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Old 11th July 2013, 13:34   #46
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and a lot of detailing has been done. The floors, the suspension..a whole load of detailing is being done...don't forget to check out the single white wall imported tire..I have all 5 with me..

And of course you can see how eagerly my son and daughter are waiting for the car to get out of the workshop...they go with me every Saturday to check it out..

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Well Saurabh, That turning around the tank thingy will not work The bottom ridge under which the steering column runs is descending, so that trick may not work, you will have to do a little heating up and denting it.
and Pavan rotating the tank was a straight fit! No cutting and chopping at all. Tanks were made universal I guess because these cars also came with punch mark in the firewall for the steering column to go in the right or left. Same for the dipper switch installation position.

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Old 16th July 2013, 14:51   #48
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Ahh the lovely white walls on the dual colored rims are now on the car!

Along with that a hand fabricated Aluminium firewall is also in place in the engine bay.

Here it goes..
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Old 16th July 2013, 15:06   #49
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The car really looks superb! I mean with this candy red, i am not surprised your kids cant wait for it to be done. Good going. What do you have planned for the interior?

What is the colour code for the exteriors?
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Old 16th July 2013, 15:34   #50
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Thank you Mole!

The color is a Chevrolet Solid Red.

The interiors will be off white. Its going to be a maintenance nightmare but then that's what I have decided.

I know my kids are waiting soooo eagerly to get this car home - I just can not even explain how excited they are.

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Dear All

Its been a long time and the car has moved through various stages of assembly and has been completed.

It went for its first ride for the Autojumble earlier this month.

Only yesterday it saw its first official event - The HMCI - StudioOne - The Hiatus Drive at the Qutub Hotel New Delhi.

Its running perfect.

Its Red. Its Hot. Its Rocking!

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And after 4 years of patient planning, dedication and hard work of Mr. Tutu Dhawan, this is how the final product looks like.

Its gone back to factory specs. Its got the love and support of more than 3 dozen people including suppliers in various parts of the world, people on Samba, friends in different countries, collectors who sent parts for this car just because they saw the level of restoration, ebay and all the mechanics who worked on this car.

Needless to add was the motivation from all TBhpians, friends and family who egged me on to complete this restoration. It seemed impossible when I first got the car but with every passing day new avenues opened up for parts and components.

Have learn't sooo much on the way.

Will now deploy the learning in the Side Valve Ponton Mercedes which is next in the que.

Hope you have enjoyed this thread till now. From now on I will carry any mods or upgrades or problem solving issues here.

Questions are welcome from other budding restorers.

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Old 26th November 2013, 21:19   #53
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From the first photo to the last completed photo with no intermediate development details I wouldn't have believed it’s the same car. Hitler would have been proud. Very hard honest clean work done. I liked the floor mats.
Good thing you opted for RHD. Present traffic it’s a most. Children should be enjoying the sun roof. I hope it’s mechanically perfect. No water leakage. Please make sure drain pipes are not blocked. Enjoy your ride.
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And after 4 years of patient planning, dedication and hard work of Mr. Tutu Dhawan, this is how the final product looks like.
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From the first photo to the last completed photo with no intermediate development details I wouldn't have believed it’s the same car. Hitler would have been proud. Very hard honest clean work done. I liked the floor mats.
Saurabh, my compliments to you and Mr. Dhawan!

And I wholeheartedly agree with Narendra!
When one takes the trouble to perform a frame off resto, with the body taken off the platform, the results definitely show.

This is my favourite photo in the set. Notice the crisp Red/Black line between Body/Platform. Even though this would never be seen once the carpets are in place, I think this is one of the indicators of a good restoration, and it's one of the things I try to check out in any Bug I come across (if the owner consents to let me take a peek).

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Good thing you opted for RHD.
As unpractical as it may be, I would have retained LHD, but that's just me!

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And after 4 years of patient planning, dedication and hard work of Mr. Tutu Dhawan, this is how the final product looks like.
As expected, an excellent outcome. Plus a great learning for all of us. As Pankaj says, the details usually not visible are what excited me the most.

I do have one suggestion though - to lose the chrome trim from the rain gutters. Its a tad too much.

Looking forward to seeing the next project in action!
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Really lovely restoration and you should be proud all the way and Mr Dhawan should be complimented with your patience obviously.

Some points on the work which I need the experts to clarify as I am no expert here . 1) The Fender indicator lights fitting - are they correct ? They looks to near to the main body and the fender blank space an oddity. 2) Are the wheel caps period correct as these look of a later model or the wheels been replaced at some point ?

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And after 4 years of patient planning, dedication and hard work of Mr. Tutu Dhawan, this is how the final product looks like.

Its gone back to factory specs. Its got the love and support of more than 3 dozen people including suppliers in various parts of the world, people on Samba, friends in different countries, collectors who sent parts for this car just because they saw the level of restoration, ebay and all the mechanics who worked on this car.

Needless to add was the motivation from all TBhpians, friends and family who egged me on to complete this restoration. It seemed impossible when I first got the car but with every passing day new avenues opened up for parts and components.

Have learn't sooo much on the way.

Will now deploy the learning in the Side Valve Ponton Mercedes which is next in the que.

Hope you have enjoyed this thread till now. From now on I will carry any mods or upgrades or problem solving issues here.

Questions are welcome from other budding restorers.

Cheers!
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Really lovely restoration and you should be proud all the way and Mr Dhawan should be complimented with your patience obviously.

Some points on the work which I need the experts to clarify as I am no expert here . 1) The Fender indicator lights fitting - are they correct ? They looks to near to the main body and the fender blank space an oddity. 2) Are the wheel caps period correct as these look of a later model or the wheels been replaced at some point ?

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Thank you Sir!

1). Fender Indicator Lights - The fenders are original and so are the mounting locations for the Indicator Lights - no change has been made to them.
2). Wheel caps are correct. If you check on the various sites this is what the 1300 came with in 1966.

Thanks once again for your appreciation!

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what a lovely resto rob ,perfect way to go. salute to your patience and hats off to tutu,s passion . I am sure you will now only need to focus on enjoying the drive !!

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@SA7VA5 - Sir, Perfectly Restored. I absolutely love VW Beetles. Its always been my dream to restore a car. Feels really good to see that there are still people who care about giving back these old broken down wrecks their former glory. Thumbs Up & Hats off!
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Thank you Sir!
2). Wheel caps are correct. If you check on the various sites this is what the 1300 came with in 1966.

Thanks once again for your appreciation!

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1966 and 1967 model beetles had the same hubcaps which are different from the 68up hubcaps
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