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Old 09-30-2005, 05:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
beetle bailey
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my home is the local old volks home! i have, um, 9 or 10, without stopping to count them. seven of them are daily drivers, depending on my mood and what i'm doing. for driving, all i have are these old volkswagens; of course, i have about 30 bicycles, but THIS thread is about my cars. i'll just post a couple now, and will add as time permits. the local VW show is tomorrow, and the cyclo-cross [bicycle] race season starts tomorrow as well, so i have a full platter this weekend.

the first vw is my latest toy. i co-own this with the woman who owns the coffee shop where i've worked the past [nearly] three years, after i quit practicing law full-time. it is a 1965 highroof panel van, quite a rare thing here in the states. these vehicles were never imported by VW to the states; this one came to california in 1969. it had been a moving van, and a camper. the most-recent prior owner just owned it [in vallejo, california] for eleven years, and drove it to shows, completely unrestored and slowly rotting away. we bought it in december, 2003, and had it restored in sacremento, california, from march, 2004 until its completion in april, 2005. i drove it the nearly 3000 kilometers from oakland to des moines trouble-free, its little 1500 cc single port engine purring up and down the mountain passes.

since getting it home, i've built it out as a complete mobile coffee shop, with espresso machine, brewer, grinders, fridge, blender, and the whole nine yards. i take it to bicycle races [where i am able to race AND sell coffee] and other events. the coffee is ALWAYS just-roasted at the home shop the day before. [enough advertising.]

i am experiencing difficulties with posting the photos, OF COURSE!! i'll post them later, after consulting my mentor, bobby. but because of my full weekend, and my need to get a ride in today, it will be saturday or sunday. sorry.

but try this link to where you can see all the photos i have posted, including about ten of this highroof. hope this link is okay with the mods!!

thanks for your interest, folks. enjoy the photos, and i'll get back to ya!
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