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First Things First

First Things First

As soon as I got it on the lift this morning, the roundel, then the tail lights, then the 1600 emblem. Man, it's been a while since this car has worn the proper attire. This picture makes the lower valance look really wonky, but it is more photo wierdness.

Furry Camel

Furry Camel

Fuel cell fun

Fuel cell fun

Some of the pictures I'm posting were taken midway between getting the task done, so bear that in mind... I should have taken a picture before putting the floor in to show the frame for the fuel cell (for those interested in that kind of thing). There are lots of things to consider, like whether to keep the original gas filler location, where to position the cell, be it centered or pushed to the right like original. Even the installed height of the cell. Lots of people chimed in, in th

Furry Camel

Furry Camel

frame rail replacement

frame rail replacement

My fit-up number umpteen - going well.  front to rear location, shock tower location, floor pan location all good.  getting ready to plug weld all the holes from drilling out the previous brake fluid rotted rail.  Once those are plugged I plan to fit in the rail once more and weld it in.  Nice working with such a solid California car - no rust in the pan or any other portions along this mount up.  I would say the most difficult fit area was here where the fire wall meets the floor pan and the ne

Markster

Markster

No more rivets please...

No more rivets please...

So the title has a bit of history - my first resto project was a very rusty Karmann Ghia - back in 1977 or so I restored a 1968 for a friend of mine.  It was fun but it was crude. Lots of Bondo and lots of sheetmetal and lots of rivets.     Well I am finally in the big time - during Covid I decided to get me a TIG/MIG welding machine from ESAB and get to some serious work on my pride and joy.  First order of business.... about a 1000 test Rosette welds (aka Plug Welds) before get even

Markster

Markster

 

Finally home with the Meccanica Motor Mounts installed

Home and ready to start plumbing and wires 👍😃   Thanks to Emergancy Hookers Towing for a prompt on time delivery  Ready to plumb and wire Exhaust also needs to be sorted, supposedly not to hard  Lots of room for Radiator and Electric Cooling Fan For reference, a quick visit to see Jags in Vegas to see his wiring  Only 5 wires modded into ECM 1 HD Wire to Starter from Battery 1 to Alternator  1 easy ground point

chargin

chargin

We have hydraulic systems... among other things

We have hydraulic systems... among other things

It’s hard to remember all of things that have taken place since last I updated this blog but here it goes:   With the shortblock/trans/subframe in the car I turned my attention to the shift tower. I’m using the early style linkage as that’s what I had available to me. I shortened the the tower to fit centered in the opening in the tunnel, then cut down the shift rod to match. All new bushings/isolators/and a shortened support rod were installed.   I ended up ordering a new clutc

VWJake

VWJake

Progress from the body shop!

Progress from the body shop!

I know shells that have gone to the shop for body and paint that have taken a year or more to hear about any progress. My Santa Ana guys are true bosses when it comes to getting stuff done. Two months after I dropped it off, I got pictures of the body before it goes to paint in a few days. The rear panel was pretty wonky when I got it, the bulges beneath the rear plate were hammered (or attempted) flat, but left just lumpy. I just told them to blend them in as best as they could, because race ca

Furry Camel

Furry Camel

Onto the professionals..

Onto the professionals..

I can install the fenders and get them close, but I need the professionals for do the blending and to skim coat and block the body to be ready for paint. I'm not going to divulge the color scheme yet, since people have too strong of opinions on the subject. Let's just say it will be a tasteful OEM period correct color with an Alpina Works car livery (not orange).

Furry Camel

Furry Camel

 

Holly cow, what was I thinking. I have no time.

So I am back in the T. Hundreds of boxes later, and not even close to thinking about anything other than taking the car out once every three weeks for an hour or so.    The garage is a disaster, I have to rearrange everything. Move hoses, wiring etc.   I have a whole shop air filter to install.  If anybody is doing anything somewhat serious then think about one.  200-400(ish) will get you one on Amazon.  Some people put a bag of activated charcoal in the filter pockets to try

Dudeland

Dudeland

 

Update - Blunttech 5 speed trans kit

I’m happy to report that my getrag 245 is installed and shifting as intended by the engineers who designed it. I did use the Blunttech 5 speed trans kit .  My overall assessment of the kit is that it’s probably the best you can buy.     1 note of Caution - the transmission tunnel of my 68 is more narrow then the the later models.  The Blunttech kit comes with a nice looking transmission bracket / brace (with mounting tabs-see pic)  for mounting the getrag 245 to the trans tunnel.

Dionk

Dionk

 

Almost off the lift

After quite a few hours fitting, the Motor Mounts are just about done, all tacked up and ready to be Finish welded and painted. Meccanica did a great job Fabricating these up.  Next week the driveshaft will be done and the new center support bearing can be welded in and the transmission tunnel welded up         

chargin

chargin



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