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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 6:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

In case you were wondering about the tow lights bolted onto the pan, I towed the pan to my buddy's house to pick up the body

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Right after we dropped the body on the pan:

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So this is pretty much where I'm at right now..car is kinda stuffed in the garage, so space is limited for wrenchin' on it over the winter.

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Also started to make a body dolly. Its gonna be similar to the one below:

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I'm planning on getting some Crestline rims and ultimately look like this but with towel bar bumpers.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 7:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

EMPIImp69 wrote:
I don't like the rough look, gonna paint it nice maybe Gulf Blue and lower it.
Nice to see yer bringing it back to life! Cool
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 2:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

Great work, glad you know body work....lucky! Looks like you have a few in the garage, have you restored the others there too?

Keep us posted!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 3:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

It looks like you have a nice start for your body dolly.
Can you post some pics of it when you you get it finished?
You think your work space is tight? Look at this cramped space that I have to work in. I can't even open the doors all the way. Front fenders clear the door frame by just 12".
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

MomoMoto wrote:
Great work, glad you know body work....lucky! Looks like you have a few in the garage, have you restored the others there too?

Keep us posted!


Thx yea I've been working on these bugs for a while, since 1990 when I got my 1st one. I did all the bodywork/paint on the Jeep and dune buggy. The Mustang under the cover is an '02..too young for any bodywork Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

67rustavenger wrote:
It looks like you have a nice start for your body dolly.
Can you post some pics of it when you you get it finished?
You think your work space is tight? Look at this cramped space that I have to work in. I can't even open the doors all the way. Front fenders clear the door frame by just 12".


I hear ya...will def post pics of the body dolly when done. Nice '67 I had two '67 verts I sold.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

Working on this driver door still. Had to take some small dents out of it and use some filler.

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And touched up the antenna hole

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Filler I'm using is kind of a middle of the road one. Better than bondo but not as good as Rage Gold.

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This aftermarket fender fender looks like it was hit pretty bad. I may look for some original rears.

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Gonna have to take this out too and fix it with a new reservoir panel

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Also not sure why the nutserts are all intact on this side..
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But replacement ones welded in on this side.. I may get original ones and weld them in
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 2015 7:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

Picked up another parts lot. I found a lot of little stuff I needed.

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Got an even better decklid and hood

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Bumpers are og but need some work

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New cloth ragtop

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 2015 7:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

Good progress ; one step at a time Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2015 2:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

Today I cut this area out where there used to be a gas heater

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Got some replacement metal pieces from RestoJohnny:

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Gas heater exhaust hole:

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Also cleaned up some parts and painted

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2015 3:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

Also put in new dash pieces and radio even though its all gotta come out eventually.

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About finished with the bodywork on the driver door too.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2016 2:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

Cleaned up some more parts, this time with the sandblast gun.

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Primed and painted

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2016 3:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

Picked up a 71' 1600DP AE cheap. Not sure what I'm going to do with it yet. Was pretty greasy so I hit it with the pressure washer.

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Carb on it is like new

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Also picked up some parts off another Samba member in PA for the engine.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2016 7:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

Here's before and after on the headlight. I need to swap for the smaller amber dual filament bulb since I want to change it to a park/signal light. Anyone know what's needed to convert it over to a park/signal light? Thx


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 7:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

Had to fix the spring section on this decklid. Used a section from a fatty lid.

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Still need to grind it down and smooth it out. Anyone ever weld the one side that isn't welded?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2016 6:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

Got some 5 spokes in pretty nice shape locally from another Samba member.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 7:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

Haven't done much on the bug lately..just been collecting more parts.

Crappy looking aftermarket reservoir panel
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NOS DP oil cooler
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Another steering wheel
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Heat knob housing I was missing and shifter knob
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Had a guy cut this decklid piece latch piece since my rear apron is newer style aftermarket and I don't have it
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Got a decent mirror with visors that I'll end up painting
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Got another set of wheels that I'm going to have widened and a spare too
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NOS TRW steering box
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Original jack I was missing, not sure if the handle is correct though, anyone know?
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Thought these were pretty funny, never seen these patch pieces before
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Also got these too, NOS in the packaging, for a bus though
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 9:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

Jack handle is not correct, you need one that is straight for the most part with a slight bend at one end.
You stow it in the hollow tube of the Jack.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 5:41 am    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

[quote="EMPIImp69"]Haven't done much on the bug lately..just been collecting more parts.




Original jack I was missing, not sure if the handle is correct though, anyone know?
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Your Jack handle looks like looks like a crank starter handle. Might be worth a few dollars.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 6:04 am    Post subject: Re: Rob's '63 Rag thread Reply with quote

That's just a handle to a pretty common scissor style if im not mistaken.
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