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Mookbooker

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Well I figured starting this would help me in my journey to fix my old VW.  I have a 72 super beetle convertible. Drove it for one year in high school and after many times breaking down and going to college it sat for 5 years.  Now I am in possession of it again and nothing worked.  Now it is running after I replaced the battery, starter, spark plugs and wires, fuel pump flange, gas lines, distributor, and finally bosch ignition coil(vw was shutting off after a little driving).  My next two tasks are to replace the floor pans and replace my front shocks.

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Good looking car! It looks straight like its never been crashed. If its just the pans they actually fairly easy to replace. Even if you have to do the heat channels and body support rails, it's more work but well worth the efforts.
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Mookbooker

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Finally got the front lug nuts off they were extremely hard to get off, but two lug wrenches later the wheels are off.(back wheels no problem to get off)   Here is what I'm looking at.  Look familiar to anyone? Or am I the only one who has a VW originally from upstate New York.

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Mookbooker

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quick question:  How do you take off old running boards?  I have broken some and got out a couple on the passenger side and the middle nut is left and wont break or come off.    Also I have no heater channel as you can see from my pictures... what do these running boards attach to? im sure i'll need knew ones.   Any input is appreciated.
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Running boards falling off? They do that when things start to get rusty. The boards bolt to the heater channels and fenders so if they are getting rusty enough that the boards start to come off then your heat channel is in need of replacement. Now if you are just trying to remove the boards and the bolts are breaking then it might be that the heat channel is still solid. If this is the case you will have to drill out the broken ones. On the one that will not come out you will have to get in there with a die grinder or a cutting wheel and grind or cut it off. Some times you can cut the metal of the board with a hammer and chisel if it rusty enough without damaging the channel, then cut the offending bolt and then drill and tap all the holes.
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I'm in the same boat as you by the looks of it.... lotsa work on my 72 super.  Kinda the same stuff too, to do for me plus a few more  but good luck friend.

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Mookbooker

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Thanks for the advice ollspeed, lets try to get through this together 72superbug!       Since I live in SC now and don't care about having heater channels, (and don't have any bottom part of heater channels)  Could I just buy the retaining wall side of the heater channel and some how attach it to my super vw beetle convertible?
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Started cutting out the old floor pans.  Worried about where the bolts are suppose to go but i'll find out about that once I get the floor pan all the way off.


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Mookbooker

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Well got the floor pan off the passenger side.  Where the floor pan would bolt to the body is all rusted as well. Can I get by with some how replacing the metal above it. If so what part would that be the bottom section of heater channel? 

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Well I know that you don't want to change the heater channels but from looking at the pics it just might be the thing to do because it is a major structural part of the body. But you might try these two web sites for pieces parts... hope they help!
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 http://www.airheadparts.com/vintage-vw-parts/running-board-fastening-panel

http://air-cooled-vw-parts-search.mamotorworkstv.com/nav/cat2/heater-channels-and-rocker-panels/cat1/sheet-metal/0


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Progress   Took the engine out. Body off, Pans out...now comes the hard stuff.

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passenger side floor pan in, removed brace on floor pans since that is the one thing on the car that is still good!

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Floor pans are now complete,  I used a truck bed liner for the bottom of the pans and a primer on the top of the pans, Also replaced my worn out front shocks I believe they are the originals! .. Had some trouble getting my passenger side shock off which uses a 22mm socket and spring compressor, I could not grab the shock and it kept spinning, But Christmas came and I got an air wrench which out spun it.  Now its time for the heater channels and I am scared.

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Looks like you're doing an amazing job there. How long until the project is completed?
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Hey thanks, shooting for summer, mid summer.
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