FrankieD

Ok folks here's my story:

  I bought a 72 SB back in May for wife. It was in decent shape with a little rust here and there but not bad, probably because it had spent most of its life in FL and HI.

Anyway, we weren’t too happy with the very poor paint job and knew if we didn’t deal with the little bit of rust, it would grow like cancer and the work would be much much more if we wait.

    It’s now at my local guys body shop almost ready for prime and paint. He said it might be ready as early as Monday so I stopped by the upholstery shop that I have the seats at and WOW this guy knows his stuff. He’s an older fellow who’s been doing this for almost 50 years and he loves old bugs so he was almost as excited about doing my interior at I was to get it done.  Needless to say, when he offered to do a complete custom interior to include headliner, new door panels, all seats, kick panels and carpet for $800… I handed the guy $400 cash and struck the deal. I had seen some of his other work on a hotrod or two but he is going all out on the seats and door panels….. All custom fit and stitched from high quality materials this guy is amazing and I can’t wait to get it home and put on all the other new parts I have waiting in the garage.

  Ok enough of my Raving…. I’ll post some pics after the paint and all gets done.. I just wanted to share all my excitement with you folks…..  

81 Vanagon Country Homes Camper
[url=http://www.metrovwclub.net/frank__sarah_p1.htm]72 Super (resto-ing for my wife)[/url]
52 MGTD Replica ROXIE (on 71 STD pan with autostick)
http://www.tdreplica.com
http://www.metrovwclub.net
http://www.wdyss.com
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Wayne
I remember this stage of the game well. IMHO this is the best part of owning a Beetle, seeing the finished project after all the hard work (and $) that you have put into it. Your wife is going to be a lucky girl. Post some pics when it's done. Maybe we can feature it here at the site.
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FrankieD

Thanks Wayne,

      I’ve been buying parts and parts and now have several boxes full of stuff to put back on the car when the body and interior work is done… Winter is coming so I’ll probably have to find a way to heat the garage so I can take my time putting her back together.

     I’ve taken tons of pictures thru the project and I go totally crazy when I get it back in the garage. I’ll defiantly put some pics up….

 

BTW.. your right, this is the most fun time…like X-mass eve when anything is still possible and your imagination is the ultimate playground.

81 Vanagon Country Homes Camper
[url=http://www.metrovwclub.net/frank__sarah_p1.htm]72 Super (resto-ing for my wife)[/url]
52 MGTD Replica ROXIE (on 71 STD pan with autostick)
http://www.tdreplica.com
http://www.metrovwclub.net
http://www.wdyss.com
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FrankieD

Well , for any who’s has been following me on my little adventure, here’s an update:

 

            I’ve had a few set backs in getting this one on the road. Mostly having to go back to work along with the school semester coming to a close, time is something I’m running short on lately.

            The body work is 99% complete and reassembly is going slowly and that’s when I discovered the aftermarket passenger fender headlight buck was install wrong. It’s twisted at an odd angle so the headlight bracket doesn’t fit correctly. I’m trying to figure out how to break the welds holding the bucket in the fender without messing up the new paint….

            The interior pieces are mostly done and Ron (my upholstery guy) is just waiting for the car so he can start making the headliner and carpet. Hope to get lots done this weekend and tow the car to Ron’s on Monday.

            I received my personalized plates yesterday (VW SUPR 72) but sadly, I have yet to install the mounting bracket so they will sit on the shelf till more assembly gets done. That has to wait till I finish painting the trunk area and get the gas tanking and wiring straightened out. I am using grey with white flake splatter paint under there. GM used to paint the trunk area with this type of paint and it gives the trunk a nice finished look of a real trunk. I’ll try and get pictures post soon so you can see what I’m talking about…

            Well, I’m off to ST Louis to pick up a few things for the Bug so I can get back to work. Don’t think it will fit under the x-mass tree but I guess my wife will have to settle for the keys wrapped in a box instead… Just have to figure out how to hide it in the garage without here seeing before x-mass morning!!!

 

  THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES….

81 Vanagon Country Homes Camper
[url=http://www.metrovwclub.net/frank__sarah_p1.htm]72 Super (resto-ing for my wife)[/url]
52 MGTD Replica ROXIE (on 71 STD pan with autostick)
http://www.tdreplica.com
http://www.metrovwclub.net
http://www.wdyss.com
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flash

 Holy Moley! I can't believe it...I'm as excited as you!

It's amazing what a great time it is saving these little big hearted bugs from the wrecking yard.  The love and care you've given this little car will be returned to you with years of pure pleasure showin' 'er off.

 

Good job.

 

Loren

Loren R. Knapp
In The Hot Sonoran Desert of Arizona - 73 Super Beetle "The Blues."
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FrankieD

A few pictures as promised

 

This just after driving her home!!

Here she is from the other side. Note the running board missing. We already started disassembly.

Under the hood we used the "Platter Paint". It's a light grey with

white flakes. You can also see the rubbing compound on the hood.

 

Here she is dusty from sanding and buffing but starting to look good.

The custom covered seat waiting for the car.

 

Reassembly is slow but steady

 

81 Vanagon Country Homes Camper
[url=http://www.metrovwclub.net/frank__sarah_p1.htm]72 Super (resto-ing for my wife)[/url]
52 MGTD Replica ROXIE (on 71 STD pan with autostick)
http://www.tdreplica.com
http://www.metrovwclub.net
http://www.wdyss.com
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FrankieD

Brought her home from my buddies paint and body shop. Still need to get it over to the interior guys shop but he’s back-up and has no room inside till Monday so I put her in my garage and work on the electrical issues till then….

 

Maddie my Golden Retriever checking things out.

 

 

81 Vanagon Country Homes Camper
[url=http://www.metrovwclub.net/frank__sarah_p1.htm]72 Super (resto-ing for my wife)[/url]
52 MGTD Replica ROXIE (on 71 STD pan with autostick)
http://www.tdreplica.com
http://www.metrovwclub.net
http://www.wdyss.com
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FrankieD

She's back from getting the interior done, well almost done. Still needs the drivers door panel installed but we waited till I got the new scrapers and window installed.

  Check out the pictures http://www.metrovwclub.net/buggallery.htm

81 Vanagon Country Homes Camper
[url=http://www.metrovwclub.net/frank__sarah_p1.htm]72 Super (resto-ing for my wife)[/url]
52 MGTD Replica ROXIE (on 71 STD pan with autostick)
http://www.tdreplica.com
http://www.metrovwclub.net
http://www.wdyss.com
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Stan71

That is beautiful!  Congratulations to you and the Mrs.   The detail on the upholstery is awesome.

Are you handing out Cigars, now that the baby has arrived?

Let me be one of the first to tell you how jealous I am.....

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FrankieD

Thanks everyone for your support and compliments!!!

 

I’ve added a second page to the Gallery  (http://www.metrovwclub.net/buggallery2.html) showing her with the new 135R15’s on the front. The stock 165R15’s rubbed the fenders after I lowered her a bit.

  Thanks again everyone!!!

     I’ve started driving her regularly and just need to finish up a few of the details like the dash and tint the windows ( a light tinting… no limo black).  I’ll keep posting updated and pics and the ongoing adventure continues!

81 Vanagon Country Homes Camper
[url=http://www.metrovwclub.net/frank__sarah_p1.htm]72 Super (resto-ing for my wife)[/url]
52 MGTD Replica ROXIE (on 71 STD pan with autostick)
http://www.tdreplica.com
http://www.metrovwclub.net
http://www.wdyss.com
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