06/08/2008

EBI TV

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Here is the my following friends TV screen. Jerome and his wife enjoyed their favourit program though the Oval screen. Stefan and I actually tchated all the way to the EBI. They were astonished because we didn't stop a second... I even believe that the following couple were laughting when we do !

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Above : What are they doing ? THATCHING, of course ! Hey men, look ahead !

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I enjoyed a lot this roadtrip, trust me !

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28/07/2008

Next to Papri-ka

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One more time !

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24/07/2008

EBI Off Road

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Merci Manu pour le bathème d'Olivier. ;-)

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21/07/2008

25k

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25k celebrated with Babé, Patrick, Olive and everyone who loves sharing photoshots...

(Thanks to Babé !)

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15/07/2008

EBI#2 Racer Corner

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This Oval struck me by its rought stance. Something different of the hoodride fashion, you know. Maybe the patina of an overused weapon ?
I loved the '55 US tail lights. After the very searched heart shape ones, the egg shape tails light were fitted on '55 American beetles. Normally, I guess no tail light was fitted with both heart shape lens and egg shape lens. From january to july 1955 only, the "Egg" was sized like the Oval lense of the previous light. That 's why I was very exited when I saw a couple of these '55 beauties for sale a the swap meet area.  But the price asked for stuck me in my place. 500€ for a shelf dust collector seems a non-sens for a guy who 's trying to build up a '61 Mango Westy, don't you think ?

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I just love this eggs...

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13/07/2008

EBI#2

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You 're welcome Roland !

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12/07/2008

 

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Real horses for an income / horse power as an hobby. I just hesitate when I want to describe François's BBQ : Professional or hobby ?
This serious guy with his own homemade hardware is able to feed friendly many people.His most impressive BBQ master piece was the DDD5 grill. It was certainly inspirated by one of Marquis de Sade 's favourit tool...
You guessed it, the first pleasure is to see the cooking the second is to appriciate his kindness. Thank you François !

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11/07/2008

EBI#2

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I still love performing those kind of photoshots... Next time, I just got to think about earplugs !

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08/07/2008

EBI#2 FRIENDS

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Stefan 's waiting for a soft burn out in Roland 's very nice '68.

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Matching colors means everything on this picture...

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EBI#2

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First night at Pat's.

His shop remind me Stefan's missing shop, at an other scale. The Belgian scale ? Who knows... It was a deep pleasure to visit it, that why I wish the best for it's future and the projects about his business.

Thanks for being our host for this night and thanks Vikie !

My Oval slept on a black and white chechered floor next to a low light Ghia and an oldschool flipper. If you step back a couple of post, you 'll understand what kind of garage my Oval claims for during his road trips.

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07/07/2008

EBI#2

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Back from Bug In.

I met plenty of very good friends out there in Belgium. I enjoyed every moment spent with you. I took many photographies and a lot of short movies (my kid prefers moving pictures !). At first sight, my pleasure was to take chichés of my buddies and their cars. So I 'll manage the re-size some as soon as possible and offer the best to you my friends.

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18/06/2008

22.5k

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I am a bit late to celebrate the 22500th visit. I appologize for this little matter,of course !

Elena and Jean Pierre 's Oval during KGM5

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KGM

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Time capsule...

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04/06/2008

KGM6

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Early genuine Fuchs... What else ?

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02/06/2008

KGM6

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Old Speed Workshop

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Totof and I enjoyed a late brainstorming on dual carbs conversions in a so cosy garage.

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21/05/2008

Lozerifornication

Hey ! This time my friend Flo didn't need to hardly use photoshop to manage a nice tryptic about Oval setups ! I appreciate much this kind post...

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Don't clic on the pic, you came from Lozerifornia, don't you ?

Bon ouikaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin !

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So, you really like it ?

I do appreciate your comments ! They encrease my faith on working on my very own set of Fuchs. The set you see on the pictures is composed by a couple of early 5.5 inch and, (do I need to mention them ?), Deep Sixes on the rear end.

Here is a photograph of my '53's  twin from Oldspeed. Some kind details spot the difference, but now, the main "detail' is the stroker ! 
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I won't disagree a big phoenix exhaust bolted on a dual port engine...

 

The weather offered a poor light but as you seem to appreciate it, I am pleased to share a couple of pics. 

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On the rear bench, fastened on this up to date safety seat, you can see my kid who is always up for cruise next to the lake... Wanna join us ? Drop me a mail !

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19/05/2008

205-70

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The Oval is a bit too low to make it a thrue California Look. Of course, the engine remains the '64 40HP one, but I think it will drive the 205/70 to Belgium and in the Vercors !
I will remove the bumper trim. In this way my '53 ragtop will look very close to the one from Oldspeed (performance shop,CA).

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07/05/2008

Fuchsnication Under Consentment of King

All right, I felt disapointed about square edges. To get some satisfaction, I must admit that I had to cut a few corners... Éheheh... Damn, 10 minutes for a round shape. So you can imagine, after many edges rounded, satisfaction comes easily ! Nevertheless, I think the first 4.5 Fuchs is in shape, ready to the next headhache...

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Remember : every shiny thing, can be made of gold.

A picture to celebrate this accomplishment :
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Am I turning mad, Doc ? I see Fuchs rims everywhere !

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06/05/2008

F.U.C.H.S

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The first "pizza cutter" is mainly in shape. So I blocked the whole dish with a step higher gain paper (240). the rim revealated his beauty a little more thanks to some abrasive polish but... Yes "BUT" I am not satisfied by spoke edges. It appears far too square, I definatly made my mind by taking a ride to the garage (with the Oval ! ) and having a look to the second 4.5 Fuchs whitch is in its genuine shape. The spoke edges are rounds and smooth ! Gosh, the reality bites me... I have got to re-shape these fucHing edges with some 120 gain paper ! Crual legend.

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30/04/2008

Family Business

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29/04/2008

20K

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27/04/2008

LatinBug

Here are some of my (old)friends cars from Chambery. We own the same feeling, and share knowledges for years. I think we can enjoy this line up, it simply means friendship.

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Yves,Denis,P'tit Seb,Myself,JeanMi,Jérôme... and in the far background Nico, a friend of us too.

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24/04/2008

 

The correct "BKK" plate and our westy's license plate. I tried to get a "year of manufacture" matching plates. I have got to add a yellow "56" on a black background on the upper right hand corner to make it a quite accurate Cali plate !

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The "réflecto" effect of later plates is pretty like our licensed French plates....

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MWS look alike...

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After blocking in order to erase deep scratches, eadges of spokes become square and sharp. Did I make the genuine fuchs look like a poor replica ???
I am currently sanding the outer lip... and feel tired after 12 hours of alloy shaping...

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14/04/2008

PL8S4VWs

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Here goes an other load of US license Plates ! I ma always pleased to see these beauties done. I particulary felt in love with the California sunrise one !

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02/04/2008

Today...

...I found my coach. Sanding for deleting deep scratches and pin holes is a job you can imagine very long. I did not manage a such task before, that's why I try to collect many advices. A friend sent me some usefull help : Thank you !

So this is the last spoke after a job of a quater of an hour :

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... And how I left it. You can still find some pin holes but nothing that elbow grease can not over pass !!!

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Garage scene

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29/03/2008

Gauges...

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I  draw this gauges pod for Totof. It is custom made to be fitted in his low light Ghia. It is composed by a box made of a laser cutted sheet metal and a stainless steel plate. The shape of this plate reminds the shape of the dash board. Totof is going to make gauges visors,paint the box, polish of brush and finish this gauges panel.

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