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Old 10-11-2007, 09:11 PM   #21
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Nice one! promise i won't get in the way.

Hey Ceri

You gotta get in the way, I need you on the end of a scaffold pole when I say 1,2,3 lift.
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Right heres a quick update, Frigging electricians have taken nearly 2 weeks to wire up a few plugs and light bulbs at the lock-ups which has held me up no end. I hope to move in later today or tomorrow morning. Fingers X

Anyway, I got bored yesterday and decided to dismantle the electrics in the bug. I did this very carefully and labled every wire and connection as they looked like this



And this



I then got carried away and did some other jobs:-
Gauges - out
fuel tank - out
stearing column - out
master cylinder - out (didnt need to but eh it was there)
All nut/bolts on body/steering/beam and linkages soaked in duck oil

and it now looks like this



Its not in bad nick at all, in fact its better than I expected.
I've now got a couple of days off, so I'm gonna have a quick cuppa and get back in the garage to finish the strip-down ready to lift off the body tomorrow morning ("hopefully")

Let you know later how I get on
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Just spent all day grinding bolts out of the bloody body and shell ready for the lift off because the captive nuts were rotten in the heater channels , and I've discovered that the floor is ripe underneath the rotten heater channels both sides and will need replacing. Not really a big problem but I do have a dilema. Do I take the body off first and replace the floorpans or do I replace the channels first then lift off the body?

I'm just worried about everything lining up.

any advice would be appreciated
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Just spent all day grinding bolts out of the bloody body and shell ready for the lift off because the captive nuts were rotten in the heater channels , and I've discovered that the floor is ripe underneath the rotten heater channels both sides and will need replacing. Not really a big problem but I do have a dilema. Do I take the body off first and replace the floorpans or do I replace the channels first then lift off the body?

I'm just worried about everything lining up.

any advice would be appreciated

i'm no expert like.. but if the channels are that bad its going to distort like mad when you lift it off... is there anything that you can weld any bracing to across the car to keep it solid?
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...Do I take the body off first and replace the floorpans or do I replace the channels first then lift off the body?

I think thats probably the most though of / asked question when going to do a resto...
I have the same dilemma.

I think body off...
..getting the floorpan straight and true should be fairly easy,
then you will still have front rear cross members on the body so it will sit on the pan, and take it from there.

I'll keep an eye on other opinions though !
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Right, ive made a decision. I've taken out one of the channels and and i'm going to tack a new one in place using the the correct door measurements and the original floorpan as a template for the bolt-holes. because as WYV646T says it will be easier to line up the floorpan after.
I'm then going to do the same with the other side and as Ceri says, brace the body and lift. once this is done and everything fits snug i'll seam weld it all.

The other decision is I'm going to use german channels and floors that i've ordered from Status VW. They are realy helpful people and reasonably priced as well.

Anybody used Status VW before?
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looks like it'll be a cool thread and a nice car, good luck
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looks like it'll be a cool thread and a nice car, good luck
Cheers dude, I think this car has a lot more surprises in store for me!! It may test me, but i'm determined it aint gonna beat me
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Heres a couple of photos of the progress so far

Considering that this was supposed to be the side that had recently been repaired I had to grind most of the floorpan bolts out because they just turned inside the channel, this is just the rust dust that came out of the inside of the heater channel!!!!



This is the state of the crossmember ends, Note the welded floorpan washer. bodging at its best eh?



This is how it looks now. going to finish taking it out tomorrow and prefit the new channel that arrived yesterday.

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Spent most of the day cutting and grinding heater channels and even welds to the suspension mounts but here is the result.



Just look at the rust powder, and this was after the pre-lift clean off!!





And a rare photo of me and the guy's without a beer in our hands


Next jobs starts tomorrow - beam off - engine/gearbox out and mess about till the rest of the panels arrive.
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