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    It is also the brightest hour for some, as the paint room is bright with the lights and soon as all is done it gets put back together.Now if the weather will work with you it could be a enjoyable leg of the project. We all hope it turns out as you want.

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    The weather sure is going to work with me because Phil just up the road from here said an early spring!

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    Today I spent hours sand blasting. I can say with great conviction that it's my least favorite job so far.

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    I have the main frame done. It just needs a little sanding here and there and a good cleaning. I have part of the front end and the trailer hitch frame to do. The rest of the stuff that needs blasted can fit in my blast cabinet.

    I would blast, then shop-vac everything up, dump it in a bucket and blast again. Sand in every place that's possible to have sand in.

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    Yes that is true, more time spent getting ready and than cleaning up, than time spent doing the actual task. A true good paint job has a few key factors to it, one of my dad's most important step was "getting it ready to paint". I remember hours spent wet sanding a truck one winter. It was such a beautiful paint job in the end. Keep at it our friend.

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    No pictures but I have the main frame upside down and the bottom painted. I'll let it set for the weekend then flip it over and paint the top. I also painted the trailer hitch frame that the body sits on in the back.

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    I got the frame flipped right side up and painted the top side. While the paint was drying I messed around with making my chrome unshiny.

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    I used a green Scotch Brite pad and some WD40. These are my gas caps. I did the chrome on the front shocks and the little hub caps in the center of the rear wheels too.

    I have to get some truck bed liner to coat the floor boards and under side of the fenders next. I'll soon have to get some tires to make it a roller after I paint the front end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irondad01 View Post
    Sand in every place that's possible to have sand in.
    I've done some sand blasting .... it gets in the impossible places too.
    "Peace doesn't come from finding a lake with no storms .... It comes from having Jesus in the boat with you."

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    The main frame was cured enough to take out of my paint room.

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    I got the floor boards covered with bed liner. You can also see I started reassembly. I put the first piece back on, the vin. tag up by the neck. I have the front end all painted and drying. The rear calipers got cleaned up and a fresh coat of paint.

    You can see the old front tire that I took off. I have to get a new one ordered. I have gaskets coming for the engine to set the valves and change the oil. I also have a seal coming for the input shaft of the trans. I think it was leaking a little. It's the original from 1973 so no shame for it.

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    When the mail came today the seal for the trans. was in it.

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    The seal goes behind the throw out bearing on the input shaft. I scrubbed the trans. and then removed the old seal. It was tough getting out without doing any damage to the case but it's all back together now. The trans. is ready to go back in the frame.

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    Looking at the transmission picture I remembered that I had done away with the rubber mounts and made it a solid mount when I put it together 12+ years ago. I did it because it was such a short distance from the shifter to the trans. that I thought the torque twisting would knock it out of gear or mess up the shifting some other way. The VW boxer engine is balanced really well so vibration isn't a problem.

    On the output shaft where the CV joint bolts, above the allen wrench, you can see a small magnet that is used for the sensor for my speedometer. It's an Acewell and works great. You can calibrate it so it is very accurate.

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