Archive for April 2010

Caravan: Back Home … Almost

Last weekend, I carried the caravan back home from Bavaria, where my (deceased) friend had worked on it to get it TÜVable again after a decade or so of storage.

Someone called it a doghouse. Hey, it’s bigger than that! Somewhat.
He could not complete it, but at least the welding is done, and done nicely. I’ll [...]

Gerbelmann: There It Goes

Last weekend, Uncle Gerbelmann got moved to his new home:

Never an easy moment, is it?
The damage is not fatal, but it is really rather extensive. The front end has suffered most:

The tree, I am happy to report, is alive and well.
The new owner, Torsten, assured me that the van is fixable and indeed will be [...]

GTI: Next Problem Please

Sigh. This time, TÜV on the GTI turns out to be a more expensive thing to achieve than anticipated. Having replaced the exhaust from the catalytic converter backwards all the way to the end, now there’s a crack in the exhaust manifold.
There go the next couple hundred Euros.
Speaking of which, at least the dealer,, [...]

Bug: Let’s Make It an Autostick

I talked to a friend the other day (via e-mail) and asked him whether he thought that converting my convertible (hmm… figures) to Automatic Stickshift would be a viable idea. He is quite enthusiastic about the plan (”that’s what I’d have done if you had sold it to me”). So am I, and thus it’s [...]

GTI: The End Tag

Not much to write about this one.

Except for the fact that when pulling a trailer, the end tag is not present. Which even is sort of correct.

Gerbelmann: Sold :-(

Today marks the end of an era for me: My panel van, Uncle Gerbelmann, is now officially sold. Again. Next weekend, it will be moved from where it currently is stored to its new owner’s home.
The decision has not come lightly, but I realistically don’t have the knowledge and resources required to repair the van [...]

Citroen 2 CV Meeting Rötgesbüttel

Like every year, I started the season at the Rötgesbüttel Citroen 2 CV Meeting on Easter. This might seem somewhat unusual for a VW guy, but it’s a really nice and relaxed meeting with good-natured folk and interesting cars, most of which even feature aircooled boxer engines.

This is a quite typical picture in fact, because [...]