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"Cutie" a 18 year old project and counting
« on: January 17, 2014, 03:24:50 AM »
Pictures are coming on Saturday.
Here's the run down
1975 std Beetle bought it when I was 16. Drove it for about 2 years (winters in the Puddle were cold)
Had engine problems tire it down for a engine rebuild and then go more ideas.
Worked on it of and on until I was 25 and then with 25 got married
Stored the car and moved to Switzerland car stayed in W.L. That was 2003. 2005 it went into a body shop when I was over for a visit. Did div. rust repairs.
2 years later my brother moved it to his house on the coast.

Now my brother is moving and doesn't want to move the car again in it current state. So it's time I move it to where I am. Problem is it would cost me a good 5 grand in its current state or, less than half that if it's moving. So my conclusion is to have pan body and roll work done. So I can ship it the cheaper way and invest the rest of my money on the car.
Either I'll have it completely done there. And come pick it up with the family. Or we'll ship it over when it's ready for that.
I'll post pics as it's getting built.
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Re: "Cuttie" a 18 year old project and counting
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2015, 01:07:20 PM »
Opps ;-) I just noticed i turned my intro into a build thread of my Car lol just saw that today.

http://www.airspeedparts.com/forums/index.php?topic=649.0;topicseen

If anyones is interested in what happened up until today :-) the link is above from now I guess I'll continue the updates where they should be. Just included that link so one can see the whole build progress.

Or is there a way to move that thread to here?

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Re: "Cuttie" a 18 year old project and counting
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2015, 01:16:56 PM »
Has anyone tried mounting there Engine oil cooler up front in the Fenders under the headlights? I know right there are the Bumper mounts but mine are gone so I was wondering if it might be an idea to mount the coolers there like they did in some 911's. I was thinking maybe adding some Ducts or vents where the bumper mount used to be to add air flow to them. Would that be a doable idea? 

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Re: "Cuttie" a 18 year old project and counting
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2015, 10:16:58 PM »
I haven't seen that done. I've seen in front of the front apron, but most guys are still mounting the coolers out back and either ducting to them (similar to what I've done) or ducting through the quarter panel.

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Re: "Cuttie" a 18 year old project and counting
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2015, 10:58:48 PM »
Geoff is hard at work on the Pan stiffening. Because I decided a Roll Cage would be unsuited for the planed use. Geoff came up with a really cool solution to add some roll Stiffness to the Chassis and increase the side impact stability of the frame.

When the pan is back on its right side. Geoff will work on the pedal set up, seat mounts, front frame head bracing and upper beam supports, and then the rear suspension bracing / stiffening. Lots of work still to do before Russ can spray it with powder and bake it :-).

Excited to see how far this week will take us.

Pictures to be posted at the end of the week
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Re: "Cuttie" a 18 year old project and counting
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2015, 11:23:58 AM »
I'll add some pictures of the work from last week later. Here a quick up date on what we decided to do with oil cooling and Fuel system.

Decide that for the time being we'll go without a dry sump my thermostat will be under the driver side passenger seat and filter as it looks mounted on the rear Torsion housing. That should help keep our options open for adding a dry sump if needed at a later date. We are running dual 48pass oil coolers up front mounted between the firewall and beam. And running  -8 SS braided hose with AN fittings. And senders just after the Engine hook up and before the return to the engine. I'm thinking I'll install a switch so I can select the temp sender that I want to check. Not sure if a bypass is needed if I'm not running a dry sump.

For Fuel I'm leaning to the Bosch 044 and running 2 filters a pre filter and a filter after the regulator before the fuel rails on the engine. Hoses again are -6 SS Braided with AN fittings return and supply. Pre filter, Pump and Reg. Up front with a sender for pressure gauge.

The Wilwood pedals have arrived :-) and have all the right master with remote reservoirs as well:-)

My Dad just got the Divers seat a Sparco R100 in Black, that Geoff should have in his shop on Tuesday.

Tons of little details but Wow it's going along great!!

Clearing some Budget details and hopefully giving Geoff the ok to go ahead on the body mid next week.

Wish I was there to help but hay it's finally moving forwards.

Oh chassis colour we changed to Gloss Black with all Bolt on Parts in Fire Engine Red. To bring in some contrast.

Still looking for a good body shop right now to take over filler, prime, Paint and Clear.

Glad for any tips

Cheers René


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Re: "Cuttie" a 18 year old project and counting
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2015, 01:27:18 PM »
Pictures here are all work in progress so nothing finished yet. But gives you a rough idea of what Geoff is doing here. Looking great in my eyes.

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Re: "Cuttie" a 18 year old project and counting
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2015, 01:28:27 PM »
Shift Linkage Cover

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Re: "Cuttie" a 18 year old project and counting
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2015, 01:29:19 PM »
The empty tunnel and what came all out :-)

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Re: "Cuttie" a 18 year old project and counting
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2015, 01:30:04 PM »
Front Beam Bracing

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Re: "Cuttie" a 18 year old project and counting
« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2015, 01:31:22 PM »
Seeing how the pedals will fit. Some mods to come in this area to get some more room.

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Re: "Cuttie" a 18 year old project and counting
« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2015, 01:32:09 PM »
Oil Cooler set up

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Re: "Cuttie" a 18 year old project and counting
« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2015, 01:32:47 PM »
Oil Lines

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Re: "Cuttie" a 18 year old project and counting
« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2015, 01:33:35 PM »
Oil cooler

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Re: "Cuttie" a 18 year old project and counting
« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2015, 01:34:17 PM »
Sweet :-)

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Re: "Cuttie" a 18 year old project and counting
« Reply #15 on: March 29, 2015, 01:35:03 PM »
Ducting / Bracing

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Re: "Cutie" a 18 year old project and counting
« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2015, 01:36:09 PM »
Oil Filter might stay here might not depends on Rear bracing and Sway bar.
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« Reply #17 on: March 29, 2015, 10:46:28 PM »
wow! loads of work getting done on this one! good luck and have fun, it sounds like it'll be a wild ride!

question...what's the origin of the name "cuttie"?

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Re: "Cutie" a 18 year old project and counting
« Reply #18 on: April 03, 2015, 11:10:37 PM »
Silas,
Lol that's a good question. It should say Cutie typo on my part :-),
Back when I bought my Bug in 94 My girlfriend in 95 called my car that all the time and it kind of stuck. Since then I've always referred to her as Cutie. Never really found anything else to fit. But when she's done the name won't really suit her anymore lol.

Guess it's time for a Name change :-)

I just gave my kids the chore of coming up with a name for Her. Or might just leave it as is. Lol
My Mustang we Named Lady :-) no clue where I come up with these names. :-)
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Re: "Cutie" a 18 year old project and counting
« Reply #19 on: April 04, 2015, 01:38:57 AM »
I'm running VDO gauges in my dash Cockpit line white face and some of the smaller gauges that aren't available in the white face in the black face series.

My question for the speedo can I use the stock speedo sensor / signal in my 915/61 for the gauge or would it be better to go with the gps sender that you can get from VDO with auto calibration? Has anyone used these?

I'd like to do something for my car as well was thinking that I  could put my dash together using a fiberglass cover and modifying it. Adding a thin layer of padding and then stretching leather over it with a wood grain gauge / switch panel. And start pre mounting the gauges etc.

Frustrating to watch all the cool progress and not really having anything to do with it other than the concept.

René
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Re: "Cutie" a 18 year old project and counting
« Reply #20 on: April 04, 2015, 02:30:46 AM »
The rear suspension Bracing again Geoff did an awesome job!! n these pictures you don't see the removable braces that go down to the rear transmission Mounts. Those will still be added are already under construction.

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Re: "Cutie" a 18 year old project and counting
« Reply #21 on: April 04, 2015, 02:32:06 AM »
A couple more detail shots of the Rear bracing.

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Re: "Cutie" a 18 year old project and counting
« Reply #22 on: April 04, 2015, 02:34:54 AM »
the oil filter mount was relocated to the rear bracing. a couple of the fittings will be changed out to angled ones instead of straight fittings.

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Re: "Cutie" a 18 year old project and counting
« Reply #23 on: April 04, 2015, 02:36:03 AM »
More from the Filter mounting and oil lines

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Re: "Cutie" a 18 year old project and counting
« Reply #24 on: April 04, 2015, 02:58:20 AM »
Test fitting of the rear wheels . in a previous picture you see the marked bump stop that Geoff clearance a bit so we don't have any issues here. When the Body is on we can determine how wide We need to go with the fender flares. for the front and Rear. looks like 1 - 2". might swap the fenders out as well to an earlier style. not sure about that though. What is clear is that i want to keep the original signals and tail lights. Smoked and trim in Gloss black or body color.

Something I need to still talk to Geoff about is Batterie Mounting and location. If it would be an idea to add a Bracket now before Its powder coated. I was thinking of using a Optima Yellow top similar to the group 42 in size. Any positive or Negative experiences with them??

Later after we have the Wheels re-finished from Nu-brite. I'll change the old stock rubber from the Boxster wheels to 245/40r17's for the rear and 215/45r17 up front. Still Undecided on the Tires though thinking Bridgestone RE760's, Kuhmo's or maybe Dunlop's. not really relevant yet. as I'll do the wheels and tires shortly before the car is done not that the new tires get damaged sitting stored until I get to dropping the Engine in.
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Re: "Cutie" a 18 year old project and counting
« Reply #25 on: April 04, 2015, 07:40:09 PM »
I'm loving working on this project. Rene is all about the top notch parts and detal. Hopefully Russ will have it in a color soon!

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« Reply #26 on: April 05, 2015, 08:31:32 AM »
wow just cranking right along
looks amazing

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Re: "Cutie" a 18 year old project and counting
« Reply #27 on: April 05, 2015, 12:31:21 PM »
Thanks Russ, Geoff is making awesome progress

http://www.dakotadigital.com/PDF/VHX-1100.PDF

Has anyone used a similar gauge cluster? This one is from Dakota Digital
6" * 10.75"
Cutout = 5.5" * 10.25" thinking that this might be a suitable alternative for the main gauge cluster. And then adding a couple more for oil temp and Trany temp. Etc.

Just not sure if I can squeeze it in the dash and if it will be visible enough after the steering wheel is mounted. Any ideas?

Otherwise I'll probably stick with Autometer or VDO
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« Reply #28 on: April 06, 2015, 11:57:53 AM »
thanks for the info on the name change...that's funny!

keep up the good work rene & geoff & all those involved.

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Re: "Cutie" a 18 year old project and counting
« Reply #29 on: April 06, 2015, 12:03:58 PM »
Lesson learned 18 years after the fact. Don't go for the Cheaper parts Brazilian is not = to oe quality.
Money saved then is now money spent making it right. arg.
Choices from my teenage years  biting me in the butt and Costing Geoff time making it right.

Whats the old saying Hind sight is 20/20.

Lucky Geoff is so inventive in finding solutions. Thanks Geoff

Silas,
 I think we all have one or two funny stories involving our Cars lol. I Gave my kids the job of coming up with a new name but they are quite young and naming it after their favourite cartoon characters is not the best idea lol. My Son said I should call it Thomas the train lol, our youngest son piped up there after (he is 2.5) with a train honking noise. And my Daughter what did she say again I think she wanted to name it after a school friend lol. With those results I think the name is staying as is :-)
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