VW Beetle Restoration Project

VW Beetle Restoration Project, Sep-2014

This is my son-in-law’s 1963 VW Beetle. I’ve had it in my shed before for some engine work but we discovered that all was not well in the structure. We found evidence of severe bodging around the heater channels. It had had plates welded from the top of the heater channel to the floor and there was evidence that the heater channels – which are primary structural components (a.k.a. the sills) – had severely rusted underneath. So now its time to sort it properly and we’ve recorded the work in the this blog. Here’s the plan:

  • Replace the heater channels and repair /replace any other significantly rusty metal.
  • Restore the chassis and floor
  • Repair/replace/refurbish mechanical components – brakes, suspension, etc.
  • Send it to a good body shop for a respray and fitting of new headliner and other interior fittings
  • Fit new wiring loom and modern light fittings 
  • Fit new interior
  • Get it MoT’d then enjoy!

Hope you find this blog useful!

List of articles…

VW Beetle Restoration ProjectRestoring a VW BeetleSep-2014
Stripdown and PreparationStart of VW Beetle RestoOct-2014
Separating the Body from the ChassisSeparating the body and chassisOct-2014
Removing the ChassisSupporting the body and wheeling out the chassis.Oct-2014
New Heater ChannelRemoving the old heater channel + fitting the new one.Oct-2014
Inner Wing and Rear Quarter RepairsRepair panels fitted to front inner wing and rear lower quarter.Nov-2014
Rear Cross MemberFitting new rear cross member halves.Nov-2014
Replacing the Front Cross PanelAnother new repair panel added to the Beetle!Nov-2014
Chassis JigChassis/floor mounted on a jig.Nov-2014
Rust RemovalRust removal using citric acid.Jan-2015
Chassis RefurbishmentRust removal and floor repairs.Feb-2015
Re-building the Beetle's chassisRe-assembly of the Beetle gets underwayMar-2015
VW Beetle body and chassis re-unitedVW Beetle re-assembly begins by re-uniting body + chassis.Apr-2015
Beetle Finished!Beetle finally completed.Jan-2017