealership at their lot. first time to attend. good show, good turn out

even better, no registration fee with free burgers and dogs for lunch.

couple other Things in attendance as well.

aside from extreme heat, we had a good time

joescoolcustoms Sat Jun 18, 2011 8:58 pm

Finally got ride of the Beetle Pea Shooter exhaust!!!

Bought this used, separated, dual quite pack style exhaust in great shape.

First order of business is to make the exhaust heat riser's work properly to heat the manifold for good carb operation. I have gutted a stock muffler around a year ago and cut off the stock heat riser for just this type of use. The factory set up is designed to have the right side come off the exhaust as close to the head as possible in the highest pressure area, circulate through the manifold heat riser tube and then flow out the left side into the lower pressure muffler. Most headers just have two risers on top of each port, which will not circulate, just pulse one way, then pulse back the other way.

I cut the flange off the tube:

Next was to fit it to the header, plumbing it into the muffler area and welding everything back up.

Cleaned and sanded the header so it would take a high temp paint.

I followed the paint instructions of idling the engine for 10 minutes, cool for 20 minutes, run 20 minutes, cool for 10 minutes than drive. tucked up out of the way nicely compared to the Beetle muffler.



Then had to cruise it with the top down, windshield layed down. Very quite system to the point I cannot hear it run above 10 MPH. But if you are behind the car, it sounds throaty.

Downtown Saint Albans, WV;

perello Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:35 am

unveiled the mystery of the lower A pillar

which is the culprit of a proper rocker adjustment. Tacked B pillar in place

a NOS rear fender looks good, I have all of them bolted to rockers :D

yellow73kubel Mon Jun 20, 2011 2:25 pm

Looking good Perello! Now slow down, you are putting me to shame. :lol:

I finally have my Grabber AT2's mated to the Cookie Cutters. These things look huge sitting next to my current 185/70/14s. Assuming we don't run into any major missing parts snags, the 944 brake swap should begin Thursday afternoon.

My fun over the last two weekends was the Bilstein installation and wheel prep. Both were interesting experiences, and quite worth the effort.

perello Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:14 am

yellow73kubel wrote: Looking good Perello! Now slow down, you are putting me to shame. :lol:

thanks! the impression I work slow :roll:

left B pillar welded in place

secured rear seat support, seat has been shortened on purpose to leave space at the sides for long objects

GI Joe Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:20 am

perello wrote:
secured rear seat support, seat has been shortened on purpose to leave space at the sides for long objects

My cushion allows a few inches per end(at the doors) to clear for a rifle. I have the Rifle mount installed on the DS back there! Looking to add another one to the DS floor, along the rocker! Good place for quick access to a scatter gun!! LOL!!

Great work Perello!

GenaBrewer Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:51 pm

I installed a new horizontal seal with the motor in. That sucked. Fingers crossed for cooler runnings.


perello Wed Jun 22, 2011 8:28 am

GI Joe wrote:

My cushion allows a few inches per end(at the doors) to clear for a rifle.
Great work Perello!

Thanks! I wa thinking more in kaiak paddles or fishing rods ...

Finished left rocker.....almost

Finished fitting rear bumper...solid

I found the rear door latch catcher

GenaBrewer Wed Jun 22, 2011 4:22 pm

To compliment the new seal installed yesterday.

I made some covers for the heater holes in my non-181 tin. They're 26ga. steel from home depot, rattle canned and riveted on. Sure beats the speed tape that I kept replacing.


Billyd64 Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:32 pm

Got e-brake ordered from Mike, was going to do more work but it's raining cats n dawgs here, and its only under a carport. Have to find a flasher for warning lights/turn signals, finish rewiring license plate light, numerous other things I could be doing. Other than that I just looked at it!

blakeck2 Sat Jun 25, 2011 4:45 pm

Made and installed some custom Rubbertite floor mats :twisted:

Semper_Dad Sun Jun 26, 2011 8:19 pm

Returned from Mt Baker Camp-n-Cruise. Drove about 150 miles to the location and back without any problems. In fact the car performed perfectly. Got a lot of "thumbs-up", waves and smiles along the way. Weather could have been better but the company was great. Found out what happens to a VW engine block when introduced to bonfire. :shock:

Some pictures here;

sixty9fasty Sun Jun 26, 2011 10:19 pm

Drove it doorless and topless to the California Bug Bash.

perello Mon Jun 27, 2011 10:05 am

MIG day

deleted mirror supports

and restored front left lower corner

almost no militaria signs on front

started restoring back left corner

following with rear left corner

and finished welding rear apron, doors seems to fit well...all doors are in...thats a milestone :wink:

perello Thu Jun 30, 2011 9:41 am

run out of gas...again :roll: so it was a POR-15 day

Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group