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Welcome (To The Nuts and Bolts)

Post by Amskeptic » Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:14 pm

A) The Welcome: Ten Years Now . . .

Let's see if it is still a viable living for me to help you learn to master your wonderful air-cooled Volkswagen heritage. This latest Volkswagen o' mine, the 1970 bus named Chloe, has reawakened the spirit of what these cars are all about in me. Might seem odd, seeing as I am steeped in them for much of my waking life, but I am continually renewed in my association with the values that made them a phenomenon in the first place. You may already be keenly aware that we are becoming a smaller tribe through each passing year. Every year, I feel a stronger sense of the mission here, to keep these cars happy, healthy, and on the road.

I dearly want to find, to hunt down, to baptize the new owners of old Volkswagens, the young, the old, men, women, bring them my way, prostelytize, refer, write down a napkin for them, my email <78vw2000@earthlink.net> and the address to this site, with a plea for them to email me, or register then PM me, "Amskeptic", so that we all can get them up to speed with clear information, competently pointed out. Can we believe that last sentence had sixteen commas? Can we find these people when their hopes are still high, so we don't have to read those painful stories about VWs burning down or throwing a connecting rod within ten days of purchase, or disastrous soul-sucking sagas at shops that sure can take their money? Can we all get involved in this outreach?
Colin

I make no apologies that I love the stock engineering best. I can back it up with 35 years of on-the-road joy. Stock engineering gives you the most civilized, reliable, and economical experience. We need to get the running Volkswagens that are left, the best original parts we can find as soon as possible for those who want to enjoy the original driving experience. That does not mean I will not work with your center-mount progressive carb, or dualing Kadrons, or Ready To Fall Off Again "performance" exhaust system, or lowered into the curb suspension. Raby engines and their attendant engineering get a free pass for the simple reason that they work and are beautifully crafted, values that are within the original Volkswagen mystique but at a higher velocity.

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B) The Nuts and Bolts:

Welcome to Itinerant Air-Cooled's tenth lap of America to help you keep your air-cooled VW in good shape.

THE WHY
There are some good reasons to consider this visit as an investment rather than an "expense". After ten years, I am newly convinced that the best mechanic to work on your beloved Volkswagen is you. Your terror and anxiety are channeled effectively towards careful, clean, thorough work, and the flood of relief when you proudly drive down the road as the master caretaker of an appreciating investment is better than any drug high.

Another advantage of the IAC day is that you are the cheapest option for any maintenance and repair that may be needed. As you become familiar with your VW, you are much more likely to do the work required in a timely fashion, without putting off the little things that can turn into big ($$) things (like the American infrastructure which could be rebuilt now providing jobs while the interests rates are laughably low). The Itinerant Air-Cooled day challenges both your mind and your stamina. Be prepared for nine hours straight.
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THE WHAT
Parts needed are your sole responsibility. We can guess mightily as to what you may need, and we will, but surprises come up all the time. You may be disappointed that the lack of a part stops us dead in our tracks. I remain in a good humor however, (there are always more projects to dive into) because it is a pleasure to hand off the final reassembly to you. That is our goal, remember?

THE WHERE
Your work environment needs to be clean and organized. This is your excuse to have a full day off from yard work or shopping or schlepping the kids before our appointment date (heck take two, it's on me). Please have paper towels, suitable solvent/oil drain container, a couple of cans of carb spray available at WalMart for $2.97 a can or $4.99 at Advance or whatever. Try to rustle up a container of Valvoline DuraBlend semi-synthetic moly grease. It is the best all-purpose grease that can meet any need we have. If you are in a rain-drenched climate, please try to have a serious weather-proof alternative available. Clean out the garage and put it all in the living room, make a beautiful new friendship with a hitherto unknown neighbor, discover your skills with lean-to carpentry and tarp, whatever it takes. This will help us get to work. I do not do front wheel bearings in the rain, and you will be the sole valve adjustment mechanic if it IS SNOWING, MITCH.
PS> I will happily do test drives in howling gales however, a great opportunity for me to show you how easy it is, right, aopisa?

THE WHEN
We begin at 9:00AM with a good belt of coffee. After greeting the dog and going over the list you have prepared, we tackle the cold-required items like valve adjustments, retorques, and choke checks. If you are a neophyte, we will likely do an entire tune-up together. If you are a repeat old hand IAC Graduate Master Mechanic, we will dive into the project at hand.

Lunch is optional. If you need it, make sure you stand up for yourself. Chances are, I will make it a working lunch with more diagrams for your future reference. A PBJ is perfect.

Work must wind down by 6:00PM with the Final Invoice/Final Exam Combination BrainMelt that leaves all of us punchdrunk fatigued.

THE HOW MUCH
You will have paid your $235.00 deposit if I am standing at your door at 9:00AM. I will not be leaving your door at 7:00PM without a balance of $235.00 either in cash or with a PayPal fired off from your computer. Please don't make us wobble around town looking for an ATM at 9:00PM.

THE HENCEFORTH AND FORTHWITH
I am a consultant. You are paying for my knowledge. I could not and cannot should not and shall not accept liability for any of the work performed on your vehicle nor any incidental consequential coincidental consequent incident outsident accident coincident and subsequent to our visit. In the past ten years, we have never had to talk like that anyways. :cyclopsani:

IN CONCLUSION
Please PM me with your questions, list of concerns from most-important to least important, a run down of your skills or lack thereof, and a brief description of our work environment. Let me know what your dreams are for your Volkswagen, and pray for less attrition of these fine vehicles in the coming years.
Colin
BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . . 112,660 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,845 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 112,885 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 78,899 miles

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Post by Jivermo » Thu Feb 07, 2013 5:29 am

A joy to read this! What a great philosophy.

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Post by airkooledchris » Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:16 am

Amskeptic wrote:I dearly want to find, to hunt down, to baptize the new owners of old Volkswagens, the young, the old, men, women, bring them my way, prostelytize, refer, write down a napkin for them, my email <78vw2000@earthlink.net> and the address to this site, with a plea for them to email me, or register then PM me, "Amskeptic", so that we all can get them up to speed with clear information, competently pointed out. Can we believe that last sentence had sixteen commas? Can we find these people when their hopes are still high, so we don't have to read those painful stories about VWs burning down or throwing a connecting rod within ten days of purchase, or disastrous soul-sucking sagas at shops that sure can take their money? Can we all get involved in this outreach?
Colin

A simple flier that people here could print out on their home computers, to drop under the windshield of VW's that we come across while 'oot and aboot' town would be *very* useful in accomplishing this task. It could help round up a few more members for the IAC board and (ideally of course) result in more stops on the IAC tour. Members that are already planning on a visit handing these out would be perfect, as the distance to the next stop cost would be so much lower if there were multiple visits in each town along the way.
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Post by Amskeptic » Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:55 pm

airkooledchris wrote:
Amskeptic wrote:I dearly want to find, to hunt down, to baptize the new owners of old Volkswagens, the young, the old, men, women, bring them my way, prostelytize, refer, write down a napkin for them, my email <78vw2000@earthlink.net> and the address to this site, with a plea for them to email me, or register then PM me, "Amskeptic", so that we all can get them up to speed with clear information, competently pointed out. Can we believe that last sentence had sixteen commas? Can we find these people when their hopes are still high, so we don't have to read those painful stories about VWs burning down or throwing a connecting rod within ten days of purchase, or disastrous soul-sucking sagas at shops that sure can take their money? Can we all get involved in this outreach?
Colin

A simple flier that people here could print out on their home computers, to drop under the windshield of VW's that we come across while 'oot and aboot' town would be *very* useful in accomplishing this task. It could help round up a few more members for the IAC board and (ideally of course) result in more stops on the IAC tour. Members that are already planning on a visit handing these out would be perfect, as the distance to the next stop cost would be so much lower if there were multiple visits in each town along the way.
Since my travel is almost optimized (Slow Chloe goes only so fast), I will *consider* old hands like you being willing to host a Very Simple Maintenance Day with no more than four people simultaneously where each person gets one dedicated hour one-on-one with their personal vehicle, then we all can opine and troubleshoot in the afternoon as I vandalize each vehicle one by one to not be able to make it home. You all then would put your heads together and I will help guide troubleshooting to a successful conclusion. A part of the proceeds will go towards a decent lunch. What do you think?
Colin
BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . . 112,660 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,845 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 112,885 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 78,899 miles

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Post by Amskeptic » Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:08 am

Amskeptic wrote: What do you think?
Colin
NOT MUCH, APPARENTLY . . .
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BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . . 112,660 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,845 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 112,885 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 78,899 miles

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Post by airkooledchris » Wed Feb 27, 2013 10:08 am

honestly I got sorta thrown off by the goals, as my initial impression was that you wanted to reach out and bring in as many new faces as possible - while later stating that there was little room on the schedule for more people and that driving more folks to the website Vs IAC visits was the real priority. (in that my head went towards what can drive web traffic while ignoring this thought.)

I think the idea of it sounds great, but trying to find 4 people (outside of myself, as id always want to do a full day) in an area this small - that will actually commit to something like that - is unlikely at best. because of the small volume of people here that A. have busses, B. are novices with them (admit it anyway), C. and reliable enough to count on making a future commitment of time and money.

That's why I was thinking, for this specific region anyway, the flier idea could work. All the busses in the area that look like their owners would benifit from this - I don't know. They aren't members of the local VW club either, so littering their vehicles with IAC info may be the only way to reach them. It's certainly possible that while reaching them this group think day would come to life as a result, but I feel that's the only way to get the ball rolling.

all of that said - i'll put the word out to our local club's page to see if there would be interest from that end. Sometimes I get tunnel vision when it comes to the IAC and assume it's all busses all the time, but a group day would be a perfect setting for addressing aircooled motors from the whole lineup. (and there's a ton of bugs & ghias around the group.)


http://www.type2detectives.com/bus-boot-camp

If you haven't already, check out this site. I wish we had a big enough following for these busses in the states to pull off something like this.

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Post by Amskeptic » Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:52 pm

airkooledchris wrote:i'll put the word out to our local club's page to see if there would be interest from that end. Sometimes I get tunnel vision when it comes to the IAC and assume it's all busses all the time, but a group day would be a perfect setting for addressing aircooled motors from the whole lineup. (and there's a ton of bugs & ghias around the group.)


http://www.type2detectives.com/bus-boot-camp

If you haven't already, check out this site. I wish we had a big enough following for these buses in the states to pull off something like this.

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I didn't mean to put you on the spot, although it was sort of fun.

I service all air-cooled Volkswagens and an occasional 70's BMW lurking in the background, particularly if it has dual vacuum advance and EGR and L-Jetronic, they are perfect test cases for any L-Jet VW.

As you look at the schedule, you can see I have pinched it off anyhow. But next year Chris! Next year, your wife will have plenty of time to sew a Volkswagen themed 1,000 sq ft tent, your kid will have perfected Volkswagen cookies, and you will be able to fire up the smoker in a jiffy to feed our Itinerant Air-Cooled Maintenance N Chicken Beer Barbecue.
Colin
BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . . 112,660 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,845 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 112,885 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 78,899 miles

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Post by airkooledchris » Wed Feb 27, 2013 3:46 pm

Amskeptic wrote:Next year, your wife will have plenty of time to sew a Volkswagen themed 1,000 sq ft tent, your kid will have perfected Volkswagen cookies, and you will be able to fire up the smoker in a jiffy to feed our Itinerant Air-Cooled Maintenance N Chicken Beer Barbecue.
Colin
sounds like something that would happen at Maupin during the normal course of the weekend. :cheers:
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