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posted on February 18th, 2018 at 04:57 PM



I had to make some changes to the mesh sunvisor I had restored - it's a good fit now.I will be making the body 130mm behind the B pillar,but I have cut it 165mm in case things don't go to plan.

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posted on February 26th, 2018 at 06:06 PM



After studying alansvw fantastic Ghia,decided to make some alterations to my dash.Want to fit this NOS Repco air con I bought about 20 years ago.Want it tucked up tight under the dash.So the cut off wheel came out and removed the whole bottom panel.Making a steel panel to raise the trunk area floor to allow the air con to be hidden when looking from inside.Had to relocate the 3 switches.

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posted on February 26th, 2018 at 06:21 PM



Air con sits up hard under the dash now.

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posted on February 26th, 2018 at 06:53 PM



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posted on February 28th, 2018 at 04:20 PM



Air con unit is in and finished.Tucks up nice and out of the way.Metal housing is sealed to prevent any normal Beetle fuel smell getting in and enough room for the air con fans to get plenty of air.Should get cold enough to give a brass monkey a scare.

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posted on May 19th, 2018 at 11:22 AM



After a week of grinding,cutting and welding,I finally have the pan finished.Got some new heater tubes,so have mounted them ready to attach the body.Fitted the new front pan sections and the flat rears I made from 2mm zinc steel.In hindsight,I should have chucked the new front pan halves into the scrap bin,and made my own.They are rubbish.I made the strengthening ribs under the pan from 30X30X2mm blue RHS and they are welded to the pan.

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posted on May 23rd, 2018 at 06:22 PM



Have spent a couple of days fabricating new mounts to fit some Mitsubishi Starion seats I have had tucked away for many years.Also unpacked the sunroof I bought early last year to get ready to cut the hole in the roof.The alloy frame needs a little of bending at each end to get closer to the roof curve.Should be able to run it thru my rollers.

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posted on May 24th, 2018 at 07:35 AM



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posted on May 24th, 2018 at 09:01 AM



Dave-it gets a bit frustrating with all the mods needed to do this stuff.I made the drivers outer seat mounts and welded everything to the pan and the reinforcing channel under the pan.Was admiring how good it was,then realised I couldn't get the body on or off over the mounts.Had to cut it all out and make them removable-another 4 hours of work.I am hoping that it it's a pleasure to drive when finished.Dave did you see the PM I sent you?
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posted on May 24th, 2018 at 05:02 PM



the PM back in FEB let me know what you need

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posted on May 25th, 2018 at 09:49 AM



Dave-looks like my PM stuff is out of action.Was wondering if you know where I can get my hands on an Oval glove box lid?
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posted on May 25th, 2018 at 05:31 PM



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posted on June 16th, 2018 at 02:41 PM



Pretty well finished the extension to the lower cab section.Got a storage area behind the passenger seat and a spot for the battery,isolator and possibly the ECU behind the drivers seat.Bought a universal heater and modified it to suit.Will blow across to an ally panel and fitting I have made.

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posted on June 16th, 2018 at 02:43 PM



Battery and isolator

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posted on June 24th, 2018 at 06:01 PM



Finished the seat brackets for the Mitsi seats.Got an air con compressor from a small Mazda-reckon I can mount it on the engine where the power steer pump was and drive it with the same belt.Can control the clutch with a high/low switch.I have cut 2 window frames from a wrecked Type3 wagon.Think I can make a 600X250 frame to weld into the back panel.Should be able to make a new rubber from 2 originals and also cut the ally flashing piece to suit.

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posted on July 22nd, 2018 at 07:00 PM



Made the new window frame for the back of the cab.Ended up with the glass size 550X240. Can use two Beetle rear quarter window rubbers to make the one needed.

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posted on August 2nd, 2018 at 06:06 PM



Got it ready now for a trip to the metal master.Pulled the 4 threaded plates out the doors screw up to.Tapped out the threads,grit blasted and zinc primed.Refitted and welded the lower retaining straps tighter.Hung the doors-good fit.Made some new anchors to attach the bonnet hinge springs.Tried to use some original retaining pins-but too weak.

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posted on August 2nd, 2018 at 06:10 PM



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posted on August 6th, 2018 at 05:58 PM



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posted on September 2nd, 2018 at 09:15 AM



These have got into my shed to slow down proceedings.

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posted on September 3rd, 2018 at 07:28 AM



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posted on September 3rd, 2018 at 09:11 AM



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posted on October 30th, 2018 at 08:26 AM



Had my CB steering wheel treated to liven up the interior decor.

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posted on October 30th, 2018 at 08:27 PM



Build is looking good.
The wheel looks great, really suits the simple 3 spoke design!
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