Posted in October 2012

Gutting the bug – part 2

Gutting the bug – part 2

I have been gradually working on the teardown of the beetle as it needs to be a complete empty shell when the body shop receives it to shoot if for paint and to further treat out some of the other body work that needs to be done. I began with taking out some of the … Continue reading

Gutting the bug – part 1

Gutting the bug – part 1

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With all of my mentor and senior project paperwork signed off and ready, it’s time to really start digging into this project! Since the bug will need to be gutted down to it’s shell for paint and body work, I need to get started on taking away some of the exterior components. I began with what I could today as my mentor agreed to help me take out all the electrical components and the tricky stuff out of the car later. As I began gutting the bug of some of the exterior assemblies such as the headlights, bumpers, and seat belts, I began to take note on what parts I would need to replace, such as the bolts on the bumpers that were rusted through and didn’t fit in with the bumper. I also discovered that a new headlight assembly would be needed for the left headlight. In the next work day, I hope to have my mentor help me take apart all the electrical components and even the motor later on. I also need to buy bins to store all the parts I rip off the bug for later use.

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Quick updates

Quick updates

I have gotten in all of my Senior Project paperwork, and I now officially have my mentor, Peter Opraski. Peter is a neighbor and friend of my dad and I, and has agreed to help us out! He’s a mechanic who specializes a lot on european cars and has been in the business for 35+ … Continue reading