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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 9:45 am    Post subject: 66 project found! Reply with quote

First of all I would like to say thank you to the people that gave advice and answered my wanted ad on here! In the end after 2 years of knocking on his dads door, he decided to give in and sell me our newly acquired 1966 bug. Our four kids and my wife and I pushed it home yesterday afternoon from a whopping 3 blocks away.
The 66 needs some love but that's ok, my youngest son spent the afternoon washing 4 years of grime off of it and loved every moment!
It needs rear pan both sides and 4 fenders and a few dozen hours of work. Currently the gas pedal cable is seized on the floor. It has a 1300 in it that he said ran when he started it a year ago.
Would LOVE to get it up and running, lift the back end up to close to stock and bring our rat rod to the summer show.
If anyone has any pointers about the seized throttle cable, I would love to hear from you. Also, I have built 7 bugs in my life and done a mountain of bodywork, but have never has to do floor pans

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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice score! Are you sure it's the cable that's stuck? It's usually the steel arm under the accelerator pedal that gets seized into the aluminum pedal cluster base. The cable runs through a tube that's about 1/4" dia, so not too likely it's seized in the tube.
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey! I built that car 6 years ago! Glad to see it's still around.

Here are the photos from when I built it.
http://www.vvwc.ca/modules.php?set_albumName=album86&op=modload&name=gallery&file=index&include=view_album.php

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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Rob glad to see you're on here! When are we having a bug / beer day?
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PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a sweet hart 66, nice find!
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad someone got it on here! I had that bug last. Sold it to the guy you got it from, it was my daily driver, and I lived around the corner on mcbriar! He drove it one block to his house And it never moved Sad it was running driving fine when I sold it to him. I sold it because the brakes went out on my brother and he crashed it down a rocky driveway, ended up on a bed of rocks( which is why the running board ripped off and the pan is all smashed up) I fixed the brakes and then sold it. ( last time I lent my car out!)
Look forward to seeing it back on the road Smile
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PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 8:11 pm    Post subject: small world Reply with quote

I can't believe this forum turned up the builder and previous owner!! Crazy, I wish I knew who had my 56 oval, tan, that I had about 20 years ago, or my 67 that was down in the weeds too with black velour and grey stripe interior. Sold it to Metro Toyota around 1991.

Would love to have a couple of guys with some pan experience come and give me a couple of pointers so maybe we can take the steps to get this baby to the show and shine this July...I know, its a dream, but I can only hope.

Pan, gas pedal, needs brakes fixed ( right now it falls right to the floor ) and the battery charged ... its doable...RIGHT?!?
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PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 9:54 pm    Post subject: Re: small world Reply with quote

Raudulfr wrote:

Pan, gas pedal, needs brakes fixed ( right now it falls right to the floor ) and the battery charged ... its doable...RIGHT?!?


Do that in a weekend!

Are you looking at full pan sections or just patches? Where and how extensive...throw up some pics and you'll get good feedback.

Brakes are quick (provided you're able to pick up any of the parts you find you need along the way) and the battery should be charging while you're doing all the other stuff.

You should consider replacing all fluids and greasing the wheel bearings while you're at it and before you start driving around.

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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2014 5:14 pm    Post subject: pan pics as requested Reply with quote

I am hoping someone can fill me in as I am new to pan issues. Pictures aren't amazing, but you can get the idea.

the one shot is of the battery hanging through the floor.

I THINK the fellow that build this car to start with replaced the left side front pan, but the rears are in sad shape.

Also still working on the gas pedal situation, still can't get the sucker to budge, cable is free moving though.



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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That car was pretty solid when I had it. All I did was strip the interior and por15 the floor. There was a hold in the front of the rear drivers side wheel well that I used a licence plate to patch. Other then that the car WAS solid.

That's looks rough. It's a shame it sat for 4 years full of water Sad



Also, it has a 6" beam. I had to weld up the lower adjuster as I pretty much wore it completely away.


I'm so stoked the coke stencels are still on the side! JamesT show up at my place one day with them (he worked at a water jet shop at the time) and decided that's what the car needed haha.

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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greg wrote:
I'm so stoked the coke stencels are still on the side! JamesT show up at my place one day with them (he worked at a water jet shop at the time) and decided that's what the car needed haha.


the guy that delivered my pizza last night was SO excited, guess he was your room mate or something and recognized it right away.

Yup, the coke signs will stay for a long while, everyone love them in my family. So will the painting on the decklid.

I am sad about the floor, I am thinking we are going to have to try and source a whole new pan Sad
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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This car is storied.
I remember when I wanted to buy Gregs old coke beetle but it couldn't be located at the time.
So I went to Vancouver and bought my 63 notch instead.

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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that was my room-mate you talked to, he told me he found where the bug was hah! it was pretty solid when i had it to, sat that whole time in grass and moisture, sure did a number on it Sad
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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

colineunson wrote:
that was my room-mate you talked to, he told me he found where the bug was hah! it was pretty solid when i had it to, sat that whole time in grass and moisture, sure did a number on it Sad


Yup, floor is rough but my wife and I are determined to bring her back, can't let an old school bug go to the grave before its time. Yes, there will be a lot of bloody knuckles, but thats what give it character in the end!

Still looking for either partial pans, or a complete pan for her. Currently its registered as a 1971 as apparently the pan was changed out for a 71.....

Any way to get this back to 66 status without locating a dead 66 and pulling ITS pan?....thoughts.....
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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2014 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You would have to put a new pan under it. It had 71 pan when I got it.


You could always find a 66 pan with papers that's in good shape and swap everything over.

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