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posted on October 7th, 2019 at 05:08 PM



The ally panel I made from 2.5mm which was a waste and very heavy.Bought a sheet of 1mm and made the first one.Made a small cover panel to hide the power window cable that goes down to the motor.I have swapped the door release pivots from side to side,so the handles are now up top.Bought chrome hotrod type handles.The ally panel will be painted in satin grey to match the grab handle.I am fairly certain the final colours have been chosen.The turquoise will be the main body colour,and the cream will go on the side,below the body molding and between the mudguards-like the 2 tone that was used on early Beetles,and still using the black spoked wheels that I have already purchased.I may even have the roof done in cream also.The mesh sunvisor,rag sunroof frame and running boards will be done in the silver pearl.I have had a decal made to go on the doors to make it look like a workshop ute.The decal is in silver pearl.

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posted on October 7th, 2019 at 05:10 PM



The mesh visor colour and wheels

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posted on October 7th, 2019 at 06:47 PM



That will look so good



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posted on October 8th, 2019 at 05:06 PM



I am hoping.It's been real easy for me for the last 40 years-everything I have restored has been painted yellow.Moving into new territory now.I have just sorted the inside door release.Because the panel is ally,I can't use the spring and pin to hold it on.So I bought these chrome items that are held on with a grub screw.Machined an ally spacer.Just drilled a hole where the grub screw goes and can feed it into the handle thru the hole.Easy fix.

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posted on October 18th, 2019 at 08:16 PM



Because I am having one piece windows,decided to make some wind deflectors like the open top cars had in the 30's and 40's.I have these windows in my Oval and they get a bit breezy with the window just down a bit.Thought about something different for them.I had some reverse decals made of the little early VW service man.I stuck them to the polycarbonate and hit them with the sand blaster.Turned out really nice.

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posted on October 18th, 2019 at 08:23 PM



I initially ordered the decals for the door to be 600 X 400.for some reason they were done at 400 X 370.I thought they would be OK.That didn't happen.So asked for them to be done to original order.They are much better now.He even added my home town.

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posted on October 26th, 2019 at 09:08 AM



Got my aluminium door trims back from the painter.Were done to match the darker grey in the seat fabric.Have to still polish the stainless trim strips and fit.

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posted on November 10th, 2019 at 06:33 PM



Got a couple more jobs done on it today.All welding on the cab is now finished.Just have to rub the etch primer,then hit it with some 2pac primer.Drilled the 4 holes to fit the sunvisor and 2 for the belt line stainless moulding.I have to make them yet.Should have it all home again in about a fortnight.I was going to fit the 2 guages for the air bags into the dash alongside the glove box.Decided today that it won't happen.I will make another ally panel in front of the auto shifter and fit them and the 4 switches in it.Reckon I will fit my bud vase on the dash by the glove box.

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posted on November 10th, 2019 at 06:34 PM



And the dash

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posted on November 10th, 2019 at 09:47 PM



Looking good Gary.
Glad to see the semaphores are still going to be utilised :tu:
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posted on November 10th, 2019 at 09:57 PM



Dino - I bought a set of NOS Hella replacement orange lenses that were to replace the semaphores. I still not fully committed to them yet.
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posted on December 4th, 2019 at 11:43 AM



Got my cash consumer back home again.Started the long,long,long assembly.Got a 7inch TV for it with an SD card to record.Made a bracket to hold a small camera up behind the mirror.Have to drill a slot behind the mirror to run the cord down to the unit.Got 1 guard fitted and the bumper.Have to weld a couple of small tubes under the bumper brackets to run the light wires back into the car,then get them powder coated.

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posted on December 4th, 2019 at 11:45 AM



couple more

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posted on December 5th, 2019 at 11:53 AM



Looks great



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posted on December 8th, 2019 at 03:25 PM



Got some more done.I cut 2 sections from a donor door the make a second skin where the exterior mirrors mount.This will stop any vibration of the mirror.I had them welded along the top and body glue for the rest.I put the rivet nuts in to go through both skins.Very firm now.Also done all the rivet nuts to hold my polycarbonate wind deflectors.Cleaned up some front bumper irons and welded a piece of 10mm ID tube under them.Had those,the ally bonnet hinges and the 4 seat base posts powder coated gloss black.Trial fitted the NOS Hella Semaphore replacements.

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posted on December 8th, 2019 at 03:27 PM



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posted on December 13th, 2019 at 07:27 PM



spent a few days plugging away fitting bits to it.

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posted on December 13th, 2019 at 07:28 PM



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posted on December 15th, 2019 at 08:43 PM



Had a go at making the first short stainless body trim to fit the short B pillar.Very pleased with it.

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posted on December 15th, 2019 at 08:52 PM



Great progress. Cool car
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posted on December 15th, 2019 at 08:59 PM



Thanks.It's more work than I first planned.Made so many changes mid stream
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posted on December 15th, 2019 at 09:05 PM



very nice work
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posted on December 23rd, 2019 at 06:49 AM



Still tinkering.Fitted my new side trim and found a new home for the Wolfsburg Crest.I have fitted the crest on the front 1/4 panels of my other builds-looks better here on this one.

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posted on December 23rd, 2019 at 08:03 AM



Crest looks right there



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posted on January 25th, 2020 at 09:05 PM



I bought this old Coke esky about 20 years ago and decided to restore it as a Pepsi unit.I have already done a coke one.Thought it would be good to take to Hot Rod shows in my Beetle ute.

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posted on February 3rd, 2020 at 09:43 AM



Made a small ally switch panel to go under the dash.Will need extra switches for the spot lights and perhaps windscreen washers.

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posted on February 3rd, 2020 at 12:46 PM



Nice curves. Great work
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posted on February 13th, 2020 at 07:11 PM



I have started the tray.Built the first corner piece-it is for the front ,drivers side corner.

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posted on February 20th, 2020 at 08:21 AM



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posted on February 21st, 2020 at 05:14 AM



Looking good.
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