Latest project, 1967 VW beetle restoration.

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Re: Latest project, 1967 VW beetle restoration.

Postby BTJustice » Sun Sep 25, 2016 5:48 pm

Another milestone reached today. Brake lines in and bled and all the body bolts fitted. The body is now in place and wont be coming off again until the next restoration.

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I have ordered up a very large batch of seals from California to do the doors and body panels. At over $500 worth there better be every seal I could ever need for the car in the order.

Next jobs on the list will be getting the wheels back and fitting the glass while Ed and Johnny fix and paint the doors, wings, bonnet and deck lid.

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Re: Latest project, 1967 VW beetle restoration.

Postby Delmont St Xavier » Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:31 pm

I don't know if I'd have the bottle to take that out on our roads after the amount of effort, money and love that's went into restoring this. Especially our roads!
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Re: Latest project, 1967 VW beetle restoration.

Postby BTJustice » Tue Sep 27, 2016 2:15 pm

Unfortunately its not my choice as its not my car but I am sure SWMBO will be very careful with it when she gets it.
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Re: Latest project, 1967 VW beetle restoration.

Postby dazza » Wed Sep 28, 2016 2:36 pm

So, when finished, what percentage of it will be the original car?
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Re: Latest project, 1967 VW beetle restoration.

Postby BTJustice » Wed Sep 28, 2016 6:29 pm

My maths and quantity surveying skills are not up to giving a percentage but the chassis is original(with new floor pans added) and apart from the sills the body will be original. The gearbox, doors, engine lid, steering column and steering box along with the fuel tank and interior (re-covered) are all original.
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Re: Latest project, 1967 VW beetle restoration.

Postby Doorstop » Fri Sep 30, 2016 5:41 pm

It's so clean and straight underneath, it actually looks like a tiltshift of a die-cast model.

Beautiful.
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Re: Latest project, 1967 VW beetle restoration.

Postby BTJustice » Fri Sep 30, 2016 6:32 pm

Cheers Doorstop.

Tonight's update is short but it does contain an important detail that you must remember when starting a large scale restoration on a car.

Pricing up the welding and paint before the job is the bit that nobody misses. Pricing up an interior, well, that depends how good your interior is to start with and then you look at whats left in the pot and maybe price up some nice extras.

The bit of the process that is VERY easy to forget to do is the pricing up of the small bits. The boring bits. The bits you didnt know existed until they fall apart when taking them off.

This is where we are tonight with the box of bits that arrived from Germany today.

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Door seals, scrapers, light seals, hinge seals, check strap seals, wiper grommets, bonnet seals, deck lid handle seals and the list goes on until you reach the bottom of the 3 page invoice and it all adds up to over £500 8O

90% of the parts in this box, nobody will ever see but are completely necessary to stop leaks and rattles.

Also in the post today, complete rear tail light assemblies;

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Wallet is taking a beating but we are getting there.
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Re: Latest project, 1967 VW beetle restoration.

Postby BTJustice » Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:57 am

Fester was pushed across the yard yesterday for a picture. Look closely;

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Wheels are not yet ready. Due to a paint reaction they all need re-done but will hopefully be back next week.
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Re: Latest project, 1967 VW beetle restoration.

Postby BTJustice » Mon Oct 10, 2016 8:22 pm

Update time, I was down at Ed's on Sunday to get a bit more done.

As it was a nice day, we pushed it out into the sun to get work done;

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There was a specific job needing done. When I was dismantling the car way back at the start to do the nearside sill I had the problem of what to do with the wiring loom that runs along the inside on the floor.

I could either try and feed the wires through a very tight space in the rear 1/4 panel or make a clean cut straight through and worry about it later.

On Sunday "later" finally arrived and it had to be dealt with. This is why I employed the skill of none other than my Dad.

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He builds model locomotives and is a dab hand with a soldering iron so I set him to work soldering the 10 wires back together. I knew he would have the attention to detail to do it right as this was the last project he finished for himself;

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I wasnt wrong, the finished job looks like it came from the factory;

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While he was working I stripped down the near side door;

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Johnny the painter has been prepping wings;

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And to finish off the day, Ed and myself got the windows in the shell;

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Re: Latest project, 1967 VW beetle restoration.

Postby BTJustice » Mon Oct 17, 2016 8:47 am

Todays update is another example of something that sounds like a quick job turning into a full days task.

Paint the back of the new bumpers and the old bumper irons, thats all.

First part was finding the old bumpers and removing the irons. Of course they were seized on so the bolts needed cut and then with the bumper irons off it was obvious that time had taken a toll on them.

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They are not dead but as they are made from 2 bits of flat steel the join line eventually gets water inbetween the layers, rust sets in and the layers separate. Once bolted back on the car its not a big problem but I thought I could make them better.

Cleaned off the paint, clamped them in the workbench and ran weld along the top edge.

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Quick tickle with the flap disk and the top edge of the iron looks like one piece;

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Just the other three left to do and then I have the full set;

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With that done I could get on with what I had planned to do and get things painted;

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I was short of inner bumper supports so I need to order up a couple, paint the inside of the new over riders and order new number plates before I can re-assemble the bumpers but that will be the next job on the list.

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Re: Latest project, 1967 VW beetle restoration.

Postby Delmont St Xavier » Mon Oct 17, 2016 1:16 pm

I'm engrossed.... :!:

Suggestions for next project - restore the workbench. :)
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Re: Latest project, 1967 VW beetle restoration.

Postby BTJustice » Tue Oct 18, 2016 12:40 pm

Restore the workbench? It gets painted almost every time I use it ::):
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Re: Latest project, 1967 VW beetle restoration.

Postby clarkfield » Tue Oct 18, 2016 9:15 pm

This is a great project to follow. By the way your Dad was a great supporting act - that engine - WOW!!!
On a more mundane point. What are the paperwork requirements to get it on the road. e.g. will a normal MOT suffice, will a new registration document be required, or do you keep the old reg. number. It would be interesting to know. Thank you, Bob.
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Re: Latest project, 1967 VW beetle restoration.

Postby BTJustice » Tue Oct 18, 2016 10:10 pm

Cheers. No extra paperwork needs to be done, just needs MOT'd once the work is finished.
Beetles have a separate chassis so as long as the centre back bone is not modified its the same car. On a monocoque car, replacement of the sills and floor is allowed but to modify any parts of the monocoque requires a BIVA test similar to a kit car.

My Dad had been building a huge collection of 00 gauge stock, mostly kit and scratch build but 2 years ago decided to sell it all and switch to 0 gauge. If Im round at theres I will get some pictures of current projects, Im sure there is a 2-6-4 tank engine and a 4-4-0 cali tank engine on the work bench.
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Re: Latest project, 1967 VW beetle restoration.

Postby BTJustice » Tue Oct 25, 2016 3:01 pm

Another bit of the jigsaw collected today when I went for the freshly powder coated wheels and took them to get balanced.

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You will notice the lack of weights on the wheel rim. I got the guy balancing the wheel to use sticky weights on the inside of the wheel.

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