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I wish I had pictures of my friend and junkyard employees helping me carry this body from the middle of the yard over our heads and other VW's to get it on my trailer. With four people it wasn't too bad. After stripping out the glass, electrical, doors, steering, dash cluster, headliner and on and on... Here is were I begin. Strip it down to metal!

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I decided to sandblast. There are other methods of getting the paint off without using silica. However, this worked fine for me. You have to be careful not to get too close to the body with the nozzle. This tends to heat up the metal and warp it. Not good!

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I have to tell you...you must have a pretty darn big air compressor to keep up with the sand blasting. I was lucky to have a friend with one heck of a large Ingersol Rand with some serious CMF. There it is next to the mixer. A 100+ gallon electric compressor just would not cut it. 

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To your left you can see me as I work on the passenger side. It is very noisy and protection is a must... lungs (respirator) eyes, skin and ears>>
Just above that picture you can see me cutting off the front end. I wanted to lighten this car up a bit with a one piece fiberglass front.

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It sure was a messy afair. Sand was all over the place when I was done. It was worth it in the end. I had no worries about chemical paint removers (if I would have used it) hiding in some crack waiting to give me head aches when starting the priming and painting.  Hmmmm. I think every now and then I still pick a little sand out my hair. Use a head shroud!

Clean it up and start the body work.

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Genie, I wish to beat a GT2 in the 1/4.
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Thanks Genie!

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