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1967 VW Variant.

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  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators Posts: 5,094 Mod ✭✭✭✭kadman


    Nearly finished at the hinge now,


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    Off to find another thing to fix on this door:)


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,442 ✭✭✭LollipopJimmy


    Some great work being done here. So many others would have gone and fit shoddy pattern parts but great to see this level of work and the car will be all the better for it. I tip my hat sir


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,819 ✭✭✭Silent Running


    kadman wrote: »
    Nearly finished at the hinge now,



    Off to find another thing to fix on this door:)

    That must be very satisfying work. With plenty of time to do it, it must bring loads of pleasure looking at the finished piece.


  • Registered Users Posts: 75 ✭✭davycha


    There is an enormous amount of skill and patience required for that level of sheet metal work repair.
    which you seem to have in abundance :D.

    well done it looks great .


  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators Posts: 5,094 Mod ✭✭✭✭kadman


    The next patch was for the courtesy light indent,

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    And the rusted part cut out,

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    Infil part fabbed up with the indent to turn off the light when the door
    is closed, now in place.

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    Now welded in and most of the grinding done. I will have to use
    the dremel to get in close at the door skin edge.

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    You can just make out the dome of the courtesy light raised indent.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,924 ✭✭✭Nforce


    Really interesting thread this, thanks for posting it and updating it as you progress. I, like many other's have mentioned, had/renovated a few air cooled Beetles back in the day. The quality of the steel used in VW's of that era was much better than modern vehicles, I found. Will you be painting the cars /panels yourself too?


  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators Posts: 5,094 Mod ✭✭✭✭kadman


    When i get that far, I will make a decision. Could do, but a proper spray booth does a great job.

    My spray booth is my garden.:D


  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators Posts: 5,094 Mod ✭✭✭✭kadman


    Still working on this door of the white fastback.

    The 67 Variant by comparison has nearly perfect doors, 2 of them.

    White fastback door corner, marked out for cutting,

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    There is more filler in this door than glass,

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    Lots of the crap cut out,

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    Piece welded in , now I just have to form the curved part below the 90 degree angle,

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    I would not be doing anything with this door, but I dont have a spare. This one really is way beyond fixing
    its more rust in it than is worth the bother to be honest. But I need some type of door until I source one from UK or US.


  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators Posts: 5,094 Mod ✭✭✭✭kadman


    So onwards and upwards in my search for rust.

    Carrying on with the white fastback door, more rust to deal with

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    The only way to deal with this is cut it out. You cant fill this, as was done previously.
    Thats why its as bad as it is.Angle grinder and cutting disc. And in the sharp right angles to the door skin
    use a small drill.


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    Rust removed, and repair piece fabbed up

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    Welded in and ready for grinding,

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    Ground down and ready for primer,

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    Off on another part of me quest to bust rust


  • Registered Users Posts: 34,854 ✭✭✭✭Hotblack Desiato


    Fantastic work.

    Fingal County Council are certainly not competent to be making decisions about the most important piece of infrastructure on the island. They need to stick to badly designed cycle lanes and deciding on whether Mrs Murphy can have her kitchen extension.



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  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators Posts: 5,094 Mod ✭✭✭✭kadman


    After seeing this on the front screen of the Variant,
    I think Elvis is trying to tell me something:D

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,993 ✭✭✭spaceHopper


    kadman wrote: »
    I suspect that you now know we are both old dudes:cool::P

    Mature is the term besides the pubs are closed what else could you do


  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators Posts: 5,094 Mod ✭✭✭✭kadman


    Mature is the term besides the pubs are closed what else could you do

    Much like a fine wine, we mature with age.:)


  • Posts: 7,499 ✭✭✭ [Deleted User]


    Dont know how how I missed this thread!
    excellent work!


  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators Posts: 5,094 Mod ✭✭✭✭kadman


    Dont know how how I missed this thread!
    excellent work!

    Well you have not missed much at the moment, as I am finishing off small details
    on the white fastback.Once thats done, I will crack on with the 67 variant.

    I have managed to source a high grade paint stripper used in the trade,
    so it will intereswting to see how that fairs out. If it works well it will
    be far cheaper than 100 euro per panel to media blast it.

    I will be stripping the shell anyway of the wings, front and back boot lids,
    and doors, so that I can replace the bumper mount support panels.

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    I will probably take out the engine to get better access to weld in the replacement panels, as I need to fit a new exhaust. Or re weld the old one at the seam, as its massively thicker than the replacement metal.


  • Registered Users Posts: 635 ✭✭✭steinbock123


    https://www.donedeal.ie/vintagecars-for-sale/vw-notchback-type-3/25822318

    Kadman, here’s your chance to collect the full set !


  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators Posts: 5,094 Mod ✭✭✭✭kadman


    https://www.donedeal.ie/vintagecars-for-sale/vw-notchback-type-3/25822318

    Kadman, here’s your chance to collect the full set !

    Ha..Ha..

    It was up before and I considered it. Its as bad as the white one I did,
    and maybe worse.

    Engine and gearbox missing, and apart from the crazy asking price,
    and location put me off.

    Its a donor car realistically, and only for body parts.


  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators Posts: 5,094 Mod ✭✭✭✭kadman


    Lick 'o' paint, lick 'o' paint.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 34,854 ✭✭✭✭Hotblack Desiato


    Hope you and yours are keeping well Kadman, any updates? :)

    Fingal County Council are certainly not competent to be making decisions about the most important piece of infrastructure on the island. They need to stick to badly designed cycle lanes and deciding on whether Mrs Murphy can have her kitchen extension.



  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators Posts: 5,094 Mod ✭✭✭✭kadman


    All well thanks.

    Nothing new to report on any of the classics at the moment. I got sidetracked with my

    daily driver, renault clio. I just finished a timing belt change that was due,

    and then new brakes ect ready for the NCT.

    Along with a bit of woodturning on a couple of large bowls.

    And the only link to vintage of this piece of monkey puzzle, is the age of the

    old dude that turned it,me:)

    Dont worry I will get back to the variant in mid January, what else would i do in a lockdown:D


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,158 ✭✭✭wildwillow


    Love the bowl. Not the monkey puzzle from the ring road in Cork?


  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators Posts: 5,094 Mod ✭✭✭✭kadman


    wildwillow wrote: »
    Love the bowl. Not the monkey puzzle from the ring road in Cork?

    No, more local to me.


  • Registered Users Posts: 65,397 ✭✭✭✭unkel
    Chauffe, Marcel, chauffe!


    That HP printer is older than you are, kadman :pac:


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,515 ✭✭✭jmreire


    kadman wrote: »
    Still working on this door of the white fastback.

    The 67 Variant by comparison has nearly perfect doors, 2 of them.

    White fastback door corner, marked out for cutting,

    rosj2IC.jpg

    There is more filler in this door than glass,

    RacNV3X.jpg

    Lots of the crap cut out,

    UHa0ffz.jpg

    Piece welded in , now I just have to form the curved part below the 90 degree angle,

    f17MqYg.jpg

    I would not be doing anything with this door, but I dont have a spare. This one really is way beyond fixing
    its more rust in it than is worth the bother to be honest. But I need some type of door until I source one from UK or US.

    Its one thing to see bad rust in the lower parts of doors / sill's etc, but rust in the upper part of the door, as you can see here, thats something else, these areas are not normally prone to rust.


  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators Posts: 5,094 Mod ✭✭✭✭kadman


    unkel wrote: »
    That HP printer is older than you are, kadman :pac:

    But you know I love old stuff:D


  • Registered Users Posts: 34,854 ✭✭✭✭Hotblack Desiato


    I don't think you could take a welder to that printer, though :D

    Fingal County Council are certainly not competent to be making decisions about the most important piece of infrastructure on the island. They need to stick to badly designed cycle lanes and deciding on whether Mrs Murphy can have her kitchen extension.



  • Registered Users Posts: 8,515 ✭✭✭jmreire


    unkel wrote: »
    That HP printer is older than you are, kadman :pac:

    But if its working as well, its fine.....:rolleyes:


  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators Posts: 5,094 Mod ✭✭✭✭kadman


    I don't think you could take a welder to that printer, though :D

    When i have the welding shield down............anything near me is a target:P


  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    Slightly off topic but I noticed there is a book coming out soon on the VW Type 4.
    There are very few of these left in Ireland, maybe just one runner.

    https://www.veloce.co.uk/store/Volkswagen-Type-4-411-and-412-The-final-rear-engined-VW-cars-p145352683

    They lacked the charm of the type 3's. Due to their oddball nature they never got the following of the other types.
    I didn't think anyone would ever write a book about them but there you go.


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  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators Posts: 5,094 Mod ✭✭✭✭kadman


    Type 4 were not at all popular here.

    Even the type 3 Variants were given to VW dealers and used as a dealer car
    to make them more popular to potential owners.

    We had a 412 LE that was a class car, fuel injected engine it was great.


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