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Post by Ruptured Duck on March 23rd 2010, 9:03 am

Just wanted to drop in and say hello... currently half way through the build of my 16 year old son's 1970 VW bug... We are about 1/2 way through the roll on paint job. Found this site today. Will be very helpful in the final sanding and polishing stage. So far I'm very pleased with the outcome. This is our first body work project so I'm on the learning curve in regards to Bondo and sanding. Should be a cool ride when done. We have dropped the front 4" and narrowed the front 2.5" to help but the front tires up under the fenders. Rebuilt the motor and will be installing it shortly. Will post pictures shortly... as soon as I figure this forum out... Sad
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Post by retired plumber on March 23rd 2010, 9:44 am

Welcome duck. Glad you found us.

Those old bugs sure are neat. I love them with the front lowered. Did you use adjusters or did you cut and turn them?

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Post by Ruptured Duck on March 23rd 2010, 10:47 am

retired plumber wrote:Welcome duck. Glad you found us.

Those old bugs sure are neat. I love them with the front lowered. Did you use adjusters or did you cut and turn them?

Mike

The front is a combo of drop spindles and weld in adjusters. We could go as far as 5" if we wanted. I think for day to day driving we will set it at about 3" and drop it if we do shows, or when he just wants to look that much cooler.. Rolling Eyes

We still need to adjust the rear but I can't do anything until the motor is back in.
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Post by Squire Cobra Jet on March 23rd 2010, 10:49 am

Welcome, sounds like a great Father and Son project.
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Post by Ruptured Duck on March 23rd 2010, 10:53 am

One more thing... The total budget for this build was $2,000 (including the car).... We are at $1500 now so it's close. That is the main reason for going the roll on paint job.... We could have spent every pennie just getting the thing painted.
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Post by stang_krazy on March 23rd 2010, 11:46 am

Welcome to rolled on

Love those old bug's! had a 67' bug that was red/white and thought it was an original empi because of the paint and it had the emblem's on it also the decal on the dash that warned of speeds excess of 125mph or something like that. Also was dropped somewhere around 5'' or so but not narrowed,have a pic of the car somewhere around in the garage.

What size engine did you build?
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Post by Ruptured Duck on March 23rd 2010, 12:00 pm

stang_krazy wrote:Welcome to rolled on

Love those old bug's! had a 67' bug that was red/white and thought it was an original empi because of the paint and it had the emblem's on it also the decal on the dash that warned of speeds excess of 125mph or something like that. Also was dropped somewhere around 5'' or so but not narrowed,have a pic of the car somewhere around in the garage.

What size engine did you build?

Well, we stuck with the single port 1500 but have duals carbs and 87mm pistons and jugs... comes out to around 1640cc. The singles give a little better low end feel off the line. Last thing I wanted to give a 16 year old is a screamer. His is the last Bug to come with the single ports. Later that same year they rolled over to the dual port heads.

Sweet deal about the EMPI bug. I work as a product developer for an Off-Road (jeep) accessory manufacture and have a relation with EMPI. was able to get some realy good deals on parts... But before anyone ask, No I can't do it again. It was a one time deal.
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Post by 63Falconconvert on March 23rd 2010, 1:27 pm

Welcome.....glad you found us. Would love to see some pics of your bug.
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Post by Ruptured Duck on March 23rd 2010, 2:52 pm

63Falconconvert wrote:Welcome.....glad you found us. Would love to see some pics of your bug.

Trying to figure out how to add images, every forum does it different... Suspect
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Post by 63Falconconvert on March 23rd 2010, 3:11 pm

this forum is the most difficult of all the ones I'm on. All I remember is that I had to cut & paste from the "host an image". Robo-geek is the computer guy, he can explain it easier then I can
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Post by Ruptured Duck on March 23rd 2010, 3:14 pm

Here is a link to the build as it stands... It's over on an off-road forum that i'm on.. At least you can see some of the work we have done.

http://offcamber4wd.org/forum/index.php?topic=6710.0
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Post by 63Falconconvert on March 23rd 2010, 3:49 pm

thats really cool that you get to build a car with your son. My son is only 5 but he's out in the garage all the time with me. Any time I do a project either on the car or around the house I try to give him a little job to help out. I figure the younger he starts to use and understand mechanics and tools the better. The Home Depot by us has a kids work shop once a month that we go to and the workers can't believe how well he can use basic hand tools, hammer, screw driver, pliers, sand paper etc for only being 5 years old. I figure he will want to hang around with Dad untill he discovers girls...lol
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Post by stang_krazy on March 23rd 2010, 4:02 pm

63Falconconvert wrote:thats really cool that you get to build a car with your son. My son is only 5 but he's out in the garage all the time with me. Any time I do a project either on the car or around the house I try to give him a little job to help out. I figure the younger he starts to use and understand mechanics and tools the better. The Home Depot by us has a kids work shop once a month that we go to and the workers can't believe how well he can use basic hand tools, hammer, screw driver, pliers, sand paper etc for only being 5 years old. I figure he will want to hang around with Dad untill he discovers girls...lol
Thats great Falcon! And about the discovering girls. ROFL!!!! My son his getting ready to turn 5 and I relate with you. thumbs up
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Post by 63Falconconvert on March 23rd 2010, 4:14 pm

I had a good laugh the other day, he had to do to a birthday party for a friend of the family, all the kids had to dress up so he went as Batman. My wife calls from the party, he's was the only boy, 11 girls, and Cinderella is there painting the girls fingernails.....the boy was not happy....I told my wife in 10 years he could only wish he was the only boy at a party with 11 girls!!
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Post by RoboGeek on March 23rd 2010, 4:36 pm

its [img] image location [ /img] Minus the space in the 2nd brackets

and welcome to the forums!
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Post by Ruptured Duck on March 23rd 2010, 4:42 pm

63Falconconvert wrote:thats really cool that you get to build a car with your son. My son is only 5 but he's out in the garage all the time with me. Any time I do a project either on the car or around the house I try to give him a little job to help out. I figure the younger he starts to use and understand mechanics and tools the better. The Home Depot by us has a kids work shop once a month that we go to and the workers can't believe how well he can use basic hand tools, hammer, screw driver, pliers, sand paper etc for only being 5 years old. I figure he will want to hang around with Dad untill he discovers girls...lol


My son... he's more like his Mom... He helps but I have a feeling he will want to pay someone to fix his car later in life.. Suspect

I also have a 7 year old little girl... Now thats the one I'm going to have fun with. She is more like me and can already put thinks together in her head and figure out how to build it with the random stuff she finds around the house... LOVE IT! Very Happy
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Post by 63Falconconvert on March 24th 2010, 8:15 am

I bet he will come around in time. Once he gets his own car he will want to start to learn more.
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Post by Ruptured Duck on May 10th 2010, 9:57 am

Well I'm on the last coat and things are looking good..... Need to post pictures soon. Went to c car show this past weekend and was amazed atr what you see for the money spent. My sons paint looks a lot better than some of the cars at the show... Not bragging, rather more amazed!
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Post by 63Falconconvert on May 11th 2010, 8:14 am

can't wait to see some pics. Are you going to show your car after it's complete?
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Post by RoboGeek on May 11th 2010, 7:05 pm

def need pics!
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Post by Ruptured Duck on May 12th 2010, 2:30 pm

Thanks Squire Cobra Jet.... Sorry guys, just have not had time to figure out the image posting yet.... Looser!

I'll try to get images up from this morning. Dressed the "Fat Chick" with some bright work to get a feel for what it will look like. Should be done with the car by the end of this month.
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Post by 63Falconconvert on May 12th 2010, 4:00 pm

LOOKS GREAT!
Did you spray it or roll it?
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