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posted on May 10th, 2008 at 02:09 PM
55 Oval Resto - aka Black Betty


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Just thought id show you guys a lil project im doing. Im pulling apart and bringing my 55 oval back to bare metal in my garage atm in preparation for a full resto. I really should be out there now stripping paint instead of writing this thread but the old girl can wait a few more minutes! :)

I bought the oval off Lex Cowley (one of the nicest guys on the planet! Thanks Lex!!) about 4mths ago, give or take a month here or there.. my memory isnt what it used to be due to years of abuse and the paint stripper fumes arnt helping much either!!!!:spin: Haha!

This is what it looked like when i purchased it off Lex:
http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa117/auraofgabriel/IMG_3324.jpg
http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa117/auraofgabriel/IMG_33391_edited.jpg
http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa117/auraofgabriel/oval55.jpg
http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa117/auraofgabriel/OvalFloorpans.jpg
http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa117/auraofgabriel/Ovalhood.jpg

I had to source a w decklid as the oval had a later one fitted (as you can see from pics) and I also had to get some oval snowflake taillight assemblies over from america as these had also unfortunately been replaced with later ones. I shouted myself a fully restored "oval" steering wheel from "Koch's VW Restoration" in the states as well :) The first few bits in a long line of things to come!!
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posted on May 10th, 2008 at 05:45 PM



AND here are some progress pics...

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa117/auraofgabriel/P1030353.jpg

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and here is the boss keeping an eye on progress and making sure I dont cut any corners!!

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posted on May 10th, 2008 at 07:51 PM



And further along.... Bonnet stripped and sanded back to bare metal

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa117/auraofgabriel/P1030402.jpg

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posted on May 10th, 2008 at 09:36 PM



Roof back to bare metal. No ugly surprises yet. When I took the back window out noticed its rusting around edge in a couple of small spots as i pulled away the old rubber on one side. No biggy. The bonnet will need some repairs to the front edge as it is full of filler and is cracked a little. Some repairs to the bottom rhs rear panel and near the rhs of decklid. Minor.
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posted on October 3rd, 2008 at 11:38 AM



Few more progress pics

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa117/auraofgabriel/DSC01075_edited.jpg

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa117/auraofgabriel/DSC01076_edited.jpg

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posted on October 3rd, 2008 at 12:19 PM



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posted on October 3rd, 2008 at 03:23 PM



ha ha nice action shot



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posted on October 3rd, 2008 at 03:24 PM



well done! ill give it to you for the hand sanding! far out.

and what's with the cats? they're freakin everywhere!

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posted on October 3rd, 2008 at 04:23 PM



Thats an awesome job youve done there hey very well done!
Keep the pics coming as im on the coast too n will look out for your black betty in the future :)
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posted on October 4th, 2008 at 11:02 AM



Love your dedication, keep it up. look forward to seeing this evlove....good luck:)
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posted on October 4th, 2008 at 12:09 PM



Thanks for the kind words guys ;)
Yeah the sanding is hard work but its kind of therapeutic....? I think?

My friend (we will call him "The Panel Beater") has been working with me for the last 2 weeks now so its coming along quite quickly :)

Looking for a W deck lid if anyone has any info on the whereabouts of a good one Id appreciate hearing it. Ive put a post on the wanted parts thread on here as well so will see what that turns up. I want one that is prepped for painting already if poss or in pretty good nick. Ive got one but its too rough and will cost too much to bring up to scratch for me atm so ill just hang on to it and try and get another.

Bringing the guards back to metal at some stage today (or tomorrow). Will wheel the ole girl out into the sun a bit l8r and take a few update pics :)
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posted on October 4th, 2008 at 01:15 PM



Hope you have plenty of fresh air while you are paint stripping. The smell and fumes get to you after a while. Have you had any fall on your uncovered skin...it burns like hell. Silly me decided to use some wearing thongs (foot type not the booty type) and had a blob land between my toes......not *^*%^%^ good. Coming along well , should be done by the end of spring :spin:



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posted on October 4th, 2008 at 02:23 PM



Always makes for a good time going bear metal :crazy: Luckily my oval was sand blasted 20+ years ago and only need one coat of primer removed.



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posted on October 10th, 2008 at 06:51 PM



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well done! ill give it to you for the hand sanding! far out.

and what's with the cats? they're freakin everywhere!

nick


Yeah but its the same cat! Shes a bit put out cause just under the oval window on the parcel shelf used to be her day time sleeping place!!:fakesniff:
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posted on October 10th, 2008 at 06:55 PM



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Hope you have plenty of fresh air while you are paint stripping. The smell and fumes get to you after a while. Have you had any fall on your uncovered skin...it burns like hell. Silly me decided to use some wearing thongs (foot type not the booty type) and had a blob land between my toes......not *^*%^%^ good. Coming along well , should be done by the end of spring :spin:


Yeah tell me about it!! I had it fall on my legs and feet on and off through the whole process and you handled the pain till you couldnt stand it anymore and then i used to run outside to the tap and douse myself in cold water! My neighbours must think im a bit strange.... :lol:
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posted on October 10th, 2008 at 07:06 PM



Well didnt get a chance to push her out in the sun but took some more pics quickly after roof and drivers side got rust converted just b4 it got sprayed with etch primer. Looking sweet but not so shiny now.

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa117/auraofgabriel/DSC01702_edited.jpg

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There was a bit o rust here just under the channel piece. It got repaired and a little tidy up b4 etching went ahead

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa117/auraofgabriel/DSC01705_edited.jpg

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posted on October 10th, 2008 at 07:18 PM



Have to take some photos of the roof and drivers side in etch primer yet so ill post them when i do. It looks pretty sweet :cool:
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posted on November 24th, 2008 at 02:26 AM



Looking at your project auraofgabriel has got my beetle juices flowing again. 20 odd years ago I drove a 1970 type 1 and also had a 56 oval Baja(forgive me), it even had a hole in the inlet manifold where the previous owner had run NOX!! I noticed that you mentioned Lex Cowley. I sold my type 1 to him when I left Australia to come to Japan. I have been in Japan since and have lost contact with Lex. I would like to get in contact with him again. I would appreciate any information that you can give me or if you would prefer please contact Lex and let him know that I am here and looking for him.
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posted on November 28th, 2008 at 07:42 PM



Well done for all your work so far.

Is that red beetle winking in the background?

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posted on December 1st, 2008 at 01:36 PM



wow how shiny ,beautiful job ,congrats



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posted on December 11th, 2008 at 09:25 PM



Wow, awesome job so far. How lmany hours has it taken to get it that far?
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posted on February 7th, 2009 at 10:04 AM



I remember seeing this car for sale a while back.
I thought it would have to be full of rust for the price that was on it. I am shocked that it actually looks very solid.
Congrats on the purchase and top effort on the work done so far.




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posted on February 7th, 2009 at 01:27 PM



Yeah - beautiful work. Well done. Mate, I notice you have stuff in your garage (the mattress, etc) that wouldn't like dust too much, so do you mind if I ask what your cleanup procedure is with the stripped paint and how you keep the work area clean? I'm about to take some stuff back to metal myself in my garage and am interested in other people's processes.

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posted on February 7th, 2009 at 02:03 PM



Looks great and good to see you have an expert (the cat) watching over you.

please keep us posted on your developments and lots more pictures!




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