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posted on November 5th, 2019 at 07:26 AM
1968 Beetle rebuild


I have just started on the rebuild of this 1968 Beetle.
It is a beetle that I have known of all of its life.
It has travelled around Australia in recent years with Mick Miller at the wheel and he has recorded it and written a book.

The Beetle is a little sad with some rust appearing.
Time for a birthday as it is about to head overseas in 2020 for another great adventure with Mick.

It is off to New Zealand first next May, then Fiji and then off to USA.

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posted on November 5th, 2019 at 07:31 AM
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The roof rack has seen better days, a new one is in order.

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posted on November 5th, 2019 at 07:32 AM
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Panel by panel

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posted on November 5th, 2019 at 07:34 AM
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Rotten running boards and some difficult guard bolts

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posted on November 5th, 2019 at 07:36 AM
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Interior strip with coins, pens and crap everywhere.
Well, I suppose Mick has been spending a lot of time in it, nearly even living in it.

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posted on November 5th, 2019 at 07:38 AM
1968 Beetle rebuild


Spreading its wings

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posted on November 5th, 2019 at 08:07 AM



I like the battery strap and cover



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posted on November 5th, 2019 at 09:12 AM



Great car with a lot of history. I first met Mick when a mate of mine and myself attended a sail coaching clinic and he made a great impression on me. We often used to talk about him and his attitude and drive.

The next time I saw him was with this beetle at the VW Nationals a few years ago, and it was great to catch up with him again. I bought his book and it is a great read, and a very good story on how to get a new perspective on life when you get a huge curve ball. Even though I have really only met him the twice, I hold him up as one of my great role models.

From reading the book, the engine sure won't be worn out the way Mick drove it - about 80kph all around Australia. lol




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posted on November 5th, 2019 at 05:59 PM



Thanks for the heads up Jeff. Just ordered the book. I have a '68 Beetle too although I haven't driven it around Australia.
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posted on November 5th, 2019 at 07:04 PM



Body to chassis bolts all undone but there is always something that is forgotten.
This time it was the engine wiring and the brake fluid reservoir fluid line and then the brake light switch wires.
Can't think of everything.

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posted on November 5th, 2019 at 07:06 PM



Chassis wheeled out of the way.
It goes around to the wash bay for a full steam/hot water wash.

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posted on November 5th, 2019 at 07:08 PM



Chassis is rust free, having had a section welded in sometime in its life.
Good to go with a clean and a paint, but not today.

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posted on November 5th, 2019 at 07:11 PM



Body now on a simple but great frame set up that I have had for decades.
Would like to have used the rotisserie but 1955 single cab still fixed to it.

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posted on November 5th, 2019 at 07:15 PM



Doors fully stripped.
One door, drivers, has a double lift regulator that I would happily swap for a good single lift one.
Both door glasses need lift channels so would be easier to have matching.

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posted on November 5th, 2019 at 07:16 PM



Rust found in about 10 locations.
All to be welded up.

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posted on November 5th, 2019 at 07:20 PM



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posted on November 5th, 2019 at 07:21 PM



Heater channels etc

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posted on November 5th, 2019 at 07:23 PM



Bits and pieces, all to go back one day.

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posted on November 5th, 2019 at 07:26 PM



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I like the battery strap and cover


I think they got that idea from one of your rebuilds a few years back :)
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posted on November 5th, 2019 at 07:32 PM



One of my pet dislikes of roof racks is that they can collect dirt and crap where they bolt on to the roof.
This then leads to moisture and then rust!
This is what it has done to this beetle.
Imagine a few more years :(

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posted on November 6th, 2019 at 06:26 AM



I think they got that idea from one of your rebuilds a few years back :)

NOPE wasn't me washim

I think we may be able to find a the correct fitting battery then you wont have to replace the timer cover




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posted on November 6th, 2019 at 12:13 PM



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Chassis is rust free, having had a section welded in sometime in its life.
Good to go with a clean and a paint, but not today.


Just wondering what type of paint you will be using on the chassis? I will be painting mine very soon (body still on) and am trying to decide whether to use POR 15, Rust Bullet or a quality black cold gal. The pan has little rust (it was treated and painted with single pack epoxy some years ago)
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posted on November 6th, 2019 at 07:04 PM



Wayne,

I have used POR15 on occasions but usually just use 2 pac black paint which is always on hand around here and leaves a great finish and a tuff coat.
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posted on November 6th, 2019 at 07:09 PM



All areas getting welded but have found some extra rust in the bottom of the heater channels.
I had looked there and thought it was OK but its not.
Hate welding panel work upside down as gravity works well and drops hot lava on ones body.
Change of approach now needed.
So, into the other shed to retrieve the rotisserie.

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posted on November 6th, 2019 at 07:19 PM



Good excuse to get "Frankie" off and start on it again soon

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posted on November 6th, 2019 at 07:22 PM



Rotisserie out and "Frankie'' left on a couple of pallets.

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posted on November 6th, 2019 at 07:24 PM



A couple of hours making new mounting bars and away we go.
Much easier to work on now and a better job.

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posted on November 6th, 2019 at 07:26 PM



The area needing attention.

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posted on November 6th, 2019 at 07:41 PM



Well done



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posted on November 7th, 2019 at 06:19 AM



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