Well, We went for a day, night and next day. It was fun actually. I did far too much walking and left he bus alone far too much. (something went missing, but I cannot figure out what for the life of me (I must not have needed it that much...) but, I do know I had far more room inside her after packing everything up for the ride home than I had on the way there, or else I would have brought my wheelchair....) Oh well, like I said, if I cannot figure out what exactly is missing, I must not have needed it too much. PICS! I took some, not many.
Another pic of Poster on my lovable VW Bus, Cikán Vůz, The Quaint Gypsy! =]) #IhaveheardofMG #MGAcarposterchallenge
Hooman replaced my inner door latch today, it is beeooteefulll. And, she didn't have to "drop my engine" to do it. Only took 5 minutes. Amazing considering normally on an old VW, changing out the simplest of things means you have to tear it down completely just to get broken part out
test run of stands for awning to see if they were worth the $$. Plus getting thing put back in her that will be needed when camping. Just the essentials though, no more too much stuff everywhere. =])
Here is a pic of me finally trying out the shade cloth, fitting it for the grommets to tie it down, etc. The bus stays about 15 degrees cooler in full sun with this.
On 3/26/2017, I took her up to Idyllwild for a one-night trial run to see how bnew bed would work out. I forgot to put a support bolt in, so it slid a little, and the wooden base bed kept falling into the storage area below LOL But , once home I resolved that issue and now that part is good to go. Other improvements on hold since my ex-lodger stole $750 from me on 4/7/17, and then moved out stiffing me for a month's worth of rent and unpaid utilities, so technically, they stole almost $1400 from me. I am disabled, and on a fixed income, it is not like I can ask for some overtime to make that money back up and the only thing I have left to sell to make that money back up is my bus, so that is not happening. Still very sad over that.
Been fighting/suffering the flu the past week but only rain is stopping me. A few pics of progress, in order from before to now. I haven't taken many pics, but here are a few. Tomorrow, the lids to the cabinets are made and bed frame will be installed, maybe the antique sewing cab sink counter and ice chest will make it back in, if time allows.
I was able to start creating the skins on the cabinet today, What a time consuming adventure LOL But I got 4 done and stained a coat. Clouds blew back in so put it all away for the day, will finish the skinning tomorrow I hope. Then it will be time for the lids, and then bed frame. =])
Not perfect but then, I never have made anything like this before, so not bad for first try. Next will be the skinning and cabinet doors. This frame also still needs the board on inside end that will stretch out the frame and snug it up against the walls. It will also serve as the hinge board for the bed frame yet to come.
Here is the link to the ad. I really need this dear seat/bed combo sold asap as I just do not have anywhere to store it unless I actually bring it into my house LOL http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=2025099 The embed code feature is not cooperating so please copy and paste it in a new browser window. Thank you kindly
Broke toe and foot bones in right foot... no going anywhere for 4 to 6 weeks and given it is in my RSD/Causligia foot, longer. And, I cannot drive. so no BBB, no camping, no going to the grocery store even... for 6 weeks... anyone you know can do that? I doubt it LOL
Sorry if I have been absent. I haven;t been feeling well, and since my son moved away to Wisconsin, I no longer have a built in dog-sitter. So I have just been a homebody and doing some basic tinkering on the bus. I had an awesome spray paint artist, Damon Renwick, of Hemet, CA, paint a nice addition to her side. Very creative.
Feeling the waters.... due to health reasons. She has a like new/rebuilt engine and tranny., gone over by mech and no issues. Blaze-Cut, Near new IRS bearing & axles, tie rods, brakes excellent, front brake drums replaced less than a year ago, comes turn key, as-is (minus my personal items), fully self-contained and has many spare parts including new M/C and new brake fluid reservoir, newly refreshed spare case full flowed, bored for 90.5, new rear wheel drum, and all tools, rear bumper with tow hitch. Insured Guaranteed value through Hagerty is $25,000. I am asking $17,500 obo
I decided to , for now, go ahead and use the driver side seat cover I already had made. Down the line, if I find a single seat cover for the year that fits that seat, as well as a matching one for the passenger seat, then I will get that and re-do it all. But for now, making best do with what I have.
As most now, I pulled out the passenger seat, tore it down and made new seat covers, but not just for the passenger seat, but for the drivers seat as well. So, today I pulled out the drivers seat, looked at it as I was trying to break it down. W T F ???? So, the P.O. put in non-1970 seats. The passenger side appears to be a 73-74 or a 75, as it has head rest tubes, and the bottom is the same as 68-72 but the drivers side is a 75, which is COMPLETELY different in the way it installs and is made. so, a big waste of money there thank you very much1 scratch that idea and get creative. I will instead, after I remove and replace some broken springs in the seat base, repaint it all to match/compliment her interior and make some custom made tie-on patio style seat covers for now, until I hit the lotto (How I know= http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?p=7531009&sid=72b3fb4c77e4506313f752023d180189
Someday, when I get a sander ( cos my broken old body cant sand that big ol' bus by hand anymore) , before I spray the matte clear coat, I am going to create some chalkboard spots on her ( the chalkboard area will be masked as to not be clear coated until a later date. I am then going to make more and more chalk board areas for folks to write on and clear over them as filled in.
I decided to get her something new. She has been begging for these for years now. She, and I, are happy campers.
Fur-baby seat in creation/possibilities mode. More padding to come but it will be covered to match drivers seat (once that is re-done as well) and actually, a person is able to sit there too.
The passenger seat is out. I decided to go with the doggie seat for now and Ein, my corgi, is just loving it!
I decided to tackle the front seats. I removed the passenger seat to make the pattern for the new covers , though I am not quite sure if I will be putting it back in or not. I had originally planned to put a mini frig there but now I am thinking a doggie bed instead as I will need room for them now I no longer have a built in pet sitter. They are quite lovely, eh? Hence the redo. I can tell they were re-done once already, many important fabric anchors are missing. and springs are missing too. I might not go stock seat on the driver side either. Time will tell.
I also gave her a new negative battery cable since the old one the Titan fully would not tighten down on the battery post. I'm also working on installing the battery cutoff switch
It rained a few days ago.... I was going to open the door and there was a damn Yellow Sac Spider sitting there, (I found three in fact) soooo I knew it was time for another preemptive strike and spray and fume again.
Cinder came over today, just as I was beginning to rip the carport awning in half down the center and install a new cover. Thanks to his help, it got done in record time; heck I would probably still be fighting it LOL. anyways, now it is set up as a proper fumigation station with sidewalls to hold that mist in. I shall kill all those damn spiders if it is the last thing I do. LOL
And (addressing a comment I received) No, she is not too "cluttered," she is just perfect and useful. If she were just for show, then yes, but then no because she is a gypsy wagon and meant to look like one, especially in a show, but of course she would be straightened up properly to look like for a show and not a camping trip ;) Where I live, there are lots of spiders in the trees and bushes so it is a never ending battle even if she was bare bones inside, especially with the black and brown widows. In fact, I joke Hilter had a widow egg sac hidden on every VW they came over to America... LOL
The Blue Hag
Just a crazy older gal, making ready for when my nest is empty and I can go see the world, camping and rest-stopping on the way to be able to live simply and afford ably..