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Re: '64 Sunroof "Geek"

Post by zabo on Thu Dec 31, 2009 8:19 am

eric - i would get some oil slingers I just drilled my drums so they would work.
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Re: '64 Sunroof "Geek"

Post by fluxcap on Thu Dec 31, 2009 9:06 am

zabo wrote:eric - i would get some oil slingers I just drilled my drums so they would work.

Definitely on my list of things to get. I may try and find some tomorrow up in Ellijay at 56Rags place.

And Bob, you are right, you may need the extra room back there with those fat tires you got.

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Re: '64 Sunroof "Geek"

Post by rpm750 on Thu Dec 31, 2009 12:51 pm

It looked close, I ordered the wrong dang lug nuts! But I stood the tire up against the drum and the bump stop casting on the shock tower is where it looked close, the training arm was a little close 1/2" or so. She'll look awesome with those wide rims and tires under the fenders! Cool
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Re: '64 Sunroof "Geek"

Post by DOODLE BUGG on Thu Dec 31, 2009 4:57 pm

the purple buggy i built i had around 1/4 of an inck between the tire and the plate i had to cut the bump stop peace off the shock towers on the back but noting rubs other than when i back up an they are 215\60\15 on a 8 inch wheel
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Re: '64 Sunroof "Geek"

Post by rpm750 on Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:28 pm

Well I've got to do something to the frame head, it is rusty. Moved it out and back in for the bonfire and a lot of rust had been loosened. I tapped on it to see how thick and it blew threw. So now I'm going to cut sections off the '68 and see if I can patch the frame head. I need the pan support for the front anyways.


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Re: '64 Sunroof "Geek"

Post by fluxcap on Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:35 pm

Whoa, that sucks man. It didn't look that bad the other day, sorry it ended up being worse. Good you found it all now though.

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Re: '64 Sunroof "Geek"

Post by rpm750 on Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:41 pm

Does anyone have a good used Link Frame head?

And where would I need to cut it?
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Re: '64 Sunroof "Geek"

Post by 56rag on Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:00 pm

I have a few we can cut one out. I told Bryce I would donate a motor for the club bug. Sounds like a road trip to me.
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Re: '64 Sunroof "Geek"

Post by rpm750 on Sun Mar 28, 2010 8:13 pm

I went to Jeff's(56rag) last weekend and picked up a '59 Pan. I've been cleaning it this week,(removing old pans and removing surface rust).


Today I started installing the pans that came with the '64. Here's what I started with....




And here is one of the pans after I drilled the holes that I would later weld.




My welding....










I was hoping to get one pan welded in and my Tow Bar cut and re-welded, I was a ble to do both pans and finish my Tow Bar!!!

The other pan(passenger-side).....






Here is the finished pan(welding at least) on it's side....

In that last picture I removed the front trans mount from the POS '68 I had and welded it on this pan. I had already ordered the newer mount so I added the bracket!

This week has been a tough week, last Wed. night I smashed my index finger....

Sat. while using the grinder(with no guard or gloves)....

Today first pull of the trigger on the welder(mechanics gloves not welding gloves)....

Those little red balls of metal will burn right through a thin leather glove!!!

But at the end of the day I crossed these items off my list....




Also past few weeks I've been working on the beam......






I'm hoping to either drive or Tow "Geek" to BAP. As of right now it's going either way!


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Re: '64 Sunroof "Geek"

Post by 56HAVOC on Sun Mar 28, 2010 8:19 pm

Bro thats one ugly finger affraid but your getting it in down there at the shop,good work but OH BUGGA going be jealous pale
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Re: '64 Sunroof "Geek"

Post by fluxcap on Sun Mar 28, 2010 8:40 pm

Great progress Bob! Let me know when you are ready to set the body on!

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Re: '64 Sunroof "Geek"

Post by rpm750 on Sun Mar 28, 2010 8:54 pm

More cleaning and painting this week....I got to figure out those crappy beam bushings and assemble the front suspension. Then do brakes(lines, rubber hoses, wheel cylinders, Pedal assemble, Fuel line (it's bad), clean the trans that will take a while. Check to see if any of the bolts were broken off when the body was removed from the pan, this could take some time. I'm hoping maybe Sat we can move the body over to the pan. Then I got to paint the inside of the car, Hood and Left rear fender. Wiring harness, Motor..... we'll see. Lots of stuff to do shorter time now.

Anyone rolled on Rustolium paint from the gallon or quart can, with decent results? I'm not spending $40 on a quart of POR-15. Rustolium will work fine for now.
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Re: '64 Sunroof "Geek"

Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Sun Mar 28, 2010 9:39 pm

Nice work Bob!

I have only used Rust bullet and so far it has done very well and doesn't need the prep work por15 does....and it is also available at summit but you will pay $40 for it......

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Re: '64 Sunroof "Geek"

Post by 720boy on Sun Mar 28, 2010 9:50 pm

looks go, don't forget to seamseal top and bottom.
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Re: '64 Sunroof "Geek"

Post by rpm750 on Sun Mar 28, 2010 10:07 pm

Yeah got that already(GE 100% Silicone, black), will do that before I paint the pan. I used it on O'Bugga and it is still rubbery and hangin in there! I hope to do that tomorrow night, get it clean and then paint it so it can dry over nite and I can do some assembly Tuesday nite.

Forgot to post this one, we were talking about these the other nite.

I got to get another one. I use the side and it causes the wires to come out faster but it cleans faster!!!
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Re: '64 Sunroof "Geek"

Post by Attorney Isaiah Loophole on Sun Mar 28, 2010 10:23 pm

I switched to the braided ones for that reason....

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Re: '64 Sunroof "Geek"

Post by 63buggin on Sun Mar 28, 2010 11:32 pm

Looks good bob maybe seeing the way your doing will inspire me to get back on the 63 (Maybe without all the injuries) lol!
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Re: '64 Sunroof "Geek"

Post by DOODLE BUGG on Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:41 am

the wire brush i used was the cup like tast the wires were biger and braded like brice said they dont hardly come apart and it will get it clean in a hurry
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Re: '64 Sunroof "Geek"

Post by fluxcap on Mon Mar 29, 2010 7:28 am

rpm750 wrote: I'm hoping maybe Sat we can move the body over to the pan.

Well, this Saturday I'll be in atlanta most of the day, but if you don't get to it saturday, let me know, and I can help pretty much any other time. Also, I've still got most of the wiring harness I pulled from the 62, so if you need any sections, let me know.

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Re: '64 Sunroof "Geek"

Post by rpm750 on Mon Mar 29, 2010 2:49 pm

I've got the '64 harness, a '68 and a '65 that I got from 39coupe. The '68 has been cut and the '64 is just a mess. I will not be installing a body seal right now, I don't have one and I'm just trying to get this car to BAP. I'll do it later. No door panels, no headliner, no window scrapers or trim. Three seats, windows and an engine for right now. I'll add all that nice stuff later!!!
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Post by rpm750 on Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:16 pm

Well took the '68 to the scrap yard today....... RIP "'68 POS" $68 bucs for it.

I've also sold some other stuff to add funds for this quick build.

I got the trailing arms on, M/C, painted a lot of parts and cleaned different stuff. The Rustolium paint has dried and it looks really good, it's glossier than I'd like but this pan will be a temp one. If you need a '59-'64 pan this one will be available later this year or early next! I think I'll repair the OG pan. I'm just a fickler for matching numbers. I'm still working on cleaning the trans it is just covered on the bottom side with a grease dirt crust. Wire brush will not get it off I have to use a screw driver to loosen it then brush the rest off. I'll paint it, install new boots and put in a seal kit and install it.

My goal is to get the pan finished so the body can go back on this Sat. I've got all the parts for the brakes, beam and trans. It's a matter of putting it together. LOL
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Re: '64 Sunroof "Geek"

Post by rpm750 on Wed Mar 31, 2010 10:01 pm

More progress past couple days.
Painted pan...




Master Cylinder installed...


I decided to use the urethane bushings but they are like most products out there... THEY SUCK! I have to grind the outside and then beat the hell out of them to get them in.Then use a roll of sand paper so the arm will slip in, well it doesn't slip in you have to force it. I'll get it together but it will slow me down.

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Re: '64 Sunroof "Geek"

Post by ibjamn on Wed Mar 31, 2010 10:16 pm

Looks like good progress.
Have you used the Energy Suspension parts before? If so, how do you like them? I only ask because I was considering getting their tranny mounts, since I need to get some. And then I saw those beam kits and saw the prices aren't bad. Over at the samba, some members had said that they are harsher than the OG style rubber, and the beam pieces wear quicker..... but then again there is always negative comments if using anything other than German for most things.

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Re: '64 Sunroof "Geek"

Post by rpm750 on Thu Apr 01, 2010 7:09 am

I have used the trans and engine mounts. They transfer a lot of noise and vibration. I got away from them, I had a terrible time with clutch chatter and I think these type mounts were part of the problem. I'd stay away from them. After I run these bushings for a while I'll see if I will use them again but right now having to "machine" them to be able to use them is a big draw back. I think this may be my fault not the products. I may of egged the tube when I added a support near the end of the tube.


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Re: '64 Sunroof "Geek"

Post by 56HAVOC on Thu Apr 01, 2010 8:17 am

WOW dude your doing an awsome job. I saw the work you did on oh bugga but it's time you go pro and open up your restoration shop. Great job man your really getting it in. But be safe you only got 9 fingers left lol!
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