Monthly Archives: October 2015

Back together again

DSCF8567 DSCF8556 DSCF8558While Paul was busy on the ’86 Chevy, Chris, Rick and I was working on getting the body of the bug mated back to the chassis. Well as you can see, we got it. Things actually went very smoothly with this. We tried to anticipate a few issues that could pop up, but I was really impressed with these Wolfsberg West floor pans. We also ran a new gas line from the frame to the carb. Someone tried welding two metal lines together at some point and it didnt sit well with me, so I replaced it. We also made sure the heater boxes were operable as well as wiring up the engine and running new wires for the electric fuel shut off and choke. So now the bug moves out and next week we start back on the Ghia.

Raptor liner

DSCF8562 DSCF8561DSCF8566Yesterday we prepped and sprayed the epoxy primer on the bed. Today we finished the bed with the application of the bed liner. We use Raptor brand spray in bed liner for is great looks and ease of application. This bed liner is perfect for  light use.  First thing this morning, the seams were filled in in the bed with SEM’s two part seam sealer. Once that was dry, Paul got to work spraying the Raptor liner. Paul then spent the rest of the day blocking out the cab, doors and fenders. Hopefully we will spray the bed first of the week next week. This project is now moving along nicely.

Time for bed

DSCF8549 DSCF8550 DSCF8552 DSCF8553 DSCF8555 DSCF8548Over the past few days we have been prepping the bed for our bed liner system and doing some body work. Today we finished up the body work on the bed and primed it. Once it was dry, we set the bed up, masked it off and Paul sprayed PPG’s DP epoxy primer on the tail gate and bed. Tomorrow we have to seam seal the seams on the bed and once that is dry, we will apply the Raptor liner. Next week we will start spraying some color and clear.

Beetle pan is almost ready for the body

DSCF8541 DSCF8540 DSCF8539The Beetle has still been moving along in the back ground. Last week the left B pillar was welded it because of rust, well yesterday and today, the right B pillar had its rust hole repaired. We also glued the rubbed down to the floor pans. We have to wait for a few parts to come in and get installed before we mate the body back to the pan, but that should happen this Friday.

Two for the road

DSCF8538 DSCF8537These two were finished up today. The Buick came in last week to get a new front bumper and a few other things. The Hyundai came in yesterday to repair a dent in the left fender. The owners will pick up tomorrow. This week is off to a great start.

Quiet Ride it

DSCF8518 DSCF8522 DSCF8528 DSCF8533 DSCF8535 DSCF8536 The ’67 Beetle has been on the road to recovery this week. It received sound deadening material yesterday to ensure a quiet ride and 1 of 2 last minute rust repair procedures. The bottoms of the B-posts are rusted and it has very thin metal and holes on each side. Here you can see Chris welding in the patch panel on the left side. The right is just a little bit worse off that this side, but still plenty fixable. Once these are on, we will POR 15 the inner parts to prolong the metal thats inside there. This area will get body worked out next week as well as welding in the other side.

Its go time

DSCF8513 DSCF8514 DSCF8515 DSCF8523 DSCF8524Yesterday we epoxy primed the ’86 and today we sprayed the urethane primer. All of this truck is now in primer. Paul started sanding the bed, prepping for the bed liner yesterday and continued it today as well. Our next step will be to block the body, repair any dents we have missed, which I’m sure will be at least a few, then its ready for paint. The owner stopped by yesterday and was very pleased with the progress. It will only look better and better from here on out. Stay tuned.

Prime time

DSCF8498 DSCF8499 DSCF8500 DSCF8501 DSCF8491 DSCF8492 DSCF8494 DSCF8495Well, we were able to get the first stage of priming complete on a few of the parts for the ’86 Chevy. What you see here is our epoxy primer over the factory paint. Since this stuff has a pretty long dry time, we will put the urethane primer on tomorrow, then start this same process on the cab. While the bed was off, we also cleaned up the frame. We will paint the frame while we have it to make it just a little nicer.DSCF8505

Hit the brakes

DSCF8475 DSCF8481 DSCF8482 DSCF8483It was a busy day at the shop today. In addition to the Ford truck, fixing dents on the ’86 Chevy, we were also able to get the pedal assembly painted today, rebuilt and installed. This was completely disassembled, sand blasted, and painted. Once it was dry, all moving parts were lubed up and then it was reassembled. Since the carpet fits around the pedals and some of the flooring shows, we painted the area around the pedals black. The coating on the Wolfsburg West floor pans is really nice so we will leave it on the rest of the pans. We will be installing our sound deadening material on the pans and rear luggage compartment panel that we replaced. This will surely reduce the road and engine noise in the interior. We also installed a new brake line and a new grommet where it goes through the firewall. We will continue to keep pugging along on this one. Stay tuned.

Hit and run

DSCF8472 DSCF8470 DSCF8473 DSCF8489 DSCF8488This truck is in the shop as a result of a hit and run. The damage was pretty extensive because of the sharp crease and the distance it was pushed in. We started the repair on this by using the port a power to jack out the damaged area. We then used a hammer and dolly to fine tune the shape back into the metal. Once the metal was close, we finished off the repair with some body filler to smooth out the low spots. Once the body work was up to par, Paul Put it into the booth and we primed it just before quitting time. Tomorrow we plan on blocking this primer out and prepping it for paint. If all goes well, it should be painted tomorrow.

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