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PostPosted: Sun Jun 04, 2017 12:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Hello from the UK! Reply with quote

With all of the rotten metal cut away, we could Vactan rust treat any areas hidden away, sort out new metal, get that welded in nicely and painted up ready for the new rear valance.

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New section welded into the edge of the rear corner

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And finally the new rear valance.

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We're pleased with how this has gone, all that remains is a few welds to dress, some etch primer and we're done Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Hello from the UK! Reply with quote

We managed to get the rear valance etch primed followed by a coat of high build primer, that's another little job out of the way, I'm pleased to say!

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Our attention is now focused on replacing the front panel, parts of the windscreen lip had bad corrosion, as did the bottom.

Removal of the lights and grill showed up some nasties:

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the section where the airbox assembly had a large gap, tapering further apart as it went towards the drivers side

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We had suspicions of accident damage.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:56 pm    Post subject: Re: Hello from the UK! Reply with quote

As we started to remove the front panel, it became more obvious that something was amiss

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the inner windscreen panel was miss shaped and needed replacing but not only that, complete removal of the panel revealed a very badly damaged airbox
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it was pushed back considerably, dented and again, we felt needed replacement.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Hello from the UK! Reply with quote

The logical thing to do was to source a new airbox, FBI VW came up with one luckily. We stripped the front bare to check for further damage, none was found
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The left and right hand A pillars are all good, luckily!
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Inner screen panel replaced, the new front panel was used to get the alignment set correctly before it was welded up securely and painted

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Front panel rechecked for fitting
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hopefully we will be able to weld the airbox up next
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Hello from the UK! Reply with quote

That's an impressive amount of work! Cool Are you happy with the way those panels are fitting up? What brand are they?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Hello from the UK! Reply with quote

Wasted youth wrote:
That's an impressive amount of work! Cool Are you happy with the way those panels are fitting up? What brand are they?


The rear valance was a superb fit, that was made by Autocraft here in the UK, the inner windscreen repair panel is Genuine VW, quite a good fit but not as good as the original.
The front panel is IGP, it looks good and offering it up, I think we will be fine - trial runs suggest this will be fine.

We know that measure, measure, measure and do one final measure is essential. We rebuilt our '73 kombi a couple of years ago and with the westy, we plan to use lessons learned to do a better, more sympathetic restoration.
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