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FIRE!!

Over my Birthday week.   Birthday eve to be exact (25 July) we were visiting Steph’s family cottage in Macatawa Mi for the week.  Taylor and I were going for a ride in the bus down US31.  Just south of the Saugatuk exit I noticed that the engine lost power.  Taylor mentioned he smelled gas.  We pulled over and I saw that the engine was on fire!  I grabbed the fire extinguisher, which didn’t work.  A Spartan truck  pulled up and gave Taylor an extinguisher and he put out the fire.

State Farm was very helpful.  they totaled the bus and offered me $12,151.00.  I bought the bus back for $2500 and still have $9600 for repairs.  From the initial look, it appears that only the distributor and coil are melted along with the hoses.  There was still power to the ignition and the motor still turns.  I’m thinking with an engine rebuild and some body work, Ill be back in business with funds left over for other projects.

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Posted by on August 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Buses by the Beach

I took the inaugural trip in the bus last weekend to the River Rouge Campground in Belmont Mi. To attend the Buses by the Beach Camp out.  This is a benefit for the Phoenix Society of Burn Survivors .  One of the founding members of the group was in an airline crash and the society helped him in his recovery.  This camp out, that has occurred for the last 8 years is his way of saying thanks.

The weekend was full of music and beer from the HopCat Brewery in Grand Rapids

There were many different ways to to contribute to the society.  We had a lunch, breakfast and a raffle with many donated items. Of the quilt was the most coveted item.  Many folks contributed the squares and then it was sewn into the quilt.

Sunday we went for a bus blessing to ensure that we all have safe travels during the summer.  I can tell you that I didn’t pass that up given past history.  We carabused to Townsend Park where we gathered into a circle for a moment of silence.  Then each bus (and motorcycle) was blessed and a drop of 30wt oil under the bumper.

It was a great weekend with friends, the bus ran great.  I can’t wait for more camping this year and to attend this camp out next year

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Spring Fever!

Now that the divorce is over and the bus is paid off, I’m ready for this years work.  Other than the gear box rebuild, I would like to get the water out of the cab.  I found a source for 3/16 laminated glass for the windshield right in the neighborhood.  Torstenson Glass so I’ll be contacting them this week.  I also need new seals for the air distribution box, which I can get at Bustoration.  AND . . . .  Looks like they also have the 6 to 12v wiper motor conversion kit.  Definitely will be getting that…..  Finally rubbers for the passenger vent and fix the bar and vent latch on the drivers side and I believe I will be in business…

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Finally!

I got the bus over to Dave Ellis on Monday and he got the electrical NAILED!  He soldered the ground in the back and ran a new wire.  He also adjusted the valves, which #2 AND #4 were sticking, adj the clutch, and brakes.  He also gave me a laundry list of things that need to be resolved:  Rear wheel cylinder is leaking, Need new axle boots and fill the RGB, Trans fluid, tightened the fan belt before vacation.  I need the king pins on the passenger side and oil pressure switch. RGB and Sterring box maintenance  Here is a pict out side his garage with a Ghia that matches the bus . . .  .  Too bad the camera on my phone blows 😦

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Posted by on July 15, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Electrical Problems Back / Bug In

It started with an intermittent right tail light, now things are back to where they were originally.  I think Ill take Kermit to this guy in Evanston to get this straightened out once and for all.  I have a suspicion that it may be the light switch.  We’ll see.  I also orderd a wheel and jack for a spare for our upcoming trips in August.  Last weekend I went to the Bug-In at Fox Valley VW it seemed like it took for ever to get out there, but it was fun.  I may enter Kermit next time, or maybe even Gonzo.  Either one would have fared as good as any other. I have found this week I have become hooked on Karman Ghia’s.  Maybe some day.  They are still affordable. I saw this one at the Bug-In.  Not really a Beatles fan, but I find this one unique.

Ghia

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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We Made It!

We got into Battle Creek around 4:30PM on Saturday afternoon.  Didn’t do much except cruise around and go to The Office, my favorite watering hole in Athens.  Sunday was a pretty big day.  Clay, Taylor and I assembled the Roof Rack
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While we were doing that Dad was working on the windshields.  I needed to change the drivers side because it leaks.  We found that the drivers side was the original glass and went in in about 20 min.

The Master

The Master

The pinch well was in very good shape I was very happy to see that.  We sealed the rubber between the body to ensure that it won’t leak.

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This looks like a big mess, however it cleaned up very nicely with some mineral spirits.

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The passenger side was a royal pain to change.  First of all it was not the original glass and was thicker than the original.  Finally after fighting the installation for most of the afternoon, we decided to take a 1/4 inch off the top of the glass, and it went right in bus.

Finally the trip back to Chicago.  We took M60 to Sturgis then took US 12 west all the way to Burns Harbor, In.  The speedo is ~ 7mph slow per my GPS.  I kept it around 50 MPH as the speedo read and Kermit ran real strong. Probably could have went faster, but there wasn’t a real need.  He did creep up to 55 mph but I backed off.  I got around 16mpg.  I would like to improve on that if I can.  I’ll have to look into what I can do.

We were slightly delayed due to a Memorial Day parade.  Fortunately, we found parking in a gas station and watched the parade.  The boyz had a great time chasing candy in the street.  At that point we got on the expressway to avoid the rougher neighborhoods and rolled right into Chicago.

Finally, I had to get this picture . . . .  Kermit at the faux Nuclear Power plant in Michigan City Indiana . . .  This cooling tower is actually for coal burning power plant.

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Posted by on May 25, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Almost Done!

Well, the beginning has almost come to an end. In more ways than one 🙂 Woody called last week and said that they had a tornado close to the house. No damage thank God, but he suggested we get some insurance on the bus just in case. I did. He also said that Kermit will be ready for pick up in around three weeks! We are very excited about this. I suppose I need to see about getting down there. We decided since gas is over $4.00 gallon here, I would go by myself so we would have money left over for travel.

We also spoke about the final checklist to make sure we had everything done we wanted. Woody told us he picked out some laminate for the table and counter tops. Very strange . . . it was the same one Marilyn and I picked out, but we were not sure it would match. It is called Aqua boomerang and it is a 1960’s design that fits Kermit’s personality to a T.

Something else interesting came up last week. A person read our blog and asked if I would be interested in contributing a story for a book he is creating. He sent me a couple of samples of what he has received so far and it looks interesting. I believe I’ll write on the Beginning. Which will end once Kermit is here in his new home in Chicago.

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2008 in the begining

 

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