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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 11:53 pm    Post subject: Alex 1966 Pearl white DC Reply with quote

Hello everybody, my name is Alex from El Salvador, Central America. 1 year ago (almost) I bought a pearl white DC. The truck sat 2 years in a local vw workshop and before that, sat in a barn 10+ years and survived at least 2 floods.
The engine wasnt running, had a front drum seized because there was a bees nest (panal de abejas??) inside; the elecrical system was destroyed, the passenger side dogleg missing, the interior was full of soil and dry mud.

The plan is make it roadworthy, and drive it everywhere. The stages of the project are:
1.-Fix /rebuild/restore all the mechanical things
2.-Redo the entire electrical system
3.-Drive and enjoy the truck for a while
4.-Buy a tig machine, learn to use it and do a loooot of metal work
5.-Restore the original paint
6.-Drive the dc the rest of my life.

By the moment I´m in the stage 1: overhauled the engine, carb, dizzy, dropped and cleaned the transmision, cleaned the engine bay, dismantled the brake system, cleaned by hand almost everything over, under and inside the truck. Cleaned and restored the headlight switch, the ignition switch, the speedo, the door locks, and purchased a lot of parts new and used.
I have to say that The Samba is a great resource of information and knowledge, and there are a lot of skilled people here.
I will post more pics of the work done in this past 11 months soon.

***this is a father-son project: Usually I work alone, but if I need help, my dad gladly comes and save my day.***

This photoset was shot the day when the DC left its barn, somewere near Rio Lempa
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I take this pics during the first inspection (negotiations in progress, but stalled quickly. abril 2010 )
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And this was the day when I moved the DC to my home 18 agosto 2012:
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After some heavy clean:
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Cat and dog leg missing:
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floating:
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Ill post more pics soon.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow brotha, that poor DC has had a rough go of it....I wish you all the best and I look forward to seeing what you do with her.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alex,

this doka looks like it could use pretty much every repair panel made....

how do you keep the city from removing it sitting on jackstands in a residential area? In my neck of the woods people would have a conniption if they saw it like that.

Looks like you have made quite some progress already.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:52 am    Post subject: Re: Alex 1966 Pearl white DC Reply with quote

Hello Alex,
WOW you have your hands full there. Cant wait to watch this one.
What is the button on the dash for?
Good luck.



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Hello everybody, my name is Alex from
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:05 am    Post subject: Re: Alex 1966 Pearl white DC Reply with quote

Cuņado Wear wrote:
Hello Alex,
WOW you have your hands full there. Cant wait to watch this one.
What is the button on the dash for?
Good luck.



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probably for the remote garage door opener, or a starter button?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

History eraser button, in case of revolutionary uprising
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Autodestruction button =D
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mandraks wrote:
Alex,

this doka looks like it could use pretty much every repair panel made....

how do you keep the city from removing it sitting on jackstands in a residential area? In my neck of the woods people would have a conniption if they saw it like that.

Looks like you have made quite some progress already.


Just luck. Here you can find cars sitting for years in residential areas. Nobody says a word. In the other hand the DC is pretty popular in my neighborhood, the people always ask me about the progress of the restoration smiles me and wish me luck.
My original plan was keep it in a friend's vw shop but the day when I was moving the DC, he didnt had room to store it safely( and the door locks didnt work) so I decided to bring it home.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alex,

that is cool in a junky kind of way Smile

here in the US, my father-in-law had the law called on him because he had 2 cars sitting in the yard.... registered, insured, with current tags
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tacochris wrote:
Wow brotha, that poor DC has had a rough go of it....I wish you all the best and I look forward to seeing what you do with her.


Thank you

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Alex,

that is cool in a junky kind of way Smile

here in the US, my father-in-law had the law called on him because he had 2 cars sitting in the yard.... registered, insured, with current tags


Maybe because your cities has more tight laws. Here in the third world there is certain degree of chaos that, by the moment, plays in my favor. Other positive thing is the fact that I live in a safe&clean neighborhood, so I dont see cops/ city autorities very often, and of course, I am friend of everybody in my street
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alexmobil wrote:
Here in the third world there is certain degree of chaos that, by the moment, plays in my favor.


I love this. I have long wondered whether folks who are used to that sort of environment everyday even think about it much. I don't mean any disrespect by this.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A seized wheel. That was one of the first things I had to take care. One of the front drums had some "Chumelo" bees living inside (Tetragonisca angustula) so I used M14 hexagonal bolts to extract the drum and managed to transplant the bees in to a wooden box. Great, Im mechanic and apicultor now.
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Also inside the engine thins I found a scorpion.

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I was lucky because I wasnt using gloves in that moment, and the scorpion decided to hide and no to bite.
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Another pet: a pearl white cat, who uses to sleep inside. i usually find hair and footprints in the seats.
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I apologize for my english, and thanks for read this thread.

Cheers.

Alex
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy Very Happy
I think I'm going to like this thread!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is the M code for bee's nest front brakes and scorpion house oil cooler?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CoastalAirCooledVW wrote:
What is the M code for bee's nest front brakes and scorpion house oil cooler?


I think the scorpion is an early aftermarket Scat add on.........
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2016 7:08 am    Post subject: Re: Alex 1966 Pearl white DC Reply with quote

Is there any update on this DC?
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