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Post by jmbeaver on Thu Mar 25, 2010 2:48 am

you're probably replying to the last pic of the eat up door hinge. I could probably just patch up the hinge pillar part. I don't need that much metal right?
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Post by 71_georgia_beetle on Thu Mar 25, 2010 2:59 am

Yeah, scratch that last item. You could "patch it up" or scab something in but for $15.50 you could make it right.
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Post by jmbeaver on Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:17 pm

Got the body off and pulled the engine off. I got an engine stand for $20 but it looks like I've got to get an adapter unless someone can show me how they did it without.





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Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:23 pm

Nice progress

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Post by ponycar25 on Tue Apr 06, 2010 7:01 pm

Before you weld anything don't if your not experienced. It's real easy to warp things from the heat and then things don't fit right. A friend of mine took his pan to a welding shop and an experienced welder warped his pans some due to not working on bug floor pans before. So if possible do let Billie weld them if at all possible. I've heard nothing but good comments on his work.
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Post by bumblebuggy on Tue Apr 06, 2010 10:26 pm

I welded all the patches on my bus and it came out pretty good and I never welded before. The only parts I screwed up were the first ones and that was primarily due to the curve of the roof not so much the warping. Welding is not all that difficult. It mostly takes time and practice. You really can't be in a hurry. I bought a mig welder at Lowes and laid about 200 beads on scrap metal before I ever took it to my car. When you weld sheet metal you want to tack 1/2 inch beads about 10 inches apart form each other to prevent warpage. Let them cool and then tack 1/2 inch welds to the first welds and so on until all the holes are filled. Then grind down the welds in the same way.

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http://www.metwiz.com/

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Re: Gonna restore a 63

Post by jmbeaver on Tue Apr 06, 2010 11:39 pm

yeah, I plan on doing my own welding. This project is gonna be about saving money. That doesn't mean things have to go wrong. I'll do some practice welding too.

Thanks for the links. I'll check them out. I have been watching videos and stuff.

I think I'm pretty good at learning to do things myself. If I screw it up, what's the cost? A couple hundred bucks to replace a warped pan? What's it gonna cost me to have someone else do my welds?
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Post by jmbeaver on Fri Nov 12, 2010 12:00 am

Well hey! I finally got a good paying full-time job! I haven't done much to the bug all this time but I did get the transmission off, front axles and the floor pans have been cut out. I'm ready to clean it up and weld some new floor pans in.

Um ... does anyone know how to remove/replace spring plates? This looks like a challenge for me.
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Re: Gonna restore a 63

Post by fluxcap on Fri Nov 12, 2010 7:28 am

Glad to see this project will be moving forward!

Here's a thread that shows a tool Bob made to help remove the springplates. Also, a few post below Bob's, Bumblebuggy also has a link to another method using a regular floor jack, length of chain, and a screwdriver.
http://forum.georgiadubs.com/tips-and-tricks-f18/torsion-arm-removal-t2223.htm

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Go to homedepot and get an inclinometer for $10. If you are taking the springplate off and replacing it, you'll need to know the angle of the springplate when it is in the unloaded/hanging state BEFORE you remove it. That way, when you put the new one on, you know where to set it. This angle will also be dependent upon the angle of the chassis, so make sure you measure that as well.

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Re: Gonna restore a 63

Post by jmbeaver on Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:00 pm

Thanks for the link and advice.

I just knocked my spring plates with a 5lb hammer and they popped off the lip. But I will mark them before I pull them off. Will that tool help to get the plates back up over the stop?

I just got a good working Lincoln Mig-Pro 140 from CraigsList for $150. Now I need to get some floor pans.

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Re: Gonna restore a 63

Post by jmbeaver on Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:01 pm

It's been a long while. This new job got me busy with other things. But it's a new year and I resolved to get my bug restored.

Oh, and something else distracted me ... My avatar is a pic of another bug I got that I drive around. It's a 68.

I did get the WW floorpans and they are nice. Need to weld them in. I drilled holes all around it for spot or plug welding but I need more practice.
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Re: Gonna restore a 63

Post by 60andslow on Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:05 pm

i agree w brice. get her rolling Smile
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