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UserDrew
About a month ago I reached my abilities limit to work on the car so I called around and settled on place called San Diego Classic (vw) Restoration to finish it off. They offered free towing when I asked about the service and I've been down to their place a few times to check in on their work.


I don't have any great shots of my work on it. Just some breaklines, hardware shots, the front end without the gas tank in it but nothing I feel is worth posting. But these pictures were taken I pushed it out of the garage November 19th.
fiber optic
I demand you post the other pictures. The internet may come to a stop if it's only filled with text.
UserDrew
Ok, I need to get them on Photobucket.

Just got off the phone with the people working on the car, it's almost done! But bad news. The car is in such good shape with such great miles I decided to keep it original, however the rims currently on the car are too shot to keep. So, it's time for some new ones. I'm thinking black Spintstars or BRMs. In a few minutes I am going to cut check for continued work with the interior and the convertible top.
fiber optic
QUOTE(UserDrew @ Dec 22 2010, 03:24 PM) *
Ok, I need to get them on Photobucket.

Just got off the phone with the people working on the car, it's almost done! But bad news. The car is in such good shape with such great miles I decided to keep it original, however the rims currently on the car are too shot to keep. So, it's time for some new ones. I'm thinking black Spintstars or BRMs. In a few minutes I am going to cut check for continued work with the interior and the convertible top.


Either of those wheel choices will look good. I haven't seen a whole lot of people using the Sprintstars so maybe go with those to be a bit more unique.
Bjorn
I'ver always been a fan of Panasports for any kind of vintage application, but they may be far too common.
UserDrew
QUOTE(Bjorn @ Dec 22 2010, 01:40 PM) *
I'ver always been a fan of Panasports for any kind of vintage application, but they may be far too common.


5X205 lug pattern. Got the EMPI BRMs, but I am keeping the original wheels just in case. Not much new since I gave them the car a few weeks ago. They've been running it through the parking lot and are fixing the broken hinges on the deck lid and replacing rubber trims. It's occurred to me that nothing I've done to the car matters since they've gone ahead and rebuilt many of the engine parts that I simply cleaned. I would've instructed them not to, however they know what their doing and I'm just an idiot with a socket set.

They've cleaned the surface and discovered it still has a glossy finish. So instead of any sort of repaint I'm having them fix rust on the edges of the body and, pull dents, and fix any sort of chips on the body.


http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y105/User...ia/DSC01053.jpg
fiber optic
QUOTE(UserDrew @ Dec 22 2010, 07:22 PM) *
I'm just an idiot with a socket set.



Hey, me too. I mostly just listen to music in the garage and pretend to know what I'm doing.

Nice choice with the BRMs, they'll look great on your white car. I'm thinking of going back to the 5 on 205mm to put some og steelies on with hubcaps. If I stay with the 4x130mm I'm thinking of some replica gas burners. Still staring at the motor for now though. whistle.gif
MustangAficionado
QUOTE(fiber optic @ Dec 23 2010, 07:18 AM) *
Hey, me too. I mostly just listen to music in the garage and pretend to know what I'm doing.

Amen
goota
QUOTE(fiber optic @ Dec 23 2010, 08:18 AM) *
Hey, me too. I mostly just listen to music in the garage and pretend to know what I'm doing.



QUOTE(MustangAficionado @ Dec 23 2010, 10:02 PM) *
Amen


double amen
UserDrew
I hate taking my cars to other people for work. It feels like a failure. Anyway, pictures of it primed up:

They replaced the rockers per my request. The driver side had a strange dirt/compost build up in it because the plastic wheel well cover had eroded away. They cut out lower portions of the body and welded on new pieces of metal in the rusting spots. Pulled out dents, dings lightly bondoed the larger dent on the driver side rear quarter then primed it and from what I hear it's done being painted. Next up is upholstery and a new top then this pig will be coming home with me. I couldn't really get shots from great angles because the work space was pretty small.


(I don't know what happened with this picture to make it look jagged and pixelated)



Doors & Decklids primed:


Rear quarter


Front side 1/4ish


They had to cut out the entire lower of the front end body.
fiber optic
Lookin' good.

You'll probably be done before I will.
Synesthesia
Looks good! I wouldn't feel too bad. Whenever I get around to a project like this I will most likely outsource this sorta work. smile.gif
UserDrew
A buddy and I painted a 72 super beatle a few years ago in his garage. It didn't come out too well but it was good enough.

I'll have pictures of the car painted and reassembled up tomorrow night. The people doing this body work are getting everything together for the interior. I've ordered a retrosound stereo system for the car also but I am going have them install it.
I've got a smaller 12v car battery and a solar panel to charge it to run the sound system on.

Note the wheels on the beetle. I ordered a set of those and they where delivered to the shop sometime two weeks ago.
UserDrew
Shit wasn't getting done on the car after the body had been done. Things have gone south and I'm probably going to file criminal charges and a police report. It's a long story, regardless to say one of the two partners in the shop apparently stole tools and most of their money and fell off the face of the earth. The other partner about a month ago then declared bankruptcy, stole a bunch of parts and did the same. I only found out yesterday when I got a call from the property manager yesterday and went down there and claimed what I could.

The first few months was going well, they would invoice me and I would essentially line item veto work on the car things that I did with it which they didn't need to do, etc. They would do the work, I'd go down and take a look at it and then cut them a check. Things got fishy in april when they stopped talking to me. I went down there and they had the interior ripped apart to prepare it to go for upholstery work and it sat like that until mid may when I got an invoice to get the interior work done. I paid it, against my better judgment also. I put down about 12k on that car but only got about 6-7 in parts and labor. To top it off, they took many of the original parts from the car. So far I'm missing upper end engine parts like the carb assembly, points and condenser unit, generator, etc. I'm missing original interior paneling, the BRMs and goodyears I had shipped to them, the headlights, wiper motors and rear bench seats. There may be more which I have not yet accounted for.

I spent this morning trying to track down the people who ran this place. I found one, but I don't have a good address. Since I can't work (not an ability problem but space and time issues) on the car I also spent the morning trying to find another place to have work done which turned out to be fruitful. Luckily So-Cal seems to be the perfect place for old vw ownership and found a place which has been in business for a long while to get it to to have the electrical and mechanical bits done up.
shandyman5
QUOTE(UserDrew @ Jun 10 2011, 05:26 PM) *
Shit wasn't getting done on the car after the body had been done. Things have gone south and I'm probably going to file criminal charges and a police report. It's a long story, regardless to say one of the two partners in the shop apparently stole tools and most of their money and fell off the face of the earth. The other partner about a month ago then declared bankruptcy, stole a bunch of parts and did the same. I only found out yesterday when I got a call from the property manager yesterday and went down there and claimed what I could.

The first few months was going well, they would invoice me and I would essentially line item veto work on the car things that I did with it which they didn't need to do, etc. They would do the work, I'd go down and take a look at it and then cut them a check. Things got fishy in april when they stopped talking to me. I went down there and they had the interior ripped apart to prepare it to go for upholstery work and it sat like that until mid may when I got an invoice to get the interior work done. I paid it, against my better judgment also. I put down about 12k on that car but only got about 6-7 in parts and labor. To top it off, they took many of the original parts from the car. So far I'm missing upper end engine parts like the carb assembly, points and condenser unit, generator, etc. I'm missing original interior paneling, the BRMs and goodyears I had shipped to them, the headlights, wiper motors and rear bench seats. There may be more which I have not yet accounted for.

I spent this morning trying to track down the people who ran this place. I found one, but I don't have a good address. Since I can't work (not an ability problem but space and time issues) on the car I also spent the morning trying to find another place to have work done which turned out to be fruitful. Luckily So-Cal seems to be the perfect place for old vw ownership and found a place which has been in business for a long while to get it to to have the electrical and mechanical bits done up.



Dude that is so shitty man. Good luck and I hope the douches who screwed you rectify the situation in the end. Sorry to hear bro, and I hope you can get this corrected.
Altostratus
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I fucking hate how shady some shops turn out to be, this really sucks man sad.gif
Fope you get the fuckers and some sort of compensation.
speedyK
What a nightmare sad.gif

You seem to be coping well hope it all works out for you so that, when it is finally finished, you can just enjoy the car and forget all the hassle thumbs_up.gif
UserDrew
QUOTE(shandyman5 @ Jun 10 2011, 04:43 PM) *
Dude that is so shitty man. Good luck and I hope the douches who screwed you rectify the situation in the end. Sorry to hear bro, and I hope you can get this corrected.


Filed a police report, accused them of running a chop shop and provided a basic list of missing stuff. They're going to contact the property owner, who I've met already, to let me back in to search for things I can re-loot.

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I fucking hate how shady some shops turn out to be, this really sucks man sad.gif
Fope you get the fuckers and some sort of compensation.


I did research before going there. I had a few concerns because they were only in operation for a short time. I talked to another person having a car done their and they were very happy with the work and they had plenty of projects completed under their belt. Things were going well for about 3 months but after the body work it all just sort of stopped. I went in to check up on the car after they sent an invoice billing me for upholstery and the convertible top and was assured that everything was on track. If they've actually filed for bankruptcy I'm SOL since they'll have protection from creditors. I can still try to get others screwed by them together for a civil case but it would be pretty hard to get any compensation.

QUOTE(speedyK @ Jun 11 2011, 07:28 AM) *
What a nightmare sad.gif

You seem to be coping well – hope it all works out for you so that, when it is finally finished, you can just enjoy the car and forget all the hassle thumbs_up.gif


I had a feeling something like this would happen for a few months, when it did I couldn't muster up any anger or frustration. I got to work on finding another place to get this car worked on. I can't afford any more work so I've appealed to my parents for a loan and my dad's agreed. I just want the work on it to get done so I can drive it. I'm going to hear back from this new mechanic regarding missing parts and recommended work either monday or tuesday. He told me this isn't the first time in his 28 some odd years of working on cars that people have gone through with this.

Pictures of its current state in a bit.
UserDrew
Ok, most of the parts are still connect to the engine here. More than I originally thought. Fuel, air intakes and generator are gone.



Looking closer I saw something else that bothered the fuck out of me:



When I went in there to drop the check off to get the car to the upholsters the shop owner was taping up a boat for taping and it was red. There was no red splatter on the exterior of the car, but there was some white which came off with some rubbing.

Speaking of clumsy painting:


Splatter across the dash board. Not sure how that happened, when they were painting it they had it taped over.

This should've been taken care of when they were doing to the body work:


This is just the interior of the car as it was when I got it back to my parent's place. I was happy to find the bumpers and convertible top frame in the shop.
fiber optic
Have you looked at craigslist and the classified section at the samba for your parts?
UserDrew
QUOTE(fiber optic @ Jun 13 2011, 06:31 AM) *
Have you looked at craigslist and the classified section at the samba for your parts?


Oh yeah. Some BRMs llike mine were posted there on June 1st and I went down to the seller to check them out but the tires were different. I would've bought them but someone made a down payment.
Altostratus
this thread needs updates
UserDrew
Not much has changed. I went to the place working on it 3 weeks ago and the guy demonstrated the car to me. It was idling very well, way better than it was this time last summer when I had it in my grandparent's garage. My dad loaned me another thousand and I used it to buy replacement headlights and taillights from Jbugs, a VW parts store in Oceanside, and had them shipped to the garage working on it. The guy working there called about 2 weeks ago to say he received them and that he had all the other parts needed to get the electrics in order. There is still body work which needs doing. Trim parts, door needs to be set flush, the front deck lid needs to be remounted with new springs and hinges and I still want that retrosound headunit.
The shop owner recommended a place to get the interior and top worked on and in another month I will once again have my own money to put into the car.
ImAwesome
Hate to see what happened to you. Glad you are sticking with it though. Ghias are so much cooler then beetles
UserDrew
Thanks! Anyway, its going in for the interior work, finally. I took it to some small time guy in northern san diego for the final touchs on the body work and he has a shop that does interior work for him. All I had to do was go to the internets and find parts. I went to Jbugs in Oceanside where I was buying stuff from originally but there were parts they couldnt supply me with in a reasonable time frame. So I went farther afield. Got the order invoice today, and pending review from the specialists I'm going to dole out a fair chunk of change. This is stuff I absoluetly can't do myself. I can tinker around in an engine bay, but a convertible top would be too much of a headache.

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fiber optic
Have you tried comparing the price to West Coast Metric? They are my go-to for these kinds of parts.

I think the convertible top would be the only thing I wouldn't feel completely comfortable doing myself. The seat covers/door panels/interior trim stuff is stupid easy.
UserDrew
I never heard of them before this KG P&R isn't too far north from their store front.

I price matched it with Jbugs in Oceanside and it's about the same price.
fiber optic
WCM is in Harbor City.

Here is their website
https://shop.westcoastmetric.com/index.php
UserDrew
Thanks for the lead, Fiber. These guys had a chrome convertible top handle I was having a tough time tracking down. They didn't have the left and right side locking handles which is a bummer but I'll try the samba and ebay for those. As frustrating as it is, hunting down parts is fun in its own way.

Edit: I didn't want to delete my post. They are in the picture of the car at the top of the thread which means I still have them because I still have the top frame with the front bow. Better go cancel my order.
fiber optic
QUOTE(UserDrew @ May 15 2012, 06:06 PM) *
Thanks for the lead, Fiber. These guys had a chrome convertible top handle I was having a tough time tracking down. They didn't have the left and right side locking handles which is a bummer but I'll try the samba and ebay for those. As frustrating as it is, hunting down parts is fun in its own way.

Edit: I didn't want to delete my post. They are in the picture of the car at the top of the thread which means I still have them because I still have the top frame with the front bow. Better go cancel my order.


You're welcome. I had fun finding the turn signal switch for mine. Only made from '56-'59. I think somebody makes reproductions of it now but it was fun/frustrating at the time.
UserDrew
Done: Mechanic bits 99%
Interior: Door cards, rear seat covers, dash cover, passenger side foot well foot rest.
Body: Remounting doors, deck lid engine bay cover. Just purchased hinges. Misc chrome bits and bumpers.







clarkma5
Wow, that body looks gorgeous! What a project!
fiber optic
Are those wide-5 disks on the front?
UserDrew
Yeah, more stopping power than the thing has engine power. I wish I could say I put them on myself but I wasn't up to the task. I had some experts use some sort of arcane magic to put them on. I really like the wide bolt pattern, with a good set of wheels it gives the car a unique look. I was going to replace the old wheels with reproductions but went with 15" BRMs in matte black. They're prevalent in the VW scene but are unique enough overall that I felt they were worth getting.


fiber optic
I know what BRMs are. I've wanted a set for nearly 17 years now, but I've got 4-bolt axles.
UserDrew
QUOTE(fiber optic @ Jan 25 2013, 05:23 PM) *
I know what BRMs are. I've wanted a set for nearly 17 years now, but I've got 4-bolt axles.



Wide-5 is sex. Also, bringing it home tomorrow!
UserDrew
Brought it home the other day with a new transmission and an engine rebuild. I didn't know 38ish HP could be so fun.

fiber optic
It looks great. I've only driven a '59 that was absolutely stock and it was a whole lot more fun than expected.
clarkma5
Beautiful machine, really classy. Major props to you! thumbs_up.gif
UserDrew
Thanks. I wish it were a direct product of my labor, but I can take what I can get. Sometime this week I'll find some sunny parking lot to take some pictures for an album.

I've already had an impatient soristitute from the north county get impatient with me, pass double yellows, saluting me as any true selfish Californian would. I don't think it would've mattered what I was driving though in that instant.

Fiberoptic, it's mostly stock. Other than some break tweaks and a freeway flyer transmission and the engine is a whole 20cc larger than it originally was! From here on out, it's my work that will go into it if possible. I've already got to check out the carb because the engine is dying inexplicably at irregular intervals. It takes a day to get up to 60, but the drive is so visceral that it doesn't seem to matter too much.
fiber optic
I put in a new brake fluid reservoir and master cylinder. My carburetors need some adjustment. I gotta feather the throttle for forever before it will idle. Brakes are goodentight though, so that's nice.
UserDrew
QUOTE(fiber optic @ Aug 19 2013, 06:53 AM) *
I put in a new brake fluid reservoir and master cylinder. My carburetors need some adjustment. I gotta feather the throttle for forever before it will idle. Brakes are goodentight though, so that's nice.


I'm in the same bind with the carb as well. The valve is broken so the exhaust smells too rich and occasionally the car will die when coming to a stop in gear.


Took some photos, they came out all wrong. I forgot to check the picture sizing so I'll have to go do it again.
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Synesthesia
What a 'beaut!
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