So welcome to my project thread, where obviously I will post updates and pictures of the work I'm doing on my 1970 VW Baja Bug. Original thread with many more pictures, can be found here: http://www.tweak3d.net/forums/off-topic/oh-good-lord-i-bought-new-car-1970-vw-baja-bug-47703/ As stated in that thread, I am a total car novice, and am learning as I go. For help, I'm reading and posting at a VW forum, and have three books: Baja VW Bugs & VW Buggies Book by Jeff Hibbard, John Muir's How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual of Step-by-Step Procedures for the Compleat Idiot and the VW Beetle & Karmann Ghia 1954 through 1979 All Models Haynes Repair Manual. Info: 1970 VW Bug 7-piece fiberglass baja kit 1600 single port motor, stock 4-point roll cage, tube bumpers all around ==================================================================== So anyways, I started getting to work yesterday. First thing I did was replace the seal between the fuel sender and the tank. Before, the car (and garage) always smelled like gas, and when the tank was full, you would end up with a little puddle of gas on the tank. In that picture, you can see the crumbled bits of the old seal, and the new rubber seal in the package. $8 part. Next, was to remove the old side-view mirror and install the new one. $0, came with car. So shinny! Then, time to deal wit the window rubber. This is for the rear side pop-out windows, which were stiff, cracking, and leaked. This was a huge pain in the butt, getting the new seals into the small channels on those windows took me a long time. There is probably some trick to it, but whatever, it's done now $0, came with car. I intend to give this car a complete once-over, so I'm stripping the inside completely. Door panels off, and while they are still solid, they are certainly not clean. I plan on keeping the fabric, but I'll probably replace that backing. My first real purchase for the bug, a pair of Corbeau Baja SS seats with sliders. These are supposed to be very good seats, and will allow me to have 4/5-point harnesses for when I take the bug off road and especially at the dunes. Now the tricky part is mounting them.... Not sure how to do that, I'll probably have to get my coworker to help me weld a custom bracket. These were not cheap, but safety is something I'm taking very seriously, so it's worth it. The seats that came with it are pretty crappy, and it only had a lap-belt. Plus, these seats save ~50 pounds! $300, would be $400+ tax/shipping new, plus the cost of the sliders, not sure what those are worth. Once the seats were out, I ripped out all the carpet, which was either just laying on the floor, or glued on with a spray-on adhesive, which left a mess behind. To my surprise, there is almost NO rust on the floor pans, which is a great plus, because that is often a problem area with cars of this age. Really, there is just a small bit of surface rust, which will be cleaned up and treated. Continuing on the subject of rust, this is the lower frame of the drivers door, and this is the most serious rust I've managed to find on the car so far! It is the only spot I've seen so far where something has actually been eaten through, instead of just surface rust. Not bad, eh? So on the menu tomorrow, is gutting the back half of the interior. More to come.