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beetlenut

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Hi All,

First post here. Finally getting around to resurrecting my 74 super that was totaled in a rear-end back in 1999. Its sat for about 10 years untouched in the garage while two kids popped out and the family grew. The rear passenger corner of the car was destroyed in the accident, so I have to graft on a replacement cut from a junker. First I had to refurbish the replacement corner as it was rusted up too. I'm just about to begin the grafting-in process. I'll have to replace the passenger floor and rocker while I have it all torn apart. Hopefully by the end of the summer I'll have it back in one piece.



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Love to see another one saved! Looks like your well on your way too. Keep us posted with your progress and welcome to the forum!


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Thanks. Question: Does any one know the name of the repair panel I would want to order to fix this rust area? It's above the battery area.




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Not sure if anyone sells that one as a replacement panel, maybe someone else will chime in.

I'd suggest seeing if you can cut one from a donor car, junkyard perhaps, as original German metal is far superior to anything you can get aftermarket. Hope this helps.

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beetlenut

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Not too much original German steel left up here in New England junkyards. Might just have to make the piece out of some mild steel sheet I have if I can't find a replacement piece.
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check Mid America Motorworks or CIP1 to see if they have the "Package Tray" replacement panel it may extend all the way down to that area but I'm not sure.



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beetlenut

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Small update:  got my order of panel fasteners and hammer and dolly kit, and got my welder set-up and finished cutting the accident damage out of the car. Now the iterative process of trimming and fitting the donner piece begins.

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Wow... I must admit that I don't envy you on that job. The last time I did anything that extensive was for our vair powered race car. We at least didn't have to get in to the rear window... just the door post and side window. Send us some more pictures as you go along with your project.
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Yea, kinda sucks that I have to get this job, and the passenger floor and rockers, done before I can start on the fun stuff like suspension and engine. The alternative is to start over on another car. I already did the drivers side floor, rockers, hinge pillar, and front bumper bracket before the car got totaled by a drunk. So at least I'll know what I have. I'll sure know how to weld when I'm finished with this job. I have a Redline FI kit ready to go in when I'm done, so that's keeping me motivated.
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Update: Finishing trimming up the graft-in area, and temporarily attaching the replacement piece using panel fasteners or clecos. Lots of trimming and test fitting. I've lost count how many times I've trimmed, reattached, marked, trimmed, etc... Hope to weld in the next few weeks. Oh yea, I have to move too! I at-least found a house with a one car garage!

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Update: Finishing trimming up the graft-in area, and temporarily attaching the replacement piece using panel fasteners or clecos. Lots of trimming and test fitting. I've lost count how many times I've trimmed, reattached, marked, trimmed, etc... Hope to weld in the next few weeks. Oh yea, I have to move too! I at-least found a house with a one car garage!


Hang in there.  You're doin' the Vdub-Gods work.  Good job.  I can't wait to see the end results.

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beetlenut

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Well I'm glad this job is almost done! I've still got other welding to do, so I'll wait until I'm done to skim coat the body and finish sand the car. I welded in the drivers rear bumper/wheel well repair panel last weekend, and I still have the passenger rear cross member and rear quarter floor pan to do. The clip took most of my summer to do, as well as move to a new house including moving my workshop and bug.

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Awesome work. Your doing a great job! Can't wait to see the finished result, keep it up!


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excellent job, looks like you are moving right along even with the added distractions of moving your household. Have you though about paint yet... are you keeping it the same color or do you plan to change it?
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I'd like to keep it some kind of green color. One thing I was thinking was to use the same base color green it is now, tropical green, and put a pearl or some type of tinted clear coat on top of that. That's a ways off. I still want to find a rag top clip and weld that in first.
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