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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2022 9:03 am    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1972 Super Beetle Reply with quote

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Looking mighty fine! You are a sanding machine! Want to join in my sanding party, in a few months?

Hey, I have to ask, because I love reading your thread and want nothing going bad. I am assuming that the fan is sucking the fumes into the fan and then pushed to the outside. If so, is that an explosion proof vent fan motor?


I wish I lived close to the beach and I would help!

Correct that the blower blows out the window. The motor is not rated as far as I know. If you look closely though, the motor is mounted outside the squirrel cage and drives the wheel from the outside with a belt and pully. So, fumes and motor never communicate. The bearings for the wheel can be oiled like the old days. When this blower with an external motor showed up on Craigslist it really simplified things alot.

Before that I had picked up a more traditional squirrel cage blower with the motor inside the wheel and was going to have to pressurize the booth with that and allow release out the window, so that the fumes would not flow over the motor. That would have taken sturdy, sealed walls for the booth to keep the overspray out of the rest of the shop.

As it is now, by pulling air through the flimsy pop-up canopies, I can set up the whole operating room, or tear it all down, in a half an hour taking my sweet time. I think it's going to be a game changer.

Thank you for caring Jimbo!


Good! I had a custom cabinet shop, back in the late 80s. I sprayed all my parts in a booth, I would rent, from a good guy, down the street. Down a few doors was another cabinet shop that sprayed their cabinets inside their shop. It was raining one day, and they were spraying. Half way through the day, we could hear sirens and big trucks. Opened up the big door and that unit had black smoke pouring out of it! An half hour later the fire was out. Fire Captain made his way down to my shop. Started talking to us about safety. Long to short, guy was using a couple box fans as a pull through vent for spraying lacquer products! Not a great day for those guys!

Have fun and I love reading your updates!

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2022 6:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1972 Super Beetle Reply with quote

Put the Crystal Method channel on Pandora (house music), got into the rhythm... and knocked out the first round of high-build sanding on one of these panels. (*my go to meditation is Pantera channel, but sanding does really make me angry and I don't need encouragement Laughing )


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2022 7:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1972 Super Beetle Reply with quote

Nobody needs to see this but I'm just making coversation as I eat this elephant one bite at a time Smile

Today I marked out all the defects revealed during the sand-down of the primer.

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Staged the glazing tools to keep things moving once the process begins

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Applied the glazing putty

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Threw some Godsmack on the barn speaker an sanded it down again. This hood is finding its shape. You can see that the glaze ends up so thin that it is almost translucent, letting you see the marks I drew below it.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2022 8:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1972 Super Beetle Reply with quote

Ok Buggee - be honest: these pics are at least 2 months old. You OH humans are about to get real snow!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2022 8:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1972 Super Beetle Reply with quote

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Put the Crystal Method channel on Pandora…



Forget that, the only way I could get through that is with crystal meth. I hate the monotony of body work.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2022 8:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1972 Super Beetle Reply with quote

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Ok Buggee - be honest: these pics are at least 2 months old. You OH humans are about to get real snow!!!
Very Happy


Ha ha ha. V it's like you forget and it's the first time it's ever happened every year. Laughing I can wait believe me
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2022 8:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1972 Super Beetle Reply with quote

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Put the Crystal Method channel on Pandora…



Forget that, the only way I could get through that is with crystal meth. I hate the monotony of body work.


OMG give me a wrench please. This is a torture.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2022 5:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1972 Super Beetle Reply with quote

I take all back. This situation over here just crested the hill and it's time to ride the slope.

Put up a tent and sprayed some heavy coats of high build primer again. Indulged in burning some waste-oil to bring the barn up to 70 and let the material flash properly between coats.

The hood is looking good now!


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 12, 2022 8:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1972 Super Beetle Reply with quote

I took the pictures, so your gonna see 'em. This has been a looooong road. Very Happy

Final sand followed by a dusting of etch primer on the burn through.


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Sealer applied.


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Color and clear. The clear will be flat when it cures, not glossy.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2022 6:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1972 Super Beetle Reply with quote

The fenders are cut....


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And buffed (gotta wear shades Cool )

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2022 5:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1972 Super Beetle Reply with quote

Putting these little bits together is soooo satisfying. I had to set the lid on there just no sneek a peak, next to paint the hinges and mount it for real.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2022 6:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1972 Super Beetle Reply with quote

Well, that keeps me from wanting to send you a white vinyl m
to stick on the roof. Laughing


I always wanted a Rabbit in that color.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 2022 6:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1972 Super Beetle Reply with quote

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Well, that keeps me from wanting to send you a white vinyl m
to stick on the roof. Laughing


If you're going to be an M&M, you might as well be a green one. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2022 9:02 am    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1972 Super Beetle Reply with quote

Lookin' good Buggeee!

Can you give any details on your tent? I am looking at the prospect of sanding and painting in the garage, and need options...

Of course the 20-30 degrees outside do matter in my decision making process.... Argh!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2022 1:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1972 Super Beetle Reply with quote

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Can you give any details on your tent? I am looking at the prospect of sanding and painting in the garage, and need options...


It's an Ozark Trail 12 x 12 straight-leg pop-up sun canopy from Walmart. I put two of them next to each other in the pictures of the fenders and that would also cover an entire car. For now I'm using some 10x10 canopy sides we had in the shed from some old pop ups that would get smashed in the wind or whatever and I would just keep the fabric. The end game is to use plastic sheathing and make a clean curtain hanging around it all that will seal out the dust and bugs, and cut windows in that covered by HVAC filter material. Right now my apparatus is keeping the overspray off the other stuff in the barn, but I'm still dragging in debris in between the side panels that lands on the paint. That debris is minimal and gets cut and buffed out, but I want to dial it in a bit.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2022 3:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1972 Super Beetle Reply with quote

I like the early/European turn signal lights rather than the big square American ones. I welded the extra holes shut when doing the fenders. Tonight I welded dual filament bulb sockets in place of the single filament sockets that were in the new turn signal lights. Now I will still have both running lights and turn signals in the smaller early/European style light.


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These are just resting on the fender here for a motivational mock up shot.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2022 4:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1972 Super Beetle Reply with quote

Man you are killing it Buggee. I may have to drive to Ohio just to see this beast, and your workshop.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2022 5:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1972 Super Beetle Reply with quote

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Man you are killing it Buggee. I may have to drive to Ohio just to see this beast, and your workshop.

Green Bug Green Bug


Screw that V, its cold here! I should be joining you on the trip to Florida!!!

Thank you for the motivation. And you would be welcome anytime Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2022 9:42 am    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1972 Super Beetle Reply with quote

Painting all the little bits for the body assembly.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2022 5:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Buggeee's 1972 Super Beetle Reply with quote

Inching forward....


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