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PostPosted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 9:41 pm    Post subject: Re: 1958 De Luxe Beetle from Morocco Reply with quote

Meanwhile on Christmas Eve, while waiting on Santa, the Moroccan turned her best side to me.
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Iíve never seen that V channel before.
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Thereís one on each side
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Iím guessing itís for stiffness of the luggage tray. Iíll have crawl underneath the Diamond and see.
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Pretty clean up under there
And here is the next project
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Somebody had the brilliant idea of accessing the fan nut, so they cut this jagged lazy ďVĒ in firewall. I never ceased to be amazed at the cleverness that some people display Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 10:56 pm    Post subject: Re: 1958 De Luxe Beetle from Morocco Reply with quote

I have about 4 or 5 different "access ports" cut into different parts of my parcel tray as well. It seems the PO never wanted to actually get under the car to work on anything and elected to cut holes instead. Rolling Eyes

So I'll be making these same repairs next summer.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 12:07 am    Post subject: Re: 1958 De Luxe Beetle from Morocco Reply with quote

My Dadís bug had the entire floor of the parcel tray cut out for ďaccess to adjust the clutch and change the starter.Ē It was replaced with a flimsy piece of steel.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 7:30 pm    Post subject: Re: 1958 De Luxe Beetle from Morocco Reply with quote

Day 8...Christmas day...
Time to tackle the big lazy "V"
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It's ugly, with curled edges, but it's all there.
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First order of business is pull it through in order to straighten the edges
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Time to knock out some of the dents and start on the pressing on the right. The "V" is just a tad too long because it's been flattened out.
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The metal is very flimsy with this cut but I was able to secure the first two clamps and pick up the press shape. More tomorrow
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 3:48 pm    Post subject: Re: 1958 De Luxe Beetle from Morocco Reply with quote

Day 9: the lazy V
Full day today.
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Ugh
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 4:35 pm    Post subject: Re: 1958 De Luxe Beetle from Morocco Reply with quote

Stitching the war wounds back together! Were you able to reach down with your arm at the rear window bottom edge to carefully hammer the rib shapes back while holding the dolly against the metal with your other hand?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 6:00 pm    Post subject: Re: 1958 De Luxe Beetle from Morocco Reply with quote

Yes, that is exactly what I did. At one point I was sitting on the parcel shelf reaching over to hold my copper backer while stitching.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:39 pm    Post subject: Re: 1958 De Luxe Beetle from Morocco Reply with quote

Day 10: Lazy V, the light at the end of the tunnel
I ground down the spattered seagull poop I call welding and filled some more areas I missed and ground those down as well. Then I covered the entire area far side
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and near with an epoxy resin.
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This has to cure at least 12 hours before sanding smooth.
I also removed the rear quarter glass and the passenger door components as well as chrome trim
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:09 pm    Post subject: Re: 1958 De Luxe Beetle from Morocco Reply with quote

Day 11: back to the front. Today I decided to start really working the front by replacing the lower front quarter panels
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Used a donor front clip and removed the right quarter panel off of it
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After the final cut on my quarter panel I did a rough patch from the donor. It needed several trims until it fit in place
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The spare tire well in place
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Test fit the front apron and then removed it. Ready to start welding tomorrow
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 5:24 pm    Post subject: Re: 1958 De Luxe Beetle from Morocco Reply with quote

Day 12: passenger's front quarter panel
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It was a very good day.
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It's welded in, what a chore. But once I removed all the paint, the welding went a lot smoother.
Now for the driver's side
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:35 pm    Post subject: Re: 1958 De Luxe Beetle from Morocco Reply with quote

Spare tire well is installed
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:25 pm    Post subject: Re: 1958 De Luxe Beetle from Morocco Reply with quote

Day 13: finished the passenger side quarter panel and moved on to the drivers side.
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Drivers side taped and ready to cut
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New panel first cut
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Second cut done. Just need to cut the backside and bottom. Iím done for today.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:33 pm    Post subject: Re: 1958 De Luxe Beetle from Morocco Reply with quote

It's coming along nicely. Great work and thanks for taking the time to post so we can follow along.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:37 pm    Post subject: Re: 1958 De Luxe Beetle from Morocco Reply with quote

The forum has given me a lot of confidence and hope. I am happy to give back
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:40 pm    Post subject: Re: 1958 De Luxe Beetle from Morocco Reply with quote

Looks like your doing a great job . What kind of fill are you useing on the welds. I was useing all-metal filer
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:55 pm    Post subject: Re: 1958 De Luxe Beetle from Morocco Reply with quote

Thatís just glazing putty
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:03 pm    Post subject: Re: 1958 De Luxe Beetle from Morocco Reply with quote

Glad to see someone replacing the spare tire well. Iíve got that job on my list to do as well.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:15 pm    Post subject: Re: 1958 De Luxe Beetle from Morocco Reply with quote

Itís not that bad Don. Just a lot of spot welds!!
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:11 pm    Post subject: Re: 1958 De Luxe Beetle from Morocco Reply with quote

Day 14: front driver's quarter panel and wrapping up some details
Went to Harbor Freight today and picked up some sanding discs and an angle grinder.
Remember the Lazy V?
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I'm happy
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Mounted the Jack retaining bracket
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Driver's side front quarter stitched in. Need to clean that up, but it's in.
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And test fit the front apron. So far, so good.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:58 pm    Post subject: Re: 1958 De Luxe Beetle from Morocco Reply with quote

Day 15: stick a fork in me!
Today was my last day of leave, so, what better way than to grind and weld my life away!
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Got the welds ground smooth on the driver's side and mounted the horn bracket
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Spare tire well is welded in
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Front apron is welded in on the driver's side and tacked and clecoed in on the passenger side. I ran out of wire. Crying or Very sad
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The whole thing is hit with self etching primer, as I don't know when I'll be able to get back on it. Plus, it's 35 degrees outside and 55 in the garage. It's gonna take a while to dry
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