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After I (more or less) finished my 1966 Volkswagen Fastback the "Volksback", it was time for another challenge, here it is!

Samstag, 28. März 2015

Laminating the light bowls

To finalize the work on the headlights, today I laminated the bowls onto the front fenders:

Maybe one more layer and then the fenders can be painted!

Samstag, 21. März 2015

Let there be light!

I finally took the challenge of installing the light buckets into the front fenders!
The pre-owner installed them in a funny way, they were not protected from the inner side of the fender and the chrome rings were riveted onto the fender!
I tried to do better, so I cut out chunks of the fender to make the repro VW light buckets fit:

This is the old hack job:
The outer line marks the contour of the chrome ring, the inner line is a rough estimate how much material had to go.

Mock-up of the light bucket and chrome ring:

Chrome ring fitment is good enough for a Streaker:

Light bucket in the final position:

For the first time in years: Headlights!

Bumper installation continued...

Here is the final picture with the bumper mounted, now you can see why the bump had to go!

Freitag, 6. März 2015

Bumper installation

A real Baja / Streaker needs a set of tubular bumpers! So, I started to install the rear bumper. After a few seconds it became obvious that there is a problem:...
The bump for the rear balancer was in the way, so it had to go: Removing the underseal to reveal the raw metal was the first step.

snip snip and gone.

Now this hole had to be filled:
A piece of sheet metal, a little welding and some seam sealer later the bump was history!

Now, the bumper could be mounted:
I think the exhaust pipe is a little too long?!

Tomorrow I will show the front bumper installation!