Sliding door R&R (long and a bit photo heavy)

At some point early last summer, the sliding door began uttering a horribly loud screeching sound when closing the door.  Despite new grease and varying speeds of closure, the stubborn, campsite awakening sound remained.  As a result, we began leaving the door open as much as possible, but obviously, though the mosquitoes thought it ideal, this was not a great solution and the problem landed on my winter hibernation to-do list.

Upon her purchase, Moby’s sliding door striker plate was too high and the latch hit the bottom of the hole in the striker every time we closed the door.  Adjusting the striker plate as low as possible solved the issue but this left the plate with no additional downward adjustment.  When I then examined the bottom door rollers and sliding door track, I discovered what appeared to be a groove worn into the track bottom which might account for some, but not all, of the drop required at the striker plate.  Subsequently, during this winter’s preliminary examination, I noticed that the sliding Continue reading

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Great day for an oil change

Not that it really matters what the day was like.  It’s just good to be getting the hands a little greasy along with the arrival of spring weather.  Moby is almost back on the road! Just a few more items to tackle, most notably a problem with the back, right-side wheel hub.  Are they supposed to smoke? 😀

Draining the oil

Pardon my smoke

Rain, snow, freezing temperatures, blistering sun, dark of night, or even pleasant weather, owners of old VWs experience it all while trying to troubleshoot the unexpected malfunction.  A lot of these incidents make for great stories and are often told time and again around the VW show circuit or campout fire.  “Remember the time when…. used bubblegum to…. repair lasted for…. miles.”  “Had to drive…. hours…. head out the window…. eyebrows frozen…. then had to go all the way back home.”  We all have heard them, laughed at them, stood amazed at the luck or lack thereof, or shook our heads in bewilderment.  Maybe we even filed some tidbit of information away for potential future use to save our own bacon.  “Well if that ever happened to me….”  The odd tale, here and there, becomes legend, taking on a personality of its own as it spreads not just by the person front and center in the story, but by people who heard the story from a friend, who heard it from their friend and so forth.  For me, these anecdotes are as enjoyable within the VW community as are the barn find narratives or the technical discussions.  They demonstrate the ingenuity, humor, patience, and persistence that we all must possess to deal with such old machines.  If nothing else, these accounts tell me that I am not alone and that, yes, others “suffer” too – there is comfort in company.

As it turns out, our latest such misadventure occurred last October, during our biannual Civil War-related campoutContinue reading

Shepherdstown, West Virginia

When the time presents itself, one pastime my wife and I always enjoy involves weekend or day long visits to the small, quaint towns that dot the region around where we live. Usually, these trips are not planned, but rather happen as last minute get-a-ways from the normalcy of the daily routine and often the end result of “we need to get in the bus and go!”.  As the kids become older, we find the opportunities for such luxuries dwindle and require more effort to pause and release ourselves from the pull of chores, work, and responsibility in general.  It is for these fortuitous expeditions, Continue reading

All Air-Cooled Gathering, Flanders New Jersey, September 2017

Our continuing VW adventures during the month of September saw me and my son traveling once more to the great state of New Jersey for the All Air-Cooled Gathering.  Held at the Swim and Sport Club in the town of Flanders, the Gathering includes two nights of camping (Friday and Saturday) followed by the car show, swap meet, and new parts vending on Sunday.  This year’s show theme – commercial vehicles.  With the demise of some other well-known shows, this one is now the largest in the Middle Atlantic States and, quite possibly, the East Coast. In either Continue reading