Posted in September 2012

More scrubbing and rust removal

More scrubbing and rust removal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hKZx20WZjI&safe=active

Went back to scrubbing the body pans in the passenger area of the car. Before I can do any more mechanic work or even send it off to get it painted, I need to make sure the rust spots are treated. I also wanted to wash the underside of the car at a car wash nearby with some degreaser, so in order to do that I needed to install the battery and get it running. I bought a steel brush extension for my drill in order to have the process go buy much quicker than what I was doing before with the hand tools. I proceeded to vigorously scrub off the remaining rust off the battery pan of the car and also began working on taking the old glue off the luggage compartment of the car. This process took all day and a lot of patience went into this job. At the end of the day, I sprayed on some rust reformer in order to treat the small rust remaining and to prevent any other rust from forming again. With everything all cleared up in the battery tray area, it was time to put in the battery! The battery went in fine but we found some trouble when it came to starting up the car as it wasn’t started in a while. We also had problems with the electrics of the car as the lights were really dim and low. As a result we couldn’t drive the car in the dark, so we decided to wash it out in the driveway. In the next week, I will be meeting with my mentor in order to figure out my next possible steps and to figure out a list of everything the car needs (parts wise) for the restoration to be complete.

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Battery pan refinishing

Battery pan refinishing

Before the weekend rolled around, I wanted to refinish some of the smaller pieces of the car that go into the battery pan. One of those pieces was a really rusted, beat up pan that goes underneath the battery to prevent the battery acid from dripping onto the actual pan of the car. Since this … Continue reading

Scrubbing, scrubbing, and even more scrubbing.

Scrubbing, scrubbing, and even more scrubbing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkeTucEK3vI

Time to get started on the Beetle! The first thing it needed to start up right away is a new battery. We dug into the back seat and got the old battery unhooked to the car. While we were at it, we decided it was a good opportunity to clean up the passenger area by removing the back seat completely from the car and tear down the old interior (headliner, door panels, etc.) While I was removing some pads from the passenger trunk area, I discovered some rust buildup and some rot in the pan, resulting in small holes. It’s going to need some welding to the pan, and my Dad said he can hook me up with some people who can weld in the new sheets onto the pan. It shouldn’t be that big of a problem. Rust removal is VERY time consuming, with hours of scrubbing and dusting off for some sealant to go on the affected areas. I scrubbed most of the bad areas off and vacuumed it clean, so now that affected areas just need to be scrubbed over again once last time with a power drill with a copper scrubber and it needs treated with some special rust remover primer. Finding a battery for the car was harder than expected. We went all around Napa trying to find the simple, 6 volt battery for the beetle and finally found one. We discovered from the auto shop specialist that the old battery was actually a battery used for commercial tractors and other small vehicles. With a new battery and the pan all cleared up, we made significant progress on cleaning up the beetle.

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Walk-around inspection

Walk-around inspection

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EGqOtJEjBs&feature=youtu.be

I’ve had the bug in the garage for about 4 days now, but haven’t really been working on it. I’ve mostly been doing research online, and talking to my neighbor Peter who has agreed to be my mentor for the project. I’ve been looking around the Beetle trying to find any problems and estimating repairs that will need to be done. Right off the bat I noticed that the engine drips a tiny bit of oil from the engine. I’ve put a paper towel underneath the engine to see how much oil it drips. Overnight it only dripped two drops, so not a huge concern but still something I need to look at. The next few days I’ll be working on cleaning up and partially tearing down the old interior so it’s easier to work around the car. I also need to find a replacement battery in order to get the car running properly. This video hopefully shines some light on some of the problems and repairs I will be doing on the Beetle as time goes on. It’s a good place to start and will give an impressive “before-after” effect when my project is finished!

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Bringing home the VW Bug

Bringing home the VW Bug

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6W4HeXz7As

FINALLY! After several hours and weeks spent on online car sites such as Craigslist, I have finally found the prized beetle that I will be restoring for my senior project. It is a red, 1965 Volkswagen Beetle, made in Germany. It’s a pretty rare find as German beetles are getting more collectible and expensive. I found this car in Fremont, California and sealed the deal. To ensure that I was making a good purchase, my Dad and my Dad’s mechanic friend came along to look at the bug for any mechanical issues. I can’t buy a bug that needs a totally new motor on it! Everything checked out okay and we finally settled on a good price.

The bug surprisingly was well taken care of and runs good to start. The previous owner spent thousands of dollars getting the engine rebuilt and getting crucial repairs done, which takes a lot of work off on my part. I have all the receipts from EVERYTHING the bug was serviced on (huge plus!!) Though it does run good, it has it’s kinks here and there. We might be concerned it drips some oil and it definitely needs a new battery as we had to push-start the car to get it out of the gas station leaving Fremont. It barely made it to Napa by taking it slow and easy on the freeway. In the next few days, I will be working on getting all of my paperwork for my mentor done and turned in, and I will begin to analyze what repairs will have to be done on the car first, and overall what the car needs to be completed. I am working on a walk around video of the car so you guys can all see it in it’s ever lasting glory.

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Craigslist Research

Craigslist Research

It’s a slow and lazy Saturday, so I decided to once again look up some bugs on Craigslist. I found a couple of VW Beetles that are in pretty decent shape. I found a 1963 Standard VW Beetle up near Sacramento that seems to be an incomplete running project that just needs some love. Hoping … Continue reading

Hello world!

Hello world!

Hello there! My name is Lalo Gutierrez, and if you haven’t already guessed, I have decided to take on the task of restoring a classic Volkswagen Beetle for my Senior project. This project will take several hours and months of hard work, but I expect it to beĀ fulfilling in the end. Currently, I have completed … Continue reading