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Feeling around in there

Mr Jones kindly lifted his skirt and showed us his motor the other day. Playing around in there found that the mechanic who installed the electronic ignition did NOT bundle the wires correctly. The power wire’s insulation had melted onto the engine (we run a bit hot- still figuring that part out) and as a result the sparks that resulted shorted out the wiring in the ignition up front.

Ordering a new ignition kit this week. And then I get to learn how to put it in! ūüôā





Well, I’m hoping to have Mr Jones running again in the coming month. It wouldn’t do to go to Bug-O-Rama with only some recent model hatchback as transport.

Anyhow….hope Mr Jones and I see you at Bug-O-Rama!



So Mr Jones is sick. Yep. Sick. On a drive home a few weeks ago, going up hill. He coughed and sputtered.

Later after stopping for gas, he wouldn’t restart. Im guessing alternator. But since I just dumped $500.00 into him, it’ll be a few more weeks till I can do anything about.

Rest up Mr. Jones!



Feeling the Pinch?

Everyone is posting pictures of their recent gas purchase totals. Here in lovely California gas prices are $4.25 on average for low grade unleaded.  I saw a truck deulie come up at $130.00, & have seen a few others at $100.00 and $120.00 etc.

Mr Jones, was hitting empty yesterday so I stopped for a quick fill up.

Maybe everybody should drive an old VW? ūüėČ


Read it and weep. $22.98


earlier yesterday, cruisin down the I-80 somewhere around Rodeo.


It’s Mr. Jones SPA DAY!!!!

Doesnt he just LOOK happy and glowy?


The list:

Tune Up: Compression Check, valve adjustment, spark plugs, cap and rotor, clean idle jet, oil change,  clean sump, lube chassis, check transmission oil, brake check, hose check, belt check,

headlight fuse replaced

valve cover gasket

replace fuel hoses

replace fuel filter

install….OH YES…. a brand¬†spankin new……ELECTRONIC IGNITION.



Blog reference

Great blog just thought I’d share:



Happy Hanakkuh!

Season’s Greetings! VW’s on Parade

Mr Jones is impatiently awaiting his spa week in January, for his schedule maintenance. There is a list of things to be done. And the money is almost put together.

Until I start updates on the long awaited¬†Spa Day, I’ve decided to highlight some Holiday VW art.

—–Ryan Conners—–

Today I’m highlighting an art piece done by an artist Ryan Conners. I love her stuff, its fun, and colorful!

She has a blog and sells her art on etsy, check her out! Buy from her! Stimulate your economy by buying locally!

Ryan Conners

(posted with artists permission)


Now, if I can just get Ryan to do a yellow bug with a black cat and an orange dog…my ornament collection will be complete! ūüôā

On The Road

I had some serious driving to do this past week. I drove 13 hours last Sunday and 18 hours this Tuesday/Wednesday. Needless to say I was THANKFUL for an invite to have Thanksgiving dinner elsewhere.

I was able to do a tiny bit of side-tripping and took some ‘from the car snaps’ of some of my favorite places in California. Namely: Salinas Valley & Monterey. (my favorite because this is hometown territory for me.) I should mention these are just i-phone pix. And that sunrise picture below. Has had no color enhancement done.


Sunrise at the summit, SB I-5 past Grapevine

The Swings @ Knott's Berry Farm

a boy and his dog Carmel Beach, CA

CJ @ Carmel Beach

CJ @ Dennis the Menace Park, Monterey, CA

abandoned barn on farm - Salinas Valley, CA

From the view of Penny Lane - Salinas Valley

farm in Salinas Valley

Farm with Pumpkins and Salinas Valley in background

backroads Salinas Valley

on 101 Salinas Valley

Mountains and Clouds, Salinas Valley

Thanksgiving IN a Volkswagen

Ok, I’m sorry, How much fun would this be?

A crisp autumn day, a¬†festive picnic table,¬†some turkey casserole, mashers, my grandma’s pumpkin/pecan pie, and a jug of warm cider, all out the back of a VW T2 bus? All we need are pilgrim hats!!!

Happily¬†making plans for future Thanksgivings….