|This page indexes what has become the '57
Resto Scrapbook. Below are the pages available for your viewing with a
brief description of the phase of the restoration that they cover. Be
warned that most of the restoration pages contain 8-12 pictures and are
about 250k-450k in size. Download time may
be significant. Approximate total graphic file size is shown.
I have put the "log" file link at the top since it is what I am adding to most often now.
A Post-Restoration Record of the Car's Travels
Note: I mark my "driving seasons" from Labor Day to Labor Day (first weekend in September) because I finished the car and started driving it on Labor Day weekend, 1999.
The 2001 Season- Another 2581 miles logged.
The 2002 Season- The '57 shares the roads with my new split
The Restoration Pages
Page 2- This page details the restoration of the rolling chassis and just starts on the disassembly of the nose of the body.
Page 3- The intial re-construction of the nose of the car is on this page.
Page 4- Reconstruction of the right side quarter and the "menu of aprons".
Page 5- The resolution of the front apron dilemma and final assembly and alignment of the whole nose.
Page 6- Some re-work on the front apron and getting ready for "Drive Your VW to Work Day".
Page 7- Three obscure rotted areas are "patched".
Page 8- Out of the garage! Sandblasting time....
Page 9- The BARE sandblasted body, and what surprises it uncovered.
Page 10- The addition of seat belt mounting points prior to any painting.
Page 11- The roof is smoothed out and painting starts.
Page 12- Final Paint!!!!
Page 13- The felt headliner is installed. Easily an "All Day" job.
Page 14- Misc. "after body" painting of parts.
Page 15- More parts painting, seat frame resto and vent wing glass install.
Page 16- Misc re-assembly.
Page 17- Making engine bay tarboards, modifying H4 bulbs for use in euro headlights, pop out window rubber replacement (hell).
Page 18- Restoring the interior door panels and engine re-installation..
Page 19- Getting a rare speedometer working, rim hubcap clip and valve stem installation.
Page 20- Details of the struggles to get the front and rear windows in, mostly a text page.
Page 21- Installing the front seat belts and fixing a fuel tank leak.
Page 22- How I move the finished car around in the garage and how I store it for the winter.
Diary- This is a text, only chronology of the work
on the car. It was started in late 1997.
A Tour of the Finished Project
The Finished Project!!!- A "Scrapbook" of photos of the completed restoration
Wanna go for a ride?- A 10 second thumbnail ride on Interstate 84 in Connecticut.540kb
Accessories!- No Beetle is complete without them. A gallery of mine.
The "Thanks to:.." Page- Those to whom I am grateful...
The seat adapter plate- Designed some 3000 miles after completion to make long drives more comfortable. (this article also linked in the technical help index)
Appearances in Shows and other Notable Events