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      08-16-2011 10:19 PM #1
      Bought her last spring from a Guy in southern NH who claims he bought it from California. I have the original title from the original owner who registered it in Glendale California So it was a west coast car for atleast part of its life. Very little rust, a crappy battery pan repair and a bad respray is all I can really complain about. Its time to start making her mine!
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      08-16-2011 10:23 PM #2
      Looks like a good find for the N.E. area..looks clean.....What's that truck way back in the driveway?

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      08-16-2011 10:49 PM #3
      an old dodge that my neighbors son in law picked up. Could be really cool if he does it right

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      08-17-2011 02:08 AM #4
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      08-17-2011 02:15 AM #5
      Nice! enjoy it!
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      08-17-2011 04:02 PM #7
      Beautiful car with nii!!iice cOLoR
      hope it will be joyful riding
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      08-17-2011 05:40 PM #9
      They are Kumho 165/80/R15 right now. I'm trying to put together a decent set of stock smoothies to sand blast and paint if any one has a local hook up?

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      08-17-2011 05:58 PM #10
      a couple more-
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      New Beam coming soon from Franklins vw! pics to come!

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      08-17-2011 09:51 PM #11
      nice car mang.
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      Quote Originally Posted by WideFive
      If you have to ask if it's a good trade... then it isn't a good trade.
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      ACW's aren't a watercooled APPLIANCE,it's a classic air cooled pile that takes money,patience and attitude to own it.
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      08-20-2011 12:22 PM #12
      After 48 plus years of service pretty much everything in the front end needed some attention so I purchased a 4" narrowed adjustable beam from Franklins VW the guys were great to deal with and I received it in about 3 weeks from my order.
      First I pulled the fuel tank and unbolted everything up top
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      Then I unbolted the brakes from the spindles. The brake lines were long enough that they had no weight on them so I dont have to remove the brake lines.
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      Next I unbolted the bottom bolts on the beam and lowered it to the ground with a jack, then rolled the beam forward and slid it out
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      The new Beam
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      I cleaned up and painted some things and now I'm just waiting on some caster shims and bolts and some other misc hardware
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      08-20-2011 12:24 PM #13
      looking good. man.

      keep the pics coming.
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      Quote Originally Posted by WideFive
      If you have to ask if it's a good trade... then it isn't a good trade.
      Quote Originally Posted by Schell R32
      ACW's aren't a watercooled APPLIANCE,it's a classic air cooled pile that takes money,patience and attitude to own it.
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      08-20-2011 04:11 PM #14
      wow what a find out here in s--t country!!!!

      gonna be a sweet ride dude...

      hurry up and get thatf thing together and you can cruise on out to anderson show and maybe even the foliage cruise from ctvwa
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      Quit your complaining and do it right!!!

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      08-24-2011 10:02 PM #15
      Horrible two days-Yesterday I got the Beam in place only to snap off one of the top bolts
      So out it came. I should have chased the threads in the new beam but its a little late now.Then today I drilled the bolt and set the easy out in place then snap! Nightmare. Hardened easy out broken off flush and stuck in the center of the bolt. Any Ideas? I went and bought a new welder and am planning on cutting off the stub and welding on another one unless someone has a better idea.

    16. 08-25-2011 12:20 AM #16
      Heat the area around the hole. Get the metal around the area to get red hot and expand. That makes. The hole a little more loose and should pop the stud out once you weld a nut onto the end.

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      08-25-2011 01:07 AM #17
      ^^^^ yeah what he said
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      Quote Originally Posted by WideFive
      If you have to ask if it's a good trade... then it isn't a good trade.
      Quote Originally Posted by Schell R32
      ACW's aren't a watercooled APPLIANCE,it's a classic air cooled pile that takes money,patience and attitude to own it.
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      08-25-2011 07:20 AM #18
      Watching.
      Good luck with that #^€£\=*! broken bolt.
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      08-25-2011 10:33 AM #19
      problem is he stated he broke the easy out in it's place...if this is jambed in there your gonna have to dig it out first..also if you don't have a existing stud hanging out the "weld to" method ain't gonna work...your gonna need to dig all the chaser peices out,..the redrill the old bolt shank out and retap...one bit size at a time.



      ...at worse case deal ,you can hole saw out the old nut insert and re weld a new grade 8 nut in it's place...
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      08-25-2011 11:40 PM #20
      I drilled and chiseled for over an hour with no luck. I went through about ten drill bits so it was getting expensive. I really set the Easy-out in there so I will be cutting and rebuilding. Luckily its a top mounting point so I would assume not as important as the lowers? Either way I will try to do it right. Updates and pictures to come

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      08-26-2011 12:01 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by Schell R32 View Post
      problem is he stated he broke the easy out in it's place...if this is jambed in there your gonna have to dig it out first..also if you don't have a existing stud hanging out the "weld to" method ain't gonna work...your gonna need to dig all the chaser peices out,..the redrill the old bolt shank out and retap...one bit size at a time.



      ...at worse case deal ,you can hole saw out the old nut insert and re weld a new grade 8 nut in it's place...
      He can us a nut and weld the broken stud on the inside of the thread area of the nut. Then just use wrench to back it out.
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      Quote Originally Posted by WideFive
      If you have to ask if it's a good trade... then it isn't a good trade.
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      08-26-2011 06:32 PM #22
      you mean positioning the nut over the hole and welding down through onto the stud? Its worth a try. I'll see if it works but this thing is really stuck in there to break off and break the easy out.

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      08-26-2011 07:23 PM #23
      Yeah that's what I mean. Then heat the area with a torch if you have one. Get it good and hot then back it out.
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      Quote Originally Posted by WideFive
      If you have to ask if it's a good trade... then it isn't a good trade.
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      ACW's aren't a watercooled APPLIANCE,it's a classic air cooled pile that takes money,patience and attitude to own it.
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      08-26-2011 08:21 PM #24
      That's a good idea NumbNuts.

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      08-28-2011 08:54 PM #25
      no luck with the welding the nut method so I cut off the old bung and welded a new one in its place. The Beam is in the car and I'm waiting on some brake parts. No more Stressing over this little problem on to the next one

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      08-29-2011 10:17 AM #26
      need pics mang!!!
      Smile it will get Worse!!

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      09-18-2011 02:10 AM #27
      All right so The Beam is in the car and everything in the area has been cleaned up and replaced New Master cylinder new brake lines hard and soft new fuel line.


      The problem is shes now too low for my balloon 165 tires so I still cant go any where. No turning radius at all!




      I ordered some 135's today so hopefully I'll be rollin soon
      Oh yeah I had bad luck with J bugs they sent me the wrong brake lines and a bum master cylinder any one else had any problems with them?

      Next on the list...
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      09-18-2011 10:55 AM #28
      Notch them for more low ( / suspension travel)?
      I did mine...
      I actually used a longer 'jack' screw incase I ever wanted to adjust it up higher (I haven't, but...... )

      & 165 = 'balloon tire drop'... been there!
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      09-21-2011 05:58 PM #29
      yeah I'm going to notch them and probably drop it one click as well. Is that what you are at with your set up?

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      09-22-2011 01:31 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by sethbilodeau View Post
      yeah I'm going to notch them and probably drop it one click as well. Is that what you are at with your set up?
      'Clicks' are relative (depends on what you start?) I guess it was 'stock' height when I started:




      On the first install, "One click" wasn't low enough, even with the adjuster screw adjusted all the way down, my screw adjustment preset could have been off on this first try, too...:



      "Two clicks" & some screw adjusting got me in this range:



      I used a longer adjuster screw (about 1" longer than the one that comes with them....that way I could set them lower than I thought was "practical", and have enough to adjust UP from there. ) w/ subtle tweaks over the years:





      (yeah, needs to go in the "Before & After" thread!!!
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      09-22-2011 02:55 PM #31
      ^^^You nailed it Geeti, perfect setup...

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      09-22-2011 06:41 PM #32
      Nice, that is the stance I'm shooting for. I love the look of stock smoothies on a properly lowered car I just need to find 2 more decent ones. I got some Ranger tire paint but am reluctant to use it for rear of it not looking right. Is that what you used or are those porta walls?

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      09-22-2011 09:39 PM #33
      I miss my '61

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      09-23-2011 09:54 AM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by sethbilodeau View Post
      nice, that is the stance i'm shooting for. I love the look of stock smoothies on a properly lowered car i just need to find 2 more decent ones. I got some ranger tire paint but am reluctant to use it for rear of it not looking right. Is that what you used or are those porta walls?
      deem is porta walls .
      Smile it will get Worse!!

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      09-24-2011 02:00 PM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by JDII View Post
      deem is porta walls .
      Yup ( check my thread in the (o\!/o) link in my sig )
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