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Old May 26th, 2013, 03:43 PM   #1
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Well guys I guess its time to start my build thread. Ive been lurking around on here for about a year trying to absorb as much information as i could. Now that summer is almost here, my job starts slowing down and i get more time in the garage.

My names Mike, I live in Vancouver Wa. Ive noticed theres a few guys in my area, maybe ill see you at shows some day. Rod Run perhaps.

To the project. Ive had this bug since I was 15 (26 now). For me it started as a 74 Baja that i drove daily for a couple years then sat at my dads house for about 6 years. I went up and got it a couple years ago with the intention of just repainting it and selling it. but stumbled across this site and couldnt resist As of right now im in the middle of redoing the front suspension. ive got it all torn apart, just got the new ball joints pressed in. the torsion bars swapped to the adjustable beam. and the drop spindles just got here. Ive got the 10" beam extension and frame head brace from doug. so thats what im currently on. Ive been researching like crazy for the chop and i think ive got it down for the most part so after the front is back together, thats next hopefully.

I look forward to getting to know you guys and will happily receive any tips/tricks/concerns along the way.

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Old May 26th, 2013, 08:42 PM   #2
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OMG you are cutting up a perfectly good beetle??? Whoops... forgot which forum I was on... carry on
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Old May 26th, 2013, 09:28 PM   #3
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Is it done yet?
Oh, I almost forgot. Proper welcomes are in order.....

There ya go!
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Old May 27th, 2013, 12:18 AM   #4
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SHEESH!!!
brand new air compressor, brand new MIG welder....
The jerk couldn't even be bothered to build his own welding cart.
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Old May 27th, 2013, 04:14 AM   #5
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harbor freight had such a good deal on welding carts
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Old May 27th, 2013, 04:56 AM   #6
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Welcome!! Glad to see I'm not the only one that works in a messy garage!
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Old May 27th, 2013, 09:15 AM   #7
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My garages are trashed! I don't even have a welding cart as I have to lug it across an acre to get from the front garage to the shop in back. Just something else to get in the way.
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Old May 27th, 2013, 09:36 AM   #8
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Hey Mike - when you get ready to chop it, let me know if you need a hand or someone to keep you from turning back. If this is your first, you will certainly experience some apprehension, disorientation folllowed by confusion. Good times!! --Markh.
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Old May 27th, 2013, 01:38 PM   #9
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I appreciate that Mark. I would love to have someone at your skill level looking over my shoulder while I make the big cuts. I will let you know when I get to that point.
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Old May 28th, 2013, 06:53 PM   #10
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Cool
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Old May 28th, 2013, 07:33 PM   #11
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I 'll come over to laugh that you would listen Mark. I let him do the work
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Old May 28th, 2013, 09:29 PM   #12
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Can I watch as well. And what are the plans for the Tonka trucks?
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Old May 29th, 2013, 03:07 AM   #13
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Ha feel free to swing by Mundo, and if youve still got that Ghia body laying around I could sure use a windshield and deck lid for mine....

Rattakus- Of course bud. And I needed to do some yardwork, figured I'd bring in the heavy equipment
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Old May 29th, 2013, 06:50 AM   #14
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Man, this kind of camaraderie makes me want to live in Portland again. I need this kind of support to push me to get my crap done.
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Old May 29th, 2013, 05:00 PM   #15
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Got the front all painted up and put it back together today. Just tie rods left to attach. Officially no longer at a baja stance in the front.

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Old May 29th, 2013, 05:27 PM   #16
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That's better!
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Old May 29th, 2013, 09:00 PM   #17
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I go in 10 days to bring all my crap (To include my never moving project) and family up here. I will be needing much encouragement and help as I am useless once its here. Perhaps a summer BBQ for the locals would be a good idea. One of us should try and set it up (I will once I am no longer homeless and living in a hot nurses house)
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Old June 1st, 2013, 09:17 AM   #18
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Sold the body . I do have a lid it's n sad shape but you are welcome to it. Also a vw swap meet at the eagles on Lombard on the 8th let me know if you want to look at it
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Old June 1st, 2013, 01:29 PM   #19
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Eh, my lid is in decent shape. I just didnt feel like pulling the big dent out haha. Thanks anyway mundo
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Old June 1st, 2013, 04:52 PM   #20
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Darnit. I leave on the 8th for California to go get my family (And my project) and bring them back. Happy times for me.... I is lonely and cold up here with out someone to cuddle with. And bored without my kids, dogs, and car.
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Old June 1st, 2013, 04:59 PM   #21
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Nice day out today. rolled the bug out and got the windows and interior out. Cracked the windshield trying to get it out without cutting the seal but oh well shes ready to chop now!
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Old June 1st, 2013, 05:04 PM   #22
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Is it worth pulling the motor to do the chop or is it easy enough to work around it?
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Old June 1st, 2013, 05:06 PM   #23
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Should be fine. Make sure your brace and measure twice.
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Old June 2nd, 2013, 10:15 AM   #24
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How much you looking to chop it?
What style of chop you want?

Take a side profile picture of your car with your desired number of inches taped out on the A, B and C-pillars you think you want chopped. Print the picture and, with your scissors, cut off the roof and re-assemble.

The more radical the chop, the more parts required to assemble.

You can go 4" with one roof and another set of door top frames (I have a pair for you).

If you want a level 3-4" chop, you might be cutting across the rear firewall. (Removing the motor required).

If you want the raked look or a chop under 3", no need to pull the motor.

If you want 5" or more removed, keeping the rear big back window will become more difficult. You'll need another roof and a whole lot more patience.

You choose. It's only time, money and metal.

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Old June 2nd, 2013, 11:15 AM   #25
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I definitely want to go with the style of fernon/bounce and keep my roof in one piece to simplify things and keep the curve of the top. So I'm hoping for up to 4" in the front. I think a little rake looks great but nothing too exaggerated. Also I really like the look of slanted B pillars so I've been looking a bit more into how to go that route.

Ill be pulling the motor eventually anyway so I'll probably just do it before hand to make life easier.

Also, My buddy works in a rebar shop and said I can have whatever I want for bracing but I've heard rebar doesn't weld too well. Do you guys think it will be sufficient for bracing or should I try to find something else?
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