Friday, July 31, 2009

Sunshine and The Wave

A neighbor of ours came by yesterday and said “how are Sunshine and The Wave doing?” I found this amusing on several levels. (He was talking about Bluebell and BB.) Makes ‘em sound like a 70’s rock band, don’t you think?

“The Wave” got her missing piece of trim this week. It is amazing what a difference one little piece of chrome makes.

“Sunshine” has headlights again. She looks much more alive now…as long as you ignore the gaping cavity that is the engine compartment.

I took pictures of BB with her eyes intact this morning on my way out of the house. I was excited because I happened to have the camera in my backpack. It wasn’t until I got to work that I realized that while I did have photos, I didn’t have any way to get the photos from my camera to my computer. Go me.

We’re going camping tonight. We still are without a winch (because I just don’t want to pay for it) and our oil temperature gauge is working sporadically. Hopefully it will be a mild and not a major adventure.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Hobo Bus

A couple of months ago, I was at the State Historical Library. Why you ask? Uh…Craig was out of town and that was the most exciting place I could think of to go (no really—I’m serious).

Anyway, I found this picture of a bus that I thought I’d share. It was labeled “Hobo Parade Boise State College 1968”. Had to laugh as I’m not sure what a Hobo Parade is, but I thought it was amusing.
Maybe it was the fundraiser that paid for our blue football turf.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Wet Paint

We've been cramming to get everything ready for Craig's brother to come paint the buses and finally, we've got two freshly painted buses in our garage. They turned out beautifully. I'm going to keep things sparse as far as words go here because really the pictures speak for themselves.

...and the kids had their fill of VW action for the day as well.
Whew. Today we rest.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Before and After Part 1

At long last, here are the before and after photos of BB's interior and top half.

Before: We lost count at 65 wasps nests, 10 mouse nests, a bucket of rocks, a random assortment of sticks, one nail stepped on (and the tetnus shot that followed), and a whole lot of dirt.
The floor before being washed.

The floor after having been washed.

After many hours of rust removal. (Again, the red you see is primer.)

After: Oo-la-la--fresh VW Cream White paint.

Exterior Before: (I guess that's the best picture we took of the outside.)


Sunday, July 19, 2009

Bus Pilots Family Reunion 2009

Another reunion has come and gone. We seem to have progressively more fun every year at the Bus Pilots Family Reunion. This year was filled with the cruise, the rally, the show and some parties. I saw three garages over which I have not stopped drooling, met awesome people, Craig drove what is (in my opinion) the sexiest splitty in Boise (see the photo below--thank you James--that is probably the most sincere excitement I've ever seen in my husband's eyes), and we were filled with visions of Volkswagens dancing in our heads. Also, Craig entered Copper in the show this year and won an award (okay, we might have been uncontested in our category, but whatever, a plaque is a plaque) for best air cooled type 2, 1980 or newer.

Type 2
Type 1 and Type 3
Our friends Sam and Jessica (and Max and Ramona, but you can't see them).

I will post pictures this week of BB's fresh white top and interior. We're painting the yellow this coming weekend. We're also hoping to have BlueBell's body work done by then so we can slap a fresh coat of Diamond Blue on her.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Painting Update #1

Craig's brother is about 3/4 of the way done with painting the white portion of BB. Craig is acting as the "site manager" meaning he is using his most excellent powers of observation while Chris paints. (Maybe he is doing more than this, I don't know because I'm trying to stay out of the garage as much as possible in order to maintain sobriety long enough to make the kids lunch.) The fumes are horrendous--my poor pregnant sister-in-law is confined to the back yard.
It looks awesome so far!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Ready (as we'll ever be) To Paint

We're finally ready to paint BB. Craig's brother is coming on Saturday to show off his mad painting skills. It is very exciting! I never cease to be amazed by the beauty of a fresh coat of paint.
One of the obstacles to our painting adventures moving forward has been the red bus (Doris) who has been taking up half of our garage. (Yes, we're painting the car in our garage and we're aware of the inherent dangers of this situation, but thanks for worrying about us.) Doris, as you may recall has only a front axle. Makes for difficulty of transportation. As it turned out, James--the guy who towed Doris to our house to begin with--is a VW guy and wanted to take Doris, so thankfully, he came and picked her up tonight. I didn't manage to find the camera until she was almost on the tow truck, but the video gives you the general idea.

Here's BB primed and ready to go. Well, she's not so much ready to go in the traditional sense--she won't actually go anywhere without an external force. We did have a really good time pushing her out into the street for washing. As Craig sat in the driver's seat and I started to push her down our sloped driveway, we really were not sure just how much it was going to take to stop BB from running up into our neighbor's house. Fortunately she didn't get too much speed built up. Brakes are overrated.

For the record--the areas that look rusted in this photo are actually red primer...yeah, we're wondering how well white paint will cover the red primer too.

Bluebell went to the shop shortly after my last post as Craig and I had attempted to do a little mechanic work and in order to avoid doing serious damage, we towed her to our mechanic. I don't even want to talk about the bill. No, seriously, it was BAD. Long story short--our mechanic did a little rebuild of Bluebell's engine using some of the components from BB's engine. I guess the good news is that since we got her back yesterday, she's been running great. She'd better continue that way for a while because the coffers have run D-R-Y.