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Project #Super71 - Heater Channel Assembly Install

Project #Super71 - Heater Channel Assembly Install

This weekend I was able to spend most of the day in the garage. The weather is starting to warm up slowly and that helps inspire me to tackle some larger projects. For the last few weeks I have been working away at chasing out the rust from the body or the Beetle and preparing all the mounting points for the heater channel / firewall assembly that was pre-assembled a couple months ago.

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Project #Super71 - Firewall Brace Repairs

Project #Super71 - Firewall Brace Repairs

Before we can install the front firewall we need to repair and prep the firewall braces for this 1971 Super Beetle. The braces on Project #Super71 were still pretty solid for the most part, but some patch work would be required. These firewall braces are important since they will help support the firewall and all the additional metal that all come together in this spot to support the front of the car.

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Project #Super71 - Firewall Area Repairs

Project #Super71 - Firewall Area Repairs

As we mentioned in our previous post, we had a lot of rust to chase out of the body of this Super Beetle. The front firewall was a mess and after we removed it we had several trouble spots that would need to be repaired before we could move forward with installing the replacement firewall.

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Project #Super71 - Chasing The Body Rust

As many of you are aware, when you start removing rust from your Beetle it can easily feel like a losing battle. Thankfully there are a wide assortment of replacement panels available for almost every trouble spot and year. On project #Super71 we are chasing the rust out of the front firewall, heater channels, and rear cross member areas. These areas are tricky spots since it seems like everything connects in these locations.

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THEBUGNUT.com to help June Jitter Bug

Founded in 1986 by a collaboration of dedicated Volkswagen enthusiasts, the June Jitter Bug has continued to grow in size and popularity into becoming the largest VW Show in Ontario. For years the members of the Niagara Volks Folks car club have put in countless hours in preparation for this show. In 2006 the show was taken over and headed by the staff at John's Bug Shop. Since the beginning this show has been run non-profit and relies on donations from dedicated sponsors. As well, the show has always had a food drive for many different food banks. Our main goal is to provide a venue for Volkswagen Car Show enthusiasts of all ages. This year the June Jitter Bug is going to be getting some help from THEBUGNUT.com and Rood's Media in an effort to add some new life into the show.

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Project #Super71 - Heater Channels & Cross Members

When we first fixed up this Bug in 1996 we knew it already had some rough patches that were repaired at some point in the late 80's. Our initial intention with the car was to just fix it up and get it on the road. So because of that, and my lack of skills at the time, all I could do was cover up any really bad spots with some galvanized sheet metal, pop rivets, expansion foam, undercoating, and some amazing body filler work. I have to admin that I was impressed by the end result at the time but there was no way to was going to last forever. Fast forward 20+ years and here we are... finally fixing all those problem areas the way it should have been done the first time.

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Project #Super71 - The Perfect Engine

As most of you are well aware, THEBUGNUT.com has an ongoing hobby mechanic restoration called Project #Super71. We are restoring a 1971 Super Beetle and sharing the progress online with all you fellow air-cooled VW enthusiasts. During the process we started doing some research on what motor we wanted to install in this Beetle once the time comes (Always good to be prepared). When this 1971 Super Beetle was first rebuilt and put on the road in 1997 it was packing a 1835cc motor with dual 40mm Webber carburetors. We loved that old motor and we’re thinking of installing something similar, with a few more extras to go along with it.

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Fellow BUGNUT Gary Keeping

I wouldn’t say that the “Aircooled Scene” really came very naturally to me. In fact, I grew up in a household that had VW’s of the watercooled variety only. My first VW was a 1985 Diesel Jetta that I purchased from my father. My involvement with Beetles came only after meeting a co-worker (and later roommate) that owned a ’73 Super Beetle. I was enamoured with it almost immediately. Fun, inexpensive and surprisingly versatile. I was hooked and was now on a quest to acquire one. And there it sat, a 1971 Super Beetle, parked for several years beside “General Lee Chicken” in Haliburton Ontario. It was quite solid and ran well but wandered badly on the road.

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TBN Stickers Now Available

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Website Updates - Winter 2018/2019

I just wanted to fill you in on what's happening with the website. We are continuing to try and grow the website and add some additional content and functionality along the way. At this point in time it's all fun and games. We are just trying to create a place on the web where we can share our passion for VW Beetles and anything related to the classic air-cooled VW hobby. We are planning on adding a few key elements to the site down the road.

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One or Two Carburetors?

It sounds like a simple question to answer, so why am I having such a hard time figuring it out? Most people in the VW Beetle community are one of two kinds... Stock or Modified. Let's face it... there are probably more of us that like to tinker with our VW's than there are who wish to keep them stock. My hat goes off to those who properly preserve the history of the car down to every metric nut and bolt, but that is a special kind of person. The rest of us hacks can't leave our Beetle alone. Many of us also want to make them lower, higher, noisier, more colourful, or faster.

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Used VW Beetle Parts

Used VW Beetle Parts

I used to work with my mechanic during College in the late 1990's building and repairing VW Beetles for resale or for Bugs On The Hill clients. Over the years a collection of used parts started to grow and were being tucked way on shelves here and there. All these years later my mechanic finally decided that he is no longer in need of any of these old VW parts. He wanted to use the space for more tire storage. Tire storage has become a much more lucrative business than collecting old VW parts that just sit on a shelf.

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Feature Project - 1973 Super Beetle

Feature Project - 1973 Super Beetle

This 1973 1303 was in-need of some serious TLC, and in exchange for his help Peter would become the owner of the 1971 (without a motor). Getting the 1973 road worth once again sounded easy and fun! Little did he know, it would become a much larger and longer project than anyone initially expected. Another thing that slowed this restoration down was an extension on his own house that included a new garage. That sounds great… but before that can happen, you have to tear the old garage down. All of Peter’s tools and toys had to be packed up and put into storage. By the time the home extension and new garage were completed and ready to function as a shop again, it was almost 3 years later.

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Project #Super71 - Safe, Secure & Straight

I was out in the garage again working on some additional preliminary jobs before I can get into the real work. This time around I was making sure the body of the Super Beetle was safely secured and wasn't going to fold in half as I attempt to replace the rear cross members and heater channels on Project #Super71. I am using the same system I used for the 1973 Super Beetle project, but this time around it's a little more formal.

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Project #Super71 - We Have Lift Off!

Project #Super71 - We Have Lift Off!

I had some dedicated time in the garage, and everything was prepared for lift off, but I have to admit... the car was was patched together way more than I remember back in 1996. It Must have worked however because the car is still with us today! I had to remove all kinds of sheetmetal patches that were holding the body to the pan with sheetmetal screws, rivets, filler, and undercoating. As I removed all the old body work I found all the old body filler from the previous owner.

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Project #Super71 - Heater Channel Assembly Install
Hi EveryoneThis weekend I was able to spend most of the day in the garage. The weather is starting to warm up slowly and that helps inspire ...
Project #Super71 - Firewall Brace Repairs
Before we can install the front firewall we need to repair and prep the firewall braces for this 1971 Super Beetle. The braces on Project ...
Project #Super71 - Firewall Area Repairs
As we mentioned in our previous post, we had a lot of rust to chase out of the body of this Super Beetle. The front firewall was a mess and ...


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