This is another project fueled by love and memories. The current owner of this car’s mother was the original owner. The owner remembers his mother purchasing it new when he was old enough to start attending school and the family needed a second car to allow his mother to drive him to school. Although this bug was driven to the shop, it’s a major project needing tons of metal replaced and poor previous bandaids correctly repaired. It’s always an honor to get to do these passion projects.
After getting into the car a bit more, we keep finding bad repairs. There are parts of the car where a shop had “fixed” rust by filling it with spray foam and putting bondo over that. We also found that some of the mounting points for the fenders no longer had the capture nuts and instead were threaded straight into bondo. After seeing all of this we contacted the owner and collectively decided that to do the car correctly it would have to be dipped. The shell is currently at the dippers and we are working to finish he chassis while it’s there. Most of the chassis had to be replaced including the head of the center tube. It’s been a tough journey, but the car will be better than new when it’s finished.
The car has been back from being dipped where they had a small oopsie. They had it dangling from one forklift while another forklift backed into it and bent it around a pole. They took care of their mistake. We have had many cars dipped with this business and this is the first mistake. We will continue to use them. We are now in the process of replacing all of the swiss cheese that is the metal. Its coming along and we will hopefully be fitting the body back onto the chassis soon.
The Beetle has made much progress recently. The body is back on the chassis with everything lined up exactly like it should be. We are currently waiting on some more pieces to come in for it.