Bret's 65 #2 Build Thread

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Re: Bret's 65 #2 Build Thread

Postby Bret » Tue Oct 11, 2016 12:08 pm

Shit! It's been 3 months since I updated this thread. ](*,) ](*,) ](*,)

Been having some struggles getting this thing up and running. Andy has been over a few times working on getting it going, but a few weeks ago we seemed to have somehow fried the diode on the motherboard of my ECU so it is off getting repaired right now.

In the downtime, I have been getting ready to do the interior on this bad boy. Old interior is all stripped out. Went through and sound deadened the whole inside (roof, parcel tray, rear wheel wells, under the door panels and the front wheel well/kick panel area). Stripped the old seats down, repaired a few broken springs and took them down and had em powdercoated 60% gloss black like the undercarriage (as well as the steering column, the rear seat brace, and a few other doo dads). Got a decent sized order from Wolfsburg West the other day. Got my carpet kit in, my floor mats, headliner padding kit, seat pads, etc. So off to a good start!

Also spent this past weekend making all new wood components for the interior (door cards, kick panels for under the rear seat, back panel for the rear of the back seat) using the originals as templates. Fresh coat of urethane to seal them from any moisture absorption and they are ready for upholstery.

So the big thing I have been anticipating is what I wanna do with the interior. Being that 65 is a one year only interior, I decided I wanted to do something different. My last 65 had a TMI kit in it, and as nice as it was, I was never in love with the look and vinyl seats in California SUCK. Sweaty mess. So I started looking at alternatives. Funny thing is that 2 of the 3 aspects that I am planning on incorporating actually came from this site. Didn't have to look far!

Seats are simple. Gonna go charcoal tweed with vertical pleats and black piping. Simple, comfy, and less sweat.
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As for door panels, I plan on backdating the styling of my door panels to that of oval window bugs. Always liked them better and since this interior isnt stock (nor is the car), I'm just gonna do it. Let the haters hate. \:D/ I like the transitions in the panel design and dig the chrome trim like the pre-60 cars. Funny thing is that I was digging through the archives on TS for dimensions of where the transitions were on the stock panels....and who was it asking the question? None other than JB. Dug through his build thread here on the forum and found this pic. Just so helps that the example photo has darn near the exact color combo that I am going after. Good choice JB!
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Gonna snag that look and do a few simple changes. Tweed to match the seats, leave out the horizontal stitching above the chrome strip and then have vertical stitching from the bottom of the chrome strip down to the vinyl on the bottom. Think that would look too busy?

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Re: Bret's 65 #2 Build Thread

Postby PeteSC » Tue Oct 11, 2016 1:46 pm

Bret wrote:Shit! It's been 3 months since I updated this thread. ](*,) ](*,) ](*,)
Seats are simple. Gonna go charcoal tweed with vertical pleats and black piping. Simple, comfy, and less sweat.
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JJ's '57 low-gloss L31 kombi or Pigpen's '63 L31 panel camper? I like it.
Meh.

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Re: Bret's 65 #2 Build Thread

Postby Bret » Tue Oct 11, 2016 1:51 pm

PeteSC wrote:
Bret wrote:Shit! It's been 3 months since I updated this thread. ](*,) ](*,) ](*,)
Seats are simple. Gonna go charcoal tweed with vertical pleats and black piping. Simple, comfy, and less sweat.
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Who can remembers what build the above pic was from?


JJ's '57 low-gloss L31 kombi or Pigpen's '63 L31 panel camper? I like it.


JJ's '57 low-gloss L31 kombi =D> =D>

Glad I am not the only one that remembers that build like it was yesterday. Should have bought it when I had the chance. ](*,) ](*,)

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Re: Bret's 65 #2 Build Thread

Postby K Leake » Tue Oct 11, 2016 6:09 pm

The wiring looks great O:)
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Re: Bret's 65 #2 Build Thread

Postby andym » Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:17 pm

I'll update Brets thread for him. He built a badass car, it's really fucking cool. In the year 2019 he will test drive it, when he will finally let me Subi swap it. :-# :-#


For real, badass car Bret. We will keep pecking away at that fuel injection shit. Each time we work on it we get closer, yesterday was pretty good. i swear you got the worst luck with this injection shit. Cut that wiring down some and we can give it round #219.
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Re: Bret's 65 #2 Build Thread

Postby Bret » Sun Jan 08, 2017 11:29 pm

andym wrote:In the year 2019 he will test drive it, when he will finally let me Subi swap it. :-# :-#


Hahaha. 2019. That's some funny shit. =D> =D> That's what it feels like at times. I like how I planned for a 6 month build. Hit 2 years this week. ](*,) ](*,) ](*,)

andym wrote:For real, badass car Bret. We will keep pecking away at that fuel injection shit. Each time we work on it we get closer, yesterday was pretty good. i swear you got the worst luck with this injection shit. Cut that wiring down some and we can give it round #219.


Haha. I tend to agree with the "worst luck." This cars been fighting me, but maybe some of the gremlins in the wiring were my fault. We will find out shortly.

My goal is to have it rewired by Wednesday evening. Got the old setup all apart, new mounting plate fabbed up, new fuse panel, got the new pins and replacement relays and everything else needed. Now just time to wire it up.

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Re: Bret's 65 #2 Build Thread

Postby Franz » Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:47 am

Gremlins suck. It looks like you are super close to being done.

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Re: Bret's 65 #2 Build Thread

Postby Critter1 » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:09 am

Kelly Park?
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Re: Bret's 65 #2 Build Thread

Postby Bret » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:19 am

Franz wrote:Gremlins suck. It looks like you are super close to being done.


Yeah. Its always the last 10% that take 80% of the time. I went a little overboard and complicated the EFI wiring. Andy talked some sense into me and convinced me to tear it out and go super simple. Hope that clears up and issues we were having. Hoping that the rewire will clear up some issues that were hard to troubleshoot with the old setup.

Critter1 wrote:Kelly Park?


My goal is to have this thing up and running before show season. I have missed 2 years of show season as I haven't had a VW to drive. Been to a few shows, but its not as fun driving a watercooled there. #-o

Basically the only thing the bug needs at this point:
-Get the engine tuned and running smoothly
-Get the interior done - Been ready to go on this for months but been trying to get it running first
-Install windows with new rubber
-4 Wheel Alignment
-Install Front/Rear Sway Bars
-Test Drive

Getting close, just need to push and get it buttoned up. Andy has been a big help keeping me motivated and come over and help troubleshoot. Being a newb to EFI has got me frusterated a few times, but we are making progress.

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Re: Bret's 65 #2 Build Thread

Postby andym » Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:36 am

I'll update this!!!


Bret text me last week that he was needed more help with this bug. Loaded it on the trailer and into my shop it came. This fuel injection kit was not "bolt on", now I know why people hate injection..it's not bolt on.

Anyways, got it running (again) last week, then just had to trouble shoot just about everything. From janky o2 sensors, to blown fuses, single to dual vacuum ports, to crank trigger gap to pully distance.

He's gonna come by this weekend with seat springs so we can hit the streets and test drive...between raining periods. Maybe if it goes well, drive back to his place? It's just a few miles.

Gonna be a cool driver for sure. Let's hope for 100,000 trouble free miles..wait it not a subaru!! Let's hope for 10,000!!! $1 a mile plus gas!!
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Re: Bret's 65 #2 Build Thread

Postby Bret » Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:11 am

andym wrote:Gonna be a cool driver for sure. Let's hope for 100,000 trouble free miles..wait it not a subaru!! Let's hope for 10,000!!! $1 a mile plus gas!!


Haha. It better last longer than 10k miles. ](*,) ](*,) ](*,)

Andy summed it up above. Diving into EFI can be challenging if you've never done it before. I'm super fortunate that Andy lives like 5 miles from me. After some tweaks and some changes to what I had done previously this thing fired up last night and sounds MEAN. Super stoked. \:D/ \:D/

Hope this weekend goes well. Seat frames, a shifter and a license plate and it should be time to roll up and down the road next to Andy's place and see if we can do a little more fine tuning on this thing.

Need to get this thing to the interior shop soon if I have any hopes that it will make it to Kelley Park! Little over a month. Might be cutting that a little close...


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