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The second week in America

The second week in America

This time Domi and Flo want to show you some impressions of the second week travelling around with Herbie. They have been to Las Vegas, Zion- Nationalpark, Bryce-Canyon-Nationalpark and some other beautiful places! In Vegas they went to Justin’s workshop the “Beetle Barn” to fix the magnetic plug of the differential because it was completely rounded from so many oil changes. They also visited the “Neon Museum” to see some of the old signs which they keep the history and to…

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After two weeks of welding…

After two weeks of welding…

Flo has already known it for a long time, his loved bug from 1966 is verry rusty! He decided to do it the right way and seperared the car in two parts so he could repair it like it was new. He put in a new heaterchannel, a cross memper under the rear seat and a repair section for the rear quater panel. He also did a lot of welding in the front and rear wheelhouses and the firewall. The…

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Impressions of 2014

Impressions of 2014

The year is nearly over and we want to share our impressions of 2014. From the mania of Flo’s car purchases over our visit of the famous Le Bug Show in Belgium up to our third Late Summer Ride. Enjoy the pictures! With this we want to wish you all the best for the upcoming season!

The spark leaps over again

The spark leaps over again

A few weeks ago the sparking plug of Gregor’s PK 80S was ejected while driving – the thread in the cylinder head broke out. During the repair on the 130ccm D.R. cylinder we took the chance to clean the whole system, what definitely was long overdue.

Vespa Servizio

Vespa Servizio

Gregors PK 80S needed a few updates, including new tyres which were from 2001 and 1995! While we were at it, we also changed the front shock absorber and the broken speedometer cable, and added clear turn signal lenses.

You’ve officially been pimped!

You’ve officially been pimped!

Domi, Flo, Friedrich and Max have worked on Domis Trabi to get a new look. They grinded four rims, primed and painted them in L87 Pearl White, like Herbie looks like. After drying Zainab spent new tires to make the car safer for the winter. Also Domi and Flo rebuilt an old “Taxi” sign and wrote “Trabi” on it. They took the old frame and construct a new glowing plate. The car looks great now! So it is ready for…

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New (old) car-jack for Matthias Bug

New (old) car-jack for Matthias Bug

After going through an expedition in Friedrich’s storage last weekend, Matthias found a new car-jack for his bug. It took an hour to overhaul until the car-jack worked again. There were huge amounts of rust and mud, which blocked the mechanics of the jack. Matthias used a 240 grain sand paper to remove the rust of the shaft . After cleaning all parts he lubricated the jack with gear grease.  

Same procedure as every year, Mister

Same procedure as every year, Mister

Benjamin and Chris changed the engine oil of Georgy’s Mexican. Not worth to write about it? Normally you are right, but this time we filled in fully synthetic oil instead of the old fashioned mineral oil – hopefully Flo and Domi are happy now 😉Where was the fuel tank again? Don’t try this at home – washing the inside of the engine hillbilly style with diesel.The good stuff – Shell Helix Ultra Racing 10W-60. A Ferrari engine oil used in…

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Oops! He did it again

Oops! He did it again

When Chris starts a new project, in that case the repair of his Buggy, most of the time it ends up in a complete mess.The engine needs a repair because both cylinder heads have cracks connecting the holes for the valves and spark plugs => not good. So he decided to disassemble the engine completely and overhaul it. Also the customized wire harness has to be replaced by a original one to finally get rid of all those electrical problems….

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Revised steering gear

Revised steering gear

Today Flo disassembled and cleaned the steering gear and column. It was hard to pull the steering arm off but now it’s seperated in parts. Underneath you can see the good condition.

Rusty but not so bad

Rusty but not so bad

After cleaning all parts of the transmissionon you can see in which condition they are.And its better than we belived! They were very dirty, corroded and rusty but it could be worse. We fixed the differential with parts from Flo’s old 1600i transmission because the old was badly used. The cogwheels fit like they are much older than they really are. It’s all the same at Volkswagen would Friedrich say. A big thanks to Gabriel and Friedrich who always help…

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Condition of the transmission…

Condition of the transmission…

Today we opend the gearbox to have a look on the inside. We found things which doesn’t belong to a transmission. It is full of water, sand an old oil. It almost seems that someone has driven this thing throgh african sandy waterholes like Herbie did. Good thing this day was that the front axle is fresh coated and ready for installing.

The Pizza-Pasta-Bus is back from sandblasting

The Pizza-Pasta-Bus is back from sandblasting

One week later Flo is happy to got his bus back. No bad suprises and a rust free floor. Great work! Thanks to KBB/Meissl. Now its time to get starded on the bodywork and finish the axles. But! There is one problem… …it seems the gerbox was run full of water a few times ago. After sandblasting and cleaning it was ready for paint but we decided to strip down all parts to see how bad the condition is. Tomorrow…

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Back to Original 1,200 cc

Back to Original 1,200 cc

Domi finished his work on the engine of Herbie No. II. Instead of the fuel injected 1,600 cc, the Love Bug got now his original 1,200 cc back. The motor came from a burnt out Volkswagen Bug made in Mexico. Domi installed new cylinders and pistons as well as an additional modern type oil filter. Herbie is now ready to go A-F-R-I-C-A! Flo from DLV and Friedrich helped Domi putting the “new” engine together and also surprised him with a…

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The Hanging Bug

The Hanging Bug

Recently we cut a Volkswagen Bug into halves and hung its passenger’s side up on the wall of Friedrich’s shop in Vienna. The Bug is from the mid 90ies made in Mexico. See the hanging Bug at Helenengasse Viaduktbogen 23 in Vienna’s second district!

34 Horsepower For Two Bugs

34 Horsepower For Two Bugs

Domi and his friend Flo made another trip to Germany in order to pick up a blue Volkswagen Bug from 1989 for their friend and mechanic, Friedrich. They left Austria on Wednesday in the evening and got back Friday morning. However, as it transpired, this trip should get a challenging and nerve wrecking adventure for them. The tow bar was a back up if they couldn’t get the blue VW running. The engine was dismantled and they had to put…

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Herbie Turned Into A Tractor

Herbie Turned Into A Tractor

Domi and his friend Flo took Herbie for a ride to Bavaria, Germany. On their way Herbie lost all case studs of one of the cylinder heads. The wildest nightmare got reality, but the Love Bug made it back to Vienna safely. Domi noticed a weird and loud noise in the back. He knew immediately that Herbie is loosing his right cylinder head, where cylinder one and two are operating. It got worse and Herbie lost all case studs. Flo…

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The Reunion with DLV & Herbie

The Reunion with DLV & Herbie

Last weekend Domi and his good friend Flo drove in his Bug from 1966 to Upper Austria to pick up Herbie No. II and the other “QEK” camper. They were stored in an old farmer’s barn. After that they visited their friend and mechanic, Friedrich Hübsch, in Waldhausen im Strudengau, where Flo’s Bug got a new gas tank and where we tried to clean out his plugged-up fuel line.

New fuel system for Flo’s Bug

New fuel system for Flo’s Bug

After Flo helped Domi to get his second Herbie back from Upper Austria, they made a visit to Waldhausen, where Friedrich and Matthias spend their Weekend. The day before Flo has had trouble with his fuel system. The ÖAMTC put up a temporary fuel pipe as a solution. In Waldhausen Friedrich replaced the fuel tank. (A detailed post from this repair-session will be posted in the next few days) After all repair attempts Friedrich  decided that he and Matthias drive…

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A weekend in Upper Austria

A weekend in Upper Austria

Flo, Benjamin, Chris, Matthias and Friedrich were last weekend in Upper Austria. They have experienced a lot. There was a VW-Meeting with oldtimer show in Grein, which they have visited. In addition, they put together a trailer, with cars will soon be transported. When reassembling, Matthias has unfortunately injured and had to be sewn in the hospital in Amstetten. We also looked at Friedrichs newest bug in more detail. It is an 1955 Oval-bug, not in the best condition. Shortly…

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Final work

Final work

The last days we finished the work on the Mexican. A lot of screws were replaced by stainless steel screws. The new steering knuckles slammed the bug 6cm! A bit too close, isn’t it?! Pictures of the finished bug will follow!

Leaving Oruro in Bolivia

Leaving Oruro in Bolivia

After spending three nights in Oruro, in the South of La Paz, we’re going to leave this town for good, heading towards Chile. Tomorrow we’ll probably cross its border. We had a good time in Oruro, taking a rest from rallying across the Peruvian Andes. We stayed at an old hotel right in the center. And Herbie parked in the courtyard. It was also time for a small motor service, after driving so many miles since California. Domi changed spark…

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The Long and Winding Road

The Long and Winding Road

We spent almost three days in Puyo, but now we are back in Baños de Agua Santa. Tomorrow we’ll finally take off towards Cuenca, following the Pan-Am Highway. Just right after taking these awesome shots something happened to our Love Bug. Domi couldn’t shift properly anymore. First he thought it is a broken clutch cable. But afterwards he had to find out that it was the return spring which was broken. It was frustrating, because at that time we were…

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Hit the Road, Herbie!

Hit the Road, Herbie!

We got it done! After “wasting” eleven days in Cartagena because of a huge electrical problem caused by one of the jacks on the ship, Herbie is back on the road again! Domi had to take out several parts within the engine bay a third but very last time today. He installed the new generator, regulator and electronic ignition. On February 8, we came to Colombia. First we had to wait for Herbie’s vessel which was more than two weeks…

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The Moment of Truth

The Moment of Truth

Actually we were told that it is impossible to get a generator (dynamo) in Colombia, but we finally got a new one today. At last we can install both parts tomorrow morning. It was really a nightmare that came true for us the last weeks. We had to go through a very, very stressful time, but we always tried to believe in a solution. If everything works out well tomorrow we’ll be truly happy to leave Cartagena. Domi has to…

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With a Little Help from My Friends

With a Little Help from My Friends

A thrilling day is coming up! We’ll hopefully receive the new alternator today and Domi is able do the whole conversion from generator to alternator. Therefore he sought for last hints and contacted his dear friends from Europe – Andi, Flo and Friedrich. Andi lives in Bavaria, Flo was attending a class at his university in Vienna, Friedrich stays at a hospital in Burgenland and we are in Colombia. We were all connected via internet chatting about the conversion and…

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Generator vs. Alternator

Generator vs. Alternator

Today we had to find out that the repairs on Herbie’s original generator, made by our “mechanic”, the managing automotive electrician of Cartagena’s port, were useless. The dynamo still has an accidental ground short, caused by the fire which was created by the switched-on ignition. So we wanted to order another dynamo, but as there was no chance to get an old fashioned dynamo or rather generator (current flow) in Colombia, we had to order an alternator (alternating current), which…

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It’s Not Over Yet

It’s Not Over Yet

We spent another day at the repair shop. Our “mechanic” came up with two used regulators from Barranquilla but both of them were not working. We immediately ordered a brand new one from Bogota, the capital of Colombia. Tomorrow afternoon we’ll hopefully receive the new regulator. Additionally there is still the dynamo which is not working properly. One week is over and Herbie is not reanimated yet. But we hope that we’ll be back on the road very soon and…

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Never Ending Story

Never Ending Story

It seems to get a never ending story. We already spent one week going through a lot of nerve-wracking times. But there is hope in sight, because the automotive electrician who has been trying to fix all damages in cooperation with Domi, told us, that he’ll receive a new regulator tomorrow morning. We’ll let you know if everything worked out. If so, we can go on with following the Pan-American Highway across South America.

Monday, Monday

Monday, Monday

After so many delays of the vessel we were so happy to see Herbie, our No. 53, again! But since that we’re going through a martyrdom. Domi had to take dynamo out of the engine two times. Finally we got it fixed but there is still one thing missing – a new regulator. Because of the weekend we have to wait until late Monday to receive the new one. We had to order it from Barranquilla, another city on the…

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