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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:41 pm    Post subject: Larry's 67 Bug restoration Reply with quote

I am restoring this car for a good friend of mine.
Larry (the owner) has owned this 1967 Lotus White Beetle, or should I say it has owned him for 42 years. He bought it when he was 16 way back in 1970 from the original owner and was instantly bitten by the Bug. It only had 19,000 miles then and he had to negotiate the lady down to $900.
Larry drove this car as a daily driver for over 300,000 miles and wore out 3 speedometers doing it.
Fast forward to 2003, the Beetle was vandalized by some thugs right in front of Larry's house. They jumped all over the hood and caved in the roof, then flipped the little car over on it's passenger side.
When Larry saw his beloved 67 on it's side for the first time he was devastated as you can imagine. Being a VW guy through and through, he was literally heart broken. Unable to afford the repairs and unwilling to part with his old friend, the Bug went into storage until 2011.
This is where I come in, Larry and his wife have become good friends with me and my wife and through conversations I learned that Larry was a VW guy and heard the story of the 67. I've been a gear head all my life and a VW guy most of it, plus my first car was a 61 Beetle. I've owned a few VWs through the years but had gotten away from them until recently. This is due in part to Larry's story...his Beetle has reignited my passion for these wonderful little cars and I've went as far as buying a 58 Ragtop project.
Anyway, I couldn't let his 67 stay in that 150 year old warehouse any longer. I talked Larry into letting me restore it...so here begins the next chapter. The Build...
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the old warehouse. Notice the caved in hood and roof.
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Embarking on the journey to restoration. Notice the crushed fender from being on it's side. Also notice the oil oozing out all over from the blowby of the worn out 1500 engine.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This car was repainted in the late 90's by some guys that didn't prep very well as you can see by the rust breaking back though.
Here are some before shots.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pulled the engine first. I was proud of myself, had it on the floor in an hour and a half. I'm a little rusty, been awhile since I had a V-Dub engine out. Had it down to a leisurely 45 min back in my younger years.
Notice the blowby oil all over from the worn out but faithful engine.
Torn down and ready to go off to the machine shop. The original tin will be cleaned, blasted and painted original colors. Larry wants to restore this Bug as close to original as possible.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome back. Quite the story behind thats thing. Besides the vandalism looks like a pretty good slate to start with. Keep us posted on the progress.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn that looks a lot like mine!!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 2:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not a bad looking bug! I can't believe some one would vandalize the poor thing. Anyways, good luck with the restoration! I'm going to try and follow along.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

While the long block is at the machine shop I turned my attention to the body. I knew there was some rust lurking under that shiny white paint, but to what extent? Time to investigate.
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Looks as if this poor car is only being held together with the paint. 40+ years of midwestern winters have eaten away at it.
Also, looks like the last attempt at body work was performed by Goober and Gomer's Garage.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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In the old warehouse. Notice the caved in hood and roof.
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why 4 lug wheels???
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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In the old warehouse. Notice the caved in hood and roof.
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why 4 lug wheels???


The car was converted to front disc brakes some time back and only 4 lug rotors were available at the time, so the owner opted to convert all the way around for one pattern.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This car isn't 100% correct as some of the original parts have been replaced over the years. This car was used as a daily driver for the better part of 30+ years and as you can imagine the 300,000 + miles have taken their toll. Larry has decided to return it to it's former glory as close to original as possible with the funds available.
A concours correct pan off restoration is not an option at this time, but rest assured the Bug will be repaired and restored with a nod towards originality.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice keep it going Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rust repair begins.

The right rear body crossmember was toast, so it came out as well as the floor pan and right side heater channel.
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Rear crossmember welded in as well as right side pan half and heater channel.
The original package shelf was swiss cheese, so a new shelf was located. The old shelf was removed, the area stripped and rust treated.
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There were some rusted areas on the inner quarter that needed metal fabbing before the new luggage shelf could be installed. Luckily the rear body mount was still strong.
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New metal fabbed, welded and seam sealed.
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New luggage shelf welded and seam sealed.
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Quarter back together and solid again.
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Engine compartment looking spiffy again.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fast progress...looking good
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lol...yeah super fast!

I've actually been working on this car since last October. Just recently decided to start a build thread. Been trying to get the story and pics caught up to where we are now...stay tuned!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How are you going to fix the roof?

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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How are you going to fix the roof?

Geoff


The car will be going to a good friend of mine's body shop after I do all the metal work. They are very good at working metal back into shape there.
Yeah... those waves in the roof are beyond my expertise.
They said something about heating and quenching the stretched metal.
I will try to get some photos when the car is over there.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The left side rear quarter was no where near as bad as the right side, but still had some rust issues that had to be dealt with.
The lowest fender bolt hole was completely gone so I fabbed up a small piece
and welded a nut to the back side before welding it to the quarter.
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sorry for the crappy cell phone pic on this one. Smoothed the area over with some Metal 2 Metal filler and primed.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both front quarters had some rust in the lower regions so those areas were cut out, new panels fabbed and welded. The whole areas under the fenders were stripped to bare steel and primed.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I swear I am looking at MY pix I took redoing my '67. Keep at it...
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