von Mako's '58 VW Ragtop
Posted 26 June 2008 - 03:11 PM
Pick this little turd up last year as a non-runner detined to be my daily. Havn't done a hell of a lot to it so far but as soon as I'm done with my L200, it's balls out to get it on the road.
So far all I've done is got the 1500 running (new plugs, leads, coil, points, fuel pump & rebuilt the carb) and made new door cards.
Roadtrip home after pickingh it up...
Safe and sound
Rear interior panels
She's sitting at nose bleed height right now so lowering is going to be the first priority! Going for a 4" narrowed beam up front and 2 splines out the back.
The original plan was to paint it something like this
But I scored an OG black deck lid for it at Kumeu this year and as she's an OG black car, I'm going to try and take the paint back to original.
I think I'll just putt round with the 1500 in it for now but one day might go for a nice 2332 with twin 48"s and a rancho trans
Posted 09 March 2009 - 07:44 PM
Had this 'U-boat' shifter lock sitting around for awhile now. Pretty sure it's a repro version, but I still rekon it's a cool accessory.
Original shifter setup
Started work on the hoodliner.
Take one $1 TardMe special bamboo blind
cut it up to fuck, and viola, one (partial) headliner
Still needs work. I need to tie all the slats together to stop them bunching up. Also need to figure a way to attach short lengths to the sides of the ragtop clip.
Also finally got some more upholstery card so can get the last drivers door card done. Only got asfar as marking out the new card
My little helper
Pic of pass. side card with studs installed
Posted 08 May 2009 - 11:37 AM
Just pulled the trigger and ordered a plate for it also...
Motherfuckers are EXPENSIVE!
Posted 07 January 2010 - 12:03 AM
Start of the week...
This is the beat up old OG paint decklid I got from Kumeu a couple of years back
Add some polish and now it's a shiny, beat up old decklid!
Finished stripping it down yesterday...
Got the body all in primer today, but the camera batteries went flat, so no pics sorry.
Plan to get all the removables in primer tomorrow, and mabey some some paint on the body.
Posted 11 January 2010 - 07:46 PM
Ran out of paint so havn't got the guards done, but they're ready to go next time I get on it which now won't be 'till after I get back from Kumeu next weekend
Once they're done, a bit of faux-tina work and a polish over everything and I can start piecing it back together.
Posted 18 January 2010 - 08:22 PM
Picked up this nicely patina'd fog light at the swapmeet for a good price!
Also scored a cool old visor, but unfortunatly it's too big
Posted 07 February 2010 - 05:48 PM
Dummied up the ragtop to make sure all the new mechs fit and work properly.
The money shot
Ragtop works. Praise Allah!
Doors still need adjusting, but they're on.
Posted 15 February 2010 - 07:41 PM
Got the door latches polished and started on the sunroof rails aswell.
Latches all polished
One of the rails done
Another parcel arrived at work today.
New air cleaner (sitting on the PICT 30 that still needs rebuilding )
And new bullet caps for the Speedmasters
Big ups to Phil at Metal Spinning Specialists for the awesome job on the air cleaner and caps!
Posted 14 March 2011 - 11:23 AM
Anyways, I'm doing the last minute dash to get this thing done for the VW Nat's in Orewa in April...I've got my work cut out for me!
CB Performance dropped spindles and link pin/king pin rebuilt kits arrived fron Unkle Sam
And got some rubber mounted to the rims. Bridgestone Potenza 165/55/15 on the front and Bridgestone Turanza 205/65/15 on the rear.
With bullet caps (Cheers again Phil!)
And a taste of whats to come
6 weeks and counting....
Posted 23 March 2011 - 08:27 PM
Finally finished the colour sanding/buffing, then go the ragtop sorted out.
I re-polished the rails, replaced all the rollers, sliders etc, then got the new Stayfast canvas installed.
Just need to install the headliner and I can call it done.
Then I helped Lola put some upholstery around the back window
Posted 24 March 2011 - 09:22 PM
Because this car originally only had 6v semiphones (b-pillar mounted pop-out indicators), I want to have some decent turn signals, 'coz I can just see some douche running up my ass while watching the pretty orange light magically appear
I will eventually get the sem's working with a resistor or something, but for now will run turn signals in the lights as per US spec. Also, because the light lenses are so small and not overly bright, I wanted to beef up the bulbs to some super bright LED's.
I found these '38/39 Ford LED tail lights that has an LED cluster that will fit in the VW bezel. You can see the difference in brightness.
So pulled everything apart, hacked up the VW bezels, then sealed them up with some urethane.
And viola, nice bright LED 'snowflake' tail lights
Posted 03 April 2011 - 10:08 PM
Yesterday got the passenger door windows installed with all new rubbers. For a simple car, these are a bitch to do!
Bit of bad news, I found out my drivers door is shot. The 1/4 wing channel is rusted worse than I thought and actually separeted from the main skin so the rubber won't seat in it properly Hopefully I can get a new door in time, if not I'll just try and re-use the old rubber with some urethane.
And got my aeriel installed
Got the glazier booked in tomorrow to put the rest of the glass in. I gave the back window a shot, but got to the stage where I had to give up before I smashed it out of frustration
Posted 04 April 2011 - 08:07 PM
The new side window rubbers were slightly different to the old ones so getting the chrome trim in was a pain in the ass! The back window went in sweet, but went to do the front screen, only to find the NOS trim I brought a few years back is a pair of left trims, not a left and a right This car is fighting me every step of the way!
I did manage to salvage the old drivers side 1/4 wing rubber enough to get it installed and somewhat weather-proof. I'll still need to get another door, but at least it'll get me by for now.
Posted 09 April 2011 - 01:06 AM
After about 7 hours
Then after 16 hours (over the last 4 nights), 600 holes, multiple stabbed fingers and a few splinters, this biarch is done.
Will get some installed pics tomorrow.
Posted 20 March 2013 - 10:00 AM
Posted 20 March 2013 - 10:05 AM
I've since done the last gel coat, just need to sand it smooth and polish the molds ready to lay them up.
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