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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2023 4:29 am    Post subject: Re: 1965 sunroof 1200 named Mushu Reply with quote

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Is there any information what were the production dates in 1963? Did the factory work Monday-Friday, or also weekends, maybe reduced shifts?

I worked at the Wolfsburg plant from late 1980 thru June 1983, though in an office job and not in production. It's likely that the work shifts and days off were already in place in 1963. Here's the German holiday calendar for '63: https://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/?year=1963&country=8 VW was located in the state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), since some of the holidays were regional.

Workdays were Mon - Fri, with two ca. 8 hour shifts each day for production-related stations. I don't remember the exact work times of those shifts from my '80's time, but the change was either 1:30 or 2:00 pm. Last workday for production was end of June; lines were traditionally closed all of July for changes to tooling for new production features that started ~ August 1 for the next model year. Due to the strong work unions at the plant, there was almost never production work done on the weekend.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2023 7:28 am    Post subject: Re: 1965 sunroof 1200 named Mushu Reply with quote

Rome wrote:

I worked at the Wolfsburg plant from late 1980 thru June 1983, though in an office job and not in production.


That must have been fascinating! You must have some wonderful insight and stories? Awesome!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2023 11:13 pm    Post subject: Re: 1965 sunroof 1200 named Mushu Reply with quote

Thank you, Rome! This info would place the chassis on the 6th of March 1963. And the body on the 27th of October 1964.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2024 1:54 am    Post subject: Re: 1965 sunroof 1200 named Mushu Reply with quote

Spring is in the air (no, not the suspension spring!) so I'm back at working on the car. First activity: rear end botched repairs correction. There was some sheet metal on top of original metal which was rusted underneath. I tried to remove as little original metal as possible. Good fit and rear valance sits properly. I still have to weld back the side engine trays. They are in place, but I have to align them with the valance channel and weld them in place.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2024 10:05 am    Post subject: Re: 1965 sunroof 1200 named Mushu Reply with quote

Nice work! I would expect nothing less from you. Keep on making progress!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2024 11:47 pm    Post subject: Re: 1965 sunroof 1200 named Mushu Reply with quote

Thank you for your kind words. It will not be a concours restoration. I will not spend so much time grinding the welds perfectly flat, because on the wheel arches I will spray a thick, textured, rubbery paint as new cars have. I did it on the 1303 and it seems very good at absorbing stone hits, also not chipping. In the end, I have the cars for driving them as much as possible, I don't want to cry at every small issue that may happen on the road.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2024 11:07 pm    Post subject: Re: 1965 sunroof 1200 named Mushu Reply with quote

Lazy, lazy. No work until this weekend. I replaced the right A pillar bottom with a clip from the old 1303 front end I kept. Good think I kept quite a lot of junk metal (but in perfect shape), just in case. That "case" is now.
I also welded the heater channel in. But yesterday I realized it was not in the right position at rear, it was higher by ~1cm. That is due to the jack bracket which is welded wrong or has bad design. Cut, bent, welded back, it all fits right. Door gap is good, door closes perfect.
Yesterday I prepared the rear right quarter panel to be changed (no pics).
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 02, 2024 9:54 am    Post subject: Re: 1965 sunroof 1200 named Mushu Reply with quote

And today some more progress: rear right quarter panel welded in, and first "tuning": I added a lower B pillar plate for seat belt (again re-ise from the old body of my 1303... Junk is good). It had only upper B pillar nut and tunnel nut. When was the 3rd point added? I thought lap belts were from lower B to tunnel.
Disclamer: I am not a pro welder, this is hobby for me and I kind of hate bodywork. So some welds look very nice, some are ugly. I don't build a show car, and I'm not afraid of a little bondo (of course, I try to keep it at a minimum). For example, I never mastered the technique of welding on long lines without metal distortion, even if I weld spots, then fill in on small distances, cool with a wet rag and weld far away next... But for me, it's ok, most important is to have solid welds I can rely on.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2024 10:41 am    Post subject: Re: 1965 sunroof 1200 named Mushu Reply with quote

Lower front right panel is in. And some fender nuts welded. Unfortunately I did not find a way to press them in as per factory, and I had to put some spot welds to keep them in place. Right side is almost finished.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2024 12:15 pm    Post subject: Re: 1965 sunroof 1200 named Mushu Reply with quote

Does anybody have some measurements of the rear body mount position? It's next on the list, and the area was welded before so I do not trust what is now on the car.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2024 11:40 am    Post subject: Re: 1965 sunroof 1200 named Mushu Reply with quote

Nevermind the previous question, I realized the areas of pre 67 body supports look completely different than the late ones. I speak only about the support and 1cm around, I knew the overall shape is different. So I just welded back the support in place and cleaned the area. Soooo, right side almost done, just a few more patches in the rear trunk, then left side is on the list. Pretty easy repair, but I hate bodywork.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2024 10:37 pm    Post subject: Re: 1965 sunroof 1200 named Mushu Reply with quote

Weekend's work: right side completed, left rotten heater channel out, new heater channel in (but not welded yet), left door down. Heater channel fits very well, same tins to be changed, lower A Pillar I may save, door hinges have huge play... No pics.
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