Hello! Log in or Register   |  Help  |  Donate  |  Buy Shirts  See all banner ads | Advertise on TheSamba.com  
TheSamba.com
 
Our 1956 Texas Brew (one piece at a time)
Page: 1, 2  Next
Forum Index -> Beetle - Oval-Window - 1953-57 Share: Facebook Twitter
Reply to topic
Print View
Quick sort: Show newest posts on top | Show oldest posts on top View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
AggieZig
Samba Member


Joined: March 10, 2013
Posts: 183
Location: Houston, Texas
AggieZig is offline 

PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 3:13 pm    Post subject: Our 1956 Texas Brew (one piece at a time) Reply with quote

WARNING, PURISTS: READ THIS THREAD AT YOUR OWN RISK.

It’s been a while since Dad, 63Ziggy & I have had the chance to feed the obsession (disease) and restore a Volkswagen together. It started back when I was 12 or so with a 1963 Beetle – which was later sold to fund our 1974 Thing restoration. As the saying goes, time flies – we just realized this last weekend that the Thing has been on the road for roughly six years. All of that being said, it was certainly time for another project.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Five years ago I was a freshman at Texas A&M. I stopped by my uncle’s (by marriage) place on the way back home from school one weekend to check out a Volkswagen project he had tucked away in his shop. These were my findings:

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


My uncle called it Oscar, because of its green color. His plan was to make a rat rod out of it.

The rumor was that the project had my name on it as soon as I had a place to work on it – providing I promised to finish & drive the thing. Of course, years passed with no progress on that front while I was still in school. At graduation, my aunt mentioned the project again and asked when I was going to come take it home.

Fast forward a few months, and here she is pulling into my parents’ house (for now):

(Yes, this is little brother below)
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


After a few hours of sorting through parts we had a chance to organize and really see what all we had gotten. The project had sat at my uncle’s in this state for nearly a decade – so any relevant information was long forgotten. Here’s what we were able to decipher:
    -It’s a 1956 Oval Body (#192390 – February ’56?) - missing its VIN tag
    -The body is sitting on a 1963 chassis – this chassis # is used on the title
    -Despite the VIN being linked to a ’63 chassis, the title says 1956
    -The engine is a Bernie Bergmann build – new, unsure of specs, hasn’t run in years
    -The transmission is supposed to be a beefed up swing axle – again, no specs

With the mix-match that we have, and the plans in my mind – this is not going to be a concourse restoration. Don’t get me wrong, this will be a high-quality restoration – just not going to put her back to stock. I want a daily driver, plenty of oomph, and some modern / custom touches.

So, here’s the game plan (for now):

CHASSIS
    -The later chassis will likely stay as that is how it is titled & no VIN on body
    -Both front & rear have EMPI disk brakes
    -Will likely convert the rear to IRS to avoid negative camber look
    -Front beam needs a rebuild / potential narrowing
    -Will also consider a slight lower, but nothing crazy
    -The entire chassis will need a strip / repaint as it is flaking in some places

BODY
    -Unfortunately, the body is going to need some help & missing pieces
    -We sourced two early 60’s front fenders (no not correct, but close) & will add bullets
    -Also sourced a rear fender that is in very rough shape but will do the job
    -It looks like at some point the car took a hit / roll on the passenger side
    -We sourced a roof section to fix a very mangled drip rail & first 5” of the roof
    -The whole thing will get a blast & epoxy primer after all body work is completed

ENGINE / TRANSMISSION
    -As mentioned, this supposed beast of a motor has sat for years
    -After reading on bergmann’s reputation, we are even more in the dark - will likely tear down & inspect everything (see thread)
    -Ideally, we will salvage parts & re-assemble (with help) something in the 1.9-2L range
    -If we continue with the IRS conversion, we will obviously change out the transmission
    -I would like to see some variation of a 5 speed, but that is major $$

INTERIOR
    -The car came with a new, complete (stock) interior kit in gray – but will likely be selling that
    -I have a vision in my head, but will of course depend on colors
    -Not sure if keeping the low backs or may opt for a conversion to high backs

For now, my dad & I will be working on the project whenever spare time / free weekends arise. Both of our previous projects were many years in the making, so we are hoping to keep the time down on this one. As always – stay tuned, more to come!
_________________
Aircooled Enthusiast

Current: Porsche 914 Resto
Past: 74 Thing | Sand Rail | Baja Project | Oval Beetle
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Classifieds Feedback
MacLeod Willy
Samba Member


Joined: February 18, 2014
Posts: 933
Location: Ontario Canada
MacLeod Willy is offline 

PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 3:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Our 1956 Texas Brew (one piece at a time) Reply with quote

Nice write up, great pics.
Keep them coming.

Sounds like you have a good work plan. Way to go
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Gwdghiaguy
Samba Member


Joined: December 06, 2013
Posts: 340
Location: Greenwood, SC
Gwdghiaguy is offline 

PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 6:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Our 1956 Texas Brew (one piece at a time) Reply with quote

Very nice opening post; good history and lots of pictures. That engine bay is quite full, isn't it? Looking forward to seeing what you brew up with this one.

byron
_________________
1957 Oval Window
1963 Alabama Camper Bus
1971 Ghia
1971 Baywindow Bus

Stop dead photo links! Post your photos to The Samba Gallery!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Instagram Gallery Classifieds Feedback
AggieZig
Samba Member


Joined: March 10, 2013
Posts: 183
Location: Houston, Texas
AggieZig is offline 

PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 8:32 am    Post subject: Re: Our 1956 Texas Brew (one piece at a time) Reply with quote

Well, we had a suspicion there were some hidden treats on this body. As mentioned, it seems as though the passenger side took a hit / roll at some point in its life.

A quick torch to the front quarter panel confirms, yep - lots o' lead:

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Here's the collection:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


We also found a spot on the on the rear quarter panel:

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


It looks like we will be cutting out these spots & welding in donor sections. There are some pretty bad underlying dents that the lead & bondo had been hiding. Once we get a chance to blast the whole thing down, the real secrets will start coming out!
_________________
Aircooled Enthusiast

Current: Porsche 914 Resto
Past: 74 Thing | Sand Rail | Baja Project | Oval Beetle
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Classifieds Feedback
sunroof
Samba Member


Joined: October 06, 2006
Posts: 1146
Location: Winnipeg
sunroof is offline 

PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 2:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Our 1956 Texas Brew (one piece at a time) Reply with quote

I'm dealing with the exact same damage on my car:

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


In my case I know exactly what happened, I ran into a fence in a parking lot way back in 1991.

My thread:

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4...p;start=20

Don
_________________
Illegitimi non carborundum!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
AggieZig
Samba Member


Joined: March 10, 2013
Posts: 183
Location: Houston, Texas
AggieZig is offline 

PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2016 9:10 am    Post subject: Re: Our 1956 Texas Brew (one piece at a time) Reply with quote

sunroof wrote:
I'm dealing with the exact same damage on my car. In my case I know exactly what happened, I ran into a fence in a parking lot way back in 1991.


Priceless. I checked out your thread - you've done some impressive patch work, Don!

------------------------------------------------------------------------

We picked up a pair of front fenders for the project. These are not the "correct" 56 oval fenders, but rather a set from a 1961 Beetle. Obviously these fenders were significantly less expensive, albeit still pricey. The plan is to fill in the "peanut" blinker holes and add "bullet" turn signals.

Starting place:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Sanded down, ready for patch:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Making circle patches out of the donor roof patch. (At least it's OG sheet metal?)
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Ready to fill some holes!
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Driver's side done:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Passenger side done:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


All gone!
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Additionally, we decided to fill in the bumper overrider holes as the game plan is either single blade bumpers (Dad) or no bumpers (me). We'll see what becomes of that.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Next up, adding the bullets to the fenders. This will be somewhat of a challenge because the later fenders do not have an identical shape to the early oval fenders (I believe the earlier fenders may be wider as well).
_________________
Aircooled Enthusiast

Current: Porsche 914 Resto
Past: 74 Thing | Sand Rail | Baja Project | Oval Beetle
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Classifieds Feedback
AggieZig
Samba Member


Joined: March 10, 2013
Posts: 183
Location: Houston, Texas
AggieZig is offline 

PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2016 7:59 am    Post subject: Re: Our 1956 Texas Brew (one piece at a time) Reply with quote

First thing's first, a little mock up with some scotch tape:

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


We probably played with the "would be correct" placement of the bullets on these fenders for a couple of hours. We tried using several references from pictures of fenders with original bullets to other threads for adding bullets that had posted measurements. The bottom line for us was that this was going to be a custom fit no matter what, and we just needed to make it fit & look "right".

So, after deciding on a mounting location, we marked and made the first cuts. No turning back now!

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Opted for the jigsaw on these holes:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


First test fit, needs a little shaping:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Shaping the hole with flap wheel on a die grinder. The sharp edge of the cut really ate up this flap wheel:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Holding our breath for the first test fit...
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


I traced a paper template using the headlight ring mount hole as a locator, flipped, and transferred to the other side:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Not perfect, but a hell of a lot better than guessing:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Both sides cut & ready to go!
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Drilling holes for spot welds:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Welded to the back of the fender:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


We did have to alter the bullet mount on the driver's side by drilling out part of the raised, molded "locking tab" to allow for a little more rotation for a better fit. You can see the two holes at 11 & 5 o'clock:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Looks like a good fit to me!
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


I must be missing an overall picture with both bullets on, so I will be sure to take one & post at some point. I'm sure these bullets are not in the factory correct location, but these aren't even factory correct fenders. The mission here was simply to add something cool to the car that just happened to also be period correct. We are pleased, and that's all that matters!

Next up... we will tackle the replacement of a beat up roof w/ a donor panel:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Pardon my french...
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

_________________
Aircooled Enthusiast

Current: Porsche 914 Resto
Past: 74 Thing | Sand Rail | Baja Project | Oval Beetle
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Classifieds Feedback
René R. Premium Member
Samba Member


Joined: July 06, 2015
Posts: 1221
Location: No. Calif.
René R. is offline 

PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 2016 9:32 am    Post subject: Re: Our 1956 Texas Brew (one piece at a time) Reply with quote

Very impressive job! I'm enjoying following this build, with so many good photos. Thumbs up.
_________________
My current ride: 1954 Riviera Motors Oval Deluxe
Gone but not forgotten: 1950 Hoffman split (restored in 1966) - another 1950 Hoffman split (restored in 1996)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
AggieZig
Samba Member


Joined: March 10, 2013
Posts: 183
Location: Houston, Texas
AggieZig is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 9:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Our 1956 Texas Brew (one piece at a time) Reply with quote

Well, here starts the nightmare roof repair.

The interior section of the roof where the headliner attaches was boogered up by the PO. So, we're going to try to replace the roof section as one piece (as best we can).

First, we cut out the shoddy repairs:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Then, probably spent two hours debating the best approach for the cut out.
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


We decided some bracing was probably a smart idea. (Turns out these would have to come off later as the passenger side appears to have been pushed in)
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Let the cutting begin!
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


As we started to cut, we noticed the roof trying to separate:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


So, we added some cross-bracing to prevent this. (Looking back, we think the car was just trying to “return” to it’s original shape)
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


After much cutting, the moment of truth:

Video evidence: http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o198/cameraman123_photos/th_IMG_4569.mp4

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Comparing the old with the “new”:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Surprisingly clean inside for 60 year old metal:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


We then began the arduous process of slowly trimming the donor section to match the body. I emphasize arduous because after we made the first cut, and realized it was too short, we triple measured everything after that.

After a solid day of trimming & shaping, the patch fits the hole!
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Of course, not without some issues. The original shape of the passenger side of the car has definitely been tweaked at some point. We ended up cutting our bracing free so that we could pull the B Pillar out about 1/2". Even with that help, the original pillar has lost its correct shape.

This will be fun to match up:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


We then clamped the repair section in place to test the fit. It seems like each time we connected the two, we found another place that needed some minor trimming or shaping.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


After another few hours, we were happy with the fitment:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Not perfect, but not bad either:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Now, for some welding! (Yep, Dad got a new "extra large viewfinder" helmet on sale at Northern)
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


After some very ugly spot welds…
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


I convinced Dad that we needed to turn up the heat on the welder… Much better:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


We managed to spot in the majority of the top side of the seam. The C Pillar took some work as well as it looks as though the original roof had been “squeezed” – thus deforming the curvature on the roof style next just inside the gutter. Dad played around with this, and ended up getting a much improved fit. It will certainly take further work – but good enough for this stage.

After cleaning up the grinds with a flap disc, then sanding disc:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


I threw a coat of primer on the previously warped roof section above the C Pillar to see how the distortion looked. Honestly, not too bad & very workable:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


That’s where we’ve stopped for now as I’ve had to head back up to start classes for the semester. Next time I visit, we’re going to tackle the remaining roof section (including filler for our initial short cut – oops), A Pillar, and B Pillar.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


We should have a replacement front passenger quarter section coming from a donor car – so after the roof is done, that will be next!
_________________
Aircooled Enthusiast

Current: Porsche 914 Resto
Past: 74 Thing | Sand Rail | Baja Project | Oval Beetle
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Classifieds Feedback
67Cabrio
Samba Member


Joined: March 30, 2014
Posts: 31
Location: Everett, Wa
67Cabrio is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 9:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Our 1956 Texas Brew (one piece at a time) Reply with quote

Looking good!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
63ziggy
Samba Member


Joined: June 19, 2005
Posts: 1099
Location: The Woodlands, Texas
63ziggy is offline 

PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 8:25 am    Post subject: Re: Our 1956 Texas Brew (one piece at a time) Reply with quote

So time for Dad to hijack the thread

Everyone has the one that started it all and the one that got away.

Here's a pick of our first beetle project (1963) and she is the one that got away.

Early pic, she had been sprayed in what appeared to be black primer. (please ignore early photo quality)

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


My son in action, this was 9 years ago at the ripe old age of 12 roughly.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Here's a couple pictures of her cleaned up before she was sold. She received new pans, new disk brakes, sheet metal repairs...just needing finish smooth/paint and an engine. We spent 1.5 yrs and then decided we needed a convertible....along came the Thing.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail AIM Address Instagram Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Customalways
Samba Member


Joined: October 19, 2013
Posts: 67
Location: Baltimore, MD
Customalways is offline 

PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 9:29 am    Post subject: Re: Our 1956 Texas Brew (one piece at a time) Reply with quote

Great photos and good details. I have one going as well so I will be bouncing back on here again. My link below if interested.


http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=643759

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
AggieZig
Samba Member


Joined: March 10, 2013
Posts: 183
Location: Houston, Texas
AggieZig is offline 

PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 3:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Our 1956 Texas Brew (one piece at a time) Reply with quote

Long time, no post. We've been spending time helping my uncle realize his dream of building a Zenith 750 Cruzer home-built airplane:

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Anyways, back to the project. We were able to just about finish welding in the "new" roof section. It's not 100% yet, but almost there. We had to cut open a few places and pull them out / re-weld to try to restore the curvature of the roof.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Some redneck ingenuity:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Up front, where we cut the panel too short & had to make a sliver of a patch:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Cool shot of Dad welding:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


We also worked on fixing holes & tears in the fenders:

Before:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Filled because we are going to do single blade bumpers:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


After:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


More tears like this on each one:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


We also started working on the front driver's quarter. The original panel has been mangled and was covered in bondo & lead filler. We opted for a year-correct replacement panel out of a salvage car. Unfortunately, the repair panel wasn't in much better shape - but nothing the planishing hammer couldn't tackle. This was our first time using one, pretty neat tool!

The "new patch panel":
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


All cut out:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Test fitting the panel:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Here's where we left it for now, with two corners tacked in:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Lastly, worked on coating the inside of the gas tank. Used KBS coatings large cycle tank kit:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Inside, before cleaning:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


After cleaning:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


After paint / sealer applied:

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Next, we will need to finalize the roof repair, finish the front driver's quarter repair, and start on the rear driver's quarter:
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


More to come!
_________________
Aircooled Enthusiast

Current: Porsche 914 Resto
Past: 74 Thing | Sand Rail | Baja Project | Oval Beetle
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Classifieds Feedback
txoval
Samba Member


Joined: January 23, 2004
Posts: 2058
Location: The Woodlands, TX
txoval is offline 

PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2016 8:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Our 1956 Texas Brew (one piece at a time) Reply with quote

It's good to see another Aggie working on VW's, keep up the good work!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Gallery Classifieds Feedback
JeffL
Samba Member


Joined: September 04, 2004
Posts: 1098

JeffL is offline 

PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 6:57 am    Post subject: Re: Our 1956 Texas Brew (one piece at a time) Reply with quote

Awesome job on the rain gutter/roof repair!
_________________
http://karmannghias.org/
http://karmannghias.org/Alken/
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
AggieZig
Samba Member


Joined: March 10, 2013
Posts: 183
Location: Houston, Texas
AggieZig is offline 

PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 11:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Our 1956 Texas Brew (one piece at a time) Reply with quote

Thanks for the kind words. Small update for what was a full day in the garage on Saturday. We were able to get the quarter panel fitted and tacked all the way around. We started to finish up the stitch welding but were running low on gas.

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Gaps are a little too big to weld, but a piece of copper and some creative technique will work to fill this gap:

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Finished up the rain gutter / inner door jamb:

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Also got a new toy from Harbor Freight to pull out some sections. We started playing on a door and learned that sheet metal was way too thin to be playing with:

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Then moved to the roof - there was some concave / sinkage along the weld line of the repair, so we started to pull that out:

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Then we played with the rear pax quarter panel, this spot of the car is ROUGH. Will need a shrinking disc (next new toy) and some body filler:

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Then Dad climbed inside to try to knock out a couple last repairs before the day was done (I think we were both ready to call it quits at this point).

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


So, one thing we clearly didn't know about... the donor roof was from a same year bug, but a ragtop. They must have the headliner "rail" at a slightly lower position when compared to the sedans:

(notice the drop between the original green & replacement panel)
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


This will obviously need to be corrected so that the headliner sits correctly... will take some creative thinking. With all of those repairs burnt in now, there's just a couple of things remaining. The car is missing bumper mounts (PO chopped them off) so those will have to be added back. The PO also chopped out the engine compartment and inside of the rear apron to fit the big engine, so we'll have to decide how we want to repair that.

The goal is to get the body work done before the end of May so that it can move out of Mom/Dad's garage into a temporary home at my uncle's place where we can blast & epoxy prime. More to come, so stay tuned.
_________________
Aircooled Enthusiast

Current: Porsche 914 Resto
Past: 74 Thing | Sand Rail | Baja Project | Oval Beetle
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Classifieds Feedback
aa390392
Samba Member


Joined: March 28, 2007
Posts: 2684
Location: So.Cal
aa390392 is offline 

PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 11:22 am    Post subject: Re: Our 1956 Texas Brew (one piece at a time) Reply with quote

Its lookig good great job, such tenacity
Thomas
_________________
1956 Oval Prairie Beige
1956 Oval Inca Red Kab.
Always looking for another something.
WTB Alpine motors /Ashville NC License plate frame
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
63Ragtop NZ
Samba Member


Joined: December 04, 2007
Posts: 895
Location: West Auckland
63Ragtop NZ is offline 

PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Our 1956 Texas Brew (one piece at a time) Reply with quote

Indeed!

should just graft a ragtop in!!
_________________
If you can't join them, beat them!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Gallery Classifieds Feedback
joel55bug
Samba Member


Joined: January 26, 2005
Posts: 276
Location: Texas
joel55bug is offline 

PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2016 8:56 am    Post subject: Re: Our 1956 Texas Brew (one piece at a time) Reply with quote

63Ragtop NZ wrote:
should just graft a ragtop in!!


Kind of what I was thinking.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Gallery Classifieds Feedback
63ziggy
Samba Member


Joined: June 19, 2005
Posts: 1099
Location: The Woodlands, Texas
63ziggy is offline 

PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 7:07 am    Post subject: Re: Our 1956 Texas Brew (one piece at a time) Reply with quote

Dad checking in

easy on that ragtop idea

someone creating additional work..........

dear old dad says focus on what needs to be done even though it would be cool

Thanks for the props guys
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail AIM Address Instagram Gallery Classifieds Feedback
Display posts from previous:   
Reply to topic    Forum Index -> Beetle - Oval-Window - 1953-57 All times are Mountain Standard Time/Pacific Daylight Savings Time
Page: 1, 2  Next
Page 1 of 2

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

About | Help! | Advertise | Donate | Premium Membership | Privacy/Terms of Use | Contact Us | Site Map
Copyright © 1996-2020, Everett Barnes. All Rights Reserved.
Not affiliated with or sponsored by Volkswagen of America | Forum powered by phpBB