Alignment nightmares

Since I knew that the car body was all over the place what with rust, moving house, lifting and lowering, as well as the small problem of the rear missing, I thought I would have a look at the alignment. Bit of an importance due to the fact I want to build of off of…

Slow Progress

Summer holidays have slowed things down but haven’t stopped progress. I’ve completed most of the welding on the front but will have to do a few finishing touches after I lift the body due to access near the front beam. I won’t have chance to grind down the welds until after the summer due to…

Front going on

Just a quick update, been working hard but managed a VW’d festival (in my Mazda!!!!) and some time in the garage. Got as far as cleaning up the rust and old paint on the left side of the car and doing a trial fit. The nose is slightly too long at the moment to get…

Rear on hold, finish Front First

I haven’t finished fitting the rear of the heater channel yet due to the changes I will be building into the body to make it a pickup so I decided to complete the front of the car first then move to the back at a later date. I’m trying to keep everything bite size so…

How to replace a heater channel

Since I’ve already done the drivers side, I thought it would be a good idea to have a dedicated page in replacing the Beetle’s heater channel. Step 1 (replace or repair) I’ve  done both on different cars and found a quick fix will need more repairs at a later date so if you’re patching a…

New year new side

Had some time to start on the other heater channel and this side was so completely shot, so that taking the old Channel out didn’t take very long. Deciding to take a bit of time prepping the panels before I started welding has pushed me into doing an “in depth” clean and modification on the…

Back home for more welding

After five months away, I’m finally home and have a bit of time to do some welding. Last time I worked on the car I was finishing the A post repair and attaching it to the new heater channel. So starting with a bit of weld grinding and looking over the work I left. I…

Away again

Sorry for the delay in the next stage of the build but Work has me in the Far East until November.

More time on the A pillar

Managed a full morning on the car, finished the welding on the repair to the front inner wing and start repairing the A pillar. I also repaired one of the wing mounting bolt holes by welding a nut to the inside of my replacement material. Cutting the bottom of the A pillar was a bit…

Some new metal for strength

Finally had some time to work on the car. I left the car for sometime with the heater channel removed so before I went I added a scissor jack under the door, to stop the opening from spreading. I also spent some time removing the black primer from the new heater channel. With a couple…

Been away again

Work again puts the Beetle project on hold but I’m back for a little time so I hope to be progressing the heater channel repairs soon.  

A quick update, heater channel replacement

Got the old heater Channel out and it was so far gone it virtually fell out. Got a few days of cleaning up ahead of me but I decided to make my own repair panels for the front. Stages to tackle: repair lower A pillar. Clean bottom of B pillar fit heater channel repair front…