7/11/2024

Some minor stuff from the last few weeks

This past weekend, I made some headway on tackling the bug! I focused on a few smaller jobs to get things rolling. First, I installed new engine bay seals and added soundproofing to the doors and quarter panels. I even experimented with some DIY galvanization (fun fact: stay tuned for a future post on that!).

The ragtop mechanism is also getting some TLC. I've already started the refurbishment process, but I needed to order some parts to finish the job. Even though it's not pictured yet, I'm happy to report that it's already functional.

Looking ahead, next week's agenda is jam-packed! We'll be removing the body, installing the new seals and soundproofing throughout, replacing the front axle parts, and then finally, putting the body back on for good.



I have to continue this process on the other half as well
The colors are matching perfectly

I dry fit before disassembly, it opens and closes smoothly now




Some Gucci touch on the interior

4/15/2024

Shifter and emergency break are refitted

I installed the shifter and emergency brake this weekend. They were previously just sitting on the workbench painted. I also put the Waso shift lock back in its spot. The pan definitely needs a good cleaning, but I'll tackle that when we permanently attach the chassis to the pan.





3/07/2024

Some recent trips

The garage is still cold as balls, so I haven't been able to spend much time working on the car since last November. That doesn't mean I've been sitting around though! I've been collecting parts, and I even managed to assemble the taillights and a few other bits and pieces.

While this might not be directly related to the bug, I wanted to share about some recent trips that gave me the chance to visit some incredible car museums. Last fall, I explored the Porsche and Mercedes museums in Stuttgart, Germany. Then, just a few days ago, I returned from Riga, Latvia, where I spent some time at the Riga Motor Museum. Here are some pictures from my adventures!

Porsche Museum, Stuttgart








The Mercedes Museum, Stuttgart






Does it look familiar?


Motormuzejs, Riga



1966 Typ 1






11/02/2023

Happy Halloween

Instead of going to trick or threat fanzy I spent some time on the assembly again. I installed the lock mechanism in both the doors together with the remotes. Was not fun at all, I could not adjust the doors yet as the body is not yet finalized on the pan. 

To have some uplifting and mental helth preservation moments too I put on one of the fenders. Looks cool and gives the car some form at last. I also installed the steering column and trunk hatch as well. 
 






8/23/2023

Steering wheeeeeeeel

 

Test fit with the original bushing

Some polished and painted parts for the doors

The assembled steering wheel. I like the way it turned out. Not perfect, but way better than I anticipated.

8/15/2023

L471

 A little painting and assembly. The handbrake and turnsignal are still left to do, but the rest looks stuning. I especially like the steering lock, it was fun to finally finish it.

A quick morning fix before the painting.

Test fit right before the base coat.
During assembly

The finished piece

From the front. It turns like a dream, the key is a temporary one, made by a locksmith since the original one has been lost ages ago by the previous owner