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WRX RA powered VW 1303 beetle cabrio with a bit of Porsche

WRX RA powered VW 1303 beetle cabrio with a bit of Porsche

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ricola

Original Poster:

448 posts

189 months

Wednesday 30th May 2012
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After 9 weeks of chasing, my second trimmer only managed to get the door panels and roof hinge covers done... I've now bitten the bullet and gone with a very good guy I've used before, just more expensive, but I know that he will do very good work and for my deadline which is the end of June.

I also had issues with the iphone dock, it seems the docks aren't straight through electrically and Alpine have a particular way of connecting together. I tried opening it up and making more connections but it still doesn't work... Any ideas?!?

ricola

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448 posts

189 months

Thursday 9th August 2012
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I finally got the call to say the interior was ready late yesterday afternoon... I left work early to pick it up and now it's in!!



under artificial light


Natural light

tinkertaylor

566 posts

54 months

Thursday 9th August 2012
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that. is. brilliant!

JohnBender

119 posts

57 months

Thursday 9th August 2012
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Awesome. Simply awesome.

Ordinary_Chap

7,520 posts

155 months

Thursday 9th August 2012
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Absolutely bloody brilliant!

This is what Pistonheads is about!

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Tiger Tim

1,614 posts

134 months

Thursday 9th August 2012
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It does look beautiful no question and I hate picking holes at anything but is there a nicer steering wheel you could go for. The one in there looks a little ordinary compared to the stunning interior.

I've really loved reading about this car and have followed it all the way. Lovely to see it finished.

trackdemon

9,827 posts

173 months

Friday 10th August 2012
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Wow! Have really enjoyed following the progress of this, stunning project and looks like its nearing completion. Hope you're still up for a photoshoot when it's done Richard!!

dr_rallye

120 posts

93 months

Friday 10th August 2012
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Very nicely done, much left to do before it's finished?

Fitz666

432 posts

54 months

Friday 10th August 2012
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Ths single best build diary I have read, awesome work...

ricola

Original Poster:

448 posts

189 months

Friday 10th August 2012
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trackdemon said:
Wow! Have really enjoyed following the progress of this, stunning project and looks like its nearing completion. Hope you're still up for a photoshoot when it's done Richard!!
lol, I dont think this sort of car is ever really finished, just have to pick a point and go with it!

As the only thing I haven't done personally and on my own is the final stitchwork there will probably always be niggles that I can see, perfection would probably just stop me from using it though..

As for the steering wheel, it's an extremely rare Momo/Alpine wheel so it's definitely staying, I think I got that before the car..

ricola

Original Poster:

448 posts

189 months

Monday 20th August 2012
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The pictures above drove me into coming up wiht a replacement set of sunvisors quickly! Although they matched the headlining I think they clashed badly with the roof down. I'd have the idea of making up some smoked plastic ones, in the style of early VWs, for a while so decided now was the time! Above is what a stripped sunvisor looks like, all this just to get the pivot.


I then made up a hinge assembly and cut some 5mm tinted perspex to shape and this is how they ended up, I'm very happy with this look.. At the same time I also painted the rear-view mirror base black to match.


Bluebottle

3,411 posts

152 months

Monday 20th August 2012
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I like very much smile...been thinking of doing a similar thing on my car...what did u use a a hinge mechanism...and does it stsy up on bumpy roads?

ricola

Original Poster:

448 posts

189 months

Monday 20th August 2012
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I extended the bit of bar that acts as the main pivot point with some 8mm bar which then becomes the hinge. Then I got a strip of aluminium sheet and bent it around the bar and a strip of 5mm steel plate to form the outer part of the hinge. Slot it all together and drill some holes for a few bolts to clamp it all together, it's fairly stiff and doesn't seem to sag at all, in fact it's probably a bit too stiff but it can be adjusted by the torque in the clamp bolts..

AyBee

8,191 posts

114 months

Monday 20th August 2012
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Your skills are superb Sir - I'd love to have just half of them please biggrin

Dave Hedgehog

8,890 posts

116 months

Tuesday 21st August 2012
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fantastic skills, deeply impressive

but i fking hate beatles

deltashad

5,982 posts

109 months

Tuesday 21st August 2012
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Truly envious of your abilities and determination.

Brilliant read, thanks.


epom

4,472 posts

73 months

Tuesday 21st August 2012
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Fantastic, well done you smile

ricola

Original Poster:

448 posts

189 months

Sunday 9th September 2012
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I got fed up with messing around trying to trick the stock ECU to make the correct boost with my much modified from stock (subaru) intake and exhaust so I have now fitted a Gizzmo MS-2 electronic boost controller. This has closed loop boost control as well as turbo timer and FCD (which I won't be using). It now finally makes 1.1 bar without overshooting and hitting the fuel cut but I will still be playing with the rate at which boost comes in. I had a second ashtray surround which I welded up and modified to fit the Gizzmo controller. It certainly feels a lot quicker now so my times will undoubtedly be better!


5potTurbo

6,045 posts

80 months

Thursday 13th September 2012
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Look at the quality finish even on that dash!

Oh, the air vents look a tad dusty inside... best get cleaning, Ricola! wink

RVVUNM

1,707 posts

121 months

Thursday 13th September 2012
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What an amazing car, I want it. Well done.