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Project #Super71 - The Green Door

I wasn't looking for doors at Hershey in 2018, but I came across a solid set that had very minimal rust and were in better shape then the doors I had, but included perfect window regulators. I picked the pair up for only $50. How could you go wrong? Anyway, after I repaired the lower door post on the right hand side I was finally able to install them on the car. They fit pretty good but I do need to make some adjustments to the entire door jam and hinges once the body is once again attached to the pan.

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Project #Super71 - Right Rear Wheel-Well

I had a feeling this was going to be a problem area. You could see a strange buckling from the inside of the car behind the rear seats. This area was covered by seam sealer so the rust was not visible until removed. On the outside the metal was full of holes along the reinforced area of the wheel-well. I thought that maybe I could salvage the area without a large repair but I cam to my senses and ordered a new replacement panel from CIP.

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Project #Super71 - Right Side Door Post

Once I had the front wheel well in looking good and the rear quarter panel welded up to the heater channel I knew that the right side of the bug was now pretty solid. I could then remove the door on the right side and get to work on the lower post. This section of the car was pretty rough and it was poorly repaired in 1996 (I know since I did it wen I was pretty much a kid). I had a replacement panel to weld in place but it didn't have the inner section that the door actually bolts to. Thankfully that section was is pretty good except one of the bolt holes for the door hinge. I had to make some repairs that included tapping the heavy gage steel so the hinge bolt had something to screw in to. For years this door only used two bolts.

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Project #Super71 - Right Rear 1/4 Panel

As this project continues to march forward we find ourselves moving to the right rear quarter panel of the 1971 Super Beetle. The rear quarter panel on this Bug was a mess. The old heater channels were removed by hand and the metal that was supposed to be connecting the body to the channels were extremely thin and repaired a few times over the last 25 years. You could see that a rust hole at the bottom of the door jam and it wasn't going to fix itself. My best description for this VW and especially this area was "Mushy". There was nothing solid, so we were going to have to cut away any rusty or thin metal in order to get to something solid.

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John Spironello’s Journey

For those don’t know John and his company John’s Bug Shop in Niagara Falls, he is a huge part of the VW community in Ontario. He’s had a rough go over the last while and could use a little help. A GoFundMe campaign has been setup to help John and his family.

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Steve's First Love

I don't have a VW but was a previous owner years ago, I love VW's of all sorts. I grew up around a lot of American cars but not until I was living in Los Angeles, CA that they caught my eye. My first experience with VW bugs was when my uncle and I built a dune buggy, he bought a 1963 and we began building. I helped because I knew nothing of cars especially building a dune buggy that was all so new to me. When we finished it it was a blast to ride in especially at his property out in the high desert my uncle had and surrounding roads.

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Project #Super71 - Wheel Well Skin & Strut

Project #Super71 - Wheel Well Skin & Strut

Now that the front right section of this wheel well is nicely welded together and solid as can be, it's time to cover up all our hard work. It's really not that sad however. It's kind of exciting. I always like getting to a finishing point on any section of the Beetle. This bizarre area of the Super Beetle has eaten up a lot of time. It will be nice to cover things up and move on to a new section.

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Project #Super71 - Front Right Wheel Well

Project #Super71 - Front Right Wheel Well

As I was ripping this rusty part of the Super Beetle apart I couldn't help think about how strange it was. I spent many hours just thinking about it and looking at pictures to try and make sense of what this area of the bug looked like before It all rusted away. I searched online and had trouble finding solid examples of the inside workings of the inner section of the front wheel well area. I had no worries that I could fix it, but I wanted to copy what ever VW was doing back in 1971. After a few weeks I realized that VW really didn't have an idea what they were doing here either.

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Project #Super71 - Odd Ball Repairs

Not every spot on the Beetle can be easily repaired. Unless you completely disassemble your Bug you may not be able to replace metal that is less than favorable. In some cases it's simply not in the budget or time table. This was the case with Project #Super71 and the metal that is under the gas tank and sandwiched between the front firewall and the back of the spare tire well. In my case the metal was not completely lost, but could use some help.

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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 Green Door
This is just a short post about the green doors I picked up at Hershey in 2018.I wasn't looking for doors at Hershey in 2018, but I came ...
Project #Super71 - Right Rear Wheel-Well
Hi Everyone, this time we are taking a look at the repairs that were required on the inside right rear wheel-well.I had a feeling this was ...
Project #Super71 - Right Side Door Post
It's been a while since I have posted any progress on the Beetle, so I figured I better get everyone up to date. Once I had the front wheel ...


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