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My 63 Birch Square

Post by Clockwork » 20th June 2012 - 1:13pm

Had this for a while so thought i'd pop some pictures up for those that have not already seen it.

This is how she arrived in the UK from Arizona, not a pretty sight...

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And now...Pretty much as I purchased it. The car was bought as a half started project. Since I bought it and moved it to my unit I had to move out of the unit so the vehicle is now spread around the place. I've spent most of my time so far logging parts and working out what is re-usable and what needs to be replaced. It came with some nos parts and I have continued to source and buy these from all over the place amassing quite a considerable hoard. There are of course the very illusive parts which i'm hoping will come to light as I require them.

The difficulty is with this project is that as I never took the car appart in the first place i'm not exactly sure what is missing...I guess this will come to light as the build progresses. The car needs alot of bodywork, although it is a very solid car with very little rot the body itself has been through the wars and needs lots of skilled time to get it straight enough for paint. I have however a friend who having recently finished his project (which was on the cover of this months Ultra VW) has found a bit of a hole and some time to help with the square. So with his help...perhaps me more lending a hand to him than him helping me...we hope to have the car in primer awaiting paint by the end of 2012. Meanwhile I plan to get a rolling/detailed pan ready to accept the body after paint. Then next year the focus is on re-assembly.

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and a recently acquired nos front valance....

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The remainder of the car is in plastic tubs in the spare room, in the loft and in storage in the garages of two of my friends.

Next jobs are to test fit the body and hang all the panels for gaps before prepping the body, new outer sill to fit to replace dented panel, fit front valance, repair rear valance. Scuttle panel is damaged where bonnet flipped back at some time.

As far as the end plan for the car I can't decide, perhaps it's too early to decide anyway. I'm going for the original Birch Green colour and plan to build it bone stock first of all before the modification process takes place. I'm in no rush to get this finished, I just want to make sure it's right and hasn't been rushed.

I will keep this thread as up to date as I can.

Si
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Re: My 63 Birch Square

Post by miketyp3 » 21st June 2012 - 3:52pm

Looks like a lot of hard work done Simon.
Good luck with the project & looking forward to watching this thread.

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Post by Clockwork » 5th July 2012 - 11:39am

There were a few small dents in the roof which have now been rectified

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Some spot welds for some reason had previousely been put in the corners of the guttering? so these were removed and the guttering on the top side and underside were rubbed down and treated as a little surface rust was present

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Post by Clockwork » 5th July 2012 - 11:51am

Next job was the scuttle panel...this had been damaged by what would seem to be dodgy bonnet hinges...

Heated up and knocked back close to shape then a bit of lead

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Chuffed with the progress :D
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Post by Dave G » 8th July 2012 - 8:28pm

Good stuff, looking forward to the updates, keep them coming!

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Post by Clockwork » 10th August 2012 - 3:25pm

ok, not updated for a while so here's a glimpse of what is going on..

dented front valance had spot welds drilled out and has now been removed

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I bought a blaster so got busy with it and got right into all the corners...

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And some close ups of the bumper mounts...

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Still had some media left in the tank so moved around and had a go at the outside of one of the mounts...

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and the top of the inner wing...

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I then had to split a bit quick so Andy rubbed it back and bopped a bit of primer on...

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test fitted the NOS front panel (thanks again to miketype3 for collecting this from belgium) and it all looks to fit up perfectly :D

will update again soon
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Post by Editor » 11th August 2012 - 7:07pm

About the spot welds on the roof panel. ISTR when cutting off a Squareback roof section for salvage as good quality repair metal, there are a few spot welds on the lip. Since most of the panel is simply folded over, maybe it's important to be held in a few places!
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Post by Clockwork » 11th August 2012 - 8:19pm

Not sure I follow Dave?
These welds had been added to each of the four corners of the car, they were not factory and I can see way they would have strenghthened the roof.
Unless perhaps you are thinking that possibly the roof had been prepped to be removed?
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Post by jmarkha1 » 11th August 2012 - 8:27pm

Looking very good - what a difference a blaster makes. Much easier to see what you are working with - in your case a really solid early square - looking forward to following this one...
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Post by Clockwork » 17th October 2012 - 8:35am

After blasting the outer sills/rocker panels there seemed to be a few pinholes along the length of the panels on both sides. As this was pointing towards thin metal NOS ones for both sides are on their way from Germany. Got lot of pics as the front half of the car is now all blasted and in primer.

Next is to get doors wings and bonnet all fitted up so we can get the front valance panel in place, then around to the rear to fit the nos rear valance, sill replacement then paint. A little way to go yet before paint!

I'll get more pics up soon.
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Post by Clockwork » 14th November 2012 - 4:58pm

Some pictures of where we're up to...

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A small amount of pin holing that requires repair here

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Post by Clockwork » 14th November 2012 - 5:08pm

Some pin holing here in the outer sill, have acquired nos panels for both sides to rectify this as is quite thin

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Post by Clockwork » 14th November 2012 - 5:13pm

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The bottom of the heater channel here needs some repair

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Post by Clockwork » 14th November 2012 - 5:16pm

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Have a replacement mount to go in here..one of the few places this car isn't good

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Post by Clockwork » 14th November 2012 - 5:18pm

So this is where we are up to, more blasting to do before fitting nos front and rear valance and outer sills....

still a way to go...

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Post by Marko » 14th November 2012 - 5:46pm

I can't believe how solid this car is, it'll be stunning when finished!!
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Post by Clockwork » 14th November 2012 - 10:32pm

Marko wrote:I can't believe how solid this car is, it'll be stunning when finished!!
Thanks Marko, you're right about not believing how solid it is...i'm as surprised as you, if not a little more relieved!

it'll be a while yet until she's on the road but I have a clear picture of how she will turn out and will have to show patience to make sure she's true to my vision.

Thanks for your comments fella! ;)
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Post by tudor rose » 12th January 2013 - 11:57pm

real solid and will be a stunning car once finished

wish my floor pan looked like that :badgrin:

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Post by dirks » 13th January 2013 - 3:18pm

looks good keep up the work

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