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DadaCheese
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:02 pm    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

You know how it is when you find you have a lot of random VW pictures
on your phone and/or camera, and you realize there's no real context to post them?


Well; this is one of those.

Random Photo Crap and Last Two Jalousie Windows Refreshed and Put In

Where to start?

How about some random stuff?

Here's Barbi in a Bay-Window at a thrift shop:

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Here's a Kiddie Split-Window Bus Carnival Ride that was at a Community Fair in El Cerrito, CA:

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Here we have a 1946 Type 11 Saloon VW Bug which is part of the Nethercutt Museum & Collection (in Sylmar, CA not far from the southern side of the Grapevine).
https://www.nethercuttcollection.org/Visitor.aspx

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Back in September or October some dear friends of ours gifted us the Lego Camper set, and on eBay I picked up the after-market LED lights for it too:

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Here's another random thing... back when we did our cross-country trip, our fuel pump went out. I replaced it with the after-market Chinese spare I had with me. In case THAT one went out, Abscate (Samba Member/friend), lent us one as a spare when we visited him and his family.
Thanks to his kindness, I had been meaning to get it refurbished for him before returning it. Here's the before and after, the refurb work was done by Bill (Wcfvw69 on TheSamba)
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More random junk; the new Porsche I picked up last year for $1 at a grocery store:

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WINDOWS

Of the five Jaloise Windows on "The Toaster" I restored three (a few years back) and have been lazy about doing the last two.
I took advantage of this "lazy" approach and am VERY pleased to have sent them to Bobby (aka fotoroadie on TheSamba) to do the restoration work on them.
I'm VERY pleased with the work Bobby did.

Here's a before and after:
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...so I FINALLY also got around to putting them onto/into The Toaster.

Before:
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During:
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LAST RANDOM Bits of Junk for this post...

Kathy and I were in San Jose, California this past weekend at a Flea Market.
As an impulse buy, I picked up this fun rechargable Blue Tooth/FM/Media Player/Speaker.

They only had Blue and White (I would have bought green if I could).

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The Bus details on this are hilarious and odd. The side vent and gas fill cover are cast into the plastic on both sides of the bus as part of the clear plastic overlay, just as the windshield wipers and arms are.

As far as simple BlueTooth speakers go, this one is great. Removable rechargeable battery (you can also charge it while it is in the device), there's hilarious flashing LED lights that you can turn on and off, and considering it has sockets for just about all kinds of media as well, it's a great little speaker/device.

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Here's a 2-minute YouTube link showing me connecting the BlueTooth from my phone and turning on the LED lights.


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....and the last random photos I found on my phone/camera from the last couple months...

Some fabric on a pillow at a couch store in Oakland, CA:
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A fun T-shirt seen at the San Jose Flea Market on Saturday, meant to resemble a Mexican Loteria game card:

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...and ending with Split Buses...
Some stickers on a Register at an antique shop in Petaluma, CA.

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I hope everyone is out and about in their buses.
I'm getting ready for California's Spring, and I hope we'll be seeing many of you at meets and cruises and just generally out on the road.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:08 pm    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

Sweeeet Sea Blue bluetooth speaker! San Jose Fleamarket here I come!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 12:39 pm    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

volkswagen60 wrote:
Sweeeet Sea Blue bluetooth speaker! San Jose Fleamarket here I come!


I haven't checked, but who knows; you might find it on-line.
Here's more info. to search for it:

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 2:03 pm    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

Thanks. I'm overdue for a SJ fleamarket trip anyways Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:04 pm    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

DadaCheese wrote:
Here's a Kiddie Split-Window Bus Carnival Ride that was at a Community Fair in El Cerrito, CA:

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I'd ride that!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:38 am    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

Overdue thank you to you and Mrs Cheese , and toBill, for that fine piece of workmanship of the fuel pump I received in gift.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:35 am    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

EverettB wrote:
DadaCheese wrote:
Here's a Kiddie Split-Window Bus Carnival Ride that was at a Community Fair in El Cerrito, CA:

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I'd ride that!



Hi Bryce & Kathy!

Hell, I want one of those for my backyard!

You remember my 'tin-top" Westy during your visit? Well, after over 25 years of procrastinating, it now looks like this:

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I had to do it! Will I see you guys out at the upcoming Kelley Park weekend?

Bill & Kathryn

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2020 11:06 am    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

BulliBill wrote:
Will I see you guys out at the upcoming Kelley Park weekend?

Bill


Bill,

Your "Tin Top" is looking SO fantastic.
Super excited that you've been working on this amazing project.
Will you be bringing it out for Kelly Park, or are you flying in to California?

YES; Kathy and I are planning on being at Kelly Park this year, and we can't wait to see you.

As always; should you need/want a place to stay or visit in the north part of the East Bay, you're always welcome at our place.


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Yesterday morning (Friday, February 21st, 2020) I was in Sacramento being reunited with The Toaster.

This snap-shot phone photo shows a beam of light illuminating The Toaster after having had some work done...

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Kombi Haus, Justin (its owner) and their entire team are such wonderful people who have on several occasions now helped get The Toaster dialed in for me with such concern and care for details that put my own meager skills to shame.

I'll need to find time to take some photos of the work completed, but our last heater boxes (the Danish reproduction after-market type) just never worked well or correctly. It was time to get Kombi Haus involved since we just couldn't get it dialed in.
Not only did they source some OEM boxes in fantastic shape that they had for The Toaster (ones that Justin said/joked that he had half-wished he had kept/used for his own Westfalia). I had been gathering additional parts such as clean/refurbished heat exchanger tubes etc. The Toaster's exhaust (which was not terribly old) also needed to be replaced; as it was already rusting through...

Each year; something new, something refurbished, something corrected.
SO nice to NOT have the heat "on" although it was was turned off (air had been continually leaking through the Danish repro's we had previously since the control flaps never closed correctly).

Sure, The Toaster has plenty of things (particularly paint/body work/1980's spots of Bondo, etc.) that I'd love to have repaired/fixed/improved, but over the past several years the main focus is/has always been to USE The Toaster often and well, and these projects of dialing in the "stock" nature of the engine, and the heater boxes and such are the most practical ways to make driving it such a joy.

Couldn't stop smiling driving home from Sacramento, passing gigantic RVs on the freeway while thinking about how Volkswagen's Buses offer plenty enough room to bring more than you'd ever need for a drive, a camping trip or a road trip.

Hope everyone is out enjoying their buses this weekend; thanks for reading through my rambling.
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