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Beginnings 72 Coupe Resto
#51
(10-27-2018, 08:53 AM)computercarguy Wrote: I'm sorry, did you say 3 1/2 GALLONS to fill the c4?

Probably closer to 3 as was converting from litres
Having used a large convertor made into a higher stall, new cooler and lines it took nearly all 12 litres
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#52
I love those valvecovers! Beautiful engine! Smile

Daniel thumb

Pro-Touring 1973 Mustang named ''Creator'' ... Tongue
Under construction!!
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#53
After a long 6 months wait my donor window filler panel finally turned up so it was time to get this installed so I can continue with the panel work
First thing to do was to separate the upper panel from the lower section by drilling out the spot welds then I got my blaster to blast underneath and all the edges
These areas were epoxy primed prior to welding in place.
Unfortunately the blasting had popped the panel causing some oil canning but this could be fixed later and luckily my blaster being a panel beater had the right equipment along with experience to fix this

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Next was to drill out the old window panel, remove it and prep for welding
Main problem here is it is virtually impossible to drill out the spot welds at each end where it meets the quarters as these are underneath so the easier solution was to cut the ends close to the join then once the upper panel is removed simply grind off the spot welds or you could even drill them if you wish
   
   
Next was to clean up all areas to be welded and apply some weld through primer
One issue I faced was whether I could plug weld the ends and although possible I wasn't prepared to get my 6 foot frame inside the trunk to upside down weld a few plug welds so for the end sections I decided it would be a much better proposition to glue this area which would also help seal it more effectively
One thing must be mentioned it is very important to do a mock up fitment then install the trunk lid to ensure everything lines up. Luckily it was spot on lining up with the old marks!
Once all prep is done and alignment is checked it was time to clamp everything in place and weld it in
A tip when plug welding along the weatherstrip channel is to close up the mig shielding nozzle with a vice a little so it will squeeze into the channel
   
   
   
Next was the tedious job of grinding the welds smooth, removing old paint, repairing oil canning, epoxy primer, filler, epoxy then high build primer, blocking down and a last coat of primer, nearly ready for paint
One job finally done and what a relief
Hopefully after I fix a few panel gaps and get the aftermarket hood straightened out I will be closer to getting some color on the car
   
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#54
Well what can I say but good news and bad news.
After more than 2 years I finally got some color on my coupe, 3 coats single stage Baslac urethane - Bright Red
Drove 2 hours to Perth as I had rented a spray booth
Very hot day 42 deg C/107 F
Tried my best to keep sweat off the paint but got one area which should buff out
All in all a pretty neat job apart from some dust nibs and the sweat streak
Went to drive the car back on the trailer but it ran out of gas, no problem though just winched it on
My problem was going to be getting it off the trailer by myself as normally would drive it off but no time to get gas and prime the carb plus I had to get the trailer back on time
As I have done it before my plan was to roll the car off the trailer and put some large blocks of wood as a back stop
Got home and in a rush I prepared to roll it off the trailer but didn't allow enough room for it to roll to a near stop
When it rolled off the trailer it picked up speed then the back wheels rolled right over the wooden blocks and into the vehicle behind it
I rushed to the rear of the car to inspect the damage, I can't repeat all the swear words here but when I saw the damage my heart sank
Right now I'm very disappointed in myself and won't post the damage photos yet but I have damaged the rear tail panel, trunk lid and rh quarter
I should be able to repair the tail panel/quarter but reckon the trunk lid is not repairable
The good news - I have plenty of spare paint to repair my mistakes!
Photos before the accident below, back to kicking myself profusely
   
   
   
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#55
Sorry to hear that buddy! And you don’t have to post the accident photos if you don’t want to. I hope you can show us finished car pics soon :-)
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#56
Thanks Vinnie
I haven't actually taken photos of the damage yet but might post some later once I calm down
Not game to open the trunk yet either as I fear the trunk floor might have been pushed in a little
My initial assessment is I will definitely have to pull the whole corner out which will help get the crease out of the quarter panel
I have some hydraulic rams (Porta-power) but doubt they will be strong enough so may have to pay a panel beater for some rack straightening
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#57
Back when our younger son was in college he had a '74 Super Beetle that he crunched the left rear on. I drilled some 1" holes in the floor of the workshop that I could use for anchor points and chained the front of the car to a couple of them and used a come-along to put a pull on it while I used hammer and dolly on the bent sections. It came out surprisingly well, didn't have to replace anything. It even had a little deflection in the C pillar that came out as I got the rest of it worked into shape.

We had planned on doing some upgrades to the car, anyway, and this was a good time to do it. Put in a 2,010cc engine from Bernie Bergmann, an upgraded transaxle with different gearing, wider fiberglass fenders, suspension upgrades, wide rims and tires, some gauges, and a few other things. For a Beetle it ran really well, pulled 75mph in 3rd, and kept pulling strong in 4th, don't know how fast, the speedometer ended at 90. Due to the stroking, the torque improvement was amazing, didn't have to shift from first to second until 30+mph, instead of 20 with the stock engine and transaxle.



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#58
(01-20-2019, 07:18 PM)Don C Wrote: Back when our younger son was in college he had a '74 Super Beetle that he crunched the left rear on. I drilled some 1" holes in the floor of the workshop that I could use for anchor points and chained the front of the car to a couple of them and used a come-along to put a pull on it while I used hammer and dolly on the bent sections. It came out surprisingly well, didn't have to replace anything. It even had a little deflection in the C pillar that came out as I got the rest of it worked into shape.

We had planned on doing some upgrades to the car, anyway, and this was a good time to do it. Put in a 2,010cc engine from Bernie Bergmann, an upgraded transaxle with different gearing, wider fiberglass fenders, suspension upgrades, wide rims and tires, some gauges, and a few other things. For a Beetle it ran really well, pulled 75mph in 3rd, and kept pulling strong in 4th, don't know how fast, the speedometer ended at 90. Due to the stroking, the torque improvement was amazing, didn't have to shift from first to second until 30+mph, instead of 20 with the stock engine and transaxle.

Thanks Don, inspiring story
I will be considering having a go at it using anchor points, chains and my pulling ram
The trunk lid I'm not sure I can fix yet but will check it out, new one $450 ouch!
Just disappointing for this to happen only hours from new paint, giving it a rest for a while until I get the enthusiasm back
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#59
Finally got up the courage to have a better look at the damage
Main damage is below the tail lamp, the crease in the quarter panel and the trunk lid which is a write off
Will have a break for a while and slowly have a go at pulling the worst of it out
Luckily the quarter crease is before the wheel arch so can hammer & dolly it although may have to cut the crease when I pull it then weld it up
Still kicking myself but will recover, I think?
   
   
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#60
aw man... I know the energy you put into this baby. The excellent repair you did on the rear window filler, so sorry to see this.
When I got my 73 back from paint the first time like 25 years ago, spend the day after to put most of the accessories back and went for a ride. The cleveland freshly rebuild, I could not resist to burn bits of rubber and did some smoky circle... only I forgot the batt that I got relocated into the trunk wasn't secured yet. They was a loud bang. I let you guess what the batt attached to a long cable did from the inside to the bling bling quarter...

So yeah, don't be too mad at yourself, we all do mistakes and we usually do them when a fresh paint is applied, not before! Tho looking at the damage, you are one unlucky B.. Sad

The paint job you did looks awesome.

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