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posted on January 21st, 2017 at 05:06 PM



Nice work. :tu:

This has jogged my memory...somewhere in my shed, there is some rubber sealing strip that I had made years ago. It is a 'W' shape. Let me know if you need some. gregatkirrapakdotcom

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posted on January 22nd, 2017 at 06:32 AM



Photo added, in case nobody knew what I was on about. :smilegrin: ^^^



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posted on January 23rd, 2017 at 08:40 PM



Worked on Assembly and cleaning bumpers. lots of surface rust on rear that took some effort but final results worth it.
Before applying paint but after rust cleaned up.
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posted on January 25th, 2017 at 07:48 PM



Photo of finished dash , you can now see how the grafted section from an early beetle has been added to house the gauges ..before and after. A lot of work has gone into the dash, when you remove the padded dash cover you are left with some ugly edges, so we needed to reshape the top edge to give a smooth factory look. The hours spend getting it right would buy a bug. no offense meant!
http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/alansvw/Dash%20polished.jpg
Needed to do some work on dash as it had had a number of switches added over the years which we removed.
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posted on January 27th, 2017 at 01:16 PM



Boy there's certainly some work in that dash top - creating a continuous edge and reshaping the top. Looks great. Most people don't realise how much it cost to get good body work done.

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posted on January 27th, 2017 at 03:25 PM



That's exactly what I want to do to my Oval hot rod- the 2 holes for a 68 speedo, a KG clock and a 2 inch hole for a temp gauge. That looks perfect.
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posted on March 18th, 2017 at 12:04 PM



Someone else sent me a PM asking about the dash. so here is what I did.
I saw an advert on Samba for an early dash section, turned out that it was up in QLD so for $25 I took it . I then cut out the lower section that housed the radio. I wanted it to look original so we included as much as we could. Found that we needed to add a small section to get the gauges to fit and it took still more time to get it looking correct.... But happy with result.
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posted on March 18th, 2017 at 12:09 PM



had some progress on paint. been busy at work and Chris at Innovative has been busy on other customers projects and the weather has not been helpful. All the little parts like Number plate cover, bumper brackets are now all painted. Only thing left to do is the Outside body... Rain rain go away!
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posted on March 18th, 2017 at 12:29 PM



Finished my Sun Visor so early model visors now fit later 61 model.
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posted on March 18th, 2017 at 02:35 PM



Bloke doing your metal work is a Master.The dash is a work of art.Well done to all of you.
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posted on March 26th, 2017 at 06:51 PM



Hi Alan, looking absolutely fantastic. WOW



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posted on April 11th, 2017 at 02:08 AM



Got a call to say come watch it being painted. First coat was on when I arrived.
http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/alansvw/first%20coat.jpg

This is the second coat.
http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/alansvw/paint%2007%2004%2017.jpg

Video of completed job ...not buffed
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posted on April 11th, 2017 at 07:26 AM



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Gary yes hes one of the best around has done work on my car over the years as well




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posted on April 15th, 2017 at 01:27 AM



Have run into a slight problem with wheel fitment. After doing numerous test fittings I had tyres fitted but the rear is hitting inside the wheel arch. It does not touch lip nor does it hit any suspension parts, just appears to be too far back. Without my mechanic seeing it we are thinking that the spring plates will need corrections made to bring the rear chassis forward. Fingers crossed that's all it is but as we converted the rear to IRS it may be something more. In the meantime we cannot fit wheels as they will damage paint so I'm going to have to find some 17" Porsche 5x130 wheels so car can be moved around. I'm thinking that as I will need a spare wheel anyway I may be best to try and get two Porsche space saving spares in 17'.
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posted on April 15th, 2017 at 06:57 AM



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Weren't your previous front wheels narrower than your current rears ( the 1 piece twists ) ?
Could you put them on for the time being ?
If you need, I have 2 bare 17 X 7's you could borrow , but you'll need to put some tyres on them

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posted on April 29th, 2017 at 05:10 PM



Only need to fit the doors , Bonnet & engine lid plus steering column then she's all mine . Plan to bring him in next two weeks and start putting her back together.
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posted on April 30th, 2017 at 08:53 PM



Fantastic- I checked your complete build again- can't find anywhere what the colour is called
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posted on June 13th, 2017 at 05:49 PM



have started fitting gauges and radio.
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posted on June 14th, 2017 at 07:18 AM



Is there a reason for not fitting the guages in the middle of the new panel? I plan to also fit 3 guages into a modified Oval radio panel in my project. Haven't started to cut anything yet- but want the guages in the middle with the ignition, wiper and light switches there as well
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posted on June 14th, 2017 at 05:15 PM



I'm planning on adding switches either side but just wasn't sure how it would look so I've held off till I could see the gauges installed and make final decision before I make any more holes. I'm even thinking of moving starter . like this.
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posted on June 14th, 2017 at 06:29 PM



OK understand.Im thinking the Oval lower dash won't do 3 guages and all the switches. Probably need to make it at least 50 mm wider. I fit a wiper switch in the hole where the choke cable was, and use it as a main isolation switch in the ignition circuit.That pic of the Oval dash you posted looks awesome
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posted on February 22nd, 2018 at 11:33 AM



HOORAY... I've finally been able to log back into the Forum, I've spend since last June trying to get back in.. I'll now start to get post updated to where I at with assembly.
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posted on February 22nd, 2018 at 04:14 PM



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posted on February 23rd, 2018 at 09:32 PM



She's finally home. The towing said the two hour tripfrom Innovative to St Ives was lots of fun as he had lots of waves. I was nervous waiting as weather forecast was not good. but all safe.

http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/alansvw/IMG_5353.jpg
No they are not strips, just needed to secure the bonnet as latch was not working.
hers some dash shots.
http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/alansvw/IMG_5365.jpg

http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/alansvw/13%20june%203.jpg

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posted on February 23rd, 2018 at 09:37 PM



Have since been busy doing lots and lots of little things.
http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/alansvw/IMG_6169_1.jpg

http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/alansvw/IMG_6170.jpg
added washer battle and horns
http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/alansvw/washer%20bottle.jpg

http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/alansvw/IMG_5410.jpg
Bonnet Latch now works,
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posted on February 23rd, 2018 at 09:42 PM



I've finished the sound proofing... was a time consuming exercise .
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posted on February 24th, 2018 at 11:14 AM



Next job was wiring. I got a 61-65 New Ghia harness made for 12V (left hand drive) Was not as difficult as I had thought just takes time and patience to fed through . I labelled every wire so I could read a little easier. Still need to add extra wires for heated rear window, Third Brake light and instruments. I still need new relays but I've got done what I can so now I'll get in a mobile Auto electrician to go over it and make final connections, after that I spend time to clean up the appearance ... gone this far can' t stop.

http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/alansvw/wires.jpg
I'm hiding most of the harness in the rear , still trying to decide on what clamps I'll use.
http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/alansvw/IMG_6161_1.jpg
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