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 Post subject: Meet The General
PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 10:00 pm 
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A bit late, but here's my photo's as promised.
I was looking for a beetle project, with the intentions of turning it into an eye-catching little baja. After a few ideas, i was inspired by it's colour, and so settled on a "General Lee" style baja. Here is it's journey so far .

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This is when we first found it.

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The bits that were missing from the outside, were all pushed inside.

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1200 engine, complete with alternator conversion. There is a little end float but should be ok.

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All in all not in bad shape.

Got Car back to work & started the strip down.

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Rear wings removed.

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The front wings removed.You can see the corrosion a little bit better now.

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This shows the worst of the corrosion. Both sides are exactly the same.

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Cut out the bad bits back to some shiny metal.



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Set about welding in some strong patches & blanking off the heater pipe holes.

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The end of the heater channels were reinforced & inner wheel arches patched up.

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All unwanted heater vent holes were also welded up .

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A bit of seam sealer around the welds to tidy it up, and jobs a good'un.

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Once i was happy that the shell was solid again, it was time to try and get the fibre glass baja kit to fit.

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After a lot of cutting & chopping, cursing & swearing, and a big help from steve9bug (cheers mate), i got the front end held together with a few self tappers.

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Same again with the rear wings & engine cowl.

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Even test fitted some wide tyres and big wheels just for the effect!

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Once happy with the fit of the kit, out came the filler & the paint prep began.

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Filler...

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Filler...

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And yet MORE filler !!

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Now for the tedious job of rubbing down & shaping all that lovely filler.

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Off to my mates bodyshop ready for the paint.

While the beetle was at the bodyshop, it gave me time to sort out the engine

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Decided to ditch the 1200 engine, and go for a 1600 with a bit more OOoomphh! Picked this one up off volkzone. A 1600 TP, rebuilt with new cases and unleaded Heads.

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A bit dusty, but will clean up nicely.

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Welded up the fan cowl outlets as these wont be needed.

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Had a sneaky peek at the beetle in primer. Looking good !

Finally In Paint

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Finally got it back, (mates rates). But looking VERY orange & shiny.
Now thats it painted, its given me a bit more inspiration to get it put back together.

Hopefully, more pics to follow.


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 Post subject: Re: Meet The General
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:01 am 
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Looking very nice that mate......... You have to get a dixy flag and a set of air horns 8-)


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 Post subject: Re: Meet The General
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 11:10 am 
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Thanks.
Already got the air horns and the 01 for the doors just waiting
for my mate to fit the flag on the roof :)


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 Post subject: Re: Meet The General
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:28 pm 
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Nice one get some nice big daylighters for the front, I might even have a set of 70s Oscars in my lounge somewhere

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 Post subject: Re: Meet The General
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:53 pm 
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Well all donations welcomed ;)
Anyway what did you win the oscars for ?? :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Meet The General
PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2012 8:55 pm 
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A Quiet Week At Work = More Progress On The Baja.
First job was to bolt up the wings with the new beading.

Got the engine painted and back together.
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Ready for its new home.
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Looking good with it's new exhaust.
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The Windscreen was next to go in, and then the task was to add some electrics, lights, indicators etc. What a nightmare trying to get them fitted and looking right.

Worth it in the end.
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A nice end to the week, was getting the tinted glass back. Couldn't Resist putting them straight in.
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 Post subject: Re: Meet The General
PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:08 pm 
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What wheels are you putting on

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 Post subject: Re: Meet The General
PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2012 11:35 pm 
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Old style weller eight spoke wheels. 6j front and 7j for the rear.
With 30x9.50x15 rear tyres and 195x15 fronts they stick out a bit past the wings
but i should get away with it. ;)
Famous last words :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Meet The General
PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:33 pm 
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Ive got a wicked set of slot mags with rubber that would really suit that

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 Post subject: Re: Meet The General
PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:02 pm 
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If i had known about the slot mags before the paint job i would have gone for
Starsky and Hutch instead of General Lee.
Nevermind could be an idea for project number 2 .
Cheers


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