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Post by DiscoSquirrel on Wed Oct 22, 2008 11:25 pm

I certainly will be busy as there is quite a bit to do, although the plan is to get it road-worthy and then worry about cosmetics. Here is the 58... or is it a 59 euro I just got my hands on - I'm not entirely sure on the model year yet (see here for the samba investigation: http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=325074). There is some cool stuff, some right stuff and some wrong stuff on this car, but all in all I think I did ok and I can't wait to get stuck in. Let the games begin Very Happy



What I found under the seat cover:

Anyone know if the headliner should look like this:


This needs some work:

Mmmmmm:

Sweet:

More sweetness:

So this'll be the original colour then, any offers on what it might be?:


Thanks for looking!
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Re: Something to keep me busy this winter...

Post by fluxcap on Thu Oct 23, 2008 7:17 am

I love it! What all is needed to get it road worthy? That info on the year is crazy. The page from progressive refinements really throws everything off Laughing Can't wait to see it in person so hurry up and get in moving!

Is the center piece of the headliner a different color? Looks grey while the sides look white? If so, I would say the side pieces could be original but the center piece looks to have been replaced.

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Re: Something to keep me busy this winter...

Post by 69panel on Thu Oct 23, 2008 7:38 am

Great find...I love those semaphores. cheers

I believe it is "L 434 fjord blue"

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/album_page.php?pic_id=324737

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/album_page.php?pic_id=304611

Or:

L 335 capri

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/album_page.php?pic_id=324278

Now I'm leaning toward the latter the L 335 Capri
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Post by zabo on Thu Oct 23, 2008 9:32 am

nice - where did you find that one?

I dont think the headliners correct - think it should be mohair- good discussion here
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Re: Something to keep me busy this winter...

Post by DiscoSquirrel on Thu Oct 23, 2008 10:49 am

fluxcap wrote:I love it! What all is needed to get it road worthy? That info on the year is crazy. The page from progressive refinements really throws everything off Laughing Can't wait to see it in person so hurry up and get in moving!

Is the center piece of the headliner a different color? Looks grey while the sides look white? If so, I would say the side pieces could be original but the center piece looks to have been replaced.

Ooh, engine (which I need to collect, think it's good but I need to go through it), brakes, wheel bearings, shocks, tires, wiring needs looking at... the lot really Rolling Eyes Yeah it is nuts, maybe I shouldn't of opened the can of worms and settled for 58... or 59.... no 58... Laughing

Yes the sides are lighter than the middle piece, not so much white, but definitely a much lighter grey, and very dirty!

69panel - haha, yeah those are the two colours I was debating on, it is tough to call it between them. In your second pic, that door panel looks just like the one I have, same colour, I don't know if it is significant, but it would help if it that colour panel was only offered with that body colour, or one or the other years. Also, I read somewhere on the samba I think (of course I can't find it now) about a difference in the panel, specifically the white part - in the pic it looks like the same as mine in that it has a cross-hatch type texture to it, and some of them were smooth.

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Re: Something to keep me busy this winter...

Post by panic_fan on Thu Oct 23, 2008 4:50 pm

Hey what is the "arm" type thing with the vw logo on the opening of the door. I think it was the 8th picture down????? Seen one on a older panel bus the other day, just curious.
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Re: Something to keep me busy this winter...

Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Thu Oct 23, 2008 5:36 pm

Semaphore = turn signal

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Re: Something to keep me busy this winter...

Post by DiscoSquirrel on Fri Oct 24, 2008 9:30 am

zabo wrote:nice - where did you find that one?

I dont think the headliners correct - think it should be mohair- good discussion here
Found it close to me up here in Cumming. Bit of luck really - I was just leaving a gas station in the ghia one day when a bloke shouted something at me, I didn't hear what he said but stopped and we got chatting and he told me about the vehicle.

Yeah think you're right on the headliner, good info, thanks a lot.
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Re: Something to keep me busy this winter...

Post by DiscoSquirrel on Fri Oct 24, 2008 9:35 am

panic_fan - what Bryce said on the semaphores - early turn signal which was discontinued in the States and Canada in 55, retained in Europe and Australia (and maybe parts of Asia I think) until 60.
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Re: Something to keep me busy this winter...

Post by 69panel on Fri Oct 24, 2008 10:15 am

Ben,

I think I saw you in your Ghia a couple of weeks ago at the intersection of 306 and 369. I gave you a thumbs up but I guess you didn't notice. I believe you had been at that shop on 369 at the end of the street where the biscuit shop is on the corner.

Again a really great find. Cool
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Re: Something to keep me busy this winter...

Post by DiscoSquirrel on Fri Oct 24, 2008 10:26 am

That would be me, sorry don't think I noticed you, were you driving a vw? if not that's why I didn't see ya, everything else just looks the same Wink Smile , if you were then I deserve a slap! you hang out round here too then?
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Re: Something to keep me busy this winter...

Post by panic_fan on Fri Oct 24, 2008 10:28 am

Attorney Isaiah Loophole wrote:Semaphore = turn signal

DiscoSquirrel wrote:panic_fan - what Bryce said on the semaphores - early turn signal which was discontinued in the States and Canada in 55, retained in Europe and Australia (and maybe parts of Asia I think) until 60.

Cool. Thanks for the info. I thought it might be some sort of hazard signal. That would be really sweet if you could get them working. I googled Semaphore and saw a video on you tube of one working.
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Re: Something to keep me busy this winter...

Post by DiscoSquirrel on Fri Oct 24, 2008 10:40 am

Yeah they need looking at but I'll get them working alright! One is ok I think but the other (the one I pulled up by hand for the pic) may be a problem.

Just realised I saw your bus at the sonic once, looked sweet, I wanted to come and check it out but I think you left before I got a chance.
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Re: Something to keep me busy this winter...

Post by 69panel on Fri Oct 24, 2008 10:51 am

DiscoSquirrel wrote:That would be me, sorry don't think I noticed you, were you driving a vw? if not that's why I didn't see ya, everything else just looks the same Wink Smile , if you were then I deserve a slap! you hang out round here too then?

No I wasn't in my VW. I was riding in my best buddy's Dodge Dakota truck.

I don't hang out there but that same buddy I was riding with, my friend, knows the guy that owns that shop. I saw the vert in his shop.

My buddy is a driving instructor at Road Atlanta. He's also crew chief and mechanic for Goldwasser Racing. They campaign a Mustang and a Camaro in some sort of road race class. My buddy is an ASME certified mechanic (The best I've ever know) He is an Arbitor for the court on claims of mechanic's and shops getting sued for poor workmanship, also the Better Business Bureau. He's the man. Works on any thing from Rolls Royce's to VW's, race cars, you name it. Has plenty of customers without advertising. Works out of his shop at home. He was the number one line mechanic for Global Imports before he took his business home.

If any of you need work done by a reputable, fair mechanic just ask me and I'll introduce you to him. He doesn't take work off the street. He'll never sell you something you don't need. If he thinks a product you want to install for what ever reason won't help...he'll tell you in a heartbeat you're wasting time and money. He gives free advice...good sound advice.
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Post by panic_fan on Fri Oct 24, 2008 11:55 am

DiscoSquirrel wrote:Yeah they need looking at but I'll get them working alright! One is ok I think but the other (the one I pulled up by hand for the pic) may be a problem.

Just realised I saw your bus at the sonic once, looked sweet, I wanted to come and check it out but I think you left before I got a chance.

Yea, that was me at the Sonic. I was leaving about the time you got there. Sorry I missed you, I wanted to check out your dub as well. Looks sharp from the pics I have seen. I think it was the weekend of my lil bro's 21st bday so I had to leave so we could go get him "tipsy"!
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Re: Something to keep me busy this winter...

Post by fried_chicken on Sat Oct 25, 2008 9:59 am

lucky...thats a good project
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Re: Something to keep me busy this winter...

Post by Cambur on Sun Oct 26, 2008 5:21 pm

Hey Guys, I'm New to the Georgia Dubs Forum... what an awesome site! Anyways, I picked up a 1959 Euro Rag couple of months ago, in athens. seems to be a few early models turning up lately. Looks like a great project! best of luck!

If You all would like to check mine out, Here is the link..


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Re: Something to keep me busy this winter...

Post by Cambur on Sun Jan 18, 2009 3:01 pm

any progress, Ben?
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Re: Something to keep me busy this winter...

Post by DiscoSquirrel on Mon Jan 19, 2009 5:42 pm

59 Euro Rag wrote:any progress, Ben?

Not a thing I am sorry to say, although I did not plan to start until this month anyway, time and funds have both been a little thin on the ground. I really hope to get her running for the Summer.

What's new with your 59?
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Post by Cambur on Mon Jan 19, 2009 10:38 pm

same, I havent had the time nor money to do anything to it
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Re: Something to keep me busy this winter...

Post by DiscoSquirrel on Wed Mar 04, 2009 9:35 am

I have finally started work on the car, actually a couple of weeks ago, so only a month later than intended Laughing The plan is to have the car on the road as quick as possible, which means only doing what is necessary for it to go, stop and light up... oh, and there will be a "slight" altitude adjustment too Wink Here is a rough idea of what I would like the car to look like when it first takes to the road:



Here is where we are at currently:


beam out:


and ready for some mods:


rear end coming apart(note the lack of brake shoe lining!!):


I'll post more pics as progress develops. Thanks for looking.

Cheers.
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Re: Something to keep me busy this winter...

Post by fearthefat138 on Wed Mar 04, 2009 9:41 am

how do you plan on getting that low shorten the pan head, trans lift, and notched plates ect or air ride?? skirts and camber dont work ive tried
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Post by DiscoSquirrel on Wed Mar 04, 2009 10:12 am

Dropped spindles, narrowed adjustable beam, flipped tie-rods, 3 clicks out back, notched spring plates with extensions.
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Post by fearthefat138 on Wed Mar 04, 2009 10:27 am

DiscoSquirrel wrote:Dropped spindles, narrowed adjustable beam, flipped tie-rods, 3 clicks out back, notched spring plates with extensions.
good luck 3 splines is a time bomb Laughing but its fun while it lasts im going to do a trans lift on my next aircooled
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Post by DiscoSquirrel on Wed Mar 04, 2009 10:35 am

fearthefat138 wrote:good luck 3 splines is a time bomb

Yep, but I'm not fussed, the spring plate extensions will help, and it isn't going to be a daily.

I just want sparks baby Cool .
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