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PostPosted: Sat Aug 21, 2021 9:47 pm    Post subject: Re: '66 Project build on a budget of budgets Reply with quote

Lucked out...'66 is the best year.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:44 am    Post subject: Re: '66 Project build on a budget of budgets Reply with quote

Man, I am at a stand still! Iím actually at a point where I need to get body work & paint done. Then the reassembly starts. Funds have just not been available, but Iím hoping to get it painted soon. Kinda wish I had the option of getting body work & paint done when the body was off the chassis, but it wasnít an option...
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:48 am    Post subject: Re: '66 Project build on a budget of budgets Reply with quote

Just went through you're entire thread. We have a very similar approach to our projects. Very Happy

Any updates?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:31 am    Post subject: Re: '66 Project build on a budget of budgets Reply with quote

Enlisted the help of a couple of guys from work to lift the body off the body dolly, and onto the chassis.

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It's nice to see it as 1 piece again - it's been a long time.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:51 pm    Post subject: Re: '66 Project build on a budget of budgets Reply with quote

Took advantage of nice North Central Texas weather and had a buddy weld up my rear bumper mounts.
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I also had a fender nut welded in place on the driver's side front fender area as well as a flange nut for the driver's side headlight bucket, but I made the mistake of trying to run a screw through the nut, not realizing there was some slag splatter on the threads that eventually caused the screw to bind and subsequently snap off. F@CK!! Next step is to try drilling out the screw without srewing it up completely....
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2016 9:58 pm    Post subject: Re: '66 Project build on a budget of budgets Reply with quote

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I hate to point this out but all that rust and paint had an effect on them wields.


Actually, there isn't much rust, if any, in the welded area. I have a crappy MIG welder that my buddy was using to weld with. The wire feed wasn't working right, and the intensity setting didn't seem to be working. But the welds are holding really good, which I'm happy about.

I took a few minutes to heat the door and quarter sound deadening tar boards with a propane torch, and they came off like butter.

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The sticky residue came completely off, but left a brown staining, which will be sanded, painted, and covered with new sound deadening anyway.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2016 7:16 am    Post subject: Re: '66 Project build on a budget of budgets Reply with quote

I hate to point this out but all that rust and paint had an effect on them wields.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2016 8:05 pm    Post subject: Re: '66 Project build on a budget of budgets Reply with quote

6 months later and a little progress update. Had the passenger side front bumper mount, 3 fender weld nuts and front apron welded in place. It's not pretty looking, but the slag is being ground smooth with a flap disk, then coated with some rattle can primer,

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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 8:25 pm    Post subject: Re: '66 Project build on a budget of budgets Reply with quote

Try running a wire brush over the rust below the rear window . If you get holes through the metal you can replace it ......If you don't get any holes you can ospho it and surface fill and paint it .
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 6:33 pm    Post subject: Re: '66 Project build on a budget of budgets Reply with quote

Try to find some 18 gauge flat steel, (Ace hardware) or true value. Since most of the steel around your window bottom seems to look good your only dealing with flat stock with a L bend for the window.Make a paper template of the offending area's and go from there. I believe you have a welder? just make 4' sections and weld it all together. Or longer if you can. You can do. think it through and get it done.
You need to get this Beetle back together and start driving it. Your so close, Baby steps Man. I'm trying to give you some motivation here. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 9:52 am    Post subject: Re: '66 Project build on a budget of budgets Reply with quote

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Good to see your getting closer Dave. You should just section in some new formed metal on the back window. make a paper template and get er' done.
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You make it sound so easy! Wink What gauge metal should be used back there? Keep in mind that I'm clueless when it comes to metal fabrication. I'm amazed at some of the work guys do on their builds...
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 9:50 am    Post subject: Re: '66 Project build on a budget of budgets Reply with quote

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Was the voltage regulator on the engine when you brought it in? It usually gets put under the back seat on the12 volt cars. That may be why it wasn't installed.


Yes, it was mounted to the fan shroud. The shop that rebuilt the motor said they "assumed" I was going to mount mine under the back seat, but I'm not. I'll be mounting it on the fan shroud again.
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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2016 4:22 pm    Post subject: Re: '66 Project build on a budget of budgets Reply with quote

Good to see your getting closer Dave. You should just section in some new formed metal on the back window. make a paper template and get er' done.
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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2016 1:50 pm    Post subject: Re: '66 Project build on a budget of budgets Reply with quote

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Any updates?



I finally got my chassis and rebuilt motor back. My only complaint was after my 2 hour drive home, I noticed they had removed the voltage regulator and never reinstalled it! Not sure what the thinking was there.

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Looks like progress to me! Was the voltage regulator on the engine when you brought it in? It usually gets put under the back seat on the12 volt cars. That may be why it wasn't installed.
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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 2:48 pm    Post subject: Re: '66 Project build on a budget of budgets Reply with quote

Next came the firewall tar board. That wasn't too hard. I punched a 5/8" hole in the tar board for the wiring to poke through..

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Then everything else pretty much went in with ease (and some minor trimming)...

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After I get some welding done and install a new pan to body seal, I'll be putting the body back on the car.
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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 2:44 pm    Post subject: Re: '66 Project build on a budget of budgets Reply with quote

I ordered the firewall tar board kit from WW as well as the front & rear engine to body seals that needed to be replaced. I figured while the body was still off, it was the best time to do it.

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I first installed the engine seals. Whoever said it was easy to do is a lying SOB! What a PITA! Took me about 1 1/2 hours. The silicone spray I had read would make installation easier didn't really help. I had to push the bottom half in, then push the top part in about 1/8" at a time with a screwdriver.

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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 2:37 pm    Post subject: Re: '66 Project build on a budget of budgets Reply with quote

I removed all of the glass & old window rubber, as well as the door window mechanisms.

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Discovered some rust at the bottom of the rear window. Not sure what the best way is to fix that. Any thoughts??

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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 2:33 pm    Post subject: Re: '66 Project build on a budget of budgets Reply with quote

Before everyone starts in on the fuel filter, I know. It will be moved. Laughing

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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 2:31 pm    Post subject: Re: '66 Project build on a budget of budgets Reply with quote

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Hiya, John - progress has been slow. Can't believe I haven't posted anything in almost 6 months! Most of what I've done hadn't really been noteworthy. I did get out and do a little today!

I finally got my chassis and rebuilt motor back. My only complaint was after my 2 hour drive home, I noticed they had removed the voltage regulator and never reinstalled it! Not sure what the thinking was there.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2016 8:11 am    Post subject: Re: '66 Project build on a budget of budgets Reply with quote

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