In 2010 and 2011 we traveled all across the 48 continental United States. Before we started we bought a road map where we high lighted every route we took. As an example you see Arizona (below) – one of our favorite states so far – with all the yellow high lighted streets we’ve already driven. And that’s quite a lot if you think of the fact, that Arizona is much bigger than Great Britain. Northern Arizona Southern Arizona
Today Domi had to find a “new” fly wheel for Herbie because the old one was worn out and he wasn’t able to order a new one because they stopped producing the old small ones Domi would need. Our friend Michael helped Domi with taking him to different junk yards in his Jeep in order to find a used fly wheel. Finally we got the right one. It was just hard to get it off. And there was also a…
There is always something to do for Domi. At that time he did a paint job on Herbie’s hitch. It is an original one made by ‘Westfalia’ (in Wiedenbrueck, Germany) from 1970 – especially built for VW Bugs.
Herbie visited again Randy’s garage at Sherman E. Burroughs High School in Ridgecrest, California, in order to take his engine apart the last time. There was a little gap between the cylinder number three and its head which was leaking oil. So we have to fix that before taking Herbie for another ride.
The following pictures are showing VW Bugs Domi owned in the past and he has sold for different reasons. My first car after I got my driving license: A black VW Bug 1200L (34 hp) from the early 1980ies built in Mexico. My second Beetle: A 1200L in mars red also from Mexico. The third one: A banana yellow 1300 built in the 1970ies in Emden, Germany. Number four: VW 1300 from 1967 with 40 horse powers in lotus white…
It looked like a major surgery when Domi took all engine parts off to tighten the 16 bolts of the cylinder heads.
Our VW Bug had to be aligned again – meaning the tracking and the camber got adjusted.
Sunset in Arizona Sunflowers in Nebraska Niagara Falls, New York The Alamo of San Antonio, Texas Salton Sea, California
Herbie has an engine with the original 1200 cc (34 hp) and we are just using fully synthetic oil like 5W-50 (see below) which is a perfect one for classic cars as air-cooled VW’s.
It was just a little tiny thing what created a mess: The clips of the pressure plate fell apart during pushing the clutch. Thanks to Susie and Michael we got to know Randy who is working at the auto garage of Sherman E. Burroughs High School in Ridgecrest. So we got a place were we could take the engine out in order to put the clips back on. This was already the second time on our world trip that we…
We had to change the shaft of the pedals because the hook for the clutch cable was totally worn out.
As we are back in United States we want to share some impressions we got when we’ve been here last time. Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona In the middle of nowhere, Arizona Somewhere in Montana Highway 128, Utah Pacific coast, Washington
Domi had to change the axle arms because the collar type pins and the king pins were totally worn out. Also the bearings on the right side in the front were seriously damaged. And we put new brake shoes on all wheels.
We have to say thank you to our friend and mechanic Friedrich who helped us with the painting of the new fenders. Luckily no single bolt broke when we took the old and rusty fenders off. We’re finished! But today we’ll just wash and polish our Bug before posting pictures with the new fenders.
We decided to go shopping food we need for the next days. So we drove to Lancaster and Palmdale today. It was a 300 kilometer trip. And our Bug is obviously doing very well. On our way to Lancaster while the California sun rose. We know – we haven’t changed the fenders yet. But we we’ll do that and we’ll post some pictures as a proof. On our way back to Ridgecrest we drove through the Red Rock Canyon State…
We arrived in LAX (Los Angeles Airport) safely on Wednesday, October 27. Our friend Michael picked us up in order to get to Ridgecrest, where we are staying at a friend’s house and where Herbie and the camper waited for us to reactivate them. Domi and Michael besides Herbie on the day after our arrival in Ridgecrest, California. We just turned the key and the engine started to run – even with the old battery and the gas we left…
Again some photos we took when we traveled through the United States last time. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona In the middle of nowhere, Utah Big Bend National Park, Texas Saguaro National Park, Arizona Route 191, Utah
We want to share with you some of our impressions we got during traveling through the US. Joshua Tree National Park, California Joshua Tree National Park, California Big Lake, Oregon Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado
We’re going back to the States on October 27, so we want to show you some pictures we took last time. “Tierra de Vida”, California Route 191, Arizona Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado Cathedral Gorge State Park, Nevada
More pictures we took during our tour across the USA while we traveled around the world from 2009 to 2011. Apache Trail (Route 88), Arizona Trona Pinnacles, California Canyonlands National Park, Utah Route 150, Colorado River Walk in San Antonio, Texas
Further photos of our trip through all 48 continental United States of America. On the road to Death Valley, Nevada I am sorry, my fault! That is Iran… Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming Canyonlands National Park, Utah Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Some pictures we took while we traveled across North America. Colorado River, Utah Sedona, Arizona Badlands National Park, South Dakota Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado Johnny Cash’s & June Carter’s gravestone in Hendersonville, Tennessee
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We want to share with you some of our impressions we got during traveling through the US. White Sands National Monument, New Mexico Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, California Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming Arches National Park, Utah Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
As we’re going back to the States within the end of October we want to show you some pictures we took. Tombstone, Arizona Monument Valley, Arizona/Utah Imperial Sand Dunes, California “The Fish Rocks”, California Mississippi River, Minnesota
On our trip Domi and Flo met an older couple with an old Mercedes with a broken fuel pipe. Domi called their touring club which promptly arrived and took them to the next mecanic. Thanks for that! We continued our journey to get as fast as possible to the new bug…
Better late than never…