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Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 17, 2008 - 01:05am PT
OK volks! Lynne was trying to hijack her own picture thread on a Volkswagen tangent... so I thought I'd just go ahead and start another... some of you posted on the car breakdown and climbing trips - a lament thread a little over a year ago... but I thought I'd post and repost a few here... all VW's

We had them because it was the only car we could afford, both to buy and to keep running. I think I touched every part of that 1961 bus, every part. And the 1967 Bug (no pictures...) and the 1970's bus...

Here's to those great cars that carried us to adventures.. sometimes carried us into adventures.

Long may you run


Debbie, infant Stephanie and ZOT580 at my grandmother's in Belmont, MA, 1977


Mike, Richie and Bill, with ZOT580 in New Hampshire, 1979


Stephanie and ZOT580 outside of the Tarrytown, NY appartment, c. 1979


5257APO out in front of the Tarrytown, NY appartment, early 1980s


Mike and 5257APO at Stoney Clove, NY for some ice climbing, 1985


George, me and 510OW at Olmstead Pt. pullout, Tuolumne Meadows


Lawrence, me, Bill, Richie and Mike, reunion in Tuolumne Meadows, with 510OW, summer 2006


loading 510OW onto the car carrier, Pimm NV, failed Sushifest I trip (image by Jaybro)
Jaybro

Social climber
wuz real!
Jun 17, 2008 - 01:07am PT
Something wafts of rebirth! or is it French fries?
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 17, 2008 - 01:10am PT
it started last week, for me... soon, soon...
nick d

Trad climber
nm
Jun 17, 2008 - 01:10am PT
510 OW can pass a California emission test? Just curious after seeing that last photo.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 17, 2008 - 01:14am PT
busted ring... read the Sushifest I thread for the story... but it is about to become a bio-diesel burning, high mpg, TDI totting super-bus.
Off White

climber
Tenino, WA
Jun 17, 2008 - 01:17am PT

TLY 986 outside view, 1985


TLY 986 inside view, 1978


349 UZE family christmas in Baja, 2007
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jun 17, 2008 - 01:25am PT
Ed...you have no idea on what you started.

My wife, son and Alreet 2 at the Gunks in 1978.


I have so many fond memories with that bus, traveling cross country numerous times, taking our son home from the hospital after he was born, traveling with my wife, our son and Lab, Tesuque to different climbing areas, day trips into the mountains and basically our house for a summer in Santa Fe the year before our first was born.

We set out on our life together in that bus...I have a cool picture of us on our wedding day about to get into Alreet after the wedding.

Our 65 bug that I just sold to get a primo 67 bug.


My wife and I counted that we had 15 different VW's by the time we were 25 years old.
khanom

Trad climber
eestsyde
Jun 17, 2008 - 09:05am PT
Neato thread... ya buncha hippies...
steelmnkey

climber
Vision man...ya gotta have vision...
Jun 17, 2008 - 09:34am PT
Don't know if the link will work, but a shot of my buddy Tim's 1990 Synchro Westie in front of the Cap...



and in front of the 0.5 Dome...

salad

climber
Escondido
Jun 17, 2008 - 11:28am PT
heading to the gunks, 1999


headin to veed, 1999


thought i had more pics of the great gray beast online.. will search some out tonight and upload...
salad

climber
Escondido
Jun 17, 2008 - 11:46am PT
tessa's first camping trip at 3 months old, sonora pass
L

climber
A rubber raft in a sea of sharp teeth...
Jun 17, 2008 - 12:22pm PT
Great thread, Ed. I remember that shot that Jaybro took from ex-SushiFest I.

I, myself, loser that I am, never owned a VW. The guy I dated my senior year in high school did, however--a bright shiny red van. I was just learning to drive...had driven my grandmother's 55 Chevy once--and decided I could just as easily handle a stick.

The harsh bite of reality got me going uphill, right in front of my high school as everyone was walking out the front doors and heading home. I stalled the thing when I stopped at the crosswalk. And then, with 200 pairs of eyes watching me, had to let it roll all the way back down the hill to flatland so I could get it started again.

I've never dared drive a VW again. :-)
F10 Climber F11 Drinker

Trad climber
medicated and flat on my back
Jun 17, 2008 - 12:38pm PT
Lodge parking lot,

Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 17, 2008 - 01:45pm PT
Russ has many proud pix too, and the actual item parked in his driveway, just waiting for that short-block order to be filled...
Fletcher

Trad climber
The hear and now, currently Pasadena, CA
Jun 17, 2008 - 02:05pm PT
I love these VW themed threads. Thanks Ed!

Never had one myself, but my dad had a 1960 blue bug convertible that carried all of my brothers and I to the hospital and home when we were born. No mean feat since my parents lived about three hours from the hospital where I needed to get birthed (but that's another story).

I still remember that car... leaky roof, dad always boasting how good it was to blow by other vehicles in the New England ice and snow.

I drove a VW bus one summer in 1985 for about an hour when working at a summer camp in Wisconsin. Dang that was fun!

Salad, those are some damn hairy legs! :-)

Fletch
salad

climber
Escondido
Jun 17, 2008 - 02:13pm PT
fletcher, we had been on the road for three months at that point and my wife wasnt wasting money on razors, so she was just letting it go(grow)!
goatboy smellz

climber
colorado
Jun 17, 2008 - 02:28pm PT
lil Jefe waiting patiently for whenever I get around to fixing all that's broke.





A great sticker for the tailgaters.





^^^ Yes that's a '74 VW Automatic, the first year zee Germans were allowed the technology after WW2.

F10 Climber F11 Drinker

Trad climber
medicated and flat on my back
Jun 17, 2008 - 02:30pm PT

Fish might dig the homemade haulbag, maroon and hot pink (free materials/borrowed??)

goatboy smellz

climber
colorado
Jun 17, 2008 - 03:05pm PT






Blinny

Trad climber
NWMontana
Jun 17, 2008 - 03:09pm PT


My pal Hannah, MyOwnSelf and Her Majesty, the bus that makes people smile!

Ahhhhhhhhhhh.

eKat
swill

Social climber
Colorado
Jun 17, 2008 - 03:16pm PT


It wasn't all love and happiness! Baja 1981 with the bus "Lucky." We did a rebuild on this van a year latter in the lodge lot with the help of some great guy's who seem to hang around this place supertopo. Thanks!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Jun 17, 2008 - 03:23pm PT
Ed, thanks for saving me from myself....I think. You have to admit it was a good idea. smiles Lynne

ps, the foot photos are a nice touch. I say more foot photos.

So, now I can put a face with a name, nice to see you Blinny.
Blinny

Trad climber
NWMontana
Jun 17, 2008 - 03:25pm PT


This is theRealBlinny. . . I'm just eKatTheFake.

:-)

eKatTheFake
Double D

climber
Jun 17, 2008 - 04:01pm PT
VW's...oh yeah touched EVERY part and re-built the engine TWICE in the Lodge parking lot with the help of Dave Hitchcock...THANKS DAVE if you're lurking out there!

Racking for Sea of Dreams


EDIT: Note Dale stirring the PB with a parking lot stick 0-;
scuffy b

climber
watching the flytrap
Jun 17, 2008 - 04:26pm PT
eKat,

This looks like an opportunity for you.
Please, tell us about what Dale is doing in that picture.
Big stir stick, no?
Jaybro

Social climber
wuz real!
Jun 17, 2008 - 04:39pm PT
getin ready for;
A) Sepeku
2) stirring hippie peanutbutter.

Gotta dive into the VW foto files...
Blinny

Trad climber
NWMontana
Jun 17, 2008 - 05:04pm PT
Undoubtedly, DB (that would be DaleBoy) is stirin' up some ScummyJim!

Dang!

You wanna talk bring back some memories?

He COULD be mixin' said ScummyJim up with some Brewer's yeast, too. . . and honey. . . . 10 parts honey, 1 part Brewer's yeast and 1 part ScummyJim!

HohMahn!

I'm lookin' all through that pic for my 65 Splitty! Ya know. . . I gotta scan some shots of that bus and post them up!

:-)

eKatOldDadBrockman
Blinny

Trad climber
NWMontana
Jun 17, 2008 - 05:20pm PT


Check out TheReal's SquareBack! It was the UNIT! (he used to make a mean SLCD, too!)

I'll beat ya'll to it:

"NICE RACK!"

:-)

I say. . . "NICE HAIR". . . what was I thinkin'?

eKatAndFriends
nita

climber
chica from chico, I don't claim to be a daisy
Jun 17, 2008 - 05:26pm PT
eKat, I think your hair looks cute..modified mullet, lets get married. ;-)

Hey, do you still own that purple VW?
Blinny

Trad climber
NWMontana
Jun 17, 2008 - 05:32pm PT
HeeHEE, nita! (should we set a date?)

:-)

It was a modified something, I tell you! It was stick straight, to my waist and sun bleached as clear as fishing line - then one day I decided to try something different.

HohMahn.

As soon as Blue Friend (a gay - uhhhh, yathink? - hair dresser in Mt Shasta) set the scissors to it, it got CURLY, turned red and completely blew my mind. . . but. . . thank the GreatGoddessOfSurfChicks, it grew back just fine.

Whew!

eKat
Blinny

Trad climber
NWMontana
Jun 17, 2008 - 05:34pm PT
No. . . I sold Her Majesty.

She was gettin' HAMMERED up here in Montana. Show cars and dirt roads just don't get along that well!

Took me a YEAR to make the decision to sell her. . . it was a gut wrencher. But. . . ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

eKat
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jun 17, 2008 - 07:05pm PT
Oh man, I'm so jealous of all you van owners. . .
I got to drive one across country from DC to the Tetons
in '74, we averaged about 30 miles per hour. A speed trip!
But never owned one. Alas, I have a picture of my first car below--it did almost as fast up to West by god Virginny. . .
and even just Cumberland Maryland. . .



It got more colors as it grew older and as my driving
worsened. . . . but I slept in it more times than I'd like to
admit. . .

Oh god, I forgot, I even had hair in that picture!!!!
Jaybro

Social climber
wuz real!
Jun 17, 2008 - 07:45pm PT
I only owned three of them; all spit windows '64,5,6. Though those Were the days, there is something to be said for a more modern reliable machine; My current ride, a 19 yr old Saab, combines enough mystery and reliability and the odd bit of actual performance, to keep my toes where I want them to be!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Jun 17, 2008 - 07:59pm PT
510/511 I think your van is the same one I had. I know the color was the same. Could you check out the Van on some old pic's and slides Thread....it's like the 3rd pic I think...and let me know. Why are so many of us gals model and year challenged when it comes to cars? Only If you have time of course. Thanks! Lynne

Surely you guys have some more legs and feet photos with your van pics!? Mr. Fish must be ill, can't believe he hasn't contributed from his vast store of knowledge and photo library. hahaha
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Jun 17, 2008 - 08:13pm PT
VW's--there's nothing like 'em (for better and worse).

I've shown this one before...my most recent two VW's, along with wife and son:



And then my '67 Westy during a tire meltdown on the way to Red Rocks:

Fletcher

Trad climber
The hear and now, currently Pasadena, CA
Jun 17, 2008 - 08:35pm PT
Hey eKat:

What rack?

What hair?

The first thing I noticed in that photo are those wicked cool Vuarnets!

Fletch
Forest

Trad climber
Tucson, AZ
Jun 17, 2008 - 08:49pm PT
Fast forward:



my friend cob and my 2004 Jetta TDI.
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
Jun 17, 2008 - 08:55pm PT
Ed, what a great thread.

However, it will never be complete until we have a picture of that fabled bus that graced Camp 4 for so many years.
How do you spell...
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jun 17, 2008 - 08:58pm PT
Ekat...the hair cut must have been a 80's things...my wife in Telluride in 1982 with my oldest.




PS...that is a nice rack you have there.


Thanks for the birthday thread...you are a special one.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Jun 17, 2008 - 08:59pm PT
Forest, nice car. Jettas go faster, right. I had one VW. They were just to slow.

Question: VW owners, when you're going 50mph and you could have been home 2 hours ago, well does that bother you?

From: We like speed.

perswig

climber
Jun 17, 2008 - 09:03pm PT
What goes around, comes around...
No pics, but a) parents gave up a Karmann Ghia convert. when I was born; b) learned to drive stick in a bus; and c) now we're a Passat and Golf fam.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 17, 2008 - 09:04pm PT
Lynne, maybe Gary Carpenter will post about how fast I would drive 510OW...

the water cooled rigs moved a lot faster...
but Debbie didn't like the new bus because we didn't go slow enough up hill for her to botanize from the passengers seat.

As for "going slow" it is part of the VW Zen, learning patience, and being one with the journey. It was good to learn that sometimes, things go at their own pace.

And eKat... the thing Gary and I notice about a gal first are her cams... and you got a nice set in that picture!

Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Jun 17, 2008 - 09:23pm PT
Hi Ed,

I caught the ST flu but have recovered today after climbing, "al b et" indoors but the endorphines are there even indoors to heal and cure the flu bug.


"Patience.....Things go at their own pace". Story of my life.


Since my whole life is P&P I have a fast car and I love it! Smiles! Lord it is good to feel like Lynne again!



Blinny

Trad climber
NWMontana
Jun 17, 2008 - 09:24pm PT
More feet. . . here are some more feet:

Mine. . . first day out on the new Plati-Trauma - after up/down grading from Leather and Length. . .



They crank!

eKatTheFakeBlinny
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jun 17, 2008 - 09:27pm PT
Lynne...My wife has a new bug at it is steady at over 100 mph...I still like my 67 bug. Picking it up in two week...can't wait.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Jun 17, 2008 - 09:30pm PT
ekat, good ...maybe it will encourage hairy monsters to post more toes, feet and legs. Ekat I don't get the Blinny, ekat thing...I'm kinda new...could you re explain it to me.

I confuse easily. On ST people have two names, then you have three or more....??? Help...Lynne
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jun 17, 2008 - 09:46pm PT
An early model sport utility:


Beetles were great for mileage, repairs, in snow, and for clearance on logging roads. The mufflers were pretty cheap, too.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Jun 17, 2008 - 09:55pm PT
Mighty Hiker, thanks for the first gut laugh I've had in several weeks! Now I love my SUV even more. We actually rock climbed with one of our Suv's ...rednecks couldn't believe it!

Good report, Bob, I can deal with 100mph. Let me know how she likes it. You have a really terrific family! God Bless you all.

Lynnie

Blinny

Trad climber
NWMontana
Jun 17, 2008 - 09:56pm PT
Shazzbot. . . I did explain the Blinny thing to you. . . didn't I?

Blanchard (that would be Blinny) used to work with a guy would couldn't say Blanchard. . . so he called him Blinnyard. . .( he was from Mexico City). . . and if morphed into Blinny. . . then said Blinny (Mark Blanchard - think Silent Partner, think Blanchard Gutiars, think lots of wall solos). . . started postin' up on the Taco to help people out with the Silent Partner. . . then I started reading along and found people like Werner, and Largo and other dads from BITD2 (BackInTheDirtBackInTheDay - when I lived on the rescue site in C4) and I wanted to start yammerin' with these dads. . . but since Blanchard and I share the same ISP we weren't allowed to get separate accounts on TheTacoStand. . . so I have to use BLINNY. . . but I always sign my posts so you know it's me and not Blanchard. . . when he signs, he's BOR-FRIKKING-ING and just writes:

Mark

So. . . He's theRealBlinny and I'm theFakeBlinny. . .

Now that that's as clear as mud. ..

:-)

eKatTheFake
marty(r)

climber
beneath the valley of ultravegans
Jun 18, 2008 - 02:32am PT
Mussy's rig has a sticker that reads "I Brake for Monster Booty." Can't get more real than that!

Roy/Tar has some cool shots of Bill Russel rebuilding his rig that's pretty classic as well.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Jun 18, 2008 - 10:41am PT
ekat, thanks for the refresher course, I think it may stick this time. Plus I have all these great pics to reinforce!
Blinny

Trad climber
NWMontana
Jun 18, 2008 - 10:46am PT
Lynne. . . there's a WAY longer version of that "SO. . . Who Is Blinny, Anyway" thing - but I think you get the gist.

:-)

eKatThatWouldBeTheFake
Blinny

Trad climber
NWMontana
Jun 18, 2008 - 10:50am PT
And. . . Fletch. . . I still have those Vuarnets! I wear them EVERYDAY! I am fully addicted!

:-)

I actually have my very first pair, too. . . the "glacier" kind with the mudflaps! They're still in the original hardshell case that one of the maggots on rescue carved "BrockLady" on with a knife!

HILARIOUS!

eKat
hlehmann

Trad climber
San Fernando Valley
Jun 18, 2008 - 11:34am PT
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jun 18, 2008 - 11:38am PT
Ha!

Lookit them old hexes, jumars, and even the tubechocks!!!!
WOW
F10 Climber F11 Drinker

Trad climber
medicated and flat on my back
Jun 18, 2008 - 11:57am PT

Lynne,

Checked out your V dub bus from the "old pic's" thread and does look quite similar. Mine was a 66 with a bench front seat, bummer no pass through just roll over into the back. I couldn't be in a hurry going up Tioga pass, 2nd gear most all the way. Nice setup for road tripping. OT, but now I use a Sportsmobile and built the custom interior myself. Lots of room and goes up Tioga pass like it was flat until you get behind the rentabago's. Glad to hear you are getting out and enjoying some climbing, have fun

James
Jaybro

Social climber
wuz real!
Jun 18, 2008 - 12:02pm PT
and note, county 23 plates, way cooler than the obiqtuos posuer 22's!

Jay-5,17-bro
Norwegian

Trad climber
Placerville, California
Jun 18, 2008 - 12:32pm PT
after a while, you just leave the engine compartment door permanently open as demanded by the frequency of action, eh?
ontheedgeandscaredtodeath

Trad climber
San Francisco, Ca
Jun 18, 2008 - 12:32pm PT
Yeah, you don't see many from Sublette County. Pinedale I reckon...
goatboy smellz

climber
colorado
Jun 18, 2008 - 01:03pm PT


goatboy smellz

climber
colorado
Jun 18, 2008 - 01:04pm PT
A few more illustrations by Peter Aschwanden
from the John Muir book.




goatboy smellz

climber
colorado
Jun 18, 2008 - 01:05pm PT













salad

climber
Escondido
Jun 18, 2008 - 01:12pm PT
wild iris:


road trip!


preparing for sunset at ved:


good thing i wasnt behind the wheel... hippy lettuce!


first paid camping site in a few months.. sippin red wine out of a nalgene


violated in DC..got most of my rack and ice tools back, found em in a trash can 1 block away.


geekin out in colorado







hlehmann

Trad climber
San Fernando Valley
Jun 18, 2008 - 01:19pm PT
" Yeah, you don't see many from Sublette County. Pinedale I reckon... "

Yep, it's the Skinnermobile.
TMJesse

Mountain climber
Olympia, WA
Jun 18, 2008 - 01:48pm PT
My 5th van, following a 66, 88, 86, 02.


Fresno, about 1967 with European version Ghia


Fresno, 1973


Mora Campground, 2000 with Granny and Stella

TrundleBum

Trad climber
Las Vegas
Jun 18, 2008 - 01:53pm PT
My first ever vehicle:
68 split windshield bus, full camper.

I sold it two years after I bought it for the same price I paid $500.00.
And yes the sale and realization of the $500.00 was what financed my first fall season in the valley.
(insert Susan's dirt bag thread here -- )

The pic was taken on a sub zero morning, early ice season North Conway N.H, in 77'

Double D

climber
Jun 18, 2008 - 04:11pm PT
Jeeze Goatboy, the only thing that John Muir book illustration is missing.....












Lots of greasy smudges...LOTS
tolman_paul

Trad climber
Anchorage, AK
Jun 18, 2008 - 05:32pm PT
I came across a red and white bus that somebody rolled down into a streambed. It's obviously been picked through and vandalzied, but the body looks like it is in good shape. I'll have to take some pics. I'm half tempted to recover it, but don't know how I'd go about registering it, and would likely need to get some permission for the recovery, as there would be some vegitation that would need clearning. If I could figure out how to fit a small diesel in it, would make for a pretty trick rig.

My mom had a vw wagon when I was a wee lad, followed by a couple of rabbits (I know, fwd doesn't count). She always wanted a vw thing.
Jaybro

Social climber
wuz real!
Jun 18, 2008 - 06:02pm PT
on.....,
yeah prolly, I was pulling for La Barge, though (or is that over the line?) i lived briefly in Big Piney, never registered a car there, though.

is that a Quinlan rig in the photo?
ontheedgeandscaredtodeath

Trad climber
San Francisco, Ca
Jun 18, 2008 - 06:12pm PT
My first taste of Wyoming was at the Antler in Bondurant when I was 15! I got a summer job up there and my new co-workers thought they'd get me on the right track.

My mom and dad had late 60s bug that me and my sister rode around in all the time, sans seat belts of course.

I had two VWs, both vans. I loved the repair book chapters- "Red Light Comes On" "Green Light Comes On"
Jaybro

Social climber
wuz real!
Jun 18, 2008 - 06:15pm PT
Too funny!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Jun 18, 2008 - 06:33pm PT
Say 510/511,

Thanks! for checking ... sounds like ours. It was so slow up grades I was always tempted to get out and run along side and clock it. Your Sportsmobile sounds great.

Going to peoples wall as sound as the 5 o'clock whistle blows. Tiger and company kept me away all last week due to the golf hordes. Should be great today! L.
F10 Climber F11 Drinker

Trad climber
medicated and flat on my back
Jun 18, 2008 - 06:57pm PT
Lynne,
Have a good time at people's wall this pm, I always preferred the am nice and cool.
Now Pump wall at sunset cliffs was my pm choice, and if you were lucky ya might catch the green flash!!!
Forest

Trad climber
Tucson, AZ
Jun 18, 2008 - 07:04pm PT
Lynn, you'll be happy to know that even fully loaded in climbing and mtn biking extended weekend mode (that's a hitch-mount rack with two bikes plus climbing gear, plus camping gear, plus food, plus plenty of other crap), my trusty little TDI torque machine can still do 80 mph up the grade heading north from phoenix to flagstaff. The biggest impediment is all the dopes in their huge SUVs who can't do it and don't get out of the way fast enough.

Oh, and we're getting 38 - 45 mpg average on the trip!
Blinny

Trad climber
NWMontana
Jun 18, 2008 - 07:50pm PT


Her Majesty - the bus that makes people smile.

You can see her better in this shot!

eKat
craig mo

Trad climber
L.A. Ca.
Jun 18, 2008 - 08:05pm PT
I had a 78 westfalia for a few years. 3 engines, many road repairs. i had a hard time slowing down but i did finally learn that bus zen thing.the engine hatch was a good thing i think. its the only car ive had that people would wave hello at you and twice i was offerd cash for it.I should have gone for the cash befor she broke again.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Jun 23, 2008 - 04:34pm PT
Yikes! I got passed by a yellow beetle yesterday and I was going over 80. It must have been juiced. Whole new respect for the bugs! lrl
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, Ca
Jun 23, 2008 - 05:13pm PT
Nice van's and bugs y'all. I especially like the synchro's. Just to reprezent a different side of the VW lineage, here's the '92 GTI-16V 2L makin' time somewhere between Boise and Bishop..

And of course when it comes to horizontally opposed cylinders behind the occupants there is big daddy:


Can't sleep in it though...
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jun 23, 2008 - 08:38pm PT
These two guys/girls have weather a few storms together. Somewhere in northern NM.

Lynne Leichtfuss

Social climber
valley center, ca
Jun 23, 2008 - 10:03pm PT
Last two photos great! I like memories...but practicality wins. Ksolem .... very cool ride. Wonder how it matches up to mine? lrl
Matt

Trad climber
primordial soup
Jun 25, 2008 - 04:12am PT
newly in the VW club!











Bovine

Trad climber
USA
Jun 25, 2008 - 10:48am PT
Here are a few of many over the years...ahh the travelin' life!

1998 at "High Acres" in Estes Park, Colorado in the 76'er


And more recent (maybe 2007) at Quartz Mountain, Oklahoma in the 84'


Morning preclimb Hippy Speedball meeting, Jackson Falls Illinois 2006



And last but not least, the lovely 76' in the background in Tuolumne, 2001 SAR site and posse...



bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jun 26, 2008 - 06:01pm PT
The new ride. I pick it up next week. 67 bug...classic!

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Jun 26, 2008 - 06:07pm PT
Jimmy Dunn, Ron Cox and Ron's beetle at the Fisher Towers, 1971.

TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jun 26, 2008 - 07:16pm PT
No Vdub discussion would be complete without bringing this up


http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-970449889577119113&q=woody+allen+sleeper&ei=USNkSOjQLZOEqgP-1LyuAw&hl=en

Had one that almost looked that bad once
Jaybro

Social climber
wuz real!
Jun 26, 2008 - 07:28pm PT
Dunno bob, not sure if I could trust one of that vintage that didn't have a sprung hood.
Nefarius

Big Wall climber
Fresno, CA
Jun 26, 2008 - 08:19pm PT
Jeez... What's in the back of your bus, there Kat? Looks like you have a pallet of bricks in the back, the way your bus is sagging in the back! lol

Definitely a cool ride, Kris - been thinking about buying one. But I'm not exactly sure I'd call the Boxter the "big daddy"... :)
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jun 26, 2008 - 08:30pm PT
Jay...here is what the car looked like six months ago.



Bargainhunter

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, CA
Jun 26, 2008 - 09:46pm PT
I have a few....how to post my photos?
Matt

Trad climber
primordial soup
Jun 26, 2008 - 09:49pm PT
search "post a photo" on the forum
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, Ca
Jun 26, 2008 - 09:53pm PT
Nef - Big difference when you go to the "S" model.

Bob D, that 67 is nice. As I recall that was the first or second year after they started using ball joints (not kingpins) for the front end. Also, I think that was a crossover year which was the first 12V, but still with many of the burly 6V components. As I recall 68 was a bummer...
Matt

Trad climber
primordial soup
Jun 26, 2008 - 10:01pm PT
but can you sleep in it?
Jingy

Social climber
Flatland, Ca
Jun 26, 2008 - 10:17pm PT
Is this all strictly old buble style VWs?

or can us newer owners chime in.

But then again, I don't want to ruin the motif!


Shaggy Edit: What is it about the VW owner that seems to automatically give them the sense that they are down to earth, wholesome, and good natured people?

Cheers to you all!
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jun 27, 2008 - 12:06am PT
Okay Bob D. What's the engine look like in that baby?
Totally redone? What kind of compression?
Looks awesome!
Jaybro

Social climber
wuz real!
Jun 27, 2008 - 04:16am PT
Too cool for school, Bob. Those of us who get it, know better, But I'm one of the ones that kinda truly get what you're after there even if I drive a more northern (almost 20 yr old) european rig as my, daily, 'get there', machine.
J. Werlin

climber
Cedaredge
Jun 27, 2008 - 01:51pm PT
Clean up


The Swell


Celebrity sighting

rockermike

Mountain climber
Berkeley
Jun 27, 2008 - 02:20pm PT
VWs, sweet. Great pictures.
My mom's first car was a '54 bug. One of the first imported into the US I understand. Cost (new) $1900, $1 a pound. My first car was a '68 bug. Had it for a few years until the engine blew somewhere in Southeastern Idaho. I actually lived in mine for a year on an extended road trip. Took out both the back seat and passenger seat. Tool chest sat in place of passenger seat and bed would lay across the top. Makes me nostalgic thinking about it although truth be told I don't remember being particularly happy that year. Did climb a lot though. ha Its probably youth I miss more than the car.
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jun 27, 2008 - 02:25pm PT
Laurel (my lovely bride) and me in 1974.





Laurel...with the first (Herness) of many VW's.



Pretty classic!
Jaybro

Social climber
wuz real!
Jun 27, 2008 - 02:29pm PT
I had a 64 (I bought it '74,even)and a 67 bus that each looked just like that one, Bob, too funny!
Majid_S

Mountain climber
Bay Area
Jun 28, 2008 - 12:55am PT
1974 VW Westfalia Camper, powered by a 1980 Mazda 1400 cc 4 cylinder (non-rotary) water cooled engine, 4 wheel disc brakes.Fuel consumptions; 25-35 mpg and only one such VW camper in the entire world with this configuration.Engine adapter design,fabrication and installation by me. No more leaking or burning oil, no more freezing ice box in winter .

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nita

climber
chica from chico, I don't claim to be a daisy
Jun 28, 2008 - 01:49am PT
Mr Bob d"antonio, I Love your *VW Wedding pictures*, Classic and Beautiful!!! Hope you don't mind, going to copy it and put it on my fridge- with my other cool pictures.

I had a vw bug once, it died going up Old priest grade. We hitch hiked to Groveland, and the folks at the Iron door saloon had pity on us, and gave us a room for the night.

Don Reid used to have a white VW Van~ that he bought from Gail Wilts. Someone broke into it when he was climbing the Captain. They robbed him blind, climbing gear and everything, well.. they did leave behind my Peter Tosh cassette and his Ziggy stardust poster....Wish I had a picture of the van.

edit: this story has a good ending, to lazy to post it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nl4X6nGI-rA&feature=related

Melissa

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Jun 28, 2008 - 01:58am PT
Between the ages of 0 and 7ish my parent had a parade of VW Busses.

First white. Then orange. Then turquoise. Then baby-poo green.

I used to stand in the space in between the two front seats. (Or sit on the cooler.) If the adults in front were smoking, I'd probably go to the way-back to escape it and play on the blanket back there. Times sure have changed. There were bars on the back of the front seats that facilitated this.

I remember stepping in my mom's birthday cake once at a sudden stop when it was left on the ground next to the stick.

Also, growing up near Buffalo, I remember how cold they would be in the back during the winter...except for your feet if they were near the lone vent between the seats...in which case you'd get blisters.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Jun 28, 2008 - 12:20pm PT
Great thread Ed! Here is a unique one: RR cutting a Matelija poppy for our dashboard while on a winter trip out near Kelso, CA back in 1972. In the background is his red VW bus---kind of his trademark really---that by this point had had four engines. He loved to lug the motor. I think RR was about 37 years old then.






Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 28, 2008 - 12:50pm PT
wonder pictures all!
I was looking closely at Peter's and wondered what seemed odd to me, I think that it is reversed, the doors to the main compartment open on the right side of the bus, and RR is right handed (I assume) so I'd expect his knife to be in his right hand...

but it doesn't really matter as it is a fantastic image from the past.

four engines! it doesn't seem too unusual...
Ron Raimonde

Big Wall climber
Sedona,Az
Jun 28, 2008 - 03:50pm PT
My 67 Deluxe road ready!












goatboy smellz

climber
colorado
Jun 28, 2008 - 08:03pm PT
Wow, this thread just keeps getting better.
Thank you all for sharing your stories and photos.

Here's a custom job I spotted along the way.

bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jun 28, 2008 - 08:12pm PT
Nita...thanks, one of the best days of my life.

Thanks Ed for this great thread and everyone else for their great stories and photos.
L

climber
Eating sand on the shores of Malibu...
Jun 28, 2008 - 08:35pm PT
I'm with Nita, Bob. Those are some classic wedding photos of you and Laurel.


And Majid--That yellow fellow with the Mazda engine sounds/looks awesome! Is it as easy to work on a Mazda as a VW?
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Jun 28, 2008 - 09:45pm PT
Well, Ed,

In fashion photography we usually reserve the right to flip images for the sake of the layout. .

Anyway, I am thinking you are right, I must have scanned the slide wrong face down. His VW didn't have doors on the drivers side...mine had doors on BOTH sides but it was a freak of nature, a VW transporter. Anders just pointed out that Royal was 37 then, not 42, so I edited my post. And Anders goes on to remark how much RR had accomplished by this point, 1971 early winter. I think his only huge effort in the Valley after this was trying to solo first ascent the Tangerine Trip. And by your and my terms at this point, we picture him as being rather young and spry . He was about to be a father for the first time btw and it was scaring the hell out of him...long story.

best ph.
salad

climber
Escondido
Jun 28, 2008 - 11:12pm PT
great pic peter..
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jun 28, 2008 - 11:22pm PT
Thanks, everyone, for the wonderful stories and photos! Very much a wayback, or a flashback, thread - though I'm glad to see that some still run with VWs.

After the photo I posted upthread, I guess I'm lucky not to be persecuted for VW abuse. :-)
salad

climber
Escondido
Jun 28, 2008 - 11:39pm PT
ron, that there is a pretty bus!
salad

climber
Escondido
Jun 28, 2008 - 11:50pm PT
while this link has very limited content of our vw(it does have a little), the content it does contain was most certainly influenced by her...

tessa goes to big basin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gYIljAEJiU
L

climber
Eating sand on the shores of Malibu...
Jun 29, 2008 - 12:26am PT
That was great, Salad! She was a little talker then, wasn't she.
swill

Social climber
Colorado
Jun 29, 2008 - 01:18am PT
They held a lot of sh#t that's for sure. My 72 helping us climb the East Face of Mt Alice!
Ron Raimonde

Big Wall climber
Sedona,Az
Jun 29, 2008 - 03:54pm PT
Salad,thanks. Fun Video, I'm also having fun with a little one in Yosemite these days. Quite a change from back in the days! Unfortunately I hesitate to park this one at the base of the captain for any length of time.
Russ Walling

Social climber
Out on the sand.... man.....
Jun 29, 2008 - 04:06pm PT


Blinny

Trad climber
NWMontana
Jun 29, 2008 - 04:13pm PT
SUCH AN AWESOME VIDEO, salad!

I needed that - thanks!

YAY!

ox

eKat

P.S. And. . . Ron. . . that splitty ROOLS THE EARTH. . . before you park that thing ANYWHERE make sure you do something to the front door windows so they can't be so easily rocked open by theiving sons-a-suckerfish! (I could break into an unprotected splitty bus in about 30 seconds - and all it takes is the palms of my hands!)

I drilled and tapped just behind the sliders so bolts could be put in.

Splitties are totally bitchen - but they are WAY too easy to break into.

BE SMART!

:-)

Ron Raimonde

Big Wall climber
Sedona,Az
Jun 29, 2008 - 04:54pm PT
eKat thanks for the advise and the earlier posts. What you said about her majesty bringing a smile to peoples faces is spot on. If I pay attention to everyone I pass, 7 out of 10 have a big grin on! its what makes the old dubs special. Rus- A picture is worth a thousand words dude!
Blinny

Trad climber
NWMontana
Jun 29, 2008 - 05:37pm PT
Ron. . . ya know. . . when she was just an old tan and white bus I'd get flipped off (cause she was slow). . . then when I exercised my Mid-Life-Celebration-Rights and turned her into Her Majesty. . . and all those middle fingers turned into PEACE SIGNS!

Sheer magic, I tell ya!

:-)

eKat

P.S. I really do need to scan some pix of my 65 Splitty Bus. . . Root Beer Metal Flake with Jackman wheels. . . he was somethin' else!
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jun 30, 2008 - 02:09pm PT
I hope I'm not overdoing it with posting these photos...it's just that VW's played such a big part in of our lives when we were young.

My wife Laurel in Madrid, NM 1973.

Dancing with joy after finding out she was pregnant with our first. Tesuque, NM


The sporty time of our lives. The Ghia. Tesuque, NM


Our son Jeremy first day on this planet. Santa Fe, NM


Thanks, Bob
Blinny

Trad climber
NWMontana
Jun 30, 2008 - 02:11pm PT
Just delilghtful!

Thanks!

eKat
salad

climber
Escondido
Jul 1, 2008 - 05:30pm PT
sonora pass, she was up ALL night nursing...


play time in the back seat
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 4, 2008 - 01:27pm PT
Just got this baby home from Taos...







Cruised at 65-70 mph the whole way...
L

climber
Soy latte center of the Known Universe
Jul 4, 2008 - 01:34pm PT
Now that's a work of art, Bob!
Kindredlion

Big Wall climber
4hrs too far from YNP
Jul 4, 2008 - 03:18pm PT
Nice Post...





dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 4, 2008 - 05:02pm PT
I lived in this '66 van for 6-8 years with my dog Washoe. This was it's first trip to the Navajo Reservation (Lukachukai) where Todd Gordon lived. It barely made it and was hard to drive with no clutch. This is his Hogan. On the interior it was a mini version of most houses he has lived in since, albeit with a dirt floor. This was in ~1977 or '78.

I lived briefly in Sacto where the tranny blew the week school ended. I bought a rebuilt tranny and put it in the day before I was to move to San Diego. When I got the "new" tranny in I went for a test drive only to find out they had accidentally given me a bad one. It only had one gear. I went straight back to the tranny place (in first gear) and got another and immediately put that one in and I was good to go.
I went through several engines and put the second one in at Hidden Valley Campground. I had started to build a hot engine for my previous car which was a '60 sunroof bug. I didn't finish the engine until I owned this van (it's third engine). It was an 1835cc with hot carb and camshaft and the van hauled ass. You could merge on the freeway and go straight into the fast lane and cruise. It lasted for less than a year until one day I was at Santee and was blasting a dirt hillclimb and broke both axles. Greg Epperson towed me home with the axles banging on the street the whole way.

After I fixed that mess it broke down in Mex at the Throne. I returned a week later with parts and fixed it again.On the drive home the engine blew and I washed my hands of it, leaving it on the side of the road west of La Rumerosa. My girlfriend Margy rescued me in her '64 bug. We spotted it for a couple months after and then it disappeared. I believe someone is living in it now.

I WILL NEVER OWN ANOTHER VOLKSWAGON!




Indianclimber

climber
Las Vegas
Sep 13, 2008 - 08:37pm PT
Bump for quick video
Kombi shorty

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VK0fyE8ing

and someone came over to work on the house

Jaybro

Social climber
wuz real!
Sep 13, 2008 - 08:39pm PT
I thought this would be the resurresction of 510 ow
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 13, 2008 - 08:53pm PT
I visited 510 OW yesterday, like I do every Friday I'm in town... it was driving around. Right now it's just down to the ECU communication to the connector in the front...
so soon, soon!
Indianclimber

climber
Las Vegas
Sep 13, 2008 - 08:59pm PT
Sorry I got your hopes up Jaybro
Jaybro

Social climber
wuz real!
Sep 13, 2008 - 09:27pm PT
'scool. Those of us with a VW past have learned the value of patience.
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Sep 13, 2008 - 09:33pm PT
Had a great VW once.

Lost it headed for the west coast of Vancouver Island with a load of sea kayaks and too much wine. Those logging truckers don't mess around. Circa 85 ish


Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 25, 2010 - 12:16am PT
check this out!

ADJUST YOUR VALVE GAP!
part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpH7VftH3_I

part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQ9ccGXtZL0

TIMING
part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xm4OmiVH2J0

part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbX-oC1WSbs

CARBURATOR!
part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOxxS1EMphU

part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWdZSr7x81w
Grahm Doe

Sport climber
Just South Of Heaven
Mar 25, 2010 - 12:50pm PT
Steves Synchro kickin it into 4 wheel drive to get back on the road. A tree blocked the way so a little derbying got him around and back on the way to Shuteye.

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looking sketchy there...

Social climber
Latitute 33
May 22, 2011 - 01:13pm PT
Ran across this old slide the other day. My 1959 Bug with the partially completed Dead Album painting at Vedauvoo (a cross-over photo to the Dead Head Thread). This car went everywhere, 36 hp engine, crash-box transmissions and no gas gauge (just a little lever you kicked over with your foot when the engine sputtered due to lack of gas).

My 59 bug and Vedauvoo.
My 59 bug and Vedauvoo.
Credit: looking sketchy there...
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
May 22, 2011 - 01:43pm PT
Nice, sketchy!
Credit: drljefe

Drove all over Baja with my parents in a green 77 Westie, southern Mexico in a Beetle, and everywhere from Smith south in my 81 Westie.
Then it was "Oh what a feeling! "...
Toyota!
o-man

Trad climber
Paia,Maui,HI
May 22, 2011 - 02:49pm PT
o-man in Eldo late 70's
o-man in Eldo late 70's
Credit: o-man
BillO

Trad climber
Yachats, OR
May 22, 2011 - 04:07pm PT
Joshua Tree
Ryan campground, Joshua Tree
Ryan campground, Joshua Tree
Credit: BillO
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Topic Author's Reply - May 22, 2011 - 04:13pm PT
my '89 Golf at the trail head leading to the Saskatchiwan Glacier, Alberta, Canada... 1993



lest you think this was not an automotive adventure trip, the main hose from the radiator to the water pump... same trip, jury rig:



which got changed in Lethbridge.. I still feel guilty for the pirate cooling system repair on some back street that released coolant into the local water table... sorry!
o-man

Trad climber
Paia,Maui,HI
May 22, 2011 - 05:09pm PT
Credit: o-man
perswig

climber
May 22, 2011 - 06:29pm PT
Driving the back roads to N. Conway last fall I thought I saw a familiar shape sticking out of a guy's garage; turned around just to check.
Sure enough, a VW Thing. Hadn't seen one since I was a kid.

Dale
OnL4ch

Sport climber
San Francisco
May 22, 2011 - 07:30pm PT
Credit: OnL4ch
:) props to goatboy for the idiot manual pics. I did a pan up resto of a 66 type 1 with only that book to guide me, brings back memories.
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
May 22, 2011 - 07:52pm PT
Thanks for posting up all these great shots!

I have rebuilt a few bugs over the years, but I've lost all the pics that I had. Did a few Baja conversions, but most were Cali mods.

Awesome to see the Fish mobile, I've read a few references to it here and there and wondered what it looked like. Awesome that he still has it.

My girl and I are talking about doing a restoration project, she wants to do a Ghia but I'd love to do a split window bus....I remember seeing a pic of one in Hawaii that had hinged windows in some massive graveyard over there that I thought was pretty cool.
mctwisted

Social climber
superslacker city
May 22, 2011 - 11:26pm PT
black velvet canyon (bitd when you could spend a week with no hass...
black velvet canyon (bitd when you could spend a week with no hassel and not see anyone)
Credit: mctwisted
boating the mighty merced
boating the mighty merced
Credit: mctwisted
had this 1970 bus for 15 years, of coarse it was parked in camp 4 for a dozen years without moving. only went through one engine, drove her like i was an old lady.
(miss that proud rig.)
Off White

climber
Tenino, WA
May 23, 2011 - 12:18am PT
Rooting mouse nests out of the ventilation system in the 91 Vanagon. I'm not fond of mice.

Credit: Off White
o-man

Trad climber
Paia,Maui,HI
May 23, 2011 - 01:41am PT
Credit: o-man
Credit: o-man
I saw this baby setting all by herself at the beach today when I was looking for waves.
This thread came to mind so I snapped a couple pix.
reddirt

climber
PNW
May 23, 2011 - 01:42am PT
ouch on the mice nests...

on a different note, has anyone ever been to http://syncrodemayo.com/ ?
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
May 24, 2011 - 09:19am PT
Bumping this, because I don't want to see the thread die just yet :)
guyman

Trad climber
Moorpark, CA.
May 24, 2011 - 09:46am PT
Me in my Van.
Me in my Van.
Credit: guyman



What I love about em is this... when you get tired, no need to set up a pup tent, just pull over and pass out.

Needles CG 2010
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
May 24, 2011 - 10:11am PT
I went through a bunch of VW vans and one Bug. Love and hate relationship but mostly love

This is the next generation of Van Obsession . These babies are found all round the world except for detroit dominated North America of course. They are still fairly gutless but who cares cuz the important stuff is low maintenance / long life diesel, high clearance 4WD, high ceiling, Engine under the passenger seat and it feels just like an old V Dub. Downside is right hand drive which presents some serious visibility / safety issues, and parts and shop issues.

Someone needs to write an idiots guide to Delica Maintenance... illustrated by Tami Knight.
Remember letting your rig warm up for the time it takes to roll a smoke? I heard the guy died of lung cancer. Anyone know if thats true?


Mitsubishi Delica (chomonix model)
Mitsubishi Delica (chomonix model)
Credit: Bruce Kay

get a load of this line written on the side of the Chamonix - the climbers rig

the strange stuff the Japanese like to say
the strange stuff the Japanese like to say
Credit: Bruce Kay

A number of crafty dealers in Vancouver buy them up used and cheep in Japan (The Gov there offers incentives to get rid of older models for emmision standards reasons) and re-sell them here.
Here's the funny part... Delica owners are in the habit of waving to each other whenever we drive past each other! There's even a internet forum and a truly obsessed cult following.

The only other rig that I can think of that tops these babies is the camperized Mercedes/ dodge Sprint. The snazziest one I saw belongs to Jack Tackle and he was too coy to let us know how much it cost. Queen sized bed, granite counter tops and a shower. Pretty decadent.





Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Run like the wind.
May 24, 2011 - 10:17am PT
Canada is very wise to allow the imports of 660cc motor microvans too. The U.S. is too stupid to allow such sensible ideas as these.

DMT
Bruce Kay

Gym climber
BC
May 24, 2011 - 10:25am PT
Dingus, I agree but they should be converted to left hand drive. The visibility issues are serious under very specific conditions ( turning right at intersection, changing lanes when your windows are all fogged up....)

Off White

climber
Tenino, WA
May 24, 2011 - 12:15pm PT
Yeah, I've cast covetous glances at the Delica, just chatted up a Canuck at Red Rocks who gave me a card for a dealer in Vancouver. I think there are import issues for the US though. Can't just be the drive side, around here all the rural mail carriers drive private cars with right hand drives, so maybe there's emission issues too. Canada does emit more CO2 per capita than the US.

The Delica is smaller, does it comfortably sleep folks 6' and taller?

Not surprised that Delica owners wave to each other, its been VW Van standard behavior, across the model changes, forever. Its rather charming to be able to count on complete strangers stopping at your roadside breakdown just because you share an obsession with a vehicle. It's less charming that sometimes those breakdowns are more frequent than seems reasonable though.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
May 24, 2011 - 12:21pm PT
I saw a Thing yesterday in Moab. A smattring of Delica's the last few weeks, as well.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Run like the wind.
May 24, 2011 - 12:25pm PT
Yes the diesel motors used do not meet U.S. emission standards. For the tiny microvans they are lacking some key safety features as well I think. You can't license either in the U.S. I think, at least not without cheating or mods... or both. Canadian importers are fairly dismissive of U.S. origin queries, ie. don't bother us.

DMT
o-man

Trad climber
Paia,Maui,HI
May 24, 2011 - 04:05pm PT
Victor the Inflicter in his Syncro checking out the surf on the Oregon...
Victor the Inflicter in his Syncro checking out the surf on the Oregon Coast
Credit: o-man
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
May 24, 2011 - 06:26pm PT
Great thread Ed! Thanks for all the postings up until now (esp. yours Bob D'.)

This is my dad (also Darwin) just off Saddlebag Lake road just past Tioga Pass in maybe '68. He took me and Matt Pollock up there for a weekend. He was a great dad and passed away in 2005. Before this bus, he had a 195? that had the semaphore turn signals. He gave me the van (I am not worthy) and it spent two Falls in the Valley and got broken into by a bear through the cracked back window by a bear. The bear shredded that cloth lining they put in the early 60s vans.

Peter Haan, did I miss the photos of yours?

Credit: Darwin
youngharz

Boulder climber
Carpinteria
May 24, 2011 - 10:38pm PT
A pic of My Buddy Jeff's van on the way up to Slesse during a 2004 roadtrip to Canada. Adventuring around in this van inspired me to eventually take the plunge and get a westy of my own!

Credit: youngharz

This winter, the two westy's finally met down in Cochise Stronghold!

Credit: youngharz
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
May 24, 2011 - 10:59pm PT
Had a VW Bus in the 70's, got flipped off because I was going too slow up hills and froze my ass in the Winter due to the funky heater- didn't stay a fan for long.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
May 24, 2011 - 11:29pm PT
Baja approach
Baja approach
Credit: StahlBro

Baja approach
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Oct 3, 2013 - 12:41pm PT
The last VW vans...

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/09/23/225344120/no-way-man-last-vw-van-to-soon-roll-off-assembly-line?utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=20130929&utm_source=mostemailed
perswig

climber
Oct 3, 2013 - 09:36pm PT
Just traded in a '03 Golf with 219K (195K were mine) for a '10 Golf with 24K.
It's like Groundhog Day.

Love this rig.

Dale
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de La Playa
Oct 3, 2013 - 10:19pm PT
Hadn't seen this thread. Haven't seen my photos of my VW's either.

Loved the Complete Idiot book.

Loved being able to pick up mine or someone else's to "make" a new parking spot in the Mammoth parking lot.

Not really what I was talking about, but a great photo nonetheless.






anita514

Gym climber
Great White North
Oct 3, 2013 - 10:34pm PT
vw golf wagaon (jetta wagon in US) tdi, baby

Captain...or Skully

climber
Oct 4, 2013 - 12:09am PT
Nice rig....I got one of those too...not the wagon, though. It's badass. A tank and a third to ND from Boise. Sweet
Fat Paul

Trad climber
Right Coast
Oct 4, 2013 - 12:52am PT
Spot on donini, those buses and bugs were freakin cold in the winter. Would have to use an ice scraper on the inside of the windshield to get rid of the frozen condensation from my breath off. Started using an old coleman gas lantern inside my bug during the winter which hung from the roll bar. Produced almost tropical conditions on the inside. The only draw back was that you became blinded if you did not rap foil around the lantern glass.
mctwisted

Trad climber
e.p.
Oct 4, 2013 - 12:57am PT
redrocks in the late 80's
redrocks in the late 80's
Credit: mctwisted
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Oct 4, 2013 - 12:59am PT
Nice one Mctwisted, living the dream right there.

DMT
mctwisted

Trad climber
e.p.
Oct 4, 2013 - 01:03am PT
yeh bud, as good as it gets right there
Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Oct 4, 2013 - 02:05am PT
Anita,

Got that Jetta Wgn TDI. Sweet rig.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Oct 5, 2013 - 08:55am PT
My ol' volkswagons took me everywhere back in the 1970s... I could pull the engine and have it rebuilit, re-installed and running again in 8 hours - all by myself. Of course, I got so good at rebuilding the engines because I had to do it so many times. Do you think it was because VW engines were so bad, or was it because the guy rebuilding the engines was so bad? Alas, my squareback perished when it was rear-ended, and I sold the scrap to help finance a trip to Denali. Now I want a VW window van, but my wife says she'll divorce me if I get one.

Looking foolish in knickers and a hangover. Tahoe ice climbing trip 19...
Looking foolish in knickers and a hangover. Tahoe ice climbing trip 1970s.
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
Kirkwood 1970s
Kirkwood 1970s
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
Making pancakes "New Orleans Style" - BLACKENED! <br/>
Mid-1970s below the...
Making pancakes "New Orleans Style" - BLACKENED!
Mid-1970s below the Dana Plateau and Lee Vining
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
Bugaboos 1982
Bugaboos 1982
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat
perswig

climber
Oct 5, 2013 - 09:10am PT
Looks like McTwisted scored some good aftermarket options for the bus.


God help me, I almost bought this beauty at this year's OHTM car auction.
Instant attraction.



Never had seen one before, thought it was a Rabbit, but it's a Squareback. Pretty sure '66, although they also had a Ghia so this may have been a '74. I luckily came to my senses WAYYY before the bidding ended at $7300.

Dale
jopay

climber
so.il
Oct 5, 2013 - 10:50am PT
I had two Bugs a 66 and bought a new 71. How did you folks keep from burning an exhaust valve, seems mine always did, even if I had them adjusted. Something about the oil cooler blocking the number 3 cylinder, as it seemed the number 3 cylinder was most prone to burning.Did Porsches of that era use a different valve material, or perhaps their cooling fan was different.
sensi

climber
vegas
Oct 5, 2013 - 12:52pm PT
My rig Peggy-O.
My rig Peggy-O.
Credit: sensi
wilbeer

Mountain climber
honeoye falls,ny.greeneck alleghenys
Oct 8, 2013 - 01:56pm PT
Yep ,I am a vw mechanic.87 Wolfsburgh Weekender,under reconstruction.

The Rocket Ship just did 960 mile round trip up to the White Mountains[mountain driving], a shade under 24 mpg.
Credit: wilbeer
Credit: wilbeer
Credit: wilbeer
I call it the Rocket Ship because some dude from PA with a 64 bus called it that.

Great pics,Harry and Dan.

drewsky

climber
Seattle
Oct 8, 2013 - 02:16pm PT
The Fox at the Pollen Grains parking area in the Buttermilks, CA.
The Fox at the Pollen Grains parking area in the Buttermilks, CA.
Credit: drewsky

The only car I have ever owned: my trusty 1990 VW Fox. I'm really not sure how it's lasted a decade in my 'care', but I'm definitely becoming a mechanic, albeit slowly.
perswig

climber
Oct 13, 2013 - 04:15pm PT












Dale
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Oct 13, 2013 - 05:36pm PT
Snowy april Seneca 2001
Snowy april Seneca 2001
Credit: tradmanclimbs
87 Syncro
mooser

Trad climber
seattle
Oct 13, 2013 - 07:09pm PT
My '86 Westy on my way to the Sound for some paddling...

Credit: mooser
goatboy smellz

climber
लघिमा
May 19, 2014 - 04:57pm PT
74 Bus weekend Camper for sale

Nederland has new city ordinance that a vehicle needs to be registered in order to keep around.

I dont have the time for a project so anyone interested in a restoration project feel free to contact
me through ST or The Samba site.

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds/detail.php?id=1640757







eKat

Trad climber
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
May 19, 2014 - 04:57pm PT
I LOVE THAT BUS!
goatboy smellz

climber
लघिमा
May 19, 2014 - 04:59pm PT
I love it too but it's time for someone else to take of her.
eKat

Trad climber
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
May 19, 2014 - 05:01pm PT
Yeah. . . I know the feeling.

I bet you get a good offer. That Samba site works wonders.

Good luck.

Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
May 19, 2014 - 05:18pm PT
Here's a bump for goatboy's ride.

Ran into this bus just outside of strawberry at Chuck's cabin.
eKat

Trad climber
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
May 19, 2014 - 05:26pm PT
DOOD. . . check out that front bumper.

Hard core!

And. . . that luggage rack is killer!
hobo_dan

Social climber
Minnesota
May 19, 2014 - 09:00pm PT
Man I thought it was the Skinnermobile!
Todd was the best--I remember him giving me a can of brake fluid for my leaking bug from that very same rig
eKat

Trad climber
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
May 20, 2014 - 08:17am PT
I sent this shot to Blanchard and told him I'd just bought it and couldn't wait for him to get here and help me get it running.

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He replied with this shot, saying this one was more practical and and far less dangerous.

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Missing photo ID#358745

HA!

Gotta love the little rag top lid!

LOVE IT!

:-)
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
May 20, 2014 - 09:14am PT
Isa doing homework on a snowy rest day, Seneca WV
Isa doing homework on a snowy rest day, Seneca WV
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Isa doing home work. My syncro had the most agressive 4X4 traxtion of any rig I have ever owned. better than mu F10 and k20 with chains. I could creep up icy hills no problem.
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
May 20, 2014 - 09:38am PT
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Credit: tradmanclimbs
Isa's 86 westy. Just took it out of winter storeage sunday.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 23, 2014 - 11:42am PT

1964.
1964.
Credit: mouse from merced
1964.  My big and little brothers.  And the Big Daddy.  And Dad's Merc...
1964. My big and little brothers. And the Big Daddy. And Dad's Merc Monterey.
Credit: mouse from merced
Family transportation included a gas guzzler and a gas miser.

Dad always wondered about gas mileage and kept track, but it was erratic on the bug because we'd disconnect the odometer when we borrowed it.

Note the tail end of another bug
and the fact we are able to travel in both directions on Southside Drive!

Ten years after this I got to climb the Salathe.
Psilocyborg

climber
May 23, 2014 - 07:54pm PT


This is a good friend of mines bug....its all VW
okie

Trad climber
May 23, 2014 - 08:01pm PT
The "peoples car" was the one thing Hitler got right.
zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de la Playa
May 23, 2014 - 08:42pm PT
Power to the people



going to surf city gonna have some fun

Flip Flop

Trad climber
Truckee, CA
May 23, 2014 - 09:08pm PT
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 23, 2014 - 10:48pm PT
Back in the Space Race the saying was that "Our German scientists are better than their German scientists."

We had Werner, the Russkies had shyte.

Passat's Rocket Man commercial.
http://vimeo.com/30118892
Lovegasoline

Trad climber
Brooklyn, NY
May 24, 2014 - 02:51am PT
A couple of lifts from Vdubbs on my 2013 hitchhiking trip...
A couple of lifts from Vdubbs on my 2013 hitchhiking trip...
Credit: Lovegasoline





Forgot his name and Kukica &#40;?&#41; in their lovely '81&#40;?&#41; skyblue project.
Forgot his name and Kukica (?) in their lovely '81(?) skyblue project.
Credit: Lovegasoline





Ward's Project
Ward's Project
Credit: Lovegasoline





Ward of the Vdubb pictured above. At first we didn't recognize each ot...
Ward of the Vdubb pictured above. At first we didn't recognize each other ... we'd met in 2012 when he picked me up at night while driving a pickup. Good man that Ward.
Credit: Lovegasoline




Hitchhiking and Vdubbs make for a perfect match.
Their time zones seem to innately overlap.
I love getting picked up by Vdubbs.




Oh, in 1995 I slept inside the front windshield of Goatboy's VW van (as displayed up thread but pre-cow paint) while it was parked in a church parking lot ... exposed to all passers-by, I laid on top of one of those weird auxiliary canvas stretcher dealios that span across from the top of the dashboard to the front seat backrests.


zBrown

Ice climber
Brujo de la Playa
May 24, 2014 - 09:20am PT
A great thing about the bugs was the fact that several people could pick one up and move it over to create an additional parking space hopefully right near the lodge at Mammoth, but watchout for those winds on 395.







Speaking of Mammoth

There is an interactive map here where you can click on various areas of the mountain to see trails and info.

http://patrol.mammothmountain.com:83/Atlas/AtlasIndex/AtlasIndex.html
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 24, 2014 - 11:21am PT
What happened to the Malaysian airliner, in fact.
What happened to the Malaysian airliner, in fact.
Credit: GI
These two feisty ladies Marge and Harriet from Salt Lake City stand at the beginning of the runway to Mazatlán International Airport shooting jets as they come in to land. "There's too many dang big game fishermen coming in to town depleting our already dangerously depleted stocks of Marlin and other fish-type things."

The local police says the 'lovely ladies' [sic] will never down a modern jet with those peashooters so we leave them be to take pot shots. The chief of police continued "However if we see them using a a rocket propelled grenade we may have to do something about it. But at the moment we let them have their fun."

When I accused the nasty little man of secretly having a 'women with gun' fetish he drew out his oily sidearm and asked me to hold it while grinning lasciviously. He saw the back of my hand across his smiling chops I can tell you but not before demanding I give him 500 pesos for the pleasure.
--mazreal.blogspot


JerryA

Mountain climber
Sacramento,CA
May 24, 2014 - 11:38am PT
Bugorama 2014 is being held at Sacramento Raceway Park on Hwy.16 at Excelsior Road tomorrow ,May 25th. There are thousands of VW's of almost every year & model there. The commercial vendors & the flea market sellers have enough on sale to assemble a new- old car in the parking lot.A couple of years ago I met a guy form Germany who told me he fills several cargo containers with used parts to ship home every annual visit. Check it out.
Captain...or Skully

climber
May 24, 2014 - 12:22pm PT
Whoa....I rolled it, huh?
Whoa....I rolled it, huh?
Credit: Captain...or Skully
Even upside down.....dubs rule.
eKat

Trad climber
May 24, 2014 - 02:08pm PT
What a unit, MyCappy. . . dood. . . I guess workin' the Bakken pays off, eh?

NICE!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Aug 17, 2014 - 10:59am PT
Chief Otto.
Chief Otto.
Credit: LIFE/mouse from merced
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Aug 17, 2014 - 05:41pm PT
Credit: guido
Credit: guido
Tricouni

Mountain climber
Vancouver
Aug 17, 2014 - 08:47pm PT
Now what? (1964)
Credit: Tricouni
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