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Old March 21st 2013, 18:30
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My attempt at building GL beetle

Hi Ive been on this site for ages, posting,snooping,admiring,researching and basically getting inspired and learning all about this GL tuning style.I would like say a massive THANKS in advance all the members on here that have given me help and advise over the years and kept me inspired by your builds and creative talents,huge respect fellas.The GL style is by far the most interesting for me as the Cal Look thing to me is old hat.I love the idea of adding big engines with tons of power,big brakes and good handling.Having an old beetle with modern perfomance to me is just the ultimate car to own.Sadly its taken me years to get mine sorted and I aint finished yet, but I know I will have it sorted one day.

So I thought it was about time I started putting a build thread together even though I have still not finished the car. I have some outstanding problems mainly engine related.Less said about that at the moment the better.

Anyway here is a pic of my car the day I first saw it prior to buying it.[IMG]~original[/IMG]
A pretty straight never badly crunched 1303
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Old March 21st 2013, 18:46
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My attempt at building GL beetl

the stripdown at Terrys Beetle Services in Ealing London [IMG]~original[/IMG]

Luke at Terrys has done all the bodywork and paint.

The car hiding on the right is a well known car here in the UK called Moody I think it's currently up for sale.

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These pics where taken in 2006
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Old March 21st 2013, 19:00
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My attempt at building GL beetle

metal removal time[IMG]~original[/IMG]
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[IMG] front removed
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Hi

Can't wait to see more.

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Old March 22nd 2013, 07:30
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That is a large pile of scrap you took off it. Can't wait to see it go back together.
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Old March 22nd 2013, 22:34
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My attempt at building GL beetle

new door,heater channel and bottom post, i cant remember who makes these bottom posts but they are a very well made panel [IMG]~original[/IMG][IMG]~original[/IMG]more replacement panels gone in.I have paid someone to do all of this as unfortunately I dont' have the skills or expertise to do it myself.I feel a bit guilty having a kind of cheque book resto carried out but its taken years to get to where the car is now I would never of been able to carry out work like this without lots of experience so decided it was best left to someone who new why he was doing ( horses for courses and all that )[IMG]~original[/IMG][IMG]~original[/IMG][IMG]~original[/IMG]
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Old March 24th 2013, 01:40
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few more pics of the replacement panels[IMG]~original[/IMG]

moon vents welded up I wanted to have this done to prevent moisture getting into the rear quarters as they seem to rot badly here and to give the car a cleaner look.I am hoping on creating some kind of ducting/vents under the floor pan to introduce some more air into the engine bay for extra cooling
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[IMG]~original[/IMG]more paint removal and trim holes down the side of the car welded up
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Looks like they have done a good job there. I went to get a quote for some accident damage a while back and whilst everything they were doing looked to a top standard it was just too much for the other party...

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Old March 24th 2013, 11:34
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alot of the same body-mods i have done to my bug. as i am running a wasserboxer in mine im thinking of removing most of the ventilation under the rear window also. just for doing something different. wouldnt recommend it if going aircooled though
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looking good and keep plugging away at it. it'll all come good in the end.
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Nice set up. I don't think we can find those here in the US.
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Nice set up. I don't think we can find those here in the US.
Thanks No H20.
Luke working his magic.
[IMG]~original[/IMG][IMG]~original[/IMG]
[IMG][IMG]~original[/IMG]~original[/IMG] here you can see the box section that Luke made up to direct the air to the rads.[IMG]~original[/IMG]

Paint is BMW graphite black.Its a very dark blue,at night it almost looks black but when the sun or flash from the camera hits it,it you can see the pale blue fleck.
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It still needs a final polish.
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Beautiful! Great work on the bumper cover too, it looks similar to porsche boxer or cayman the way the openings are shaped.
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Any plans to mass produce?
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Any plans to mass produce?
Hi it did cross my mind but no plans at the moment.But if I did decide to it wouldn't be too difficult as its already built and could be used as the mould
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