Friday, February 1, 2013

Some of the Volks I've Known - 2013

Welcome to the 2013 edition of Some of the Volks I've Known, showcasing some of Portland's finest air-cooled Volkwagens.  It has been an honor getting to know you and working together.
Thank you all!

 Ryan replacing the cross-shaft on his 1964 Beetle transmission after dropping the engine.  
Due to lousy aftermarket parts that didn't fit right, it took us a lot longer than it should have, but we got her back on the road again.  If YOU ever have to replace your cross shaft, check fit first before assembling everything - trust me.

Steve's incredibly nice 1976 Westfalia, all original!  She's originally an Arkansas bus if you can believe it.
We worked together replacing the ignition switch, a bit more challenging on later Bay Buses.

Jeff's beautiful and meticulously restored 1965 21 Window Bus, one of the nicest I've ever seen...
Jeff did most of the work himself, including the paint!  (His shop is just as beautiful as the Bus, shaming me to no end.)  Jeff wanted to learn how to perform basic maintenance on his refurbished engine, as well as getting it started for the first time.

Rhonda's perky '71 camper - the Bus that refuses to die!
She was in for a full once-over, including new fuel lines, a complete tune-up and front end work.

Tony's very original (and daily driver!) 21 window Bus.  We worked on the brakes and getting her safe for camp season.

Don and I spent the better part of spring finding his first bus.  No, no this one, it needed too much work.
Don and his new bus, fresh off the wet streets of Tacoma.  It was a wild ride back to Portland...
It is a shame when previous owners put off basic maintenance, because in the long run the car really suffers.
We spent a day getting her running right, and she's in Don's capable hands now.

 My good friend John from Eugene, broken down in Portland with a bad transmission.
 Luckily the Portland guys are able to help!
  And thanks to Mike and his parts Bus, John is back on the road the next day.

Helping Deborah with her fleet - getting the Bug to run right, and teaching an oil change.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to help with a shifting issue on the Ghia.

Paige, getting her Bus ready for a long summer of road trips.

Spending a damp autumn day with Robbie, teaching him how to complete basic maintenance on his shiny Idaho girl.  Welcome to Portland!

And the moldy old wreck of a bus that was mine for 4 hours.
  And then the guy got a better offer and sold it to someone else.  That's the breaks.

I will continue to update as the year progresses, stay tuned!

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