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PostPosted: Sun Feb 06, 2011 8:10 pm    Post subject: 70 Beetle Resto-Mod Project Reply with quote

Here's my 70 I bought back in 06. Jusy started uploading pics and figured I start a page. The project had stopped for 2 years after I finished the pan due to home improvements. I just got back in the garage this winter to start again! I'm still learning things while keeping it fun. Hope i could help anyone in need of info or pictures. I'll be adding more pictures of the work thats done up to date.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a nice find. Especially for an eastern car. I have a 70 that is the same Ruby Red, by the best you can afford when it comes to parts, there is a lot of crappy stuff out there for these little cars. Good luck!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GreeneHoosier wrote:
Looks like a nice find. Especially for an eastern car. I have a 70 that is the same Ruby Red, buy the best you can afford when it comes to parts, there is a lot of crappy stuff out there for these little cars. Good luck!


New looking bug, I wish I had pop out rear windows on mine, I love those! and, Trust me, if you can't afford quality parts, don't buy them because your gonna end up replacing them down the road! Been there done that a time or two Embarassed
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, it does need some surgery, pans, heaterchannels and to correct some PO hacking. Thanks for the advice! I've been buying the best i can. This site has been great for researching feedback on parts and suppliers. Heres a couple more shots.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Drained oil
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Pulled engine
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Removed wheels, fenders, interior, doors, electrical etc.
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Welded braces in for heaterchannel removal
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Removed the body and stored it outside
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Removed pedal cluster, trans and axle shafts
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Started cutting out floor pans using sawzall, air body saw and air chisel for leftover spot welds. Spotweld drill to drill other areas out.
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Removed the trailing arms.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Removed the front beam
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Started to fab and weld a jig to replace the framehead
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Finish product-worked great!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn Shocked your not messin around huh? looking good!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks red, I like to try to make it better than it was in 1970. Also helps to have a friend who's a welder and owes you some work time! Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice work keep doing it
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Started drilling spot welds and cutting mainly to understand how the framehead is assembled and to cut in the right spot. Alot of drilling
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New parts
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Sliced off the old head! Goo Byeee!
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Did some trimming and placed the new head for the first time only to find it needs more.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOOOOOW!!!!

that's a lot of work you're putting into it. nice job!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh wow i wish i couldve gotten this into the restoration of my bug :[ making me sad man
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, it is alot of work but it will be like a brand new bug n I get the experience of wrenching on it myself. I love working on it and each stage I get through the confidence level rises also. All said and done i could step back and say " I brought this bug back!"
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got to love the VW wiring, make sure the fresh air drain is hooked up so the water won't ruin the trunk.
Wow is right, that looks like you are going after it!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cut 2 access holes in side of tunnel to weld clutch tube bracket and run new fuel line.
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Degreased the inside of the tunnel and it took of all the paint also!
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Then discovered broken clutch tube bracket at the cluster hole
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All welded up
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not only did you bring it back, you'll be able to keep her running darn-near forever! Very impressive. I have a weakness for red VW Beetles anyway. Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 09, 2011 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks DaniG! The OG paint is nice but its under about 4 other colors!!
Uploaded some more shots. I wanted to keep the german brake hose brackets.
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Considerable difference in thickness
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Started running the 3/8 SS fuel line through the tunnel
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Welded on SS 6AN fittings on each end
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PO took a air chisel and opened up the tunnel to the side of the inspection cover to run a rubber fuel line out of. Started straightenig out the metal
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welded in some extra steel for support. Silver paint is Weld-thru II weldable primer. crap for tig welding.
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Framehead welded up
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Framehead support modified and blasted
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First fit for floorpans. Needed a trim here and there but worked out real good.
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Cleaned them up and punched holes with air flange/punch tool
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Removed th seat tracks in order to install custom seat brackets
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great work, that looks like the hard way to install new gas line unless you are fixing every thing else also. nice welding also. Shocked Shocked
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