21/04/2009

Local meetting

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I enjoyed seeing some friends of my hometown. The thing I enjoyed most, is to see again the black '58 of my friend Laurent. Back with a mature feeling, efficient drive height. I think your car is hosted in a good home now.

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25/03/2009

Latin cruise

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Spring comes, endless sun rises are comming... I think it would be cool to cruise all Latinbug cars together in a near future... Mainly to welcome the new cars...
Hey dudes, let's go for a cruise night at the cadilla'c !

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13/03/2009

40k

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I have not many time to feed this blog with my new job but you still visit it. So I'll keep on sharing my picture for our pleasure ! I will be pleased to tchat about it when we will be together for cruise this new season.

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Beam Works

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The front beam is at Olivier's workshop for a welding job. My wife brung back the sprindles from Pascal's shop (Did you break your neck for reading his new catalog ???). I will order the machining of 4 bushings like I designed for Denis 's pick up and the calliper brackets will be missing.
Jérôme and I talked about modifing the front bench. So I am about to see how  it is possible to cut and weld the steel frame . And my Uncle will assume the wood base on this.
The westy project is on the big way these days, maybe it is because spring is comming ?

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21/02/2009

12ème Monté Carlo Historique 2009

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12ème Monté Carlo Historique 2009

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09/02/2009

12ème Monté Carlo Historique 2009

12h53 - Devesset - Ardèche.

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06/02/2009

37.5k

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She seems a bit angry, disapointed about a dating ?... Gosh I am late for celebrating the 37.5 K ! Soooooooo sorry !

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02/02/2009

12ème Monté Carlo Historique 2009

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I just wanted to post this picture as a pretty accurate summary of our journey : Rain, snow, friends and RACE CARS !

So stay tuned for more pics of vintage racer live in this beautyfull white landscape !

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01/02/2009

11ème Monté Carlo Historique 2008

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Tomorrow MCH 2009... Live !

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28/01/2009

11ème Monté Carlo Historique 2008

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11ème Monté Carlo Historique 2008

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27/01/2009

11ème Monté Carlo Historique 2008

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"57", easy like ABC ! How would we miss this car ???

I wish this team a lucky race and great moments. See you on Ardèche roads on monday the 2nd. Totof and I hope to bring back great cliches...

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11ème Monté Carlo Historique 2008

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An A112 owner worked at the office these previous weeks to help me in my job...
I am willing to meet him again because we spoke a little about his Autobianchi. And of course I do want to have a ride abord to taste the atmoshere of this little car !
Anthony's dream is to race the MCH. For a begining, he races local rallyes with his improved A112.

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28/12/2008

35K

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I hope you' re having great celebrations these days. We are enjoying good times with our familly. But can I wish you the best for 2009 when we are leaded by the worst hosted @ L'Élysée ?

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03/12/2008

So long "Hotshot"...

My friend sold his old "Hot Shot". I must admit that I feel a bit sad... Because, its vibs awaked up the red devil who was sleeping on my right shoulder. Imagine the sound and vibrations when rolls of the counter are turning, or remenber them if you know that feeling ! the score doesn't matter at a first approach, just let this flipper shake in your hands in the first plays...

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I shall miss its psychedelic grafics... If only I had room to host it, maybe in a near future ?
Totof will earn an other one to sit next to the "Canada Dry", I guess he will envoy to clean and to trim his next clockwork...

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20/11/2008

Early Fuchs for sale

As I am now convinced by a pair of 5.5 "901.361.012.04", so I decided to sell the set I worked hard on .

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If you need futher details on this set, you can always visit http://early-fuchs.skynetblogs.be/

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07/11/2008

Narrowed Beam

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Here comes my own narrowed beam. After having spent near 12 hours grinding a late Split Beam, my own plates are almost ready to be welded !
I decided to grind off outer shells of beam brackets and keep inner to add strengh of the assy. As you can see on the second picture, I drew these in order to introduce a bigger caster angle. So you can see new holes do not match genuine holes (through the inner shell), I 'll got to drill new ones according to the "caster" template.
I'll agree if you 'd tell me that keeping inner shells is not the easiest way but it allowes welding of both sides in the same time.

Next step : I designed beam bushings for Dennis's Pick up. So I have got to order a set at my favourit machine shop according to my drawing.

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24/10/2008

Tiki at the hangar rockin'

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17/10/2008

Latin Cruise

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Pictures speak by themself... I would like to thanks Jérôme and Thomas for setting up this trip.

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06/10/2008

30K

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01/10/2008

Good things come to who knows to wait.

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Soon at home... I can't wait to see it in the day light !

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12/09/2008

Carnet Rose

Aix les Beach, vendredi 12 septembre 0h53,
Tempête, tonnerre et eclairs...
Stress, douleur et Esther.

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Tout va bien, une chance. Profiter d'être en famille,un bonheur.

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10/09/2008

At the garage...

When I have got the turn signal housing in the hand, and after the satisfaction of seeing it completly lacqueered inside and out, I felt that a Split Beetle tail light is silghtly shaped like an early Split Bus turn signal housing. As Split Beetles are not my cup of tea, I was pleased to bolt this one on the front of Big Mango !

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02/09/2008

27.5K

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27 500 visits. Are they chatting about visits celebration on Busspotting ? Of course they are ! I even tagged this traditionnal event. So you can, in  only one click , envoy every pin up of my own without reading about my boring bus restoration ! Isn't it marvellous ???

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01/09/2008

What a Sunday !

My friend Jeff and his pals organised a great meeting in his beautyfull village. But Christelle was not able to reach by Oval any place outthere in the mountains because we are expecting a baby during the comming month !
So I decided to have a trip with Totof and Elisa around the Lac du Bourget. That was the day or not because we could reach a retronautic event who inclued an automotive display. As it took place in my neighborhood, Chris prepared a great picnic to eat on the grass next to the beach. We shared Chris and Elisa's food as we use to do, in this way we can taste everything !


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I knew that an old locomotive powered by steam passed by the lake in the end of the morning. So I tried to synchronise our trip when this train was supposed to pass by a very cute railway station.
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Thanks to some lessons I learn from Olive's road trips, I managed to have the time for parking the cars along railways just in time before the train arrival !
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This locomotive is known to be the european most powerfull steam machine. It was made between 1947 and 1949, and was in operation since 1969. This piece of history is classed "Monument Historique" in France just like and old church or a great castel. After having covered 1 741 865km, the 241-P-17 (his poetic name) rests now in Le Creusot, the place where it was made by Les Établissements Schneider.

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24/08/2008

Upholstery

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Hum thanks to the sample ordered previouly by Totof, I was certain of the perfect matching of the bench cloth according to body tones. But viewing twelve meters blasted me off. Woha, this kind of canvas will "deluxe" up the westy interior like Mango Beetles one. I do not know yet if seat bottoms and sides will be made in this cloth (like Ovals, i would say) or in a grey vinyl (like early '60s beetles). I scedule this brainstorming later. Nowadays, I am working on cab doors frames for the clean job, and on the front beam for the dirty job (the matter is to find a place with electricity where noise of the grinder is not a big problem...).

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20/08/2008

One of best satisfactions of the day

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The first window of the bus closes nicely. Olivier painted inner window frames in Mango according to the inside color and outter frames match the upper body tone. Olivier's brainstorming about color coding could not issue on a grey frame seen inside ! I thought it might be a good idea before... And now when every window and pop out frame are painted by two tones, I really love it ! Actually, the vent window frame and the scrapping seal holder can not be painted in two tones. So we decided it has to be seagull grey. I think vent lock does the deal pretty good because of the ivory shade of the seagull grey.

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18/08/2008

Belgian break

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I know St Feuillien for years (and still love it...), I tasted the Chimay for the first time last year. This year Pat introduced the Faro... and I found some here in France ! This particular Lambic beer is from Bruxelles.
A wikipedia explanation is better than ethylic memories :
Lambic is a very distinctive type of beer brewed only in the Pajottenland region of Belgium (southwest of Brussels).Unlike conventional ales and lagers, which are fermented by carefully cultivated strains of brewer's yeasts, Lambic beer is instead produced by spontaneous fermentation: it is exposed to the wild yeasts and bacteria that are said to be native to the Senne valley, in which Brussels lies. It is this unusual process which gives the beer its distinctive flavour: dry, vinous, and cidery, with a slightly sour aftertaste.

As a summary, I will track this black and silver bottles here in Savoie !

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14/08/2008

Fuchs Time is Over

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The Fuchs set returns to his owner. I really thank Stefan for this test : Now the red devil jumps nervously on my right shoulder, sceaming "Fuchs-Fuchs for the ragtop !". But the immaculate white angel on the left one says "Perhaps when the bus is completed,...perhaps...". So what do I have to do ?
Stef and I just bolted Ercos and Slicks to have fun but the 40 HP engine didn't come over the tires stickness... The split case held his breath for a while !
I really enjoyed this Cal Look moment ! Thanks !

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