Door and Window Seal Replacement Part 1

Gasket and Seal UpgradeGasket and Seal UpgradeGasket and Seal UpgradeGasket and Seal UpgradeGasket and Seal UpgradeGasket and Seal UpgradeGasket and Seal UpgradeGasket and Seal UpgradeGasket and Seal UpgradeGasket and Seal UpgradeGasket and Seal UpgradeGasket and Seal UpgradeGasket and Seal UpgradeGasket and Seal UpgradeGasket and Seal UpgradeGasket and Seal UpgradeGasket and Seal UpgradeGasket and Seal UpgradeToday was the day to begin this project! Weather was nice (70 here in Ky) and even though I got a fairly late start, I got more done than I had anticipated. Biggest problem so far, I forgot to press the record button on the GoPro. So, for the first door, I have no video. I started on the drivers door, so I hope to record the passenger door so at least you can see the steps taken and the order in which I did them. First things first! For anybody getting ready to take on this project, listen to the advice of everybody whos done it before you. Everybody told me to pay more and get the German kits, you wont regret it. If you get anything out of this how to, let that be the #1 piece of advice. BUY THE GERMAN parts/kits, not only is the quality better, but the rubber seals fit so much easier. Everything Ive ordered thus far has come from Jbugs.com. Ive only ran into a couple of snags which Ill explain later, but for the most part, I couldnt be happier with the way everything is going together. I spent about 7 hours total so far on the drivers door. Not being in any rush, plus Ive taken the time to clean the doors and replace a couple of other items while I had it striped down. I didnt have the right size rivets for the vent window lever, if I did, I wouldve easily completed the drivers door today. But again, Im in no rush. Ok, lets start with the step by step, you can refer to the pics above.

1. Remove the window crank and door opening handle cover. I ditched these because Im installing new ones along with the missing hardware (spring and buffer) on the window crank. (no pics for this part, but its self explanatory)
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Passenger Side Mirror Project Part III

Passenger Side Mirror ProjectPassenger Side Mirror ProjectPassenger Side Mirror ProjectPassenger Side Mirror ProjectPassenger Side Mirror ProjectPassenger Side Mirror ProjectPassenger Side Mirror ProjectPassenger Side Mirror ProjectPassenger Side Mirror ProjectPassenger Side Mirror ProjectPassenger Side Mirror ProjectThe passenger side mirror and mounting nut that I ordered from Mid America Motorworks arrived today, so it was time to button up the passenger side mirror project. My first impressions of the mirror was that it was a quality piece, matched the OEM driver side mirror perfectly. First thing I did was to test fit the mounting nut to the mirror and Im glad that I did before trying to fish the nut up through the door. Though the nut fit, it was very, very tight. So tight that there wouldve been no way to tighten it onto the mirror mount from inside the door. The chrome was just too thick. After a few passes on the wire wheel, the nut threaded with ease. I disassembled the mirror to make the install a little easier. The 5/8 hole that I had pre-drilled in the door with the step bit was also a little to tight to get the threaded part of the mirror mount through. I couldnt use the step bit to make it any larger because Id end up with a hole that was too big. So I broke out the dremel and made a few passes with the sanding bit, making the hole just big enough for the mount to slip through. Things were looking pretty good at this point. Now the hard part. How in the world to fish the nut up through the door and hold it securely enough to thread the mirror mount into it. I found a small metal rod laying around the garage so I thought Id use shipping tape to secure the nut to the rod and use that to fish the nut up through the door. The Gods mustve been smiling upon me because I thought that this process would take several attempts but I got it first try. Once I got the mirror mount threaded, it tightened up nicely and I was able to simply pull the rod and tape off of the nut. The whole process took about a minute and a half. I lucked out, but I was prepared to spend a couple hours on this part of the project. Once the mirror mount was secure, I put the mirror back together, made my final adjustments, then put this project to bed. For anybody else thinking about doing this project, I say go for it. Just make sure you have the right tools for the job, be patient and prepared to walk away for a few moments. A few cans of your favorite brew wouldnt hurt either. I stretched this project out over 3 days while I had the mirror and nut on order. I think that worked to my advantage. I wasnt rushed and like I said, I got lucky getting the nut threaded first try. Very, very pleased with the end result. I wanted the passenger side mirror to match the driver side mirror and that was accomplished.

Passenger Side Mirror Project Part I
Passenger Side Mirror Project Part II

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.

TOOLS:
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.