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Old 04-17-2017, 08:25 AM
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Default Ray's CCC #S068 Build

This is the build of car #S068.
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Owner Ray G

First the back story.

On 12/04/16 frodoz737 posted a link to a Craigslist ad for a project car for sale in Virginia.
THANKS frodoz737 !

I promptly called the owner and negotiated a deal. Why? I just don't know. That's the problem with this sickness.

On 12/09/16 I began the 1100 mile journey north from Florida to pick up the car. 4 days and 2200 miles later the car was in Florida.

With no idea why I bought another Sterling or what I was going to do with it, I unloaded it on the side yard of my shop/house (house next to my residence I bought to use as a garage).

On 2/26/17 letterman7 sent me a PM about a visitor to the site in my area who was looking to purchase a car.
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After an email exchange and a phone call I invited Ray over to check out my Sterlings. With the #114 car close to completion I figured he can at least sit in one to help decide if it were a car for him. I told him both the #114 and #068 cars were for sale.

A week or so later Ray and his lady came by to check them out.

to be continued....
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Keeping us in suspense or just too tired to type more!
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Old 04-17-2017, 09:19 AM
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continued ....

After a couple of hours of chatting and checking out the cars Ray and Renee decided on the #068 car project.

They also agreed to hire me to do a few things like relocate the shifter, build a few fiberglass parts etc. I would also store the car at my place while the work was being completed.

Ray is no stranger to VW's. Ray worked for VW back in the 70's as a mechanic and has owned a VW Dune Buggy for 30+ years.

Work on the chassis started the last weekend in March 2017 with Rays help at my shop in Holiday Florida.

This builders journal will highlight major progress during the build.
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Old 04-22-2017, 03:48 PM
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Default Rolling Chassis

Over the past few weeks Ray and I have worked on the chassis getting it to roller status.

Relocated the shifter and shortened the shift rod. New bushing and coupler installed.

Shortened the ebrake handle and installed new cables.

All new Ghia spindles, bearings, rotors, calipers and front disc brakes. New stainless hoses and new hard lines. New master cylinder, reservoir and brake switches. Ball joints, tie rods and rod ends all new. New rag joint, steering stabilizer and shocks.

New rear bushings, adjustable spring plates and CV boots. All new rear brakes, springs, wheel cylinder, hard lines and stainless hoses.

New motor mounts front and rear and new ground strap. Clutch and accelerator cables are also new.

Throw out bearing, clutch and pressure plate are also new.

The motor is all new and was built for a buggy project that is still under way. We will switch out a few things on the motor and make it work for the Sterling (carb, exhaust etc.)

New BFG tires and American Racing wheels.

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Got the body fitted to the chassis last weekend. None of the holes lined up but I got it where it belongs now. Body is temporarily secured with a few self tappers and big washers. Got the the dash fitted in place with the roof on and the dash brackets drilled, polished and hung to support the dash. Center console is trimmed and positioned and through bolted to the dash.

I'm using the old roof section off the #114 car since I have the windshield out and the T=top cut outs make entry and exit easy.

We also cut all the filer plugs to do the repairs to the numerous holes in the interior tub.

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Mock up continues with trimming up and fitting the new rear valance. Got the rear openings cut out for the new rear mesh and the tag holder trimmed and fitted. Ray chose to do the same design as the #114 car. We also got the 2 side pods fitted and trimmed to fit with the drop pans. The prior build did not have the drop pans and I think it was originally on a swing axle chassis.

Cut out under the front hood behind the condenser shroud. Fit the rear spoiler and rear window visor. Got the new side pockets trimmed up and new holes cut in the body tub. We also got all the body plugs secured and ready to be glassed in.

So nice working will all my new parts for this build. Making quick progress since it is all so familiar from doing the #114 car. Ray has been coming down on Saturdays to assist on the mock up.

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We got Ray's new steering column made and fitted today. Going to work very nicely.
Nice new steering wheel with yellow stitch accent and a quick disconnect.

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We also got the hood trimmed up and fitted with the new stainless rod/hinge.

Got the hood latch and latch bracket installed. Still need to install the hood adjusters on both sides like I did on the #114 car.

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New engine lid from the new Sterling Guys. They did a pretty nice job on it.

Also installed the ground effects today. My opinion is that the ground effects make the single most important change to the exterior of the car. For me it takes the car from a 70's looking kit car to a more modern example of a "Superish" looking exotic.

Next week after we take the body back off for some trimming and repairs we will might get the suspension lowered to where it should be.

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Do you have any shots of those ground effects off the car?

How do they attach?


BTW, some fast work going on with this build, as you say having fitting parts you are not making from scratch makes the world of difference.
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The ground effects are similar to those sold on the old Sterling site. I bought a pair, made them a little longer and made a mold of them so I could make another set for the #310 car. I'll post a photo if I can fin one of them.

They attach to the bottom of the lower side panels with screws or bolts. Right now these were attached with some big self tapping drill point sheet metal screws. I will through bolt them for a more permanent installation after they are painted.

I would guess they will be available again soon from the new Sterling owners.
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