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Old 07-28-2010, 05:24 PM
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Hello all! I've decided to start a new thread in this section so that everybody gets to see the progress. Long story short, I picked up this Bug at a Junkyard in Aylmer QC, were it had been sitting for over a year. I inquired if it was still for sale and the owner of the place said ''it's still for sale but we were gonna dismantle it next week 'cuz it's been sitting there for at least a year...'' ...So I picked up the next day, motor runs great, no smoke, downpipe is leaking, ignition coil is cracked, but overall mechanicaly sound. This Bug is mostly ''cosmeticaly challenged''. The car needs to be safety checked before it's back on the road.

About the Bug: 1998 NB GLS, 2.0, 5 speed, 233XXXkm, power windows, cruise, a/c, Monster mats!

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The yellow Bug is the second NB I've owned, here's my first one:


At first I called him ''Dudu'', now I've been calling him ''JB'' (short for Junkyard Bug). Here's JB's new home:


Removing what's left of the original valance:




Picked up a broken valance from the junkyard for free! With what's left of the original one, I'm putting together a custom one:


Wet sanded all the ugly touch-up paint on the hood + test fitting the new custom valance:


Parts I kept from my first NB:


Cleaned up a wheel + inner fender,
Before:


Center caps and bolt covers are from a Golf mk3 I owned once.
After:


Been doing alot of touch-ups with a correct touch-up paint I found at a hobby shop, Testors ''light yellow'' is a near perfect match and a better bargain at $2.25 ea.


So this is were I'm at so far. Girlfriend want's me to take care of the cosmetics first and really clean it up, I agreed and I also prefer to work on a clean car...

Enjoy,

Yann.
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Old 07-28-2010, 05:35 PM
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Nice project..love the testors touch up paint
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Old 07-28-2010, 05:36 PM
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It's looking great so far!
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Old 07-28-2010, 05:36 PM
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Poor NB. It's had a rough life but it already looks so much better.
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Old 07-28-2010, 05:57 PM
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I really like your New Beetle project! I love yellow! My very first car back in the last century , was a 1956 Beetle and yellow! good luck with all of the work, and please keep us posted

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Old 07-28-2010, 07:22 PM
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Looks 100% better already.. Great job..
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Yey glad to see you moved it over to this forum!
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I think it's great that you're saving the poor thing! Looking beautiful though
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Old 07-29-2010, 12:58 AM
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I'm glad to see you've put some more life back into this bug! It is looking much better already!!

I bet this bug is so happy to finally be back on the road again instead of scattered into a bunch of pieces everywhere
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humpty dumpty DID get put back together!
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Old 07-29-2010, 01:18 AM
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Great stuff man! I like the name you gave it. JB "Junkyard Bug" It's perfect!!
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Old 07-29-2010, 01:40 AM
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nice to see that you saved a new beetle, great progress so far, can't get over the HUGE difference in the hood alone! I'm watching this closely, can't wait to see how it turns out... sweet job on the silver one too by the way!
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if this was a toyota, no one would even give it the time of day (if a toyota could even ASK the time of day...)
so glad NBs have so much love.
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if this was a toyota, no one would even give it the time of day (if a toyota could even ASK the time of day...)
so glad NBs have so much love.
agreed....my first car was a toyota and it was always having problems
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Old 07-30-2010, 08:24 PM
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Thanks for all the positive comments! I may have this thing on the road much sooner than later...

Now, since I have limited space in my garage, I have to work on one side at a time, and I started with the driver's side. Check out all that grime and brake dust that accumulated over the years, poor thing probably never had a good wash in many years except for the rain...


I found the best way to get rid of all that brake dust was to wet-sand it with 2000 grit sandpaper, followed with a leveling compound, rubbing compound & Carnuba wax:


I basically had to wet-sand everything that was below the windows; lots of sanding, rubbing and polishing, check that shine:
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Old 07-30-2010, 08:31 PM
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Lookin Good!!! So awesome you saved JB!!
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SWEET!! Looking great...
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Looks really good
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Yellow bugs rock!!!

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