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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bret,

Please let Mike know that he is in our families prayers. The VW community is a small one, but the one thing that's always kept me around is the camaraderie that the members have for one another.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, im truly sorry to see, and hear about the accident. As fun as it is to drive a vintage vw, this type of thing, while driving is always in the back of my mind.
A speedy recovery to you, hopefully you will be able to get back behind the wheel of a vw real soon. Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Best of luck Mike. I hope for a speedy recovery.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks bad. I was waiting for Mike on Saturday night to hangout with him and his wife. He never showed up and I thought something must have come up. When i first got word if I heard what happened to Mike my heart stopped because normally an intro like that to a phone call under the circumstances does not have a happy ending. Im just glad the guy is alive. Him and his wife are really nice people you look forward to spending time with....

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi everyone. Mike Gamblin here. First of all, I want to thank the air cooled VW community for being so close. When my VW friends found out what had happened, they not only checked on me, but in my wife as well. She was not with me when it happened but has gone through it all with me. My car is a '59 ORIGINAL RAGTOP, (meaning, it was not "turned into" a ragtop later on in life by some welding and painting.) Has a 1200 cc motor which amazed people to see because of the size of motorcycle engines these days. I had no gas tank indicator because all they had in 1959 was a reserve tank to let you know it was time to get more gas. I had a Bernahrd Korner roof rack that looked absolutely amazing on it with the ragtop back. I had 5 spoke Empi's on it because when I was a kid, THOSE were cool. I had the eyelids and original AM radio wired up in it and I was still running 6v. Not a whole lot of people were into that vintage of a look but I would get so many compliments at shows for doing it that way. I loved that car! It is my second beetle and it was so long between the two, I'm just trying to explore the possibilities. No matter what happens though, I'm taking everything off her. Maybe buy another or explore the opportunities still with her. Thanks for all of the input on saving her as I kind figured she was gone but know more than a few of you have started out with goners. It makes me sad to think this little car managed to survive 53 years only to have a a VW lover like me, kill her.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mikegamblin wrote:
VW lover like me, kill her.


You didnt kill her... The guy that caused the accident did! She did all she could to protect you. Good luck on the rebuild.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mikegamblin wrote:
Hi everyone. Mike Gamblin here. First of all, I want to thank the air cooled VW community for being so close. When my VW friends found out what had happened, they not only checked on me, but in my wife as well. She was not with me when it happened but has gone through it all with me. My car is a '59 ORIGINAL RAGTOP, (meaning, it was not "turned into" a ragtop later on in life by some welding and painting.) Has a 1200 cc motor which amazed people to see because of the size of motorcycle engines these days. I had no gas tank indicator because all they had in 1959 was a reserve tank to let you know it was time to get more gas. I had a Bernahrd Korner roof rack that looked absolutely amazing on it with the ragtop back. I had 5 spoke Empi's on it because when I was a kid, THOSE were cool. I had the eyelids and original AM radio wired up in it and I was still running 6v. Not a whole lot of people were into that vintage of a look but I would get so many compliments at shows for doing it that way. I loved that car! It is my second beetle and it was so long between the two, I'm just trying to explore the possibilities. No matter what happens though, I'm taking everything off her. Maybe buy another or explore the opportunities still with her. Thanks for all of the input on saving her as I kind figured she was gone but know more than a few of you have started out with goners. It makes me sad to think this little car managed to survive 53 years only to have a a VW lover like me, kill her.



Hi Mike. I'm Eric. I'm very glad you're ok. Looking at those photos, I could not believe the damage to the front end. It's a scary thing. My wife and I both are very glad you are ok. Please let us know if you need anything.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow....Glad to hear you are "ok"..

Best of luck to a speedy recovery... We'll keep you and yours in our thoughts.....Take care.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a great attitude you have. Here's to a speedy recovery.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update!

Mike is going home today! Dancing

And he just informed me that he is going to Bugorama this weekend. d'oh!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BretAZ wrote:
Update!

Mike is going home today! Dancing

And he just informed me that he is going to Bugorama this weekend. d'oh!


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And he is getting a pretty sweet deal from his insurance co., so he wants to be back in a VdUb very very soon...
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

j8bug wrote:
And he is getting a pretty sweet deal from his insurance co., so he wants to be back in a VdUb very very soon...


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking back at this, 2 years later, I am taken back to a time when I didn't know what I was going to do next. Walking was a long road, but I did. In fact, I had another bug before I was out of the hospital. If anyone that posted on here still reads this, thanks for your thoughts and prayers. It obviously meant something and thank you Brett. In the Phoenix vw scene it's easy to get lost. P.S., not only did i get another beetle, but my wife did too. Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 12:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to hear all is well. And better Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't believe that was 2 years ago. Glad to see you still have a bug and moving fwd. Safe travels and all the best!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Truly Amazing!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW!

I have never seen this thread before but that's amazing! Surviving something like that and all the perseverance during recovery is an inspiration to me and I probably can safely say most everyone else.

Its great to see that you are back into a car that you love and the garage pic is awesome! Enjoy life and your VW's you have earned it!
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