On the way to the paint shop

 In the last couple of moth a logistic battle been fought. The body had to be delivered to the body shop within a rather narrow time window then again transfer it back just in time for the painter to could start the painting job. The final touch on the body been carried out by the same professional as last year's fender fixes, the result is quiet impressive and nice. Finally the chassis was in a ready state for the paint preparation, all the unnecessary holes been fixed as well as the right corner window and the B pillar then the jack clip been mounted to its place too.
Right now the painter is preparing the body for the color finish, the painting chamber is booked and the logistic is planned with it. Hard to believe that after so many years of shooting the shit this is finally happening! 

Stay tuned! 


Project restart and status report

 Many shit has happened since the last post both locally and globally. Let's start with the positive things, the formerly mentioned, personal issue had been fixed and the family has come out from the situation stronger than ever. Hopefully not again we will face with such a challenge! Then after the covid19 global shitstorm has risen and lasts still. There were periods when I did not even leave the house for weeks and did not have a personal conversation with an other human being. What a fucked up year and a half we have behind us! To top it I moved to abroad and limited myself in traveling even further, probably the worst time to chose for an adventure :D 

Anyway as of now I can see a bit more clearly and bravely can say that some progress is on the making. Last year my father had managed the fixing of the fenders, two brand new light buckets been installed and some minor fixes been carried out. Now the headlights can be fittend into the fenders without any issue. The body has five-six tiny issues what need to be resolved in the bodyshop, then the preparation for painting can start. I have high hopes for doing it in the next weeks so the painting can happen in early autumn. Fingers crossed!


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.