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johnstuarthughes Sun Mar 01, 2020 4:59 pm

Restoration of an early '55 bug: Door pains! Those Phillips-head bolts holding window tracks and vent wing top mounts are awful to remove! I would love any tips on this...


finster Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:45 am

drove my 56 oval to visit my 90 year old dad who is feeling miserable due to covid 'social distancing' for over 70s. 140 mile round trip and car ran great! :D

Yustrn Tue Mar 31, 2020 10:16 am

johnstuarthughes wrote: Restoration of an early '55 bug: Door pains! Those Phillips-head bolts holding window tracks and vent wing top mounts are awful to remove! I would love any tips on this...



If you aren't concerned about the paint, get a bottle of the yellow MAP gas, get them red hot and they come out like butter.

salty54oval Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:14 pm

Giving a little luster back to this pitted rusty chrome bumper! Better for sure!


gringoloco2000 Tue Apr 21, 2020 5:48 pm

Back on the road after 2 years.








aa390392 Sat Apr 25, 2020 1:14 pm

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Took it out cruised thru portions on LA, LAX, Manhattan Beach. Like driving LA in the 50's on a Sunday......nice warm day top down, with no idiots to share the byways with.
Get out, its safe, gas is cheap...no excuse, youll probably never see it this unpopulated ever again.
Cheers

gringoloco2000 Sat Apr 25, 2020 5:27 pm

Looking good. Yeah, I bet it is nice with light traffic vs the normal LA craziness.

donny273 Fri May 01, 2020 9:00 am

Feel your pain. Trying to make a grafted in ragtop look decent. Was done way before I got the car. Bondo on/bondo off. Much dust.

Looking for used but decent pan and fender bolts. Any hoarders out there that want to part with some?

Good luck to us all!

aa390392 Tue May 12, 2020 9:11 am

Took a short trip thru LAX, which was empty. I need to go back down and do a photo shoot.

VW_Jimbo Tue May 12, 2020 9:40 am

aa390392 wrote: Took a short trip thru LAX, which was empty. I need to go back down and do a photo shoot.


Love that picture! No cars anywhere else!

Regarding your last post. Traffic has been amazing. I had to drive out to Victorville the other day. There was no traffic anywhere. We got there in just under an hour and a half. Typically a two hour commitment at minimum. As a comparison, on one rainy day, it took 4 1/2 hours.

EverettB Tue May 12, 2020 10:15 am

aa390392 wrote: Took a short trip thru LAX, which was empty. I need to go back down and do a photo shoot.


Awesome pic

It reminds me of this Vintage Bus pic I posted:

Yustrn Tue May 12, 2020 10:59 am

Coming to the end of it's restoration/preservation after a couple of years...this thing sat in a field for at least 25 years that I know of prior to me finally buying it a couple years back.



aa390392 Tue May 12, 2020 11:32 am

Thanks Ev, Im going to go down there a attempt to reproduce.

EverettB wrote: aa390392 wrote: Took a short trip thru LAX, which was empty. I need to go back down and do a photo shoot.


Awesome pic

It reminds me of this Vintage Bus pic I posted:

hm Wed May 13, 2020 11:13 am

aa390392 wrote: Took a short trip thru LAX, which was empty. I need to go back down and do a photo shoot.


Great picture Thomas :)

aa390392 Wed May 13, 2020 2:37 pm

aa390392 wrote: Thanks Ev, Im going to go down there a attempt to reproduce.

EverettB wrote: aa390392 wrote: Took a short trip thru LAX, which was empty. I need to go back down and do a photo shoot.


Awesome pic

It reminds me of this Vintage Bus pic I posted:




EverettB Wed May 13, 2020 4:21 pm

Very cool.

This is probably one of the few times you could actually park there for a second to get a pic

VW_Jimbo Wed May 13, 2020 4:32 pm

EverettB wrote: Very cool.

This is probably one of the few times you could actually park there for a second to get a pic

Seriously - right! Typically you would be getting ran over by everyone!

SurfsUP Tue Jun 16, 2020 10:12 am

After trying 2 weeks amd in process breaking 2 new windshields, I finally successfully managed to install new windshield without it breaking. This time it came out perfect and even chrome trim is perfectly flat against rubber with no scratches and dents.

VW_Jimbo Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:14 pm

SurfsUP wrote: After trying 2 weeks amd in process breaking 2 new windshields, I finally successfully managed to install new windshield without it breaking. This time it came out perfect and even chrome trim is perfectly flat against rubber with no scratches and dents.


Looks good! Whats the rest of the car look like?

SurfsUP Wed Jun 17, 2020 3:39 pm

Mahalo!
Here's a recent one where I finally installed the period correct bumpers that I've been saving in storage for 10 yrs.



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