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Are you finding most rusted thru areas are somewhat compartmentalized to individual panels which would be NICER? I know very little about welding, will you be a combination 9f MIG, TIG, Stick, FLUX? Good foresight for sure putting the side braces in before any cutting started. Looks like it's coming along really well, continue posting for sure
 

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the simple vent door and selector knob is worth keeping, never throw anything away till the car is fixed up, and other well known restoration mantra. there's only one, the left side one is missing and they don't come with the new heater channels.
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it looks ok from the top, but here's what it looked like underneath...
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Yep, pretty much gone. The floor vent( that plastic thing) is very accessible here in the States. Is the flapper valve that serves the rear seat floor area part of the new heat channels, I just replaced the left and right control cables on mine, flappers were good, cables shot
 

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Are you finding most rusted thru areas are somewhat compartmentalized to individual panels which would be NICER? I know very little about welding, will you be a combination 9f MIG, TIG, Stick, FLUX? Good foresight for sure putting the side braces in before any cutting started. Looks like it's coming along really well, continue posting for sure
yes Sir that's my Baby. MIG welding is all I have experience in, all you really need for auto restoration, I'm not planning on restoring a Chieftain tank any time soon, but if I do I may learn some of the other welding disciplines.
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the jacking up was n't enough, started making creaking noises like you may have heard if you'd been trapped in the hold of the Titanic as she went down, so "stopped right there, thank you very much" let's give it a go from here.
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sliding in the right side heater channel, just not quite enough room....
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tantalising glimps of what the door sill will look like.
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back to the drawing board, some carpentry needed to make some body tressles.
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yes Sir that's my Baby. MIG welding is all I have experience in, all you really need for auto restoration, I'm not planning on restoring a Chieftain tank any time soon, but if I do I may learn some of the other welding disciplines.
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You referring to a Chieftain RV gas tank, or Chieftain Military tank, lol, just made me wonder if you are into Rvs or not?
 

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tantalising glimps of what the door sill will look like.
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back to the drawing board, some carpentry needed to make some body tressles.
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Yeah, I don't like those creaky noises and groans when any part of me is under a car. Better safe than trapped for sure. Things appear to be aligning well. Doubt y9u every have need for them, but these are the 3 VW parts houses I use here in the States:
JBugs.com. wolfsburgwest.com. Rocky Mountain Motorworks. All have an on line catalogue, prices very reasonable for the most part, and have a great Help Line for questions and such, great no questions return policy.
Am spending the morning getting things together to complete the self contained, portable Model Assembly Case I mentioned, hopefully can post a few pics later today. Stay safe and enjoy your project.
 

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I purchased two repair panels, listed as around £15 each, but to my surprise the Quarter panel is on special offer and only cost me £6, result!
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today was a hard day to be honest, but in the end I was succesful in seperating the body from the chassis. Even in my tight space it is quite simple and if I can do it anyone can.
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now I can wheel out the chassis to leave the body high and dry, but first I have to re weld the exhaust mount on my Morris Minor Pickup. It's getting dark now, time for a beer.
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today was a hard day to be honest, but in the end I was succesful in seperataing the body from the chassis. Even in my tight space it is quite simle and if I can do it anyone can.
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now I can wheel out the chassis to leave the body high and dry, but first I have to re weld the exhaust mount on my Morris Minor Pickup. It's getting dark now, time for a beer.
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Sounds like you deserve a beer or 2, or 3. Did you use a ceiling hoist to raise the body or floor jacks? Man double check it for stability please. So any frame work needed or just body/she'll work?
 

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Sounds like you deserve a beer or 2, or 3. Did you use a ceiling hoist to raise the body or floor jacks? Man double check it for stability please. So any frame work needed or just body/she'll work?
thanks for the lookout Wayne, you can never be overconfident when it comes to suspended weight. Still, now it's up there it exposes so many area that were previously hidden. I had to work on my Morris Minor Pickup exhaust bracket today, needed welding back in place, it took me away from my Beetle obsession, still got the exhaust done, got rid of that annoying rattle, and on the test drive she just had that restrained exhaust note, isn't life great with a classic car to take for a spin.
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so with the remains of the day, I only had time to look and assess, make plans and wonder...what Am I doing!

then calming down, drew up positive plans of what to do next.
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so with the remains of the day, I only had time to look and assess, make plans and wonder...what Am I doing!

then calming down, drew up positive plans of what to do next.
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Love your truck man, what year is SHE? Yeah you should have great access for checking things out and making repairs. Lol. I have those, "What did I get into, more so with the RV I am re doing than the beetle though. Stay safe and enjoy,
 

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Love your truck man, what year is SHE? Yeah you should have great access for checking things out and making repairs. Lol. I have those, "What did I get into, more so with the RV I am re doing than the beetle though. Stay safe and enjoy,
Thanks Wayne, The Moggy is called Alice, and she left the Longbridge factory/car plant in 1968.

to get the chassis away from the body I need to remove the rear wheels and place two casters on a plank to draw it out from under the body so the tops of the tyres clear the bottom of the wheels arches and floor pan, some carpentry to do next then.
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