I digged in the deeps of Vimeo and made a big update!
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.
A few people braved the bad weather and visited the meeting in upper austria.
Flo has spontaneously bought this Trabant 600 or P60 from 1963. First he only want to polish the car, fix the brakes and complete the missing parts. Beside the P60 you can also see Friedrich’s P50 or Trabant 500 from 1958.
A preview of the forthcoming Luft13 film project celebrating Aircooled Volkswagens worldwide brought to you by Stephen Brooks Films
We arrived back home! Safely! Herbie made it again – and this while pulling a caravan the long way round Africa. Our dream of traveling this last missing continent (except Antarctica of course) became actually reality. Since September 2009 we visited 80 countries while driving two Volkswagen Beetles from 1963 with campers in tow for more than 115,000 miles (or 185,000 kilometers) around the globe. We need a break and Herbie a pit stop! Therefore we’ll stay home for quite…
This year, the VW Bug meeting in Eggenburg celebrated its 23rd anniversary. DLV visited the biggest event of its kind in Austria for the fifth time. About 550 aircooled vehicles were counted, here are some impressions.
Yesterday we stayed at the 6th Bug Meeting from the “1. Marchfelder VW Käferclub”. We had a great time there and enjoyed the day beside the VW’s hanging around, drinking beer and eating sausages. Thanks to Norbert and the whole club for the organisation of this great event! We’ll be there next year!
Yesterday we visited the Altblech Friday Night Cruising season opening on the parking lot of the SCS near Vienna. About 30 Old- and Youngtimer came to the monthly meeting.
The Austrian newspaper “Heute” published another article on Herbie’s World Tour today!
In order Flo and FloW get to Germany to bring Friedrich a new ride. He bought this IFA F9 from 1955 online. It is a three cylinder twin-stroke-engined car. The F9 is simmilar to the DKW 3=6. It takes the Flo’s this time only 23 hours for the whole trip. Very fast, when you think they have to go home by only using countryside roads. The guy who sold this car is an big DDR enthusiast! He bought his…
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…
DLV goes international! After our trip to London the hard core of our community celebrated revival in one bug – in Flo’s ‘97 1600i on the way to Hungary.
As promised, here’s our video from the Show! Enjoy!
Almost overlooked we found our way downstairs where about 30 other Volkswagen were standing. The whole show was really amazing and that was certainly not the last time that we came to Sandown Park. Stay tuned for the upcoming video!
At about 0°C and windy weather we dared to go outside where many more cars could be marvelled. Fortunately it only rained every now and then.
During a 6-day London vacation DLV visited the annual VolksWorld Show at Sandown Park – Esher near London. It was quite a great expirience to be on a Volkswagen meeting where we’ve seen so much of rusted out and fully done vehicles. Here we try to give you a small brief insight of what we’ve spotted.
Only 3 days left till the VolksWorld Show takes place, the biggest and best indoor air-cooled VW Show in the world. We will be there the whole weekend.
Benjamin and Chris heard from a guy, they met at their new hall, there is a disassembled bug stored in a barn near Korneuburg. The only details he knew, the bug is a later version, may be an export edition and most important for free – so let’s go!Unfortunately it was no 1303, as Chris hoped, to use it as spare parts donor for his BIG. Also there were only a few parts left (floor plate, front and rear axle,…
The Austrian newspaper “Heute” just published a story on Herbie’s World Tour. You can also find the article online by following this link!
We just received an English written article by Heilie Combrinck from Uitenhage, where Domi & Zainab visited the South African Volkswagen factory and its museum, the “AutoPavilion”.
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….
All parts look like they are new now. Flo can’t wait to see it put together soon!
More than two years ago (December 2010) Benjamin and Chris rent a trailer to take Chris’ Autobianchis from Graz to Vienna and stored them in a container (read the full story here and here). Finally they found an affordable hall, big enough to store all their “projects” (Chris’ two Autobianchis and his 1303S BIG and Benjamins BMW 318i E30), so they rent again a trailer to take the cars to their new home near Gerasdorf. And again they had bad…
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.
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…
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.
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…
From our series of the good old days one more photo from vienna’s past. Here you see the court of the Hofburg Palace – Viennas current residence of the President of Austria. Photo posted by Vintage Vienna on Facebook.
Flo’s Pizza Pasta Bus is completely divided in parts and is actually at the sandblasting shop. We’ll see how much of it comes back…
Georgy and Flo spotted this old building and get there to took some shots of Flo’s daily driver.
Photo posted by Vintage Vienna on Facebook.
In spite of the freezing temperatures outside, here are some pictures to shorten the wait until the next air-cooled season!
Vienna’s Südbahnhof, the southerly train station in the past 50iesPhoto posted by Vintage Vienna on Facebook.
Flo changed his mind, so he and Georgy have decided to make a short video about the 1966 bug driving in the winter. Here’s the YouTube link!
Here you see Flo’s Bugs at home. His ‘66 bug is waiting for the summer and roads without salt.
Flo’s T2a bus has left us last friday. He thought about his projects and so he decided to offer some of them. He has no time for so many cars! So he sold his 1969 bus to a man, who will hopefully restore it. But! Don’t be sad. It’s not the only bus of Flo’s garage. 😉
Domi has parked his Trabant in a barn near his hometown. Flo and Georgy visited the little car last week to bring one of Friedrichs cars there. In front of Domi’s car you can see the bug from Christopher who has also took it there for the winter.
From BOSCH for Flo’s Pizza-Pasta-Bus. Till TÜV do us part – that’s Austria… (“TÜV” is the technical inspection association)
On the picture below you can see the parking lot on the Kahlenberg in Vienna, exactly where our first meeting took place in September 2012. We found this photo on the FB page “Vintage Vienna”. As you can see there’s a lot of change. You can’t enjoy the view and let’s be honest, the street lights were far more beautiful than theese days.
Flo bought some parts for his Pizza-Pasta-Bus to install them after sandblasting and repainting while renovate the original ones.