Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Now I am saving the best for last. This was by far my favorite ride at the show .......... a 1940 Chopped Merc. This ride was the SHIT and it stood out like a sore thumb!!!!
Monday, December 09, 2013
For those of you who were scared away by the rain/cold or the long lines to get it!? You missed out! Or if you have never attended this event? You are definitely missing out. This event is held every December at the Irwindale Speed Way, and draws out the finest vintage rides So Cali has to offer. This show is mostly vintage American custom vehicles, but you do get some VW's and lowriders who attend. This year there were tons! Any hoot, make plans to come out ....... the pictures speak millions of words.
Monday, December 02, 2013
If you are down for bombs, low riders, VW's, Viclas and a good time??? Hit the Dino's Bomb Squad car shows! Any of the shows these guys put on is a good turn out. Best of the best, and for a good cause.
Sunday, December 01, 2013
This morning I decided to get up early and throw down with the engine compartment to getting it ready for the engine installment. This this beetle is original paint, I figured the engine compartment should clean up fairly well. So I did some experimenting and this is so far what I came up with. I figure the engine compartment should get this type of treatment since everything else is. It would be a shame to open up the engine decklid to see this super bad ass and detailed engine with the outer pars all dirty. So I will sort this out.
I also cleaned up and polished a few other spots. Looks like this beast will clean up nicely. But lots of work still ahead.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Most folks spent their entire day stuffing their faces during Turkey Day. I spent most of it mounting the rubber inserts for the pop top and mounting the rear luggage portion of the pop top. Boy, what a bitch this was. Yeah, yeah ....... I complain but remember, this is all foreign to me. But do able. Oh, I also installed the new reproduction Wolfsburg West side mirrors, until I find some super cherry ones or NOS ones? But these will work just fine for the time being. I also gave the original antenna a major cleaning and it turned out super nice.
SHIT!!!!!!!! This thing is coming along.
Friday, November 29, 2013
After several months of collecting pieces for this engine, cleaning and what ........... it's done! George Schmidt of the World Famous BUTCHER SHOP, has out done himself yet again! The engine turned out WAY nicer then what I expected. This guy is the best due to his skilled craftsmanship and detailed work, he is also known for not cutting any corners. A majority of the heavy hitters use George for either their vintage or fast engine needs. Needless to say transmission and front end work as well.
Now that I have this bad ass super clean engine, new transmission with powder coated axles, all new brake components (all powder coated & hardware plated), brake lines and the Porsche Alloys. Now I need to sort out the front beam. This little 1963 Beetle will most likely turn out nicer then what I'm thinking??
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Mooneyes has one in Japón and one here in Sur Califas. The show held in Southern California is out doors and at the Irwindale Speedway. Hopefully it doesn't rain, but it does get a bit of cold. Anyhoot, I registered a while back and just received my entrance ticket and information. This is a very cool show to attend. Some of So Cali's nicest American metal show up. Worth attending. I will take tons of pictures and post them up in here.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Went over to my buddy Heri's shop to pick up some parts I needed for my Westfalia and figured I'd share some pictures with you guys. Heri is a pretty low key guy. He's the guy who's been showing up to shows super early in the morning and buying up all the cool rare shit ......... he's been doing this for the past 20 years. So needless to say, Heri has A LOT of crazy, rare, cool shit! I believe he owns 7 or 8 Barndoors?? Lost count. He's got a shit load of 23 windows and buses everywhere. He also has one of the most impressive collection or rare NOS early bus parts, with an emphasis of Barndoor parts. I can go on and on about what he has but you won't have an idea unless you see it for yourself!!!
Here is an old VW Rabbit from Mexico!? Don't know how that got there??
1967 Beetle, one of the few on the property.
Here's an early 60's Westfalia.
Here's a 1954 Double Door Panel and an early walk thru section. Believe from a 1958?
Here is a pair ...... 1953 Standard and a 1952 Single Cab. Yes, a smooth gate!
Pressed bumpers for a Single Cab
A 1960 Double Door 23 Window and a 1952 Deluxe 23 Window. What a pair!
Here are some shots of the 1952 Deluxe.
Yes, that is a rear & corner section from a 1952/53 Deluxe someone cut up many years ago!
Here is some one vintage wall art. BTW - those emblems are all the real deal.
Now this is one of my favorite of his buses ....... a 1966 Walk Thru Sunroof Standard. Awesome bus!
A freshly painted 1960 Single Cab. One of three on the property.
Check out all the doors, rear hatches, cargo doors and what on the rafters!!! Lots of original paint parts bought many years ago.
Here is another gem. A 1953 Deluxe 23 window stashed away in a container awaiting to be restored.
Another freshly painted 23 Window Deluxe! WTF! These things are all over the property!? OKAY.
And another 1960 Single Cab.
In the end, a pretty impressive "private collections", without a doubt. This is the Louvre of VW's in So Cali, meaning you can spend an entire day and not see it all!! No joke. Next time Heri is going inventory, I will take pictures of his NOS stash and other rare parts he has.
Oi Chris (ROCK STOCK) ...... on your next visit to the Colonies, let me know in advance. I can arrange a private tour of this establishment. Though I say you bring an extra pair of knickers cuz you will shite on yourself after the first hour or so. REALLY
Monday, November 25, 2013
Found the center caps for the recent score of my alloys. aka fuchs.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Found this bus near the house just chillin. Wonder if it's for sale ??
Thursday, November 21, 2013
I need your help ........... I'm looking for a pair of original tention clips for an early rag top. If you know of any for sale, PLEASE contact me.
Here are some shots from Cuñado Earl doing some weekend camping after his Bulli Brigade camping. Talk about coast to coast camping. This kid sure does know how to live it up, and the weather makes the difference.
Earl was a gourmet chef back in Cambodia, reason for his awescome cooking skills.
Czech out the view. Typical So Cali weather
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Figured I'd change out the old sunvisors and fastners with new ones. Boy, what a difference that mad.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
This chick, Melissa Bachman, is a coward !!!!! Why the fuck would you kill these cool animals for fun!?
Just picked these up and they were SUPER cheap!!! I couldn't believe it when I got them. The rear tires are new, never been on the road. I also tracked down the 4 three prong center caps. Score of the year for me.
Monday, November 18, 2013
This past Friday I got together with the heads of the Doy Drive for this coming weekend. Finishing up the final details while at Buca di beppo in old town Pasadena. Don't forget to come out for the show!
Roll call ................. 80's LA, BDM, CRG, RHD Marcos and Nelson.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Don't forget to come out for the cause ........ this Saturday.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
I believe the last visit to the Bulli Brigade was back in 2003? Not sure. But what I do know ......... I missed out on this one. I will be working something out with Cuñado Earl for heading out there next year.
Mad props to Chad Carter Jr lll ............... everyone I spoke to about the show pointed the finger towards this guy.
Here is a shot of Chad Carter Jr lll with his twin brother, Earl Carter Jr lll and their body gaurd and the body gaurds beer cup holder.
THE LAST SUPPER. Here's Brother Bill giving his blessings.
Now this image is confusing? Is "Touching my Thing Nick" holding hands with Russ or the Knee Grow???? WTF!!??
Cuñado Earl doing up some Barndoor action!!
Saturday, November 09, 2013
Friday, November 08, 2013
Here are some shots taken by Cuñado Earl and friends of the first day of camping, prior to the Bulli Brigade held in Florida. I'm going for sure next year!!
J-Ville point is OUT OF CONTROL!!!!!!
Sloan and Earl
Matt Cuddy with the sophisticated mountain man look.
With the Knee Grow
Here's a shot of Cuñado with his body gaurd, Sloan and his twin brother, Chad Carter Jr lll.
Here's Earl with Manolo and some poor guy Manolo is doing something too!?? Looks like he got pinched?
Here are some shots of some of the rides on site.
Here's a shot of John Picken's newly done up 1960 Sunroof Swivel Seat Kombi. A serious MONSTER!!! That's John in the shot.
Barndoor on Campsite
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Photo by Alex Arredondo:
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
JODER!! It was a matter of time ........ the J-Ville point made it's up to the northern part of Spain, Asturias!!!
Borjo and Jandro's boy. Start them off young.
Monday, November 04, 2013
This past Saturday night, the Wolf and I took Pück out to Jake's Pool Hall in Old Town Pasadena for some beers to celebrate his 23rd birthday. Later on that evening we met up with CRG, Alex, Marcos and Nelson ..... and their sons. They were out cruising Old Town Pasadena. The entrance to Jake's is on an old alley drive way surrounded by cool old brick buildings. My good friend Alex Arreedondo took this shot of us hanging outside with CRG's 57 Deluxe and Marcos' (in back ground) 1954 Original RHD Convertible.
Sunday, November 03, 2013
FINALLY ............ after such a long time of procrastinating and installing the inner and outer part of the dash. I finally finished it! Yohann helped me with the installation of the windshield wiper motor ...... I did the rest ......... and the Wolf helped me with the actual installation of the windshield. Boy that was a BITCH!! It took us three tries till we finally got it installed. It's really cool to see clearly now.
Almost there. Just need to install the brake booster, master cylinder and adjust the brakes and it is ready for some camping.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Halloween is something you either love it or don’t. I’m not a huge fan of this pagan fiesta, but after attending Cuñado’s Halloween bash …….. I’m all for it! It was a drive for us but well worth the journey. Yohann and his wife, Isabelle, joined us for their very first Halloween party. Upon arrival, we noticed some character in a Lederhosen outfit!? It was EARL!!!! He even had a full stein on hand. Very Deutsche. All the usual suspects were on hand ……… GFK, BDM, CamPbodian’s And some other interesting characters. Booze, pastries and a taco guy were on hand attending to everybody’s needs. In the end it was a great time with great people. Make sure you get in with Earl, so he can invite you to next year’s fiesta.
Costume is a must! OKAY
Zombies all the way from France!!!
Can you tell who screwed this picture up??
Here is a shot of Earl converting. Oy vey!
This is a cool shot ....... Isabella, The Wolf and THE ROCK!!!! UUURRRGGGHHH!!!!
Look at how tiny Isabella is next to the Wolf.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Serg and posse headed over to the desert for a weekend of camping at “Agua Caliente”, which is located in the “Anza Borrego Desert”. A very beautiful region of Southern California. If you ever get a chance to visit Southern California, make a day trip out to this region. Well
And here is a shot of Maria's famous fried rice dish. This stuff is DA BOMB!
Friday, October 11, 2013
Today I installed the driver's side shocks and the alxes for the transmission. Previously the rotors, brakes and flexes hoses were installed. They don't seem new, but they are. Need to clean them up a bit.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Earl is on a mission to getting his GFK bus on stance! No joke!
and ............ VOILA!!!!
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
That Cuñado Earl has lots of tallent. I should sent him my polishing work. Even my son, Ronnie Jiménez, was there to lend a hand. Earl had my boy lift the bus in order to install the moldings, it made it easier. Check out those GUNS!!!
Monday, October 07, 2013
Well, I finally got the boatman hooks back from the plating shop. Also had the small metal plate which fastens the table pole to the floor. They all came out pretty nice. Now I don’t have to worry about them rusting away, even though it doesn’t rain out this way nor is the winter conditions any threat. Just early morning moisture. So I washed the rack portion, it was filthy as was the rear roof section. They both came out nicer then what I expected. Some patina as well, though you really can’t see it. But it looks cool from on top. The actual rack section, in these images, is not fastened on. I need to sort out the hardware and where exactly it will sit. Both the bars and the hooks were fastened on, though with nuts & bolts. They originally were riveted on but that method was not cutting it. After several tries, FUCK IT! I used nuts, bolts and washers. They look nice and will serve their purpose.
So with this said ………. Here are some pictures.