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yes.gif posted on January 20th, 2015 at 03:41 PM
Oval Window Ragtop Baja Bug.... (2017 Update!)


Morning Lads,

I have decided i want to put together a build thread of how my project Baja is going along at this point.

So it all started with a Ragtop bug, a 65 that has had about twenty different owners over the last twenty years. It has been sitting in a shed down the east coast of Tasmania stripped for a long time. I just happened to drop in, throw a wad of cash around and got it towed home.

It had a pretty nasty hit up front, and has had the rear apron removed. Someone in the past has welded in new heater channels and pillars, but that must have been a long time ago.

Fast forward another month or so after bringing it home, and after a few beers with a few mates, the plan was made to backdate her to an oval. And not just the shitty back window conversion, the semaphore pillars and the front windscreen/dash.

And what a major job it's been so far! But the plan has and always will be a late 60's early 70's style oval ragtop baja bug... Just to piss the purists off.... :lol:

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posted on January 20th, 2015 at 03:42 PM



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The remainders of an oval i found on gumtree...> Someone else's hack job not mine!


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Now it takes a brave man to lay that sort of cut... So we strengthened the whole front and roof before we made the cut!

Semaphore pillars are in.


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posted on January 20th, 2015 at 03:46 PM



Could be time for an update!

Still undecided on the colour... Hoping to go for a vintage hue maybe? I've got a flash kit to put on.... That way i could always say "oh yeah... a little old lady owned this before me. Used to only drive it to the shops, all original but i decided it would make a great baja!" :lol:
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posted on January 20th, 2015 at 06:21 PM



awesome! great work :)



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posted on January 20th, 2015 at 09:26 PM



WAY TOOO MUCH time on your hands there :lol::lol::lol:

That said - GREAT work there :tu::tu::tu::tu::tu::tu::tu:




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posted on January 20th, 2015 at 10:02 PM



Wow some impressive metal work going on there. keep the updates coming...
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posted on January 23rd, 2015 at 07:01 AM



Quote:
Originally posted by Rural Baja But the plan has and always will be a late 60's early 70's style oval ragtop baja bug... Just to piss the purists off.... :lol:




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posted on January 23rd, 2015 at 07:25 AM



I like where this is going
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posted on January 23rd, 2015 at 11:44 AM



THIS IS INSANE! :punk:
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posted on January 26th, 2015 at 07:46 PM



Yep love it! Looks like the angle grinder is your best friend! Can't wait to see more :tu:



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posted on February 2nd, 2015 at 01:52 PM



More progress!

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posted on February 2nd, 2015 at 03:34 PM



:tu: ! Whats the engine going to be like??
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posted on February 2nd, 2015 at 04:36 PM



nice work !!



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posted on February 2nd, 2015 at 05:07 PM



Love it mate! Get stuck into it! Will be a great shit stir when it's finished!



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posted on February 2nd, 2015 at 06:03 PM



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But the plan has and always will be a late 60's early 70's style oval ragtop baja bug... Just to piss the purists off.... :lol:



reckon if you add some elephants feet tail lights you will really complete your mission

Again - great work




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posted on February 2nd, 2015 at 07:02 PM



Will , to be real cool you need to ditch the fibreglass bits and go full old school , all steel baja , ie cutting up original guards , cut off original hood with sheetmetal nose .
When done right they are super cool




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posted on February 2nd, 2015 at 07:04 PM



And some ice pick door handle door are also required , lol



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Anymore updates on this project... Keen to see it finished!
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yeah what he said :)



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Okay guys! Get ready for the updates!
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yes please
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ready!!!
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Top job-love it.
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I can't believe its been over two years since i started this project! The list of parts to buy just keep going and going...
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posted on January 11th, 2017 at 11:06 AM



So an update... A long over due update!

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posted on January 11th, 2017 at 11:15 AM



Painted in the 50's Dove Blue. At this point i still need the following:

- 4x Shocks
- Interior Fitted
- All Wiring to be done
- Brakes Bled
- Front/Rear barwork Fitted/Built
- Lighting front/rear
- Headlight Buckets
- Ragtop Installed
- most of the dash installed
- Bonnet Straps
- Bonnet Rubber
- etc etc etc etc

At this point does anyone feel as though the buying/fitting/fixing will never end? I'm really overwhelmed by the stuff that needs to be completed!
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posted on January 11th, 2017 at 12:01 PM



Looks really good though



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posted on April 6th, 2017 at 09:44 AM



Wow! What a huge amount of work.
It is so different to what anyone else is doing. The style is totally different to what I would do, but I have to admit it looks awesome! You're going to have some fun in that car when it's done.

Can't wait to see more pics as it comes together more.
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Looking good!



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posted on May 12th, 2017 at 09:11 PM



Looks GREAT with paint on it!
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