Monday, August 25, 2014

Update on Repairs: shocks, 3rd, 4th and reverse.

The shocks have been broken since just after with their last fixed.  Those shock mounts had been sheared off since before I got her.  Andy fixed them with a welder, but that only lasted a couple days.  New job includes 6 inches of 1/4 in steel on each side.  No shakes anymore!!

Also, revers has been gone for a month, and 3rd and 4th have been terrible.  Had to smash them in!  The Samba forums suggested that the shift coupler had a loose collar.  I had already replaced that!  (Moral: do not trust new parts...)  Again, welding was the answer.  Pulled, welded, reinserted and boom!  All gears back again!  Life is good!

Easy vw awning

Scrap fabric from sewing bin:  free.
Schedule 40 pvc pipe from brother in law:  free.
2 electric conduit clamps from Ace hardware:  $3.00.
Shade from homemade awning:  priceless.

Simply sew 2 channels through the ends of the fabric, insert pvc.  Clamp one end to rain gutter using a bolt and wingnut.  Insert the other 2 pvc pieces into the jack supports below the ends of the sliding door.  Flex the pipe to achieve tension and insert into elbow pieces on ends of pvc in second channel.  Instant cheap shade.

Ginger in the news...last year.

This is an article with a picture of Uncle Matt, Ginger, and I in the parade.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

On our way to Eureka springs again!

Left achool, finished packing and headed for those Arkansas Hills.  Third and fourth started going out, but we will make it!

Monday, June 2, 2014

More bus problems.

So I love my bus. She is also a pain.  Ever since I got her she has been plagued with electrical problems.   This spring I have replaced her shift stop plate, front shift rod bushing, rear shift rod connector, starter and solenoid, voltage regulator, battery, ignition switch, and voltage regulator again. Now the turn signals don't work. 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Futurama and Zits VW crossover.

The comic "Zits" and Futurama both have numerous references to VW Buses.  Jeremy's bus is a 62 I believe.

Vanagon Travels: VW Vanagon Road Trip and Photo Blog: 1962 VW Bus: Regular Feature in the Comics!

Vanagon Travels: VW Vanagon Road Trip and Photo Blog: 1962 VW Bus: Regular Feature in the Comics!: My dad recently mailed me a comic that he clipped from the local newspaper. After a little digging, I learned that the Zits writer/illu...

Pinterest VWs

A great way to relax is scrolling through your Pinterest page after you have started following a lot of VW enthusiasts.  here is my page...

you can find lots of cool things like this shirt!

Vw camper uk

More Bus Parts..

Gear Shift Lever Stop Plate
Gear shift Lever stop plate.    $2.96  Aparrently mine is worn out.

I also need the front Shift rod Bushing.  $3.49
Front Shift Rod Bushing
About 7 dollars seperates me from 3rd and 4th gear.  Ginger will only go into 1st and 2nd.  No reverse either.  Hope thats all i need.  I do not want to go into the transmission if I don't have to.


Don't know if I mentioned this, but I teach art in a small city in Missouri called Carthage. Junior High.  This picture is of Ginger in her second MAPLE LEAF PARADE.  Its the big festival for our community.  that's me with the white hat, and in the front passenger window is my wife Amber and our daughter Olivia.  The rest are art teachers from my district.  The leaves were all decorated by my students.  The pencil on top was a sculpture project from several years back.  We handed out candy, crayons and colored pencils!  Lots of fun!  Can't wait till next year!