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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:36 pm    Post subject: Re: VW BugTuck??? Custom Build... Not sure the year Reply with quote

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I cleaned the brush holder end plates, armature, spacers, and field assembly. Just because I don't post the " perfect after photo" doesn't mean it wasn't done correctly. At times I don't stop to take "perfect" photos because all of this is a lot of work getting the rust off everything and I forget. I snap photos when I remember and also all the photos I take are NOT posted on this blog. It's just general as I don't want to flood this with photos.

valve clearance is .006?? Not worried at all about the dwell right now (so far away from that) but thanks for the information will re-visit your wisdom when I'm about to drive it. Also I'm in Texas so Heater channels are a luxury at this point not a big deal.

I re-built the carb.. of course I removed the accelerator nozzle and not sure if the pushrod tubes are on "backwards", because I did a search of the specific tubes I purchased and on a thread another person had them on there VW for 6 years that way and they never leaked, but I will change them when I re-install the engine.

Got the engine to start ran it for about 30 minutes/an hour. Replaced the main jet, and it took a long time adjusting the volume control screw for the ignition air flow. Anyways it finally ran, and it turns out I will eventually need to get it re-bushed. I was happy that it started and ran so it's back in storage... and onto the pan.

Built some horses, lifted the body to work on the chassis. Amazingly I took off the OG rubber seal that had small cracks in it, and you can see the original black chassis paint shiny and new. Has surface rust but other than that it is in really great shape. I purchased a battery pan from wolfsburgwest as I have some small holes and bad rust in that area.

I took off the front axle to pressure wash, clean and will eventually get to sanding and painting. (Yes I plugged up the brake lines with super duty metal tape/ tape used on air conditioners). So far took a look at the front drums shoes, took off the plates and very fortunate and lucky to see everything is in almost new condition. Wheel cylinder, springs, brake shoes, everything is great, even the grease was still pink and brand new. The only thing I will remove and clean is the notch adjuster screws. I will sand blast the plates and paint as well.

I'm guessing how it was stored that all the wear/rust will be on the back brakes, but for now I will worry about that bridge once I cross it. First dealing with the front and chassis then back. I will also eventually bleed the brakes to get the air & fluid out.

I will (probably) need to purchase a new mastery cylinder, and since the previous brake reservoir was a shitty plastic one I will be replacing with an OG small metal one. Will post photos soon since they are all on my phone.

I attended the VW 2018 Texas classic and a seller there wanted $189 for a master cylinder and $100 for an OG reservoir with no cap.. I said forget it. Probably purchase them online.


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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 7:37 pm    Post subject: Re: VW BugTuck??? Custom Build... Not sure the year Reply with quote

Update: May 2, 2018

Not that it matters as this bug isn't an OG, BUT ...finally got to researching the ID and Chassis# and surprise they match!# 3104013 Seem to get 2 different verification, on the date but I know it's a 60 or 61. Can't believe someone chopped that year up, but what can you do. If this would not have been converted I would've loved to restore to an OG, but what can ya do.

Got around to the font/back axle and transmission. Damn this sanding and wiring wheeling is killing me!!! I will need to replace master cylinder, front and back trans mounts, back shocks, gaskets, and axle boots. Thinking about getting German Non Split Axle Boots.

So far I have sprayed the font axle, brake plates with Rust-Oleum Stops Rust Rusty Metal Primer first to prevent over night rust s it's sitiing outside in the texas weather with currently it being rainy and then sunny. I will eventually get to the back axle. I know it's a bit over kill but I will then primer with Master Series silver and then Satin Black. As for the pans, I will only spray with master series.

I also got the battery pan from WW, which I hope to cut out and weld in by this Saturday. My uncle said I shouldn't cut out the full pan because there is a lip bracket/brace underneath and I should preserve it because it makes the pan stronger. The WW pan doesn't haven't it underneath their pans even thought it's a solid gauge metal.

Anyways things are coming along, and unfortunately I start a job on Monday so things will slow down heavily. I will only be able to work on the weekends now but luckily I don't have to worry about money to get this thing to where it needs to be. Funds will be no concern anymore.

Much respect to everyone out there who does this legit on their own without outsourcing anything. It's A LOT of work, but I have enjoyed it and learning a ton! Still a loooong way to go, but trying to make it count each day.

Also I'm still trying to find someone to dustless blast this thing as that will be the only thing I will outsource. The main priority is to get the pan done and looking fresh.



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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 7:42 pm    Post subject: Re: VW BugTuck??? Custom Build... Not sure the year Reply with quote

When you install the new axle boots, the seams need to be at about 3 or 9 O'clock as when facing inward looking down the axle tube. That allows the rubber to flex and not tear up prematurely.
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 11:38 am    Post subject: Re: VW BugTuck??? Custom Build... Not sure the year Reply with quote

I like this little pickup. It's different and it looks like whoever did the original work, put some tlc and ingenuity into it. The little finish details are all very cool. I hope you have it up and running soon.
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 6:20 pm    Post subject: Re: VW BugTuck??? Custom Build... Not sure the year Reply with quote

uglyvw wrote:
I like this little pickup. It's different and it looks like whoever did the original work, put some tlc and ingenuity into it. The little finish details are all very cool. I hope you have it up and running soon.


Thanks I appreciate the compliment. I'm currently in the middle of getting the chassis back together. Just welded in a new pan last weekend, and getting ready to blast, primer and paint everything with master series including the front and back axles. Will post photos soon likely the end of this month.

I will be making my own modifications to this, including the rims, front bumper, and inside, but not to toot my own horn, this is really one of a kind. I went to the 2018 Texas VW classic in Fredericksburg TX, with over 400 vw's and there wasn't one like it. Only 1 other "bug truck" but it had real 60's chevy fenders and the front was full so it just looked really bad in my opinion.

Since I have a full time gig now, I'm hoping I'll get it all finished and on the road by fall. I can only work on Saturday's now which slows everything down a ton. Before I was working for at least a week straight. I myself am being a bit aggravated by the process but once I see the chassis together then I'll know I'm at least 50% done. The rest will be blasting and painting the outside, then re-doing interior. The only thing that gives me a little nervous is re-wiring the whole car cause it's a mess and my uncle doesn't really do electrical wiring like that. My dad knew that kinds stuff which he why he added a whole bunch of crap.

All I can say is stay tuned... Smile
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