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I just sold two 68 Beetles that I had bought really cheap. But they turned out to be too much work. So I just bought a 72 super beetle that is much closer to being a driver. No pics yet. Green with black Empi 8 spokes. I have to go get it on Monday.
Awesome!

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Finally some progress to report. The 24T sprocket arrived first, so it gets to stay. Got my rear fender in its final location.
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Needed different length braces for the front fender, so I had to do a little cutting.
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Swapped ends and welded back together.
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I'll dress these up with a little JB weld, and will probably paint the inside black to hide the carnage.
Here is the look with both fenders mounted correctly:
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Still have to paint the chainguard, frame and fork. No pressure.
 

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Lovin' it! Did I mention that green is my favorite color? [emoji1360]
Keep up the good work!


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Love the green with the bare metal and white. Looking good. Congrats on the new bug!
Thanks, did I mention that the bug is green also? Was supposed to get it home yesterday, tomorrow for sure.
 

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72 hours left, time to paint! Took the wire wheel to my frame.
Beetle shot.
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Forgot about the bad pedal strike on the left side. Tried to weld it up and blew a big hole in the frame. Spent way too much time fixing it.
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Could be better, but out of time.
To the paint booth:
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Semi-gloss black:
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Shot some on the chain guard too:
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And then the rains came.
 
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I guess I am going down this 65T rabbit hole. I apologize to josh_from_ga who is featuring a 65T ring on his build. I should apologize to everyone, since I have never had an original idea to date. With that being said, here is how I was able to get more clearance for my chainring. First I yanked the crank out of an old Huffy mtb.
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I hoped that the spacing was wider and it was. Old dogleg crank was shot anyway.

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It was actually installed on the Huffy with some thick washers which I reused. Spacing looks pretty good. Drive side:
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Non drive side:
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Added benefit of the Huffy was that the small ring of the old gearset happened to be a 30T which I may be able to turn into a rear sprocket. Has a lot of offset built in though.
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I didn't think the Higgins guard looked right with the big sprocket so I tried this one. No fenders:
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With both fenders:
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Man, I just went through your build. I love it! I'm just glad big chainrings made it to the voting booths. I had to give up because of work. 3 days off in 2 months didnt leave me much energy for personal projects. But by September I will get some time off, just in time for the Muscle Bike build off. I have a Cycle truck frame begging to be built up.
 

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Man, I just went through your build. I love it! I'm just glad big chainrings made it to the voting booths. I had to give up because of work. 3 days off in 2 months didnt leave me much energy for personal projects. But by September I will get some time off, just in time for the Muscle Bike build off. I have a Cycle truck frame begging to be built up.
Thanks, Josh. I didn't have nearly enough time either. I still have several things that I would like to do to this one. I also have a bunch of bikes that I need to get cleaned up and sold. Good luck in the MBBO and with your cycle truck.
 

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