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Post by Alpha_Maverick on Sun Jan 29, 2012 7:54 pm

Hey guys, new here. Just recently acquired a 69 bug in great condition with one exception: the floor pan under the battery. I can't weld, and I'd like to have it done by a reputable shop. Where are you guys having your pans welded in? I'm in marietta, and I was thinking about going to Tim's VW repair in Austell, but I've heard that ever since Jr. took over, it's taken a dive. Any experience? Suggestions?

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Post by bakertim2 on Sun Jan 29, 2012 7:56 pm

I'd be glad to do it for ya. I can pick up the part and install it for you for about 75-100 bucks.
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Post by DiggerD on Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:08 pm

Welcome to the forums!! cheers
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Post by jerryg66 on Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:09 pm

Welcome.
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Post by 68beetlebug on Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:22 pm

Welcome!
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Post by Tybomb on Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:14 am

Welcome to the group! Hope you have really examined both pans. Had to have both of mine completely replaced when I got my 74 Standard - Gracie.
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Post by Grifspop on Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:08 am

Welcome to Georgia Dubs! cheers
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Post by Brooks424 on Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:17 am

hello, and welcome to the dub addiction.
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Post by yayarudy on Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:01 pm

Wilkommen!
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Post by Alpha_Maverick on Tue Feb 14, 2012 10:53 am

Wow. Thanks for the welcome, guys. I would have posted up again sooner, but things got crazy, and then the rear brakes gave out on my new-to-me bug, and... yeah...
The brakes are fixed now (got some air in the front wheel cylinders, and still have to get that out, but no biggie), and I (hopefully) have time to investigate which shop is best for what I need. I've not seen a lot of info in the feedback section, and I'm just trying to get a feel for the experiences that others have had. I appreciate the shops that have posted up volunteering their services, either in this thread, or via PM, but I'm really hoping to get customer feedback.

On a related note, I've discovered that my speedo is pretty far off (reads 70 when I'm doing 60, etc) I'd also like some feedback on who does good calibration work. This, I'm ok with sending out, if there's not a local place that can do it.

Thanks again for the warm welcome, and I'm glad I've joined the air-cooled cult Wink

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Re: New guy, just got a bug, need advice

Post by BKiller on Tue Feb 14, 2012 10:55 am

I would take Tim up on his offer for the battery tray. I hear he does great work and at a price like that, you can't argue!
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Post by yayarudy on Tue Feb 14, 2012 11:16 am

I second the above motion. He lowered my car and replaced the clutch. Tim does great work and would highly recommend.
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Re: New guy, just got a bug, need advice

Post by Grifspop on Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:57 pm

Alpha_Maverick wrote:

On a related note, I've discovered that my speedo is pretty far off (reads 70 when I'm doing 60, etc) I'd also like some feedback on who does good calibration work. This, I'm ok with sending out, if there's not a local place that can do it.

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What size tires are you running? That could be the culprit
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Re: New guy, just got a bug, need advice

Post by Alpha_Maverick on Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:03 pm

off the top of my head, I think they're 175/65, and they're well worn. I'm sure that's -part- of the problem, but I don't think they're that far off. I won't be actually getting it calibrated until I get new tires, either way. First priority is getting the rust problems welded up, and sealed.

You guys rock, btw. Once I get the problems worked out, I'll probably come to some of the meet-ups. Would the ATL group be closest to Marietta?

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Post by Grifspop on Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:08 pm

According to this, speedometer reading with non-stock tire is reading 5.7% too fast- when your speedometer is reading 60, you're going 56.6 mph

http://www.miata.net/garage/tirecalc.html
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Re: New guy, just got a bug, need advice

Post by Alpha_Maverick on Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:10 pm

yup. been on that one. then add another couple percent for extra wear. We'll see once I get new tires on her.

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Re: New guy, just got a bug, need advice

Post by Mfisher21 on Tue Feb 14, 2012 3:03 pm

Welcome to the site!
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Re: New guy, just got a bug, need advice

Post by kokodabobo on Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:37 am

if youre still needing the battery box done, i agree that tim would be the place to go. nice guy and good prices. mines in his shop now
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