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Old 28-12-2012, 02:04 PM   #21
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Default Today I r mostly been fixing me doors :)

So last few days after finishing the wifes easel I have been prepping all the bits to get the doors back on the Beetle with new hinges/pins. Get ready.......

Original re-pinned hinges welded up to remove wear in mounting holes.


Cleaned up and re-drilled



Inner door strengthener splits n ovalled hinge holes



Both strengtheners welded up and fettled back to round holes

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And continuing......

Splits and panel beaten hinge area on passenger door



welded up and bit of filler weld in trough in panel



Drivers door lower hinge torn outer skin and crappy door mirror holes



Welded up and fettled into shape




More tomoro as no noise after 7pm here
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Blimey, that's some serious attention to detail! Not seen fill in welds before. Keep posting!
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Thanks fella some may call it anal but to me its doing the job properly. Im of a dying breed maybe?
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Quality work here - keep at it.
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So a bit longer than the next day like I said but waiting for knifing putty and paint to dry chews the days up especially when you have to wait until nitetime to apply the paint due to it being above 30 here.

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Quick bolt welded to battery clamp to hold the plastic cover on


Stainless window channel repaired


Door hinge area's smoothed a little n painted



Door seal channels and bottom area de-rusted and painted


And the hinges and door inner upper support plates painted ready for welding back in



Also, getting the drivers wing bolts lubed up ready for removal so I can make a wee repair to the inner wings drain hole area and also the split to the passengers lower hinge area.

Doors so close to going back on after 3 months or more from when I removed them to 'fix the hinges quick'
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Whilst I've been waiting for the rust cure paint to harden properly in the doors so they don't react to the zinc welding spray I've been tackling what I thought was a quick little patch at the bottom of the driver A pillar. Turned out to be rather holey after wire brushing



Then spent a good few hours making a multi-angle plate to replicate the original panel



Tomoro I should hopefully get the door inner upper support plates welded back in. probably take the rear wings off to sort a few tears in the lower return lips and then I can move me welding gear up to the Beetle for a few jobs on the body itself

So close to doors going back on
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So been at it all week getting the doors finished and sorting the rear wings out. Doors still new another coat on the outside but still too fecking hot

Anyway, Door upper strengtheners back in


And door edges back in shape


Lower rear wing edges crusty and mangled



And then welded new piece in and welded any tears up and whacked em back into shape (forgot the pic of the drivers back into shape better)


And found large areas of bog in the passenger wing. Roughly hammered back into shape but will give it some more later
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And finally a few tears in the bonnet front lip welded up to stop the bonnet sagging to one side when open, the passenger door lower hinge area tears welded up and the repair panel for the drivers A piller welded in




SO so close to doors back on
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some reet good fettling there dude, yur doing a super job. Im loving how you've been doing all your work bare footed and looks like on them photos of the painted hinges is in the top of one of thoses trees haha.
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