Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sunday Bumpers

Tomorrow the car goes to the body shop for a new skin. Today, we are removing bumpers and lights. While the bumpers are off I plan on painting them and replacing the chrome trim. In a couple weeks the car will be back and I can start putting it back together. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Prepping for Paint

So I finally made an appointment to get Rocco painted.  I was never looking to get show quality out of the paint job by stripping the car to a rolling shell and having everything including the door jambs and engine bay painted.  I am only looking to have any small dents and dings repaired, the 3 tiny surface rust spots cleaned up, and the exterior of the car painted basically the same color as the original.  After looking at a few places, I have selected Ginter's Auto Body to handle the painting.  Their examples appear to look good, the price is right (not too cheap like Maaco and not super expensive), they are close, and I like to give smaller shops a shot. Hey, if they do a good job I wouldn't have any problem handing out business cards or whatever at shows and mybuddy will probably go to them for his painting needs.

The appointment is Monday and so far I have removed a god majority of the exterior items that need to come off the car.  Those items include mirrors, body molding trim, door handles, rear wing, badges, and so on.  What's left?  Still need to remove the bumpers and lights. Getting excited.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

2015 Show Season

Well, the show season appears to be getting off to a rocky start.

First, the Dub and Rub was cancelled last year and there does not appear to be one this year.  The Campbelltown Dustoff has been postponed (and I almost thing that means cancelled regardless of what the organizer says....and who would call it Dust Off if it is not going to be the first show of the season). The VW Bash at Latimore Valley Speedway has been cancelled. I also saw that the Vanogons in the Valley show (which I do not attend as I do not own a Vanagon but my buddy does) was also cancelled.  So basically its my third show season and we have lost a total of possibly 4 shows.  That brings the total number of shows I plan on attending to five which kind of sucks.

If you are looking for show info go to (The link will take you to the events page).

I keep thinking I would love to organize a show but I would need more time to prepare, find sponsors, find a place to hold the event, and so on.  We will see, maybe I can do that at some point.

Monday, March 16, 2015

It's been a while

I haven't posted in a while because well....winter. So the news today?  I went and got another estimate on a paint job.  Keep in mind I don't want a MAACO crap job but I also don't need anything that is show quality.  I had an estimate from a semi-local shop last year that was between $4,000 and $7,000 for just the outside paint job and minor body work.  It was from a reputable shop that comes highly recommended and who are more or less experts on VW's.  That seemed pretty steep.  So I just get another estimate that for the same job would only cost between $2,000 and $2,500.  So we will see which way I go.