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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Apr 30th, 2012, 11:17 am

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


Yessir, definitely in the plan. Looking at shipping quotes to get a front suspension rebuild kit and disk brake swap from topline parts.
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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby GTI » Apr 30th, 2012, 11:25 am

Good plan. Nothing more scary then hammering on the brake pedal and nothing really happening except the fight to keep the car from going into the other lane lol
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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Apr 30th, 2012, 9:21 pm

Pulled the brake lines and master cylinder. Im so amazed how easy it is to unbolt everything. Cut the rear lines just to make it easier, but no real issues with anything.

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Then pulled the front suspension off:

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Frame head:

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Some rust in the Napoleon Hat:

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Little underneath:

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Underside:

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Pulled the pedal cluster:

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Also got the clutch and accelerator cables out, ready to take the rear out now.

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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby vdubkarl » Apr 30th, 2012, 9:59 pm

pretty clean, relatively speaking!
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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby GTI » Apr 30th, 2012, 10:03 pm

Good job Pimp. Sell me that MK1 GTI so I can give it the same treatment you are giving this.
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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby vdubkarl » Apr 30th, 2012, 10:32 pm

Wanna split it Scott? Haha
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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby Colonel_Mustard » May 1st, 2012, 12:23 am

vdubkarl wrote:pretty clean, relatively speaking!


Its crazy, was expecting a big fight with some of those bolts but nothing yet.

GTI wrote:Good job Pimp. Sell me that MK1 GTI so I can give it the same treatment you are giving this.


The MK1 will get some love, eventually. AC before WC lol.
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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby vdubkarl » May 1st, 2012, 7:52 am

*shakes fist*
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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby Colonel_Mustard » May 9th, 2012, 11:14 am

Just a little progress lately.

Pulled out the trans:

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Got the diagonal arms out:

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Now we are ready for some sandblasting. Going to order some POR-15.

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Also threw together a couple of workbenches for the garage. Admittedly I am not much of a carpenter, but they will do. Just used some scrap wood we had laying around.

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Beetle parts:

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Next will be a lot of blasting and painting, then ordering new parts.
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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby Foxtrap » May 10th, 2012, 8:42 pm

GTI wrote:
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 BobNorman » May 14th, 2012, 11:15 pm

Hey Chris,
Wicked thread!! You’re doing a fantastic job, :clap: :clap: Can’t believe I didn’t see this before. I really need to get more active on here, particularly if I start turning wrenches again soon, lots of inspiration for sure.
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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby air-cooled » May 15th, 2012, 12:48 am

Hey Chris nice job, iv been following your thread on the samba. Keep it up.
Wanna trade a set of double spring plates for those singles? I need to cut mine so I can get it low, it'd be easier to just cut the single ones instead of the double ones I got.
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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby Colonel_Mustard » May 15th, 2012, 11:21 am

BobNorman wrote:Hey Chris,
Wicked thread!! You’re doing a fantastic job, :clap: :clap: Can’t believe I didn’t see this before. I really need to get more active on here, particularly if I start turning wrenches again soon, lots of inspiration for sure.



Thanks Bob. Slowed down a little now as Im busy with other things, and also want to get the Bus ready for the summer. Going to split the case on the engine soon, and whenever my bro can weld up the frame Ill sandblast and paint it.
You have lots to keep you busy, be sure to post when you get started.

air-cooled wrote:Hey Chris nice job, iv been following your thread on the samba. Keep it up.
Wanna trade a set of double spring plates for those singles? I need to cut mine so I can get it low, it'd be easier to just cut the single ones instead of the double ones I got.


Thanks Dave. Ill pm you re spring plates.
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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby Colonel_Mustard » May 16th, 2012, 9:08 pm

Making some more slow progress. First I organized the rest of the beetle parts, and cleaned out my shelter:

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I turned over the frame and pans for a better look:

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Bit of rust to deal with:

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That will be welded and treated with some POR-15:

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Also received a package today with my Tom Wilson book, and front and rear apron plus rear bumper brackets:

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Next, got started on the engine case tear down:

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Flywheel off:

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Started taking off the fasteners:

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Got the pulley, distributor, oil pump and drain off:

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Ready to split:

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Wasn't too hard even with one person and no stand, few taps with a rubber mallet and it was free:

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Opened up:

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Other side:

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Pulled everything apart:

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Empty case halves:

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Lots of parts:

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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby vdubkarl » May 16th, 2012, 10:50 pm

yougotapurdymouth. :shh:



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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Jun 30th, 2012, 11:36 pm

Getting a little work in on the Beetle, hopefully make some good progress on the pans over the next week.

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Peeling back some of the sound deadening material:

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Outside ready for some sand:

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Few more holes found:

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Some not so nice patches done by a PO:

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Flat sections are fine, but the bends, brackets, etc are not so fun:

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Most of the underside done. Thats as far as I got before the foggy weather hit the past while:

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My brother started some metal repair while he is around for the weekend:

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Just a little rust had collected in there:

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Out with the old:

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Cut out a rough patch here:

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New metal, niiiiice:

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Other side done:

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Hopefully some more patching tomorrow. The frame wont have the same curvature as original but it will be strong.
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Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby vdubkarl » Jul 1st, 2012, 9:41 am

Looks good Chris...get er done
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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Jul 3rd, 2012, 10:21 pm

As we had flat metal to work with (quite a bit thicker than what was there) my bro plated the full bottom for strength:

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Getting the side pieces in place:

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Yeah thats niiiiice:

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Then he made up the piece to look like stock:

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Pretty welds:

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Putting the top piece on:

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Looking good:

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Filled in the front piece. Just happened to have a piece of scrap metal around with a close enough curve to match up:

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Cut a triangular piece to replicate somewhat the stock piece:

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Sides welded up:

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Full piece:

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It was a rough transition from the curved old metal to the new. Wanted to leave it for strength but the new metal is very strong and should be a great replacement. So out with the old:

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In with the new:

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And finally, what was removed:

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And the new underside:

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Going to look great with some paint. Hopefully the top side will be started maybe this weekend but probably the next.
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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby GTI » Jul 3rd, 2012, 10:30 pm

Very purdy! Bro is handy with a welder. Stay on his good side lol.
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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Jul 3rd, 2012, 10:52 pm

He is indeed. If we had a few more tools here it would look even better. PA english wheel and metal brake on order haha.
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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby VwFixxxer » Jul 3rd, 2012, 11:11 pm

Nice to see it being done right! Take tomorrow off as a reward.
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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Jul 3rd, 2012, 11:27 pm

Well all I did was sandblast and then standback and watch the metal magic happen.
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Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby vdubkarl » Jul 4th, 2012, 12:35 am

Some deadly welding...I wants them skills
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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Jul 4th, 2012, 11:36 am

vdubkarl wrote:Some deadly welding...I wants them skills


Definitely need the right gear, hard to get anything pretty from the flux core.

Shot of an old POs welding and the new:

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Re: Miss Scarlet - 1972 Super Beetle

Postby Colonel_Mustard » Sep 24th, 2012, 8:33 pm

The Beetle project slowed down considerably with working on the Colonel and other things to take care of. On hold now while I'm in ON.
Did receive new cylinders, pistons, and rings though for the engine rebuild. Hoping to get the body back from paint when I get back home for Christmas.

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