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corro23
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2021 5:56 pm    Post subject: 66 Bahama Blue Father/Son Project Reply with quote

My son and I picked up a 73 Super last year and had so much fun we decided to take on a bigger project and do a '66. I had a Bahama Blue '66 when I was in my 20s. So, we kept a eye out for one. Ended up buying one off the here in the classifieds that sounded like it was in ok shape, other than the engine. I had a buddy at work that had a engine we could have. Not sure how the engine will run. We have not removed or installed a engine yet, but it looks like it will be pretty fun.
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Got started with ... Steering wheel horn bar, new glovebox, rekeyed locks - we took off all the locks (doors, engine deck lid, and ignition) and sent them all to SteelersBus here on the Samba to be rekeyed to all be on one key, and added some LED tail lights.

Blank dash radio plate - Found a new original 60s color matching Bahama Blue dash plate here on the samba.
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Got the seats out and stripped. I think we should be able to weld these. Pretty sneaky of me to tell the kid to sign up for a welding class at school this year, eh?
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We picked up some 15x6" wheels from Joe (vwdeepwheels). We took our wheels in and got them sand blasted. Went with a older vw "arcona white" color. Keeping the old wheels for snow tires.

New Wheels
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Original Wheels
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Going to switch it over to disk brakes+ a narrowed adjustable beam up front.

Got the flashers working, but am a little perplexed about the turn signal switch. The signaling doesnt work, but the bright/dim switch does.

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My son really wanted a kill switch. So ... we added a kill switch to the glovebox.
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Here are the specs on the engine and a couple pics. It's a 1776 CC, Stroker cam, big valve heads, lightened fly wheel.

I have a couple questions to post up and get some samba opinions on, but I will start with the pans. I wasnt sure how bad the pans would be. Do you guys think I can patch these areas on the drivers side? under the seat has some little pin holes and of course the holes in front of the drivers seat. Everything else seems to hold up to being smacked pretty hard with the sharp end of a screwdriver.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2021 9:44 pm    Post subject: Re: 66 Father/Son Project Reply with quote

IMO remove the least amount of original metal and weld in or make new bits. Even doing quarter pans is a lot of work and can look awful if not done properly.

I would make patches for all of the holes or several holes at once and cover with a paint like Master Series.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:15 pm    Post subject: Re: 66 Father/Son Project Reply with quote

viiking wrote:
I would make patches for all of the holes or several holes at once and cover with a paint like Master Series.


Awesome! Thanks for the advise!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2021 4:19 pm    Post subject: Re: 66 Bahama Blue Father/Son Project Reply with quote

Did our first engine pull this engine this weekend and started to clean up all the tins, heater boxes, and muffler to put on the new engine. Had a leakdown test done on the new engine. One cylinder was at 55. The recommendation was to drive it for a while and see what happens. Rolling Eyes

Solex carb. Smile

The muffler seems crusty, but ok. Is it possible / worth it to have this blasted and repaint it?

Does anyone have any tips for removing a extra stuborn distributor? Question

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2021 7:54 am    Post subject: Re: 66 Bahama Blue Father/Son Project Reply with quote

Got our tines all cleaned up and removed a serious amount of grease and gunk!
Got the seats fixed up. I knew that welding class would pay off! Laughing


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2021 6:00 pm    Post subject: Re: 66 Bahama Blue Father/Son Project Reply with quote

Put in a few more hours this weekend. There is always more to do than there appears to be. I keep wondering when we are going to be done pulling stuff off this car and start putting stuff back on! Haha. Rolling Eyes
We are having a ton of fun doing this together and learning as we go. Its cool to watch the kid do 100% of the welding on the car.
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- Got the new engine back from the shop. This was assembled from parts of the engine that we got from a buddy (mostly), parts from the engine that was in the 66, and a couple parts we had taken off the 73. This should get us up and running. We may opt for a diff carb/distributor/fuel pump combo at a later date. We will prob have the original carb and distributor rebuilt. If we can get the distributor out of the engine... its being VERY stubborn.
- Got the engine compartment cleaned and put in new engine compartment tar board (protects against heat).
- Pulled the pedal assembly, master cylinder, gas tank, back seats, back carpet, seat belts.
- Got the floor pans cleaned up and patched all the holes. Its a weird feeling to cut a big hole in the floor of your car! Lol
- Started to do the sound insulation in the luggage area behind the back seat and the back seat area.
- Got the seat frames painted.[/list]

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2021 7:35 pm    Post subject: Re: 66 Bahama Blue Father/Son Project Reply with quote

Nice progress! Looking forward to more updates.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2021 9:19 pm    Post subject: Re: 66 Bahama Blue Father/Son Project Reply with quote

Loosen the clamp so that it can be rotated out of the way and spray PB Blaster on the housing shaft. Tap upwards gently with a hammer more for creating vibration than forcing it up. Grab the distributor with both hands and pull up and twist back and forth at the same time.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:02 am    Post subject: Re: 66 Bahama Blue Father/Son Project Reply with quote

You're going to hear, if you haven't already, about moving the fuel filter b/o risk of fire. I moved mine to underneath.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:10 am    Post subject: Re: 66 Bahama Blue Father/Son Project Reply with quote

This was one of the first things I bought when I went about with my restoration.

https://www.pandraggers.com/product-page/pandraggers-fuel-filter
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:13 pm    Post subject: Re: 66 Bahama Blue Father/Son Project Reply with quote

sportin-wood - Thanks for the encouragment!

tasb - Thanks! I will give the hammer tap a try. I have been hitting it with PB Blaster for about 3 weeks now. It will turn, but not pop out. Smile

bigdog1962 and car_cursed - Thanks! Yeah, I planned on moving that fuel filter. I just want sure where to move it to. On our 73 we have it up front, but that wasnt a option on this car. So, thanks for the suggestions! Going to order that bracket right now!

EDIT: Fuel Filter Bracket - Out of Stock! Its on the list. TY Smile
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