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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 10:40 pm    Post subject: 72 Beetle Restoration Reply with quote

Just wanted to share some photos of a bug that I restored back in the late 90's Not much has changed with it since then. Exhaust was replaced with one closer to stock , Graphics were removed, shifter is stock again.
Engine lid is back to a flush mount. Little things like that.
I'll tweak the thread as time allows , but here is a start !

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Some of these are scans off of photos since ditital cameras had not taken off yet.
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Seen with a coat of "Coroless" as it was called back then
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I even poured some concrete back there to have stable work area & stay out of the mud. Must of been nice to have all that spare time back then.
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Its nice to longer have to work in the mud.
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This took 2nd place at the Buggy Madness. Last VW show to be held at the BiG M before they closed down. I was suprised, there were a lot of nice Veedubs out there that day.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 3:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice, but can i make two suggestions?

1) drop the front an inch or two.
2) ditch the steering wheel.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 4:55 am    Post subject: WOW!! Reply with quote

Nice!!!
Hope to get mine as nice as yours!!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glenn wrote:
Very nice, but can i make two suggestions?

1) drop the front an inch or two.
2) ditch the steering wheel.


Thanks for the suggestions. Yeah you are right it's time for the wheel to go Laughing Any ideas on what to put in there?
I did pick up an old F.I.V. Secura wheel, but thought that would look better in a Ghia. Problem is it hangs up on the signal lever so I contacted a machine shop would said they would fabricate an adapter that wouldnt alter the original wheel.
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As for the front , Im not sure whats going on there. Maybe the torsion bars need adjusting. Seems like ever since it went back on the pan the front sits higher.

I was also thinking of going back to stock bumpers again. What do you think?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really like the hell out of that steering wheel( the one on the car now), where did you get it?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ebay. Made by a company in Austrailia I believe called Autotechnica?.
Main reason I bought it back then was it was yellow & seemed to match the car. It had a modern look with a little retro mixed in.
Im slowly converting back more to stock & would be glad to trade for a stock wheel in nice shape Laughing !
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wish I had one in good shape to get ya.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can let you know when I find a replacement. You can have this one cheap if you want.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few more photos:

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What are your thoughts on the bumpers. Leave the blades? or go back to stock?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2009 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go back to stock. The heavier bumpers would look more proportionate....these are a bit "dainty".
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I'd go back to stock too. I've never liked "Briz" bumpers.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2009 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dainty is right. You can push an end with your finger and it touches the fender.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2009 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

swhitcomb wrote:
Yeah, I'd go back to stock too. I've never liked "Briz" bumpers.


Thanks.
Something else to add to the BUGOUT list! Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

72Ghia wrote:
Something else to add to the BUGOUT list! Laughing


I can highly recommend the '68-'73 bumpers offered by Wolfsburg West. Great fit and finish.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, I'll take a look. The ones I used to buy from Whitneys would rust before they arrived in the mail ....Kidding. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So today I had a friend of the family stop over and put some graphics on the Beetle. The main reason was to camoflage some discolorations in the paint due to touching up over the years. The paint job is over 10 years old and the resprayed areas were showing up darker. What are your thoughts ?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are they decals or does the car need a wash? Sorry man, not digging the mud brown streaks on the nice yellow paint job.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's simply a matter of taste. If you like it (and it is your car), then
great.
While I like graphics on newer items (such as my daily driver pickup), I like the simplicity of paint and chrome on the VW. But again, that's why everyone's car looks a bit different...whatever individual thing YOU like on your car.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would have made the graphics a solid color instead of "splotchy."

But nice Bug. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lol Yeah maybe thats why the graphics guy said you will never see another bug like it. The photos make it look brown but they are actually more of a black & yellow.

So far it looks like:

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