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Old 03-30-2009, 08:45 AM
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Thanks GM. I've done some more work on the frame this weekend. I thought I was finished welding on the frame, but wasn't. I welded some gussets to reinforce the plates I welded to the frame so the body and roll cage can be removed as one. Last but not least I need to move the shackles forward about an inch and a half and move the rear diff back to get the shackles away from the fenders. I'm getting pretty close to getting the chassis in paint and install all the new ball joints / bushings, etc.

I've been feeling like crap from a cold and I put some money down on a house so that's been taking up my time.

Those are some nice looking vws. Thanks for posting the V8 bug. I like how they did their exhaust.

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Old 04-06-2009, 08:23 AM
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that sleeper front reminds me of the new G8
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Old 04-06-2009, 08:31 AM
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Old 04-06-2009, 08:32 AM
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I managed to squeeze some time in to work on the bug this weekend. I pulled the frame out from under the car and swept up the messy floor. I then put down my first coat of MasterSeries silver using a brush. It went on pretty easily with minimal surface prep. I knocked off most of the loose rust with a wire brush. It turned out pretty nice.








Here's a link to the Master Series paint site.
http://www.masterseriesct.com/


Inexpensive and good stuff.
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Old 04-09-2009, 10:11 AM
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Quick update...

I bought some more new parts. Seems like there's always something else to buy. Parts I got to finish up the motor, tranny, rear diff, and chassis:

Hydraulic lifters, some lube for the lifters, short water pump - aluminum alt. bracket (mounts up top), starter, B&M street shift kit for the th350, adjustable modulator, B&M drain plug for tranny, bushings for tranny, tranny cooler, intermediate tranny band, all new shocks, bearings / seals, rear brake hose, and diff gasket / gear oil. I think that's all...?

Also, during this week I've sand blasted all the a-arms, put on a second coat of master serires on the frame, and I sprayed some glossy black automotive Rust-o-leum in the areas that are hard / impossible to reach with a brush.

One of the sand blasted a-arms










I'll have plenty of time tomorrow and Saturday to put down the final coat of Master Series glossy black chassis paint and hopefully I'll begin putting it all back together!

More to come Monday.
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Looks good, steady progress.
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Old 04-09-2009, 01:55 PM
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Looks good, steady progress.
Thanks!

Moments ago the engineer here at my work and I removed ALL the old bushings and the ball joints from the upper A arms. I plan to "rent-a-tool" from autozone to remove the lower ball joints.

I'll have more soon...
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comming along great!

a girl at schools just got a 72 super beetle..
i'm going to print a picture of a V8 bug and show it to her.. tell her to do that to it

haha i told her the flat 4 was a good relaible engine.. she said whats flat 4 mean?

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Old 04-13-2009, 08:00 AM
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comming along great!

a girl at schools just got a 72 super beetle..
i'm going to print a picture of a V8 bug and show it to her.. tell her to do that to it

haha i told her the flat 4 was a good relaible engine.. she said whats flat 4 mean?


Haha, chicks! I miss the stock 74 super I had when I went to high school. Fun little car. I wonder if she could even comprehend what's so great about a V8 bug or even the amount of work that goes into the conversion. Does she know where the thingy is that you put oil into?
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Old 04-13-2009, 08:02 AM
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OK, I've got the frame completely painted in the Master Series glossy chassis black as well as the front suspension. Also, I installed all new bushings, and ball joints in the control arms. Next is to put the front suspension together and begin working on the rear suspension.






More later...
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Old 04-20-2009, 08:42 AM
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Got some work done to the bug. Actually, I put in about 10 hrs time, but it really feels like I didn't get a whole lot done. Getting in the coil springs, even with a compressor, was a real pain without the full weight of an engine or the vehicle to help, but I got it done. That took up most my time.

I sand blasted the front leaf spring mounts.




And some misc. parts.




Misc parts painted.




I didn't realize just how bad the cabinet sand blaster at my work was clogged up until our engineer saw just how slow the process was taking. We filtered out the beads, put it back in, and it worked like a champ. I kinda thought it was taking forever and it wasn't really doing a great job of removing all the rust, but what do I know? I don't do this everyday and can't really complain because my work allows me to use some of their equipment. Any who, it works much better.

Here's the steering linkage sandblasted.




Linkage with new tie rods installed and painted.




Leaf mounts painted. You can see in this picture just how much I had to cut out of the heater channels. Quite a bit. Welding rods work great for hanging parts so you can paint them.




And here's the frame as of this weekend. Control arms installed with new bushings and ball joints. Coil springs painted and installed. New shocks installed. Lowered 2" spindles. Sway bar painted and installed with new bushings and new sway linkage.




Thats about as far as I got. More later.
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Hey mate, not your usual bubbly self? .... car looks really good. You're moving so steadily and consistently on this.

I think having shiny parts keeps the motivater higher than it would be if you just had old dirty stuff.

Keep it up, loving the pics and updates
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Old 04-20-2009, 03:13 PM
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Hey mate, not your usual bubbly self? .... car looks really good. You're moving so steadily and consistently on this.

I think having shiny parts keeps the motivater higher than it would be if you just had old dirty stuff.

Keep it up, loving the pics and updates

Thanks! Actually, everything is great! After reading my post I know what you mean. It's kinda hard to judge a person's mood via the net. I'm just ready for the next chance I get to work on the car. Sometimes it seems like a long time in between and when I get to work on it the time goes by so fast. I try to get in at least 8 hours a week. I'm pretty excited I'm getting that much closer to building my engine.

I'm thinking about doing a tutorial thread on how to build a SBC. I haven't ever built one before but would love to share what I've learn from this site and a video I purchased. I think it would be a good resource for those wanting to learn and I don't see any how to that takes you step by step.

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Great, that would be really handy, for me too, as I am planning to build a fresh engine for my car.

I also have that engine building DVD you've got, good isnt it? =)
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:02 AM
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Great, that would be really handy, for me too, as I am planning to build a fresh engine for my car.

I also have that engine building DVD you've got, good isnt it? =)
Yeah, its really good and has me convinced I can do every little aspect. From the cam bearings (bought an install tool), the freeze plugs, install of valve springs (got a tool for that too),etc. Everything but the machine work of coarse.
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