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Post by ping349n on Fri Nov 04, 2011 8:56 am

Want to start out by saying hello to everyone! My name is Brian and currently I live in Birmingham AL, but spend a lot of time in the Atlanta area (Senoia in particular), visiting my wife’s parents. Plans are to eventually move over there when the time is right. I have been lurking around here for quite sometime and all you guys seem to be great and very helpful and encouraging.

My first car out of high school was a 67 followed by a 72 super a year or so later. I wish I would have never gotten rid of the 67 back in the day. Well, fast forward a 15 years or so and I am ready to get back behind the wheel of another one! I have 2-1/2 year old triplets, so the time and budget are a little scarce, but I will do what I can when I can. I have stumbled across a pretty good find and she will be my next new project. I have not been able to inspect her personally, but the price is right… FREE!!! Just have to go pick her up. She has been parked for about 20 years and was running great when parked. She has been in the family since she was bought brand new belonging to one of my Uncles. It’s an all original 68. I will be picking her up sometime in the next few weeks, hopefully. Wish me luck and I will probably be asking a lot of questions!

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Post by DOODLE BUGG on Fri Nov 04, 2011 9:39 am

thats cool the three rug rats riding around in the back seat will be a blast when you get it going
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Post by Raggtop on Sun Nov 20, 2011 10:32 am

Welcome back to the scene! its hard to get away from...
And cant beat that FREE price, that is a good jump start on getting it back on the road. Good luck!
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Post by DiggerD on Sun Nov 20, 2011 11:12 am

Welcome to the forums!! cheers

We moved here from Birmingham back in 87. My folks still live there so we travel back and forth pretty regular.
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Post by ping349n on Sun Nov 20, 2011 9:17 pm

Thanks for the welcome guys! I have a little bit of an update. My cousin was able to go and get some pictures of the car so I could get a little better idea of what I was going to be getting into. Well, as you can see, it's not too bad, but there are a few things that might be a little over my head. I don't have any welding experience so I am a little apprehensive about what I see. I am willing to learn as I go and am not affraid to try anything. I just don't want to get in over my head. Any thoughts or ideas would be helpful!















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Post by bumblebuggy on Sun Nov 20, 2011 10:57 pm

Doesn't look horrible. Clean it up, new brakes, have the engine rebuilt, and you're good.
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Post by buggin70 on Sun Nov 20, 2011 11:04 pm

it had ac at one point
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Post by ping349n on Fri Dec 02, 2011 1:48 pm

Well, I just off the phone with my cousin and they are going to load her up on a trailer and deliver her to me the Thrusday before Christmas!!! Just going to cost me the gas money to get her here and a steak dinner on the Big Green Egg! Merry Christmas to me!!! Can't wait to dig in and see what I can get into!
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Post by ping349n on Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:04 am

She is on a trailer headed to me as I type this! So excited! My first VW in 15 years!
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Post by primer00 on Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:29 am

Awesome, and you can't beat a steak dinner off the BGE.

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Post by ping349n on Fri Dec 23, 2011 6:58 pm

Well, she made it home safely and for the most part, without incident. The only thing that happend of note, was that when my cousins husband was loading it on the trailer, he pulled it on by attaching the rope/chain to the rear bumper!! Sad I knew I would have to replace it, but it ended up creasing both rear fenders.

She is FILTHY dirty, but overall not to bad. I am pretty impressed with how solid (except for under the rear window and the drivers door), she really is. Again, won't know until I tear into her interior and get her cleaned up.

I was able to turn the engine by hand and turned all the way!!! WOOHOO!!! NOT LOCKED UP!!! cheers That is a good sign. I also pulled the dip stick and saw good color oil. Gonna take a lot of cleaning though. I did check the VIN/M Code and both fall in line together and appear to be original and matching. The funny thing is that I was told she was a 68 and according to the codes, she was actually born in April/May of 69. Muy interisante!

I know for a fact that I am probably going to have to replace the drivers door. The entire bottom is rusted out.

Here are a few pics as she sits right now. May be a few days/weeks until I can really get started but will keep you all updated. Thanks for all the encouragement and advise. So far, from what I can see, she is worth saving and will be a fun experience that I look forward to. Thing is, I am not putting ANY pressure on myself to make it perfect, or to have a deadline to finish her. I just want to bring her back to life.

BTW... Nothing beats ANYTHING in the Big Green Egg!!!



Believe it or not, all but 1 tire held air long enough to pull it off the trailer and all 4 wheels rolled!!! Even as I type this, 5 hours later, the front two still have air!!!




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Post by bumblebuggy on Fri Dec 23, 2011 7:36 pm

Now the hard work starts. Good luck!
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Post by fluxcap on Fri Dec 23, 2011 7:42 pm

Glad you got it home. Now get to work! Very Happy

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Post by ping349n on Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:22 pm

Well, I was finally about to get a little done one her this weekend. Got her washed and pulled out the interior. Really wanted to dig in the rear and see how bad it really is. I am warning all of you, these pictures are not for the faint at heart. These are VERY sdisturbing!







Needless to say, I have already purchased a donor body that is in MUCH better shape. Guess the next time I post an update I should move this thread to the 60's build section.

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Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Mon Jan 09, 2012 4:41 pm

I went ahead and moved it for you

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Post by ping349n on Mon Jan 09, 2012 4:57 pm

Thanks Bryce!
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Post by peregrine67 on Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:23 pm

Wow! That's a bunch of rust but it's still reparable if you have the patience.
Here's what my '67 looked like before and after I fixed my luggage tray.

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I used an extra door for the sheet metal but you'll probably need to buy that whole section.
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Post by ping349n on Mon Jan 09, 2012 8:48 pm

I actually just bought an entire 68 shelll from a guy this weekend. I am on the fence on weather to piece this old girl back together or swap the body. I'll post some pictures later and see what you guys think might be my best course of action. I don't really have any welding experience, but am willing to learn and have nothing but time.
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Post by peregrine67 on Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:01 pm

I didn't have and welding experience either. I just figured the luggage tray was a great place to learn since it's all relatively hidden anyway.

That's cool that you have a whole other shell to scrounge for parts. Personally, I'd go with whichever has the best heater channels. Those are really fun to replace.

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Post by ping349n on Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:58 pm

After much thought and consideration, I have struck a deal with the guy I was supposed to get the donor shell from for a 66 that he just got. The body has been blasted and primed. Needs new pans, but I am getting those as part of the deal. Has everything there except the engine. I am giong to keep mine and put it in. Overall, I am very happy with the deal. To be honest, I was really wanting a pre 67 more than anything else! Can't wait to make the trade and get it home and get it on the road. I'll start a new thread when I get it home and post some pictures. Already have a name picked out for her!
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