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Post by jennybug on Thu Apr 16, 2009 10:50 am

bounce YAY!!! we're finally on the road. We got the 1971 convertible out of the shop yesterday, we had to have the motor completey rebuilt.

the guy at the shop was really impressed by some of the questions i was asking, that i got from reading the posts on here. (by the way, i've got a stock pulley, not a chrome one) he said that's the best way to learn, from those who have been there.

we would appreciate anything that anyone has to offer in the way of advice, it really helps. we've got to get some tips on sanding and priming, because there are some rust spots on there that need to be stopped, and unfortunately, the paint will have to wait until there's more money.

also, the front isn't latching, and i'm worried that it could pop up when i'm driving. any tips or tricks to get that fixed?

i'll post some pics when i get them.

thanks to all for the help so far.

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Post by rpm750 on Thu Apr 16, 2009 2:22 pm

Pictures, you gota post a picture!
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Post by Damn-it Don on Thu Apr 16, 2009 3:15 pm

A great, and temporary fix for the front hood- bungee the handle to the front bumper brackets, or the front axle (unless your a Super Beetle owner.....).
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Post by DiggerD on Thu Apr 16, 2009 5:20 pm

Congrats on getting another dub on the road!! cheers

Don Hall wrote:A great, and temporary fix for the front hood- bungee the handle to the front bumper brackets, or the front axle (unless your a Super Beetle owner.....).

If its a super all the easier, they have that nifty grill under the bumper that allows all kinds of bungee configurations.
Seriously tho, you should be able to adjust the latch pin, its slotted on the end so you can adjust the length. Be careful and do not get the front hood jammed, its a PIA to fix and will require cutting the handle in several pieces to get it back open!! Sad
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Post by Damn-it Don on Fri Apr 17, 2009 8:21 am

Speaking as someone who has sawed a lot of handles thru the years- I recently was told that there is an access plate on the backside of the nose, underneath, that can be removed and then pick at the latch with a coat hanger to open it. Hope your spare tire isn't in the way! lol!
I've had a bungee for so long, I might get it chromed Twisted Evil
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Post by VW12step on Fri Apr 17, 2009 12:02 pm

Sweet, Congrats...now let's see it. Very Happy
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