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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #30 on: January 12, 2016, 10:28:19 AM »
well it seems I suck at updates.
a refresher as this is how it looked when I sold the cars 20 years ago (after jumping around it landed in thom's hands)


it got a little ruby red thanks in huge part to Stefan doing some metal work and body, then another huge push from Don final body and paint
can't say enough about either of these guys


rolling pan in black cherry with just a 1600dp

started up and rolled out of the garage for the first time, no interior yet though


Richard kicking ass on the headliner, I'm not a big fan of perforated vinyl ones so this was custom cut and sewn together



seats are stitched up in a custom wool and custom square weave chocolate carpet going in now

all in all I see a spring driver


also purchased a 2275 that when I get it driving I will throw it in to play around with





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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #31 on: January 12, 2016, 12:26:28 PM »
That looks fantastic!

Nice job.

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #32 on: January 12, 2016, 06:47:16 PM »


outstanding!! great work russ (and stefan & don)!! keep it up, you'll be rolling in no time!

i love those wheels...different, custom and perfect fit...nice tire & stance combo and that colour pops...tan/chocolate interior will look awesome!! she's a beauty all the way around!!

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #33 on: January 12, 2016, 09:26:04 PM »
I like it, the wheels totally give an old car a fresh look! Who did you get to dye your rubber mat?
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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #34 on: January 12, 2016, 09:43:28 PM »
thanks guys i am pretty happy with how it's turning out, the wheels are Porsche 944 spares with extra holes drilled in them
the outlaw guys are running them


i used RIT dye super hot water and let them soak for about 7 hours
multiple soaks still had the blotchiness
it may not be really noticeable when the chocolate carpet is in

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #35 on: January 13, 2016, 12:09:10 PM »
Very nice job! Car looks Awesome!
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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #36 on: January 13, 2016, 02:47:50 PM »
Russ the car looks great. As much as I wish I still had the car it was the right choice to let it go to you. Just remember 1st dibs if you get tired of it!
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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #37 on: January 13, 2016, 04:00:10 PM »
Thanks Thom
I'm glad you let it go it has been a fun build so far.
if I ever let it go i'll be sure that you are the first to know about it

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #38 on: January 13, 2016, 04:58:33 PM »
Car looks awesome. Great stance.  sign0098
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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #39 on: January 13, 2016, 05:10:21 PM »
Russ,
Your 65 is looking great!
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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #40 on: January 13, 2016, 10:43:43 PM »
Russ the car looks great. As much as I wish I still had the car it was the right choice to let it go to you. Just remember 1st dibs if you get tired of it!

Thanks Thom
I'm glad you let it go it has been a fun build so far.
if I ever let it go i'll be sure that you are the first to know about it

also cool that this car has a long local history and has come full circle back to russ!!  :cool:

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #41 on: January 14, 2016, 08:58:11 AM »
since headliner and carpet are being done I am doing a few things to the engine I bought
too many blue and red fittings and stainless lines.
first problem was the empi billet air cleaners, actually a nice piece but did not sit flat and hit the banjo fitting's
milled out a slot so they sit flat, also milled off the empi logo and had them polished.
countersunk the screw hole for allen head bolt and anodized them black.
what I ended up with is just a clean and simple air cleaner, all the stainless hose is being replaces with braided Kevlar.

as far as the screws holding the tops on, I know they have a tendency to vibrate loose I will try blue Loctite and hopefully they stay put





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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #42 on: January 15, 2016, 06:21:35 PM »
What engine did you pick up?
If more power is better. Then too much is just enough.
Why do it once when you can do it thrice?

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #43 on: March 04, 2016, 12:03:02 PM »
nothing better then a little music when cruising, adding the stereo



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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #44 on: March 04, 2016, 12:24:11 PM »
Your car is lookin great Russ!! Love those speaker enclosures can you make me a set :-) sweet JL Audio one of my first picks as well.

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #45 on: March 04, 2016, 12:32:37 PM »
speaker design goes to my friend Brett who owns creationz, he has a way better eye for it.
I said I want them as slim as possible. the pic lightened it up everything is chocolate brown and blends in to the dark space

the sub is JL audio front speakers are alpine, no head unit just blue tooth through my phone for music.

if you really are interested i'll pass his number along to you

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #46 on: March 04, 2016, 01:28:51 PM »
Russ Thanks.

He did a great Job. When I still lived in Canada I had a business installing Custom Stereo systems in Car's with a old friend, kind of a side job / Hobby we had.
His work Looks A1.
Just out of curiosity what did he use then for the blue tooth interface. JL Audio has a couple systems as do other makes.
But maybe pm me his contact info I'm still looking for a place to get my gear just not sure if it will fit in time wise for me to do the install this visit. Maybe I'll have to get him to help me with the job.

Compliments he does nice clean work.

Cheers Russ

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #47 on: March 04, 2016, 02:15:00 PM »
it is a JL audio amp as well
I'm not really sure what model or anything, I kind of take his word on what is best for me
overall I am really happy with how it looks, should sound pretty good too

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #48 on: March 04, 2016, 07:24:48 PM »
Good old Brett! Car looks sweet Russ!
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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #49 on: March 04, 2016, 10:35:12 PM »
nice clean install on those speakers!! tunes!!  :cool:

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #50 on: March 09, 2016, 10:03:30 AM »
my flash lit the speakers up but with them tucked down and it showed down there it's hard to tell they are there
glove box now holds the heated seat switches, on the side has a USB charge, you can just barely see it
slowly but surely coming along

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #51 on: March 12, 2016, 09:45:10 PM »
my flash lit the speakers up but with them tucked down and it showed down there it's hard to tell they are there
glove box now holds the heated seat switches, on the side has a USB charge, you can just barely see it
slowly but surely coming along


nice! subtle add-ons to make cruising even more enjoyable!

will you & the 65 make it to the dubs in the barn show in april...?

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #52 on: March 13, 2016, 12:59:55 PM »
i will be there for sure not sure about the car,
i have little things i need to finish first, along with installing the other engine.
when i bring it out i'd like it to be fully finished so well see.

i will say for right now i am enjoying just putting the last bits together for it, i really do hope to get out for some longer cruises in it when it's complete

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #53 on: March 17, 2016, 09:17:54 PM »
i will be there for sure not sure about the car,
i have little things i need to finish first, along with installing the other engine.
when i bring it out i'd like it to be fully finished so well see.

i will say for right now i am enjoying just putting the last bits together for it, i really do hope to get out for some longer cruises in it when it's complete

totally understandable about the fully finished reveal.

when it's complete, i'm sure there will be lots of long cruises going on!!  :cool:

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #54 on: March 17, 2016, 10:00:07 PM »
Damn straight
i am looking forward to some nice drives and good company

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #55 on: March 24, 2016, 09:38:45 AM »
got the alignment dialed in and took it for a rip, pretty happy with how it is turning out. I have just a few smaller things to do on the interior then when I get a chance the engine will go in
I have a few paint touch ups to do as well (the inside of the one door ect)

all in all not a killer show car but I'm pretty happy so far






just a reminder of how it looked when I picked it up, missing two fenders,gas tank,front beam, tranny and engine
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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #56 on: April 04, 2016, 12:22:36 PM »
2275 going in
hit a snag with my fuel regulator in the way, i'll make a new bracket and get back at it
I'm pretty busy during the week but will get some more work done this weekend
hope to be rolling it pretty soon

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #57 on: April 04, 2016, 08:42:57 PM »
Car is looking great Russ!

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #58 on: April 29, 2016, 10:12:05 AM »
it's in and running I need to clean the wires up and a few touch ups in there
it's running but could use a bit of tweaking
I'm pretty happy at this point

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Re: 65 Beetle Rebuild
« Reply #59 on: May 02, 2016, 07:51:31 AM »
Looks amazing Russ!

 

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