Nine Lives

VW underneath a classic Italian body design.

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Nine Lives

Post by 61JitterBug » Thu Jul 02, 2015 1:25 am

This build isn't everyones cup of tea.... most don't know me as I usually just dig through pics but I figured I might as well show the latest build.

1973 Ghia the day I brought her home
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Had to give her a bath and throw on some spare wheels
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Somewhere down the line she suffered some body damage. Over an inch thick of filler and painted green. Found the original Amber color was still lurking
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Time to do work
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I run my cars LOW... not most peoples version of low... but LOW. Bought some Atomwerks drop plates for out back and then built a 6" narrowed beam
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Pulled the body to do some pan work and also pie cut the pan head
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Out with the old, in with the new
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While the body was off, previous owner chopped some holes in the parcel shelf. Patch time
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Couple of rough mock up pics as she sits today
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Re: Nine Lives

Post by doc » Thu Jul 02, 2015 12:14 pm

Well, I like it! 8)

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Re: Nine Lives

Post by ALYKAT III » Thu Jul 02, 2015 5:06 pm

Lookin' good to me ! :twisted: Gonna be evil low !

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Re: Nine Lives

Post by 61JitterBug » Thu Jul 02, 2015 9:16 pm

I appreciate it guys. Should have some new pics soon

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Re: Nine Lives

Post by Piledriver » Thu Jul 02, 2015 9:32 pm

Curious where you scored the pan section?
IIRC Ghia pan is ~identical to t3 other than the frame head.

Welcome to the STF!
Looks like it will be a nice setup.

If you decide to ditch the bumpers late T3s also take the same ones.
I, for one, regularly embrace our new robot overlords, as I am the guy fixing the robots...

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Re: Nine Lives

Post by 61JitterBug » Thu Jul 02, 2015 10:47 pm

Thanks for the info Piledriver. I bought the floor pan patches through Tabco. From what I read online they were a nice quality and a good fit. I will say I had a patch that the previous owner purchased through Mid America, the Tabcos are a thicker quality by far

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Re: Nine Lives

Post by doc » Fri Jul 03, 2015 10:02 am

More pics! Your pics are instructional for many. Just the kind of detail shots members may be looking for. What seems pretty straightforward to some can be very intimidating for first timers. And the chance of getting a car without need of basic repairs is not very good these days. Seeing pics of even the lowly floorboard is just what the doctor ordered for some!

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Re: Nine Lives

Post by 61JitterBug » Fri Jul 03, 2015 7:52 pm

I appreciate it Doc. I try to take as may pics as possible for others to learn. Not everyone can afford or have the resources to pay to have the work done. I learned everything I know by trial and error so I do my best to save others the error part

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Re: Nine Lives

Post by sideshow » Fri Jul 03, 2015 8:39 pm

I am also impressed by your ability to un-paint a car.
Yeah some may call it overkill, but you can't have too much overkill.

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Re: Nine Lives

Post by 61JitterBug » Fri Jul 03, 2015 10:40 pm

sideshow wrote:I am also impressed by your ability to un-paint a car.
That was something I definitely wasn't looking forward to. Very slow process between a wire wheel and a DA

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Re: Nine Lives

Post by 61JitterBug » Sat Jul 04, 2015 2:16 am

Both patches welded in

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Re: Nine Lives

Post by 61JitterBug » Sat Jul 04, 2015 2:22 am

Also got a start on the dash. Wan't a huge fan of the late plastic steering wheel. Tried out an earlier steering wheel.... just picked up an earlier ivory column as well so I could relocate the ignition switch into the dash. Someone it her life they chopped the dash for an CD player, not working for me. This car is a mutt anyway so I am going to graft an earlier radio section in since I wont be running a dash cover. Time to fill in some holes

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Re: Nine Lives

Post by 61JitterBug » Tue Jan 05, 2016 12:11 am

Not as much progress as I would have liked to post, unfortunately life has been busy but now that Christmas is over.... back on track

Time for some quarter work. Trying to keep this car rough looking but done correctly at the same time

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Re: Nine Lives

Post by 61JitterBug » Tue Jan 05, 2016 12:14 am

A little front end work as well

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Re: Nine Lives

Post by 61JitterBug » Tue Jan 05, 2016 12:15 am

Previous owner butchered the dash. Patched in with a Bug panel so I can run the radio delete

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