Friday, 29 November 2013
Thursday, 28 November 2013
On the last Wednesday of each month two local VW clubs hold their monthly club meet. I normally attend the 'House of Dub' club meet because I am good friends with Spike and Zoe who run the House of Dub, however this month my good friend Stuart, from Oil Droppers, asked if I fancied a drive over to The Wolfsburg Weed Huggers club meet and as I haven't seen many of the WWH crew since their very successful 'Open Day' back in June, I was more than happy to join him.
|Stuart and I arrived at the Squirrel Pub in Penn|
about 7.00pm, and were surprised to be the
first to arrive.
|Still, it gave me time to take some photos of|
our buses to prove we were there.!
A photo of my bay outside the pub on a dark
|A slightly better photo of my bay as it peeks|
out of the dark.
|Stuart followed me over in his turbo '71 bay.|
Stuart was hoping for a good turn out from
the WWH,so he could promote his new venture
'Oil Droppers' VW garage / workshop.
|A better picture of Stuarts bay, you can follow|
the Oil Droppers by visiting and liking his
|This lovely orange / mustard bay turned up |
shortly after us, and as we chatted to Kez, the
lady owner, it turned out she has only owned
the late bay for 2 weeks, and is from the other
side of Aylesbury...
|Needless to say we invited her to attend the|
'Outcast VW Club club' meet next week, it
would have been rude not to, especially as
Kez lives in the same town as us.
|This lovely '66 bug arrived a bit later in the |
evening and again it was owned by a lady
owner, who uses the bug as a daily driver.
|Looking pretty much stock, and very clean.|
|This really is one good looking beetle, |
especially as it's used every day on the rubbish
Sunday, 24 November 2013
My addiction in cars and motorised things in general started way back around 1974 when aged about 12 or 13, I used to hang out with a friend called Micky, who's dad worked at the local scrapyard, (Junkyard). On school holiday's we would spend all day down there and whenever they got a car in to be scrapped his dad used to let us take all the glass out, and remove the passenger door (for safety purposes) and then take it in turns to drive the car round the field out the back where we had made an oval track until it ran out of petrol. Then we would take it in turns to tow the car into the scrapyard using the tractor. Since then I have been hooked on all sorts of motorised things. In my teens I had the usual array of tatty cars with 'go faster stripes' and 'furry dice' until one day I went to Santa Pod to watch some drag racing and the old style Hotrods blew my mind and from that day on all I wanted was a Hot rod.
|This was my first hot rod, a 1959 Ford|
Popular with a stock rover V8, an automatic
gearbox and attached to a live Jag rear end
with Vauxhall Viva front and finished in two
|Flared steel rear arches, jacked up rear end |
and tinted windows, well it was the early 80's.
|I still love the shape of the Ford Anglia / Pop.|
This was a true British hot rod car and they
are still popular today within the hot rod
community. I could quite easily get another
Pop, it was great fun to drive around in.
|If I remember correctly these were 10" x 15"|
rear wheels with 7" x 14" front wheels. The
rear lights are not original Ford Popular but
they are period.
|On the motorway en-route to a hot rod show,|
Malc took this photo as they came alongside in
Stu's van . I had a trendy 'Magnum PI' looking
moustache in those days, but then it was the
mid 80's and they were in fashion.!
|A nice photo of me driving on the motorway,|
taken by Malc.(I think) as they followed in the
van that also doubled as the sleeping quarters.
|This photo from around the same time shows|
the Aylesbury Ford Pop crew. Malc's red
pop, Bob's blue pop, my grey primer pop, and
Lee, who bought my old pink pop.
|With the paint scheme decided Stuart sweet|
talked another mate into lending us his
workshop to paint the Pop. The prep work is
going well as this photo shows.
|Stuart working hard in prepping the body.|
|All prepped and ready for paint in the spray|
booth. The large bonnet to the left is off a
Camero, and it almost dwarfs the Pop.
|Stuart couldn't wait to start spraying my car,|
here he is applying the filler primer. which was
sanded down before proceeding.
|The gloss black starting to go on, I think I'm|
right in saying this was Stuarts first complete
car he had sprayed.
|Stuart is in there somewhere... the black is|
almost complete. After a few hours in front
of the heat lamps the paint dried quickly.
|Once completely dry Stuart then covered the |
bonnet in 3" masking tape, and using a sharp
blade cut out the flame design by eye.
|After the car had been masked up to avoid|
any over spray, Stu started to apply the gloss
white to the grill, lower front wings and front
of the bonnet.
|Again after a short period in front of the heat|
lamps, the yellow could be applied over the
remaining bonnet and wing area's and over
his masking tape flame design.
|WOW, What a transformation, those flames |
look absolutely brilliant.
|It's hard to believe it's the same car car I drove |
around in grey primer just 2 days previously.
|Nice photo showing Stuarts handiwork.|
Saturday, 16 November 2013
Following on from my previous blog entries on sign writing, I'm really getting back into sign writing and felt the need to try something different, so recently I have been looking for an old hand saw that I could make into a fun sign. I have been searching the car boot sales for what seems like ages, then last week I hit the jackpot. I saw 4 old rusting hand saw's under a table at the car boot, I picked one to have a look and the seller said I could have all four for the grand total of 50p, (about 80 cents) so how could I refuse. They were just what I was looking for, the two larger ones looked old and were rusting slightly, the two smaller ones I haven't really got a use for as yet, but for the price they cost me if I try something and it doesn't work then all I have lost is 50p. The idea I had in my mind I got from VW shows I have attended in the past, there is a guy there who sells hand saw's, gasoline cans, push bikes etc and they are all sign written and pinstriped and they look fantastic. I'm not going to be anywhere near as good as him, but we all have to start somewhere, right? and as this will be my first time sign writing on rusty metal, we'll have to see how it comes out.
|Bargain find, not sure what I will do with the|
two smaller saws, but I'm sure I'll find a use
for them somewhere. For this project I have
in mind I will use one of the larger saws.
|This saw has a lovely shaped handle made|
by a craftsman, however...
|Upon closer inspection the handle is riddled|
with wood worm, not sure how long it would
be before they ruined the whole handle so I
opted to use the other large saw.
|Although not quite as pretty, it looks like a |
good base to start my project.
|A good solid handle in a traditional shape. The|
blade is blunt and rusting and for this project
I will leave it just like it is.
|To give the wording a bit more body, I decided|
to add a 3D look to it. I had decided on a two
tone colour scheme for the lettering.
|Brilliant invention that is cheap to buy, lasts a|
long time and something I cannot do without.
|Feeling confident I started to paint the saw in|
the turquoise. That small blob of paint in the
plastic tub was more than enough to give all
the wording 2 coats to ensure it covered the
|The turquoise blue finished, the wording looks|
OK at this stage but it does need the 3D look.
|I used the same antique white for the 3D|
highlights, which I think suits the font nicely.
So that is the wording finished, so time to think
about the pinstripe around the outer edge, just
to finish it off.
|For example, although the wording does get|
smaller it still wasn't small enough to add the
pinstripes! Maybe I should have put more
thought into the design before I started to
paint, never mind, live and learn.