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61 Rag Project

Postby derbug » Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:52 pm

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Word if warning: "do not buy a VW the day after having hernia surgery"
A year and a half ago...I purchased a 73 bug in Enid, that was advertised
with a little rust.... the day I purchased I could not bend over or get on
my hand and knees to inspect the pan....bought the bug with good intentions
of not replacing the pans....just the rest of the cosmetic and usual rust
issues on a typical 73 that came out of Kansas.....just sort of put this on
the back burner...with the occasional glance from afar, but never really with
a magnifying glance"Alice Cooper"
.....got really serious when I moved it into my shop to
start the restoration.....got down on my hands/knees....
and I need pans both sides :o :cry: :evil:
So I decided if I am going to replace the pans....I want a different body, since
I am going to pull the body.....not that fond of the newer bugs 71 and above,
but do really like the IRS suspension w/ball joints....not fond the the 3 point
seats 73 and above also.....so now the 73 is the donor running gear/chassis
for the 61 Rag

Purchased the 61 Rag Top from Oklahoma Bugs in Tulsa, they even delivered it to me :D
I had the cements blocks already positioned with the landscaping timbers...
three of us lifted off their trailer and placed on my supports

It will still end up with wide 5 wheels...already have the W-5 rear drums
and will upgrade to wide 5 disks on the front

This will end up a turbo build with a N/A in the beginning
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Re: 61 Rag Project

Postby vdubjim » Mon Mar 31, 2014 7:35 am

another new one nice.
hope the price was cheaper than its been advertised for the last year?
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Re: 61 Rag Project

Postby derbug » Mon Mar 31, 2014 9:03 pm

vdubjim wrote:another new one nice.
hope the price was cheaper than its been advertised for the last year?


thanks....I am happy with it....virtually no rust issues,,,
I have been looking at this 61 and others for a long time...
and yes, cheaper than advertised....and delivered :)

I had 2 rags...in the 70's:
a very nice orig 63 and a
restored 61 Baja
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Re: 61 Rag Project

Postby vdubjim » Mon Mar 31, 2014 9:22 pm

Should came and looked at.mine complete car. Oh well.
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Re: 61 Rag Project

Postby derbug » Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:26 am

Scored a rag top mechanism, complete
(sold my overpriced carbs on the Samba
and purchased the overpriced top mechanism
....an even swap) :lol:
I have all of the sheet metal that I will be using...
hood, early front fenders, fiberglass rear fenders...
now to pull the body off the 73 and replace the pans....
with early L seat brackets(70 and below)
Bethany Imports has the pans....good quality...
has the seat brackets, jack support and holes drilled
for the body
I used a pair of their pans on my daughter's
74, just minor trimming....great fit :)
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Re: 61 Rag Project

Postby Bobs68VW » Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:29 am

Have Sawzall, will travel...Image
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