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Old November 29th, 2009, 11:57 AM   #26
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the first one kinda looks like altesien ray-deans truck
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Old November 29th, 2009, 05:25 PM   #27
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Well, here's my "wall of inspiration" in my garage office:


Just had to see. 1" spacer under the tires, still touches concrete:


I forgot about the whole, going from a 70* garage to 35* outside temperature and how that effects psi in air shocks. So now that half inch lip that's holding the pan up in the above picture is no longer there. The guy following me down the bumpiest road around seemed to like the spark show as he pulled next to me at the stop sign.

Didn't get much done tonight after having to deal with nuts and bolts magically disappearing from my exhaust and intake runner. Luckily I have the '66 to steal hardware from.

I did manage to make my cheapo headlights look a little better.

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And after some elbow grease and scotchbrite:
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Old November 30th, 2009, 08:19 PM   #28
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Just a little cabwork tonight, ran out of welding wire halfway through rebracing and ran to Home Depot for more. On the bright side, I get to drive the Beetle one more day!









Now the cab is a little more manageable to work with, and I don't have to worry about it getting snowed in if that stuff every falls.
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Old December 1st, 2009, 09:26 PM   #29
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Gutted:







My spare parts collection is growing, there's much more upstairs:
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 09:01 PM   #30
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A little more progress tonight:







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Old December 3rd, 2009, 08:22 PM   #31
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No turning back now!!!











And my favorite shots:








My heart was picking up pace as I was taping the cut marks, then it was about to jump out of my chest as I finished the first cut. Once I set the roof back on for the final visual my adrenaline was pumping. If I didn't have neighbors who like to sleep and that stupid work thing in the morning I probably would have kept going until it was either finished or I dropped.
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Old December 5th, 2009, 08:34 AM   #32
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If those last couple pictures aren't motivation you are a sloth! Looking really good. Now you have my attention...
Keep up the good work!!!
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Old December 5th, 2009, 03:53 PM   #33
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Next time I'm up to visit Duluth I have to swing by and check you out!
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Old December 5th, 2009, 04:48 PM   #34
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A little more cutting today and then finally it's starting to go back together.

I'm pretty sure MarkH saved me a huge amount of headache and aggrevation that he must have endured. He sent me a couple photos from this thread of my car and marked out how he would have cut differently. That is why the car looks as it does in these first couple pictures. Even though I'm doing a bugtruck, it will be keeping most of the Beetle package tray or "trunk" whatever you want to call it for bed support and storage ahead of the engine. Thank you so much Mark!!!!!















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Old December 5th, 2009, 05:48 PM   #35
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still think you need to use the split window from the truck cab.
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Old December 5th, 2009, 09:08 PM   #36
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still think you need to use the split window from the truck cab.
The thought definitely crossed my mind.
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Old December 6th, 2009, 09:27 AM   #37
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...It's been over 12 hours since your last update....done yet? Keep up the good work.
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Old December 6th, 2009, 10:34 AM   #38
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im really digging this thread. ive been following this build and i like what i see.
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Old December 6th, 2009, 12:32 PM   #39
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damn....ive got to get out the its time for some forward momentum
still diggin this man
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Old December 6th, 2009, 02:14 PM   #40
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Thanks alot guys, I'm having alot of fun doing this chop. Don't worry Mark, I'm heading back out to the garage now for a couple hours, gotta start cuttin up the '66 for filler sections.
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Old December 6th, 2009, 05:06 PM   #41
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Worked on it for a couple hours this afternoon so not a whole lot of progress but still good.

Marked the '66 for patch sections:




Got a good start on the passenger side:




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Old December 7th, 2009, 06:10 AM   #42
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MOAR! this is exactly what I wanted to do!
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Old December 7th, 2009, 10:39 AM   #43
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MOAR! this is exactly what I wanted to do!
Go ahead, we can start a gang! Ha!
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Old December 7th, 2009, 08:37 PM   #44
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Two hours in tonight, finished tacking the passenger side and got the driver's side filler wrestled into place and tacked. Got a start on the center which might take a little work to get squared and hold the contour correctly.









I can't wait to sit behind that tiny windshield and drive down the road!
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Old December 7th, 2009, 08:56 PM   #45
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Extended cab ?
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Old December 8th, 2009, 05:04 AM   #46
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Old December 8th, 2009, 11:28 AM   #47
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Old December 8th, 2009, 07:47 PM   #48
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Tonights progress was slowed a little with having to shovel snow and get my snowblower welded/running.









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Old December 8th, 2009, 08:02 PM   #49
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Got a lot of doors there, lookin good
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Old December 14th, 2009, 01:04 PM   #50
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post up a few of the chop so far beeotch, before I do... I'm so anxious to see this one come together..
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