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Old May 13th, 2011, 05:10 PM   #1
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I've been debating chopping the top on the convertible for a while. Today Fishguts came over and we broke out the cuttin' tools and got to work. There's still more work to do to finish the frame for the top, but I'm happy with what we got done today. My buddy's wife is pissed that I would do that to a convertible, so I must be on the right track.
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Old May 13th, 2011, 05:25 PM   #2
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My buddy's wife is pissed...

Is it her car ?
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Old May 13th, 2011, 05:34 PM   #3
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Is it her car ?

No it's my car. She wants a really wants a VW convertible and thinks it's terrible that I would cut one up.
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Old May 14th, 2011, 01:27 AM   #4
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No it's my car. She wants a really wants a VW convertible and thinks it's terrible that I would cut one up.

It is. Shame on you. Who in their right mind would do such a thing?
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Old May 14th, 2011, 04:01 AM   #5
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I'm not naming names, but I had help, and I didn't hear any objections from anyone else in the garage!
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Old May 14th, 2011, 05:25 AM   #6
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Looks like you have the same hood as I do. I cut the material out behind the grill so air could get to my radiator for the V-8 engine. The fit on top of the cowl is not the greatest, but I guess I will live with it. Pop
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Old May 14th, 2011, 12:01 PM   #7
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I bought mine cheap without the grille and a replacement was too expensive so I cut the recess, moved it forward and fiberglassed it in. I like smoothed out like that. The fit on mine isn't that great either, but not too bad. I just picked up another one, also minus the grille, when I went to the swap meet in Carlisle. I'll use that one when I get to working on my sedan.
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Old May 20th, 2011, 02:40 PM   #8
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Got more done today. Welded up some of the rear framework and added 4" to length. Just have to drop the two rear support pieces and it will be done.
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That's looking good, John! See how much more you can get done when I'm not in the way?


Give me a call if you need a hand with anything.
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That's looking good, John! See how much more you can get done when I'm not in the way?


Give me a call if you need a hand with anything.
Thanks again for your help. I'm very pleased with the way it came out. It would have been butchered if you weren't there for the guidance.

Now the push is on to get it painted & wired. Litchfield is only a month away.
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Old May 21st, 2011, 01:26 AM   #11
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Now the push is on to get it painted & wired. Litchfield is only a month away.

I know I know ... and I got this POS in my shop I want to take and I can't find the fourth wheel!!
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" I didn't hear any objections from anyone else in the garage!"

The first time around you did . . . and I was one of them.

Damn, if I knew that you were serious about ruining that car, I would have offered to trade you my '55 Porsche for it. There's nothing much classier than a restored vintage Beetle Cabriolet.

And another one bites the dust . . . .
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Old May 24th, 2011, 01:38 PM   #13
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" I didn't hear any objections from anyone else in the garage!"

The first time around you did . . . and I was one of them.

Damn, if I knew that you were serious about ruining that car, I would have offered to trade you my '55 Porsche for it. There's nothing much classier than a restored vintage Beetle Cabriolet.

And another one bites the dust . . . .
I know, I know. The first time around there were 3 objections to chopping the top. The second time around it was just me and Dave. He posted a crack about chopping the top so I was joking that he didn't try to stop me.

I don't feel bad about chopping it. It would actually be easy to restore with a new top mechanism and piece of windshield frame. Anyway, a friend owns a junkyard and I saved this one from the crusher a few years ago. It was so rotted out that was were it was headed. So yeah, another one bites the dust, but at least it's still on the road.
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Old May 27th, 2011, 04:00 PM   #14
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Dropped by today to see how John is coming along on the chopped 'vert project. It is looking soooooo fine.
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Old June 3rd, 2011, 03:47 PM   #15
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Well it's all one color. Progress no matter how slow is still progress. Only two weeks to go until Litchfield and I still have pretty much everything to do. It's going to be close.
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Well it's all one color. Progress no matter how slow is still progress. Only two weeks to go until Litchfield and I still have pretty much everything to do. It's going to be close.
O man that is sinister looking!

How about tan duct tape for the top? Wouldn't that be some kinda classy!

I've been thinking satin black for Ratgutz, too ... then shiny flames and (gasp!) red wheels.

Got any paint left??
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Thanks Dave.

I was going to do black for the top, but now I'm thinking that might be too much. Tan would look nice.

I don't have any paint left, but I'll be buying more. My compressor started to fail in the middle of the paint job. (It's dead now, waiting for parts to arrive). The doors look like hell. I also screwed up the body work on the drivers rear quarter panel. I didn't realize how off I was until I started to put the fenders on, so I started it over again. I'm sure I'll have paint left over when I'm done touching up.
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Thanks Dave.

I was going to do black for the top, but now I'm thinking that might be too much. Tan would look nice.

I don't have any paint left, but I'll be buying more. My compressor started to fail in the middle of the paint job. (It's dead now, waiting for parts to arrive). The doors look like hell. I also screwed up the body work on the drivers rear quarter panel. I didn't realize how off I was until I started to put the fenders on, so I started it over again. I'm sure I'll have paint left over when I'm done touching up.
I was just kidding - I'm a long way away from real paint. I did some rattle can flat black today. I'll rattle can some flames on it next. Oh, and one wheel is now red. It looks so good I wish I had done that a long time ago.

I have a really decent compressor sitting in my shop ready to roll - just come and get it. I've painted several cars with it so I know it has plenty of nut for the job. You are welcome to it.
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awesome i love the hood choice for the car
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I was just kidding - I'm a long way away from real paint. I did some rattle can flat black today. I'll rattle can some flames on it next. Oh, and one wheel is now red. It looks so good I wish I had done that a long time ago.

I have a really decent compressor sitting in my shop ready to roll - just come and get it. I've painted several cars with it so I know it has plenty of nut for the job. You are welcome to it.
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I'm sure it goes with the flat black and red much better.
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