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BugBusBuggy 14-12-2019 06:02 PM

Cage Install Questions.
I'm looking at a 6pt cage in the beetle, but still have body and paint that I'd like to do, but maybe not for another 12-18 months. Do I do the cage install as part of the planned body off resto, or can I go ahead with the cage now and work around it later. The car's solid and mot'd but looks tired and some of the previous resto work was done 'to a price' albeit 20 years ago.
What would you advise as the best order to do it?
Cheers, Dave.

type3 31-12-2019 10:24 PM

Iíve never done this... but I suspect itíll depend on whether you tie/mount the cage to the pan or to the heater channels (body). :)

Big Al 01-01-2020 09:33 PM

My cage is tied into body and pan. I didn't bother trying to prep and repaint the interior as figured would be a total nightmare. Just painting the cage without getting paint everywhere is a nightmare in itself!

M.I.B 09-01-2020 09:07 PM

Do the cage when the body is off.

If you need to do it when the body is on, here's a way you can do it even with the car fully painted ( but no interior):

Jim Smith at Cotsweld did my last one and he has a nifty trick - he cuts out holes where the "feet" end up going and builds the cage inside the car. The bottoms of the uprights are stood on the workshop floor, poking through the floor Flintstones style. He easily gets to the tops of the upper tubes etc.

I'm sure others do this.

The final part is great - the cage is raised into position and the "feet"/baseplates are added last.

BugBusBuggy 10-01-2020 12:18 AM

Cheers all, it's Jim that's going to be doing the job anyway, just trying to get a bit better informed before I speak with him.;)

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