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Old 09-09-2009, 01:50 AM   #1
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Thought I'd share...

Some of you may already know but I'm a huge air-cooled V-Dub fan. This past weekend I picked up my new project. 1966 VW Beetle. Going to do a full resto-custom restoration on the car.

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I'm already starting to tear it apart...



Got a bit of rust to repair but all in all, he's pretty solid.

In the end, I'm going for this type of look:



Enjoy!

ps: I'm not doing anything else to the Fusion except maybe a camber kit.
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Old 09-09-2009, 12:14 PM   #2
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Sweet. Keep us updated as it progresses.
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Old 09-09-2009, 01:03 PM   #3
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Bugs are awesome cars...a bunch of fiends back in high school had them, some were pretty damned quick too.  The coolest one that one of the guys had was (I can't remember) if it was a '53 or a '57 oval window, with Centerlines, etc...  Good luck with the project, and definitely keep us updated on the progress.
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Old 09-17-2009, 03:26 PM   #4
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Got the body off last weekend and I'm starting to tear down the pan.







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What an awesome project, props to you for restoring a vintage beauty. I love those cars, parents had a 71 when I was born they brought it back from Germany and then drove it across Canada in the winter.... fools Cannot wait to see the pics as you go. I want to do one of the VW buses, and then install an older 911 engine in the back so it can actually climb hills LOL
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Thanks!

I was hard at work again today for about 6hrs. Pulling the tranny and the front suspension beam off the pan.




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I saw a VW Bug at a car show that had a Buick GNX motor in it. Intercooled & turbocharged. Now that is a sick bug!!!

These are neat cars with gravity fed carbs....but I just never got completely into furrin' cars
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[quote author=Mercury_66Comet_07Milan link=topic=155605.msg3341862#msg3341862 date=1253934423]
I saw a VW Bug at a car show that had a Buick GNX motor in it. Intercooled & turbocharged. Now that is a sick bug!!!
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See, now to me that is just blasphemous. Once you pull out the a/c'd motor it just becomes someone's Frankenstein and the car is ruined. That GNX motor is just plain sick, don't get me wrong there. I'm sure we would agree it would be better suited to the car it was robbed from. So basically what happened then is two classics were ruined in the process of building or Frankenstein.

I don't care if someone keeps the car stock or not, hell, I'm not keeping mine stock. But it does bother me when someone pulls the heart and soul out of it. Call me a purist.
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Old 09-30-2009, 04:14 PM   #9
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Where'd the engine go?
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Old 09-30-2009, 07:39 PM   #10
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[quote author=Seasonalskier link=topic=155605.msg3348358#msg3348358 date=1254341696]
Where'd the engine go?
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Funny you mention that. I currently don't have one since the car didn't come with one. No worries though, they are all over the place and fairly cheap for a decent stock runner.

I'm planning to run a stock 1600 dual-port next summer and then the following winter I may rebuild it to make a little extra power. The car came stock with a 1300cc which is just not going to be enough for me.

Last night I started grinding the topside of the pan to get all the surfact rust off before I spray it with POR-15. I'l be doing the underside of the pan as well. Rust sucks.
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