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swhitcomb Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:14 pm

So I bought a 71 Super. Didn't really mean to, but it was way too good of a deal to pass up.

















It has a 1500 H case in it now. It's going to go.



This is the start of the AH that's going in it.



All stripped and clean. Considering splitting the case but haven't decided yet.

Piecing things together. I'm blasting the cheap chrome off and adding flaps and a tstat to the Chinese shroud.



Going to powder coat the engine orange with silver vein accents.



Also planning on putting discs on it. The car is extremely solid and thanks to my 67, I consider myself to be somewhat of an expert on where Beetles rust. The only rust I can find on the hole car is a 2" hole behind the battery.

Solid yet dirty floors



Package tray



Heater channel



The car has been parked since the 80s.. Like 84. Really looking forward to making it nice and enjoying it. I pick it up Sunday.

mlhsquared Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:08 am

Sean, this is the place that Cook sent me to. When you're ready, check it out. Good luck on the new project.

Autobody Supplies
(540) 667-1611
1803 S Loudoun St
Winchester, VA 22601

swhitcomb Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:48 am

Thanks Mike. I may have to stop there. I need some orange that is a match for some touch up work.

Jon65 Thu Nov 08, 2012 4:25 pm

Nice car. Best of luck to you. :)

swhitcomb Thu Nov 08, 2012 4:58 pm

Thanks... Blasting more engine tin right now :D :bug_orange:

swhitcomb Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:19 pm

Went and got it today. Played with it a little.

Cleaned a small spot. It matches the powder I bought for the engine pretty closely.


Quickly sprayed the decklid with some paint my friend had lying around.


We played with the engine a little, and with some starting fluid, I actually had in running for a second.


It needs a little more work then I thought, but I'll get it. Turns out the single port 1500 that is in it was made the same month as my 67. Dec of 66. Seriously considering putting it in my 67.

Also, thought this was pretty cool.

The VW logos on the knobs are neat.

swhitcomb Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:55 pm

Well, I'm off all week. Had some vacation to burn. So, today I took a trip to a junkyard a friend told me about. Several air cooled VWs. 5 or 6 Ghias, 7 or 8 Bugs, and a few bay windows. Nothing to write home about, but perfect if you need a hood for your 71 Super.

Found one. It was buried a little.


My wife didn't think I'd be able to get it out.


She was wrong


Plenty of surface rust. A small ding or two, but much nicer then the one on the car.

Even got some Ghia Parts. This is the rear bumper center towel bar. Got the 2 pieces of trim that sit on top of the door and hold the window scraper too.


All for $75. Pretty damn good deal for all those parts. The center towel bar alone sells for more then that.

Last night my friend Mark and I played with it and actually got the h case to run briefly, although it was running on starter fluid. Formulating a plan on where to start on it. It needs every single brake component, so i think I'll just do a disc swap now, rather then later. Also need to send the case of the engine I'm building off to be machined. So far though, I'm still having fun. :)

swhitcomb Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:13 pm

Well, I worked non stop on my wife's Thing all week so I got nothing done on the Bug except powder coating a backing plate to see what silver vein looks like.



It's a 2 stage. Silver vein, then clear. I like it a lot.

Jon65 Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:50 pm

swhitcomb wrote: I like it a lot.

x2.

swhitcomb Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:51 am



Got a set of them yesterday. Also got a front passenger fender. Ordered a full set of Cal Look rubber. I still need a drivers front fender and I might try and find the correct decklid. I've sent an email to a guy in Ohio advertising an apron in the classifieds 3 times now and no response. I was really trying to get a deal and not have to spend $80 on one.

It's coming together though. Just gathering up parts, then I'll start really tearing into it.

ilovemountains Sat Dec 01, 2012 6:56 pm

Is that the old VW graveyard up in Lehew WV????

swhitcomb Sat Dec 01, 2012 10:01 pm

No this one is in Smithsburg MD. All makes.

vwsteve Sun Dec 02, 2012 7:32 am

ilovemountains wrote: Is that the old VW graveyard up in Lehew WV????

Is that the one where the new power line goes across the mountain?

swhitcomb Mon Dec 03, 2012 9:59 am



Did some powder coating for the Super. Did the wiper arms, headlight rings, and rear portion of the backing plate. Doing all the chrome parts in silver vein.

swhitcomb Mon Dec 10, 2012 5:45 am

Well, because I don't want it to rust and the window seals are leaking, I started replacing them.





I really think Cal Look seals look nice on late cars. I like the trim on earlier cars, but on late cars it cleans the lines up a lot.

Still saving up for that disc brake kit. Also scrounging money together for an engine build. I'm seriously considering this engine:

http://www.hornbyislandwares.com/acn/1737/1800cc-vw-engine-no-machine-combo/

swhitcomb Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:33 am

Well, the brakes have set me back a bit, but I put the new wheels on to make it less ugly.



Looks much better.

swhitcomb Mon Dec 31, 2012 5:56 am



That isn't the engine that's going in it, but that is the tin. Looking really cool I think. I decided against the 36 horse shroud. It didn't fit right. Ordered a ton of parts for it that should be here very soon. Front disc brakes, complete new rear brakes, new hoses, new metal lines, an alternator, lowering struts, the correct lugs and a few other odds and ends. Trying to have it running by March. Not sure I'll have the money or time but trying anyway.

swhitcomb Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:14 pm

Ok, so the dash in the car is really ugly. Started fixing that:



Some idiot had put vinyl on the glove box door.



Removed it, blasted it clean, and powder coated it orange. Also bleached the lock knob clean.





I'm going to do the dash vents in the same color.

Brake work begins very shortly when all the parts arrive.

In the mean time, I got a new backing plate and powder coated it:






Twony Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:25 am

lOOks Great, nice attention to detail. I also am doing / in the process of my 71 super. Got my brakes from Napa and the drums weren't as bad as I thought... Keep up posting. I need to get some photos together myself. I am primed and almost painted but still need the motor rebuilt. It runs but leaks like a siv...

webberjames95 Sat Jan 12, 2013 1:25 pm

your engine looks awesome so far. i like the silver vein on the wipers and crome trim and headlight rings. awesome



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