63Ragtop

1963 VW Beetle:Ragtop Resto.

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okay so going back a wee bit, I had to find all the bits and bobs from their hiding places.

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made sure the new lights worked

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had to make a few small repairs

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shut up! it might work!!!
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got the front seal holder on and bare metaled the whole thing, kinda had to as there was much missing.

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extreme close up

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got some mud mudded on.

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started on the rear

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I hope I never have to do these again, very tricky, not 100% happy with the back one but, its done now.

also repaired the very top points of the rear valance, when I removed it all those years ago, I'd had to drill out a spot weld right on the tip of both sides, 

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so I had left it in the toohardbasket till now, welded it up and ground it down in a few minutes really, guess I have learned a few tricks on this project?

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This!
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is my new best friend.

Going back again.

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don't leave those chrome knuckle guard things on your car to long!

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thats a bunch of rust and a small hole in a stupid ass place.

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primer on small things.

Last bit of the old red paint getting sanded down.
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going back looking at the old pic of the sides it looked okay, after I worked it over with the 2x4 it needed alot of work, I must have but a good 8 hours into each door and quater panel in this thing.

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getting closer and closer to top coat!Image

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finished up at about 6pm, temp was dropping, gun was blocking up and spraying like shit, hopefully it will be okay.

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last little bit under the tank/beam mounts.

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one good thing about  the new factory location is it's next door to the strippers.

Paint and Metal Strippers, not the other kind!
So I got my old header pipes out and they cleaned up very nicely.

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after.

looks almost the same in the photos but all the old paint, carbon, sealant and flakey rust be gone!
saved a load of time trying to sand a bunch of snakes.

still sanding, hopefully for the last time!

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Well Sunday was a big day! I was/am knackered! Spent at lease 3-4 hours spraying, came out looking like a pink Immortal Joe, Shiny and Red!!
Witness Me Sweatheart!!!!!
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But first! a couple non cell potatos for the inner fenders and engine bay.

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inside of the doors painted and hung.

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and I don't have one of the trunk, but that one up there is pretty good so...

The body was starting to take shape, I'd spent ages sanding and bogging and more sanding, but the bonnet, engine lid and rear fenders really only had one layer of primer/high fill on them.

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So I gave them a going over with the long board (2x4,2x4!) and pretty much started again.

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I think this was last weekend, I dunno, it's all just blurred into one big session in my sleep deprived head.

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Chair/panel stand.

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fronts needed another layer after fine filler.

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bonnet looking good.

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was pretty please with the light set up at the time, had 4 of these blazing half the night, gotta have good light for this work.

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better.

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details.

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details.

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details!

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getting close now.

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Started prepping the pan for final contact.

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body seal nailed down

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seems most people glue these in place now, but I never seem to have good luck with glue, always takes ages, makes a fuckin mess and never really works, for me. I don't even know how I got these little bastards, but they are just the same as the factory tacks but cad plated or something, should last another 40 years.I never welded up the old holes so I just had to pop them tough the rubber and bang em into the pan, done.

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Darrell had a hole punch, so I did that and lined up all the bolts.

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tricky bit round the back.

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reinstalled the old copper/brass fuel line, after a polish of course.

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using p clips and stainless screws to hold it in place.

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battery stuff.

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and that's the pan ready.

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