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    Thread: Resurrection of the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

    1. 08-11-2011 09:53 AM #36
      Front fenders re sealed and permanently re attached last night. 3M undercoating applied to passenger side wheel wells. Pulled all rub strips in anticipation of wet sanding fun. Awaiting parts!

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      08-11-2011 01:34 PM #37
      Take your time, but you sure are getting a lot done!

    3. 08-11-2011 02:22 PM #38
      Quote Originally Posted by golf3737 View Post
      Take your time, but you sure are getting a lot done!
      Battery should be here today. Picking up a grill and inner tails Sunday. Need to get over to Painters Supply to grab some stuff. Focusing on stuff that needs a well ventilated space or needs to be done outside while the weather is good.

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      08-11-2011 02:54 PM #39
      Quote Originally Posted by jaystone View Post
      Battery should be here today. Picking up a grill and inner tails Sunday. Need to get over to Painters Supply to grab some stuff. Focusing on stuff that needs a well ventilated space or needs to be done outside while the weather is good.
      While you're at painters supply, get that trim black.....I assure you, its good stuff

    5. 08-11-2011 03:56 PM #40
      Quote Originally Posted by golf3737 View Post
      While you're at painters supply, get that trim black.....I assure you, its good stuff
      It's on my list. Along with some paint and sanding blocks.

    6. 08-11-2011 06:11 PM #41
      Go to Allen Paint. Painter's Supply is a rip off.

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    7. 08-11-2011 06:25 PM #42
      Painters Supply is definitely a ripoff, but does Allen Paint have the same stuff? Could they mix up some isht for me? I hate Painters hours too, sucks trying to get over there.




      UPS delivers.

      NOS Optima Red Top, tested/charged/warrantied. Guy I picked it up from has pallets of them. Some from when they were still made in Aurora, some from after they shipped manufacturing to Mexico. Half of what a new one costs.

    8. 08-11-2011 06:59 PM #43
      Yes, they do it all! Nice people as well.

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    9. 08-12-2011 09:47 PM #44
      Stopped by Allen Paint, and picked up some stuff. Very helpful crew there. Better than Painters Supply for sure.

      Beers consumed. Progress made. Started cleaning up the engine bay a bit, getting rid of grease and dirt. Finished undercoating the drivers side wheel wells. Cleaned up the calipers and coilovers a bit. Stripping the wheels is going slow, have tried 3 different strippers and all are equally mediocre. Going to try and start cutting up the intake manifold and spare tire well for the battery tray I'm going to fab up tomorrow I'm hoping.

      Tried some interior trim paint (black) on the factory gray trim. Not impressed with the results, going to need to try something else. One step forward, two steps back.

      Will get pictures up tomorrow after the camera gets charged up.

    10. 08-12-2011 10:38 PM #45
      Went back out to the garage for round two. Took out the rear license plate tub and inner lights. Removed the door handles, door moldings, and masked the rest in prep for wet sanding. More beer consumed. Now that's my idea of a fun Friday night

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      08-13-2011 11:30 AM #46
      Quote Originally Posted by jaystone View Post
      Went back out to the garage for round two. Took out the rear license plate tub and inner lights. Removed the door handles, door moldings, and masked the rest in prep for wet sanding. More beer consumed. Now that's my idea of a fun Friday night
      .....was it that many?
      ~I love thunder red!!!~

    12. 08-13-2011 02:29 PM #47
      Quote Originally Posted by golf3737 View Post
      .....was it that many?
      not quite...more like half that



      wheels about ready to sand blast for powdercoating


      undercoated and cleaned up


      ready for wetsanding

    13. 08-13-2011 09:28 PM #48
      FedEx stopped by today.


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      08-14-2011 01:20 AM #49
      good work el hefe
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    15. 08-14-2011 05:07 PM #50
      started straightening fins on the intercooler, going to either paint or powder coat it black. What a PITA. Bottom 2 rows started, working my way up.



      Heading down to P-town in about an hour to pick up some parts (VW related) and meet with a few folks (non VW related).

    16. 08-14-2011 08:19 PM #51
      Project Grill. Going to need a thorough restoration, but it's got good 'bones'


    17. 08-14-2011 10:44 PM #52
      Nice score, did you pay $499.95 for the thing?

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    18. 08-14-2011 10:49 PM #53
      Quote Originally Posted by GTi2OV View Post
      Nice score, did you pay $499.95 for the thing?

      nah...barter price from Kevin. Got the dent hammered out, sanded, and then primed the metal trim piece. Fiberglassed a couple small cracks in the grill, will worry about restoring the finish this week. Blacked out the VW emblem.



    19. 08-15-2011 07:01 PM #54
      Shot the metal grill trim today. First coat went great. Second coat was applied too soon after first I think, I got fisheye popping like a MOFO. Time to let it dry, sand it up and retry tomorrow.

      Also sanded and sprayed the grill today. Apparently didn't clean it enough (sanding/acetone) as I got some crinkeling of the paint in some spots. Again, let it dry and retry tomorrow.

      I hate knowing just enough to be dangerous when it comes to painting and finishing

      Oh well, if at first you don't succeed, you're running about average!

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      08-15-2011 08:11 PM #55
      ~I love thunder red!!!~

    21. 08-16-2011 08:31 PM #56
      I had much better results tonight with the painting. Got a couple of good coats on both the grill and the metal trim. A little light sanding on the trim and I'll be ready to clear coat it. The grill itself will get a light scuff to matte the gloss a bit. McMaster Carr delivered some sheet aluminum and steel for some fab work I'll try to start later this week.




    22. 08-17-2011 07:22 PM #57
      pretty happy with the grill. clear is drying on the trim now, will need to wetsand and polish any goofs out before it's done, but I'm fairly pleased with how it all came out.



    23. 08-18-2011 07:08 PM #58
      Got some of the PermaShine stuff from Urethane Supply Company. Pretty impressed so far, we'll see how it lasts. Got it sprayed on the front bumper lower spoiler, rear bumper lower trim, textured rubstrips (before and after below), and europlate tub. Also got the grill assembled and the drivers side of the car mostly wetsanded (1000, then 2000, with a few spots to go back over) Getting sidetracked on the cosmetics, need to jump into the intake manifold and oil pan here soon, as well as powdercoating the wheels. Also need to pickup a few parts from the junkyard here shortly (specific hardware/clips/trim).

      Neighbor dropped by for a minute (completely oblivious to what the car is) and made a comment that it's really neat to drive by and see what is new/different. I guess that means I'm making progress




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    24. 08-18-2011 07:10 PM #59
      Just for comparison sake...I think I'll post a before/after of the grill by itself.




    25. 08-20-2011 09:18 AM #61
      quick polish on the drivers side. not bad. ran out of compound and need a new pad for my porter cable.


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      08-20-2011 11:35 AM #62
      looking good!
      ~I love thunder red!!!~

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      08-20-2011 02:17 PM #63
      you should let me take pictures of that thing when is done

    28. 08-20-2011 05:02 PM #64
      Got a new bottle of 3M Rubbing compound...seems they changed the formula on me; doesn't work for crap. Going to return it and order something else online. Any suggestions?

      Alex, it'll be a little while before it's done; but a photoshoot is definitely in order

    29. 08-20-2011 07:58 PM #65
      Got some Menzerna compound and a couple pads coming from Detailers Paradise. Should be set!

    30. 08-22-2011 07:46 PM #66
      I didn't feel so hot this weekend; caught some kinda summer cold (WTF?!). Not much accomplished.

      Got the oil pan plated today. Still need to weld in the oil return. A bit rusty with the TIG (or maybe my hand wasn't so steady due to a beer or two), but got into a little groove on the last 6-8 inches of weld. Cleaned up nice enough. Will sand blast again and powder coat to match the charge plumbing.






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      08-22-2011 09:19 PM #67
      very, VERY nice!!!!
      ~I love thunder red!!!~

    32. 08-22-2011 09:55 PM #68
      Quote Originally Posted by golf3737 View Post
      very, VERY nice!!!!
      Just wait until I get done with the intake manifold

    33. 08-23-2011 08:03 PM #69
      Started on the intake manifold today. Got it cut up and gutted pretty good. Rough shape plates made, will need to fit to manifold. Loaded up/chipped up/burned up a cheap carbide burr I had. Also ran out of flapper discs for my angle grinder. Last 2.9 klone manifold I did used 2 flapper discs and 2 cut off discs, but the last 2.9 klone didn't include chopping in half and removing the spark plug holes.

      So...the photos are in progress and a little blurry because my hands were numb from grinding.

      I'll end up re-powdercoating when done.




    34. 08-23-2011 09:01 PM #70
      nice top plate.. thats some work. will look cool.

      may need you to make me one. just the bottom cut and plate. im too lazy to pull the intake to get to the plugs. not a show car. will look nice once you polish the crap out of it.
      your going all out looks like.

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