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Simon uk
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow good work on the split! We have "pips" over here in the uk as well....

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 2:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck with this project Wink


ciao Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2009 4:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's nice to see the big piece of work beginning on this car! I didn't knew squirrels made car repairs in the old days!!!

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PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2009 12:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

here are the pics..

first i had the dash cut on the previous weld marks. nasty job. lots of rust, twisted metal and poor welding skills. i left in place the side metal to attach the split dash luggage tray, just because mine was not completed and very rusty on the left side.

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dash in place looks ok. special thanks to Mircea for getting the left side panel. cutting was somewhat easy, but still took me almost a day long to do it. i still have to do small patches as the way the dash was cut previously and what i had did not match entirely. nevertheless it will look clean and nice in the end.
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a previewof how the dash was prepared. left side is cut from the old dash and clipped into place. still needs lots of finishing touche but overall i am more than pleased. bye bye new dash!

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rear apron removed. not a spectacular transformation but i really had to cut it off as it was rusty filled with bondo and not even correct H pattern.
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the split as it sits today. what is still not pictured is that i removed the hood cable tube as i had one lying around and mine was broken in 2 near the apron.
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soon to follow:

front apron removed - i have a 3 finger metal section and will convert it to a 4 finger to be correct looking.

B pillars repaired at the latch area- fortunately enough i have 2 B pillars complete to use the weld-in sections.

next things.. A pillar repairs, rear view replacement, etc, but first i have to have the front of the car ready and split doors in place.
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PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2009 3:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice work once again. Looks so much nicer with the proper dash in place. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2009 4:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

will you take the pan off?
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PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2009 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, you are a brave man, that is a MAJOR project. Kudos to you for taking that split back to what it should be. Looks great so far..

Love to see the progress pics, keep them coming!!!
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PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2009 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

olo , yes the body will be lifted from the pan but that is the final bodywork step. i have to remove the incorrect metal sections, then with the body reinforced i can lift it off easily. i will 99% need new heater channel bottoms, but for the moment the upper area is subject to bodywork.

i am not a brave man, trust me all on this one. i wantd a split for more than 10 years.. that was my holy grail and because in a former communist country foreign cars were almost impossible to buy by the common people, i am very curious what was the first owner doing as a living...
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PostPosted: Fri May 01, 2009 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

johnshenry wrote:
Wow, you are a brave man...



..anyway, if he is not a brave man, he'll became ...I will whip him! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

so, more pics and some more progress..
started working on the rear clip. rear halves separated, so i can take out the rust. see the rear view comparison (maybe not 100% centered but you get the idea), it sure did sounded good at that time to have a newer clip installed.

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so, small steps to victory Smile
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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 3:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You'll have to get used to seeing this in your mirror from now on Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

you are making good progress...

congrats Surprised
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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is this a nice forum, after self restoring an oval and read all this topics i became a lot of knowledge, impossible to become without the internet an all those people worldwide sharing the same hoby !

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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hell yeah looking good
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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2009 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a great thread! Keep going - youŽll get there soon. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2009 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The progress on the car looks fantastic!
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the popes nose and taillights... well here's a story.. on thesamba there's a good man named Blue Baron, that lent me these fiberglass parts to get the mold.
Let's not forget those slick round horn vents! At first glance I'll bet they fool most anyone!
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2009 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well, this looks almost like a split. Smile
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more welding, more sanding, grinding the welds etc, but you get the picture. long way to go still, doors need welding, aprons repairs/correcting, so you'll read more of things to happen in the future.
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2009 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, but at least it feels like a real split you're working on now.
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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2009 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the progress looks great. I like the vw graffiti on the split section. How hard was it to get that section to weld in straight and with no warpage from heat? must have taken a lot of pateince. Good to see it being put back to a split! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun May 10, 2009 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rear view is now in place.

as for the welds, the secret is to tack weld the sheet metal into place and weld from several directions at a time. hammer down imperfections and make sure all is perfect fitted before welding. rear view area is a bit tricky as there are some areas you have no access on the back side.

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i will continue with the dash and hopefully in some weeks it's in. there is a bit of work to do on the doors bottoms, on B and A pillars, rear and front aprons. i have sourced a later H apron too, not in a great shape but as it will be modified to have the correct split shape.

there's still much to do on the car but i hope is finished at east at the end of the summer, just in time to catch the last meetings of the year.

another news is that i cleaned all the old paint and all the roof is now in original L90 paint. the car sat in the sun and the paint layers became somewhat like a sticker, and peeled off nicely.

i found a round spot just near the A pillar on the roof, a round one , that led me to believe my car has had a Herkules or some sort of suction cup luggage rack on it sometimes during is original paint age. there's also the dimple for the antenna mount, but a bit hammered down. i will try to get it out properly from the inside out in the mirror mount hole.
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