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24/05/2014. Engine back in and coming together:



21/04/2013 - Engine/bay refurb coming together slowly.



17/03/2013 - Making progress -



13/01/2013 - Engine out day.....NOT!!

09.06.2012 New shocks today -


12.12.2011 - Pinstriping......DONE!



04.11.2011 - MOT'd...wahay!!

10.11.2011 - HOME!

Hi, thought you might be interested in a low key refurbishment of my beetle. I was hoping to 'not do the body off rebuild' as seen a million times on here. Don't get me wrong, those builds are both amazing and inspiring but I just want a slam-door driver that looks OK and goes well enough to put a smile on my face :)
So, I'm setting about my bug which looked like this:



Mind you that was a few years ago.
Now looking like this:



Like the rake which I am definately keeping.

After checking it out a little more.............



So let the works begin.

Jump to the end pages for a full photo update, thanks for looking.
 

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Wings off to review the rust situation :eek:







Actually not as bad as it could've been, so quite happy really.





All rust areas available as repair panels which is good news.


Mind you some will have to be made....

 

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Got to work with the soft pad grinder and rust treatment to this stage:





Remember I only want this to be a low time/cost repaired car so will be patching where necessary.
 

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18-12-10 update

Wings off (well 3), flooding under the gazebo made it difficult to get the last front wing off. Yesterday, it was cold and snowy so decided to prep the 3 wings that are already off.

600grit wet sand got them flatted nicely with a little help from the airsander on some small rust spots along the inside edges. More like rust creep, just under the paint which was soon sorted with rust killer and a nice coat of red primer from a rattle can. This is not to be confused with 'red oxide', I think this stuff is primer coloured red!







I'm pleased with the way they have/will come out, considering they are pattern parts (sorry lightened metal race wings :incheek:).

The plan is to replace the beading with satin black (instead of gloss), refit the stoneguards and '66 rear lights with smoked lenses and bluedots and LED bulbs. I'm interested in the look of the lenses with an LED behind the bluedot, could look v/good me thinks!
 

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Front wings to get the same treatment and include:

Porsche 911 headlight lenses with silvered indicator bulb in the American spec headlights.



Along with my modified horn grills to look like this:



Keeping the stock VW chrome bumper and over riders which I think will look neat and contrast well against the dark paint scheme I have planned ;)

Oh yeah, was given a bag of nuts n bolts which include lots of stainless allen bolts which will be used where possible. Some are button headed allens so will look really neat and tidy, I like 'em!
 

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OK Alex, I'll let you know. I'll need them for the MOT. I'm not sure if they are US spec lenses, the holders are as they have the indicator mounted inside. Thanx.
 

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Decklid detail

I wanted to change the decklid to a twin vent version, when I found one at Parts Emporium I also spotted a VW number plate light shroud which I could make fit with a bit of fettling:







Can you tell what it is yet?
 

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Bonnet

Changing the bonnet as the original is crusty. I'd spend more time fixing it (and have a repaired bonnet) than finding a solid replacement and fettling it.

Results of a coupl'a hours with a wire wheel attachment, sander and high build primer:

Before:


After:


Hope to fit a Mex seal so I don't have to mess with the original seal/strip fixing thing that is a git to fit without splitting the fresh paint.

Every job completed is a step closer....:)
 

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Great work mate, I love the look of 911 lenses as well :)
Although I am tipping towards the standard ones with grill covers.
Yeah VCM, know what you mean. I want to add a bit of bright-work to contrast the new (yet to be painted) body colour. Wouldn't mind trying them for size before committing as they might be a bit tooo fussy!
 

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Decklid detail

Went from this:



to this:



Guess what the number plate light housing is from?

Liking the chrome detail & lower position which makes the number plate look a lot meaner (or snug). Also, the twin vent rather than the 4x vent look. Will probably leave it badgeless to make room for the pin striping, so it will look clean and uncluttered.
 

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Interior detail

This old bug was first rebuilt and modded in the mid '90s, in true '90s style with standoffs, pale paint, XR3 interior etc. Nice as that all was, I wanted an updated/retro (makes sense?) look with a bit of hot-rod in there!

So had the interior trimmed in a 'tuck n roll' style.

From this:





to this:





and this:



I kept the bottoms of the XR3 seats cos they're comfy but removed the headrests to give them a retro low back look. Makes them hard to recognise as XR seats now. The colour combination will compliment the new body colour v/nicely I think.
 

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number plate light is from a fastback.

FYI you can't use 911 lenses with a US spec headlight behind them, the pattern will be ruined and the light output will be too heavlily disperesed - you'll actually lose visability.

911 lights in a euro light is no problem and improves the output/pattern.
 

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number plate light is from a fastback.

FYI you can't use 911 lenses with a US spec headlight behind them, the pattern will be ruined and the light output will be too heavlily disperesed - you'll actually lose visability.

911 lights in a euro light is no problem and improves the output/pattern.
Ah, thanks for the advice :(, I think the headlamp/bulb holder has been changed/upgraded but will check it out, cheers

You're right, the number plate shroud is from a notch/fastie. Took a bit of dollying to make the convex lid take a crease to allow the shroud to fit flush. Just a little cut n slice here and there, then formed the crease using a heavy angle iron bolted through to a heavy bit of bar and I got the crease I needed. Welded the holes, bit of filler and it's good to go!
 

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liking this alot keep up the good work its nice to see a resto that isnt a full body off for a change
did you make the covers youself?? thats some good work could you stick a few more photos up of how you made them that is if you have any
will be watching this thread
keep it up
 

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liking this alot keep up the good work its nice to see a resto that isnt a full body off for a change
did you make the covers youself?? thats some good work could you stick a few more photos up of how you made them that is if you have any
will be watching this thread
keep it up
Thanx Pooley, Glad you get what I'm doing, I'd rather have a runner to enjoy, fix it n fun, than a loooong term garage project that takes years to complete. The you end up with a car you're too afraid to use 'cos it's immaculate, been there had that, nowadays I want a 'slam door' driver I can use man.

Thanx for the kind words on the trim, wish I could take the credit for the upholstery job , but the re-trim was done by a friend of mine Noel Deegan, runs his own biz, Trim & Fit in Slough area.He's not too dear and does a v/nice job. He's got better at it over the years I've known him do it. Catch him on 07779054178 and here:
http://www.fordconsul.co.uk/index.p...stery&catid=74:upholstery-services&Itemid=103

Mind you, the colour scheme and style was all my idea (smug :incheek:) Those seats are heated as well, hence I have a 36hp fan housing and alternator to bolt on soon.
 

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More interior shots :









 

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XR seat onto bug runner mod

Here's how the bug runners worked for the XR seats, probably too old now to be useful, but the general idea could still be OK I guess?

Runner/frame in place without seat:



You can see the holes drilled through the frame.



Simple nut & bolt job:


Picking up on a corresponding hole in the seat frame. Allows you to do this:



...and then this:



Hope this is useful to someone?
 
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