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posted on August 27th, 2010 at 07:36 AM
No.8 Beetle re-build


About another week or so, and it should be ready for some paint - I'm waiting for solar heater to start working again, and the wind to stop.:lol:

Posting pics is a struggle, and if I manage to find an easy way to do so, I will. Meanwhile I'll stick to the easy stuff - repairing the rusty Beetle shell, and welding in the roll cage etc.

Hoping not to find much mechanical damage, as it looks OK - except for the f....ing broken brake drum.:mad: Using GENUINE VW drums now.

Thanks again to those people who have helped out along the way, particularly Steve Muller, his brother Adrian, Rod Penrose, John Fabiszewski, etc.

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posted on August 27th, 2010 at 09:28 PM
On the road again....


Good on ya Greg.

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posted on August 27th, 2010 at 10:05 PM



Same mousetrap - only a fair bit heavier, thanks to the roll-cage. May have to squeeze a bit more out of the engine, but don't want to risk making it unreliable, as it has been running sweetly for over 3 years. Still a bit more in the suspension tuning though, I think.

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posted on August 29th, 2010 at 10:24 PM



Come on Greg! You mastered inserting smiley faces, surely you can get a photo inserted.

Email me some and I will post them up for you, if you like.

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posted on August 30th, 2010 at 10:24 AM



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Come on Greg! You mastered inserting smiley faces, surely you can get a photo inserted.

Email me some and I will post them up for you, if you like.

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posted on August 30th, 2010 at 05:49 PM



Saw the pic of it on the trailer in the VW Mag-lucky your pretty short or it could have been real nasty.You should have got a pair of those horn producing rear discs of Gears while you were there.Good luck with the rebuild-Gary
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posted on August 30th, 2010 at 06:29 PM



Listen Gary, I'm not putting those new-fangled disc things things on, OK:lol: And what's this 'short' bussiness? Oh well, I am now - after the whack on the head. I think that I lost at least 1" - and also I'm not as tall.:lol:

Kev (camo) will post some pics for this poor old fella, won't you Kev?

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posted on August 31st, 2010 at 05:48 PM



From what I remember-Ron was telling us you could afford to lose an inch or two from another area.Shame he didn't get a photo for proof.How you coming along with the photo posting training? Gary.
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posted on August 31st, 2010 at 06:29 PM



Listen Gary, just behave yourself.:smilegrin: and I'm too busy painting No. 8 right now to be mucking about with photos. I managed to fluke one a while back, but I don't know how, so when I get a bit of time, the photo thing will happen - just stop picking on me:fakesniff:

How's your car coming along?

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posted on August 31st, 2010 at 07:05 PM



Here are most of Greg's photos he sent me, in no particular order. If you have any questions re these, please ask Greg.

Cheers, Kev

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posted on August 31st, 2010 at 07:20 PM



Thanks for that Kev - hope not to trouble you again:tu:



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posted on August 31st, 2010 at 07:28 PM



No trouble Greg and glad to help. It only took a few minutes to organise, but a day or so to have the time to do it :crazy:

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posted on August 31st, 2010 at 07:41 PM



I have seen this car in the flesh, gunna be a good car, lots of body work has been done, just goes to show how lucky some of us are to be able to have the good cars.


We also disscussed the disc brake option and greg has some perfectly good reasons not to want to use them.

Cant wait to see it out and about on the track
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How did the painting go during the week greg?



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posted on August 31st, 2010 at 08:44 PM



looking good.........so its welded to the pan ?



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posted on August 31st, 2010 at 09:44 PM



Jeez Greg you have put a lot of effort into the "NEW 8" Good call with the later door locks and strikers.Is that your shed you are working in? Just beautiful.I am still plodding along with mine-2 steps forward,three backwards.There were some serious faults with the Autocraft engine I bought for it,so have stripped it for a full rebuild.Now it's apart,I have decided to turbo it,so can fit a turbo grind cam.Those heads I got from Geers-I have had them rebuilt,so it will breathe well.Sanchez has done well with buying Rods old car-he probably won't need most of the stuff he bought on the trip.Did you ever get all the parts you needed from Chucks' to finish the soft top car you were restoring?Cheers Gary.
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posted on September 1st, 2010 at 07:03 AM



Shaun.......Painting (primer) starts today:)

Craig........Yep.:yes:

Gary.........Try three steps forward, and NONE backward - it's heaps better.:lol:




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posted on September 1st, 2010 at 07:20 AM



looking good Greg lots of work there that sheet metal will stiffin it right up

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Shoud be nice and stiff then :tu:.



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posted on September 1st, 2010 at 10:17 AM



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Gary.........Try three steps forward, and NONE backward - it's heaps better.:lol:



Maybe you shouldn't be to quick greg, you did take one or two or three big ROLLS back... :lol:




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Thanks a lot for reminding me:!: I've been trying to forget that.:lol:



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posted on September 1st, 2010 at 12:55 PM



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Finally got the primer on - when the wind dropped a bit:rolleyes:



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looks good just need ball joint front end and irs:lol:
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you mean trailing arm... :lol:




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Tell you what.....swing-axles are IRS, and they are located by trailing arms.:lol: Next please!



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u know what I mean :spin:
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IT'S NOW BLACK! Perfect day for painting - after the crap weather lately.:tu:

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Roll angle warning light....sorry, I couldn't resist.

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posted on September 8th, 2010 at 07:43 PM



That would work:smilegrin: It's ' low oil pressure ', but in that position it would be ON for sure.

What I really would like is a ' Brake drum about to fail ' warning light.




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