Friday, May 22, 2009

Bright, Bright Sunshiny Dash.

On Monday night, Craig started removing the dash from the blue bus in preparation for painting. We had planned to remove it and then replace it with the one from the ’72, which looked much nicer. Craig had suggested using ArmorAll to see if the dash would clean up, but I was confident that we should bail. We were hesitant to use the newer dash because we are trying to maintain originality where it is feasible, but it seemed like the best thing to do. On my way home on Tuesday, I called Craig and he said he had a surprise, so I thought for sure he had finished removal of the dash. When I got home, I was incredibly and pleasantly surprised to find that he had cleaned up the dash in the ’68 and it looks freaking fantastic. I was totally floored. (Okay, we're still missing the radio, but you know, minor detail, right?)

We are headed up to Washington tonight to go to the Sasquatch Music Festival! We are traveling by way of Portland which is completely unnecessary, but we like Portland not to mention that we’ve run out of books to read since our last visit to Powell’s. We haven’t been driving Copper much lately and we are so excited to get back in her and spend some time re-centering ourselves VW style. Farfegnugan baby.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Now that's a little thing we like to call progress.

RustMort—my new best friend. Do, however, bear in mind that RustMort WILL eat your skin. Quite literally. I have been wearing gloves, but managed to get a few drops on my legs and ignored the mild burning sensation until I looked down and found a number of “little volcanoes of pain” (that was Craig’s description). Basically the Phosphoric acid ate a couple of layers of skin. Also, there’s one on my neck. That one looks like much like a hickey. How fun.

Craig snapped these photos this morning and when I saw this one of the roof, it made me almost giddy. I don’t have a “before” of the roof, but if I did, you’d say “its a miracle! Where’d the rust go”.
We got the engine out via our special mix of: The Idiots Guide, Tom Wilson’s book on rebuilding, a little creativity, four jacks, and Craig’s muscles (oo la la).
Also, we are planning to paint the bus yellow and were pleased to find a little spot of yellow inside the gas door, so in order to make ourselves feel more like purists, we’ve originated a legend about how the bus left the VW factory white, but Westfalia painted it yellow. This would mean that yellow was basically its original color. Yep…that’s how it happened.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Why take the engine when you can have the whole thing?

Here’s a lesson in overcoming objections.
If you can’t find a VW bus—make one out of a Subaru.
You've got to admit that they're kind of cute.

Photos courtesy of "Michael Hansen's Hikes" on Flickr.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Nature is so patient.

It isn't huge progress, but the floor is looking slightly better. It is amazing how much time I have spent on this floor. I keep having to remind myself that the rust took years to get there and I'm hoping to make it go away in hours.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Oxidation Apprehension

First matter of business. Last night was I was looking at my pathetic garden and wanted to blog about it, but it really is not VW site appropriate so I'm going to revive my old blog. Come here for VW info, and then if you care to, go there to read about everything else.

Okay, back to VWs.

I swear there was less rust on this floor before I washed it...and no, I didn't create more rust by leaving water on the floor. :-)
I'm currently taking suggestions on what the best rust reversal methods are. Most of what we have here is surface rust. The base of the wall on the passenger side is a bit sketchy. We'll see how that goes. At some point in the past, Craig had used that pink gooey marine gel which, we tried on this project, but in my opinion it didn't do much. We are planning to replace the floor under the driver and front passenger seats, but I think the rest of it is salvageable. Wish me luck.