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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:01 pm    Post subject: Original made in Germany roof rack restoration Reply with quote

So the other day I found this original made in Germany roof rack on a local Facebook garage sale page . The owner didnt know where or how there parents acquired it they found it in the garage as they were cleaning out the barn . The wood is shot but everything else is there .
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I have removed the wood because its warped and split and broken in a few spots . But to take the wood off i had to remove the aluminum rivets.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Original made in Germany roof rack restoration Reply with quote

Nice find!

This might sound crazy but someone might actually buy that old wood from you - sometimes people want old-looking wood if they have a ratty car
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Original made in Germany roof rack restoration Reply with quote

Got all my new oak wood pieces cut and test fit along with my stained test piece too .
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then I pulled all the oak out and stained all of the other pieces so I can seal them tomorrow afternoon.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:46 am    Post subject: Re: Original made in Germany roof rack restoration Reply with quote

Stain/linseed oil etc, but no varnish as it will just peel! My '60's Volvo/VW rack is similar to yours.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Original made in Germany roof rack restoration Reply with quote

You didn't need to remove the rivets to get the wood out or put new slats in if you were going to use all new wood.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:52 am    Post subject: Re: Original made in Germany roof rack restoration Reply with quote

I managed to get a little more done on the roof rack today. Since I took out the original rivets I used aluminum binding screws that look like rivets.
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here's with all new oak slats and the screws installed .
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also I forgot to add that I sanded the frame down and resprayed it a color called titanium silver.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Original made in Germany roof rack restoration Reply with quote

Those sex bolts look great.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Original made in Germany roof rack restoration Reply with quote

lonotch wrote:
Those sex bolts look great.
Yes I agree , they were the closest thing to the original rivets I could get my hands on that looked original enough to use .I didnt want to use bolts with acorn nuts it wouldn't have had the same look .
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 4:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Original made in Germany roof rack restoration Reply with quote

Well i finally got the roof rack mounted on the beetle today and took it for a ride into town afterwards ! No wind noise till over 55mph and it wasnt horrible in any way.
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