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Old March 5th, 2017, 05:03 PM   #76
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Got started on the lower part of the dash today. Really stoked with how this is turning out. My original plans was to mount my front speakers in there, but I don't there it's wide enough for both magnets to fit. I think I'm just gonna leave it looking clean and put them elsewhere.

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Old March 5th, 2017, 05:27 PM   #77
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Two things. The dash is looking good. And, does the photo remind anyone else of a kind of abstract painting?
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Old April 2nd, 2017, 07:59 PM   #78
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Been a while since I updated. Got a bunch of stuff done in that time.

Engine is finally in! So good to get it in there!



Made up a "muffler" using the old stinger that came with the car.



Finished up welding in the side panels for the dash.



Put fiberglass on the seams to smooth things out and finish it up.



Another shot of the back with the engine in and the fenders back on. I know the exhaust looks low, but the front is still jacked up and the tires are flat.



Had to put the seat in and see what it would look like. At this point though, the driver seat is mounted and bolted in.



Got my rear view camera installed. Instead of running a rear view mirror. I am running a camera and mounting a monitor on my dash. You'll see why below.



Steering wheel is looking good in there. Pumped to finally see it in the car.



Sit from the back of how the dash is coming along.



Back on all fours for the first time since October!!



Started sanding and priming the dash. Remembering how much I hate/suck at body work. It won't be pretty, but it'll look better than the welded seams.



Dash fully sanded and primed.



Got all my gauges and most of my switches installed today.



Here's everything installed with my defrost/AC installed. Scored this old bus fan from my buddy. That's the reason for doing the rear view can and monitor.



Shot of everything from the back. Just need to paint, put the VW emblem back on, and the trim.



Here it is in defrost mode.



And here it is in AC mode...haha



After I got everything mounted in the dash, I thought the stereo would look out of place. So I had this old ammo box that I'm going to mount between the seats.





Just going to run the wires out a hole in the back to my speakers, sub, and amp.
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Old April 3rd, 2017, 07:29 AM   #79
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She looks totally HOT! The dash came out well, but, the "defroster" just blows...sorry, I couldn't resist. Judging by some of the discussions regarding ride height, the rear pipe ain't all that low. Great work!
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I really like how you did your gauges and switches... but imho, the tach looks kinda out of place.
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Old May 5th, 2017, 10:44 AM   #81
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Been awhile since I updated, but there's been some good progress. She's alive!! Well mostly. Engine is running and doesn't seem to have any issues. Just need to properly tune my carb. Also got all my wiring finally figured out. Only thing left there is to wire in my stereo.

Finally found some wheels that have a good offset. Previous owner had adapters and was running chevy truck rims on the back. These are off an 80's s10/blazer. Worked perfect!



Had to paint them to match the steering wheel.



Here is some of the dash lights lit up and the rear view camera working. This isn't just going to be a backup cam. I'm using it as my rearview mirror, so it's on with ignition and running all the time.



Front fenders set back in place to check em out and work on wiring.



Got my new headlight installed. They are an led replacement listed for a Wrangler, but they use the same bulbs so these dropped right in. Here is the running lights.



And the low beams. I didn't get a shot of the high beams. They weren't hooked up when i was snapping these pictures.



Fixed up her fat lip. Had an extra piece of 1x1 from my door hinges so I welded that in behind. Take a pretty good hit to bend that part up again.



Started making up some bumperettes. I'm also going to make a mount of the side of one of them so I can mount my license plate.



Here they are mounted. I still need to make the back ones.



And here's the front end all together. Still need to put in the fenders beading, but other than that it's together.



Tail lights installed and working! Took a while to sort out the hazard switch circuit, but it's all sorted out now.



My plan is to run the bug without the decklid for the most part. I love the open engine look. But I know there's going to be a time where I'm out cruising and will get stuck in the rain. I have removable hinge pins for the deck lid, but I needed a way to latch it incase I needed to put it on. I whipped up this little mount using some 1x1 angle, 3/8" rod and a half a chain link. worked out perfect! My original plan was to make a new spiderweb apron out of steel rod, but with how my header is built I don;t have room for that. for now this will work. I may change it down the road.



Not too much left till it's on the road. Put the seats back in, bleed the brakes, do some paperwork! Hopefully the seats and glass are going in tonight, brakes bled this weekend, and paperwork early next week!
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Old May 5th, 2017, 09:27 PM   #82
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She's lookin' great. The matching wheels are a nice touch! Have you considered a partial engine cover to keep the rain off and highlight the engine? Just a thought.
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Old May 6th, 2017, 08:38 PM   #83
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She's lookin' great. The matching wheels are a nice touch! Have you considered a partial engine cover to keep the rain off and highlight the engine? Just a thought.
I actually hadn't thought of that. Definitely something too consider. Plans are always changing as I go so that might end up happening. Thanks for the suggestion, definitely got the gears turning.
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Old May 10th, 2017, 02:42 PM   #84
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imo supers don't always make the coolest rat rod/customs so i love it when a thread like this comes up and proves me wrong
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Old May 11th, 2017, 04:21 AM   #85
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imo supers don't always make the coolest rat rod/customs so i love it when a thread like this comes up and proves me wrong
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Thanks! I thought the same thing when I first got this car. I wanted to do a standard so I could go full fenderless volksrod, but in true rat rod fashion, I had to work with what I got. Stoked that people are diggin what I'm doing!
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Old May 11th, 2017, 04:39 AM   #86
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Made a mount for my license plate. Built it off of my bumper. Going to do the same thing on the back.



Used a leftover chunk of 1x1 angle I had laying around. Worked perfect.



My welds have certainly come along way from when i first started last August. Really happy with this!



Cool shot I got the the front end all together. I know it looks a little wonky. I was using the panoramic function on my phone so it merged things together funny.

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Old May 11th, 2017, 09:16 AM   #87
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Nice work. I love the words under WRNCHEDS. "YOURS TO DISCOVER" pretty much says it all.
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Old May 11th, 2017, 08:40 PM   #88
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Nice work. I love the words under WRNCHEDS. "YOURS TO DISCOVER" pretty much says it all.
That's the slogan for the province I live in. Comes on all the Ontario license plates. Also relates very much to the car. Lots of cool stuff to discover! My super rad friends got together and got those plates made for me. It's our club name.
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Old June 26th, 2017, 12:27 PM   #89
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Again it's been awhile since I posted, but lots of work has been getting done!

Rear bumpers and license plate mounts are done. Even wired up a good little plate light.



Frank has finally made it to his home. Looks so rad in there. and it the perfect shape for a shifter.





Frankie See the light of day for the first time in 6 months!! So Stoked. Running and driving good. Still lots of work to do, but at least I can cruise it!







Welcome to the club! Frankie is all legit now!



Got started on some spider web running boards. I was just going to order some new ones, but then i saw the 3/8 rod and knew what I had to do. I haven't seen it done before so I wanted to try something new.





Here's a better look at what they will look like when I get the top parts in. I ran out of steel so it'll be a bit before I get these done.



If you don't have a ring roller, a GM v-belt pulley, some vice grips, and some muscle works pretty good for 3/8 rod. I just clamped the rod in the pulley and rolled it on the ground.



Frankie is finally home! So awesome to open up my "garage" in the morning and see her sitting there. Can't wait to get her all one colour. Soon!

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I salute your progress!
Keep it up!!!!!
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Old June 26th, 2017, 02:04 PM   #91
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Looks good! Lots of great ideas and work that you've done on Frankie.
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Very nice build. Frankie has come a long way. Great job.
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Neat! The running board mod is just cool!
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Thanks everyone!! Always feels good to know people are diggin what you're doing.

Here's a cool shot I got of Frankie last night while out cruising with the club.

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I just love the subtlety of the wheels.
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Old July 11th, 2017, 08:41 AM   #97
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Well so much for all my work on this thread. Photobucket sucks. Well hopefully I can continue using my dropbox for posting pictures.

Time to start Making Frankie one colour!



I'm using Tremclad Semi-gloss for the paint job. Just going to be a cheap and dirty rattle can job. Happy with the results so far. The paint is still wet in this picture so it looks really glossy.



Drivers fender all done and back on. Lovin it.



Here's both fenders back on. Will probably get the back ones done next weekend. Then hopefully the rest of the car in the next month or so.



Took Frankie out for her first Sunday cruise night, and they just so happen to be featuring air cooled cars! She was front and center! Pretty rad. Not a ton of Air cooled cars around here, but it was cool to see a bunch of them that night.



Here's a cool shot my sister grabbed.

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