Category Archives: VW’s

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? 😉

 

Read it and weep. $22.98

 

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

THE TIME HAS COME!!!

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.

 

OHHHH YEAHHHHHHH

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!

http://catfolkartbyryan.blogspot.com/

http://www.etsy.com/shop/KilkennycatArt?show_panel=true&page=2

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! 🙂

Gearing Up

This is going to be a big winter for Mr. Jones.

My daughter is going to be attending a college a bit farther flung, and will be commuting in my Honda starting in January (assuming she gets her license-finally). This means that Mr Jones will become my main car and a daily driver, again.

Time to get somebody in tip top shape with a spa-week!

saving pennies!

 

Drive Happy.

Every day can be a good day. Drive happy. 🙂

just cruisin…

Mr Jones & Me

unsung bug actors…more than Herbie.

Vroomaroundus Bugus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performer: none
Appeared in: Cars
Mater and the Ghostlight
Heavy Metal Mater

“This 1960’s VW Bug, as known as Vroomaroundus Bugus, is usually indigenous to warm dry climates. Though they have a relatively short life span, their miles to the gallon are quite low. It’s also worth noting that they can haul up to four times their own body weight . Pretty strong for such a small bug.”[1]
Trivia
• The buzzing sounds used for these bugs are actual VW Bug sounds sped up.
• The markings on the wing, if highlighted correctly, form the letters “V” on top of a “W”.

The Simple Life

Just returned from Ireland a few days ago. Although I am admittedly pretty much set for life on the bucolic green hills, sheep, churches, and ruins. I am in love with the irish cottage.

I think, that bringing an irish style cottage to California (minus the high maintenance thatch roofing) would be an ideal way to move into the simple living format.

Doing a bit of research on building codes, simple stone masonry, and books on green building with ecofriendly materials.

From what Im reading a natural stone home is a really great way to go. The stone acts as a great insulator. Keeping summer heat out, and maintains internal temperatures in the home as well.

That and some really well thought out windows, doors for breezeways. and you’ve got a very efficient and comfortable little home.

Of course for Mr Jones to join me it will require a really great road TO that cottage. He could have never navigated the roads in Ireland with that dropped front.

I only saw 3 classic VWs in all of Ireland and all were Type 2’s. No wonder really. I dont think a bug could navigate those ruts well AT all. first they dont react fast enough for the trucks hogging the entire road at 50mph, and second I think the juts etc would just kill off the front end of the car.

Adding a picture of 2 of the 3 bay buses I saw…

Happy Driving. 🙂

travel Bug

I have been up and down the California coast twice since my last post, and this post is brought to you courtesy of time zone insomnia, via Dublin, Ireland.

I really enjoyed the SoCal coastal part of the trip (and Im doing it again in a month). I saw only 1 bug the entire time I was in SoCal but I must have passed something like 20 bay window Type 2’s while I was there..

Renting a VW Golf today, and learning to drive on the left…lovely stories upon my return.

 

Elements of Simple Living. VW Style.

For about a decade now I’ve been embracing (sometimes more-so sometimes less-so) the Simple Living ideology.

Yesterday’s post ‘needs vs. wants’, got me thinking on the VW Lifestyle.

I’ve heard the term “Volkswagen Lifestyle”, quite a lot, but yet, there is no definition for it. It MUST be somehow tied in with Simple Living. (Why? I say so…and for the purposes of this blog, at least until you disagree in the comments, Im the only voice here.) 😀

So along with Jelly Beans (dont ask) I was pondering yesterday how the Volkswagen Lifestyle embraces Simple Living.

Here is what I got:

Less is More: One of the principle ideas behind Simple Living. Ever been in a Vintage VW? Trust me, it goes along with it. No bells n whistles just a solid car…and if you have to roll up the windows yourself and lock the doors yourself, consider it calories burned. 😉

Fix it Dont Replace it: Anyone who loves Vintage VW’s agrees with this one. Why buy new when the old is just fine? And in many ways, dare I say…better.

Its not old it’s Vintage: Old is a state of mind. Vintage is cool. Sometimes what is old can be MADE cool. Like a Cali Style Vdub. If you want to be green, consider it renewing an old resource. Better than recycling!

Who needs AC?: My bug has AC. Is called 2-70 AC. 2 windows at 70 mph. And come on, what is better than the wind on your face? On the green front, think of it as reducing your carbon footprint. No freon = one less ozone threatening, emission. We humans survived all climates without air conditioning for thousands of years. You wont die without it. Unless you are dumb enough to sit in the car with all the windows rolled up on a 100′ + day.

Enjoy the Ride – OR- Relax We’ll Get There: Something I’ve always been a bit of a ‘mean mom’ about is NO DVD players in the car. Ipods n gameboys are barely tolerated, books and travel games are encouraged, and um, heaven forbid…enjoying the scenery! Its amazing how much we miss, when we dont actually look at the world around us. Free entertainment and an appreciation for all those ‘random’ little things. Like cool garage doors and oh, nature and wildlife! And by the way, you dont HAVE to play frogger on the highway, going 90mph. You get there just the same going 70. Who knows? You might actually enjoy the drive a bit more at that pace.

Does it actually DO anything?: My car does not have leather seats, it does not have a passenger vanity mirror, it does not have chrome instrument panel surrounds, nor does it have a dozen cupholders (like papa’s Nissan Cube – or so the kids tell me.) Part of Simple Living is making sure that everything you have has a function. You dont need to waste money and resources on ‘extras’. Mr Jones, does have a fancy little wire pull that releases the door to the gas tank. Ohhh but wait, that wire pull DOES something….nevermind.

A Little Dirt Doesnt Hurt: I actually read a study years ago, when my daughter was small that said that when parents kept their children festidiously clean and ‘germ free’, the children were more susceptible to infection and disease. This is because their immune systems don’t have a chance to build up antibodies against common germs, most of which our bodies will normally fight off. I think I read this to reassure myself, that it was OK, when I was too exhausted as a single mom to make sure my daughter had a bath each and every night. Every other, was just fine. Same goes for cars. Besides you ARE saving water. AND, in the case of some of the stories I’ve heard, it might be the grime holding some of those old bugs together!

No Sheep- Only Moondoggies…OK, fine!…sheep too!: Why drive a car that looks just like EVERYONE elses! VWs are icon’s. And there is something wonderful about NOT being just one of the crowd. After all we are all individuals. Enjoy it! And while I am certainly NOT a sheep, and dont want one in the back seat of my car (my pretty pooch Penny is plenty 😉 ) If it floats your boat…do it!

New ISNT better: More reliable maybe. Sometimes. Not always. But I did go off on another tangent with this thought process yesterday. COST. Have you ever figured out how much it costs do drive and maintain your car every year? I did…keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming post, and you’ll see my point.

Know your Neighbor: In our fast paced urban/suburban existence, how many of your neighbors do you know by name? I only know 1. “Scary Steve”. And I’d rather not. But hey, if you’re tinkering in your car, you may just meet a few. Like the little girl across the street who has a yellow bug pedal car who waves in camaraderie every time I take off in Jonesy. Or that neighbor next door who’s an engineer and can just MAKE you that part your missing. (wtg Jon!) It might be a wrench instead of a cup of sugar, but really- why NOT get to know your neighbors again?

    “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost

An American Icon?

This is a much debated subject. I think most VW owners love VW, and think of VWs as a classic american car. An icon of an era.

There is also the contingent that cant stand them, call them’ tin cans’, ‘not worth driving’ and  ‘should be junked’.

And while it is true its a German car with very historical European roots, (Porsche designed it and Hitler provided the initial financing for the production of 600 vehicles-thank goodness his involvement ended there…) I side with those who have a great affection for VWs.

My earliest memories in include my grandpa who was a tax preparer, driving his yellow bug to his rather affluent clients homes on 17 mile drive in Monterey. My dad driving our 76 bay bus, to the top of Mt Shasta. I remember my mom making a little snowman on the top of the tire mounted on the front of the bus. It lasted almost all the way home! 🙂

I remember my dad having a little white clunker beetle to get him to classes when I was in grade school and he was in med school.

And I remember making him park that same orange bay bus 2 blocks from the front of the high school when he dropped me off in the morning. Because our 12 year old car was an embarressment.

My first car, though I never drove it was a VW fox wagon. A family friend gave it to me as a 16th birthday present. My dad didnt think it was safe for me to drive. So I washed it and sat in it, until I traded it in on my other first car. a much “safer” <cough!>nissan<cough!>

My first new car, I went right back to VW. And bought a shiny green passat wagon. (which I later gave to my x in the divorce) I still miss my passat.

So while for some its just a crap german car – for me VW’s are part of pretty much every story of my life.

and to me, that makes it nostalgic americana.

Happy 4th of July! I hope you spend your independance day with those you love most. Enjoying each other….and if your lucky enough to have one…your Volkswagen.

A red white n blue bug parade….