Friday, December 15, 2017

Lost Bug photos!

I was doing some digging around on my old workstation and came across this photo. 

This is probably from 2005-2006, when I was first getting into photography. Man I am really looking forward to getting her up here and running! 

Saturday, November 25, 2017

License plates galore!

And so it has started... 

I still have a few plates from California to add to my collection in the garage. The Alaska plate came from my mother-in-law's recent Alaska cruise. The black Wyo plate is from my birth year, the Wyo plate with Devil's Tower looks cool, and the last one is from my Flex driver.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

EMPI GT Spyders!

As my friends know, my Bug is still in California. During our last trip to California, my brother and I spent a day checking up on the Bug and going through the VW parts in storage. Among the various future projects we came across was this trio of original two-piece EMPI Sypder (8-spokes).

Of course I'm going to need another wheel before I can think of restoring them, but they are a start!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Introducing the WyoLook!

For many decades I've been a big fan of the "Cal-Look". especially the VWs from the DKP III and the DKK. Since I didn't have the funds to actually do the work or purchase parts, I laid out the plans to transform my Bug to a Cal-Looker.

Last year (2016) I moved from southern California and set up homestead in the beautiful southeast Wyoming. Life is very different from SoCal and I'm going to make some adjustments from the conventional Cal-Look formula. The fact is Wyoming is a sparsely populated state and the next town can be an hour away, as is the case from the VW club I joined late last year.

So my focus on this car is going to be a little more focused on driveability and less on drag strip prowess. I want this car to be a car that reminds me of the Cal-Look cars that I admired, but something I drive on the highway to a club event 60 miles away.

I hope you will join me on this journey!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Imp will soon take residence in Wyoming!

As my friends know, in March of 2016 I moved from southern California to Laramie, Wyoming. It was kind of a rushed move; my wife and I had to pack the essentials and leave the rest of our stuff in a storage unit in California. Taking residence in the storage unit were my two VWs: my 1969 Bug and my 1970 EMPI Imp dune buggy. They are sitting there, patiently waiting for us to secure the money, time, and room to bring them home.

My wife and I have discussed this numerous times, and we think the time is right to start bringing the VWs back. The first trip will occur this coming October. The Imp will be the lucky recipient to make the move from California to Wyoming. I am really excited to see her here in Wyoming, as classic VWs are a rare sight up here and a dune buggy is even rarer!!

I'm currently working on my "to-do" list in getting the Imp running and legal so that I can drive her around Laramie (at least during the warmer season...). I will be posting more as news surfaces about her migration up north!

--the VDubGeek

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Fill The Bus Food Drive

It was a beautiful and sunny day here in southeast Wyoming and that did bode well for us! Today the VW club that I am a member of, the Wyoming Aircooled VW Club, hosted a charity food and clothing drive in Cheyenne. We were parked outside of a Cheyenne Safeway supermarket and collected donations from the public. The goal of the event was to "fill the Bus", mainly a Westfalia and a crew cab Bus.

We had a lot of members who showed up with their VWs. All of the VWs were parked on the street side of the parking lot, which seemed to bring people in just to see what was going on with so many classic VWs in one place!

I have to say that the drive was a success!! Both the Westy and the crewcab were full when we started to pack up everything. It is events like this that make me proud to be a VW guy and a club member!

--the VDubGeek

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Fact of life living in Wyoming: snow & ice

Yesterday was the first scheduled meeting of 2017 for the VW club that I recently joined: Wyoming Aircooled VW Club. I was very excited to be able to meet some liked minded VW fans, make a few friends, and just chat about these cool cars. However, Mother Nature put a damper on it: weather.

One of the adjustments I've had to make living here in Wyoming is the fact that the weather can hinder, or cease, any travel in this area. Here in Laramie, we are 7220 feet of altitude, that is close to another 2,000 feet higher than Denver. The unique geographical location of this city also means we are suspectible to storm fronts throughout the year.

So last week we had another snow storm. It snowed off and on for about two to three days. That has left a lot of snow on the ground. Our VW club is located in Cheyenne, about a 45 minutes drive due east of us. The drive, while not really long, passes through a mountain pass that is another 1,000 feet higher than Laramie. As a result, after dark, the snow that was melting during the sunlight will start to freeze again. That means that the highway can have icy road conditions, something you don't want to experience with your valuable car!

My wife and I made the decision to stay in Laramie that evening. I really wanted to go but the fact is Mother Nature rules this area during the winter.

Now I'm looking forward to hearing from the club about what happened and what events the club has planned for 2017. For the first half of the year, I won't have a VW here but I will do what I can to attend! Once the Bug is here, I'm hoping to get it running and be able to eventually attend a few club events in her!

Stay tuned for more, as 2017 is looking to be good here in The VDub Geek's Garage!


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year from the VDub Geek!!

Happy New Year 2017!!

Well another year has passed and the new year promises to be great in the VDub Geek Garage! You're thinking what is in store for the VDub Geek this year, am I right? Well I've got a lot of cool things in the works for this year!

This month, I plan on attending my first club function with the Wyoming Aircooled Volkswagen Club. At the end of January the club is having a meeting to work on the calendar of events for 2017. I'm excited to meet some great VW folks like myself up here. 

Another great bit of news: this summer my wife and I are heading back to southern California to visit family and friends, but also to bring back a loved one with us: my 1969 Bug!! We're going to do some cleaning up in my storage, relocate the Imp to a smaller storage unit, and then trailer the Bug back to Wyoming!! I can't wait to my Diamont Blau baby back here!!

With the Bug here in Wyoming, I'll be able to start working on getting her road worthy and legal up here. When I parked her in 2010, she was making some terrible sounds from the rear. I suspect the problem is one of three possible culprits: rear wheel bearings, CV joints, or transaxle. At that point in my life she was my daily driver and just in need of more work (and money) then I could afford then. 

Now that life has changed, I can leave her in the garage and get things working correctly. My first goal is to get her running and registered. The aforementioned clicking sound will be first on the list. The second task will be tuning her for this altitude, as she is going to need to be leaned out. Once she is running properly, I'll take her to the WyoDOT and get her registered. 

With the Bug running and legal, I want to enjoy cruising her around town. Of course I'm not done with her at that point: that is very FAR from reality. I have a lot of projects in the planning, not limited to engines, wheels, and other upgrades. There are lot exciting things going in the VDub Geek Garage in 2017! Stay tuned!!