TRICK OR TREAT!
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
I finished up the front end of the bug tonight and got it off the jack stands. Here the front end is all done except the dust cover needs to be put on. I installed new ball joints, Tie rods, steering stabilizer, raised spindles, speedometer cable and I repacked the wheel bearings. I guess I could of cleaned up the front beam and torsion arms and painted them but I want to get this thing on the road! I did take the time to strip and paint the drums. They looked pretty rough but cleaned up nicely.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
I was surfing You Tube and ran across a couple cool videos I thought were worth sharing. The first one is about a cool old Ford that a guy bought from an old moonshiner. The car is awesome and I imagine it was very hard to beat back in it's day.
The 2nd one is an interview with Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top. He is a car nut and has some of the coolest cars around. The Cadillac shown in this video is almost to good to be true. I love the car guys that actually get out and drive their cars. He is one of them. I love the quote "having fun while you go from point A to point B is always the order of the day." I couldn't agree more with that!
Halloween is fast approaching. Not sure if I will have time this year to carve a cool pumpkin or not. I haven't had any ideas pop up in my head for a good one. Check back and see what happens.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Here are the cars I found this week. I think they were all loving the drive. The first one was a mustang driven by a girl. Dixie captured this shot. She's my camera person when she's with me.
Friday, October 18, 2013
I finally had some time to work on the blue bug. I have had the raised spindles and new ball joints for a couple weeks now but just haven't had the time to do anything with them. I had a chance to do it today so here is the progress. I have to admit that removing ball joints from the torsion arms is not one of my favorite jobs. I have done many of them and I think this time had to be about the easiest I have done but they are still a little bit of a pain. This is what I started with. The spider web on the shock is fitting for being so close to Halloween. First start by removing the wheel, and the brake drum.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
It's time again to post some pictures of cool cars I have seen while out on the road. This weeks post has all the vehicles parked. I have seen others but haven't had my camera with me or I wasn't able to get a picture before they were out of sight. Anyways, Here they are! The first one I saw pulled up at Lowe's while I was there. I have always loved these old power wagons ever since I watched Simon and Simon the TV show when I was a little kid. This one was pretty cool. I have noticed that I see a lot more old 4X4 trucks being driven then I do older cars.
Monday, October 7, 2013
Yep, I am going to try to run my tires with air soft beads to balance them instead of balancing them with weights. There are lots of advantages of running these beads instead of weights. They make beads that are specifically for balancing tires. One brand is called dyna beads. You can read about them if you want. I heard of using air soft BB's as an alternative method that is a lot cheaper and works just as well. I figured this is a good project to try this method. I have been wanting to try it for awhile now and I was going to do it on the last set of tires I bought for my other bug but Discount balanced them for free so I didn't. Anyways, keep reading to see what I did. I finally got some paint on my wheels and let them dry for a day before I mounted my tires on them..