New Owner, 70' Fasty

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Re: New Owner, 70' Fasty

Post by wdollie6 » Sun Dec 05, 2021 12:19 pm

That makes me feel a little better. Here is some of the things I have been working on...

Pop Out window seals were shot, actually all seals, but pop outs were the first to get attention. Read all I could about getting the seals in place followed by chrome trim but nothing seemed to help keeping everything in place while 'thumbing' the trim in place. Trim is tough to begin with, a few years ago I gave up on the trim on my windshield glass for the super beetle convertible as I destroyed two pieces of chrome, wasn't interested in a third, but I digress...

Anyway after fighting the drivers side pop out before figuring out best way, the passengers went much easier. The answer turned out to be Gorilla Tape which I used to hold the fixed part of the seal and glass in place while inserting the trim, took 20 minutes to install the chrome vs. the multiple hours on the first window.
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Re: New Owner, 70' Fasty

Post by wdollie6 » Sun Dec 05, 2021 12:46 pm

Some additional pictures, pop out removal. Note that I taped window in place as I was solo on the removal. Also there are four of these nuts to remove and two of the sheet metal pieces on the inside, two outside. Do not lose the little nuts, I used vice grips to grab and hold as I didn't want to drop one.
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Re: New Owner, 70' Fasty

Post by wdollie6 » Sun Dec 05, 2021 12:57 pm

Also removed windshield and rear glass. Only rust spots were on the rear in the lower corners. Even though they were just pin holes I cut out and welded in patches. On the front there were toothed metal strips on the top and bottom, hadn't seen those before, should they go back in when I replace the windshield? Also, on the rear they had two small clips in the corners, what are these for?
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Re: New Owner, 70' Fasty

Post by wdollie6 » Tue Dec 07, 2021 12:02 pm

This morning improved the chrome trim process even further, allowing me to install both windshield and rear glass seal and chrome in less than an hour. By using a blunted angled pick and some tape was able to easily complete with minimal thumb damage. Warning, be very careful with the pick as it can, if your'e not careful, cause damage to the seal (I had none but could see it happening) more importantly your hands, that definitely happened! Also note the windshield is not installed just set in place for photography purposes, plus it looks great if only temporary.

Now that I have used this technique I feel like I should go back to my 72 Super Beetle and try the windshield again. Not sure I can remove it without damaging the seal though, will have to think about that.

Next I need to begin the sanding and metal clean up process as most is ready for next steps, i.e. welding and sheet metal work is pretty much complete. I attempted to remove old paint with paint remover, didn't even touch it. Next I will try shot blasting, hate the process but don't see myself wire wheel grinding all of it off, although if that is the only viable method it shall be done.
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Re: New Owner, 70' Fasty

Post by wdollie6 » Tue Dec 07, 2021 12:09 pm

Note that the pick process is less about pulling along the seam, more about joggling the seal to come up over the lip of the chrome. While moving along the seam works as well it is challenging as you are also trying to guide/manipulate the chrome while pulling the pick, my experience was joggling at the intersection point was easier and just as fast. Also it is much easier to elevate the glass on the end you are working on, much better visibility, obvious I suppose.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Re: New Owner, 70' Fasty

Post by wdollie6 » Wed Dec 15, 2021 8:41 am

After much hemming and hawing decided to start the body work process. Never done this before so it is all new. My first attempt on the drivers door, which is by far the worst of the two, required 3 coats as I am skimming the entire panel. I'm still working on it but the results of the sanded first coat are below. Clearly I applied the Rage product unevenly as I have low spots everywhere, only some related to the panel itself. With practice I am sure I will improve my process. Any suggestions?
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