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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

skiholio wrote:
I know what you mean, it's amazing what we have over here and the west coast considers parts cars. I'm not sure of the origins of this car, but I'm in VA, and this is common rust over here.


yep, looks "normal" to me...
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How is it that what you can see of the door panels look so good (read: fairly decent)? You'd think the lack of floor would have spread up the inside of the door at least.

Kudos on the resto. A little work and a lot of love...she'll be back on the road lookin' like new in no time. Dancing
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

zeroman wrote:
yea.. I don't know if it would sell.. but that thing would be in the craigslist here with a "needs tlc $1200".

However, after living in the southwest for a few years.. I can't get on board with saving such things myself. It has to be a labour of love or of idle hands.


That'd be a $2k car on kijiji here if it ran... I sure as hell wouldn't pay it BUT it seems to be the way things are going out this way.

I've restored a couple in that shape. It seems pretty much impossible to find a solid bug out this way now.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MAN, I'm glad I'm not the only one with issues. good luck
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adam Corzatt wrote:
How is it that what you can see of the door panels look so good (read: fairly decent)? You'd think the lack of floor would have spread up the inside of the door at least.

Kudos on the resto. A little work and a lot of love...she'll be back on the road lookin' like new in no time. Dancing


Thanks! It's actually going pretty fast. I wish it went this fast when I worked on my own stuff. Laughing I guess the more you do it the faster you get, that's what I keep telling my self........... Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 02, 2010 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

scratchs68 wrote:
MAN, I'm glad I'm not the only one with issues. good luck


Thanks! You too! post up some pics of your rotten ride.
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PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2010 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alrighty, semester is over and I finally have some time to give this lemon some love. I have also started a new job so that takes up some time too, damm bills! Anyway, check it:

I just wanted to post this one up again, just to give you an idea of what it looked like before
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During. I picked up a lower frame head at a local shop and used the ends under the nap hat. The rest is of it had no problems, so I didn't see any reason to tear the whole front end apart. I didn't see any reason to buying a whole nap. hat and having to modify the purchased one, so I fabed up the end.
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So here it is with the bottom and hat finished.
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The fire wall corner was toast, and again, I didn't see a reason to replace the whole firewall, or pay for it plus shipping.. yeah I'm a tight wad.. Laughing
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And this is what it looked like when done, or should I say I still need to clean up welds, so semi done:
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PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2010 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a few of the driver side.
Before:
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Sorry I didn't take any of heater channel, but I have rebuilt the metal behid the channel, replaced channel and a-pillar with some metal laying around.
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So let me know what you guys think.
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PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2010 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow. that bug makes mine look nice. My hat is off to you & all who save these cars one at a time as a labor of love.
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PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2010 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks! It's amazing how much foam is, or was in this car. It seems like it would have been eaiser to fix it the right way instead of fiber glassing, foaming, and bondoing. I know I'm far from a pro and do this in my free time, but after seeing the work done on this car I don't feel so bad Laughing The way I see it is I can only make it better, or at least not any worse. I'm determined to get this car done .... soon Laughing I would like to get it out of the backyard, and I'm sure my neigbors are too!
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PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2010 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

looking good.... You need to turn the heat up on the welder, your welds are too cold...
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PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2010 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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looking good.... You need to turn the heat up on the welder, your welds are too cold...


Will do! I'm still pretty new and was wondering why I the wire was kind of bouncing off the metal, and the over heat would trip on the welder within a short amount of time at it. Thanks!
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PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2010 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brave man. I'd have sent that one to the crusher. Nice work.
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2010 3:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lupin..the..3rd wrote:
Brave man. I'd have sent that one to the crusher. Nice work.


Thanks! That's where this one was header, the owner was having a hard time with it. I told him it could be saved, he was pretty happy. I think he will be happy with the results so far.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alrighty guys and gals, I'm almost done! Few things like smooth out welds, applying some plastic and other various stuffs. I was just looking at the before pics and thought... WHAT THE HELL WAS I THINKING TAKING THIS ON!?!? And plenty of times during.... Laughing But here goes, a few more befores and afters... Let me know what you think... THANKS!

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My first attempt on a quarter.. not too shaby I think Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This thread makes me glad my car is so solid. Shocked Good job! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beetlebaum wrote:
This thread makes me glad my car is so solid. Shocked Good job! Very Happy


Thanks! This one isn't so bad now Very Happy I think Josh will be happy with the results and the fact he didn't have to send this one to the crusher.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've personally seen people send bugs in MUCH better shape to the crusher. bravo man, bravo Applause Applause Applause Applause Applause Applause Applause Applause
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