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Post by Roadking41a on December 20th 2010, 3:43 pm

All tore down and ready to get started... Cool!!!! There was a couple of VW Bugs done but I can't remember what forums.
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Re: 1971 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle

Post by Tommy Hillbilly on December 20th 2010, 3:53 pm

That's gotta be a pretty easy car to work on.

When I was a little kid in the early '70s, my mom's hippy brother had an old bug, and the whole interior was shag carpet! Just some front seats and a steering wheel, and shag carpet.

I'm sure that it succumbed to Pennsylvania iron and oxide, as did the '67 6cyl, 3-speed Mustang which replaced it.

I saw Herbie the Love Bug in the theater, around that time too.
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Re: 1971 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle

Post by rmdhokie on December 20th 2010, 8:13 pm

There is a nice Herbie on the Mopar site. page 79
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Re: 1971 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle

Post by retired plumber on December 26th 2010, 11:48 pm

You have gone this far taking it apart, don't stop now. Take the windows out also. They come out easy and go back easy also. That way there is no problem with getting masking perfect and there will be new paint under the rubber. I painted a couple of bugs in the 70s and thats what I did.
Mama wanted a BRIGHT YELLOW one so when I went to the paint store and told the guy what I wanted he laughed and gave me a gallon of the yellow they use to mix corvette yellow with (a big no no). Talk about bright. I swear you could see it at night without a flashlight.
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Re: 1971 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle

Post by superslow on December 27th 2010, 11:41 am

I am just finishing rolling my 72 bug. It has been fun, let me know if you have any questions.
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Re: 1971 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle

Post by Lawrnk on December 27th 2010, 1:09 pm

superslow wrote:I am just finishing rolling my 72 bug. It has been fun, let me know if you have any questions.

I'd love to see some pics! Hpw to you paint the interior? Did you paint the fenders/hood/engine lid off the body? How did you paint those tiny interior parts under the dash?
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Post by superslow on December 27th 2010, 7:41 pm

Ill work on some pics for you. We are saving up for a new camera, so ill have a lot more after than during pics. I did paint the fenders, trunk and engine lid off of the car. My interior was really bad so I took it all apart to paint the interior and dash. I bought one of those Preval spray cans at home depot. Just added my rolling mix to the jar and sprayed most of the dash. I think it turned out pretty well inside.
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Re: 1971 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle

Post by superslow on January 21st 2011, 7:58 pm

How's the bug coming. Getting close to getting mine back together, just waiting on interior parts so I can get the windows back in. Here are a couple of pics. I did steal the color idea from ruptured duck in this forum. http://rolledon.forummotion.com/t489-newbee-painting-son-s-70-bug





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Re: 1971 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle

Post by nhmercracer on January 21st 2011, 8:18 pm

That looks great!

I had a '67 with disk brakes! Also a '72 Super Beetle. Sure wish I still had the '67 though. Not a speck of rust. I had separated the tub, and replaced the body gasket, and upgraded to 12 volts. Sold it to a local church.
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Re: 1971 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle

Post by Lawrnk on February 13th 2011, 11:30 pm

Ok, so I'm way behind in getting you guys some updates. frankly, it's been dang cold, and it was warm enough this weekend. I'm still, after dozens of hours trying to perfect the grey filler primer to make the body as perfecr as possible. I will be covering most of the dashboard with a hard OE dash, so very little of this paint job will actually be visible, except around the knobs and such. I sprayed it with the same color I plan to roll, rustoleum almond acrylic.

I was dissapointed by the bubbles as seen in the close ups, I will likely follow up with a foam brush and do some dabbing. Hopefully in a few weeks I can finish the body work and start rolling.







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Re: 1971 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle

Post by nhmercracer on February 13th 2011, 11:41 pm

Those look like fisheyes. You may need a real wax and grease remover.
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Re: 1971 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle

Post by Lawrnk on February 14th 2011, 12:27 am

nhmercracer wrote:Those look like fisheyes. You may need a real wax and grease remover.
I wish I had roughed it up with 500 grit first in retrospect. Never heard of fish eyes.
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Re: 1971 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle

Post by Noah Zarq on February 14th 2011, 3:58 pm

Fisheyes are common in places like the dash, where someone, at some point, used armor all.
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Re: 1971 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle

Post by retired plumber on February 14th 2011, 8:33 pm

Fish eyes is right. Caused by armor all, oil from your hand, car wax, any spray can stuff with silicone and many other things. Sometimes a couple can be touched up by dabbing a drop of paint on them and letting it dry but in your case I would recommend sanding it back off and a liberal cleaning with a wax/greese remover and then a good wash with dawn dish soap.
I do like the color.
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Re: 1971 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle

Post by Lawrnk on February 15th 2011, 2:02 pm

superslow wrote:How's the bug coming. Getting close to getting mine back together, just waiting on interior parts so I can get the windows back in. Here are a couple of pics. I did steal the color idea from ruptured duck in this forum. http://rolledon.forummotion.com/t489-newbee-painting-son-s-70-bug






Wow, that paint job looks like glass, beautiful!!
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Re: 1971 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle

Post by 78StangII on February 15th 2011, 6:10 pm

Wow! That bug looks good.
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Re: 1971 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle

Post by Lawrnk on February 24th 2011, 11:22 am

retired plumber wrote:Fish eyes is right. Caused by armor all, oil from your hand, car wax, any spray can stuff with silicone and many other things. Sometimes a couple can be touched up by dabbing a drop of paint on them and letting it dry but in your case I would recommend sanding it back off and a liberal cleaning with a wax/greese remover and then a good wash with dawn dish soap.
I do like the color.
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Thanks! One of my problems is stuff like this, so obvious to people who have done it before, but I waste so much time because I'm a novice at this. Can anyone recommend a good book that would cover this sort of stuff?
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Re: 1971 Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle

Post by Noah Zarq on February 24th 2011, 12:00 pm

Yeah, the best book on it is "experience" Very Happy
Seriously, I went to votech for bodywork and also started doing bodywork since I was about 13 with Grandpa, who could build anything out of metal. How I ended up as an English teacher is anybody's guess! Anyhow, keep asking questions here. There's nothing that's too stupid to ask if it helps you learn.
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