Blog Post - The Return of BUG

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Blog Post - The Return of BUG

Post by hambone » Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:57 pm

Hi, I'm restoring the former Gypsie-Beetle, a '72 Super. I thought it would be FUN to write about the experience as it unfolds.
It's just like you remember - but YOU were there. What? :drunken:
http://pdxvolksfolks.blogspot.com/2013/ ... nings.html

I'll keep adding new posts as I complete work. Hopefully.
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Post by Sylvester » Fri Feb 22, 2013 6:25 am

I read it all and will follow the story of Bug with great anticipation! And I too dislike the sripped bolts, I have never pulled one sucessfully.
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue, I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace. Where never lark, or even eagle flew. And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod, The high untrespassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

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Post by sped372 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:08 am

I want to see a picture of Old Chippy. My favorite ratchet is a small (5" or so), ancient Snap-On jobber I found in a parking lot one time. My friends make fun of me and say the Smithsonian wants it back but it has character, works perfectly, and it feels nice in my hands.
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Post by Bleyseng » Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:37 am

Nice blog and to repair that Bug is rewarding. I use Cobalt drill bits and they go thru bolts pretty easy vs dull steel bits.
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Post by hambone » Fri Feb 22, 2013 2:14 pm

Thanks guys!
I had pretty good luck today retapping broken off running board retaining bolt threads. In the old days I wouldn't have bothered.

I remembered this morning, the screwdriver name is actually "Old Scrapey". I gotta change that.
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Post by Amskeptic » Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:52 pm

hambone wrote:Hi, I'm restoring the former Gypsie-Beetle, a '72 Super. I thought it would be FUN to write about the experience as it unfolds.
It's just like you remember - but YOU were there. What? :drunken:
http://pdxvolksfolks.blogspot.com/2013/ ... nings.html

I'll keep adding new posts as I complete work. Hopefully.
http://pdxvolksfolks.blogspot.com/2013/ ... arted.html
I can't scroll down on your blog. Some slider "about me""subscribe!" solicitation keeps blocking the button??
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Post by hambone » Sat Feb 23, 2013 5:11 pm

Try a page refresh, for some reason it was coming up gray instead of orange...
I scroll down with the mouse wheel, try that.
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Post by hambone » Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:39 pm

More posts, I'm getting into it pretty deep...
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Post by Kubelwagen » Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:04 pm

How's it going? Inquiring minds...
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Post by Sylvester » Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:26 pm

I need more tales of the BUG.
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue, I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace. Where never lark, or even eagle flew. And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod, The high untrespassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

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Post by ruckman101 » Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:45 pm

I remember Tristessa suggesting taking off the dented fender panels and wailing at the dents with a heavy hammer using the lawn as an impact absorber.


But that was long ago.



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Post by hambone » Sat Mar 16, 2013 9:30 pm

Sorry, I have been working with Bondo, messy dusty stuff and no place for a camera. I'll complain about it soon via blog. The front end is almost done! Lookin finnnnne.
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Post by DjEep » Sun Mar 17, 2013 5:37 pm

I restored a '72 super last year. I didn't do the paint, but I did strip it and reassemble it. If ya have any questions, let me know.

Working on restoring a smashed '69 Westy right now, teaching myself to weld, pulling dents and sandsandsanding. Never actually used bondo before, so if you have any tips, let me know.
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Post by hambone » Sun Mar 17, 2013 9:41 pm

Will do, thank you!
Bondo is nasty...sets up pretty quick. Get some plastic Bondo spatulas for application, and mix it up on a piece of windowpane glass.
Get rid of the rust etc. before applying, and push the goop down pretty good when smearing it on. A few 1/2" layers cured inbetween are best instead of thick glop.
Pound out what you can first!
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Post by Amskeptic » Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:05 am

DjEep wrote: if you have any tips, let me know.
Check out that Itinerant Air-Cooled site some time . . . it has some write ups here and there.

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BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . .111,130 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,787 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 94,615 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . 55,510 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 72,990 miles

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