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Old December 20th, 2016, 09:24 AM   #101
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This Moler fella is winning faarsands of fans in old Blighty. Proper job.
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Old December 20th, 2016, 11:50 AM   #102
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^^ Um, yeah, what I think he said x 2.
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Old December 22nd, 2016, 03:26 AM   #103
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Good day Moler- I have spent way too long reading all of your progress on the build-It's like a drug-I can't stop reading about it.You have done an awesome job so far.I have been worried how I was going to do the back of the cabin on mine.On my Drag Car Beetle pickup,I fabbed a 30mm lip both sides and across the roof,then used rivet nuts and bolted a flat ally panel in.Want the next one to have it curved like you have done.I thought about using B pillars from a wreck and swapping then to the other side,then plug weld to the existing body.Probably bit hard to figure.I'll put a pic up.Would be easy enough to cover in where the door striker goes,and across the rear-just cut a flat steel panel to come up to the inner lip and plug weld it in.For the rear roof section,I reckon I could cut several roof sections from wrecks just above the B pillar-say about 600 mm long each,and cut into the roof enough to give the right curve to mate up to the roof of the Rod.
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Old December 23rd, 2016, 01:22 AM   #104
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It makes my head spin just looking at your work, I had to wipe the drool off my desk before it dripped down on the key board & ruined it
I can only imagine what it's gonna look like when finished


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Old December 31st, 2016, 09:25 PM   #105
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This thing is looking great.

I wanted to chop the zimrod so bad!!!

I have a 64 bug and a bus roof out behind the shop...hmmm.
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Old April 11th, 2017, 12:38 PM   #106
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Thanks chaps

Well I'm out of hibernation and back at it

Next job, although the prep for paint isn't quite finished, is the windscreen frame. I need a fairly wide frame to bridge the gap where the rubber seal would normally be, here I'm offering a 3/4" wide ruler which looks about right to me...


...with the glass held central in the hole I measured the gap between the glass and body and wrote in the relevant spot on the glass...


...I next drew round glass on to card and marked the extra needed to fill the gap...


...I dug the old flexi-curve out, 25 years old this is ...








...first go, very happy with that...


...it goes against anything to place the card template across the centre of a sheet like this, but I want the frame in one piece even though it'll be cut in half eventually...


...first piece...


...don't get excited the centre bar is just a brace ...




...and repeat...


...so that's the front and back of the frame now for the centre, for this I got some 7mm solid square section...




...I needed to bend the square section to fit the contour of the screen, it's a compound bend too, so marked out at regular intervals...


...I started the job of bending it just using the vice, slowly slowly does it...


...I took my time and it paid off, it's hard to see but that's spot on...


...then the ends, it was originally going to try and bend it round the 3/4" ply buck, but that didn't work so it was back to gently bending it in the vice...






...coming together nicely...


...I needed to a hand holding the shape while assembling the whole thing so I start with the screen...


...on a big piece of ply...


...and using blocks of wood placed them so they'd support the curve...


...with frame parts in place...


...it's looking good ...


...these strong bull dog clips worked very well in aiding assembling...


...joints prepped...




...and welded...


...front section tacked...


...and the glass offered up, nice...




...and on with the back section...


...bull dog clips again...


...lots of bull dog clips ...


...a long session welding and cooling, and it's nicely keeping it's shape...




...followed a loang grinding session ...


...just a few spots to finesse...


...I used a belt sander over the top, it looks straight in this pic, it's not...


...it's snug...


...I got this seal from Woolies Trim...


...and it's perfect for the job...




...this is my hinge, just a plain steel hinge...


...I'm not going for invisible, but I wanted some that looked better than a safari hinge...


...so I'm welding it in, not exactly the most serviceable part on the rod!...








...alot of gentle grinding (is that an oxymoron? ) later...


...after contemplating a few methods of attaching the hinge to the body I went with this idea, a simple return to bolt to the windscreen edge lip...






...the money shot, but still a long way from being done...


...on to the side stays, this is also the point where I'll be cutting the frame in two...












...brackets for the stay to attach to, these well also aid in holding the two pieces of the frame together...






...now to play with locations...




...and the stays will be made from this rescued scrap.




In other news, I had company, he's blasting a Hotwheel new bug so he can paint and customise it ...


...I bought another Type 3 engine for when the Squareback gets relieved of the Rods engine...


...I made something to display MY Hotwheels in...


...and I MOT'd my dads T25, it's for sale if anyone's interested.


That's all for now, but with potentially 5 garage days over Easter, I'm to make good progress ;)

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Old April 12th, 2017, 10:16 AM   #107
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anyone else having issues with photos in last post?
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Old April 12th, 2017, 11:33 AM   #108
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anyone else having issues with photos in last post?
Nope, no problem here. There are quite a few pictures though, maybe that is messing with your computer or phone?
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Old April 12th, 2017, 12:15 PM   #109
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anyone else having issues with photos in last post?

Other than the jaw droppingly brilliant work I had no issues.
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Old April 13th, 2017, 04:07 AM   #110
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Works on company cell but not company laptop. Go figure. Really nice work as always.
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Old April 22nd, 2017, 01:54 AM   #111
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Thank you

For the stays I need a bracket on the dash end, my first attempt started with the 1/2" box that I'd bought to do the safari frame originally...




...why it's cranked over will become clear in a second...


...black nylon washers to pack the hinge pieces...


...why it's cranked. It took several incarnations of hinge lengths before finding the sweet spot...




...then I had a clearance issue with the bottom bracket so kicked the bottom of the hinge piece over too...






...crap pic, but you get the idea...


...so this is the bottom bracket I ended up with...


...I didn't like it, it didn't look like would last very long! So I play with bits...


...and came up with this much simpler option...








...I liked it, so went for it...


...shame I had crap weld moment on the otherside ...


...but I'm happy with this...




...obviously both sides got worked at the same time ...


...time to cut it in two...




...I decided I need more than one screw to hold the two bits together...






...good welding moment, shame it gets ground flat ...






...that'll do...


...I might change these for allen head machine screws yet, to keep the theme going...


...tacked...


...welded, cut finished and holes drilled'n'tapped...


...and again the other side got done at the same time...


...the bottom of the frame sprung a little, but this should easily go back once the glass is in...


...happy with the join...




...latches next, these are splitscreen safari windscreen ones, repo of course...


...added a temporary wooden brace in the middle for this bit...


...moved the seal around to allow access for measuring...


...as I'd hoped, the original latch plates fit very nicely...


...good old rivnuts...




...latch brackets for the frame shaped to match the latch base plates...




...drilled'n'tapped'n'tacked...


...lovin' it ...




...the full extent of the hinge looks and works well...


...job jobbed...






...just this closing plate round the bulkhead interior light to fabricate...


...tidy up and out with the 3in1...


...bit of CAD ...


...test piece...


...full size piece...




...holesaw action...










...rivnuts again...


...I decided in the end to include the wire guard...


...but I had to remove it from the light...


...and fix it to the closing panel...






...next it was time to drag the pan out and offer up the body...




...first alteration is here, it needs to be a little narrower as it had pushed the bottom edge of the uinner arch/fender out...




...taking a tapered 2mm to 3mm slither out was enough...




...rear corners of the pan need reshaping around the bodies rear corners...




...the pan will now go out and I'll finish the body prep, dead joy!!!

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Old April 26th, 2017, 03:21 AM   #112
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Wow! Very impressed. It's coming along nicely
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Old April 28th, 2017, 10:20 PM   #113
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How are you going to operate your windshield wipers?
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Old May 7th, 2017, 11:45 AM   #114
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I decided the rear rotisserie mount needed to be modified to change how it was, well, mounted. Like this it covers up some of the bodywork I need to get paint on...


...so I chnge to go the other way...


...I then prepped the pan to be stored outside while I painted...


...nearly there, just a few little bits needed attention...










....and it's ready for a lick of paint...




...starting point...


...I'm sure I'm breaking loads of bodyshop rules of painting when I paint the whole thing in one go, but that's how it is . Looks like red oxide primer, but it's not, this is RAL 3003 Ruby red or as refer to it, blood red, in a satin finish...




...prepping for a second coat...


...I decided to modify the rotisserie mounts again, I've lost the block of wood and drilled through the frame for the front mount, revealing a large area that was missing paint...


...and the rear mount looked a little flimsy so I added brace that bolts into a rivnut on the frame...


...and stepped it away from the body as I still didn't have the access I wanted, plus it reveal an area that needed a little work...


...ready for a second coat. You'll no doubt notice that there is no primer of the front frame, the paint I'm using is an old favourite of mine, Rustoleum, and it is self priming so no need for it...


...I make no apologies for using this paint as it's dead easy to use even I can use it. It thins with white spirit at about 20%. No need for fancy air fed masks, a simple filtered mask works fine, and it's cheap! Second coat on, still wet...


...and dry this very morning...


...I'm very happy

In other news, the T25 has gone, thank f***

And I've bought my holy grail baywindow, '71 RHD Twin Slider...


...it's a Dormobile but not sure the roof is, can any shed any light on it?

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Old May 7th, 2017, 04:40 PM   #115
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fantastic progress, looks great. :)

love the colour too.
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Old May 7th, 2017, 07:03 PM   #116
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Among other parts of your build, I love the red!
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Old May 29th, 2017, 11:30 AM   #117
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Thanks gents

I decided to improve my garage lighting by blocking up the windows and adding some new lights, questionable temporary positioning...




...to add to my clinically clean painting environment, this is my mixing scheme hahaha ...


...I knew I'd got the colour I wanted when this loved like |I'd had a nose bleed...


...my spray gun is a cheap gravity fed Clarke item last used 5 years ago to paint the '67 I had...


...ready for coat number 3...


...coat number 3 applied...


...get some 3x2...


...add some cutting and screwing...


...body trolley ...




...doors, I even get stressed looking back at the pictures of the doors needing prep work ...




...working the bonnet and doors together...








...the passenger door has a mirror hole, the drivers door didn't, and as I intend to use the standard mirror mount I need one here too...


...I carefully measured the other and transferred them over...


...almost spot on, the angle of the pic makes it look way off, honest!...


...I kept this from a long since gone door...




...chased the threads with the tap that comes with a spark plug insert kit...


...plug welding is the only option here...


...salvaged nut...


...I held the nut in place with a some inside calpiers...




...welds smoothed with a square edged burr, then re-chased the threads...


...paint on the inside of the bonnet as I didn't want to try and paint it in one go...


...the processes continued ...




...built something to mount the doors on for painting, crude but they worked...




...last paint on the inside of the bonnet, last primer on the doors...


...finally in the red...


...bonnet out baking in the sun, oh the benefits of a patina'd car ...


body about to receive it's doors...


...doors on (I might regret that!) and out in the sunshine too...


...am I happy with it? no, no I'm not, but time is ticking on for Skeg Vegas so I'll run it like this for a bit and then decide the but path forward. That path may involve a proper bodyshop ...




















...time for the pan...


...it hasn't outside for too long so has survived ok...


...a little had got in the cover though...




...and it had been knocked over by my son, lucky this is the only damage...


...there's still a bit to do including the access panel...


...rotisserie time...


...and the body goes outside, I have a bad feeling about this!...


...started with this...


...I love welding the thicker stuff...


...I used a piece of angle to finish the structure around the front...




...lots of welds to dress now...




...planning a massive push through June
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She's looking fantastic! The detail you're going to is just brilliant!
This "proper body shop" thing you mentioned...what exactly is that?
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...need to add some captive nuts here...


...5 minutes on the lathe...








...I pulled the seat base out for the next bit...


...I genuinely thought I'd had original idea, or at least original idea to me, to use a splitscreen heater flap control in the tunnel of the rod...


...turns out not to be at all, in fact this is how VW did it on early bugs, I'm in good company though ...


...it's a bit congested under here...


...so I moved it down a bit...


...butchered the holes into an oval...


...for the perfect angle on the tube and control ...








...next to connect the conduits, I have a salvaged piece of accelerator conduit to use for this which is the same size...










...sorted...


...next job, seat belt anchor point, you can see the old one, and the position marked...


...I have this salvaged mount, possibly Baywindow for this side...












...then to blank the old one I just used an old bolt...




...for the other side I needed to salvage an anchor point from this old bug rear section...






...then I blanked off the pedal stop captive nut from LHD pan...


...used a piece of copper on the back to hold the weld...






...pedal mount time...












...you'll have spotted the mistake, I'll sort that in a sec ...


...pedal stop captive nut re-used on this side...






...this has had me scratching my head, with the pedal hinge in the pressing on the pan the pedal misses the roller on the accelerator rod??? this wasn't the original set of pedals but is the same with those too...


...so that mistake...


...while looking on the web for pictures of bug pedals I discovered, or rather, had my memory jogged that this mount is supposed to go across the pan for strength, like this...


...a reasonable save I think...


...next I addressed the mounting holes that needed a tweak, about half needed the same slight elongation...


...then I removed all that pesky transit paint...


...finished a little bit work around the back too...


...time for my favourite primer...




...next job, fill the hole underneath, this is the original closing plate...


...and it needs shortening by 9" to fit ...




...cut and cleaned...


...now for the access hole I need for the handbrake cables...


...last job today, primer on the rear suspension...


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Bravo! Your 'captured nut' process had given me a couple of ideas for the Single Cab. 'We going with red for the pan, or something interesting, like say, lime green?
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Happy to help
Alas, just boring old satin black
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The detail you've gone to is amazing

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Wish I had half your welding equipment. All I have are rocks, a few chickens, a crappy grinder and a welder from a Chinese funded Italian company that went tits up with a computer I lost the manual too... so it can only vaguely spit out flux core.
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