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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2021 11:08 pm    Post subject: Re: rebuilding a barn beetle - '57 Reply with quote

I do have a W deck lid for it, but it needs work and isn't the right color

But we'll set it aside, in the event this car ever goes in for a repaint.

It's obvious some 70% of this car has been repainted in the past, and probably was rear ended as well resulting in the rear apron being welded on a little askew and the incorrect deck lid.

We're just going to enjoy it for what it is, probably will never get a full restoration.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2021 1:34 pm    Post subject: Re: rebuilding a barn beetle - '57 Reply with quote

Nice to see another oval out of captivity in Alberta.
Gotta find yourself a W decklid and you're golden.

I hope to be not too far behind you in getting another one out of the shop and on the road.

Pretty easy to match your door lock and decklid lock to your ignition key.
Pull the locks, shuffle and file the wafers to match the key and you're done.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2021 1:24 pm    Post subject: Re: rebuilding a barn beetle - '57 Reply with quote

Oh yeah the hood color is funny, it was hail damaged and bondo'd over in the past so we cleaned it up and the color you see is actually just the self etching primer I had sitting around, not a bad color match hey hahaha
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2021 1:23 pm    Post subject: Re: rebuilding a barn beetle - '57 Reply with quote

Ok so tires coming tomorrow, then it just needs inspection, insurance, registration, and a clear path to get it out of the back end of the shop.

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We got lucky and a local was selling 1956 36hp engines that had been in service as fire pump power plants in Germany. He's had a few shipped over. While kinda expensive, this thing fired right up and runs like a sewing machine. It's a beautiful engine really.

Hope to be on the road in a week
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2021 1:20 pm    Post subject: Re: rebuilding a barn beetle - '57 Reply with quote

sunroof wrote:
Yes, SG185 is your key code.

Don


Had a key cut locally just by bringing in the ignition, not too expensive at all. Sadly doesn't seem to match the door or decklid
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2021 1:07 pm    Post subject: Re: rebuilding a barn beetle - '57 Reply with quote

Yes, SG185 is your key code.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2021 1:02 pm    Post subject: Re: rebuilding a barn beetle - '57 Reply with quote

Can anyone help me identify the key code that goes with the door handle? Is there a key code on the deck lid lock as well?

Is this the code for the ignition?

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 17, 2021 9:39 am    Post subject: Re: rebuilding a barn beetle - '57 Reply with quote

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Rebuilt Brakes, steering, link pins, King pins, axle boots....

Needs:
Keys to match ignition (how?)
Turn signal lever
Bullet turn signal assemblies
Engine rebuild haha
Wiper arms and blades

And some new tires. Should be ready soon, just need to t. Sort out the engine... Rebuild or replace
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2020 3:04 pm    Post subject: Re: rebuilding a barn beetle - '57 Reply with quote

I hope you can post pictures soon. Also begin a list of what you will need. Good parts are where you find them. I buy from all over depending on what it is. My build thread:

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=726892

Good luck!

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2020 10:35 am    Post subject: Re: rebuilding a barn beetle - '57 Reply with quote

I will add, check out https://www.volkzbitz.com/ and get a restored carb. For restored OG fuel pumps and distributors check out https://www.sparxwerks.com
Both of these guys are members here, and offer exceptional quality, service and after purchase support. I have purchased from both of these members, and would highly recommend them.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2020 10:10 am    Post subject: Re: rebuilding a barn beetle - '57 Reply with quote

Nice! Cool

Parts quality is going to be the real challenge.
Luckily, there are quality, and cheap parts both available for beetles,
Unlike your bus.

WW has all of the best available stuff.
Same with aircooled.net.
If you can afford it, buy everything from them.
WCM has mostly good, but some duds.
CIP is a crapshoot. They sell good stuff and bad stuff and you’ll only know after you install (or try to install) a part.

Unless you have a bunch of recent experience with these parts,
It’s best to bite the bullet and order from the best place.


Being a guinea pig for crap parts really sucks,
And makes the hobby far less fun.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2020 9:44 am    Post subject: Re: rebuilding a barn beetle - '57 Reply with quote

I get a lot of parts from CIP1, and find them to have a good selection and good service. They carry everything from crappy parts to quality parts, and usually give a description of the part with an expectation of fit and quality. I've also ordered from Concept1, and it looks like they carry some Wolfsburg West products as well.
Our dollar has gained some strength against the US dollar in the past months, and the exchange gap is decreasing. I've ordered from the US 3 different times in the last year, and had good results. I always try to have my items shipped by USPS, as they haven't added the "duty/brokerage" extortion fees that other carriers like to add on. I've also had good luck buying original used parts from other dubbers in western Canada through Facebook groups.
Please upload some new pics! I'm in Jasper, what part of the province are you in?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2020 8:32 pm    Post subject: Re: rebuilding a barn beetle - '57 Reply with quote

hello everyone

years later, Dad and i have started opening this can of worms. my apologies for the pic links failing....id have to fire up a pretty old computer to find those original photos lol.

needs a little of everything. full brakes, steering /tie rods, kingpins for sure, and some new shocks.

im in Canada, not scared of buying out of the US but, import fees, i probably shouldn't ignore on what i expect to be a $1000 order at least.

Is there a one stop shop i can source all of this in reasonable quality?

one of the guys on the first page recommended wolfsburg an/or west coast metric... should i just choose one of those and fill my cart?

any Canadians around with suggestions? CIP1.....i just dont know anymore , is it any good?

thanks!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last Triumph wrote:

For the record, I've currently got a '89 GMC G20 Vandura Day van on the driveway.... Laughing This will eventually yeild it's motor for my up and coming '34 Ford 3 window build - but not before it takes me to Bug Jam this weekend!



You sold your 57 Oval, and bought a 89 GMC to take you to Bug Jam.... Think
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Wow LT, a GM engine in a Ford. I don't think that's stock. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 5:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gorgeous car man, can't believe how solid it is, perhaps even more so than my 57 oval rag (see thread below)......!
Glad you decided to keep it. These cars are treasures.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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LT you should buy it we miss you around here Confused Very Happy


I agree- dont you have regrets selling yours? nows your chance to do it all over again and keep it this time


No regrets whatsoever. My reasons for selling remain.

Once was enough thank you very much.... at least for an oval, anyway.

Been there, done that, got the t shirt.

For the record, I've currently got a '89 GMC G20 Vandura Day van on the driveway.... Laughing This will eventually yeild it's motor for my up and coming '34 Ford 3 window build - but not before it takes me to Bug Jam this weekend!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

russ c wrote:
LT you should buy it we miss you around here Confused Very Happy


I'm still here guys.... not going anywhere.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what?! LT you sold that car? I haven't finished reading the thread....still at about page 30 or so.
shoot you guys ruined the surprise

Wow - any regrets?

I tried to sell this beetle for my dad - had it listed locally for about 2 weeks then I chickened out. not every day you come by an old beetle, really. I could feel the potential regret before I even had a serious offer....
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russ c wrote:
LT you should buy it we miss you around here Confused Very Happy


I agree- dont you have regrets selling yours? nows your chance to do it all over again and keep it this time
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