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Offline Thomas

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65 Beetle Rebuild
« on: January 29, 2010, 10:08:44 AM »
After 14 years as my daily driver I've decided to give the beetle a full rebuild. Mother nature has taken a toll on the heater channels plus the front and rear aprons. Not sure what the car will look like when it's done as I may put it back to it's original colour. I will post pictures as I go as I figure it will take a couple years for me to complete.

« Last Edit: January 29, 2010, 06:03:15 PM by Thomas »
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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2010, 01:15:57 AM »
Thomas,

It looks like a great place to start!  I really like the factory color! Not too many Grey type 1's around.  Any more pictures?

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2010, 09:27:24 AM »
So was this one originally the Java Green.  Had one of those many years ago.  As well as a Pearl White standard.

Just curious about the muffler too.  Which one is it and how do you like it?

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2010, 10:43:29 AM »
The original colour of this car was ruby red. The colour of the car now is anthercite gray a colour not available in 1965 so depending if I want to make it period correct or not on the colour choice. The muffler is from empi and I got it from CIP part #c13-3417 and I do like it as it uses the stock exits.

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2010, 07:28:26 PM »
Boy does that remind me of my first bug, but yours in a lot nicer condition!
Keep us updated
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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2010, 10:58:59 AM »
Boy does that remind me of my first bug, but yours in a lot nicer condition!
Keep us updated

this was erin's first beetle,we brought it in from the states and was as rock solid as you would ever find.
glad to see it is getting some love after all the years of use PDT_Armataz_01_37

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2010, 01:23:51 PM »
Day 2

Pan still looks very solid but heater channel areas are in need of replace for sure. Should have it all apart by weekend I hope.


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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2010, 01:33:33 PM »
Does anybody know if there is someone who builds new ID plates.

Started to remove engine today.
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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2010, 03:38:48 PM »
Fattens ones are very nice billet tags, if you want the orig tin ones they are on the samba and eBay listed as nos but they are repop. Still nice though

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2010, 04:43:24 PM »
Awwwwwwwwwwww,

I'm SOOOOOO excited to see this car get the "make-over" it deserves! :-*

It was my very first car and Russell brought it across from Bellingham for me and had it running in less than an hour if I remember correctly.
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Can't wait to see it all happen Thomas,
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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2010, 01:48:53 PM »
Interior and wiring all gone - sure hope I can remember what to do when it's time to back in :o
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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2010, 05:48:58 PM »
Pan now removed with help from son. Now to start cutting out the rusty parts........

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2010, 09:41:27 PM »
Nice car...great year!
I have a 65 beetle L360-sea blue
trying to get this thing finished!!! ;D

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #14 on: February 26, 2010, 11:21:41 AM »
Process has been slow due to Olympic Fever as you tell by my wife in photo...after spending all afternoon in Irish House :D

Have managed to strip everything off pan and strip the rest off the body so the rebuilding is next step....or I should say the next step is convincing the wife this was a great idea.Hmmmmm may a shopping trip to California and a pergola for the backyard for her will make things go easier?

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #15 on: October 04, 2010, 07:52:16 AM »
Well it's been a while since a update but then again not to much progress.Spent most of the summer tracking down parts and finishing up other projects. My last rack project for a customer went out the door on Sunday so the cutting up of the beetle started with what OG metal I could find. More to come soon I hope. Thomas

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #16 on: January 15, 2011, 01:26:58 PM »
Gone to a new owner.
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Offline Russ

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #17 on: January 15, 2011, 04:30:28 PM »
i'm back bitches ;D

will make a new thread when i get in to it.

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #18 on: January 15, 2011, 04:39:25 PM »
So cool you bought your very first car back! Congrats and welcome back.......Bitch! lol_hitting

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #19 on: January 15, 2011, 05:28:07 PM »
thanks good to be back
i have a list of parts i need to buy for it but will scrape some money
 together before i start posting what i need.


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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #20 on: January 15, 2011, 08:35:37 PM »
i'm back bitches ;D

will make a new thread when i get in to it.


right on russ!! congrats on the new/old bug! :D

it'll be nice to see you back at 'er and in the drivers seat in no time!!

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #21 on: February 18, 2011, 07:37:02 PM »
just scraping the undercoating off this thing before it heads out for blasting.
it truly sucks scraping this stuff off.
i would think by next weekend i should finish up, then arrange a time to get it to the blasters then epoxy.

long long long way to go but baby steps and i'll get there

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #22 on: February 18, 2011, 08:03:44 PM »
it starts all over again,   have fun and enjoy! ;)

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #23 on: February 19, 2011, 07:28:41 AM »
Sorry about that, undercoating seemed like a good idea at the time. Heat gun, a scraper and beer works good ;D
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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #24 on: February 19, 2011, 08:15:24 AM »
just scraping the undercoating off this thing before it heads out for blasting.
it truly sucks scraping this stuff off.
i would think by next weekend i should finish up, then arrange a time to get it to the blasters then epoxy.

long long long way to go but baby steps and i'll get there

Don't do it Russ... once you blast her there is no turning back :) put it together and slam a big motor in there and have fun...



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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #25 on: February 19, 2011, 10:03:16 AM »
don't i know it Gavin.
it's gotta be done but it certainly will be a budget build lol_hitting

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #26 on: February 19, 2011, 03:26:11 PM »
well Tom the heat gun and scraper are working pretty good it's what i have been using.
as for undercoating it it's not a huge deal just need to get most off so the blaster can do his thing

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #27 on: February 19, 2011, 04:31:14 PM »
What about the Beer? If you need help with the beer I can come over and drink it for you.
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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #28 on: February 19, 2011, 09:53:33 PM »
Forget the heat gun...Liquid Nitrogen!

Seriously. Spray the stuff, tap it with a hammer (lightly, you don't need to get aggressive) and it just shatters and falls to the floor.

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #29 on: March 01, 2011, 01:50:37 PM »
will there be pink valve covers this time around? ;D
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