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Old 11-12-2010, 07:56 AM
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Got her all sanded down with 600 grit and I gave her a thorough bath. All's left to do is a wipe down with surface wash and spray another coat of clear.


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Old 11-15-2010, 08:08 AM
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Got some work done.

I sprayed the final coat of clear Saturday morning. It came out pretty nice. There are a couple runs, but nothing that wont sand and buff out.

Sunday my buddy came over to help me start putting this thing back together. We got the trim on, weather striping, got the door handles functional, and we managed to get a few windows in. We were having quite a hard time getting the front window in, so we called it a day.

Almost there!!! More to come soon.












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Old 11-15-2010, 08:40 AM
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Lots of work , but it looks worth it

I just noticed that there are 752 posts on this project which began on 1/02/2008 . I'll bet you are anxious to get out and actually drive your creation . You have created something that I would think anyone would be proud of .
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Old 11-15-2010, 09:20 AM
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really like the gas filler and chrome moulding, looks like it was factory built!
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Old 11-15-2010, 01:19 PM
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I just noticed that there are 752 posts on this project which began on 1/02/2008 . I'll bet you are anxious to get out and actually drive your creation . You have created something that I would think anyone would be proud of .
I'm very anxious to get her on the road. It's been well over 3 years I've been working on this project. Been dreaming of it for even longer.


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really like the gas filler and chrome moulding, looks like it was factory built!
Thanks. I was trying to make it look factory. Most people wouldn't even realize the relocation of the gas door and the fact that it now has the molding running on top of it.
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Old 11-15-2010, 01:19 PM
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It's actually starting to look like my avatar.
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I'm just posting to subscribe to this project.

Lawn mower and tools all over is the best part, shows that a project can be done in real garage situations.
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Old 11-18-2010, 12:51 PM
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I'm just posting to subscribe to this project.

Lawn mower and tools all over is the best part, shows that a project can be done in real garage situations.

LOL, I forget that stuff is even in the pictures cause I'm so used to it just being there. Gotta have a place for my lawnmower, which is right next to the car. I can't wait to get this thing finished so I can get my garage organized.

Yeah, there's nothing special about my tools and garage. Most average Joe's have what I've got and what it took to make this project come to life.

1. Understanding wife
2. Friends / family to lend the more expensive tools or a hand (tools include compressor, engine hoist and engine stand).
3. 30 pc. Tool set. I think it's task force .
4. 125 amp 110v mig welder.
5. Grinder
6. Sawzall
7. Drill and bits
8. Vise grips
9. C clamps
10. Screw drivers
11 Torque wrench
12. Safety equipment (gloves, safety glasses, water hose near by
13. Sanding blocks
14. A couple cheap hvlp guns.
15. Jack stands
16. Hydraulic jack
17. Torque wrench
18. Assorted hammers (5 lbs sledge, ball peen, rubber mallet)
19. Assort office supplies (poster board, sharpies, scissors, etc.)
20. ALOT of determination


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man you've come a long way with this thing it looks great and makes me want to pick one project and finish it. Having 3 performance projects and 3 daily driver projects can be a little frustrating but at least i will never be with out a way to work. Keep up the great work wish i was closer so i could check it out first hand
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Old 11-22-2010, 09:06 AM
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Thanks! That's a lot of projects. My Dad does the same which is why none are in paint. All are still in primer. I think he just likes working on the engines.


Well, it was a very production weekend.

Friday night, my buddy David, who details cars, came over to look and the amount of work that was needed to be done to the bug. He was quite impressed and it wasn't going to take as much work as he originally thought. So we decide to start color sanding and buffing the car on Sunday.

Saturday morning, my buddy Jason came over and we got the front window and the last quarter window installed. We also did an alignment.

Sunday, Dave came over and went to town on the bug color sanding and buffing. While he was sanding and buffing, it gave me a chance to work on other areas of the car. So I got the engine put back together and buttoned back up.

Here is the car before he worked on it. Looks good / decent. I call it a 5 foot paint job. Shiny and smooth, but it had a couple runs, some dry spray and dust through out the paint job.




Here you can see the dry spray that was in a few areas.






Oh yeah, while I was changing some jets in my carb, my 3 month daughter decided to grab my tools. She normally doesn't really grab and hold onto many things like she did this wrench. It was a proud moment.




Here's Dave, hard at work. He arrived at the house at about 10 am and worked all day, until about 10 pm perfecting the paint / detail job. Fantastic!








Madison and my wife came to check out the progress and get in on the picture taking. They were having all the fun. Dave was wiping the car down with a protectant that still allows the paint to fully cure.





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And the drum roll.............................................. ...


I'll let the pictures do the talking.





















Dave did such a fantastic job!!! My paint went from a 5 foot to I wanna still my face in it. If any of you in the Houston area would like Dave to detail you car I can give you his contact information.

Thanks again, Dave!
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WOW!
I hope my first paint job goes as well! Very nice!
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HOLY MOLY I HAVE BEEN MISSING SOME UPDATES!! WOW, that is one sweet machine. Love the exterior trim, I think it finishes the car. You have plans for interior?

Oh by the way, beautiful family you have there.
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Old 11-22-2010, 02:05 PM
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Thanks guys!

The plans for the interior will be simple. Carpet and racing bucket seats with 5 point harnesses. Maybe some black SFI foam on the roll bars near the head area. Other than that, I might do some sort of headliner, but I just want it to be as simple as possible.
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