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Old July 20th, 2015, 02:06 PM   #726
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So, I'm innocently reading along when the oxygen mask pops out...snark...snort...cough. Great, now I've got Pepsi up my nose.....
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Old July 20th, 2015, 05:49 PM   #727
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I have been following this one through out the years and have really enjoyed each progress. Great job guys. Some patient mo fos....
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Old July 24th, 2015, 07:16 AM   #731
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I'm out of new superlatives, so I'll mimic Unkl...Nice!!
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Old July 25th, 2015, 07:24 PM   #732
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Car looks killer Fernon! Great job!
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Old July 26th, 2015, 02:33 PM   #733
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I really love the dash pod. Are you going to have a little pin stripping added?
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Old July 27th, 2015, 09:28 AM   #734
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Buffy The Volksrod Slayer

We spent some time on Saturday trying to finish up the doors so that when we are ready for them we will just need to buff them out and put all of the hardware back in them so we can bolt them back on the car.

We put the sound deadening material in the doors, this really makes a huge difference to the doors when you open and close them, the doors sound more solid.


Then we blacked them out so that they will be ready for the custom door panels.


After that it was on to hours and hours of wet sanding the clear to remove any imperfections and then buffing it all out to a mirror like finish.


The paint looks like you can swim in it after being buffed out.


Then it was on to the dash. We spent a lot of time buffing the dash out and a lot of hand buffing as well in order to get to all of the different angle in the dash to pop out, but it came out great and we where able to finish up with the molding as well.


Again clean and simple with a little bit of rage.


We have spend a great deal of time and have tried very hard to build a custom car that does not look like it was customized.

You can see how the final dash just flows. From the removal of the defrost vents to the bus pod rolling into the original lines of the beetle dash it all just comes together and most importantly it looks like it came that way from the factory.


This final image is an end to a very long process and also the beginning to the next chapter. We no longer need the custom raised stand anymore.


Stay tuned for next weeks adventure...
If all goes as planned - SHIT's About to get real...

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Old July 27th, 2015, 09:33 AM   #735
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I really love the dash pod. Are you going to have a little pin stripping added?

Thanks... Everyone that has seen the car in person has asked the same question. "Are You Going To Pinstripe It!!!" The simple answer for right now is no. I really want to keep the car as clean as possible for now. The nice thing is I can always pinstripe the car later on when I get bored with the way it looks.
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She just looks great! The dash just looks so, so cool. In the paint's reflection, is that a 3/8' Whitworth wrench sitting on the red tool box across the garage?
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She just looks great! The dash just looks so, so cool. In the paint's reflection, is that a 3/8' Whitworth wrench sitting on the red tool box across the garage?

Thanks... Actually it's a 5/16"

Yeah, after buffing out the clear, the paint has a deep, deep, deep reflection to it. It's going to be fun trying to photograph it when it's done, you're going to see everything reflecting in the background.
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Looking great! I'll send you my bus when you're done
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Old August 3rd, 2015, 01:20 PM   #739
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So That's Where That Goes...

Well, that day has finally come, when we see if everything that we have been doing for the past seven (7) years is actually going to work.

We loaded the body onto the trailer so that we could transport it from the Evil Metal Genius's house over to mine. I have to say that following behind the trailer watching everyone almost snapping their necks trying to figure out what was on the trailer was pretty funny.

Once at the house, we unloaded the body and set it on the ground.


Then we began to get everything ready to mount the body onto the frame.


With the body setting on the frame we began to bolt everything down. This is one of those moments where we had to make a leap of faith since we made some modifications to the body and also the frame since they were separated for the past couple of years and we were not sure if everything would line back up.


Believe it or not the only thing that we had to adjust were just a couple of openings on the body since we made all of the mounts not taking in consideration for the pan seal gasket (and also the fact that we put a 1962 body on a 1972 I.R.S. chassis). So as usual we made our adjustments and moved on.


With everything bolted down it was time to add the rocker panels and then drop the car back down on the ground. It's starting to look like a car again.


We still need to lower the rear end quite a bit so that it doesn't look like a Baja.


Bolted the headlights on to make sure all of that lined up as well. Still need to wire up the buckets and figure out the inner mounts, but that will happen when we wire the rest of the car.


The rear lights came out pretty nice with the mounts.




Set the inner panel in place just to see how it looks. The logo is actually raised from the panel less that 1/16" so it looks like it is floating.


Then we installed the steering shaft.


The steering column was then set in place. You can see the polished shaft so that it stands out inside the column.


Also installed the shifter that matches everything else in the car.




Then it was on to putting a seat in just to make sure that all of this would actually work. (yes my fat ass actually fits in the car )


We also made the switch console so that we can add all of the controls. we still have some modifying to do to it but it will be tucked in between the two seats so that the dash is completely bare except the center gauges. Clean & Simple.




I also finished my cooler for the car. A little creative licensing.


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Old August 3rd, 2015, 03:15 PM   #740
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Truly inspiring, sir.
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B E A UTIFUL!! Coming together nicely!
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Old September 28th, 2015, 09:37 AM   #742
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Frickin Frackin Damn Engine

So when I originally bought this car I bought it for two reasons, 1. I needed a good chassis with a Vin number to build upon (we wound up changing everything on the chassis because it was trashed ) and 2. It had a strong running motor (or so we thought ).

Well, well, well, why would this be any different than anything else on this car that we have had to deal with. First we wanted to check the tolerances on the engine and also pop one of the heads off so we could confirm what size engine we were dealing with and as usual the engine was not the size we were told it was to begin with, but that really did not matter because once we started to check tolerances we noticed that the crankshaft end play on the engine was so far off the we had to completely trash the block.

How far off you say, well normal end play should be between .003" and .005" the end play on this engine was 1/4", you could literally see the crankshaft move back and forth and up and down. We were amazed that the engine didn't grenade when it was running in the car.

Here is a shot of the original block that we had to trash - I will probably make some art out of it.




Luckily the Evil Metal Genius happened to have a single port engine laying around in the back of his shop so we proceeded to tear into this thing.

Once again nothing can be easy, as we begin to tear in to this engine the heads and jugs were seized up so bad from setting outside for so long that we wound up breaking them to get them off the block.

We made a blast booth and proceeded to blast the block so that we could start to rebuild it.


Since this was a single port engine that uses 10mm head studs and we were putting dual port heads that use 8mm studs we had to mill down the two center studs to clear the carb risers.


With all of the studs in place we can move on to getting ready for the new jugs.


We are putting a set of 87mm jugs to make this a 1641


Then we proceeded to lash the valves.




Then dropped the rockers back in.


Then the new set of valve covers.


Dropped in a set of adjustable pushrod tubes.




Then started to work on the top end.


Test fit of the new pulleys.


Got rid of the electronic fuel pump and installed a mechanical one along with an electronic ignition.




Then we began to test fit the new tins.




Got all of the carb linkage set-up.






You can see the alternator strap has been given the hole treatment as well.


As you can see here that the tolerances on the crankshaft are now perfect.


Then we began to do a test fit for the fuel lines in copper since it is easier to work with when you are laying things out.


All of the fuel lines are going to be run behind the fan shroud so that you do not see anything from the front of the engine.


We had to fab up a piece for the doghouse vent so that it would be a solid mount to the tins since this is not going to be setting in and engine compartment.


Then we tore everything apart again and shot color. I really like the way this thing turned out.




Stainless steel lines run along with high end compression fittings.


The contrast of color really works well.






You can see the alternator cover pops out against the fan shroud.




We were going to drop this into the car and fire it up but as usual we checked the clutch and lets just say we had to order a new one, so maybe next weekend we will drop it in.

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Old September 29th, 2015, 06:12 PM   #743
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Old September 30th, 2015, 07:30 PM   #744
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Wow, is this gonna be at Bugjam ?
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Old September 30th, 2015, 07:37 PM   #745
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If we ever get this thing finished we plan on bringing it there one of these days. It seems that every time we think we are making progress something bites us in the ass. Until then we'll just keep pluggin away.
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Don't get me wrong...that engine is clean and has a cool vintage look...but...where are all the dimpled holes and custom touches? I figured the evil metal genius would have custom built the fan shroud and machined the generator stand out of some rare metal and added a thousand custom touches that no one notices at first Store bought pulleys? Man, I expected so much more out of you guys!



Just messing with you man...that is a clean ass build. I'm sure you are just ready to finish it at this point. I can't even build a damn car without selling it once it gets started.
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Don't get me wrong...that engine is clean and has a cool vintage look...but...where are all the dimpled holes and custom touches? I figured the evil metal genius would have custom built the fan shroud and machined the generator stand out of some rare metal and added a thousand custom touches that no one notices at first Store bought pulleys? Man, I expected so much more out of you guys!



Just messing with you man...that is a clean ass build. I'm sure you are just ready to finish it at this point. I can't even build a damn car without selling it once it gets started.

Sorry Charlie, we were fresh out of unobtainium to machine the generator stand out of but I did add some of our infamous holes to the bracket if that helps.

We will just be happy if this thing starts at this point.
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Don't get me wrong...that engine is clean and has a cool vintage look...but...where are all the dimpled holes and custom touches? I figured the evil metal genius would have custom built the fan shroud and machined the generator stand out of some rare metal and added a thousand custom touches that no one notices at first Store bought pulleys? Man, I expected so much more out of you guys!

Just messing with you man...that is a clean ass build. I'm sure you are just ready to finish it at this point. I can't even build a damn car without selling it once it gets started.
Ya know, I was thinking the same exact thing, where are all the noticeable custom touches on this engine
Of coarse then I opened my eyes & noticed the holes in the alternator strap & thought that's it?? Then my eyes slowly focused & I noticed the color combination, very nice I must say I also like the fuel lines, something I have been thinking about for a while now, altho stainless is a bit out of my price range, so I'll use steel & let them rust, rust is the new theme of my car if nobody has noticed (it happened by accident)

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Sorry Charlie, we were fresh out of unobtainium to machine the generator stand out of but I did add some of our infamous holes to the bracket if that helps.

We will just be happy if this thing starts at this point.
Don't panic, it's gonna start

I have a large supply of that unobtainium, matter-o-fact I make my own supply of unobtainium
I also have another special aluminum alloy I call beercanaluminum W/some-other- aluminum looking stuff added in, it's all for decorative parts, I try to save the "known" aluminum alloys material for those special jobs

Again, it looks "SUPER" !!!
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Are these metals similar to, can'tgetanyum. Or in my case, can'taffordium?
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