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.  

Another aircool ride for Flo’s collection

Another aircool ride for Flo’s collection

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.

Luft 13 Promo

Luft 13 Promo

A preview of the forthcoming Luft13 film project celebrating Aircooled Volkswagens worldwide brought to you by Stephen Brooks Films

Around the World in 80 Countries

Around the World in 80 Countries

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…

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Eggenburg 2013

Eggenburg 2013

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.

Bug Meeting in Orth a.d. Donau

Bug Meeting in Orth a.d. Donau

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!

Pulling a IFA F9 from the former DDR to Austria

Pulling a IFA F9 from the former DDR to Austria

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…

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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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VolksWorld Show 2013 Part 3/3 – Esher Hall

VolksWorld Show 2013 Part 3/3 – Esher Hall

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!

VolksWorld Show 2013 Part 1/3 – Surrey Hall

VolksWorld Show 2013 Part 1/3 – Surrey Hall

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.

London calling

London calling

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.

Our first ‘barn find’

Our first ‘barn find’

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,…

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News from Uitenhage!

News from Uitenhage!

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”.

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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Kind of déjà vu

Kind of déjà vu

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…

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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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Vintage Vienna #3

Vintage Vienna #3

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.

Bye, bye rusty bus!

Bye, bye rusty bus!

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. 😉

Things have changed

Things have changed

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.