Monthly Archives: October 2014
Amazing what a little acetone, scotch brite pad and elbow grease can do. The before and after of the wiper motor cover and about 30 minutes worth of work. I hope to get the wiper arms disassembled soon and try the Krud-Kutter rust removal on them. Supposed to be good stuff. While the wiper assembly is out and apart, I’ll take the time to change the gear grease and give the motor a good clean up as well.
Trying not to switch from one area of the car to another with no rhyme or reason and I’m trying to order a bunch of smalls as needed. I’ve been concentrating on the deck lid and before I move to the next project, whether it be big or small, I want to completely finish one before moving to the next. I need to sand, clean and prime the deck lid and it’s done for now. I ordered a latch seal, license plate light lens gasket, bulb and seal for the light housing. So until those parts come in, I’m now looking at the wiper motor assembly. I know it works fine, I tested it thoroughly before removing it. But like most, it’s need of some serious cleaning and some paint. So while I wait for parts to arrive to finish the deck lid, I think I’ll give the wiper assembly the once over.
I’m also keeping track of everything I need, big or small. I’m also keeping track of everything I buy, how much it was and where I bought it. That may help others who come here looking for answers. You can see what I need, what I’ve ordered, etc., by checking out the Parts Needed page. Of course, I’m constantly updating this page.
Pulled the gas lid flap and license plate light cover from solvent that had been soaking since last night. The solvent did a pretty good job of removing layers of paint, but I’m only using it in hard to reach places. The spring on the gas lid flap had so much paint on it, it’d hardly close, now it works like a charm. I also received my replacement deck lid from Mark Bolina that I found on thesamba.com. Well worth the 20 dollars, it’s in very good condition, no rust, just needs cleaned, sanded and it’ll be ready for primer. Still need to find a gasket for the deck lid light cover, the existing one has seen better days. Also began to tackle the thick undercoating that will have to be removed from the fender wells and inner fenders. The undercoating has done a good job protecting the metal for 40+ years, but it has to go. I’ve read using everything from acetone (which works pretty good on the tar residue) to oven cleaner. I tried both tonight after work. The oven cleaner had little or no affect, the acetone had minimal. I guess it’ll be a heat gun and paint scraper in the near future.
A before and after of my license plate light repair. It originally came off of a torched Beetle, but the lens and gasket were fine, just needed cleaned up and rewired. Had a little time on my lunch break, now it’s good as new.
Didn’t do much of anything to the Beetle this weekend, which was probably a mistake since the weather was so nice. However, I did take advantage of the nice weather to put up and test Christmas lights. Yes, Christmas lights. Hey, it’s better to do it when it’s 78 degrees rather than when it’s 30 degrees. I did get the struts unbolted from the body so now it’s 100% ready to remove from the floorpans. Still need to rig up some saw horses or stands to sit the body on. I have limited space, so I still want to be able to store the chassis underneath the body. I also began stripping the rear decklid. I quickly found that 4 coats for paint is harder to get off than expected. I plan to get some things media blasted if possible, but I was more interested is finding out what kind of condition the decklid was in. Maybe next week I’ll get the ball joints disconnected and the body totally off of the chassis.
After taking a closer look at the decklid, I decided that it would be easier just to replace it. It’s creased at the bottom from a hit and the metal is a bit warped from an engine fire while it was installed on another Beetle. Luckily I was able to find one on TheSamba.com and user Mark Bolina hooked me up at a very reasonable price.
Did a quick test this evening to see just how heavy the body is and how easy it’s going to be to remove from the floor pans. I’ve confirmed that the pans have been replaced some time in the past and the previous owner didn’t take the time to install the proper seal between the body and the floor pan, they used silicone. Yeah, silicone. Oh well, was really surprise at just how light the body is, I picked the back up with ease as my wife slid a 2×12 between the back of the body and floor pan. Glass is still installed, but the doors are removed. Only thing still securing the body is the struts. Won’t be long til we get these two separated and the real work begins.
Removed the broken hood hinge from the drivers side and the good hood hinge from the passenger side. Had some time so I began to prep the good hinge to ready for primer. So now the task of finding a replacement hinge for the drivers side begins.
My goal this evening was to finish getting the steering column and dash out of the car. Most of the dash was already disconnected, so I pulled the speedometer and labeled all of the wires so I’ll know where they’ll go back once everything starts to go back together. The steering column proved to be a challenge. Once everything was disconnected (so I thought), I figured the steering tube and shaft will pull right out. Well, it didn’t and after fighting it for an hour or so, I posted for help on an online forum and quickly got the response I was waiting for. Instead of just loosening the bolt on the uni joint, I should’ve removed it completely as the shaft has a groove for the bolt to slide through. 60 minute headache, 10 second fix. The wiring looks like a mess, but it’s actually somewhat organized. That’s why I take lots and lots of pictures, we’ll need them when this puzzle goes back together. Also noticed that the dash was made exactly 41 years and 2 days ago today.