Monthly Archives: May 2011

Giant Sawhorses – Body Removal – 1966 VW Beetle Project

I made some giant sized sawhorses today to hold the body when I remove it from the chassis.  There is some work I want to do to the body, and it will be way easier to do with it off the chassis.  Wow, they *are* sturdy!  STURDY!  I think I could keep my Suburban body on them.  😉

The sawhorse design is based on the ones in the Bugme videos.  They’re pretty easy to build. It took three 8ft 4×4’s, 1.5 8ft 2×4’s, and 4 metal post things (for reinforcement and to hold the legs easily/nicely in place) for each sawhorse.  They’re high enough, and wide enough, to roll the chassis out from under the body once it’s on the sawhorses.  I’ll be putting the body on the sawhorses solo.  I’ll record a video of the process and share it on here.


Undercoating Removal – Part 3 – 1966 VW Beetle Project

I continued removing the undercoating from the pan today.  I’m pretty much done.   I just need to remove the bolts that hold the body to the pan so I can use the needle scaler down through that channel where the bolts go.  I need to order the Master Series undercoating primer and topcoat still.  I have an email into them asking about the differences between their mastercoat black and ag111 product.  Specifically if the ag111 has the same properties as the mastercoat black when it comes to seeing brush marks (when applying with a brush).  (Edit: 5-28-2011 -> The ag111 does have the same non brush mark properties.  It’s what I ordered.  Arrived today.)

Here are the results of cleaning the pan with the needle scaler.  Looks great!  Nice original pan too!



Undercoating Removal – Part 2 – 1966 VW Beetle Project

I stopped by Harbor Freight on the way home from the Michigan Vintage VW Club Annual Car Show to get the needle scaler air tool I mentioned in my previous post.  I came home and tried it out.  It works GREAT!  I can’t wait to get all the undercoating off.  Should be a quick job with this tool.  It’s a fun tool to use too!  You’ll definitely want to wear eye protection, mask, and ear protection though.  Here’s a video of me using the tool.