Passenger Side Mirror Project Part II

Passenger Side Mirror ProjectPassenger Side Mirror ProjectPassenger Side Mirror ProjectAccording to UPS, my passenger side mirror and nut should be here some time tomorrow, so this evening, I decided to go ahead and remove the door hardware and panel to get an idea of how Im going to get the new mirror mounted. For whatever reason, I was expecting more room to work with, but its obvious, thats not the case. So, the big challenge now is to figure out how Im going to fish the nut up through the door and be able to hold it in place while I screw in the mirror mount. Ive got a couple of ideas floating around in my head, but until I actually have the mirror and nut in hand, I really cant test any of those ideas. But at least for now, everything is ready and hopefully tomorrow evening, well be able to give it a try.

Passenger Side Mirror Project Part I
Passenger Side Mirror Project Part III

Passenger Side Mirror Project Part I

Passenger Side Mirror ProjectPassenger Side Mirror ProjectPassenger Side Mirror ProjectPassenger Side Mirror ProjectPassenger Side Mirror ProjectPassenger Side Mirror ProjectPassenger Side Mirror ProjectI was really wanting this to be a more detailed tutorial, even had the GoPro setup to document everything. It was only after I finished drilling the hole that I realized that I forgot to push the record button on the GoPro. However, I did take pictures in between steps, so hopefully thatll help anybody else who plans to take on this project. Since I dont have the mirror in hand (its on order), I thought Id get a jump and prep the door. Tools needed for this part of the project: drill, hammer, center punch and drill bits. I started by printing off the template used to mark the hole for the passenger side mirror. You can download the template (provided by Mid America Motorworks) by clicking here. The instructions for using the template are self explanatory. Once I got the template secured in place, I took the center punch and hammer and with one good strike, made a good indention for drilling the hole. Double check everything before you proceed. Once you start, theres no going back. I started with a 9/64 drill bit, then graduated to a 7/32 bit, then to a 5/16 and finally a 3/8 bit. I took a black marker and outlined above the 5/8 mark on the step bit so Id know when to stop drilling with it. I really thought this part was going to be difficult, but the step bit cut through the metal with ease and the whole process took only a few seconds. Since I wont have the mirror and nut in hand until the end of the week, I taped off the freshly cut hole and sprayed it with primer to prevent any oxidation. Once the primer was dry, I installed a 5/8 plug to seal it until Im ready to proceed to the next step which will be to remove the door panel and install the mirror. Hopefully this time next week, well have this project wrapped up.

Passenger Side Mirror Project Part II
Passenger Side Mirror Project Part III

1969 VW Beetle Speedometer Rebuild

I ordered this 1969 VW speedometer to use while I rebuild the speedometer in my 1968 Beetle. The 68 speedos are hard to find and expensive. They were a one year only design, so its worth your time to try to repair and rebuild it yourself. Mine is in good condition, but it suffers from the speedo whine and the gels need to be replaced. So before I remove mine from the car, I figured Id practice on the donor speedo that I got off of Ebay. Once I feel confident with the finished rebuild, Ill swap it out with the 68 speedo in my car and proceed with rebuilding it. The donor 69 speedo is in pretty good condition, glass is dirty inside, its a little discolored and the gels look a little warped. But its a perfect candidate to practice on and itll serve its purpose once I swap it out with the one currently in the car. I also rolled back the speedo to display the actual miles on my motor, I plan on doing this as well when I rebuild the 68 speedo that is currently in the car. A lot of people dread this part of the process, but I found it to be very easy. I did this rebuild in one evening, the whole process from start to finish took about 5 hours or so. To start, Ill list the tools I used, theyre also shown in the photos below.

1. Small flat head screwdriver
2. Dental tools (used to pry the bezel)
3. Steel wool (used to clean the housing)
4. Warm, soapy water and cleaning rags (DO NOT USE ANY CAUSTIC CLEANING SOLUTIONS)
5. Super glue (not necessary, but I ended up needing it)
6. Colorful folder tabs (used if youre going to replace the gels)

Parts Of The SpeedometerParts Of The Speedometer

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New Hot Wheels

Sam Walton 1979 Pickup TruckThe Sam Walton 1979 Ford Pickup with Real Riders. I’ve been wanting this die cast for many years. The prices on Ebay are way over inflated, usually running between 15 and 30 dollars. Lenora was lucky to get this one for just a couple of dollars. Happy to add it to our collection.

Recovering Data From GoDaddy

I’m still in the process of trying to recover data from GoDaddy. What a pain in the ass this has been. I highly recommend that anybody looking for a good web hosting service, STAY AWAY from GoDaddy. In the meantime, I’m working on getting all of the galleries and “how to’s” back online as well. Luckily, I had a local backup of some of these. Keep checking back for updates and please bear with me.

Where Did We Go?

If you came here for, then you’re at the right place. We’re in the process of revamping and updating the site along with our personal site. Unfortunately, all of the content that was is being held hostage by in an attempt to have me pay a $150 “restore” fee. That’s what I get for renewing my hosting service for three months instead of one year. Oh well, it is what it is and Godaddy can suck it, I’ll be moving to a new hosting service soon. In the meantime, this is an opportunity to revive our personal site and tie it in with I hope to have all or most of the original content back online a.s.a.p.

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