November 5, 2016 at 6:42 pm #302247John SimionParticipant
I finally finished “Murphy” enough to have a photo shoot this morning. Enjoy.
JohnNovember 5, 2016 at 8:54 pm #302248Greg JohannsenParticipant
WOW, Absolutly Awsome!November 5, 2016 at 9:16 pm #302249RoyalParticipant
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.November 5, 2016 at 10:38 pm #302250newkitmanParticipant
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.
VW based 53MGTD - "MoneyPenny"
"If one thing matters, everything matters" - from the book The ShackNovember 5, 2016 at 10:39 pm #302251John SimionParticipant
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.November 6, 2016 at 8:22 am #302252KentTParticipant
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...November 6, 2016 at 5:59 pm #302254edward ericsonParticipant
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.November 8, 2016 at 8:10 am #302272scubasteveParticipant
Thanks for the pics. You put a TON of effort into the restoration. Great job!
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