Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
A few weeks back, while my mom and dad were visiting from Michigan, I took the day off and we headed over the Richmond Bridge to... Richmond. I had a load of items that needed to be cleaned and powder coated, so I brought them to Poly Engineering. This was the place I had Big Blue's bumpers and wheels powder coated on 2007. They did a decent job then, but the place has cleaned up and is under new management now. Talk to Wayne, the new manager. They really have there stuff together and the work they did this time was awesome! If you need powder coating in the Bay Area, try these guys first.
FYI - my 5 wheels cost $65 each.
Here's a before picture to give you and idea of the clean up:
Forgive the blurry picture, but I wanted to show how clean this place is. That oven on the right is big enough to powder coat a car frame. On the left, you can see the frame of a military truck of some sort (Wayne couldn't remember what) that had been powder coated. Tempting!
VW bug as VW bug parts hauler...
So the next big step on the '56 is to get the transaxle back from the guy working on it in the East Bay. Once we get that in, we have a rolling '56 bug!
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Another scan from the Kayo Books stack...
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
Each of the past 2 Bus City campouts, we've have random VWs stop by. The first year this interesting Vanagon, registered as a '74 bus, swung by to discuss his vehicle:
And then in 2010, we had this thing show up. As you can see, it drew quite a crowd. The owner seemed an awesome kind of crazy. Just the type of people we like...
So who and what will show up this year? We are on our way to find out...
First off, go here and VOTE FOR our friends BodesWell. Don't go any further without doing that.
And, last but not least, thanks to HotVWs for sending us some cool items to give away at Bus City.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Please note: this is a repost from 4-15-10.
Have you, dear VW bus owner, ever come upon another VW bus at a campground? What if you came upon 13 other buses at a campground? That's what happened to these random dead-following folks last year when they pulled into Casini Ranch for a spot to camp and stumbled upon Bus City 2009!
On Saturday morning, we decided to go get firewood. On our way back, we took the long way through the campground and found another bus! Peter leaned out the window and invited them down with the rest of us. They were curious, because the folks at the gate had asked, "so you're with all the other VWs, right". They should have said yes, because they ended up driving down and spending all Saturday with us.
I don't remember much about them now. They had names that were exchanged - I believe his was Grif? Something like that. And they had a dog named... Mmmm. And he was in a band called Howlin' Wolf or something like that and, man, could he play the guitar! He busted out his guitar and played some great music for a few hours...
They had a bus. I can't recall what year. '71 maybe? And the bus was in great shape and they had wood floors.
They were on the road following The Dead who had been at Shoreline south of San Fran the night before. They were on their way to the Oregon show. They were traveling with a kayak, a dog and I'm guessing a fair amount of weed.
They would leave us toward the end of the night, in the darkness. They started up their bus and headed back to their site. No contact info exchanged. On Sunday we were headed back to jobs, they were headed to the next show...
They did take a piece of us with them. "Grif" picked a Bus City grab bag - as there were a few extras - and ended up picking the one bag with a special - the first ever made - "Big Blue is a Friend of Mine" t-shirt. He was happy to have it. And I'm glad at least a Big Blue t-shirt got to follow The Dead last summer...