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kombisutra Thu Sep 08, 2011 10:05 am

Stay strong Jim. New beginnings are huge, but clearing the fog may require a long drive. Pack the contingency tools and keep them oiled. It's not just making it to the top of the mountain that counts, those tools will help you get down the other side. Grieving for you out here.

You've got a place in Northern California if that's required.

dawerks Thu Sep 08, 2011 2:32 pm

Who would take a man's metal?

crofty Thu Sep 08, 2011 2:36 pm

dawerks wrote: Who would take a man's metal?

Mothers.

Mother Nature. Mother of your Kids and Mother fckrs!

zuhaelter_82 Thu Sep 08, 2011 2:40 pm

I really want to see this thing finished. Hang in there... Most of all, I am sorry to hear about the cat. :cry:

kanniff Thu Sep 08, 2011 3:02 pm

Have a friend "steal them" then give them back after your divorce so you can fisnish this thing up!

StockNazi Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:13 am

sorry to hear this jim,

this thread was very motivateing to say the least

hope things work out for you in the end

LocoPedro Sat Sep 24, 2011 6:10 pm

Hey Jim, hope all works out for the best.....

I went through this 6 years ago, I became so depressed that I practically gave all my projects away, 71 ghia, '60 bug conv., 57 chevy apache.

One good thing I did was giving/loaning my tools to my friends. was able to get them back....
Its 6 years later, I re-married, got a new garage/home, 57 oval, 66 deluxe bus, and happier than I ever was in my previous marriage.

One thing I learned from this ordeal was that by staying focused and true to myself , I got through it, and back to a great place.

Keep strong man

h8rviol8r Sun Sep 25, 2011 10:30 am

Hang in there Brother! I too have been through the same ordeal, 7yrs ago. As others are saying and as crazy as it all sounds there right. I sold my project to a very close friend of mine. It was an "all out sale" everything related to the project went with it, in an effort to "make things easier for her" by liquidating assets. I went over this with my attorney as well who suggested I get a noterized bill of sale. It works just need the paper trail to cover all angles.
In the end none of it all mattered though. I was prepared to lose everything and give whatever she wanted to keep my daughter and I together, we prevailed!

It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything.
Tyler Durden

mr white Sun Sep 25, 2011 12:13 pm

Keep your head up Jim!! Do not let her bring you down! There will be another. Only time can heal your pain. Focus on something positive and stay with it. Your bus is great and you are doing a fine job on it. Hang in there man,we are with you!!

Riqs57 Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:51 am

What ever happened to Jim? How are you doing?

buck Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:47 am

Jim has not given up on his bus! He will stay with it and see it through like any proper long term project. I had the privilege of meeting Jim yesterday and was able to hook him up with a decent nose clip for his bus so he is one step further along with it. Best of luck to ya!

StockNazi Mon Jul 29, 2013 2:13 pm

buck wrote: Jim has not given up on his bus! He will stay with it and see it through like any proper long term project. I had the privilege of meeting Jim yesterday and was able to hook him up with a decent nose clip for his bus so he is one step further along with it. Best of luck to ya!
good to hear

MrBusCo Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:58 pm

StockNazi wrote: buck wrote: Jim has not given up on his bus! He will stay with it and see it through like any proper long term project. I had the privilege of meeting Jim yesterday and was able to hook him up with a decent nose clip for his bus so he is one step further along with it. Best of luck to ya!
good to hear

Thats great!

eastcoast63 Sat Aug 10, 2013 3:22 pm

Just found this thread looking for inspiration to get to welding on my bus, sorry to hear the bad news, or good, depends on how you look at it. Best of luck, ive been there too, not married but long term relationships and then boom, you're done. Looking back now, it was the best thing that ever happened to me, happier now, more than ever. Even have a wife that loves my hobby and my kid loves my bus! Keep your head up dude, some of the best times of your life are awaiting you...

and thanks for the thread, i just got some Gerson metal and can't wait to get started...

Ant

srfndoc Mon Dec 22, 2014 9:27 pm

Any update on this Westy?

easy e Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:23 am

So where's the 'ol westy at the days Jim? We're all wondering what's been cookin'. Three & a half years is a long update span!

vws-microcars4jim Mon Feb 02, 2015 11:11 am

Yeah, I may never again post an update on this thread, so don't get your hopes up.

I have not worked on the bus. It reminds me of my wife and Neal, which I don't like to think about. I have dwelled on hating them for a long time, and while I know it is unhealthy, moving on is difficult.

If I do work on the bus again I will likely not share it on a forum where someone I loathe so much frequents.

otahuhu Mon Feb 02, 2015 3:46 pm

It seems as though ironically you and the bus are in a similar state of affairs. At the expense of sounding like a total nut, your bus can be great and loyal friend. (I'm sure there are plenty on here who know were I am coming from) perhaps, the best thing you can do, would be to finish the bus and hit the road camping, as you planed to do initially! There is nothing like keeping active and an adventure to take your mind of things. Dont let the actions of a few define your life, clearly you have other supporters/friends on this site... kia kaha (stay strong)

easy e Mon Feb 02, 2015 4:31 pm

^^ Sage advice
The best revenge you can exact on someone... is to have a good life.
another flip-side view...
The only people you should worry about getting even with... are the ones that have done something nice for you.

Leads me to one of my favorite humbling yet uplifting poems to share with you.... "Desiderata"

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

nineteensixtyfiveVG Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:22 pm

did this bus ever get finished?



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