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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

just keeps getting better Razz
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 5:18 pm    Post subject: Oil Sender Reply with quote

What is it with those oil senders? After my maiden voyage to Regina and back I had to replace mine in the Bug. Mad
Awesome pics. Hope to see it at the show in Calgary. Pray
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I agree 100% Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

VIP parking at the transporter museum Laughing

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We needed to change some tires before the trip home, as the rears were almost gone from toe-in. I knew from the alignment guy that this might be a problem, but did not have time to correct the issue before leaving. George was happy to give us a hand Monday morning. Thanks again!

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This was just from the way down, they were new when we left.
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Gassed up, and back on the road. We decided to take the more scenic HWY 101. It turned out to be a bit of a nightmare, so we actually headed back the way we came loosing a few hours in the process. Oh well, we got some decent ocean shots, just after Malibu beach.

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Back on the road. Spent the night in Mesquite, NV. Kind of an old peoples watered-down version of Vegas. Lots of pastel colors and soft food.
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More fun with iPhone apps. Speedometer.

Cruising speed roughly 74-75MPH
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Damn, chicks just won't leave me alone. Laughing
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Top speed. I'm sure she had a bit more in her. 84MPH.
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Sound level 95 DB
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Beaver, Utah.

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Montana. The start of the storm that lasted until we got home.

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Well, that's basically it.

My goal behind this whole build was to make it to California and back in an old aircooled VW, and I decided last October that this would be the most challenging one I could build. I've tried to make the trip twice in the past, once in a 59 single cab and in 08' in my 60' 23 window but both of those attempts somehow had involvement from a tow-truck Embarassed .

By the time we got home, we were all soaking wet, Roberta's nose was full of rock-chips and a scuff mark underneath from a tire shuck somewhere in the desert, and Trevo and I might need some chiropractic help. All part of actually driving the bus.

I can't thank everyone enough who helped me along the way, and if I didn't mention you here, you certainly know who you are. It was awesome to meet some of the people who read along with the build, and provided comments along the way. I hope everyone enjoyed this as much as I did.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome job Ken, as always.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice pics
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool one of the Best threads in a while Glad the trip went well . Any future plans with the van and of course what s the next project . Really cool to see that kind of milage done I bet your back is sore .Later
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 17, 2010 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome pics.

95 dB for 1600 miles... x2. Wow.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 12:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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wow. stunning.

nice job setting and completing your goal.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 4:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats on the build and the trip, really great stuff!
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My wife has a pair of capri shorts like those, while in California you should have scored some baggies Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ken & Trevor, it was nice to meet you at Chuck D's post-classic OCTO party. Great work on the build and congratulations on the sucessful trip. I hope to see you two out at the Seattle Vintage Meet weekend this year.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ive been blown away completly

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My wife has a pair of capri shorts like those, while in California you should have scored some baggies Wink


Yes John but does your wife have a "I Love Beaver" shirt like Ken's?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely fantastic! Glad you had a successful trip
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My wife has a pair of capri shorts like those, while in California you should have scored some baggies Wink


Yes John but does your wife have a "I Love Beaver" shirt like Ken's?
No, her shirt says "I like Irish sausage" Very Happy
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Concept1 wrote:
VIP parking at the transporter museum Laughing

We needed to change some tires before the trip home, as the rears were almost gone from toe-in. I knew from the alignment guy that this might be a problem, but did not have time to correct the issue before leaving. George was happy to give us a hand Monday morning. Thanks again!

Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.

This was just from the way down, they were new when we left.

Gassed up, and back on the road. We decided to take the more scenic HWY 101. It turned out to be a bit of a nightmare, so we actually headed back the way we came loosing a few hours in the process. Oh well, we got some decent ocean shots, just after Malibu beach.


Back on the road. Spent the night in Mesquite, NV. Kind of an old peoples watered-down version of Vegas. Lots of pastel colors and soft food.

More fun with iPhone apps. Speedometer.

Cruising speed roughly 74-75MPH

Sound level 95 DB
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Beaver, Utah.

Montana. The start of the storm that lasted until we got home.


Well, that's basically it.

My goal behind this whole build was to make it to California and back in an old aircooled VW, and I decided last October that this would be the most challenging one I could build. I've tried to make the trip twice in the past, once in a 59 single cab and in 08' in my 60' 23 window but both of those attempts somehow had involvement from a tow-truck Embarassed .

By the time we got home, we were all soaking wet, Roberta's nose was full of rock-chips and a scuff mark underneath from a tire shuck somewhere in the desert, and Trevo and I might need some chiropractic help. All part of actually driving the bus.

I can't thank everyone enough who helped me along the way, and if I didn't mention you here, you certainly know who you are. It was awesome to meet some of the people who read along with the build, and provided comments along the way. I hope everyone enjoyed this as much as I did.

Ken


Nice, george is a cool dude. Glad i got to meet em this weekend, through crazy circumstances but afterward the world was back to normal.
And again, nice to have met you ken. And i cant beleive you guys put up with 95 db all the way here and back. id have tossed a comforter back there or something, your gonna be fully deaf...lol.
For the 100th time but never getting old, great job and sick ass bus. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thought it was best of show! very nice Cool
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hello ken, well done on the trip and resto.... fantastic Wink

and just read your build thread...from start to finish...... awesome!!!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm kinda sad it's over. At least until the trip report for when you make it down to Bulli Brigade! Very Happy
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