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 My ongoing '60 project

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PostSubject: My ongoing '60 project   11/7/2009, 2:07 pm

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OK, I figured I would start a thread to follow the work I do to my bug and to prove I actually own a VW Laughing

I present to you Gertrude, my 1960 ragtop bug. I named her after my late grandma who's actual name was Betty. My wife used to call her Gertrude when we dated in high school. Here's some pics:

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PostSubject: Re: My ongoing '60 project   8/10/2011, 8:19 pm

what part of the latch do you want a pic of? the apron?
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PostSubject: Re: My ongoing '60 project   8/10/2011, 9:11 pm

Yes please. I kept the hood side of that black '59 thinking it was the right one for my '60. After purchasing a 4 bolt receiver for the apron, I realized it still won't work. The piece on the '59 has a slot on the front of it and the receiver's mechanism is on the side. Scratching my head.
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PostSubject: Re: My ongoing '60 project   8/11/2011, 10:51 am

Is this picture helpful at all? I checked a book on the 59 apron. The later apron (59) was supposed to have two holes, I imagine the 60 would have two holes. Mine was made in March/April of '59, so I am not sure if the apron was replaced (likely) or whether that is a transition apron from the old one whole style to the two. In any case, that is what mine looks like...hope that helps!

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PostSubject: Re: My ongoing '60 project   8/11/2011, 2:31 pm

That's the same receiver I just purchased and installed. I'm guessing the pin I acquired is from a way older model and someone installed it on the '59 I removed it from. Thanks for the pic!
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PostSubject: Re: My ongoing '60 project   8/20/2011, 5:43 pm

Picture time!
Don't pay attention to the license plate. That's some temporary tie strap action.
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Four tab goodness.
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PostSubject: Re: My ongoing '60 project   8/21/2011, 12:24 am

It's interesting that they only included those louvers on the convertible deck lids and not the sedans during that time. I know the convertibles didn't have the louvers below the window like the sedan does but one would think making one lid for all would be cheaper. I really like the look of that lid!

Have you noticed any temperature changes in the engine? I don't know what kind of gauges you use, just curious if it made an impact.

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PostSubject: Re: My ongoing '60 project   8/21/2011, 9:04 am

As far as temperature, It will definitely allow more cool air in and warm air out. However in acquiring a Vert decklid.......the place you'll notice the largest impact will be on your WALLET. Shocked The aftermarket makers of these products are very proud of their handiwork as well. Rolling Eyes

BTW....No disrespect Jerm, I know yours is the real deal.
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PostSubject: Re: My ongoing '60 project   8/21/2011, 12:51 pm

It better be for what I had to pay out for it!

As far as temps go, I don't have the necessary gauges to tell. In the later models, VW opted for venting the deck lid as well as the shell so it only makes sense that it helps for cooling. As far as being cheaper to build one lid, the older vert lids had a rain tray (shown below) that probably made it a bit more expensive to build. Between that and the fact that all of the verts were built in a different factory (Karmann), it makes sense why they had different style lids.

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PostSubject: Re: My ongoing '60 project   8/21/2011, 8:49 pm

Very cool Jerm! I'm diggin' the third brake light!
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PostSubject: Re: My ongoing '60 project   8/21/2011, 9:46 pm

Thanks man! Its a 5" Bosch.
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PostSubject: Re: My ongoing '60 project   8/21/2011, 11:10 pm

Looking really nice!

I still miss my old 62 bug.
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PostSubject: Re: My ongoing '60 project   8/22/2011, 7:31 pm

I'm sure we can find you a '62 to drive while you're sprucing up the bay [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
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PostSubject: Re: My ongoing '60 project   8/25/2011, 12:11 pm

I have a 62 bug in many pieces... you want lol j/k BTW bug looks great clap
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PostSubject: Re: My ongoing '60 project   12/17/2011, 6:11 pm

What's too much good stuff without a little bad? As some of you know, my bug decided to call it quits in my driveway as I was taking off for Bug Jam. Great timing, I know but sucks just the same. Anywho, I removed the engine to find this:
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Notice the ring missing from the pressure plate?
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This mess was hanging on the input shaft. The retaining pins and one of the ears of the throw out bearing were hanging out in the bottom of the tranny bell. Nice, huh? Well, at least I know what the problem is but no idea what caused this premature failure. The clutch, pressure plate, and throw out bearing are relatively new with LOW miles. Any ideas?
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PostSubject: Re: My ongoing '60 project   12/17/2011, 7:37 pm

Take a GOOD look at the release arm and make sure the weld didn't break and the notches for the pins. I has a very similar looking failure and the arm had broken at the weld.
Also check the bushing in the bell housing and make sure it's OK
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PostSubject: Re: My ongoing '60 project   12/17/2011, 9:57 pm

Thanks! I will.
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PostSubject: Re: My ongoing '60 project   12/18/2011, 10:37 pm

I think it was lack of use. Those parts need to be exercised on a regular basis. I would also make the recommendation to buy German when you get the new T/O bearing. They are head and shoulders above the other junk. As always just my $.02

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Either way....Glad you got it out. When will she be rollin' again?
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PostSubject: Re: My ongoing '60 project   12/18/2011, 11:54 pm

I have the week between xmas and new year off. I hope to do it then.

Definitely going German. I hope the reason this happened is due to cheap parts. I just wish I could remember what brands I used before.

As far as the lack of use, that could very well be the problem. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: My ongoing '60 project   6/13/2012, 11:17 pm

Welcome back boys and girls! FINALLY got some time to work on her again. So far, I have the pedal assembly updated and back in the car. Hope to have everything back together and running for a cruise to the beach on Saturday. [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
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