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Offline Kevin K

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« on: June 23, 2011, 10:29:47 PM »
having finished my engine, i needed something to put it in, it just so happened that a friend of my dads saved a bug from the crusher a few years ago and we bought it off of him. After sitting for 6 or 8 years it was pulled out last Sunday. Although it is very rough and will take me a few years to complete, it was a very good 15th birthday present :)
the body is very rough and will need new heater channels, bumper brackets and a lot more sheet metal. the pan will also need work, i plan on buying 2 1/2 pan peaces, one for each side, to put on the rear sections.
when sitting this beetle was not doing nothing, it was housing a family of rats, that was fun to clean up...
any way lots of work ahead but here are some pics to start.









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Re: 1960 "BIG" project bug
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2011, 08:26:16 AM »
well done!! 58-61 are totally the best years after all! keep at er, a little thing here a little thing there and itll be done in no time just stay at it!

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Re: 1960 "BIG" project bug
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2011, 10:13:03 AM »
well done!! 58-61 are totally the best years after all!

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Re: 1960 "BIG" project bug
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2011, 01:14:36 PM »
thanks guys,
I've got all summer to do some work on this thing , hopefully i get a lot of stuff done
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Re: 1960 "BIG" project bug
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2011, 11:10:04 PM »
So Kev did the Rats move into the blue fridge? :D I've told your Dad I'm off work soon and can come over and pull the fridge from it's resting place get it to the crusher and you'll have more room to work!
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Re: 1960 "BIG" project bug
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2011, 11:24:10 PM »
no worries Gary
already done, it was funny, we hooked up the come along to the hitch for the westy parked pretty much at a 90 degree angle to the "fridge" and started winching, but the fridge wasn't moving... and then, we herd a thunk. we looked behind and the westy had shifted toward us, and the blue westy hadnt moved. eventually we got it out and found an active bee hive in the back, the bees didn't like the move.
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Re: 1960 "BIG" project bug
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2011, 09:30:54 PM »
hello again
me and my dad just got the body off the pan.
now that they are separated i am going to tackle the pan and chassis first.
but first i have to get the beam and tranny off to fully assess the damage
their is no turning back now
here are some pictures



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Re: 1960 "BIG" project bug
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2011, 08:22:14 PM »
i have got my pan up on the stand now and me and my dad have decided to try to save the pan halfs.
i suppose i'm starting from the back then moving forward. so here is what it looks like at the moment.



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Re: 1960 "BIG" project bug
« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2011, 10:15:57 PM »
Great start. Your going to know this beetle inside out. Good for when something goes wrong. Pretty cool first car.  PDT_Armataz_01_37
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Re: 1960 "BIG" project bug
« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2011, 03:37:16 PM »
thanks brodie
hopefully i don't forget how to do all of this stuff
and ever since i was 5 years old i have wanted a 58 to 61 beetle so im glade i have a "60"
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Re: 1960 "BIG" project bug
« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2011, 10:25:09 PM »
i have got my pan up on the stand now and me and my dad have decided to try to save the pan halfs.
i suppose i'm starting from the back then moving forward. so here is what it looks like at the moment.

http://s1231.photobucket.com/albums/ee520/volks5/paint%20on%20pan/?albumview=slideshow
That's the cleanest I've ever seen your back yard! PDT_Armataz_01_37 Mom must be happy! I thought you were coming over for the welding machine before you lifted the body?
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Re: 1960 "BIG" project bug
« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2011, 11:27:18 PM »

and ever since i was 5 years old i have wanted a 58 to 61 beetle so im glade i have a "60"

A little partial to those years as well. iagree
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Re: 1960 "BIG" project bug
« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2011, 12:20:42 AM »
i did a lot of work of work on my pan today, I finished fitting and tacking in the battery patch that came with the car and also fitted and tacked in another replacement panel
hear are some pictures






tomorrow i want to finish welding them in and clean the welds as well and get started on the next patch
a cool thing  happened today, was me and my dad were  on the way out of the neighbourhood when we saw about 11 Shelby cobra kit cars in a drive way so we went to check out the cars
here are some pictures






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Re: 1960 "BIG" project bug
« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2011, 08:33:18 PM »
finished up my pan today
it isn't perfect but it will do

here are some pictures

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Re: 1960 "BIG" project bug
« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2011, 09:07:00 PM »
nice to see some progress on the car!! You_Rock_Emoticon, now it would be nice to see some progress on your dads single cab! : :o :P

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Re: 1960 "BIG" project bug
« Reply #15 on: September 18, 2011, 09:31:59 PM »
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Re: 1960 "BIG" project bug
« Reply #16 on: September 18, 2011, 09:56:37 PM »
 iagree Looks good Kevin ! PDT_Armataz_01_37 Maybe when your done you can trade one 60 bug for a new project single cab. Now is your your Dad going to get his parking back for the Fasty?

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Re: 1960 "BIG" project bug
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Re: 1960 "BIG" project bug
« Reply #18 on: September 21, 2011, 09:39:47 PM »
got most the front end together now




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Re: 1960 "BIG" project bug
« Reply #19 on: October 02, 2011, 07:33:50 PM »
I've been working on my pan quite a bit
im close to driving the pan around!!!
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Re: 1960 "BIG" project bug
« Reply #20 on: October 03, 2011, 04:08:30 PM »

looks great kevin!!! keep up the good work!! :cool:

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Re: 1960 "BIG" project bug
« Reply #21 on: October 19, 2011, 07:50:07 PM »
i got my pan going under its own power last weekend!
it was cool
here it is

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ai08GBOVO4
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Re: 1960 "BIG" project bug
« Reply #22 on: January 31, 2012, 10:56:18 AM »
Kevin, well done Kiddo, you must be proud.. Does not hurt having a teacher like Dad...Keep the posts coming...
So tell me.. what are your dream wheels for this car? This car is a keeper for life bud. dont do what Dad did...LOL
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Re: 1960 "BIG" project bug
« Reply #23 on: March 21, 2012, 08:43:05 PM »
thanks Shane
i am  proud of what i did last summer, and it was realy fun to be able to drive it around
i hope to be able to start on the body this summer
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Re: 1960 "BIG" project bug
« Reply #24 on: August 29, 2012, 09:42:41 PM »
hello again
lots of progress has been made on the '60, i have so far replaced one heater channle and almost every thing that would be welded to it...
here are some pictures















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Re: 1960 "BIG" project bug
« Reply #25 on: August 11, 2013, 06:06:19 PM »
Been working on the bug lately, I still have a few patch panels to fit but it is getting their
I ended up making my own rear H apron for it with an old H apron and a new '66 apron
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Re: 1960 "BIG" project bug
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Re: 1960 "BIG" project bug
« Reply #27 on: August 11, 2013, 10:06:15 PM »
Nice work! That rear apron slice looks like a pain in the butt. Just wondering why you didn't just do full pan half replacements?
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Re: 1960 "BIG" project bug
« Reply #28 on: August 13, 2013, 09:42:56 PM »
If I could do it again I would do the full pan half’s
when me and my dad first looked at it, it looked completely savable but I kind of opened a can of worms with a lot of unexpected rust in front of the passenger seat railing but I finished it and its solid now so I will serve its purpose even though it isn't the prettiest pan around
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Re: 1960 "BIG" project bug
« Reply #29 on: September 09, 2013, 10:04:03 PM »
so I ended up welding up the rest of the apron and it is really looking like an H apron now, after it was welded I took it to school and did a little sandblasting and gave it a quick once over with some rust remover









I also have been working on the front apron, specifically the spare tire holder. Me and my dad decided that the original metal was to beat up to save so out came the angle grinder and torches and I replaced that section as well





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