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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 4:44 pm    Post subject: Project 66 Daily Driver. Reply with quote

After completing Project Herbie this year (see http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=336044) I decided to do it all again. Well not everything this time. I found a better candidate that has solid heater channels and mostly solid floor pans. My plan is once it is done to use this one as a daily driver for a year. I followed the blog Jonathan Klinger had for his 365Days of A and thought what a good car the Beetle would be for this plus people drive them daily all the time.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 22, 2012 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool. Looks like a good project.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since this isnít going to be a body off resto I decided while the engine is out to take care of some rust removal and painting. Pulled the trans axle and cleaned it up plus replaced the mounts and metal brake lines.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks so interesting! Wish I had a place to dig into mine and wish I wasn't so chicken to do it!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cleaned the dash up recently. The paint still looks good.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I cut out some cancer recently and spliced in a piece that came with this project.

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Here it is with the fender for a test fit. Turns out this piece was straighter than original. Now the hood closes better .

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wasnít planning on doing any welding on this project yet but A fellow CVA member kind of lit a fire under my butt so Iíve rebuilt the spare tire compartment now and fixed the front left quarter panel. The biggest part of the welding is done now.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sweet. Cool

Nice, clean job. Looks great.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Sweet. Cool

Nice, clean job. Looks great.


Thanks!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I spent a lot of time to save the original front apron. When cutting the front spare tire compartment side off I welded the apron to what was left to the quarter panel so I wouldnít loose its position on the body. Since it was still attached that way it was hard to drill out the spot welds in there so I had to spend a lot of time grinding them off instead.

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Since the hood seal channel was messed up I finally figured a way to manipulate the channel piece left over from Herbie.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some updates: I finished repairing the rear corners of the floor pan halves. Then painted with Eastwood rust encapsulator. I'm using Tractor Supply tractor and implement paint this time around instead of bed liner paint for the final coat. The stuff is like an epoxy paint and cheap too!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good! Always good to see someone saving a bug, giving it new life.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Looking good! Always good to see someone saving a bug, giving it new life.


Look whose talking. Good job on yours as well!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, but you seem to have waaay better welding skills than I have! One question - are you going to be changing out your transmission mounts (front and rear)? I'm looking to do that soon, but can't seem to find any forum posts on doing that on our '66 year bugs (specifically the front mount). The rear should be faily simple especially because I have the motor out already.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yea I did all the trans mounts plus the nose cone seal. With the engine out now would be the best time to do them. Since your probably gonna be doing brake lines and stuff, it isnít much more work to pull the transaxle. Make sure to notch the spring plates before hand so you donít lose alignment for your rear axles.

The bugme videos have been a big help on all this stuff.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great to see a relatively solid '60's Beetle being revived in New England. Good work so far! I hope you can get it roadworthy even if the bodywork is still in progress, and drive it to VW meets in CT this season.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.......Make sure to notch the spring plates before hand so you donít lose alignment for your rear axles.

The bugme videos have been a big help on all this stuff.


Been watching my BugMe Video Vol. 5 on transmission removal - is the torsion plate the same as the spring plate? That's what he notches.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Took the axle beam off recently, cleaned it up a bit and painted. Itís defiantly gonna need ball joints and tie rods.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.......Make sure to notch the spring plates before hand so you donít lose alignment for your rear axles.

The bugme videos have been a big help on all this stuff.


Been watching my BugMe Video Vol. 5 on transmission removal - is the torsion plate the same as the spring plate? That's what he notches.


I think so. He also gives a good trick on how to align it all back up with the bolts and a vice grip. You will be in good shape following his directions;) I watched the video when I put it all back a few months ago.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great work Brent....I'll be watching for more updates! Cool
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