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Started on my first bug resto in about 10 years last week - have had the car since 1993 !!


Its like a giant airfix kit - ive been collecting loads of parts for it and generally filling it with bits - decided it was time to get it on the road


Dents now removed from roof after some swift panelbeating and advice learned from metalshapers .com forum - you can drop a tree on a bug roof and straighten it afterwards !!
Have finished fitting Hookys door pillar tonight - just the front inner wing to repair then its turnaround time and drivers heater channel replacement

Planned style is -

Its a 62 deluxe bug that I rescued from a scrapyard in Nuneaton whilst at Uni in coventry years ago - its spent the last 13 years being shunted from lockup to shed etc - about time it got fixed :D

More pics soon :D
 

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More progress-
Completed repairs to passenger inner wing - cut off nasty old veng repair panel and made a new one

Got the roof straight after a bit of panelbeating - tree didnt do too much damage !

then its turnaround time to get the other channel in - jake driving :D

Time to start all over again

Old channel was not connected to door pillar in any way whatsoever

Inner wing had a nasty looking repair too

Time to get busy with the plasma and grinder :D
 

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Remains of old channel cut out - plenty of smoke in the air too :D

After a bit of tweaking, new channel bolted up ready to start measuring and fitting door pillar and quarter repairs


More soon :D
 

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Cool, I can't believe you've still got that car! :D

Did you ever get the Karmann Ghia done?
 

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garethj said:
Cool, I can't believe you've still got that car! :D

Did you ever get the Karmann Ghia done?
Its still waiting :( - got a garage roof full of nos panels for it though, virtually a full bodyshell :D

Its on the list to be done - once the buggy and Oval have had their turns :D
 

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more pics - been repairing the area behind the drivers side top hinge and lower gutter area

Got the bottom hinge repair tacked in only to find top hinge was moving around due to its seam with the quarter panel having given way.

New repair welded in - also strip put into gutter where it meets screen surround

New gutter edge strip spot welded in place to rebuild gutter join

Cleaned up and no longer on the move - door fits nicely now
Next job is to finish the lower hinge repair and tidy the rest of the quarter panel seam **
 

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Wow, really great progress! Not that I'm judging but if I had the collection of cars you do and also the skills you have, there's no way I'd have waited thirteen years before getting on with a resto! I'm just very envious to be honest of your metal skills! ;)

Kepe it up, am really enjoying this thread!

Ben :hangloose
 

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More bits - been replacing quarter panel tonight


Old panel cut back and zinc sprayed inside panel.

New panel cut down, edge flanged then spotted in place

New panel plugwelded through and ground back

Next job - fit rear bodymount panel then make a tidy job of the rear inner wing

More soon
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Nice work,is that a genuine vw quarter on the other side,are you going to have to modify it to the chassis mount or do they fit?
Yep - cut down at the trim line, I have removed the rear body mount panel and made a new one that fits the 62 - I will post pics of fitting it when i refit it :D
 

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Rear body mount tonight

Nasty old mess chopped out and new panel trimmed down ready to spot in place

New panel spotted in place and trimmed to match quarter repair panel

Panel seam welded in and quarter finally fully welded in place

Finished ready to move onto the inside and inner body mount


More pics tomorrow **
 

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Inside rear and inner body mount done :D - now onto front inner wing
First cut out the nasty crumpled bit of heater channel pressing and remade the corner in a nice radius.

Then cut out the inner wing and remade a nice new panel

All welded in and a pillar repaired with new captive nut etc - just a bit of tweaking to do on the a pillar seam and its onto front body mounts and spare wheel well :D

More soon :D
 

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Bit more done -
Onto the front end now

First job was to mod the LHD inner panel to suit rhd steering box

Luckily when i stripped the front down ( 12 years ago !! ) i had kept the original as a template

Bit of plasma action followed by dressing the edges to form returns

Orginal cover plate in place


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Then it was time to deal with the fuel tank rails

Old rail was cut out when i repaired the os inner wing

New section of rail cut in and welded in situ.
Then it was time to sort the ns inner wing - I had repaired the other side when i first cut the front end out

Horn mount welds drilled out and bracket put to one side

New repair panel cut down ready to start to fit - the new panels have a slightly different inner pressing and a rough looking bumper mount ( plus the mount is only spot welded on in 4 places rather than the vw 18 !)

Going to take a bit of work to get the two to join nicely - but it will fit !
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