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PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:35 am    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

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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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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: 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: Mon Jan 27, 2020 8:04 pm    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

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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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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 12:39 pm    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

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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 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 12:02 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.

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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: Thu Oct 31, 2019 7:27 pm    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

ronjonlasvegas wrote:
Lind wrote:
DadaCheese wrote:
ronjonlasvegas wrote:

Thanks for posting the photos up. I need to make it to a SOTO meet.

I love the SWR double door standard sunroof bus. What a rare bus. Did you talk to the owner? I would love to see the M code plate for this one and hear the story of how it was found.

Ron, regretfully I didn't get the chance to talk to the owner in any depth (to be honest, I was a little confused as to who the owner was, I should have asked. A guy was sitting in the bus and I was expressing my admiration to him, but there was a woman standing nearby who I believe IS the owner, and the guy was jokingly pretending to be when I complimented the bus.
Perhaps she (or the guy), or someone else who knows can chime in and let us all know.

Michelle owns the bus. Richard is her husband, and also an old school bus enthusiast.

That bus is on of the top ten buses in the world. To say it is a monster bus is an understatement. It has three huge special options each of which on their own would qualify it as a monster bus, and the condition is phenomenal as well. I had the pleasure of visiting them and driving the bus last august, and it is even better than it looks in photos, and definitely has found the right home.


Lind, thanks for the information. You say the bus has three special options now you have me curious. What is the third one? Obvious that the sunroof and double doors are the first two.


Pretty sure the third rare option is the color. Almost all of the 59-61 standard micro buses are mango. This one was ordered beige grey/sealing wax red. The interior is the same as a mango bus.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 3:07 pm    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

Lind wrote:
DadaCheese wrote:
ronjonlasvegas wrote:

Thanks for posting the photos up. I need to make it to a SOTO meet.

I love the SWR double door standard sunroof bus. What a rare bus. Did you talk to the owner? I would love to see the M code plate for this one and hear the story of how it was found.

Ron, regretfully I didn't get the chance to talk to the owner in any depth (to be honest, I was a little confused as to who the owner was, I should have asked. A guy was sitting in the bus and I was expressing my admiration to him, but there was a woman standing nearby who I believe IS the owner, and the guy was jokingly pretending to be when I complimented the bus.
Perhaps she (or the guy), or someone else who knows can chime in and let us all know.

Michelle owns the bus. Richard is her husband, and also an old school bus enthusiast.

That bus is on of the top ten buses in the world. To say it is a monster bus is an understatement. It has three huge special options each of which on their own would qualify it as a monster bus, and the condition is phenomenal as well. I had the pleasure of visiting them and driving the bus last august, and it is even better than it looks in photos, and definitely has found the right home.


Lind, thanks for the information. You say the bus has three special options now you have me curious. What is the third one? Obvious that the sunroof and double doors are the first two.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 2:39 pm    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

Thanks for the info DadaCheese I will never complain of all the rain we have here in the east again. My immediate family live in the bay area and around central California as we wait daily for updates. Eventually I'll move back as my heart remains in CA although I'm not sure how to ever figure out where is a "safe location" now. Stay safe.

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Love it when I get to use The Toaster for work, or, in this case, to help out for Kathy's work.

We picked up photos from the printer and brought them to Kathy's office near Oakland's City Hall.

Also, great that "the black box" (9-pin blinker box) has been reproduced for many years now and that The Toaster's hazards work.

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Have you considered simply starting with a nicer bus? I don't know what your skills are, but the race is easier if you can see the finish line. If you are not a runner, don't start off doing a marathon.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 2:29 pm    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

I wish there was a sticky for rare buses, thanks Lind for the details. Are you saying Richard, Michelle's husband is into typical school buses or VW School Buses? I would love a VW school bus, as a teacher my students would love to see me pull up in one. Cool

Lind wrote:
DadaCheese wrote:
ronjonlasvegas wrote:

Thanks for posting the photos up. I need to make it to a SOTO meet.

I love the SWR double door standard sunroof bus. What a rare bus. Did you talk to the owner? I would love to see the M code plate for this one and hear the story of how it was found.

Ron, regretfully I didn't get the chance to talk to the owner in any depth (to be honest, I was a little confused as to who the owner was, I should have asked. A guy was sitting in the bus and I was expressing my admiration to him, but there was a woman standing nearby who I believe IS the owner, and the guy was jokingly pretending to be when I complimented the bus.
Perhaps she (or the guy), or someone else who knows can chime in and let us all know.

Michelle owns the bus. Richard is her husband, and also an old school bus enthusiast.

That bus is on of the top ten buses in the world. To say it is a monster bus is an understatement. It has three huge special options each of which on their own would qualify it as a monster bus, and the condition is phenomenal as well. I had the pleasure of visiting them and driving the bus last august, and it is even better than it looks in photos, and definitely has found the right home.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:46 am    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

Love it when I get to use The Toaster for work, or, in this case, to help out for Kathy's work.

We picked up photos from the printer and brought them to Kathy's office near Oakland's City Hall.

Also, great that "the black box" (9-pin blinker box) has been reproduced for many years now and that The Toaster's hazards work.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:15 am    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

Lind wrote:
Michelle owns the bus. Richard is her husband, and also an old school bus enthusiast...
...I had the pleasure of visiting them and driving the bus last august, and it is even better than it looks in photos, and definitely has found the right home.


Lind, Thanks for the intel! So great to know that it's in the hands of great folks. I'm only sorry I didn't have the chance to speak to them longer.

LAGrunthaner wrote:
Wow great buses and very scary fire, is fire that close to the Bay Area common? Be safe.


Linda, yeah; it's been a little nuts around here (in California).
To answer your question; NO, fires so close to the Bay Area historically have not been common, with a few exceptions (the great San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906, and the more recent Oakland Firestorm of 1991 come to mind).

With very, very dry drought years, much of California becomes like a tinderbox nowadays.
Typically in October the "Santa Ana" winds attack southern California, and up here near the Bay Area we have the "Diablo" winds, both of which are fast and hot. Any start of a fire becomes super dangerous in these conditions, spreading both flames and embers quickly and far.

PG&E in the northern part of the state has been turning off power during the winds so that their aging, unsafe power lines don't spark any fires. This means that customers are/have been without power from as little as 1/2 a day up to an entire week.
Naturally this is very difficult for anyone of lesser means since it causes food spoilage, closes down businesses and services and the ability to work, prevents cell phone use (since the cell towers then also do not have power), and anyone with health issues that require electric devices are also left in the lurch. Not to mention heating your home, or food preparation without power...

So far, the intentional power outages have been much wider-spread than the fires.

That's a lot to say that no, typically we have not had fires so close to the Bay Area, but there have been power outages in parts of Berkeley and definitely in the Oakland Hills. So far (this go-round) Kathy and I at our home in Richmond, and our work places (in Richmond and Oakland) have not been affected, but co-employees homes have been without power for days now.
The "Bay Area" its self with the exception of a few smaller fires that were extinguished, there has not been any fires in the larger metropolitan areas of the Bay.

...but to better and nicer thoughts: Volkswagens.

If I had one of these I'd be out there helping against the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County:

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Meanwhile, we continue to house people who were evacuated from the Sonoma County area.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:30 am    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

DadaCheese wrote:
ronjonlasvegas wrote:

Thanks for posting the photos up. I need to make it to a SOTO meet.

I love the SWR double door standard sunroof bus. What a rare bus. Did you talk to the owner? I would love to see the M code plate for this one and hear the story of how it was found.

Ron, regretfully I didn't get the chance to talk to the owner in any depth (to be honest, I was a little confused as to who the owner was, I should have asked. A guy was sitting in the bus and I was expressing my admiration to him, but there was a woman standing nearby who I believe IS the owner, and the guy was jokingly pretending to be when I complimented the bus.
Perhaps she (or the guy), or someone else who knows can chime in and let us all know.

Michelle owns the bus. Richard is her husband, and also an old school bus enthusiast.

That bus is on of the top ten buses in the world. To say it is a monster bus is an understatement. It has three huge special options each of which on their own would qualify it as a monster bus, and the condition is phenomenal as well. I had the pleasure of visiting them and driving the bus last august, and it is even better than it looks in photos, and definitely has found the right home.
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Wow great buses and very scary fire, is fire that close to the Bay Area common? Be safe.
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DadaCheese wrote:
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The 1960 Double Door Sunroof Standard is a Bus that was found and fixed up in AZ by user . . .

He sold it a few years ago.
I'm not sure who owns it now.


Thanks Everett!
It was a real treat to see it at the meet.
Likely/hopefully it will be at more meets nearby again soon.

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Thanks for the updated information and the extra pictures. I hope to see tha bus in person one of these days.
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The 1960 Double Door Sunroof Standard is a Bus that was found and fixed up in AZ by user . . .

He sold it a few years ago.
I'm not sure who owns it now.


Thanks Everett!
It was a real treat to see it at the meet.
Likely/hopefully it will be at more meets nearby again soon.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2019 8:56 am    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

The 1960 Double Door Sunroof Standard is a Bus that was found and fixed up in AZ by user DSweinhagen

Some more pics under this search:
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He sold it a few years ago.
I'm not sure who owns it now.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2019 8:26 am    Post subject: Re: "The Toaster" ~ Personal History and restoration Reply with quote

ronjonlasvegas wrote:

Thanks for posting the photos up. I need to make it to a SOTO meet.

I love the SWR double door standard sunroof bus. What a rare bus. Did you talk to the owner? I would love to see the M code plate for this one and hear the story of how it was found.

Ron, regretfully I didn't get the chance to talk to the owner in any depth (to be honest, I was a little confused as to who the owner was, I should have asked. A guy was sitting in the bus and I was expressing my admiration to him, but there was a woman standing nearby who I believe IS the owner, and the guy was jokingly pretending to be when I complimented the bus.
Perhaps she (or the guy), or someone else who knows can chime in and let us all know.

Yes, come on out to some of the SOTO or other meets out this way. Would love to see your double-cab; Deutsche Bunderspost yellow is a favorite color of mine for buses.
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[quote="DadaCheese"]S.O.T.O. Fall meet, Sun. Oct 27th, 2019
American River Parkway - William B. Pond Recreation Area
5700 Arden Way, Carmichael, CA 95608

Another great SOTO meet; might be the last show or gathering "The Toaster" makes it to until the new year.

Many of the buses I've had the honor of seeing before and some that I hadn't. Two new-to-me ones that I really enjoyed were this lovely double-door Samba complete with the proper middle-seat (fold-forward edge seat on both sides)
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Thanks for posting the photos up. I need to make it to a SOTO meet.

I love the SWR double door standard sunroof bus. What a rare bus. Did you talk to the owner? I would love to see the M code plate for this one and hear the story of how it was found.
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