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Post  Kevin on Tue 21 Jun - 17:22

Here's my '66 Sunroof ('57 front fenders) that I got for trading a '68 bus. Turns out that I have a bit of fixing that I want to do before I use it as my daily driver. The original pans were pretty shot and the driver's heater channel needs to be replaced. Might as well replace the passenger's side while I'm at it. I have a job to pay for all of this, but the labor is going to be done by yours truly. Sort of a learning experience because I've only had a substantial place to learn to work on cars for about 3 years now.



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Post  Slow Steve on Tue 21 Jun - 20:14

Nice looking bug. You totally threw me off with the oval fenders. I looked at them first and then the rest and wondered what was wrong.. Laughing Keep us posted on your progress.

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Post  Copper1982 on Tue 21 Jun - 21:13

looks sweet man, I really like the front fenders.
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Post  Jerry Hundley on Wed 22 Jun - 0:10

If you dont need to change the other heater channel I would just leave it alone
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Post  Kevin on Wed 22 Jun - 11:04

The front of both heater channels are pretty bad. I am not sure exactly where the front drain tubes are supposed to go, but I'm pretty sure they aren't supposed to just drop into the luggage compartment, causing the front of each channel and the outer firewall to rot. At least the ones in the back drain where they're supposed to. I'll put up some more photos before I start cutting away.
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Post  Kevin on Wed 22 Jun - 14:53

Which do you think is better: a "good" used set of original heater channels like here: http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=1153168

-OR- a new set from cip1 or other aftermarket distributor?
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Post  Jerry Hundley on Wed 22 Jun - 19:33

Always go with original metal whenever possible
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Post  Kevin on Thu 23 Jun - 8:50

Photos:









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Post  glenn hicks on Thu 23 Jun - 14:48

The A-post on the passenger side looks pretty rough as well. just make sure you box off and support the body real well before you start cutting away.
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Post  jeremyrockjock on Thu 23 Jun - 16:59

I used aftermarket heater channels on our 65 and they worked fine but are not as nice as originals. I used original donors on Roys car and they were much better.
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Post  Kevin on Fri 24 Jun - 13:07

Good to know Jeremy, thanks. This weekend I hope to get the pans done, so I can put the body back on and brace the door frame to prepare for the channels.
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Post  Kevin on Mon 11 Jul - 14:07

Moving slowly, but surely. After putting 2 coats of rust bullet and 2 coats of bed liner on both sides I hope the chassis and pans survive the next 40 or so years. After taking the photos, I replaced the front beam, steering box, and put the body back on. Got some OG metal coming for the channels.



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Post  roy63 on Thu 21 Jul - 0:23

keep up the good work...
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Post  Kevin on Thu 21 Jul - 10:05

Well, the project has come to a halt until Greyhound Express can find my heater channels that were being shipped from California. I have never experienced such an un-helpful bunch of "professionals" in my life! They shipped on June 30 and were expected to arrive in 7 days. I was given a tracking number, but that doesn't mean squat when they are actually trying to find a lost package. Nobody ever returns phone calls and the local office never answers the phone. I went up there Monday and the package express office that said hours 7am to 7 pm was locked. I went into the main terminal and there was the only Greyhound employee there that finally agreed to walk to the back and check to see if my channels were there, but they weren't. I had to have the shipper/seller file a claim and now they have a "tracer number" assigned to them. This is supposed to send an alert to all Greyhound offices to look for this package. If it doesn't turn up within 90 days of the ship date, then hopefully I'll get my money back.

This is my 1st time using Greyhound. Somebody please tell me that they provide better service than this!
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Post  roy63 on Thu 21 Jul - 10:18

Sorry for the mishap, I used them to ship and entire lower 6" of a bug from Cali and had good luck, sorry to hear about that....
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Post  joebug1951 on Thu 21 Jul - 21:27

I had a front bumper come from out west to the Petersburg Greyhound station with no problems. Hope your stuff turns up.

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Post  Kevin on Fri 22 Jul - 10:52

I just got the call that they finally arrive to the Norfolk office. Woo-Hoo! Confidence restored! Now, if there were just a break in the heat!
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Post  Kevin on Tue 10 Jan - 9:40

Well, the weather did finally break and I got some time to install the heater channels and redo the lower A-Pillars. The rear quarter panels had a few holes, so I fixed those as well. I don't really have too many photos of the stages of repair, so you'll have to use your imagination. The body has been media blasted and is ready for paint.



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Post  CrazedVW on Tue 10 Jan - 21:03

Where'd you get the body blasted and how much did it set you back? I need to get the body of my '73 Super blasted and painted before I can go any further on it.
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Post  Kevin on Tue 10 Jan - 21:24

CrazedVW wrote:Where'd you get the body blasted and how much did it set you back? I need to get the body of my '73 Super blasted and painted before I can go any further on it.

Im in Norfolk, so I got it done here at a place called Flatlanders Media Blasting. 600 to blast and prime. It was actually cheaper to have them do it and i also have the assurance that all the demons are exposed and will be fixed the right way before continuing the project. A lot of what paint and body shops charge for is the prep (sanding and sanding and sanding), but even still they cant sand some of the tight areas around the drip rails, door openings and anywhere seals are supposed to go.
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Post  CrazedVW on Tue 10 Jan - 21:33

That's very reasonable for doing the entire car. I've been trying to find a place in Richmond that can do it but I haven't had much luck. Push comes to shove I might have to take a short road trip. I just looked them up and that's only about a 90 minute drive from me down I-64. How long did it take them to do it?
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Post  Kevin on Tue 10 Jan - 21:53

It didnt take long at all. A couple days and some drying time for the primer. When you get it back, clean it out bcause even after he cleans it out there will still be A LOT of sand that comes shaking out of hidden areas. He's familiar with VWs and a local high end paint and body shop called Fantom Auto Body uses him.
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Post  60ragtop on Wed 11 Jan - 9:10

Try SodaBlast of Va,they are a mobile blasting service
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Post  CrazedVW on Wed 11 Jan - 16:29

I've talked to them in the past. They quoted me $1500 to come to my house and do it. I talked to another mobile soda blaster based out of Maryland at Bug Out a few years back and he quoted me half that price. (Had I been local to him.) But he was too far away to consider it.

60ragtop wrote:Try SodaBlast of Va,they are a mobile blasting service
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Post  Kevin on Thu 23 Feb - 13:15

Paint should be on by tomorrow or Saturday. I need to get a quote to put my headliner in. What is a reasonable price?

Also, I am wanting to get a narrowed beam and looking at options. I bought some 5 spoke 5.5 X 15", but no tires yet. It has been suggested that I get a 4" narrowed beam with adjusters to go with my 2.5 in. dropped spindles. I'm not wanting to go too low or too tucked in. Who builds a good beam? There's a lot of "companies" out there that are building them, but I can't seem to decide who is better. Any suggestions?
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