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@64valiant was selling a beetle and somehow i convinced the wife that we needed a joint project. 

@64valiant is chief adviser to ensure nothing too shit is done to it. Because he's a VW expert and truly entrenched in the VW scene and I'm a closet bogan this probably wont end well (EG, while i think this car is perfection, he's busy swallowing his own vomit.)

 

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(not mine, but i wish it was)

Pretty keen to get this going ASAP, budget is essentially $500 a month until its going

I'll put up some pics of our piece when i get home but happy to hear every bodies thoughts/advice/do you have a floor pan with live rego sitting around?

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I stripped down the front end, gave it a good clean and gave the arms to the vdub shoppe so that they could tackle the ball joints using a press rather than a hammer.

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Next- there's a pair of front beam adjusters to weld in there.

Oh and here are some great looking bugs for inspiration.

 

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This is consuming far too much of my thinking time.. theres so much to learn and so many cars out there that most things seem to be done to death and easy to find information on.

I was hoping to be spending less time cleaning and more time doing actual cool stuff but have more time than $$ so meh.

Painted suspensions and new balljoints.

Ps. I wasnt trying to paint the disc surface.

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My wife and i did some bonding over the beetle and got probably 1/3rd of it sanded down and smooth. Few issues with the existing body filler being applied to a completely unprepared surfaces but nothing major. A few more hours and we will be ready for primer :-D50962054_300632380809061_3219776036501716992_n.thumb.jpg.a233cf9234c7bd636107beba2aa36bf0.jpg51007931_803469946712314_6949354516261109760_n.thumb.jpg.bf1b3ff9deec500a5237d1293a4798f8.jpg51395115_443051742902549_6921602013847355392_n.thumb.jpg.e2928d27eb71f26de57e4e621d873d31.jpg

And this week I skived off work so that I could hang out with @64valiant, work on his bug and do some on mine. 

I managed to get my beam adjusters welded in.

First there was marking.

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then there was careful cutting (and some brace welding.. this photo is a bit out of sequence)

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Tacking and V grinding

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and welding...and more V grinding

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and then in the time it takes to make 2x floor mats it was done.

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next up was the rod ends and steering box. I bought this lot (which includes wheel bearings and seals) 51464661_260968174798475_1718760399060336640_n.thumb.jpg.7d3a8127ef928c0eeb2ae613864b89b7.jpg

and stripped down/wire wheeled this 

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and I took no more photos except these.... the steering box is currently sitting in degreaser and needs multiple new seals, bearings and bushes.

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Had a few minutes so visited the lockup and wifey helped me pull the seats out.

The seat mounting brackets that are welded to the seat bases are weird. They look kinda factory but also super unprofessional-10mm thick flat bar, with extremely tight bolt/frame clearance.  

Does anyone know if this seat fabric is factory?

And check out the before and after cleaning pics. They got a soapy scrub (brown water, yuck) and then an actual waterblast.. the vinyl has a very deep texture which was FULL of human filth.

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shit update but picking up my new wheels on thursday. Super happy as somehow managed to find exactly what i wanted, with tires and for an affordable price. Hopefully I can get this thing rolling over easter MANY EXCITE.

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