Friday, April 30, 2010

A visit from France

Last year during the summer time I took a trip down to the south of France to visit my buddies Christophe and Pepe & Sylvie. All these guys should have been here, but due to the volcano in Iceland, only Pepe and Sylvie made it over here. Since they were awesome hosts and guided me to really good and authentic bagguetts, I returned the favor by showing them around Los Angeles.  Where they in for a treat.

So off we went to the Sierra Madre Metro Gold Line Station where for a $1.25 the train will take you right into Union Station, in Down Town LA. They were pretty excited as this is a scenic route, for them too. Remember, we live here so for them its something totally different for them to see or do.  Once we arrived to Union Station they were amazed by the preserved beauty of the station. It really is a nice historical place to visit.

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Here is a view from the train of Down Town Los Angeles as we arrive to Union Station.  What a view!!

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Across the street we went to Olvera Street. This is were the City of Los Angeles started. Even though its a very touristy destination, it still has an old feel to it.

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Here is a building from the late 1800's in the restoration process, right around the corner from Olvera Street.

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Here are a few shots of City Hall. Gotta have Palm Trees............So Cali.

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This is the BRADBURY BUILDING, built in 1893 on 3rd & Broadway. Aside from being a Historical building, lots of movies have been filmed inside. One famous movie I recall is BLADE RUNNER, with Harrison Ford. This is one really cool building.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Pomona Swap Meet

Wasn't planning on attending this P-Town gathering. But with enough convincing by my homies, The GFK, I figured why not!?  I was glad I went. Great weather, cool people, nice rides and awesome food.  Both Puck and I met up with the RAIDER NATION near the event and jumped in Bro Mark's 60 Crew Cab. Once in we set up camp. Tents, tables, ice chests and what. Once we were done, off to the parts area I went ............ you never know what you can come up on. But for the most part, NOTHING. But I did find one piece I was looking for. An inner passanger door handle. And it was CHEAP!!  I saw one fool had one for sale, $70!!!!  It was still on their table at the end of the day.

After cruising around and BS'n with everyone, the bbq started. Like always, great food!!! And everyone one was getting their grub on. In all, I'd have to give this P-Town gathering an 8 out of 10. Perfect weather, lots of people, cool rides and lots of HUSSIES strolling down our path. Today was a good day. 

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 Here is a few shots of Bob Koch's spot. Lots of NOS goodies!!

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 Here is Chris Duran's 1967 Deluxe. THE HULK!!!

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This was a super nice Bay Window Westy. Reminded me of my European trip.

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This was a really nice 1953 Oval, which belongs to the JUST CRUIZIN CAR CLUB. Very nice driver.

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GFK, Mike Navarro's Monte Carlo SS.

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John Duran's THE SHOW STOPPER!!! 1965 Conv.

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As most of you know, I don't care for Karmann Ghia's. BUT, I will say that I do like Maudy Vargas' 1957 Ghia. The color he choose and the way it stands, makes this Ghia stand out from the others. It's just a sleek looking ride. Spoke to Maudy and he's talking about busting out his 60 Deluxe 23 Window!!!???

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

3rd Panzer Division

Here are a few pictures I found of the 3rd Panzer Division preparing for the invasion of P-Town. That is one serious line up of rare metal. Notice no drivers were either present or behind the wheel??  They were all in the briefing room having pints over this fairly easy invasion. OKAY!

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

CAPE FEAR !!!!!!!!

HOLY SHIT!!! Look who I ran into at Ferrett Restorations ........... CAPE FEAR!!!!  Haven't seen this cat since the WU TANG CLAN farewell tour!!! OKAY!! He was rolling Mrs. Cape Fear's og paint 1956 Ford Pick Up. This kid is stuck in a time warp. BTW, many years ago, Cape Fear owned a handful of Barndoors. This is the guy who used to own my 1953 Standard ........ 20 years ago!!!  OKAY!!!

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CAPE FEAR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!  " You know what I mean, Right?? "

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Found this old picture during the untamed days of Cape Fear. That's Mrs. Cape Fear next to him.

CAPE FEAR NATION !!!!!!!!!!!! 

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Ferrett's Mango

As I was done looking for emplyment on line, I get a phone call from Super Model Ferrett. He asked me kindly to come over and help him remove the front end out of his 1959 Standard, and time was spared?? We could remove the transmission as well.  I thought to myself, SHIT, this can be done with our eyes closed. OKAY!! So the next day I was at Ferrett's shop bright and early.

So the game plan was to cut away at all the old cables which weren't going to be used and the removal of whatever got in the way of the Front beam. So a little grinding and cutting was needed, remember this front end hasn't been messed with in over 50 years!!! So no surprise there.  What took some time was the actual cutting and removing of what got in the way. But we knocked it out fairly quickly!

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Check out Ferrett getting dirty!!!

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Yours truly in action.

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It took us less then an hour to get that dirty mug out from under there. 

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Since we had lots of spare time, we tackled the removal of the Transmission. And that too took us less then an hour to knock out!!! Shit, we are BAD ASSES!!!!

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Since we were able to remove both the Front End and Transmission and still had lots of day light available .................. we removed all the old brakes lines, bent & tweaked the new brake lines and set them up!!!! We got lots done in one day. Ferrett also would like to get this mug up and running by the CLASSICS!!?? YIKES!!! But at the rate we worked together ........ this can happen. OKAY!!

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Barndoor Reflectors

OKAY. The little box story gets better. I seemed to have some how over looked another treasure. Large Diamond Reflectors. No, these are not the Frese one's, but replacements. As many of you may know, there are a handful of different types of reflectors that were available back then as replacements, as many other cars used the same parts. I got a stash of these reflectors some time back from Portugal. Though I have heard different stories of what came on what, what was used on what and what was replaced using what!? Make sense? Probably not!

But what I do know is once these puppies are mounted, you can't really tell the difference. I sold off several sets to friends who've placed them on their Barndoors and they look pretty good. I took these over to George's shop and gave them a good cleaning as this pair are NOS. They do have some shelf ware on them but no indication of ware nor use. This set came out pretty nice. I'm contemplating using these on Puck's 54 Panel or using some beat up Frese reflectors???

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While giving them a cleaning I noticed the markings on the side of them. Both identical. They read K 1257 with the squiggly line above the number and "BUMM" (from what I can see) to the side. Wonder if any other Barndoor owners out there are using or have these on their rides??  I actually do have another set some where, and I am pretty sure they came from the same batch!!?? I'm going to have to dig them up and see if they have these markings as well?? OKAY!! Clin d'oeil

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

A day of progress

" Today I hit the auto parts store and got a new flex hose for my grease gun.  I loaded up a new tube of grease and went to town on the Beetle.  I lubed up the front end a ton, torsion tubes, tie rod ends, spindles, ebrake cables, and the pedal cluster assembly.  I also sprayed some PB Blaster on the pedal assembly as the accelerator pedal was dry and a little sticky.  It's all super smooth now and the throttle has cleaner action now too.

Over the weekend Doug came over and got a lot done including mounting the rear bumper, lubing the drivers window crank assembly, and replacing all of the window rubber with new original style rubber from Wolfsburg West.  The list of things to do is getting really short and the car is looking way nicer than I ever imagined it would."

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

found a set of Barndoor Taillights !!!!!

So I go to my moms garage to pull my bike out and find this small box on the side of it. Boy was I happy to find this little box!! Inside were some parts I had NO idea I had!!??  As I started to unwrap some of the stuff in there ............. WOW !!!!  I found a set of Barndoor taillights!!! Amongst other bits. I was really stoked because now I don't have to use that NOS set of taillights on Puck's 54 Panel. I can use these.

After my discovery, I said forget the bike ride and took off to the Butcher Shop. I cleaned them up as best as I could. The one that looked worse, turned out better then the one with the small pits. Both have really nice lenses on them, the bezels are nice as well, no dents. And the bulb holders/connections are in awesome shape as well.  Though one of them the card board stuff in there looks like it got warped?? I guess the previous owner soaked it in water at one point?? That is the only explination that I could come up with.

So with this said, I now have a nice set of taillights for the Panel. Or should I use the NOS pair and sell these off???  Don't know yet??

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Friendly Reminder

I've been contacted by several people, both here in the Colonies and abroad, as to which show will the BDM & Friends be attending come Sunday, May 2nd. Well, we are heading to Wolvereen's ( Corona Ryan ) show. The OEBC SPRING PICNIC. This is a really cool show and very laid back. Shit, OCTO should be holding the shows at this location. How awesome is it to roll into an event where everyone is relaxed and laid back. And not only that, you can park your ride on the grass and under tress. Cuz I will tell you unexperienced folks who haven't been to this event ................... would you rather sit under the scortching hot ass sun and on asphlat or under shade while bbq'in and having a few pints!!?? Featherly Park is the place to be on that Sunday.

Corona Ryan and his posse, ORANGE EMPIRE BUS CO, put on a really good, well prepared and very organized show. Plenty of room for everyone. This is NOT a Bus only event. This is open to ALL VW air cooled rides. This is a family orientated event, so the little ones can run around all wild while you watch them. And your ladies won't hassle you at this event!!?? Because they aren't sitting under the HOT ass sun and on asphalt!!

This event and Big Wednesday are my favorite shows.

Here are some shots from last years event. Yes, I know they are mostly of our rides and friends rides, but it gives you a good idea of what it's about. Come next week, I will take pictures of the entire event and post them. OKAY!
















Come by and have a beer with us!!!! 

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Barndoor Panels

I paid a visit to the Chilango Español, Hera, in P-Town. I wanted to check out Puck's 54 Panel and get the thought process as to what needs the most attention??  It does need work here and there, but for the most part this bus is pretty solid! And believe it or not!!?? This beast actually runs!!  Another thought is just to put it back together as is and drive it out to June's OCTO. Possibly the Classics. The Catalanes also offered to sort it out for that weekend? All it really needs is a brake tune up. So I may just end up doing that for the time being??

Any hoot, it's ugly as you can see, but my Kombi was just as bad. You got to see through the ugliness. Oh, and that is Hera's 55 BD Panel. Linda's got him on the OG paint thing, so he stripped a bit of that primer off to see OG paint under there. But after several hours just for that area, I think he threw the towel in. OKAY!!

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Today's progress

" Today I finished buffing and waxing the rest of the body.  It really looks so much better it's crazy.  These pics suck cause it was getting dark and the flash makes it look crappy but you get the idea that it's nice and glossy now.  Doug dropped by for a bit and got the taillights dialed in and permanently mounted as well as getting the the body trim to fit nice and flush.  I should have the new license plates tomorrow so it will be fully set as far as registration, title, and I'll add it to my insurance policy as well ". 

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Dougie's dash

My Siberian buddy, Poh Gjhel Stah Dougie, sent me this picture of speedo pod from his 1955 Deluxe. That key chain tag is pretty cool. OH, also LOVE that vintage Hawaii sticker. OKAY.


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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Yet ANOTHER Txakurra!!!!

My buddy Leon out of RotterdamHolland, (though he is FRENCH born) sent me this picture. I forgot about this flea bag cruising around the Bug In event in Chimey, Belgium, some time in July of last year. This mutt had on a VIP Pit Pass. I named it Droopy, because during the 3 days I was at this event, this mutt never showed any sign of anything!!??  It would kinda look at you and say "DUDE, WHATEVER" or "GO AWAY AND STOP BOTHERING ME YOU STUPID BOY!!!".  You know when you offer any dog a treat or food you get their undivided attention, because for the most part they are scavengers right. Well not this pooch. This guy gave you that look like you are wasting its time. This mutt was probably French?? Clin d'oeil  Or the owner???  PUTAIN!!!!


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Monday, April 12, 2010

Getting there .............

" OK, today I was busy with all kinds of work related stuff so I didn't get to do anything besides clean up the tires, polish the hubcaps, and dress the rubber.  I honestly can't believe how good this car is looking.  I think it's starting to look pretty fucking expensive! "

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Shiny Ride

" OK, I'm sore from hovering that buffer over the body all day yesterday and today but I think the shine pics will show that the paint is looking better than it's looked in decades to say the least.  I did the roof and passengers side today and only  have the drivers door, rear quarter, and decklid left to do tomorrow.  I got the trim back on, the side view mirror, mounted the front bumper for good, and after playing with the radio and antenna for a bit, the RADIO CAME BACK TO LIFE!  Now we can say that absolutely everything on the car works.  Pretty incredible to bring back every last detail.  It's been a ridiculously large amount of work so far but when I think back to how filthy and dead this thing was the day it arrived fresh from the barn, it's cool to see what we've accomplished. "

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Cat Hotel??

Saw this the other day, down the street from the shop. The big white cat at first I thought was a dog!! Because its so huge, especially when it was lying down. When it stood up, I could NOT believe how big this guy was!!!! There are about 5 cats in there?? But they got it made in there. There were 3 big bowls loaded to the top with food, same with water. And none of those cats looked like they lack any food. Especially the big white one. They were all friendly too.

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Friday, April 09, 2010

The face lift continues ...............

" Today I did a lot.  I gave the bumpers a good buffing to get the light overspray from painting the backsides off.  They are now perfect and ready to install.  I also pulled off all of the body trim, and the small parts on the front of the car and buffed it with the high speed buffer with some 3M Perfect It compound.  It got it a lot shinier than the first time I used the paint cleaner by hand so this thing will shine nicely once it's all done.  After I buffed up the front I then hand waxed it with some Meguiar's Gold Class wax which is good stuff and it brought out a nice shine.  I detailed all of the small parts I'd removed and after I was sure I was done with the front end buffing and polishing, I put the small parts back on with new rubber seals.  Tomorrow I'll be moving to the back half of the car and hope to knock it out with any luck.  The list of things to do is getting shorter still. "

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Thursday, April 08, 2010

Au Revoir Sweetness

It gives me with great sadness to inform the readers of the departure of the BARNDOOR MAFIA's mascot ........ SWEETNESS. Déçu This the little "Colored" Pug with the UZI medallion at the top right of this page, next to the Great Ronaldo. The huge Cock! Below is Sweetness' Obituary from the New York Times. During her early years, she was good friends with French Impressionist Matisse. They ran around the same circle during the Avant Garde movement in Paris, France. Matisse also did a portrait of Sweetness during her early years.


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She will be missed but never forgotten. Here is what Gibbs Patrick Connors., Esq. wrote in the obituary, within in the NY Times. REALLY.

" Dear all, with a heavy heart i regret to inform you that our beloved Sweetness is no longer with us. she was found this morning, still warm, in a sleeping pose in her corner of the kitchen. born in salem, NY on 8.3.97 as a paperless mill puppy, she was lovingly adopted and relocated to center city philadelphia. there, she was the first student at "keeler canine training" on 11th st where she learned verbal commands, hand signals (4 of them) good manners and discipline. after completing the program, she received her certificate degree for good behavior. she spent many good years in center city philadelphia eating and sleeping. for exercise she parading the streets if washington square west. there she would snap at other dogs no matter what their size and lift her leg as she learned from the predeceased "clarence".   known to many as sweetness and often mistakingly called "precious", she also responded to "girlies", "loquisha", "loquandra" and "d'shondra", she spent the easter holiday weekend at her favorite retreat, the mt. airy animal hospital where a card in her file had the ominous warning "will bite". reverand Al Sharpton is looking into a possible defamation suit.  

Services were held this morning before sunrise on the great lawn of the allens lane homestead where she spent nearly half of her life. she was laid to rest on a sheepskin rug, was buried in her favorite blankets along with her favorite flavor dog biscuits and a bowl of "yummies" for the long journey ahead. two magnolias flank a small marker stone. the dog bones that she did not have time to finish were strewn across the site for other dogs to enjoy.   regards to all.   Gibbs "

Au Revoir mon petite ami. Déçu


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Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Brake job

" We did a complete brake job, all the parts were cleaned, and a new master cylinder, rubber lines, wheel cylinders, and the bearings were repacked and new bearing seals installed as well.  He did a little test spot on the paint with the 3M Perfect It compound and his high speed buffer and the paint came out even nicer still.  He is convinced that the paint is lacquer which means it will look incredibly good once we buff the whole thing and give it a hand wax with carnuba wax.  OKAY!
We took a quick break for lunch and experienced a 7.2 earthquake right in the middle!  JODER! "

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Monday, April 05, 2010

Brilliant Marketing

This is what George needs to place on his truck!!  Though as Captain Avenger!!!

Czech this out!!

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Saturday, April 03, 2010

El Mango

Aside from the new shop boy and new "land Scape Artist", George was busting out on Buddy's Mango. That thing looks nicer everytime I see it!!??  Now it's sporting some really pretty powder coated wheels on bias plys. That bus runs really tight.  I still get wood from just seeing all of that paint on this bus!!  I bet the previous owner, who is actually my twin brother Clin d'oeil, is probably having second thoughts!!?? I know I would.  Any hoot, awesome bus and soon enough it will be all put together and on the road. OKAY!

Here is the new SEXY shop boy!  EEEEYYYYEEEE

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Thursday, April 01, 2010

Buddy Park's "early" 1959 Mango

Today I decided to head over the Butcher Shop to see what George and his side Gus were up to? To my surprise there is a really awesome early 1959 all original high taillight pressed bumper Mango bus sitting there, awaiting to receive it's newly built 36 hsp motor. The new trans was already installed, as well ALL new brakes.  There is not a nicer feeling of knowing while you are driving that all of your drive train is NEW!!  This mug has even got new bias plys and shocks! There aren't too many of these buses around, probably a handfull or less??

This gem belongs to Buddy Parks. Though I couldn't get really good shots of the inside, all of the original interior is in there. Yes, even the middle seat! It's got light spots of patina here and there, but for the most part, this mug has LOTS of original paint on it. This bus is a true example of a survivor. Can't wait to see it in the show circuit. OKAY.

Outside, in front of the world famous ............. BUTCHER SHOP.

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