he asking the right questions about the car , at 1 point he said i don t know what am doing ,i said thats the right thing to do and say ,if you don t know stop and ask ,hr spent sat night googling fiat 126 and beetle chassis
Not bothered about what he done. But I'll do a better job than the other person. More interested in teaching tiny. Car was done 10 years ago 6k was spent on parts materials. But as where stripping it I find more bodges. The doors quarters are so badly done. But fixable.
He s enjoying it and am enjoying watching him. He can t wait till this lock down is over to get his 126.
Great project! Very fortunate young man, Tiny. Good on you for taking time to build a young mans life. The bodges are a blessing in disguise in that you are restoring the whole car and its many systems, but having a really good foundation of a car to do it on. Rebuilding a rust bucket wreck would be worse.
With the help from adrain fee we both took doors off. Loads of swearing. Person used flat headed screws instead of star, so loads of spray oil and impact shifter and large flat screw driver using rachet spanner they eventually came off. The doors look good but are crap, with them off you can see the badly finished new bottom a posts. All screws used where stainless steel but not a spot off Cooper grease in sight, I'll replace with right screws and grease
Well today I took the bull by the horns and started stripping the doors. Bodge after Bodge uncovered. First door handles, winders, door cards water covers, flipped over the ground around the edge og door skins until a fine black line starts to appear. This is the skin getting ready to split. I cut across the top outer skin, when apart it's easier to unclip the chrome trim without damaging it.
I then use a spot weld splitter chisel to part the skins, slip chisel in and hammer lightly the skin pops.
Withe the skin of i then trimmed of the edge of the skin., some of the edges need small repairs. Now with access i now can pop the chrome clips take out window quarter glass frame etc, inner scrapper.
It is so warm outside brilliant, well tiny and myself spent an hour tiding up the van door skin. I ground down the plug welds , marked the lip of the new skin to match original then cut it to the right height. Again using flap disc to smooth rough edges from cutting. Then tiny used bronx to metal treat the bare metal edges inside and out side the skin, I then seam sealed the inner edges as well as the joint Where skin was welded keeps moisture out.
Flipped door over and ground the outer skin welds a few at a time moving from side to side so not to distort the skin, then tiny treated that too good job