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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 6:09 am    Post subject: Re: My 76 Sportsmobile roadtrips, projects, vanagon interior+mor Reply with quote

Starting with a couple super cool shots.. We drove hours and hours into the middle of BFE in Nebraska until finding a random field to park in and watch the total solar eclipse. Incredible.

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Highly necessary Nebraska lighthouse
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Weird small project.. I actually located some original Sportsmobile shag, and it cleaned up nicely. So out with the old and here's an action shot of going in with the new

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Extremely proud of this one, although the bus is currently packed (more on that later) so I can't grab a finished pic.. built a kitchen cabinet that houses the original Sportsmobile Norcold fridge and utilizes the same vanagon cabinet doors from the seat and closet build. It was of course stained to match. I will update with more pictures later..

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An awesome road trip to St Louis

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With some other cool sights along the way

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Replaced the starter after it went out at a VW show in Illinois

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We entered, and won, a lighted Christmas parade in our home town

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New front shift bushing, which of course came with removal, cleaning, regreasing, and adjustment of shifter stop plate, which made an insane amount of difference

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Came home to this one night.. nothing was missing so guess it could have been worse. Got a new piece of glass installed, plus an opportunity to break down and tighten up the window

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Under took the greasiest job known to man...

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And one of the scariest, as you never know what lurks beneath.. I was extremely lucky though.. As got can see my windshield seal was long past it's life span, and starting to show some scary stuff out the front.. so I finally pulled it. Some pitting and pinholes was all that was really found underneath. So instead of replacement, I opted to grind, sand, repair, prime, sand, (x about 7) paint, sand, paint, and install! I timed the windshield reinstall, and it went flawlessly.. 4 minutes!!

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:54 am    Post subject: Re: My 76 Sportsmobile roadtrips, projects, vanagon interior+mor Reply with quote

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Starting with a couple super cool shots.. We drove hours and hours into the middle of BFE in Nebraska until finding a random field to park in and watch the total solar eclipse. Incredible.

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Highly necessary Nebraska lighthouse
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Weird small project.. I actually located some original Sportsmobile shag, and it cleaned up nicely. So out with the old and here's an action shot of going in with the new

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Extremely proud of this one, although the bus is currently packed (more on that later) so I can't grab a finished pic.. built a kitchen cabinet that houses the original Sportsmobile Norcold fridge and utilizes the same vanagon cabinet doors from the seat and closet build. It was of course stained to match. I will update with more pictures later..

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An awesome road trip to St Louis

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With some other cool sights along the way

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Replaced the starter after it went out at a VW show in Illinois

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We entered, and won, a lighted Christmas parade in our home town

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New front shift bushing, which of course came with removal, cleaning, regreasing, and adjustment of shifter stop plate, which made an insane amount of difference

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Came home to this one night.. nothing was missing so guess it could have been worse. Got a new piece of glass installed, plus an opportunity to break down and tighten up the window

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Under took the greasiest job known to man...

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And one of the scariest, as you never know what lurks beneath.. I was extremely lucky though.. As got can see my windshield seal was long past it's life span, and starting to show some scary stuff out the front.. so I finally pulled it. Some pitting and pinholes was all that was really found underneath. So instead of replacement, I opted to grind, sand, repair, prime, sand, (x about 7) paint, sand, paint, and install! I timed the windshield reinstall, and it went flawlessly.. 4 minutes!!

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Now how is that you got 4 minute install and I got 2 hrs for mine. The one time I'd take a quickie over the longer the better. Wink amazing Tyler. You rock brother.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:36 am    Post subject: Re: My 76 Sportsmobile roadtrips, projects, vanagon interior+mor Reply with quote

Speaking of updates...


ROAD TRIP TIME!!

I'm currently writing this from my campsite in the Everglades. Got here without too much trouble, as far as a cross country VW trip goes.. I'll update more on that and throw in alot of pics shortly..
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:51 am    Post subject: Re: My 76 Sportsmobile roadtrips, projects, vanagon interior+mor Reply with quote

So the weather in Iowa sucks. So we decided to take off for a couple weeks and warm up. We decided to head towards Florida to surprise my girlfriend's brother for his birthday, which was on Friday the 16th. We left Iowa on Wednesday the 14th... Spoiler alert: we made it. Those were a couple very long days.

Day 1: we left Iowa on Wednesday and planned to just blow down the road without much for stopping. That quickly changed when I saw an injured deer on the side of the road, and contacted the police to come take care of it. An hour later they showed up.. Also this day was the windiest day I can remember for a long time, and we were driving straight into it. Gas mileage was down to 11 and we were running low. Decided to go off the road to Brandon, Iowa, home of Iowa's largest frying pan, and apparently a gas station that was out of gas. Ok cool.

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Back out the way we came, down the highway, and .9 miles from the gas station we run out.. So I start walking. And a state trooper picks me up and gives me a ride. Ok we're fueled up, time to go, only about 3 hours behind schedule now. Grab a quick bite to eat with my dad, who lives in St Louis, and blow on out of there

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Make it about another hour down the road, and pull into a truck stop to sleep for the night, but not before taking a picture with the world's largest ketchup bottle in Collinsville, Illinois

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Here's hoping day 2 is less eventful
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:54 am    Post subject: Re: My 76 Sportsmobile roadtrips, projects, vanagon interior+mor Reply with quote

How come in my daily updates I wasn't told about the out of gas moment! I thought we were close friends. Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:03 am    Post subject: Re: My 76 Sportsmobile roadtrips, projects, vanagon interior+mor Reply with quote

Road trip day 2:

Shifting was bothering me yesterday, so I wake up, adjust the clutch cable and shift plate, and we're off.

First stop: Shawnee National Forest, and the garden of the gods there. Crazy beautiful, and not what you think of when you think Illinois.

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On down the road, and apparently we end up taking a road that makes us take a ferry from Illinois into Kentucky. Cross that one off the list!
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Blow through Kentucky. On to Tennessee

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Try to make it to the Lodge cast iron factory and outlet store. But a semi forgot how to drive down 6% grades and burst into flames in front of us, so that set us back just a bit...

Dip into Alabama to say we did

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On into Georgia.
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Spot the weinermobile, take a picture, in the perfect parking spot, roar down the highway, and sleep at a Cabela's campground north of Atlanta

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Another long day down. We're ready for the days to get shorter and more relaxing at this point, that's for sure..
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:10 am    Post subject: Re: My 76 Sportsmobile roadtrips, projects, vanagon interior+mor Reply with quote

And we're off.

Spend a bit of time at Stone mountain
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See the world's largest peanut

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And holy shit, we made it to Florida. In a bus. In 3 days.

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Drove quite a bit, because of course he doesn't live anywhere near the border, checked out some springs, and made it to the party in time to drink several refreshing beverages

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The next day we took it easy. Took a day off from driving, and let our asses get back into the shape they are supposed to be. We also floated down the springs at Kelly Rock Springs state park. Not a bad Saturday.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:18 am    Post subject: Re: My 76 Sportsmobile roadtrips, projects, vanagon interior+mor Reply with quote

Spent the morning renting a pontoon boat and going swimming with Manatees at Crystal River, something we try to do as often as possible ever since I was young.

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We then continued down the Gulf Coast of Florida, and tackled the sunshine skyway bridge.

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And drove out to the end of the skyway pier to watch the sunset

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Then decided it was just beautiful enough that we should park right about here and sleep for the night

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:27 am    Post subject: Re: My 76 Sportsmobile roadtrips, projects, vanagon interior+mor Reply with quote

Today we drove out to Sanibel and Captiva, to swim, find shells, and take pics like this...

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That was hard to leave, but we did. And headed towards the Everglades. We entered at the NW, and drove it's entirety all the way to the SE. Driving (appropriately named) alligator Alley, Big Cypress preserve, and being pretty amazed by every minute of it


When getting out to take this picture, I then walked across the road and took a picture of an alligator. Then hopped in the bus, and it wouldn't start. In my nightmares of how I'd die, I hadn't thought about this one.. No worries, a battery cable had wiggled loose, so I sweat my ass off, jumped it from the other battery, and away we go
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We camped in the Everglades at Long Pine Key campground for the next 2 nights

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Right down the road from our campsite...

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:37 am    Post subject: Re: My 76 Sportsmobile roadtrips, projects, vanagon interior+mor Reply with quote

Day trip to the keys, and most importantly, the bus making it to the southernmost point!

Made a few stops on the way through the keys..
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7 mile bridge
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We made it!
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Stopped at the world's largest spiny lobster on the way back.. on Islamorada
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And the Kmart in Marathon lol
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Then it was back to the swamp for another night
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:57 am    Post subject: Re: My 76 Sportsmobile roadtrips, projects, vanagon interior+mor Reply with quote

Beautiful and stunning pictures Tyler. Glad to see you didn't get kidnapped last night after all.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 5:10 am    Post subject: Re: My 76 Sportsmobile roadtrips, projects, vanagon interior+mor Reply with quote

After our trip down to the keys, unfortunately the time had come to leave the swamp and head North up the Atlantic coast.

We first stopped at Biscayne national park
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Even though much of Miami is now pretty sketchy, we decided not to bypass it, and instead went in, and went to the Wynwood neighborhood, where you will find everyvsquare inch of every building on every block covered with art. Also the best tacos ever, and lots and lots of places to drink...




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Then while sitting at yet another brewery just around a corner from the last one, we realized we had nowhere to sleep, we we searched for wildlife management land, and found a free boondocking spot roughly 90 miles away. We went. And we were not disappointed.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 5:21 am    Post subject: Re: My 76 Sportsmobile roadtrips, projects, vanagon interior+mor Reply with quote

Another day of continuing to March up Florida's East coast..

Spent some time with rockets

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Spent some time enjoying the best view possible

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Spent some time at another brewery... And spent one last night at the gf's brother's house
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 5:29 am    Post subject: Re: My 76 Sportsmobile roadtrips, projects, vanagon interior+mor Reply with quote

Yesterday we woke up with a mission. A mission to get to Beaufort, SC to take a tour of the only kazoo factory in the US.. Yes, you heard me!

So we blew out of Florida.

We blew through Georgia, stopping quickly at the smallest church in America

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And we got to the kazoo factory at 4:01. They stop giving tours at 4. But it's almost like they rarely see people with our level of kazoo excitement, and they gave us one anyway. All jokes aside it was pretty fun, really quite informative, and you get to make your own kazoo at end end!


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We then took in a show, and a place to sleep

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And what was playing? A horror movie about a family getting murdered while on a road trip. Goodnight.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:43 am    Post subject: Re: My 76 Sportsmobile roadtrips, projects, vanagon interior+mor Reply with quote

We have been in the mountains for the last few days, which meant limited reception, so I'm a few days behind on updates. So here we go!

First thing in the morning we woke up and drove to John's Island, near Charlotte, SC to see the angel oak tree. Wow a big big majestic mother fucker that thing is

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And the roads around it weren't to ugly to drive either

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We then said, "hey let's take the backroads and see if we stumble across anything fun." So we did. And we found a flea market. Which we went to... I'll spare you the details, but it ends with, "hey let's get the hell out of this part of SC on the interstate now."

We stopped at this beast

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Then stopped at a winery, drank all the wine and called it a night..
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 5:02 am    Post subject: Re: My 76 Sportsmobile roadtrips, projects, vanagon interior+mor Reply with quote

Up and moving, let's cross another state off the list!

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We spent the next 2 nights at the Davidson River Campground in Pisgah National Forest

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What an incredible place. Miles and miles of trails, and mountain roads following rivers and waterfalls. It was only made more beautiful by the fact that it is spring, freezing cold, and usually so foggy that you can't see literally anything at all

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This park also has "easy" access (drive up a mountain) to the blue ridge parkway. Which I drove a ways, until it was closed, due to the fog..

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We took lots of short trips through the surrounding hollers (whoa..!) As well as to some other parks, beer joints, etc. We're definitely not complaining about our time spent here

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 5:23 am    Post subject: Re: My 76 Sportsmobile roadtrips, projects, vanagon interior+mor Reply with quote

Yesterday unfortunately the time had come to leave Pisgah. Which was ok, as that meant or was time to drive through Nantahala National Forest on our way to Smoky Mountain National Park

Randomly drove by this
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Drove around some barriers and broke some rules to capture this one..
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Nantahala was full of incredible waterfalls and was yet another beautiful drive on the long list of beautiful drives

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We then took some backroads on the way to Smoky Mountain Park so we could stumble across gems like these

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(Wreckage from the train vs bus crash scene from The Fugitive, which is still laying out in the woods)
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And we made it to the park

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Where we were greeted by elk

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Ridiculous scenery

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Incredible views while driving up the mountains

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And no views from the tops of them. Because like before, spring is extra smoky in the Smoky mountains

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 6:32 am    Post subject: Re: My 76 Sportsmobile roadtrips, projects, vanagon interior+mor Reply with quote

The smoky mountains in that area might be my favorite part of the USA. (but I haven't been to all of it yet) Keep the pictures coming, and continue having a blast!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:19 am    Post subject: Re: My 76 Sportsmobile roadtrips, projects, vanagon interior+mor Reply with quote

Great trip. I would love to see a map showing the route you have taken.

Looks like you hit every thread on the samba....pics with graffitti, pics with large landmarks, state road signs, bus with brews, Bus in bus parking only
etc etc etc.

Keep it up.
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TweedLinn
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:29 am    Post subject: Re: My 76 Sportsmobile roadtrips, projects, vanagon interior+mor Reply with quote

panic_fan wrote:
Great trip. I would love to see a map showing the route you have taken.

Looks like you hit every thread on the samba....pics with graffitti, pics with large landmarks, state road signs, bus with brews, Bus in bus parking only
etc etc etc.

Keep it up.


Don't worry I'll upload them to those threads too Smile (I started the roadside attractions one lol)

I'll upload the map when I'm home, thankfully creepy ass Google keeps track of every square inch I travel, so I have some incredible maps!
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