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SteveRetherford
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the VW shack

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i have had an old VW for like 30 years here . im not getting any younger at 66 :-) so im trying to turn my attention back to this 51 vw split window ..... this is what they call the pan , the starting point . i can do most of this myself but im not a welder so some stuff i will sub out . still not sure if i will get it powder coated or just paint the pan myself . my hope is to start putting it together when the pan is done ...i have the motor , trans and the front end rebuilt already ..... its a pretty big project in my eyes , never done a frame off resto ....

in part the reason i never got started is cuz i have no place to do the work ......so i converted a chainlink dog kennel in the back yard into the VW SHACK , added some tin roofing and tarps around 3 sides , put the pan up on the saw horses . extension cord with a powerbar , compressed air hose and kicked the dogs out :-)

notice the coleman lantern for night work :-)

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That's a BIG fettle, Steve. Good luck with it and post some pics along the way.
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Don't get hurt messing around.
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sounds like a big undertaking, luckily it is an older car that is still simple to work on. There is not very many wires to hook up. If you get good at it, I have a 99 bug that needs a transmission swap.....

I also think you are gonna need more than one lantern to work at night. 😉
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You can't think about the whole thing, just one bolt at a time. Whistle while ya work and pretty soon start taking shape.

Looking forward to progress pictures.......

I like to get things done, powder coating would be one more thing for me, just paint and next thing. Your call thouigh
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Nice project. Love your VW shack I love any form of air cooled VWS. I have had Bugs, Busses and Karmann Ghias 72 yrs old now and service connected and my eyes weren't what they were. My epitaph should read He loved his family, Air Cooled VW's and Harleys
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Good for you!
Like Keith said, one thing at a time and pretty soon you are driving.
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on the Samba i go by my3bugs as i have 3 bugs , a little play on the old TV show "my three sons" .
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Nice project Steve. Can’t wait to see the progress pictures. I’m not up on VWs much but aren’t the split windows somewhat rare? My dad had a pretty nice 66 bus at one time. Downshifted on the interstate and spun a bearing. Pop wasn’t to thrilled with me.

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Glad you’re going to get it back together and on the road! I have a lot of good memories of my 56, going to the Bug-Ins at OCIR, hanging out after hours working on our cars at the VW shop where my BIL was a mechanic. Definitely will need progress pictures.
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got the fuel line cleared thru the pan tunnel , what a cloud of fuel dust came out COUGH COUGH. and stuck a wire inside to knock stuff loose .

i have a wire run thru everywhere a cable is supposed to be , all but one is plugged up solid , dont understand why , its a heater cable plugged up about 6 inches in from the end, might try to stick a drill in there . not a real important cable but i want em all working .........using a wire wheel thing , i got another side if the pan cleaned up , about ready to flip it over .......im getting better with a dolly n hammer , lots of wierd angles but none of this really shows once done , carpet hides it all ...but i dont think you find the areas i have fixed so far :-) might just get a case of rattle can paint , cuz my compressor spits so much water , i can never seem to get it all out and my hose it long , that may part of the problem , i can run my hose to just about anywhere in the yard :-)
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Creative way to get the project done! Sometimes you just got to do what you got to do!

Like others said, can't wait to see the progress pix.
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As far as paint you might try Rust-Oleum semi-gloss black professional in the can and roll it on. I've started using it on my Jeep skid plates and sections of the frame I clean up. It goes on thick, wears pretty well and is just about a million times easier to deal with compared to rattle can. A quart covers a huge area, you might even cover the whole pan.
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Hey Steve,
Look like yours?
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/gallery/pix/335395.jpg
If I was closer I’d love to bring my Mig over and we’d weld those puppies up!
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If you haven’t yet, try a cable attached to a cordless drill. That might work to unclogg that tube. I to am on the Samba.
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