Man, you have awsome skill in the paint booth schell! That van looks great! How long have you been doing paint work?
this will be my 16th (maybe longer?) year!!! 13yrs in the collision world with being a combination body guy for 8 yrs then a painter/body man for the other 5yrs.
then opened my own shop in '07...then got wadded up in a car accident in '10 for a year off...back in the saddle in '11 with the new shop and a way nicer place too.
if the web addy was so f--ked up you can see i do more than just our little vw's...these are my "collision" now cuz ive done em for so long...but the real money and big time jobs are actually the pro touring and hot rods we end up getting every once and a while.
but these cars are part of me and what i'm known for out here i guess...sometimes they kick my ass then there are jobs like the bus here and a few others that make me smile.
Yeah...the collision pays more and is quicker but there is no reward. You can get more done in the collision world for the profit as opposed to resto. The vw's I have are quick and easy too so I treat that as the collision mentality,even though they still come out killer,vie done so many it's like doing a bumper cover on a Honda!!
Unlike the camaros and pro street car...where customer will drop an easy 10-20k for the paint alone...where as the vw owner has a hard time dropping 10-15 k TURN KEY!!!!
Alright I've hit a roadblock with the 70. I can't seem to sell it. So I have a few questions.
Can I run a single carb setup on a 1914cc engine?
If not, do you think I'd be able to sell a freshly rebuilt 1914 with brand new heads relatively quickly?
At this point I'm ready to forego the dual carbs and go fast engine just to have a car as easy to play with and reliable as my Baja.
One Bug Two Bug, Yellow Bug Blue Bug.
:ts got brand new big valve FoMoCo heads, a pretty good crank, lightened flywheel, deep sump oil pan, dual kadron carbs, fireball dizzy.
I don't remember what it has for cams though. I have no idea what to ask either, its got maybe 1k miles since the rebuild.
Hell I'm almost tempted to put the car on eBay.
One Bug Two Bug, Yellow Bug Blue Bug.
...vw motors are hard to sell...people don't understand what they really cost to build...keep it and store it for a rainy day,throw a stock dp in there and let it go down the road...I have a near new 1600,1300 and a 2180 (turn key pretty much) and I cant get these out the door to save my life...so they just sit under my bench.
Air cooled hobby...people want the biggest,baddest cars..with all the goodies but have a ickle dime budget..It ain't the 70's anymore...they are the same as a chevelle or a mustang these days to build...and that ain't no s--t!!!
Last edited by Schell R32; 08-09-2012 at 09:28 PM.
I'm in the process of rebuilding my 75 bug motor so I'm guessing that would be the 1600 and I'm looking at getting some what larger pistons and jugs. whats a good size ? I'm not wanting to go crazy with it but lets say a size or two bigger or is it even worth it? thanks
He he Loose..you should try restoring them for a living!!! This is why you gotta mix it up.
Not easy getting a guy to pony up the real money needed to get a Cover car,mag feature or a "Classic" winner...when you can build a real nice muscle car for the same price!!!
My uncle picked this up last month, just got it on the road. 75 bradley GT, 6k mile original vw replacement 1600 dual port, OG pleated leather interior, metal flake to hell.
IMG_1189 by ThatVWkid, on Flickr
IMG_1187 by ThatVWkid, on Flickr
IMG_1188 by ThatVWkid, on Flickr
And baja is still doing great, as is the water sucker. Havent done much with dads ghia lately, but going to start back into it this winter.
IMG_1019 by ThatVWkid, on Flickr
Smile it will get Worse!!
^^ yeah pretty much has been that way for years...we have a cool bunch of regulars as well but like JD said...got too much to do,to many project and like you...have to much work!!!
hail the "Thing" !!!!
some crazy s--t i had to do over the week....like fixing my buddys deck lid and shroud after his master blew out while backing it up to the front of my trailer...caved the thing right into the trailer hitch....
hammered and dolly and metal stretched:
and the final after removing the old paint and primed:
and this stupid section of frame rail on a '69 gt 500 i'm workin on:
after welding the section in and grinding:
then the final burred in spot welds:
Last edited by Schell R32; 09-23-2012 at 07:43 PM.
So i'm a total noob. Just got my first bug pretty stoked. So i got alot of probably dumb questions - so i'll just start. What is the lug pattern for a 1972 Beetle? Its air cooled (apparently that makes a difference) In my lil research it seems to be either 4x100 or 4x130. which is it for sure? Any help really appreciated
just throwing it out there for aircooled discussions.
Last edited by LooseNuts; 11-29-2012 at 11:17 AM.