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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:32 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe resurrection Reply with quote

So, in my random chipping away at the needs of the crusty pig, I decided to clear the blocked heat risers in the intake manifold.

I cut a 2' section out of the broken parking brake cable & chucked it up in the drill & used it as a flexible drill bit/Roto-rooter.
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After running it through from both sides, I dumped out the carbon.
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Then to ensure that the heat risers were as clear as possible, I kinked the tip of the cable & ran it through again.
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And then again a bit further down.
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Then I ran this through several times until I no longer felt the cable snag.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:14 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe resurrection Reply with quote

That's a hell of an idea.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:47 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe resurrection Reply with quote

But not nearly as satisfying as popping it with oxyacetylene....come up here and we will make it a date..
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 6:01 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe resurrection Reply with quote

I keep a few old cables around just for that singular purpose. Works great with a combo of some heat and some ATF soaking.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 3:27 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe resurrection Reply with quote

I spent some more time on the crusty pig & finished the front right brakes.
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Then cleaned & packed the bearings.
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Then moved on to the left rear.
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I was not expecting the adjusters to be seized to the shoes.
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But I got them back together.

Then I moved on to the right rear brake hose & only had to coax one flare nut to free up.
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And then replaced the brake hose.
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At this point I thought I was going to bleed the brakes, but then was disappointed to find that the one year only brake reservoir was MIA. Now the hunt is on for a replacement.
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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 11:07 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe resurrection Reply with quote

TDCTDI wrote:
cdennisg wrote:
Just found this thread. Looking good man!

Only thing I can think to mention is that rather than heating those brake cables to explosion level, why not just cut the rubber hose in half with a sharp blade before heating? Same result with no explosion hazard.

I do like explosions, though. Just like the anyone else. Wink

Hey cdennisg, even when the hose is cut or disconnected, the pressure built up in the crimp connection causes the hose to pop. Heating it is the best way that I have found to get a stubborn flare nut to release without destroying it, the hose on the other hand....

Here's some more uncovering of the original paint.
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Can't wait to see this bus in all its OG paint glory!! Looking good!
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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 4:55 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe resurrection Reply with quote

Thank you sir!
I've been slowly chipping away at the crusty pig, 1/2 hour here, 20 minutes there every day hoping to eventually have it up & running.

Here's a little bit more of the OG paint.
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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 5:00 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe resurrection Reply with quote

That is looking VERY promising!

What's your method?
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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 3:44 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe resurrection Reply with quote

keep chipping away at that paint, its gonna amazing by the looks of it!
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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 4:51 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe resurrection Reply with quote

Love the paint!

Did you remove all the wheel bearings?
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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2017 7:48 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe resurrection Reply with quote

Thanks guys!

@ GTV, the repaint dissolves with acetone which does not affect the factory enamel paint. I just saturate a rag with acetone, hold it on a spot for a couple of minutes & then wipe it off.

@ curtp07, I've done the fronts but have yet to do the rears, I didn't hav the seals yet.

I did remove the cylinder heads, replace the pushrod tubes, & torque them back down (alternating from side to side), then set my sights on cleaning the tins so I didn't contaminate my blast media but so much.
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Then gave the tins some blast cabinet time.
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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2017 10:44 am    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe resurrection Reply with quote

In the process of cleaning engine tin, I came across this...
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Anyone know what the significance of the number is?
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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2017 1:56 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe resurrection Reply with quote

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/info/engine_letters.php

H5 1968-69 1500cc 44bhp DIN, 53HP SAE M157 USA/Canada.


About all I found...

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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2017 2:09 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe resurrection Reply with quote

I can't find my note, but from memory the M157 was stamped on the shroud at the factory to specify that the emission control setup was installed (appropriate for the year). The front was also stamped with the engine size, codes for other engine options and the letters 'IO' for 'in ordnung', 'in order' or OK.
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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2017 2:21 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe resurrection Reply with quote

This might help a little?

Preserving fan shroud lettering

Spoiler alert: I washed and waxed mine. Came out nice.
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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 5:32 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe resurrection Reply with quote

Thanks Gonzo & MacDonaldneal. Unfortunately, between patchy rust & NC red clay turned porcelain glaze, I was forced to sandblast it. I did however make a template so that I can recreate it.

But I made some more progress on the paint.
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After leaving the saturated rag on the paint, it looks like this...
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And then wipes off.
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PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 5:34 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe resurrection Reply with quote

It looks like it was painted with driveway sealer...
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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 4:06 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe resurrection Reply with quote

Well, it looks like I found the hidden body work. Crying or Very sad I guess the crusty pig will get some paint after stripping the rest of this crap off.
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kinda cool smiley face.
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Fortunately, it's not full of bondo.
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PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 4:43 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe resurrection Reply with quote

How long are you leaving the acetone on the paint before you wipe it off? I am going to try on my 68' this Saturday!

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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 1:20 pm    Post subject: Re: 1968 Deluxe resurrection Reply with quote

Hayesmn67 wrote:
How long are you leaving the acetone on the paint before you wipe it off?

A minute or two.

I set my sights on the mustache bar, I think I cleaned about six pounds of clay off & out of it before sand blasting it.
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Freshly cleaned.
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And here it is freshly painted.
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