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!!