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Agent Orange - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Jan 5th, 2012, 7:46 pm

Dad found this Beetle hiding out in a garage years ago on Salmonair Line. The woman who owned it bought it and used it in Germany. She then drove it to Alberta, and eventually put it on a trailer and towed it here to Newfoundland. Dad bought the trailer off her years ago. We waited and waited for her to be ready to sell but she didn't want to let go. Finally, she gave in and after a trade of a truck with a blade for clearing her driveway, we go it.

Here is the beetle sitting in her garage:

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Back in October Dad took ownership and brought it home:

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From what I gather, it is a 1302 Super Beetle. At some point the car got a paint job (it was originally orange) a sweet 90s style interior, and another engine was swapped in. The chrome trim was removed, chrome bumpers replaced, and other chrome trim painted. The car had its wheels stolen at some point and the insurance company replaced them with the ones on it now. An empi shifter has been added, front seats and seat belts swapped.
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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Jan 5th, 2012, 7:56 pm

Got some hardcover manuals with it, the original manual and dealership locations, and birth certificate.

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Birth certificate from Germany:

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Roughtly says:

Dear Ms. Benoit
We thank you for your letter. With interest we have noted that you are still in possession of an old Volkswagen and we are happy to let you know the data of your vehicle:
chassis number 112 2 473 046
model 113 VW Sedan
engine number DO 886 492
produced on 24/01/72
delivered at 26/01/72
delivered to Freiburg, Germany
color L20B Orange
interior decoration

Found some German coins inside:

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Chrome trim came with it, along with some misc parts and a rear valence:

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Rubber seal:

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Drivers door was broken at some point and they got two new ones, only installed one so here is the other, with trim:

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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Jan 5th, 2012, 8:26 pm

We kept the car a secret from my girlfriend Deidre until Christmas. When I got home I wanted to clean it up a little before she got it.

Front before:

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During:

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After:

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Fender cleaning:

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Rear before:

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After:

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All done:

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Got some bows for the big reveal:

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Colonel Mustard and Miss Scarlet:

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Put the car up on a trailer so we could bring it down by the house for Dad to surprise Deidre:

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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby Andy. » Jan 5th, 2012, 8:43 pm

Nice addition to the "family" Chris. :thumbup:

Next purchase should be that purple Thing, Prof. Plum is the best Clue character.
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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby vdubkarl » Jan 5th, 2012, 9:23 pm

so....which one do you drive? :D
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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Jan 5th, 2012, 9:51 pm

The Colonel. This is the gfs car lol. Although Im sure I will spend some time behind the wheel lol. Need to teach her to drive it once it is done.

First task was to remove the engine:

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Pushed the car outside and jacked it up:

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Few minutes later:

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Going to strip down this engine and see what kind of shape it is in. Probably rebuild it as it is a later 1600 engine. Originally had FI I believe so may look into what it would take to put it back.
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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby Andy. » Jan 5th, 2012, 10:05 pm

Hope you're making Deidre help build it!
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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby matt877 » Jan 6th, 2012, 9:57 am

Looks good! I assume it was running when you got it? Are you going to put the chrome back or paint them again?
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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby GTI » Jan 6th, 2012, 10:20 am

The original orange in these cars rocked
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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Jan 6th, 2012, 12:34 pm

No the car was not running when we got it, engine is ceased.

We were originally thinking of going Marina Blue, but now have settled on keeping it red. It will be painted kasan red which is from that year. Car will be going for paint in March or April hopefully. All the chrome will be going back. It was clearly modded with some early 90s style, with the terrible carpet, painting or removing the chrome, black mirrors, small black bumpers. We will be putting it back the way it belongs lol, with a whole new interior. Hoping to have it fully restored for Dub Show 2012.

Trying to get some tear down completed before I leave on Monday so the car is ready to go out for paint in a few months.
Took the carpet out of the trunk:

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Door panels removed:

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Interior before:

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Seats out, not sure what they would have come out of, but not original obviously:

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Awesome carpet gone:

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EMPI shifter:

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Belts gone:

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Rear seat, which is in pretty good shape, out:

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Worst rust spot under the rear seat:

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Everything cleared out:

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Removed some exterior trim:

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Bagged all the parts:

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Empty beetle:

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The goal is to end up with something like this:

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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Jan 6th, 2012, 4:04 pm

Started to tear down the engine this morning.

Started with this:

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Carb off:

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Fan housing:

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Intake:

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Oil cooler and tins:

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Heat exchanger:

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Some of the rusty junk:

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Where I left it today, hoping to finish stripping it before I leave Monday:

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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Jan 8th, 2012, 3:04 am

Dug a little deeper into the engine today, not good lol.

Got the other heat exchanger off:

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Took out the rocker assemblies and pushrods:

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Head 1:

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Pistons and cylinders:

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Head 2, yikes:

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Yeah this engine wasnt going anywhere:

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Piston is completely seized to the cylinder, with a huge chunk of crap built up:

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This came out:

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Managed to get the other cylinders off:

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And the pistons:

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Where I left it, that cylinder is stuck on there good:

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Parts:

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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby vdubkarl » Jan 8th, 2012, 10:05 am

i bet your hands are dirty.
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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Jan 8th, 2012, 4:50 pm

Yay, I beat the engine.

Got the piston freed and removed it and the cylinder:

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Don't have time to split the case before I go but got a nice start on it. Still don't have definite plans for the rebuild, but will keep the thread updated.
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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby cornick » Jan 11th, 2012, 12:05 pm

i've got a set of cylinders and pistons you can have
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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Jan 11th, 2012, 1:34 pm

Nice! I am sort of thinking of rebuilding the engine myself when I get back this spring. Going to get the Tom Wilson book on rebuilding them and study up before then.
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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Apr 6th, 2012, 2:57 pm

Nothing major to report as I am still in ON, but will be home in 2 weeks to get started. Unfortunatly, the car still hasn't made it out for body work and paint. The painter is supposed to go in to take a closer look at it this weekend. So prolly going to be a few months before it is done. In the meantime Ill have to get all the parts ready, including a new interior, and rebuild the engine.
So today Im going to look at and hopefully purchase some seats for it to replace the front. The seats for this were only made 1971 and 1972, so they aren't easy to come by. Going to have to strip them down and ship the frames home where I can buy new pads and seat covers for them.

The seats:

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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Apr 20th, 2012, 11:40 pm

Got home yesterday and dove right into working on the beetle. I want to get it completely stripped down and remove the body, so I can sent it for body work and paint.

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Ripped out the headliner:

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Removed the front bumper:

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Started back at the wiring, labelling and removing in the engine bay:

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Started behind the dash too, removing all the gauges and interior pieces:

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Got the gas tank out:

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And the hood off:

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Removed the fenders and running boards:

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Pulled the wiring harness out:

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Interior:

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Pulled the glass out:

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Thats how I left it today. Tomorrow going to pull the rest of the wiring up front and take the body off.

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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby vdubkarl » Apr 21st, 2012, 7:29 am

oh god...he's takin shit apart again....haha
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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby GTI » Apr 21st, 2012, 8:17 am

vdubkarl wrote:oh god...he's takin shit apart again....haha


:lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby Fenny » Apr 21st, 2012, 8:31 am

Sexy like Scarlet Johansen
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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Apr 23rd, 2012, 8:08 pm

Progress from Saturday, making good progress on the car.

First I removed the entire wiring harness:

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Then had to make some room, so the Mustang gets bumped out of the garage, and into the Shelter with my Rabbit.

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Beetle is ready to get lifted.

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And its up, took a little work but pretty easy overall, the bolts all came out easily, with just a few cracked ones.

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Pan out, it is in remarkable shape for its age.

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Body ready to get moved.

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Loaded it up in the trailer to send it for paint. Thought we had someone to do it, but that changed so need to find someone else.

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Here are some pics of the rust in the body.

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Haven'd had much time to work on anything else, just stripped the rest of the insulation off the floor.

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Will start taking the suspension apart tomorrow.

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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby GTI » Apr 23rd, 2012, 8:24 pm

Love the oem orange.
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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Apr 30th, 2012, 11:00 am

Not a lot of progress lately, as I have been busy with other things.

Brought the body out for body work and paint. Unfortunately, the painter and schedule we originally had fell through. Was hoping to have the car done for the summer, but its not looking good now. Would love to get it together before I leave the province in Sept, but we will wait and see how it goes.

The car at Fitz's shop, and the man himself:

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Was going to buy a sandblaster, but a friend had one and 6 50lb bags that he gave us, so thats great:

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Recieved the seats that I shipped down from Ontario. Will receive some paint touch-up, new pads and covers:

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Not a lot done with the pan, just soaked the bolts in some rust check:

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Removed the wheels:

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And the starter, and rear shocks:

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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby GTI » Apr 30th, 2012, 11:03 am

Chris you should look at upgrading those front drums for some disc brakes. Front drum brakes on these cars are not pretty!
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