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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:19 pm    Post subject: planning body off repairs: what parts do I need? Reply with quote

When the snow finally melts I plan on pulling the body off and making repairs. Previous owner put in new pans (not sure how well), I have to fix whats left. I know the heater channels are roached. The door pillars down at the bottom of the door jam are on the list. I don't know about the Napoleon hat, and there is an area under the wheel well. I was at an angle and the camera wasn't focused (last photo), but if somebody can tell me what piece I can buy to replace that I will get it on order. I see the gasket between the body and the chassis needs replaced too.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:57 pm    Post subject: Re: planning body off repairs: what parts do I need? Reply with quote

This is the exterior-side of the heater channel . . .
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:00 pm    Post subject: Re: planning body off repairs: what parts do I need? Reply with quote

I think that last picture is of the heater channel. Thats what I think. Maybe take 3 or 4 steps back and click a picture, then place an arrow or draw an circle around the spot.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:09 pm    Post subject: Re: planning body off repairs: what parts do I need? Reply with quote

VW_Jimbo wrote:
I think that last picture is of the heater channel. Thats what I think.

It is . . . right side heater channel . . . as viewed from inside the right front fender. The spot-welds seen at the upper-right in the photo are at the front cross member (aka firewall).

Looks like it has had some "repair" done at some point.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:16 pm    Post subject: Re: planning body off repairs: what parts do I need? Reply with quote

57BLITZ wrote:
VW_Jimbo wrote:
I think that last picture is of the heater channel. Thats what I think. Maybe take 3 or 4 steps back and click a picture, then place an arrow or draw an circle around the spot.

It is . . . right side heater channel . . . as viewed from inside the right front fender.

Looks like it has had some "repair" done at some point.


Sorry 57Blitz, I did not mean to post the same thing. I was typing a reply earlier and got caught up looking at a body panel diagram for the lower interior front wheel wells and the lower door A pillar. Then I had a customer call, so I stopped and finally posted. Did not even see your reply till right now.

That picture is just a little too blurry to make out any damage.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:02 pm    Post subject: Re: planning body off repairs: what parts do I need? Reply with quote

I suggest investing in the Bug Me Videos for what ever repairs you plan to make. View them before you start disassembling things.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:10 am    Post subject: Re: planning body off repairs: what parts do I need? Reply with quote

Before you start to separate the pan from the body, brace the door openings on the inside so you can still close the doors.
Right now the pan is holding the body in alignment and if you fail to brace it before you remove the body, you risk tweaking the shell.
You need to be able to close the doors with the braces on so you can check door gaps as you go. IMHO, adjustable door braces are preferred, so you can dial in the gap.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:48 am    Post subject: Re: planning body off repairs: what parts do I need? Reply with quote

That is the Front heater channel section. You can buy just that repair section, or it is also part of the full heater channel repair piece.

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I got mine here.
http://www.mtmfg.com/part/view/front-section-of-he...95+10+03+1
http://www.mtmfg.com/part/view/front-section-of-he...95+10+03+2

If you go with just the front heater channel repair sections, you'll have to buy or make the bottom piece that has the captive nuts that the pan bolts to, as I did in the bottom photo. Also, do what Danpa said so you can close your doors when your done.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:54 am    Post subject: Re: planning body off repairs: what parts do I need? Reply with quote

Bugstuff sells great door braces to install for when you lift the body. they bolt right up to existing hinge and latch locations.

http://www.bugstuffonline.com/product_info.php?products_id=1176

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:27 am    Post subject: Re: planning body off repairs: what parts do I need? Reply with quote

VW_Jimbo wrote:
Sorry 57Blitz, I did not mean to post the same thing.
That picture is just a little too blurry to make out any damage.

No worries, Jimbo . . . no apology needed . . . confirmation is a good thing. Smile
the damage (repair?) can be better seen from the inside . . .
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That looks bad, but replace the heater channel and it will be good to go! Wink

Here's examples of the heater channel attachments for your reference . . .
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rayvwbug wrote:
Bugstuff sells great door braces to install for when you lift the body. they bolt right up to existing hinge and latch locations.

http://www.bugstuffonline.com/product_info.php?products_id=1176

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Those are cool . . . good idea!
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