Temporary build break

Unfortunately the weather and some other, rather personal unforeseen things blocked us from further development of the bug so we put it on hold for the winter. Most probably we will be able to proceed with some minor things in the coming weeks but nothing serious tho. I am still waiting for some tools and parts too. Anyway I am satisfied with the year behind us, we did more on the bug than anybody in the last three years. To be continued.


Bumper work

Did not have much time to spend on the bug, but tried to make some progress. I have read about a method of chrome cleaning with steel wool and coke. I was a bit skeptic, yet could not loose much besides a few hours of diving in coke. So I picked up the front bumper and soaked a piece of wool in coke, rub and rub and rub until the result became surprisingly good and it was the dirtier one, the rear bumper will be even better I suspect.

After the process

As the bumper "shined" before we start


Dashboard and trunk adjustments

At the weekend we finalized the dashboard and finally cut the cigarette lighter's hole on it. Look stunning when all the ivory knobs are fit to it. After this lifting moment we switched to the trunk adjustments, that was horrible. The right  side of it was up at the edge while the left was just in okish position. When we moved the right to the proper position the other side fucked up and vice versa. At the end of a sever hour of struggle we reached the state of "fuck it, it cannot be better". To be honest it still looks ugly yet at least in an acceptable way...next step is the welding!


Horn grills are done

Yeah, not much but at least somethin' has happened again. I cut the grillholes to their original shape, look fine.


One more tiny step further

The last two days we placed the shims between the door hinges, the result is more or less acceptable, we also adjusted the doors with the aforementioned "tight the bolts right" game. I think we cannot do more with 'em in the current set.

Also spent some time on the dashboard and the interior, it was rather a try to fit some shit and see it still ok or not. So we put the seats in and surprice, surprice they are fit well.

My brother start to get all the necessary stuffs to put the putty on!

This door is fearly ok, the top is a bit out on this pic but was adjusted.
The left one tho...

The left taillight is a bit too low, we need to reset the holes on fender too

The horn grills are still waiting to be cut...


After a long weekend

A little progress again, we had had a long weekend lately to spend on the bug. We fit the fender beading on and adjusted the fenders to their final positions, also set on the molding set and adjusted them to fit to the body. Right after these we have faced with our nemesis, the door gaps. As first we put the chassis back on the pan without putting the pan bolts on. Only the front two and rear four 10 bolts been set on without the rubber pads. To adjust the doors we have started to play with these bolts, the more you tighten the front ones the more of the upper part of the doors go down, while if the rear four ones pulled down, the back end of the chassis pulled downward. It still just the beginning of these adjustments since the passenger door also has to go backwards, therefor a few custom shims been created.

Beading are on and fenders line up with the body

Beading are on at the front too and the molding and mirrors as well. The horn grill holes are still waiting to be cut to their original shape.