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    Default 1970 Beetle ***It'll never be low enough***

    Picked this up a few months ago, I settled for a fat chick because I couldn't find a solid Pre 68 in my price range. Got it home and found a lot of issues, overheating, electrical, lots of missing parts.

    20150513_204217 by Chad Harwick, on Flickr

    The respray was bad, very dull eggplant color with gold metal flake. I hope to try and strip off that layer and go back to the original Yukon Yellow color.

    I dropped the motor, painted the engine bay, installed new firewall and engine bay seals, replaced missing engine tins, and added new firewall insulation.

    20150523_094311 by Chad Harwick, on Flickr

    I ordered up a Valley Autowerks 4" narrowed adjustable beam, all new ball joints, tie rods, steering damper, 155/60 tires, and drop spindles.

    IMG_3949 by Chad Harwick, on Flickr

    I painted the wheels cream along with the knock down rack I bought.

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    A little photoshop of smoothies on it

    smoothies by Chad Harwick, on Flickr

    The back is now down an unknown amount of clicks. It's a mixture of inner and outer splines and I have lost track since I've adjusted it about a half dozen times now.

    Some pics from last week....

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    My winter plans are to try and strip the paint down to OE color, install the oe oil bath intake, oe fresh air box, clean up wiring, fix the broken clutch tube bracket in the tunnel, look for some straight OEM bumpers to replace the shit repro ones that are on it, and about a million other things. I'm also on a list for some spun metal covers to turn the wheels into smoothies without swapping to wide 5 lug.

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    Awesome...I definitely plan on building one down the road. Nice photos too!

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    Long time no update.

    Here's her last ride of last summer. Shit would change after this....

    12132426_895235157229959_6211936247867813839_o by Chad Harwick, on Flickr

    Started pulling it apart to wetsand down and was going to have my buddy paint it up for me.

    DSC02854 by Chad Harwick, on Flickr

    Found some major front end damaged and both aprons were pretty much shaped with mud. Decided to go all out and weld on a clip from an early Beetle.

    Previous owner hacked up the radio hole. Welded in a repair panel...removed the padded dash...welded the holes shut.

    DSC02901 by Chad Harwick, on Flickr

    DSC02902 by Chad Harwick, on Flickr

    Cut the seats down and reupholstered them

    12472586_10153430955632155_5603771619032057700_n by Chad Harwick, on Flickr

    Picked up all early panels and front clip

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    prepped for paint

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    My first paint job, first coat...

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    back on the ground

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    Covers for the stock steelies to mimic smoothies

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    IMG_4632 by Chad Harwick, on Flickr

    Getting back together

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    Added pop outs

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    New fender beading and all new seals throughout the car

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    As it sits now...still need to get the hood to fit right. I had it fitted prior to painting but being a dumbass I didn't have the new mexican seal on the hood so it's not closing right. Front bumper mounted up no issues. Rear bumper is being a bitch because I used my late fenders and the brackets for the early bumpers won't allow the decklid to open. I ordered up some bumper spacers to see if that will fix the problem.

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    Perfection.

    @austin_norton | @nortoncollect
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    Doing some work on it. Went air on the front and got 15x7.5" wheels on the rear. I'll probably bag the rear next winter when I have room to take the body off. Forgot to put my bumper back on before I took pics

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    Love that color!

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    this thing is sick! Maybe get some wider wheels for the front to space them out and match the rear? Keep up the good work my friend!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loaf31 View Post
    this thing is sick! Maybe get some wider wheels for the front to space them out and match the rear? Keep up the good work my friend!
    The front end is purposely narrowed so i can turn when it's down low. Many Beetle guys narrow the front ends. I could go a little wider but I'm fine with the look. Got my rear bag setup last night. Thanks Airkewld.

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    Awesome bug!

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    Well....bagged the rear

    IMG_1880 by Chad Harwick, on Flickr

    Front gets higher too, I had my shop air at 85 psi so it wasn't raising the front all the way up.

    IMG_1879 by Chad Harwick, on Flickr
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    Supposed to be 60+ degrees this weekend so I pulled it out and washed it up and threw the rack on. Hopefully going for a cruise Saturday. After that, probably painting the wheels white to match the rack.

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    White wheels are going to set this thing off.

    Love the color scheme with the mint and white.

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    Hit the wheels with some white.

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    White wheels work soooooo much better!

    Awesome car - keep up the quality work
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    That right there just does it for me.

    So dope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KFC ONE View Post
    That right there just does it for me.

    So dope.
    Thanks!

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    Good decision mate!

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    Looks absolutely perfect as is, great progress!

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    Looks great and glad to see you kept the camber to a relative minimum. Could use bigger tires though, in my opinion.

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    Looks pretty damn sweet, but it does look better in the purple colour IMO
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