After many weeks if not months without an event happening, we now have three or four happening in quick succession!… Over the next couple of months we have The Customs and Coffee morning in Freo, Steff’s Swapmeet, Rosco’s ‘Cruise to the VEE’s’ at Wannaroo, and the VWClub of WA’s ‘Run to the Pub’…. My god it’s gonna be a busy few weeks…. And let’s not forget the monthly Southwest Meet…. Check out the events section for more details… Also for those that might be interested… The Classic Week is about to hit in LA, and I know a couple of dudes from NoH2O are going, and heaps of our friends from the east coast are going…. My shopping list has been handed over, so I’m looking forward to a couple of major parts coming in to make the POS that much tougher and race ready!… Looking forward to some pics from those lucky few who are making the trek to the US.
Projects are ticking away… Spriggo has got a fresh’ish engine in his Beater Bug, Steff is making progress on his early KG, my T34 is getting still more body work done, and the driveline is in hand… The POS is on hold for a bit, but I have purchased the new parts to complete the engine…. Think 86mm flanged stroker crank, 5.7″ SCAT rods, extra long thick wall 94mm cylinders and more headwork on the Wedge ports…. I think the turbo engine that is planned for the POS is about as large as you can go with a TI based crankcase!…. The CroMo for the cage has been sourced too!… Gav’s bug that is currently in my shed, with its backside in the air and no running gear under there…. Paint detail to begin tomorrow if all things go well… And finally I can show you Tom’s bus as it sat on my trailer earlier this week….
It’s at Bernie’s getting a few minor things done to the tail gate and door frames prior to a date with the spray booth… What colour will he paint it I wonder?
Finally…. How’s this for cool?… Tempo Pete has scored this setup for his Matador project…. He’s planning to chuck a little old speed love at his truck, which I’m sure will shake up the purists!
Step right up folks, step right up…. Or so the saying goes…. Never a more appropriate saying there was for what has come to pass this month…. Much has happened, here and there, some dub related, some not, but all have most definitely been enjoyed by the collective and friends…. Most notably of which would have to be the running of the 21st Folkworld Fairbridge Festival… An event that the ‘collective’ and various members of the VW Club of WA have been attending for the past 5 years….
This festival hosts the finest folk, world, blues, jazz and contemporary musicians the world has to offer… This year was no exception… But make it all the more enjoyable, the camping that is offered, makes it all that much more special…. Kim Sherman and his wife Woody play our hosts every year, along with the massive effort from the organising committee and the hundreds of volunteers, the VW enclave (this year we had 25 bus’ parked up in ‘Volksville’) gets to enjoy a massive variety of events, performances and kookie sights over a long three day weekend…. Those of you that have never made the festival are missing out, and should really make the effort to join us next year.
Those of you that might be into bikes will surely have seen the event late last month at HMVK… This is the second time that Brett, Lee and Wayne (NoH2O members of old) have hosted the event at their shop, and I must say it was huge… I love spending time there, when ever I can get out there… The vibe of the place is awesome, the creativity and skill, and tlc that goes into ever project is mind blowing and a pleasure to witness… These guys know what’s what…. Check’em out.
As for projects…. It is with sad news that I mention our kid Fabo and his recently bent Bug…. Chris has been flying the flag of racing dubs for these past few years… Slowly developing his car and his skills behind the wheel…. His Bug had become a very popular addition to classic rallies, sprints and hill climb events throughout WA, sticking it to the established classic event challenger with his mighty little red Dub. Last month, on the invitation of an event organiser down in the south west, Chris was participating in a streetkhana sprint event, when it all came unstuck… It was in one of the last turns of the two lap sprint, that the car lost traction and slapped into a 4 tonne concrete barrier…. The car was a right off, but fortunately, Chris walked away from the accident.
The good news is, that a replacement car is in the works as I write this…. I’m heading over to pick up his new project in the next week or so, so Chris can get stuck in with the rebuild…
On that note, I’ll leave you lot to it…. All the best.
Yeah I know…. It’s been a a couple of months without an update and the truth be told, I have no excuse…. Been busy as we all have, even found some time for Dub stuff in the shed too, but not any events…. There has been a few, but nobody has been taking pictures, so I have very little to show you all…. Sad really…. But all is not lost…. There has been activity…. Last month I went to Sydney for the VWMA Drags, which those of you that may have read my report will note, was a wash out…. NSW and Qld was hit by massive storms right at that time, and the event was called by the track officials….
But all was not lost…. Sure the event was called off, but that is not to say the trip was a total loss…. I got to hang out with my good mates Ben R, Morgan S and Rod P and their respective families…. Ben was an amazing host over the 5 days I was there… We got out to a few VW shops and had a gander, went to a impromptu bbq’s, met loads of cool peeps, fiddled about in workshops and sheds and spent way too much time (and money!) at Rodney’s place!
G’s been up to some kookie shit again!… Check out his wild 13 Winda Lantern!… And lets not forget the Banana Split project which is moving forward well….
Boz and I took the MonstaBaja out for a blast down the farm the other day…. Not without some minor problems, but fun none the less…. This thing is gonna be a out of control when it finds some land without fences in the way!
And finally…. Yes I did finally get some good numbers with the POS… 13.1 at 109mph to be exact….. Pretty good for a baby 1776 with the wrong cam, too big in the exhaust, turbo and carb…. On paper it shouldn’t work, but work it does….. So…. Just as I was getting the power uncorked, the weak link let go…. I broke an axle.
Time to get the new pan, transaxle and engine built up!
These days seem to blur into one another don’t they?… It only seems like last week that I was finishing up at school and my holiday break was about to begin…. No more reporting, no more programming, no more phone calls to/from parents, no more dealing with the politics or misunderstandings in the workplace and no more massive days at school, organising performances, presentations, exhibitions, touring shows for the school bands or work related sundowners. But what do you know!…. The holidays are just about over, and yet again I didn’t get everything done that I had hoped…. Obviously the clutch giving up the ghost on the POS was not planned for, and I hadn’t really planned on making a start of the Ghia either, but ya know what?…. I’m pretty stoked to get into both…. The new clutch in the POS will handle the power the engine is producing with ease… Looking forward to hitting the track real soon…. And the Ghia is getting closer to back on the road, and that has got to be a good thing…. I’ll update you all on both of those cars next month…. But for now, lets recap on the last couple of months happenings.
First up…. I’d like to congratulate the DoVW show winners…. Many of which are NoH2O members…. Below are a selected few…. Be sure to check the winners thread in the events section…. Well done do all the class winners…..
Best Type 1 Beetle Standard pre ’67………. Colin Seth
Best Type 1 Beetle Modified……….Sean Duffin
Best Type 2 Kombi T1 Commercial………..Peter Kopic
Best Type 2 kombi T2 Commercial……….Patrick Spiteri
Best Buggy Modified……….Sean Jones
Best Rat Look…………Graham Tibbs
Presidents Choice………….Bernie Brix
Judges Choice………..Dave Moore
Other stuff in the pipeline is pretty interesting…. Our boy Reub has got himself another aircooled project…. This time round, he’s messing with a car that has become something of a harlot within the collective…. I gave him the Paprika.
Working slowly through the bits I have for the car, a heap of nice stuff Reub has left over from his old 58, and a good scrub, the car is looking heaps better already…. Plans are to pull the body from the pan in the very near future, and get Johnno to wave his magic rust remover wand across it…. This should go a long way to getting the car back on the road in a mildly modified but but essentially stock state…. Looking forward to seeing what happens next.
I’ve been doing silly things to my cars lately too… I started on the new Super Street pan for the POS….. First a massive 18mm pie cut was done to the front end to give me about 10º of caster…. Then I cut the off the torsion housing and started on the narrowing and lifting of the rear suspension…. This sucker is gonna be mad.
And finally we have Jimmybay’s very sweet Paprika Red Oval… It’s a fantastic story of the best kinda…. A very low buck reno, with massive efforts on the part of the owner… Jimmy has taken to it with big-time elbow grease and panel hammer, plus all the usual mechanical overhaul stuff… The net result is an amazing looking ratter… Be sure to check it out.
We started the ’silly season’ that is the local VW show season, short as it is, with ‘The VeeDubs at the Drive-In’ event kicking it all off…. Then a couple of weeks later we had ‘The Great Collective Breaky’ at XWray Cafe in Freo…. And finished it all a week later with ‘The Day of the Volkswagen’ at MacKallum Park…. And what a thoroughly enjoyable experience it was!
First up…. ‘The VeeDubs at the Drive-In’ event, which from all reports, was a cracking success!…
Hosted by the South West NoH2O contingent, and jointly supported by the NoH2O Collective and the VW Club of WA, this event was a big two day affair, with a couple of cruises, and an eve at the Drive-in and and evening camp out at the local Caravan Park… Still bummed that I couldn’t make this one, but do my best to be there next year for sure! There is loads more pics from this amazing event on the forum…. Check it out!
Then we had ‘The Great Collective Breaky’….
What a great event…. From the feedback I got on the day, and on the forum thread, this event was very well received…
As an experiment, I feel it went very well… Greg and gang at XWray loved having us there, with Dubs filling the carpark up and putting on a very informal show for the cafe regulars… I reckon we will make this a regular pre-DoVW event in the future!
Then we had ‘Choppas Drag Day’ which didn’t happen on account of bad weather… But fear not!…. We are planning to hit the track this Wednesday night with avengeance…. So be there!
The next event for us was the NoH2O Cruise to the DoVW 2012…
As is tradition, dubbers from all corners of the state have hosted short cruise events to the ‘Heart of the Park’ shopping centre carpark… We had 14 Dubs leave mine and converged on Vic Park where at least another 15 Dubs waited for us…. So cruising to the show and entering the park area caused a bit of a stir… The VW Club officials handled the influx of Collective members with great skill and efficiency… Well done guys!
And this is what greeted us at the show!
What a great day out…. Hard to cover it all, but the thread tells a pretty good tale, and there are loads of pics for you to peruse… That’s it… That’s all I got…. You wanna know more, your gonna have to have a look at all these stories and many more on the forum!
So sorry folks…. These past months have totally gotten away from me…. In all the stress of my daily life…. That of an upper school high school teacher, have just not gotten around to updating this here blog!…. I can’t believe that I have missed two months worth of updates!!!!????
Ben and Morg’s in the staging lanes… They also crew for Rod Penrose when not steering their own cars!
Anyway…. Some of you guys may know that I went to Warwick this year…. Most of you prolly don’t know how this visit came about, but it’s a pretty cool story, and one worth mentioning again…. Earlier in the year, Reuben and I went to the VWMA event held at the WSID…. There I got to catch up with old friends, crew for Morgan Smith and Ben Robinson, and generally have a great old time…. Whilst there, Wayne Penrose asked me if I was planning on going to Warwick later in the year…. I hadn’t, but he said to me straight up…. If I did go, he’d give me one of his cars to race if I was interested…. As you can see…. I did go, and I had a blast!…. If you haven’t had the chance, swing by the thread and have a gander at the many pics from the events…. Some I took, some where taken by Morgs and his lovely wife Aliseia…
In other news…. The collective’s good friend, Rod Penrose got to take his new car out to WSID for some some shakedown runs in the low 9’s at 140mph!…. Obviously, this pic is from one of the exhibition runs at Warwick, but for those that might be interested in reading a little more, check out the thread on AVD…. This car has low 6 second potential by the way!!!
And as we all know, the local show season is about to commence…. NoH20 are hosting two very special pre-DoVW events this year…. First we have “The Great Collective Breaky” at XWray Cafe in Freo on the 25th of this month…. The we have the third installment of “Choppa’s Drag Day” at the Motorplex on the following Wednesday eve…. For more info, go and check out the respective threads….
In closing…. Spriggo sent me a pic of the VeeDubs at the Drive-in weekender… Sad to miss out on this one, but things happen…. Look forward to seeing the pics of the entire weekends festivities.
Yes folks….. I’m not kidding you!… This past month has seen some massive events taking place, many new members signing up, car shows with huge VW attendance, milestones being achieved, licensing guidelines being tested and a number of other cool things that I won’t go into here…. You’ll just have to get stuck into the forum for more details!
Big news for us all is the fact that Bernie managed to get ‘Norm’ licensed and on the road…. Not a big deal I hear you say…. Oh but it is grasshopper… It is…. You see…. ‘Norm’ is a very special SC for the WA VW scene….. He is, in fact, the first legally modified VW Bus in WA…. Now I’m not talking about flash wheels and horsepower increase…. I’m talking major wheel mods (different sizes rims and tyres front and rear), suspension and brake upgrades that, till now, have been impossible to do…. I know what you saying now….. “but what about Choppa’s BD or Antony’s Army Bus”…. Well yes…. Both of those Bus’ have been modified and registered, but neither of them have been engineer certified….. They have gotten through rego because their respective mods are on the mild side when compared to narrowed suspension and 4WDisc Brakes!….. Unfortunately Bernie has not kept the build thread going on these upgrades, so your gonna have to take my word for it… It’s a very big thing to have managed that.
Another new car on the scene is Dave’s Hotrod inspired late bug…. Dave has done a brilliant job on this car…. Converting a late Bug to look earlier than it is, installing kustom lights, body trims and interior all in his home workshop…. Event the body and paint has been masterfully applied by his hand…. It’s a stunning car to be sure!
The ‘collective’ put on a massive display of 11 cars (plus one secret SC on the Brett and Lee’s Handmade Vintage Kustom bikes stand)…. For more info and pics, be sure to check out the events section of the forum….
That’s right folks…. This is the 50th post on the NoH2O Blog…. So to celebrate, I have decided to have beer…..
Aaahhhhhh…. That was nice.
So what else is new I hear you ask?….I’ve had some visitors at my place this past week…. Morgan and his partner Alicia… For those of you dubbers into fast street cars and the Sydney dub scene, may have seen Morg’s awesome bug (12.5 NA and 11.7 with a 50 shot of NOS) in the race features in VWMA… His car is quite an amazing bit of kit, and I was very fortunate to be asked to pit for him and Ben (owner of the VWMA sponsored Drag Bug) at the Western Sydney VW Drag Day earlier this year…. I’ll be there again next year for sure!
Talking about VWMA…. Casey’s Black Ghia made this months cover….. WA Dubber represent!
Next up I have to let you guys know about the projects that are going on…. Obviously I’ve been busy…. The POS is making really nice power now and is ready for the up coming hotrod show (see below), but the stroker is still due to get together before the drag season starts…. Really need to pull my finger out on that one…. The Bus is really going quite nicely, but I reckon the 1776 that’s currently in the POS might find a new home there soon….
And the Ghia has finally found the centre of the shed…. Engine and transaxle is out, with cleaning, detailing and replacement of stuff about to happen there….. Then we have what all you guys are up to…. Brom’s is making great progress on getting his fancy Red9 IFS under the front of his PV…. Bernie has made great progress with Norm…. Brock has got the Supercharger working really well with his VRod….. Vic has his new engine ready for install, and Andy is building up a strong new stroker for his daily…. It’s all going on in the shed…. Check out the projects and daily drivers threads for more details….
And finally….. Next month the Collective is putting on a massive display at this years Hot Rod and Streetcar Spectacular…. How’s 11 VW’s sound?…. Crazy stuff…. I’d like to say thanks to everyone who accepted my invitation to join us there this year…. The quality of the Dubs we will have on display this year are amazing…. All cars have that special something, that style and finish that is perfect for a Hot Rod/Kustom style event such as this…. No ricer inspired cars get a look in here….. It’s all about traditional aesthetics and details, interesting and intriguing ideas and purity of form…. Look forward to seeing you guys there.
The Bus has finally hit the street again, and it’s a bloody good thing too…. Not having a dub on the road since Christmas has not done my cred much good at all!… But it has all been very worthwhile…. The fresh lil’ 1641 is running like a trooper with the old German ’steel can’ 009 and DCNF 40mm Weber to drive it all…. That POS chinese sidewinder knockoff needed some work to make it fit properly, but jeez it sounds nice!…. And the new suspension all round is bedding in nicely too… The 80mm narrowed LP beam conversion with dropspindles up front and some of 2Tone’s adjustable dogleg springplates on the rear are really working out nicely…. Those short GR2’s on the front might be a bit too stiff though…. Working through all the little things at the moment, just to make the Bus that much nicer to live with is the current task…. Have moved the T34 into the middle of the shed now…. Hope to have that beast back on the road by summer!
Other news to hand is that new member Jonathan has scored a very tidy, but not running early car to play with…. Things are moving quicly in his shed, as he has purchased Vic’s old 1200 6volter and got that in there… Plans are afoot for a fresh beam and an altitude adjustment in the very near future…. Andy (66BRM to you lot) has stepped up and begun a new engine build for his old faithful daily driver…. This new engine should see a nice increase in power and torque over the current twin Weber fed 1641, but I still reckon he needs to take 60mm out of that front beam!…. DAK-DAK-68 has also picked up yet another sweet little runner…. not sure of his plans, but I’m sure we shall all find out soon enough…. Maharg sold his Oval and the very lucky new owner is a new member of the collective…. Way to keep it in the family!…
Next up we have Brad…. He has been making very good progress with his 63 project…. The job he has done on that floorpan is mind blowing!…. Bernie has been working very hard on Norm of late…. Jason’s car is getting a fresh interior put in as I type this…. The seats in my T34 are being re-trimmed, Deadkombi sold his awesome Black Oval, Hoody has just about got his PV ready for rego and the Whale ready for some lucky new owner, and finally Bigfella has got started on his Splitty…..
Next order of business is Alfred’s this coming Wednesday night and the Great South West Meet down in Bunno next weekend… So it’s all action stations around here!
That’s right folks…. I’m nearly out of time this month… Only just made it!!! My time management skills really need some work, but anyway… What’s been happening?… Plenty of new members, some new events in the south west (as reported last month), some cool stuff happening in the sheds around abouts and even a few sheds getting put up…. Good times all round.
You guys have to be pretty stoked with your progress… Jay has been making very good progress with his Splitty… That shifter and those door cards are the shiz….. Moz’s PV Dbl Dr is getting the rust removed down the Munster Garage…. And I have finally got around to dropping my Low-Light.
Doc scored the Tub recently and has been getting busy with some much needed upgrades to the suspension…. I’m sure there’s other changes in mind for the future…. Doc can’t leave well enough alone!
And finally…. I dunno if you guys know this, but one of us here at ‘the collective’ has entered into a new venture…. Hand Made Vintage Kustoms is the name of the enterprise and they (Brett and his business partner Lee) specialize in kustom built motorcycles…. They don’t have a website yet, but they do have a FB presence….. Checkit.