Colin Stops in Anaconda Montana (day 2)

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Colin Stops in Anaconda Montana (day 2)

Post by whc03grady » Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:08 pm

This is being posted by proxy for my wife, who wrote it.

As Mitch and Colin sat down at the end of the day to wrap up the details on Ludwig, I was fully expecting them to co-create a to-do list for Ludwig like in years past. Opening the conversation, Colin offered to stay another day to consult on Gertie. Unbeknownst to me, they had been discussing Gertie prior to the infamous spring--> (boing!) --> engine case incident from the previous day. After discussing the issues, consulting Mitch's notes, and a quick trip to the engine compartment, Colin suggested Gertie's engine wasn't as dire as we suspected.

Please understand that I had completely accepted the solemn idea that it might be a year or two before I'd drive my, I mean our beloved Gertie once again. We were under the impression she needed a major engine rebuild before driving her again. To hear that there was a chance she would be road-ready in 24 hours was more than I could comprehend. Seriously.

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Eager to get the first nerve-wracking solo drive out of the way, Esmé and I were largely absent from the day's events revisiting our local favorite places. (By the way, Esmé's first words to Ludwig while climbing in to her seat were, "I missed you, Ludwig!") And I had so much nervous excitement about the remote possibility that Gertie might soon be on the road that I couldn't bear to stick around the garage.

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Apparently, for the chunk of the day I was absent there were many hoses replaced, wires checked, an MPS inspected, and some other things I missed. Shortly after our return, she was ready for her first test drive. When they returned Colin happily suggested I take her on a test drive, but I abruptly replied "no" and something about "tick-tock". We were creeping up on the end of the day and I was freaked out that he would have to leave before she'd be road ready.

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Then they worked on this thing in Colin's hand for I don't know how long. What was it? I don't know. I was too anxious to be paying close attention. But I do know it has a bunch of copper parts, and the were having a hard time adjusting it. I can also share that consults on Gertie require a lot more manual reading than Ludwig. I suspect it's because of her complicated little fuel injected engine.

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Then Mitch repacked Gertie's hubs with grease.

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Tater Tot watched.

I ended up going on a test drive with Colin later on after all. In case you are curious, Colin also gives helpful driving tips to decrease wear on the VWs. He also offers invaluable tidbits about how to not be driven mentally insane by the worry that accompanies having two old ACVWs as our only sources of transportation.Don't worry, there's more to come. When Colin leaves, the work really isn't over. He's actually more of a consultant-catalyst.
Ludwig--1974 Westfalia, 2.0L (GD035193), Solex 34PDSIT-2/3 carburetors.
Gertie--1971 Squareback, 1600cc with Bosch D-Jetronic fuel injection from a '72 (E brain).
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http://www.ludwigandgertie.blogspot.com

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Post by airkooledchris » Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:12 am

whc03grady wrote:When Colin leaves, the work really isn't over. He's actually more of a consultant-catalyst.
=D> well said. I too enjoy riding that wave of 'I can do it' spirit as long as possible after a visit. Anything out of spec will NOT do and I WILL find AND cure it!

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Post by pj » Thu Aug 16, 2012 11:43 am

Another wife swooning over the car crusader? Must be those "CK" brand shirts, and slightly anorexic body style that reels those women in.

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Post by Amskeptic » Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:09 pm

Again! I am in a mad rush (it's not really a rush in a VW bus but it is demanding that I steer while it trundles along)and can only stop by briefly on my way to Minnesota from a very nice visit in Salt Lake City. I am currently an hour from the Minnesota border after a 1,200 MILE SIDE WIND along I-80's TruckRacesFromHell over the last 20 hours. My right shoulder is aching, of all body parts to complain about sawing on the steering wheel endlessly.
Car is running utterly flawlessly.
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(Melissa! Thank you for the write up to liven up this neglected place! I have more pictures! more stories! less time! Vdubluvah! Do a write-up of your visit if you read this!
Please keep me posted on Gertie and Ludwig, it is time for them to repay you with loyal reliability. Tell Esme that I now have a calendar to help buttress my fragmented memory bank)
BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . . 112,660 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,820 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 112,220 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 78,885 miles

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Post by sped372 » Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:18 pm

Amskeptic wrote:... a 1,200 MILE SIDE WIND along I-80's ...
I'll never drive the bus near Rawlins or Laramie again if I can help it. Relaxing it was not.

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Post by Sylvester » Fri Aug 17, 2012 5:34 am

sped372 wrote:I'll never drive the bus near Rawlins or Laramie again if I can help it. Relaxing it was not.

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Now that is funny! Not wanting to "do the search", but who on here drove the Bus though all that in winter and looked death square in the eye while doing it?

Was that not ChiTwn?

And Colin, how was that ride? Have any pictures of it?
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Post by hambone » Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:47 pm

That yellow SB is Glady's twin. I dig those Montana plates, and imagine the cold dry weather that car has lived.
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Post by flatlander » Sun Aug 19, 2012 9:00 pm

I wish ol' Gertie'd seen more dry weather than she has (have you seen any photos of her rust? It's a little sad), but she's SO fantastic in about every other way that I can overlook her less attractive qualities.

pj - You're right that I was swooning, but it was over the thought of driving that peppy little Squareback again about two years sooner than I expected. I really love that car.

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