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Posts Tagged ‘VW’

Christmas In The Heartland

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Christmas In The Sticks

[Found here.]

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The Best VW Repair Manual Ever: “How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual of Step-by-Step Procedures for the Compleat Idiot”

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

VW CUTAWAY
This predates the “For Dummies” books, and although it focuses on VWs, it’s also a primer on how all the systems in a gasoline-powered car work, how to maintain them, how to diagnose trouble and how to fix it.  It’s written as if your Uncle Joe was coaching you, and the diagrams (and comics) are hand-drawn in Robert Crumb style. I learned a lot from it when I was in my 20s, and the book is still in print via Amazon here.

Even if you don’t own an old VW, get a copy and read it just for fun, enjoy the illustrations, and pass it on to your favorite teenage greasemonkey like I did. (It’s the perfect Christmas gift for someone with a VW, an adjustable wrench, a hammer and a couple of screwdrivers.)

Oh, and click on the image to see the big picture.

Coffee Bug

Thursday, 3 July 2014

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This is how to do it right, red eyes and otherwise.

[Found here.]

Karmann Ghia Rat Rod

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

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[Found here. More rat rods here.]

VW Camper Camper

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

VW Camper Camper

Live in it. Love in it. Gets good mileage, poor performance on steep grades, but you can repair everything on it with a hammer, a screwdriver, an adjustable wrench and a couple of beers.

[Found here, available for under $590 here.]

Rat Rod Trike

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Bunkessa spotted this Rat Rod Trike in front of the local Home Depot yesterday and thought “I know who’d like this.”

She was right. More Rat Rods here.

VWMBZ

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

That’s so lame it’s awesome. It needs flame decals pointing the wrong way.

[Found in here.]

Out of Beer?

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

This is the very essence of hope: scraping all the ice and snow off with a credit card and hoping you can drive it out of the drift. We all know why he’s going to all that trouble, too, don’t we?

Pretty picture, nonetheless. [Found here.]

Babe Magnet: The VW Basbo Flash

Sunday, 1 March 2009

I honestly don’t know the story behind this amazing feat of engineering, but here it is.

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Very cool.  The styling just screams high performance babe magnet.

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Serious aerodynamics here.  This dragon wagon chills at close to the speed of light and it beats your ride even while parked.  Okay, it’s got an unfortunate license plate, but hey, the hotness overrides the WOBL1.  Let’s have a look at the interior.

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IT’S A COCKPIT! Way cool.  But, um, where is the  silicone/saline siren supposed to sit?  Seems to be a slight design oversight, but admit it, you’re still cruising at 3,000 feet right?

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Not quite.  Sometimes scale matters.  You are travelling at whelp speed in a truncated tadpole…

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..only worse.  It’s a Mars Bar with wheels and an embarrassing license plate.

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Screw it; it’s basic transportation.  Let’s mess with the traffic and laugh about it while feeling Green and saving the planet.  (Sorry, there’s no room for you. Get your own tadpole, mooch.)

So is it a Babe Magnet or not?  Phhht.  For the money, I’d buy a Harley and a rainsuit instead, and I’d still get better mileage than Mr. Tadpole.

BUT if  I were forced into driving a dorkmobile, and only upon penalty of death, I’d choose this, if only for the nostalgia:

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Sam Lowry drove a Messerschmitt in BRAZIL.

[Top images via email from Dan S.  Don’t miss this excellent collection of Babe Magnets.]

Babe Magnet: Batbug!

Sunday, 30 November 2008

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Some folks take Batman lore very seriously.  And why not?  There are no laws, at least in this country, that forbid rabid BatFannage.  This particular example is very deceiving in that it efficiently transforms the ubiquitous beetle into the ORIGINAL BATMOBILE with relatively little effort.  Yeah, mock it all you want, but then compare it with the genuine item that we’ve provided for your viewing pleasure below:

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Okay, the bottom image is a model of the 1940’s version, but you can’t deny the awesome resemblance.  Therefore, the esteemed panel of judges at TR have voted unanimously to declare the VW Batmobile to be honored as a true and bonafide Babe Magnet.

On the other side of the coin is BatMockage, and here is a prime but innocent example. 7 out of 8 mocked him correctly.  The other one is destined to be an online furnace filter consultant.

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Top Image from this FINE collection of batpoopage
(pronounced, bot’ pu pazh). Second image, slightly doctored, from here.  Bottom image from here. (more…)


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