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  • Wheels and Deals

    if you get the chance i think the halibrand style in a shallow dish with black detail would look amazing. i have been a fan of those rims since i first saw them.

    mind you i think you would realy need the t-4 / 5 speed to do them justice.

    the wheels you ended up with are magnesium aren't they?

    it...

    if you get the chance i think the halibrand style in a shallow dish with black detail would look amazing. i have been a fan of those rims since i first saw them.

    mind you i think you would realy need the t-4 / 5 speed to do them justice.

    the wheels you ended up with are magnesium aren't they?

    it looks like you are getting through the work. keep it up and you'll be on the road in no time.

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  • whatnow created a new blog post, a fairly quiet weekend.
    a fairly quiet weekend.
    •   General
    •   Sunday, 31 July 2011
    not much happened but i thought i'd write a bit anyway.i'm currently trying to flog off a heap of stuff and was supposed to photograph some of it and pack some other stuff to get shipping prices. with the way i have put it off you'd think i didn't like money. :) i intended to go for a drive on saturday but life (and the better half) had other plans. i did get to drop in to my friend just out of town for a chat, but couldn't stay as i took my 6yo and he went totally bezerk so i had to leave. i was super grumpy over that one.i went out there agan this afternoon to drop him some bits he needs and pull some bits i need off a parts car. while i was doing so i noticed amongst the random crap under the bonnet, a australian accessory door pull handle. needless to say we struck a deal and it is home safe and sound.
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  • back in the day
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    •   Friday, 29 July 2011

    i can dig tr's up to the tr6 and dolomite sprints are rad but please please please tell me you weren't a stag man.

    hmmm. Big Boys Toys and Karmann Connection, plus we all know what they say about essex girls, it must have kept you entertained.

    as far as finding something. you just need to get...

    i can dig tr's up to the tr6 and dolomite sprints are rad but please please please tell me you weren't a stag man.

    hmmm. Big Boys Toys and Karmann Connection, plus we all know what they say about essex girls, it must have kept you entertained.

    as far as finding something. you just need to get out there. it is a lot harder to find stuff now but you live in SA, the state with the best vw hunting in aust. you just need to get out there and drive about in the rural/regional areas. take the roads that don't go directly from one big town to another, ask everyone and keep an eye out at all times. i found a 60's beetle with what i'm sure was a 25hp in the back circa 2001, and that was in sight of the major road into a town. (i had minimal $ and no space in the car   ) the lady had recently sold a split kombi and i had a feeling the motor came out of it... get off the beaten track and they are still there.

     

     

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  • whatnow created a new blog post, back in the day
    back in the day
    •   General
    •   Friday, 29 July 2011
    i made a post on a forun this evening that got me thinking about what it was like "back in the day" before the whole internet thing took off and became what it is now for our hobby.   i first got into vw's about 1995, so not long before the first chat rooms started getting popular. back then just about everything i did with regard to parts hunting and information gathering was completely different. there was none of this instant gratification available now. well, not to me anyway as i couldn't afford the books, catalogues that would have made it easier... i doubt i even would have thought to use them then. now if i want to know something i just go on the net, and visit the samba if it is general info or occasionally in2vws.com for info relating specifically to australia colours or australian accessories. in most cases the info can be found within a matter of minutes.
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  • whatnow commented on Autumn clean
    Autumn clean
    •   Garage
    •   Saturday, 16 April 2011

    i'm sure you have sorted it by now but a good firearms shop will have reloading supplies. aka shot.

    btw you're missing a stump to shrink metal in.

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  • droptank plus more shed
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    •   Tuesday, 31 August 2010

    at the moment i don't know what i'll be training as. basically where ever they place me.

    i don't even really know where i want to end up. i would love to work in the science engineering workshop. fitter and turner. but i had also hoped to get a position as a LAME. basically an aircraft mechanic....

    at the moment i don't know what i'll be training as. basically where ever they place me.

    i don't even really know where i want to end up. i would love to work in the science engineering workshop. fitter and turner. but i had also hoped to get a position as a LAME. basically an aircraft mechanic. i had hoped to go into the tin banging side of lame work but i think that it isn't a skills shortage area.

    i think the company was aiming people at the building trades.

    where i end up only time will tell.

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  • whatnow created a new blog post, minor progress
    minor progress
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    •   Friday, 03 September 2010
    just a quick one.not all that much has happened really. very little progress on the shed. i did get al little done for my distribrutors. last week i went to one of the local auto electricions to try and find some of the brown sheet stuff that all of the insulating bits in the cast iron dist's.i took a bit of a proken plate that the dist advance weights slide on as a sample.he pulled out some thin white sheet he called "insulating paper". i ended up getting about 10 by 50cm of the stuff.last night i got bored and dug out my modelmaking kit + a good points plate i had loose.
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  • droptank plus more shed
    •   General
    •   Tuesday, 31 August 2010

    what apprenticeship did you do? any tips on how to get by when i actually get placed?

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  • whatnow created a new blog post, droptank plus more shed
    droptank plus more shed
    •   General
    •   Tuesday, 31 August 2010
    no i didn't score a droptank. i wish. i did however get a potential source for all those who want one. as posted before, on sunday i went to the local markets (i can't believe i forgot to post this then). the usual small town stuff, not much of interest really. there was one ride, i took no notice of it as i think those things are a total crock. of course my wife had other ideas and paid for my son to have a go. as he got on i had a look at it. it was a little carossel (spelling?) thing, that had obviously been dragged about the countryside for years, it had plane/rocket type things hanging off it. my eldest took harry in there for his go, about this time i did a major double take. not one or two but 5 F'N DROPTANKS! i was stunned. it made perfect sense as it looked like an old peice of kit and back in the day military surplus was everywere + if you something to look aerodynamic get something from an aeroplane...  they were well disguised with big holes cut in the tops, plywood seats, plywood wing/fin stubs and lots of coats of bright paint, but they still had the telltale rib around the outside and a filler cap at the top. they were only about 5-6" long so were way to small to make a lakester out of. i chatted to the owner and he was surprised that i recognised what they were. he didn't know what they were off but knew they were worth $ to aircraft restorers in the US.seeing these reminded that they used to be fairly common when i was younger.one thing i know for sure, i'll be keeping a look out for any old fair rides just in case. if i'm feeling rich i might ever go hunting. i'm sure i remember bigger ones from when i was a kid (more seats per plane/rocket). yes they had a big hole in one half, but 2 bottom halves put together (and a fair amount of panelbeating) would give you a full tank.
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  • whatnow created a new blog post, another day
    another day
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    •   Sunday, 29 August 2010
    i didn't get out to pick up a tow bar today as i went to the markets and spent my play money. (a spoke shave plane thingy... been wanting one for ages. + an old sidchrome 14-17mm open-open. i thought it was too good a combo for a 50's vw to miss for $5.i mixed up a batch of molassas 2:5 and dumped some stuff in it, so in a few days i'll post on how it went.i started cleaning up my shed, i have been avoiding doing it for ages. it is a total pigsty. so trashed. you really don't realize just how much junk you have until you have to try and clean it all up. at the moment a chunk of it is spread over the back patio. yes i'm procrastinating putting it back in tonight, it's still damn cold at night up here. i think i'll just pack up the tools and do the rest tomorrow... still more to come out if i want to do it properly.i have to make a few decisions i think. there are a few things in there that i don't know what to do with. a 100+ yo kitchen dresser that i started cleaning up a while back (errr maybe 3 or 4 years ago), i realy don't see it getting finished in the next few years, even if i did i don't know where we would put it now. to be honest it will never be much good as it is missing the top half and is very very worn. there are 2 chairs also that i picked up about the same time with the intention of doing them up. i haven't even started them, they are just things to sit boxes of car stuff on. to be honest i should flog them off to someone who will appreciate them. it would clear a lot of space in my shed and make sure they don't deteriorate (aka get bashed or grotty). still i'm a horder and it takes a lot for me to get rid of stuff that i might do something with/has intrinsic value. so frustrating.i also need to sort out some more storage in there. i think some more filing cabinets if i can pick some up cheap. they are decent for putting smallish boxes in and keep everything neat. some more card files would be great. i have carbs (well 28PCI's) in one double draw set. early distributors in another, well space for early distributors, most are spread about the shed. the card filing cabinets are great for that sort of thing. i could do with a few more for the later stock carbs, distribrutors plus fuel pumps etc. i'm sure i could find stuff to put in a 6' stack of them if i had them. lets see. knobs, handles, switches, globes, gauges etc. rods, rockers, nuts and bolts... they would take a few draws by themselves,  a big stack would be so useful.
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  • whatnow created a new blog post, a ramble about accessories
    a ramble about accessories
    •   Whatnow
    •   Saturday, 28 August 2010
       Ok, here we go again. A bit of a ramble on accessories. 
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  • more 36hp tuning stuff
    •   General
    •   Wednesday, 25 August 2010

    thanks for that mick. i guess it shows ow much i have to learn.

    ok so what about offset bores. anyone tried?

    as an aside. i saw elseware someone is fitting 85.5mm alu cyls in a landspeed motor, nfi if he'll have airflow between the cylinders.

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  • whatnow created a new blog post, more 36hp tuning stuff
    more 36hp tuning stuff
    •   General
    •   Wednesday, 25 August 2010
     Ok another installment. The valve train or the 36hp has come under a lot of consideration. The first area I was looking at is the lifters. 
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  • whatnow created a new blog post, 36hp tuning thoughts
    36hp tuning thoughts
    •   General
    •   Tuesday, 24 August 2010
     Ok two blog posts in one night. This one is more as a place to jot down some more 36hp tuning ideas. Some of these are older and others new or at least new to me. 
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  • whatnow created a new blog post, last nights post revisited
    last nights post revisited
    •   Whatnow
    •   Tuesday, 24 August 2010
     Right I'll have a go at rewriting the post I lost last night. ok. what did I talk about. 
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  • A funny thing happened...
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    •   Monday, 23 August 2010

    that is damn good service.

    so this will double the size of your shed? you lucky bastard. let me guess you already have everything you need to fill it?

    have fun. h.

     

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  • i quit for a year and a half and only started again 9 months ago, so i know it's easily do able.

    i tried the ctrl+c thing but the computer completely froze so i had to shut it down... still it was a free laptop that we have done nothing to so i shouldn't complain.

     

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  • NOTE: this is all completely off topic, just a rant and a few points. nothing interesting, nothing VW related. OMFG. i'm not the type who chucky explosive tantrums when things don't go my way but right now i want to take this computer out the back for a little meeting with Mr Axe. of course i won't, but thinking about it is kind of satisfying, though it also makes me even more frustrated because i know i can't. this time it was an hour maybe an hour and a half's worth of thinking and typing. i thought to myself i had better save it before the computer dies and when i went to the thing froze up. i feel like banging my head on the table... it doesn't help that i quit smoking again a week ago plus my wife has been a bit cranky for the last week or so (some might even draw a link between the two :) ) on top of that not working is doing my head in, i need the routine, i need to get out of the house every day plus all the psycological things about being a provider (even though i am employed and getting paid, i just don't have a position to go to yet...) .
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  • catch up. errr pt1
    •   General
    •   Wednesday, 18 August 2010

    hi matt, i'm assuming you mean glass beading on the carbs? if i can find someone locally i'll give it a try. the local thing is a big issue to me as the nearest town that is bigger than mine is 110km away and i never go there. of late i've barely been getting ot sydney once a year. to me this...

    hi matt, i'm assuming you mean glass beading on the carbs? if i can find someone locally i'll give it a try. the local thing is a big issue to me as the nearest town that is bigger than mine is 110km away and i never go there. of late i've barely been getting ot sydney once a year. to me this kind of job is one where you need to be able to talk/see the guy doing the work.

    i thought about using something acidic (i've used coke on 60's non bakealite (sp) fuse boxes with great success) but it made me a little nervous. i can't remember much about materials science but alloys so i'd be worried about how quickly they'd react and if it woud react with some parts of the alloy faster than others. 

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  • whatnow created a new blog post, catch up. errr pt1
    catch up. errr pt1
    •   General
    •   Wednesday, 18 August 2010
     Ok, i'll have a go at the catch up post. I have been doing a fair bit of brain work. Where to start.
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  • whatnow created a new blog post, f'n windows!
    f'n windows!
    •   Whatnow
    •   Wednesday, 18 August 2010
    bugger me. i spent ages last night typing up a long blog post and the computer chose to shit itself just as i went to post it. i had forgotten why i like linux so much, sure i still managed to break that but it took a long time to do so, not one evening. i won't bother with the full story but the basics are as follows. gave a friend a hand changing a handbrake cable. haven't worked on a complete, living car for years. absolutely loved it. reminded me why this is my hobby.
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  • whatnow commented on collecting.
    collecting.
    •   DDM
    •   Tuesday, 27 April 2010

    you could get some sheet metal, paint it up to suit, distress the paint, then chop it. they aren't the most complicated signs. if you don't want to hand chop the patterns you could get a signmaker to cut up templates to paint with. a little more work, but reasonable $. btw i like the idea.

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  • whatnow is now friends with Mick
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  • whatnow commented on collecting.
    collecting.
    •   DDM
    •   Tuesday, 27 April 2010

    hmmm, i messed up the oil weights so have edited them in... plus saw the cold climate recomendations and saw the SAE 20 /20W thing and remembered seeing one on e.bay.... please make me strong... i don't need to get carried away... though having a rack with all of the correct oils in it would be...

    hmmm, i messed up the oil weights so have edited them in... plus saw the cold climate recomendations and saw the SAE 20 /20W thing and remembered seeing one on e.bay.... please make me strong... i don't need to get carried away... though having a rack with all of the correct oils in it would be kind 'a cool.

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  • whatnow created a new blog post, collecting.
    collecting.
    •   DDM
    •   Tuesday, 27 April 2010
    just a quick one.  i went to visit a vw friend yesterday, just to say hi as i hadn't seen him for a while. while there he asked me if i wanted a metal oil tin that he had (he has given me a few over the years). where he had them stored i saw a couple of old oil refill bottles and told him that he should look after them as they are rather collectable... his imediate reply was "i still use this one but do you want this one? oh and this?" grabbing another... then the top for a 3rd. after the usual "are you sure?" repeated a few times i now have a nice late 60's (i think) castrol metal toped 1 imp pint jar plus an 80's plastic top (castrol?).  
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  • whatnow created a new blog post, the latest goings on.
    the latest goings on.
    •   General
    •   Monday, 19 April 2010
    all in all it has been a good few weeks of playing vw's. everything has been a little crazy buisy with 5 extra extended family members in the house for nearly a week, plus work etc.  last weekend i went out to check out the rolled "62 1/2" on a property out of town. it turned out to be one of the most amazingly killed vw i'd ever seen. dead to the point of the rear swing axles being Z shaped, the frame head being crumpled and even the dash was twisted. all from being rolled, it looked like it had gone corner to corner (aka end over end) as well as normal rolling. i would love to have been the first one to get at the car as it seemed to be really original. aka crashed early in it's life. it had a matched set of continental cross plys (with lots of tread) and a rubber cased battery. if the battery wasn't broken i would have been so stoked as i'd love to have one for "the shed". all in all it was a very strange car as some bits (of those that were left anyway) were near perfect, but others were completely rooted. several of the few bits i scored have already been cleaned and put into the box for use on my 63. others haven't quite made the cut, but they are still the best that i have. 
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  • the luckless hunts
    •   General
    •   Monday, 29 March 2010

    i forgot to mention that there was also this strange car with the type 3 that i can't identify... 50's by the styling, 4 door, 3 stud wheels, drum brakes all round, a flat head 4 cylinder and an oval grill with straight bars. the gauges had been in the centre of the dash, the intake manifold was...

    i forgot to mention that there was also this strange car with the type 3 that i can't identify... 50's by the styling, 4 door, 3 stud wheels, drum brakes all round, a flat head 4 cylinder and an oval grill with straight bars. the gauges had been in the centre of the dash, the intake manifold was on the drivers side of the engine and it had had a winged crest on the front of the bonnet. i initially thought simca aronde, then some type of renault or pergeot, then a bogwold isabella. no luck with any of those. nfi what it is.
    btw there was also an early oval front guard (round backed headlight bucket) that was in the tip next to the cars. it was so super rusty (at least 1/3 completely gone) that it wasn't even worth taking home as an objet d'art.

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  • whatnow created a new blog post, the luckless hunts
    the luckless hunts
    •   General
    •   Monday, 29 March 2010
    i had the weekend of vw hunting.  my vw weekend started a week or so ago when a customer at work gave me directions and drew me a mud map to a type 3 (1500 as he called it) out in the bush. i had planned to go and find it this weekend. (i have 3 day wekends every second one for anyone who cares, so tonight is my sunday night) 
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  • whatnow created a new blog post, it's been a while
    it's been a while
    •   General
    •   Tuesday, 23 March 2010
    wow it has been  while, not having the net on will do that though. when all is said and done there isn't really much to report. of late things have all been house and impending baby with a little work thrown in to pay  for it all. i'm sure that most of you know how it goes.
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  • whatnow commented on the blog post, VEC Volksfest Cruise
    VEC Volksfest Cruise

    that looks fun. there are some nice cars there.

    was that lacework on the bonnet of the purple car? if so, i'm so pleased to see that it is coming back, i love lacework.

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