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Old 04-11-2017, 05:13 PM   #76
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Re: 1963 VW Convertible Build

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That is slick!
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Looks great ,cant believe how fast you are getting it done .

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How much the Fuchs go for this days ? I still have 4.5x15s & 6x15s just asking. Cool ride.
Haven't kept up in awhile but around 1k each on genuine 4.5's, and $1200 for a pair of early/deep 6's.
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Old 04-12-2017, 02:11 PM   #77
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Re: 1963 VW Convertible Build

Wow, it's like a car already!

They're literally like a giant go-cart.
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Old 04-12-2017, 04:45 PM   #78
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Re: 1963 VW Convertible Build

Another Q for ya..
in the corner of my garage, I got a 56 bug that is over shadow by my 62 bus that has no paint on it.... how can I protect It I don't want to paint it.... Thanks just asking...
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Old 04-18-2017, 11:15 PM   #79
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Wow, it's like a car already!

They're literally like a giant go-cart.
Yeah that's why they're so popular to turn into dune buggies and kit cars.



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in the corner of my garage, I got a 56 bug that is over shadow by my 62 bus that has no paint on it.... how can I protect It I don't want to paint it.... Thanks just asking...
If you want to leave it in bare metal then look into Ospho or Gibbs oil, I haven't tried either myself for long term storage but others claim that they work well. Either will need to be **completely** removed before you can shoot epoxy. Or if your metal is clean now you could go ahead and shoot epoxy to seal it up.
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Old 04-18-2017, 11:39 PM   #80
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Still don't have this thing finished. I'm waiting on the cylinder heads still, they ended up being a mess and needing way more work than expected. The brakes are adjusted and bled, gas tank has been flushed/detailed/installed, radio is in, and a lot of the small/time consuming details are finished. I need to add some sound deadening and padding under the floor mats, finish covering one front seat, do a four wheel alignment, and finish building the engine once the hesdscare done.


I finally located a rear backrest, it arrived and I covered/installed it on Saturday.




The original distributors were cast iron, painted black, with a brown Bakelite cap. I wanted to run a modern distributor for reliability and the adjustable advance curve but the polished billet housing and grey cap looked out of place. I dug through our leftover SEM dye and found a color that was close and tinted it for a fairly close match. I also light sandblasted the cap for better adhesion and to give it a slightly textured surface to match the original caps better. The body of the distributor was shot with satin black.





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Old 04-19-2017, 06:26 AM   #81
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Looks cool.
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Old 04-21-2017, 09:49 AM   #82
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That chassis is beautiful! Nice job. Body on frame looks great. Wish I had that one.
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Old 05-12-2017, 01:12 PM   #83
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I finally got the heads back from the machine shop this week. I did a little bit of port work and had to open up the chambers a few cc's to drop the compression down to 9.4 to 1 (was at 10:1).


Before/After.






Windows, frames, and weatherstripping cleaned up nicely. Before/after shots.













Rolled it out to clean the shop.



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Old 05-14-2017, 10:18 PM   #84
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Very nice!
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Old 05-15-2017, 06:14 AM   #85
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Great project. The wheels and the stance are perfect.
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Turned out great .
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