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  • Birthday 09/23/1988

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  1. The belly pans on these buses are very important to the structural integrity of the bus. Without these being correctly welded in place, the side doors will not align and the body will flex. Below, you will see the pans being fit and welded into place
  2. It is very common that the nut plates for mounting on these Classic VW's will break loose from the tab holding the bracket in place. Once this happens and the nut plate drops down inside, there is no way to mount the side door to the bus. During one of this bus's previous restorations, a repair was attempted by drilling out the spot welds and folding back the interior panels to quickly gain access. Here, we repair the damage caused by the improper previous repair.
  3. The factory never intended for these cars to stay on the road as long as they have. Many areas of the car were assembled with no treatment of the metal in the seams. In areas like the weatherstrip channels shown below all of the weatherstrips were removed, blasted clean, treated for rust prevention, and new ones welded in place. After doing this the weather strip channels are then blasted again and sealed in epoxy.
  4. As with many older vehicles over the years of radio upgrades the dash has taken the abuse of quick installations. On this VW bus the radio opening had been cut and welded to on more the one occasion. With the owner wanting to delete the radio opening little room was left to weld the patch in next to the opening on the dash.
  5. All the fenders were in bad condition and had been poorly repaired. Patch panels had been welded over rust and covered with body filler. We cut away the damaged areas and replaced them with fabricated pieces.
  6. Much like you would install Dynamat on the inside of a vehicle, we texture coated the bottom of the bus to help reduce vibration in the panels and muffle sound. This also allows another layer of protection.
  7. The rear bumper supports on VW Beetles are commonly found to be rusted on the inside. We cut away the rusted areas and reproduction panels with the supports already attached were then welded in place.
  8. Both the inside and out of the rockers were rusted. Any rusted areas on the inside of the rockers were cut away and fabricated panels were welded in place. Because this is a convertible, it has braces that run the full length of the rocker to strengthen the body, and as with most reproduction panels - the fit was hardly accurate. The reproduction braces that were purchased had to be extensively modified to fit properly.
  9. The Napoleon's Hat on a VW Beetle is the area around which the pan bolts to the front of the body. This area was rusted on both the pan and the body. We cut away the rusted area on the body and fabricated and fitted a patch panel to replace what was removed.
  10. The front wheel well is a common rust area on any classic VW Beetle. As you can see from the pictures below, the area had been previously repaired and covered with body filler which traps the moisture, making the repair more costly in the end due to a poor quality repair originally. We removed the whole section and replacement pieces were fabricated in house to repair the area properly.
  11. While stripping the paint, we found that the vehicle was painted several times, covering multiple areas with body filler. When we removed the body filler we found the metal to be damaged beneath. When media blasting was completed, there were several areas of rust that we found that would need to be repaired. Most of the damage was located beneath the passenger rear area and rear body mounts.
  12. All parts were media blasted and coated in epoxy to protect them from future corrosion. Then, all worn items were replaced, completely restoring the pan.
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