Monday, December 4, 2017

Electric and interior

The past few days have been great for progress.  I got all the electrics installed.  Switches, motors, wiring, etc.

I started on the window rubbers for the driver and passenger side until I realized I didn't have the vent window rubber.  Ordered that Friday, should be here this week.  I did make a little progress installing the chrome trim/outer window scraper.  Also the vent window catch plate.

Installed the speedometer, all the "louvered" panels on the dash.

And the yesterday got the padding installed for the headliner.








Progress!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sanding and Polishing -- DONE!

Put in a couple long days with the help of Caroline's Dad Shawn and we got the bug color sanded and buffed!  On to the next steps!



















Monday, August 7, 2017

I'm no longer counting days...

Well, what was basically a 5 month break I got back at it today.  Between my new job, and this...

It has been painfully slow.  As in, no progress whatsoever.  I rebuilt a couple horns in the meantime.  Putzed around a bit.  But hadn't made much progress on the car.

My motivation had been low because of the delay in the custom match vinyl.  Well I got that too!  Under good advisement, I sent the company a couple pizzas for lunch one day and about a month later I got my material!  Awesome!

I've been working on the roof.  I got it sanded down to 1000 grit on 3/4 of the roof last time I left off.  Today I finished the rest of the 1000, then did the entire roof in 1500, 2000, and 3000.  I left the buffing for another day.



I did buff out the inside, mounted the chrome on the glove box and put the ash tray in.  Small, simple things but makes me feel like some sort of progress.

After I finish buffing out the roof I have the doors, front and rear quarter panels.  After that, I can start re-assembling the doors with glass, winders, rubber, etc.

I am going to try and tackle a little bit each week.  I need to get this project DONE!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Day 229 + 230

Well, admittedly progress has been painfully slow.  I've started another job and sometimes life gets in the way.  I'm still waiting on my reproduction vinyl which is a bit of a buzz kill.

In the meantime, the granddaughter's of the original owner, Louise, were in Las Vegas.  I took them out to lunch and also shared some memories with and of the car!  Very cool to meet the people who used to drive my car and in their case, even learned to drive stick on it!  Louise sounded like a very special lady.


Of particular interest is the fact that being a Florida car, it was relatively rust free.  The ladies told me that the car spent a considerable amount of time inside a Mercury dealership as some sort of display.  Very interesting.


I also have been working on the hood, I finished the underside in February.  Today I finished the top side removing all the trash, sanding, and buffing to a nice shine.  I'd say it looks okay!



I also attached the aluminum molding, VW badge, Wolfsburg crest, and chrome handle.  You can see on the bottom side I used the original style "witch hat" rubber pieces to protect from water.  On the other areas I used a special sealing puddy.




Body sanding next!