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…

Home, recovery and garage

Finally home and after a few days recovery I decided to jump in my very messy garage. Even with the best intentions my garage seams to collect stuff, especially during the winter! So to make space and due to lack of time, I’m stacking everything on the back wall and hoping I don’t need anything…

Unavoidable delays

well, the project is on hold at the moment due to me being over 4000 miles away from it for 3 months. Work as always gets in the way of most projects but I’ll be back before the end of the year. Ive got time to plan a few things and it’s always good to…

Clutch and Engine

Managed another hour in the garage so decided to tackle the gearbox input shaft, again, because it’s been an nagging problem and could get expensive in the long run. The problem has always been the rusty input shaft. With the car being sat in the weather, with no engine fitted and no deck lid covering…

Finally some time in the Garage

Managed some time in the garage after a period of busy work and family life, which happens from time to time. Finally got the last ball joint fitted to the car and finished the front beam with the addition of the steering, shocks and wheels so I now have a rolling chassis but I still…

Stalled but not forgotten

Since my struggle with the ball joints things have stalled a bit but I’m planning my next move. My task list is getting shorter but I still have one more ball joint to fit because a bent one during my last try so I had to buy a new one! As soon as I get…

To come, Ball joints, Bloody Ball joints!

If you’ve had the experience of Beetle ball joints you will know what I mean by the title. My car has been sat on a drive since 1996 so these are being a right bugger to remove. So far the short steering tie bar is written off and I’ve had to cut out one lower…

More work on the bottom

Another good day so out of the garage and back on its side again. This time I decided to sort out the pedal mount problem with a big hammer and after a couple of hits the pedals fitted perfectly. The next job was to remove the seat sliders I don’t need, so a quick couple…

Outside work on the bottom

finally some good weather! A chance to get the chassis back on its side for a good scrub before paint. Getting the pan on the engine stand is getting easier but it’s just slightly at the wrong angle to make it a simple method of tilting the chassis. First bolt on the engine stand frame…