Thursday, December 28, 2006
Yesterday I trialfitted the body to the now nearly complete chassis. Even though I´m not any further than yesterday, seeing the two parts together rocked my world. Seeing the correct NOS exhaust pipe extruding from the now correct H-rear valance was the best! The photo is taken with my new phone. I hope to post a lot more now that I have the camera with me all the time.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
A lot of the guys that were in to the scene in a big way, when I first started has vanished from the surface of this old crusty planet. Some of them still has a car or two sitting around but is no longer a part of the community. It is sad to see old friends go, but as refreshing to see new guys come along. One of the new enthusiasts is "Kriller". Kriller is well known for building Denmarks first bay window pickup with a nasty sting of Stuttgart origin. The workhorse was sold off and Kriller spent time building a nice workshop, sharing the space with two good friends. But something itches in Krillers mind. This is his new toy. A 1956 cab, which has been slammed and torched before gettin´a set of desirable Cosmic wheels.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
King Snot finally caught up with me. Saturday Guller and I played around with concrete at my house. Housebuilding is quite a different story than building a car. Loading tons of materials into the concreteblender in the pouring rain finally got the best of me. Sunday I had to pry myself out of the madras with my car keys before going to the infamous christmas party at "Angoraland". My body was broken! I took some pictures but snot on the lense made them go bad. Oh yeah, I finally found the ribbed semaphores for my 51 type 1. Sweet but not for free!
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
I´ve been really busy working these last couple of weeks and not much have been happening carwise. I can´t let you down though. So here´s a pic of the SPII. I am patiently waiting for the fiber-buggy-industry to create a replica of this baby. If they did, would I enrole myself in a kit car club?
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Tuesday Guller and I braced ourselves and went ahead with the project of laying his bus on the side. This was done to gain access to all the outriggers for sandblasting and rustrepairs. When my own panelvan was restored I did the exact same thing in a jig much like this one. Of course I scrapped the jig before Guller bought his bus. Ironic, hu?
On the picture I´m holding the bus while Guller is mixing pina coladas in his birthday suit.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Saturday I was up at 4.30 driving in the worst rain, storm and darkness to get to the annual swapmeet i Herning. I had a rendezvous with Herbie Thomas and was going to enjoy the swapmeet with my friends Peter, Nørholm, Claus and Jens. I found a couple of outriggers for Gullers bus and a nice steering wheel. We then went for a burger at 9.30 and visited the Herning Bugs open house event. I think we were a bit early. The John Doe club in Ikast were paid a visit before we went to Jens´house where a bit of metal was cut out of a donor car for my split. Thanks Jens. A great day!
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
At the swapmeet in Herning I found a heart-taillight which I bought even though I had no use for it, but it was cheap. Today "Herbie Thomas" kindly offered me to swap me this horn push for my splitbug. Peter Plade gave me a link to a guy in Sweden who had 8 16" rims and I think I have found the right place to buy the tires for the car. Today the parcel with all the bits for the chassis finally got here. CSP was really nice but the courier DPD was absolutely unprofessional.
I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Monday, November 06, 2006
People sometimes think I have sold a car, because they haven´t seen it for a while. Here´s a status of what I own right now. I can´t seem to find a picture of the split though.
1952 Westfalia funeraltrailer
1967 fastback TL
1965 1500 S Razoredge ghia
1952 Westfalia funeraltrailer
1967 fastback TL
1965 1500 S Razoredge ghia
Thursday, November 02, 2006
My friend Jon from the UK send me these pictures of his rides. Jon and I met eachother a few years back when Jon was touring Europe in his camper. Jon lived in my driveway for about a week, and we had a lot of laughs. At the time I was building my panelvan, and I envyed Jon that he was able to enjoy life on the road for a couple of months. Sooner or later I will do the same thing in my panel. Jon works as a MOT tester. Here´s what Jon wrote to me.
What a great Blog !!!!! Thanks for the link its been great to see what you have been up to in your crazy VW world and some of the lovely cars.
I still have my VW camper van and have been on a lot of trips this year in the UK but no where else as i am still waiting for that BIG CHEQUE to drop through the letter box !!!!!!! I have bought myself a flat which is great if a little small but it is my own, but it does not have a workshop. I see you have built a new one to store all your toys in !!!!
I also have a 66 type 1 as my daily drive its no show winner more like a mild rat look but it is really solid and very original.
I'm not to hot on the computer but i will try and attach some photos for you to have a look at hope it works.
Take care Jon
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Monday, October 30, 2006
I have known John Elnef since the mid-nineties where the vw scene in Denmark was a more tight knit affair. At that time racing was an exotic part of the danish scene. Surely, people had seen dragracing at Bug Run in Sweden, and sometimes the few racers Denmark boasted met eachother at dark parking lots. John has since then been on a mission. Studying, researching, trial and error has now made him a force to be reckoned with. There´s a lot of effort put into Johns racing.
When John is not racing he´s enjoying his cal looker which is infact his first car. John is a perfectionist and gets all the little jobs done (the ones I never do). Being able to paint things at work of course helps, but John is a master at the art of using his network of skillfull people around him. At the begining this car was just a well built cruiser, but look at the specs below. I think it would give a lot of hot cars a run for their money.
John and I dont see eachother as much as in the past because of the racingcalender growing, and me not being much of a racer myself. But once in a while Johns club MIB hosts swapmeets which I always attend.
closeratio race gearbox
superdiff SAW aksler
T4 engine 2365 ccm 222 hp
1/8mile 7,55 149km/t
1/4mile 11,95 178km/t
1962 Type 1
Friday, October 27, 2006
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
An old man turned ninety-eight
He won the lottery and died the next day
It's a black fly in your Chardonnay
It's a death row pardon two minutes too late
Isn't it ironic, don't you think
It's like rain on your wedding day
It's a free ride when you've already paid
It's the good advice that you just didn't take
And who would've thought, it figures
Thomas Winther just send me this picture of a black razor edge, registered and for sale at a reasonable price in DK just as I found a ratty one
Words Alanis Morissette
This sweet ride belongs to my friend Christian Duelund. Christian started out with a multicoloured super beetle of the 1303 range. After a couple of years of collecting parts for the roundnosed model, Christian opted for a car of earlier vintage. The 1964 type 1 you see here was collected in Sweden and had a very low stance, a nice colour and a restofeel to it. Christian and I made the necesary repairs to get the car through the obligatory inspection. The car was enjoyed for a couple of years before disaster struck and a lady rammed the looker in a parking lot. Christian bit the bullet and for the next three months we changed heaterchannels, innerwings and a lot of other bits and bobs. Good friend René painted the shell before the ride was once again hiting the streets. Christian love the resto look and the car is constantly evolving. Polished Fuchs is one of many neat tricks.
As you can see he´s not afraid to use the damn thing - this car has been in Spa, Venlo and Hannover under own power.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
The Volkswagen Museum was a few hours well spent. The majority of the cars were weird prototypes and one offs, but we shot some of the cars that were of my interest. Some of these cars visited Denmark a few years back at Horsens Museum of Industry. After this experience we went to the Wolfburg Art Museum where we witnessed a fotoexhibition of Lee Miller. Really exiting stuff from the end of WWII. At the end of the day we enjoyed a nice pint of beer at the hotel bar. The Chippendales were also in the bar, but for some reason nobody mistaked us for them.
Thursday the Guldborg family, Betina and I went for a long weekend in Wolfsburg. The trip to Wolfsburg were a doddle, finding the hotel, Holiday Inn was a challenge but easily overcome. Friday we visitited "Autostadt", which to me was a great disappointment. Everything was in german only. There was employees of "Volkswagen Communications" everywhere, but not a single one mastered any language but german. When I saw a girl with "ASK ME" printed on her t-shirt I thought we could get some information, but she didn´t even know what the words meant. The trip through the factory was arranged for owners of new Volkswagens due to pick them up. The speaker would have a great future ahead of him if german rapmusic would ever get popular. We didn´t get one word of information. I will not recomend anyone to waste a day in Autostadt unless you speak perfect german and love to stand around at the local vw dealership. The worst experience was the Lamborghini house. One lousy yellow car stripped of its internals and hung on the wall. To get people to stand around a lightshow with poor quality german music lasting 15 minutes tortured our ears to the bleeding point. The Timetravel house presented a few great cars mostly there to be ridiculed by new-car owners. Their 1950 split was full of period-wrong parts and was actually not a 1950 model. We forgot to take a picture of the jewel of the collection the Beutler Porsche, which nobody seemed to notice. We made the best of the day, going to a great steakhouse, laughing of the tasteless decorating.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
It was enevitable. The darkness, the mosquitos and the chilling breeze would finally kill my spirit. I will not go to Kalø for anymore tuesdays this year. No more cool cars, no more hot dogs from Gullers "Smokey Joe", No more butterflys in the stomach when you pull in to the crowded area. The fall is here and I´m absolutely gutted about it. In 6 1/2 months Hannover will be calling. I feel like a lovesick young man going on a half year submarine mission. Tuesday I saw this blast from the past. I remember seing this car for the first time at Bug Bash about 8-10 years ago, though in a different hue with checkers on the back. The guy who owned it is from Randers and have never heard of SP Rasmussen and his squareback. You guys should hook up.