Latest project, 1967 VW beetle restoration.

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Re: Latest project, 1967 VW beetle restoration.

Postby Doorstop » Sat Jul 14, 2012 4:21 pm

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

Postby HelenD » Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:47 pm

I love classic cars but I'd never find the commitment to do something like this. It's a treat to watch someone who does.
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Re: Latest project, 1967 VW beetle restoration.

Postby BTJustice » Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:53 pm

Thanks guys'n'gals, next episode will be soon as the paint arrived on Friday. It would be done by now but I just spent a great weekend visiting my god kids in Yorkshire.

I am glad there are folk on here that are interested, I wasnt sure whether to post the progress here incase nobody cared.

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Re: Latest project, 1967 VW beetle restoration.

Postby HelenD » Mon Jul 16, 2012 7:01 am

Judging by the Old Cars thread, I'd say there's a healthy interest in the subject. Looking forward to the next chapter...
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Re: Latest project, 1967 VW beetle restoration.

Postby Boxer6 » Mon Jul 16, 2012 9:17 am

HelenD wrote:I love classic cars but I'd never find the commitment to do something like this. It's a treat to watch someone who does.


+1. Fair enjoying your odyssey so far Dave.
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Re: Latest project, 1967 VW beetle restoration.

Postby BTJustice » Wed Jul 18, 2012 10:10 pm

Update time and its been a long day.

To start with I wanted to finish getting both heater channels ready for paint. After looking at them I decided to trim off some of the un needed metal work. In particular I thought I would separate the remains of the boot floor panel from each heater channel to make lining up the new panel easier.

I cut the section by removing the spotwelds along the original build line so that I can do the same on the car.

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While cleaning up I found a couple of small holes;

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Nothing major and pretty insignificant for 40 year old panels.

Quick weld and sand and they are gone;

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P1150863 by route9autos.co.uk, on Flickr

Then onto the paint. I have bought jotamastic 87 to paint on the heater chanels which is an epoxy paint system designed for use on boats and industrial structures so it should be up to the job.

Dosnt look like £80 worth of paint (note the paint sprayer in the background);

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P1150865 by route9autos.co.uk, on Flickr

I was only intending to do the underside of the panel as I wont be able to do this once its fitted to the car and bolted to the floor but there was the start of surface rust in places so decided to do the whole panel and I will clean the edges when welding.

I mixed the paint hardner and thinners to the correct ratio, filled the paint sprayer and got ready to spray;

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Good look?

Ready to go and the sprayer imediately packed in so it was out with the gloss roller. The foam on the gloss roller reacted with the paint and disintegrated so it was onto a brush so the finish isnt perfect but as said its not the finished job.

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Left them to dry and ideally I will give the undersides a second coat and get the floor pans done so that I can start cutting out the old parts and get onto fitting the new.

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Re: Latest project, 1967 VW beetle restoration.

Postby BTJustice » Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:58 pm

Been a pretty long time since I added updates but other things have been keeping me busy. I have however completed a few bits and bobs.

First thing was once the paint had dried on the outside of the channels I put my mind to painting the insides.

This meant sealing any holes in the panel temporarily;

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With all the escape routes for the paint sealed up either by fitting bolts to protect the threads or by using gaffa tape on the non threaded holes it was time to get the paint ready.

The Jotun resin based paints need mixed to the correct ratio. This can be done by volume or by weight and I decided it was easier to work it out by weight as it saved cleaning out measuring pots.

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With the paint mixed up and thinned down I pored the paint into the heater pipe via the outlet in the A post for the windscreen de mister.

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P1170599 by route9autos.co.uk, on Flickr

So the insides were painted a few weeks ago and when peeling off the gaffa tape after the paint had time to dry I could make sure the paint had reached all areas.

I have also picked up a roof panel on Sunday so that I can have a few gutter sections to repair areas of Jo's car.

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It needed cut into three sections to get it in the back of my car.

Thats not me doing the cutting..... I managed to stab a 3 inch shard of steel through my left knee when lifting the roof out of the workshop so I didnt get any pictures of the parts laid out as I had to head for casualty.

So looks like any updates will be in a week or so after my knee heals but trust me, this is still a current project, I just need to build up courage to make the big cut along the sills.

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Re: Latest project, 1967 VW beetle restoration.

Postby tombro » Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:48 am

Loving this epic, Dave !

My first car was a 1968 Beetle and, as I was a novice driver, it took a caning over many of the worst country roads (read gravel roads) in western New South Wales. I did all my own maintenance from a manual as there were no VW dealers within coo-ee of where I lived at the time, but that wee car did me proud !

Sorry to hear about your leg but I'm really looking forward to seeing the finished product !

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Re: Latest project, 1967 VW beetle restoration.

Postby Boxer6 » Tue Oct 09, 2012 7:37 pm

Hope your leg is OK!

Enjoying this story, looking forward to the next chapter.
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Re: Latest project, 1967 VW beetle restoration.

Postby RDR » Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:35 pm

Like others really enjoying the detail in this.
I wish I had the skill (and time) to undertake such a project.
Maybe when I retire I'd get sometime to learn, though I'm leaning towards a night class in joinery.
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Re: Latest project, 1967 VW beetle restoration.

Postby Doorstop » Wed Oct 10, 2012 6:03 am

Speaking as a completely uneducated novice in the subject of car restoration, I'm interested to know just how you ensure, when pouring the paint into the interior of the body part ie. down the heater vents, that you know all the metalwork has been coated?

Do you pour an excess of paint in, then turn the body part on some sort of jig to ensure that the interior is completely coated?
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Re: Latest project, 1967 VW beetle restoration.

Postby BTJustice » Thu Oct 11, 2012 4:56 pm

Not as technical as a jig Doorstop, I just lifted the part and moved it back and forth and turned it round until I thought there was paint around the inside surface.

When I peeled back the tape covering the holes in the panel the inside of the tape had paint on it so I have an idea that most of the inside recieved a coating.

There will be a few more paint and cavity wax treatments once the panel is fitted but cavity wax can be flamable so that will wait until welding has finished.
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Re: Latest project, 1967 VW beetle restoration.

Postby Doorstop » Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:28 am

Ah, now I get it .. thanks for that.

I have to say, your attention to detail in your work has enthralled and astonished me from the start of this thread.

Wonderful stuff. 8)
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Re: Latest project, 1967 VW beetle restoration.

Postby hungryjoe » Fri Oct 12, 2012 1:20 pm

Doorstop wrote:Ah, now I get it .. thanks for that.

I have to say, your attention to detail in your work has enthralled and astonished me from the start of this thread.

Wonderful stuff. 8)

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Re: Latest project, 1967 VW beetle restoration.

Postby Doorstop » Fri Oct 12, 2012 1:50 pm

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