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Jeckler
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 8:36 pm    Post subject: '63 Bug rebuild Reply with quote

Should have it by Tuesday.
It's a '63 with very little rust, a bit on the center of the driver's side pan and the surface rust on the body that you can see in the pic. The chassis in general is very clean. The aprons have never been touched.
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EDIT: 1000th post, w00t!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like it's missing the engine, decklid and windows too! Wink

Good luck getting it!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The engine is in pieces, the decklid is in the car, and the windows are sitting on the floor. But, it's in my garage now.
Got it today. Even got the title in my name. It was a signed California title. No problems at all, though I was nervous the entire time. I had to help the lady at MVD get up and down from the trailer when she verified the VIN. I'm such a gentleman. Razz
The PO's son is the one that helped me get it from the owner's brothers house, to MVD, then back to my house. Hope to get started soon. Gonna refurb the pan first. Noticed a hole cut in the tunnel after I got it home. Gonna have to investigate that. It's behind the front seat on the driver's side.
All the parts are in 3 milk crates, a laundry basket, a cardboard box and a cardboard barrel. Gonna have to do an inventory.
The car was built in Nov. 62, the engine, March '64, and the front axle Nov. '62. Haven't checked the trans, but I'm guessing it's OG as well.
On to the pics!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW looks like a great start! Wish my body was that clean Sad
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Krmnnghia wrote:
WOW looks like a great start! Wish my body was that clean Sad


You should shower more Wink


... sorry, I couldn't resist.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's not a ragtop or a convertible or whatever, but you know...sometimes a clean, unmolested, original body beats those other things hands down.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DAMN! been thinking about going to look at that(saw it on craigslist)


to bad i didnt Crying or Very sad



good score bro! i have a set of ok front fenders if you want you can pm me
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2008 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the offer. The body is down the road a bit, unless they're a good deal. I'll send a PM

Took the body off today. Actually, started last night. Here are some numbers

40 - minutes to remove 24 bolts
30 - minutes trying to figure out how to break the bond between the gasket, the body and the pan before realizing I forgot to take the last two bolts out that are behind the jack points along the bottom.
10 - more minutes trying to break the bond before realizing I forgot to remove the bolts on the luggage shelf that attach the body to the torsion housing.
It's off now. My wife and I did it ourselves. Wasn't sure I was gonna clear the shifter.
That thing's one heavy mother. And I wish either the aprons were a little taller or the heater channels a little lower. Or, that I had remembered to put some wood on the floor first to set the body on. Pinching fingers isn't fun.


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Nails used to hold the OG gasket. Gonna have to Dremel them out.
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My daughter Claire. Not sure where she got this from.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 17, 2008 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thats a damn nice body
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2008 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The pan looks like it is in great conditions!! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2008 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing wrong with a wife that can lift the tail end of a VW Bug body! Good work!!!!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2008 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks damn solid... best of luck with it and keep the pictures coming...
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Subscribed, watching this one with interest!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks good man, nice find. Cool
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Found some rust in the driver's side pan, and took a look at the flap that was cut in the tunnel. Not sure whether to buy a welder and fix this stuff myself, take it somewhere, or find a mobile welder.
There's also 6 holes drilled in the battery tray that will need to be filled.
Removed the brake lines and MC too. Should I replace all the lines no matter what based on age, or clean them up and re-use? The main line has some surface corrsosion, so I should replace that, but none of the others have any.
The braking system will get a dual circuit upgrade. The firewall spacers were missing when I pulled the mc off, but with the body off, I was able to reach inside the cavity and get them back out from where they had fallen however many years ago. I just need to bend the firewall straight again.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mustard_madman wrote:
Nothing wrong with a wife that can lift the tail end of a VW Bug body! Good work!!!!

haha... he gave her the heavy end
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RattieFattie wrote:
mustard_madman wrote:
Nothing wrong with a wife that can lift the tail end of a VW Bug body! Good work!!!!

haha... he gave her the heavy end


LMAO......... Laughing Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, when we started, she was up front. She was having trouble, so we swapped ends. I don't think there was too much of a difference. My back doesn't care either way.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jeckler wrote:
Removed the brake lines and MC too. Should I replace all the lines no matter what based on age, or clean them up and re-use? The main line has some surface corrsosion, so I should replace that, but none of the others have any.

If your can afford it, I would replace that liked of stuff as you restore it.
That baby is 45 years old and it will save you a lot of trouble and aggravation later on.
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