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PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2021 9:09 pm    Post subject: Re: The Warthog Reply with quote

Applause Applause Applause
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 28, 2021 2:07 pm    Post subject: Re: The Warthog Reply with quote

Thank you sir.


After trimming off the excess on the rear edge of the header bow, I also wanted to recreate the rolled edge of the original. While I initially thought that this rolled edge was to stiffen the piece, I determined that it was probably more of a “safety feature” due to the fact that all of the interior facing edges are rolled.


Knowing that it was unlikely that I could bend this along the total length & it still look decent, I decided to use a section of 1/4” brake line & after bending it to shape, I clamped a couple of scraps to the bow as a guide & began tack welding the tubing to the bow.
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Unfortunately, even though I have welded to brake tubing before, this particular type became quite brittle after welding to it & cracked where the weld met the tubing. Evil or Very Mad
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Oh well… looks like I’ll be finding an alternative.



In the meantime, this happened.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2021 9:14 am    Post subject: Re: The Warthog Reply with quote

Back in April…

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And this morning…
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10,000 miles in 4 months.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2021 9:59 am    Post subject: Re: The Warthog Reply with quote

TDCTDI wrote:
PeteSC wrote:
Nice work bringing this back to life. Always enjoy your build threads.


So I liberated a wiper shaft from a Beetle, and just to give it a VW feel, I snagged a window crank from another & fused them together.
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The outer sleeve was just a bit too short to work but, by locking a couple of retaining nuts onto the sleeve..,
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I was able to create enough friction to thread the crimped stop back enough to pass through the windshield frame.
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I now has mechanical wipers. Dancing
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... join us for next week's exciting Adventure, where Chris turns wiper motors into window lift motors for a Beetle...

😂

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 2022 1:11 pm    Post subject: Re: The Warthog Reply with quote

OK folks, I recently sold the Warthog and the buyer decided to have me replace the pans. I will post the process here to keep him updated & to bring everyone along for the ride.


The new owner purchased these “premium quality” pans from “The Thing Shop”…. These are the same thin gauge, crappy, vague stamping pans that are available through all the other vendors.
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So… do not pay a premium for the same old shit.


Today’s task was to start prepping the pans by stitching up the relief cuts in n the passenger side pan. After cleaning off the paint & a little hammer & dolly work, I began filling the seams.
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And after a bit of grinding & planishing, it’s a bit more presentable.
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I will leave this last relief open until the pan is in the car.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2022 10:42 am    Post subject: Re: The Warthog Reply with quote

Today was just a rinse & repeat of yesterday for the other pan half, clean off paint, hammer & dolly, stitch up, & clean off the excess.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2022 12:13 pm    Post subject: Re: The Warthog Reply with quote

Chris, miss your posts from Ghiapet, Scullduggery, and the Warthog. What has happened with Scullduggery?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2022 8:58 am    Post subject: Re: The Warthog Reply with quote

kent70ghia wrote:
Chris, miss your posts from Ghiapet, Scullduggery, and the Warthog. What has happened with Scullduggery?


World’s shortest attention span. Laughing

I still have it, it’s just been really busy & I have picked up a couple other projects… must…. continue…. to…. focus…


Too bad I can’t post about my air bagged ‘47 Plymouth business coupe with a TDI & 6-speed (on the column) manual transmission.

But here’s a taste…

Here’s how I converted an Audi Quattro transmission to rear wheel drive.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2022 12:33 pm    Post subject: Re: The Warthog Reply with quote

I'd love to see more on the TDI Plymouth. Not that you need more threads to keep up with....but if you were so inclined perhaps a thread on it would be allowed in the "Off-Topic" forum section?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2022 2:19 pm    Post subject: Re: The Warthog Reply with quote

PeteSC wrote:
I'd love to see more on the TDI Plymouth. Not that you need more threads to keep up with....but if you were so inclined perhaps a thread on it would be allowed in the "Off-Topic" forum section?

Same. It sounds badass!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2022 9:52 am    Post subject: Re: The Warthog Reply with quote

After a couple foul weather events & waiting for the slush & brine to clear, I finally got the beast back to the shop to begin the tear down.


Today, I began to remove the pan bolts. My strategy for this is to break them all loose, back them out a bit, soak the threads with PBlaster, & then tighten them back up so that the penetrant can do its magic on the part of the bolts above the captive nut.
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As usual, the quality of the replacement pans leaves much to be desired. Due to vague stampings, lack of or misaligned holes, and thinner gauge of metal, I always (when I can.) use the original pan supports & outer bolt flange.


The factory pans have an additional bit of support for the jack points that can be seen here.
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It would not be possible to separate this in such a way that it could be used again if removed, so I began to assess how much of the bolt flange could be used.

I noticed some damage on the driver side that I wanted to correct before separating the body.
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So I clamped some angle iron to it to use as a straight edge/buck, if you will, & began to beat it back into shape.
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Mo betta.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2022 11:14 am    Post subject: Re: The Warthog Reply with quote

After inspecting the new seat tracks supplied by The Thing Shop, I decided to reuse the originals from the beast.


This means that I needed to strategically hack the original tracks out of the car. The first thing I did was to remove the passenger seat & it’s 2x4 seat brackets.
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The carriage bolts that were used spun freely in the wood so I had to cut the nuts off the threads under the car.
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After yanking the seat out…
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I then made a few starting points by plunging the cutting disc through what was left of the pan.
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And then began hacking away.
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I never knew that the seat tracks were at such a jaunty angle in a thing. Think


Anywho, I finally got it lopped out.
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Here you can see the huge disparity between the original tracks & the crappy ones supplied by The Thing Shop.
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It’s hard to see in this pic how much thinner gauge of sheet metal is used on the aftermarket tracks.
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And even the front brace is completely different…
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As I began to whittle away rotten old pan & the layers of patches, I saw that I needed to make a couple of repairs to the seat tracks. You can see that the end of the brace has rotted away.
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Fortunately, some of the patch panels are of the correct gauge, so I lopped a section off.
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And bent a lip to match.
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I then carved out the rotten section on the brace.
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And trimmed off a bit of the previously bent patch & trimmed it to fit.
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And welded it in place.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2022 6:21 pm    Post subject: Re: The Warthog Reply with quote

Today I continued on with the repair of the seat track. My first step was to strip off whatever coating was on it. My initial thought was that it was some sort of bed liner material but after a bit of heat to soften it up…
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I quickly came to the conclusion that it was roofing tar. Evil or Very Mad

And whoever applied it, did so right over the untreated rust.
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So I carefully carved out the rotted section.
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And after paring off the remnants of the floor pan, I clamped a couple pieces of scrap to the seat track to use as a guide, and then clamped a new section of metal to that. (The piece that I bent previously was just a bit too thin.)
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I then flipped the piece over, & scribed a line onto the back of the patch.
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I then trimmed the patch to shape (and apparently lost a few pics.)


Oh well, here’s the patch fitted in place.
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And then glued back together.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2022 4:25 pm    Post subject: Re: The Warthog Reply with quote

Any thing going on with this thing lately mate?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2023 1:43 pm    Post subject: Re: The Warthog Reply with quote

Sorry, no. It was sold & moved on to its new owner.


I have since done most of the same to a Beetle…

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=766263
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2023 10:18 am    Post subject: Re: The Warthog Reply with quote

TDCTDI wrote:
Sorry, no. It was sold & moved on to its new owner.


I have since done most of the same to a Beetle…

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=766263


Bummer! I'm a big fan of Things. Was really looking forward to see your take on one.

Good work on the Beetle!
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