Pre-Itinerary Warm-Up II

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Pre-Itinerary Warm-Up II

Post by Amskeptic » Thu Apr 01, 2010 7:47 pm

Not very well prepared as I blasted out of Austin prematurely last week to find the sun once more, my sun, sunlight! sunny days being my reason d'etre, and if you do not understand that, that's OK, but at least let me have my sun. Pulled the plugs (leanish):
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Did a "benchmark" compression test (130/140/130/142):
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I am on my way to Pahrump Nevada to visit my dad's ex-wife who is (not - 04/09/10)suffering a recurrence of brain cancer. I honor her incredible generosity towards my dad, and will be available to her in whatever way she may need. On the way, I am visiting Velokid1 in the highlands of Arizona.

Blasted the poor BobD with sideways sand and gravel severe winds outside of El Paso, and camped a couple of days in the Arizona c-c-c-c-cold nights, mooooooon light, and warm 70's daytimes:
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And look at this horse skull. Amazingly small brain case under all those jaw blades and optical orbits:
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Here in Casa Grande, I helped a Mexican-American real estate guy at Starbucks proof-read his report for grammar and spelling (hello if you read this) I waxed the BobD for the first time today. It looks no different than it ever did:
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Washed the El Paso dust storm out of the engine. It is looking better than I have ever seen it since 2004:
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We are slowly bonding. It has been touch-and-go, this preliminary road run, lots of driving anxiety, dust storm furies, Road Warrior longing (truly a better crafted car), but the ol' VW bus ether is slowly wending its unassuming charm past my defenses and disappointments. This BobD is a good car:
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Once on the road, I had to scramble to finance this unexpected leg of the journey, and jtauxe came through with two appointments for me up in Los Alamos. He said, and I quote, "it rarely snows in April" which means "it has snowed in April". I can only pray that I do not have to do an engine drop in the snow, it would make Mr Sunshine Addict go into delirium tremors. . .
Colin :pirate:
BobD - 78 Bus . . . 112,730 miles
Chloe - 70 bus . . . 206,865 miles
Naranja - 77 Westy . . . 132,040 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 91 Lexus LS400 . . . 94,225 miles

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Post by Sylvester » Thu Apr 01, 2010 8:05 pm

I must paint this, and I will. Are you getting the piano?

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Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue, I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace. Where never lark, or even eagle flew. And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod, The high untrespassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

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Post by glasseye » Thu Apr 01, 2010 8:20 pm

Buon Viaggio, Commodore :cheers:

Good to see The BobD on the road and on my screen.
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Post by Runamuck Bus » Thu Apr 01, 2010 8:42 pm

My envy reels again. And that bus, that bus is beautiful. Become one you two, as I check the purses, the glove compartments, the piggy banks.. you are still not out of my question. Warrior on, Colin!
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Re: Pre-Itinerary Warm-Up II

Post by Oregon72 » Thu Apr 01, 2010 10:31 pm

Amskeptic wrote:Image
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Love that spark plug tool - FLEXO-LICIOUS
-'72 Westy-

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Post by James Dwan » Fri Apr 02, 2010 6:05 am

That's the tool he never seems to leave behind in my garage for some reason :pirate: Got your gel grip vice grips waiting for you.

BTW Colin, I am about to send the deposit, the tranny is rebuilt I will be getting a new clutch/pressure plate next week. What brand main seal should I get?

PS The 23 Window should be done next week - 1 week before the Texas Classic. I havn't been this nervous since the week before my wedding :pukeleft:
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Post by Amskeptic » Fri Apr 02, 2010 7:14 pm

James Dwan wrote:That's the tool he never seems to leave behind in my garage for some reason :pirate: Got your gel grip vice grips waiting for you.

BTW Colin, I am about to send the deposit, the tranny is rebuilt I will be getting a new clutch/pressure plate next week. What brand main seal should I get?

PS The 23 Window should be done next week - 1 week before the Texas Classic. I havn't been this nervous since the week before my wedding :pukeleft:
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Nervous? That poor bus was almost your RunawayBride.
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BobD - 78 Bus . . . 112,730 miles
Chloe - 70 bus . . . 206,865 miles
Naranja - 77 Westy . . . 132,040 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 91 Lexus LS400 . . . 94,225 miles

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Post by Hippie » Sat Apr 03, 2010 7:41 pm

Does this mean I get to see the BobD in person in June?
Hope so.

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Post by Amskeptic » Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:45 am

Hippie wrote:Does this mean I get to see the BobD in person in June?
Hope so.
As of right now, yes you will. And we need to find some time with your air compressor nozzle and rust-catalyzing primer.
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BobD - 78 Bus . . . 112,730 miles
Chloe - 70 bus . . . 206,865 miles
Naranja - 77 Westy . . . 132,040 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 91 Lexus LS400 . . . 94,225 miles

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Post by Hippie » Thu Apr 08, 2010 6:03 pm

No problemo. Stay the night if you want.
Eat dinner, smokey smokey, fire up the work lights and spray catalyzer into the wee hours. :colors:

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Post by Amskeptic » Fri Apr 09, 2010 5:19 pm

Hippie wrote:No problemo. Stay the night if you want.
Eat dinner, smokey smokey, fire up the work lights and spray catalyzer into the wee hours. :colors:
Yeah, wee hours all right, you know how I love to squish my schedule from Des Moines to Missoula. Every time in fact, that I have left Des Moines, I have been off to something crazy. Remember 2005 was it? Had to "run back" to Rochester NY for a 20 minute doctor's appointment?
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BobD - 78 Bus . . . 112,730 miles
Chloe - 70 bus . . . 206,865 miles
Naranja - 77 Westy . . . 132,040 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 91 Lexus LS400 . . . 94,225 miles

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Post by chitwnvw » Fri Apr 09, 2010 7:37 pm

Hippie wrote:No problemo. Stay the night if you want.
Eat dinner, smokey smokey, fire up the work lights and spray catalyzer into the wee hours. :colors:
That sounds nice. Mind if I join you 2?

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Post by Hippie » Sat Apr 10, 2010 5:29 am

Amskeptic wrote:...Remember 2005 was it? Had to "run back" to Rochester NY for a 20 minute doctor's appointment?
Colin
Yup. I offered you my Geo Metro for the run (gas prices were up IIRC), but it turned out you weren't coming back through Des Moines afterward.
chitwnvw wrote:That sounds nice. Mind if I join you 2?
That would be awesome!

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Re: Pre-Itinerary Warm-Up II

Post by fancy pants » Tue Apr 13, 2010 1:45 pm

Oregon72 wrote:
Amskeptic wrote:Image
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Love that spark plug tool - FLEXO-LICIOUS
Where woudl I find something lie this? I need one!
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Re: Pre-Itinerary Warm-Up II

Post by Amskeptic » Tue Apr 13, 2010 1:53 pm

fancy pants wrote:
Oregon72 wrote: Love that spark plug tool - FLEXO-LICIOUS
Where woudl I find something lie this? I need one!
Buy a pristine 1971 Porsche 911. Steal it from the tool bag.
Sell the car.
That's what I did.
Colin
BobD - 78 Bus . . . 112,730 miles
Chloe - 70 bus . . . 206,865 miles
Naranja - 77 Westy . . . 132,040 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 91 Lexus LS400 . . . 94,225 miles

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