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Post by Do Work 93YJ on Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:52 pm

More updates.
Got the carb rebuilt,clean, and installed back on the motor.
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Installed my new tie rod ends and cleaned up ready for paint.
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Then I moved to the front beam and started by knocking out the old ball joints, cut off all the factory brackets that I don't need anymore and started spreading some mud to smooth it up.
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Welded up and smoothed out the gas pedal and then made holes in it and the e-handle to add a little character to them.
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Another round of sandblasting
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Another round of spraying epoxy
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Post by Gabass on Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:55 pm

That e-brake looks awesome Very Happy
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Post by Do Work 93YJ on Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:58 pm

Went ahead and drilled the brake and clutch pedal to match the gas pedal.
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Got the new balljoints installed on the beam and the beam sprayed
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Molded the top of the beam bracket to the top tube for a smoother look.
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After the color dried I went back and cleaned the paint out of the bevels before clearing to add a little contrast.
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Now hopefully this week I can start putting the chassis back together
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Post by Do Work 93YJ on Sun Apr 28, 2013 11:01 pm

Gabass wrote:That e-brake looks awesome Very Happy
Thanks Gabass
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Post by Do Work 93YJ on Tue May 07, 2013 3:06 pm

Started putting chassis back together. Got the new shift rod and bushing installed,pedal assembly,bus master cylinder,new clutch and throttle cables, trans cradle,extension, and front beam.
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Also started the dreadful task of cleaning years of grease and grime off the trans.
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Post by Do Work 93YJ on Wed May 15, 2013 9:38 pm

Finished cleaning the trans and installed it, installed new trans mounts, installed new shifter coupling, new ground, and new throw out bearing.
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Then moved to the front and installed drop spindles, backing plates, shocks, gear box, and tie rods.

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Post by Do Work 93YJ on Wed May 15, 2013 9:40 pm

While installing my new front trans mount I couldn't reuse the cup like object around the old mount on the new mount due to the studs being to short. Is it fine to run without ,cant really see the need for it, or do I need it and just have the wrong mount? I can't seem to find any info on it and feel like a complete idiot for not knowing but guess I've never ran into this problem before. Here is some pictures of what I'm referring to as the cup like object.
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Post by bakertim2 on Wed May 15, 2013 10:41 pm

Looks good. keep up the good work.
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Post by Grifspop on Thu May 16, 2013 11:15 am

Are you going to run without a steering dampner? I didn't know if the beam extender does away with that
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Post by Attack chicken on Thu May 16, 2013 2:11 pm

Do Work 93YJ wrote:While installing my new front trans mount I couldn't reuse the cup like object around the old mount on the new mount due to the studs being to short. Is it fine to run without ,cant really see the need for it, or do I need it and just have the wrong mount? I can't seem to find any info on it and feel like a complete idiot for not knowing but guess I've never ran into this problem before. Here is some pictures of what I'm referring to as the cup like object.
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That is a cage and is used to prevent excessive movement of the mount. You can try to run without it but may not like the results. There are a ton of people having the same problem with the new mounts having short studs, seems all the sources for them have dried up and no matter who sells them, they all come from the same maker. I would reuse a known good original mount before trying the new one without the cage. Should be no problem without the steering stabilizer. IMHO

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Post by DOODLE BUGG on Thu May 16, 2013 3:46 pm

i got another roof clip if you need its just been cut off u can have it if u like
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Post by Do Work 93YJ on Thu May 16, 2013 6:10 pm

Yeah I plan to run without a stabilizer I just think it'll junk up the front end to much. If it becomes a problem on the road I'll just build a bracket off the beam to attach it to.

Attack thanks for the insight on the mount cage I'll stratch my head on that one for a minute to decide if I wanna try it or not. Its always good to learn something new.

Doodle I'll let you know on the top I may just need another since the donar I have is a little beat up and I see your just in Loganiville so your just up the road from me.

Also thanks for the compliments guys it really keeps me motivated to get it done. Very Happy

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Post by Gabass on Thu May 16, 2013 8:38 pm

Do Work 93YJ wrote:Also thanks for the compliments guys it really keeps me motivated to get it done. Very Happy
Great, I expect to see it at Y U Buggin!
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Post by Attack chicken on Thu May 16, 2013 8:54 pm

No problem, here are a few links.
See the 8th post on this one.
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=418315&highlight=front+trans+mount
Here is another similar situation as yours.
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=502719&highlight=front+transaxle+mount+studs+short
Super nice looking work so far by the way!

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Post by Do Work 93YJ on Thu May 16, 2013 11:12 pm

Gabass wrote:
Do Work 93YJ wrote:Also thanks for the compliments guys it really keeps me motivated to get it done. Very Happy
Great, I expect to see it at Y U Buggin!
I'm trying to get it there. It want be finished but maybe a good conversation piece. Laughing
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Post by Do Work 93YJ on Thu May 16, 2013 11:15 pm

Attack chicken wrote:No problem, here are a few links.
See the 8th post on this one.
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=418315&highlight=front+trans+mount
Here is another similar situation as yours.
http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=502719&highlight=front+transaxle+mount+studs+short
Super nice looking work so far by the way!
Some good reads. I wonder if since the Mutt want be a daily driver if running without the cage would be fine. Guess I'll be the guinea pig and give a report after some road time.

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Post by Do Work 93YJ on Thu May 16, 2013 11:17 pm

Snuck out to the shop tonight and hung the motor.
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Post by Do Work 93YJ on Sun May 19, 2013 10:38 pm

Little more work on the Mutt this weekend.

Sprayed some more epoxy and now all the rest of the chassis parts are painted
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Getting inner parts ready to start reassembling the swing arms.
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Working on cutting down and drilling the swing plates to work on my IRS pan.
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Also more work on the top.
Patch piece for the front section.
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Finished up welding and shaping the front windshield posts.
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Started reshaping the back window lip.
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Post by Do Work 93YJ on Wed May 29, 2013 11:37 pm

More progress tonight.

Got the axle shafts installed along with installing new wheel cylinders, pads, and then hubs.
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After getting the rear almost buttoned up I just wasn't pleased with how plan the trans looked so I figured I'd try and add a little flare to it. Still got a lot to outline but I think it'll add a nice touch when done.
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Post by bakertim2 on Thu May 30, 2013 7:46 am

Very kool.
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Post by Gabass on Thu May 30, 2013 12:54 pm

Looks great cyclops , you must not have a job. How else would you find all this time!
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Post by Do Work 93YJ on Thu May 30, 2013 1:01 pm

Thanks guys. If I didn't have a job I might've been able to find the time to have gotten it ready for YU Buggin show. Crying or Very sad
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Post by Murdock00 on Thu May 30, 2013 1:57 pm

Wow that is looking very impressive so far. Keep up the good work man!

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Post by Jon65 on Thu May 30, 2013 3:40 pm

You're doing a great job with it. Keep us posted.

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Post by Do Work 93YJ on Fri May 31, 2013 4:41 pm

Thanks again guys. Hope to have it a rolling chassis this weekend.
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