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beetle bailey 09-30-2005 05:38 AM

one of beetle bailey's OTHER passions
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 thesamba.com 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!

bobby 09-30-2005 06:17 AM

I'll put one pic up for BB as a tease...he'll do the rest :cool:


xoxoxoo :icare:

bobby 09-30-2005 06:19 AM

couldn't resist this pic..............

:cool: ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,xoxoxoo

JStrider 09-30-2005 07:50 AM

pretty cool van...

i've always wanted to get one of the old bugs as a project... just always really liked the way they look and whatnot...

TheClarkster 10-03-2005 11:01 AM

I've seen a lot of veedubs but never one of those vans.
Pretty awesome.
Myself, I've got a '70 squareback in the process of coming back to life.
Very very fun to drive if nothing else.

sapiens 10-03-2005 11:26 AM

RAGRBRAI! I love RABRAI. I did it 4 times in the 90s. Lots of fun. My parents have done it around 10 times. Anyway, back to your pics. That is a really cool van!

merkerguitars 10-06-2005 09:03 PM

Damn, I love the old vw's. I would like to get a beetle someday but they are sooo spendy now days, I think it would be an excellent product since they are so cheap to fix up. My parents did own a microbus but sold it to a guy for my motorcycle back in the day.

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