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Post by fakirone on Wed Mar 13, 2013 6:23 pm

I was posting over at The Samba and was referred to this forum. Just figured I would tell you guys my sob story too

"So this is my first post, but I have been lurking here at Samba for a couple weeks now, looking over posts and researching.
I grew up in Orange County and my whole life I have loved the 50's and early 60's Volkswagens. Several of my friends had them back then, Beetles, 21 window buses, the Type II trucks, love them all.
So I sold my Jeep and finally have a chance to get something for myself and low and behold I find a '64 Type I, all original and faily unmolested (besides being lowered). It has never been repainted (although someone did put a little primer on some ares, no idea why), the body and pan numbers match, has the original motor and runs great and the price was reasonable, at least for what I have seen here in Georgia over the last couple decades of casually looking. Just the little project I was looking for.




All is well and I had a great day yesterday driving my new car. Then, hell this morning. I couldn't drive my Beetle today, have a few hundred miles of driving to do and I don't feel like doing 60mph all night, so I drove my truck. I hope in my truck to leave and proceed to back over MY DAMN BEETLE! I have a steep driveway and a Ford F350, couldn't see the Beetle in the mirrors when I checked them and since I am totally not used to having another vehicle, totally forgot that there was something back there.
Now the hood is crushed, fortunately that is all, but damn I am pissed at myself.

Anyways, anyone know where to find a early Type I hood in Ga?

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Post by BKiller on Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:12 pm

Well that sucks. My dad once ran over his corvette with his Scout. That was worse!
I'm sure someone will chime in with a hood solution for you. Great guys here.
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Post by fakirone on Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:30 pm

BKiller wrote:Well that sucks. My dad once ran over his corvette with his Scout. That was worse!
I'm sure someone will chime in with a hood solution for you. Great guys here.
Bah, a 'Vette, that's nothin to my sweet Beetle. LOL. Just kidding.
Yeah, I am pretty ill, really mad that it was my own damn fault. I hope someone can help, this is killing me. Can't stop thinking about it.

The hood now after my F350 giving it a little kiss.




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Post by fluxcap on Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:37 pm

Years ago when I had my 67, a friend had come over to my house and we were going to go bowling. We hop in the bug and I put it in reverse, completely forgetting where my friends car was. He was parked behind and to the left of me, so as I backed out, I side swiped his car. I was so upset, so after sitting there saying a few choice words, I decided to put the bug in first and pull back into the garage. I got a few feet and the car just stops moving, like it's stuck or something. So I just jump on the gas, and we hear a loud POP, and the bug takes off. We then get out and realized that the outer curve of my rear bumper had hooked his front bumper (which is why I felt stuck), and the loud pop was his plastic front bumper busting loose and landing about 20 feet into my front yard. Laughing

That was all I needed to turn my frown into a smile. His car was already a beater, so we spent the rest of the night laughing about his bumper and re-installing it back on his car.

Crap happens! You'll find another hood, there are plenty around, though it may not match quite as well. Cool

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Post by earlyvwfanatic on Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:55 pm

Personally i say keep that hood, roll out the big wrinkles and roll as is!! Unless you plan on a paint job real soon, you'll never find a hood to match that patina. And another color hood would draw more attention to the front end than what I see as not to bad wrinkles in your pics. Just my opinion!!
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Post by fakirone on Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:07 pm

I agree, that's why I'm so ill. I'm good with the patina as it is and wasn't planning on painting any time too soon, but now that plans kinda shot to hell.
I guess we'll see how much I can get it straightened out for now, but I think a hood and a part job is in my near future.

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Post by bakertim2 on Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:27 pm

Bang that thing out. It's not that bad. You could hammer and dolly that back out and keep that awesome patina going on.
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Post by DiggerD on Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:36 pm

I agree with these guys, just smooth it out best you can, replace the trim with another "aged piece" and roll. Cool
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Post by bayboy87 on Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:44 pm

agreed ...... awesome patina...... least it didnt screw a door up where it was major damage ..... i waiting to get mine going lol seems like i have more new parts in my shop than old ones just cant get out there
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Post by dlandvw3 on Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:47 pm

Yep, roll out he dents the best you can, and keep it...that's really not bad at all! Nice looking car too!
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Post by Muffler Bearing on Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:39 pm

I agree. That ain't too bad at all. Bug looks good.
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Post by Jon65 on Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:14 pm

From your original post, it sounded really bad. Fortunately it's not that banged up. I too vote for banging it out and saving the patina.

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Post by fakirone on Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:26 pm

It was TERRIBLE, but I banged it out some prior to these pics being taken.

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Post by fakirone on Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:27 pm

and thanks for the input guys.

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Post by redneck_davis on Thu Mar 14, 2013 7:32 am

Just adds character. . I try to use my Fords for rescue though.lol havent destroyed any VWs with mine.....yet:)
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Post by dlandvw3 on Thu Mar 14, 2013 1:40 pm

redneck_davis wrote:Just adds character. . I try to use my Fords for rescue though.lol havent destroyed any VWs with mine.....yet:)

Cause that's one thing old VW's need.....more character clown
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Post by fakirone on Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:20 pm

dlandvw3 wrote:
redneck_davis wrote:Just adds character. . I try to use my Fords for rescue though.lol havent destroyed any VWs with mine.....yet:)

Cause that's one thing old VW's need.....more character clown
Yeah, totally

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