Finally Took Photos of My TDR

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    johnsimion
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    @johnsimion

    I finally finished “Murphy” enough to have a photo shoot this morning.  Enjoy.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/148957087@N06/albums

    John

    #302248

    gregj
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    @gregj

    WOW, Absolutly Awsome!

    #302249

    royal
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    @royal

    Super nice work John.  I like the use of the engine turned center section of the dash…..in fact, the whole dash is darker than most – I like it.  Where did you get the hinges for the glove box/radio door?

    A really spectacular TDr, (except for the seat backs which look like tombstones).  Please don’t take offense, I’m hard to please – I never like everything about anything.

    #302250

    newkitman
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    @newkitman

    John. Loved the photos. I really like the look of the wide whitewalls. Plus I like the windshield post end caps as well. Excellent workmanship.

    Allen Caron
    VW based 53MGTD - "MoneyPenny"
    "If one thing matters, everything matters" - from the book The Shack

    #302251

    johnsimion
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    @johnsimion

    Tombstones?  LOL, I never thought of that!  They were just intended to mimic the shape of the dashboard while acting as head restraints but now that you mention it … yeah, tombstones!  Maybe I should also get little skull decorations for the car, too!   😀

    The “engine turned” part to the instrument panel is just an applique to an original TD instrument panel (mainly, so I wouldn’t need to replate it).  As it happens, the four holes are perfect for four gauges.  I did drill out a hole for the ignition switch, which is also a TD part.  In 20-20 hindsight, it was a lot of unnecessary work.

    The hinges for the radio door are “Quadrant Hinges” and here is where I got them:  http://www.hardwaresource.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=4054

    The quadrant hinges were a huge PITA to fit because you need a semicircular opening for the back side of the hinge to fit into.  I used my Dremel and a large amount of cursing.  Part of the reason my radio compartment is “lined” with engine-turned applique is that it covers up where the hole for my quadrant hinge got a little too close to the edge of the radio opening.  My excuse for this kind of “workmanship” is that I don’t own a wood shop or even a work bench.  All I have are hand tools and a couple of portable power tools plus the Dremel.  I did most of this work either sitting on a stool on my driveway or using a couple of 2x4s for support.  I really hoped having a four-car garage would lead to a real workshop but until I can get rid of kids living at home, my entire garage is full.

     

    #302252

    kentt
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    @kentt

    Nice work!  Your attention to detail really shows up in the overall impression!

    Early FF TDr on 69 VW pan
    Slowly coming back from the ashes...

    #302254

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Great work, John. A lot of really nice detail. Good on you, too, for keeping those kids out in the garage instead of in the basement where they usually end up.

    #302272

    scubasteve
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    @scubasteve

    Thanks for the pics. You put a TON of effort into the restoration. Great job!

    Amor Conquista Todo

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