Mittwoch, 1. Mai 2019

May Cruise Madness + MKT Hannover 2019


I just arrived back home after the yearly trip to Hannover. This year we were very lucky, as the weather was perfect!
Here are some impressions from the May Cruise Madness at the Burger King in Hannover Laatzen:











An exceptional rare sight, the Australian equivalent to the VW 181 / Kübel:



As always, some very nice water pumpers were to be seen, too:

... and finally, this shirt made me laugh, because it is so true:
as nowadays 80% of all aircooled VW's wear Fuchs wheels - including mine!


Today, the Maikäfertreffen started with a cloudy sky, but it got better by the minute:
I took only very few pics, but this car might look familiar to some folks:




As every year, I had to buy some stuff as well: A new engine sealing kit, a 123 Ignition distributor for the Fasty, a VDO sensor for the fuel gauge and  a very special copy of one of the best books ever released: Bodengruppentherapie from Author Helmut Horn. He was kind enough to sign and autograph my personal copy...
In the lower right corner are NOS screws for the domed rear lights - a super rare item which I found on the desk of the fifths Ludolf - I guess we all know who I am talking about ;-)

Sonntag, 28. April 2019

spring cleaning - Frühjahrsputz!

In 2011, when I installed the carpet, I was in a bit of a rush and I didn't pay enough attention to the details.
Lately, some edges became lose and the interior also started to wear out. So, it was time for some spring cleaning. The blinker lever was really ugly and look at the carpet in the drivers foot well:


I repainted the lever and fixed the carpet, also note that the regulator lever is installed as well! 

and just for the fun of it, another picture in bright sunlight:
 

the heat is on

Since the new engine and exhaust were installed, there has always been a problem with engine compartment temperatures. The reason are the CSP headers for the Python exhaust. The heat radiates into the compartment and the Webers were sucking in the hot air - not good - especially for the oil temperature. So, I wrapped the headers with heat insulation:

before: 

and after insulation wrap:
I only had the chance for a short test drive, but my impression is that the engine comparment is cooler. The trip to Hannover will show if it really works...

Sonntag, 14. April 2019

Back on the Blog...

Hi all, after almost 1 year I am relaunching my Blog and show some updates to the Volksback. Just like in former years, I am also planning on some reports of meetings I attend and other Volkswagen related stuff.
Also, I will of course visit the MKT in Hannover to meet friends and enthusiasts of our beloved old aircooled Volkswagens. See you there!  If you still like to visit my Blog, drop me a comment!

Dienstag, 1. Mai 2018

Hannover MKT 2018 + DFL May Cruise Night

I just came home from this years MKT Event in Hannover, it was actually the 35. official Maikäfertreffen and I had a blast. I met many friends had some great discussions and - for the first time - I didn't take the Volksback!
Some random snap shots from the DFL Meeting yesterday - I was too busy for nice pictures...

The Hazard Streaker was the "weapon of choice" this year. One of the reasons is, that I want to sell it. Too many projects - not enough time! But, back to the Volksback. I noticed some increased pressure in the crank case, so it needs some relief. I bought some stuff to make it happen:
A breather adaptor, replacing the stock mechanical fuel pump, a CB breather box  and - in the middle of the pic: most important - a new fuel tank sender. Hopefully I will never run out of fuel again...

And finally the only pic I took today: My friend Olli's "Autohaus Nordstadt Käfer" on stage:

Sonntag, 22. April 2018

Running out of gas is only what happens to losers, right?

Well, unfortunately not exclusively... Today it happened to me - for the first time ever! I took the Fastback for a spin in bright sunshine and as I usually allways fill up the tank before I park it in the garage, I didn't pay any attention to the gas gauge... Well, 20 kilometers later I ran out of fuel on a hill of a country road without a hard shoulder...
I just stopped and switched the hazard lights on, when the first car stopped right behind me - I didn't expected that. A very old lady - my guess is around 80 years old - offered help right away. She gave me a 4 km ride in her black Mercedes to the next gas station, so I could buy a gas can and some gas. The way back I had to walk in bright sunshine, which was o.k. About half the way back, another car stopped and the driver asked: "Hey, is this your vintage VW down the road?" Maybe the gas can in my hand was a clue to him... Yes, it is. So, hop on in, I will give you a ride back to your car! Wow, another super friendly guy who was willing to help. During the drive, the guy explained that the same thing happened to him last year on his vacation in France when his old baywindow bus also got stuck without fuel!
What can I say, about 30 mins. after the car stopped I could fill up the tank and was able to continue my journey. Not right away, as the weak battery wasn't able to turn the engine long enough to pump gas via the mechanical fuel pump into the empty Webers, so I switched into reverse and used gravity to roll down the hill backwards with an engaged clutch. It was a bumpy ride, but eventually, the Webers got enough "juice" to fire the engine up again!

A big thank you to both of my helpers - you collected good karma today! I will try to do so the next time, when I see somebody in need (- which I almost always do anyway)!

Also, I was super lucky that the car was still undamaged as the "parking spot" was less than ideal...

Donnerstag, 28. Dezember 2017

Hibernation

The Fasty is parking in the garage, awaiting better days. To keep the tyres round, I bought those blocks, they are very light and consist of a special "foam", but are super sturdy:



 The body is covered with the indoor soft cover, which I purchased years ago from Mario @ http://type3headquarter.de/