IAC Visits Livonia, Michigan

Moderators: Amskeptic, Sluggo

Post Reply
User avatar
hippiewannabe
Addicted!
Posts: 445
Joined: Sat Aug 12, 2006 7:50 pm
Status: Offline

IAC Visits Livonia, Michigan

Post by hippiewannabe » Fri Jul 25, 2008 6:32 pm

You may remember Colin's photo of VW driveway entropy:

Image

Here is the "after" shot:

Image

I gathered the necessary parts while Colin visited BobD, and he drove all the way back to get the engine reinstalled.


Why has it taken a month to finish the story? Well, the plan was for my daughter and me to take the Westy to Yellowstone in late June, and Colin was kind enough to fit me in earlier than his planned Michigan swing in August. But the wife decided to come on the trip, and the Westy wasn't going to have enough room, so we got this:

Image

The beast became the priority to get prepared for the journey, and the Westy had to wait. By the way, traveling by motor home is a different vibe than a Westy, but is pretty cool. It's nice having a full kitchen and bathroom with you when you are hanging around waiting for the wolves to show up.

Image

Anyway, two weeks out west, then the Fourth of July weekend, then it was back to the Westy. Colin left me in good shape, I just had to put the wiring and accoutrements back together. Good thing I labeled the heck out of everything, because after a month, it looked pretty confusing. I was absolutely triumphant when it fired right up. In addition to the new clutch disk and release bearing, we replaced the front and rear crankshaft and oil cooler seals; it's strange after all this time to look under the bus and see not a single drop of oil.

I picked up my daughter from a summer youth program session at Michigan Tech, and fulfilled the promise to take her camping in the Westy, touring the U.P.

Image

Image

Seems like the bus got more attention, peace signs and praise than normal this trip. I was a bit worried about the noisy CV joint, but we made it home last night without too much trouble after 1500 miles. Thanks again Colin, another job well done.

User avatar
spiffy
IAC Addict!
Posts: 4949
Joined: Tue Aug 08, 2006 12:10 pm
Location: Walla Walla, WA
Status: Offline

Post by spiffy » Fri Jul 25, 2008 6:39 pm

Beautiful pics!! Looks like you had a great time on both trips. =D>
78 Riviera "Spiffy"
67 Riviera "Bill"

User avatar
zblair
The Zster
Posts: 3295
Joined: Sun Oct 08, 2006 8:05 am
Location: A-Town
Status: Offline

Post by zblair » Fri Jul 25, 2008 9:11 pm

:cheers: Yay for you, the Westy and the rest of your family for all of the trips! :cheers:
1971 T2 "Grateful Phred"
1986 300ZX "MC-Z"
2009 Prius "Amesan"

"Love something? Serve it."
~Roshni Mitra

User avatar
chitwnvw
Resident Troublemaker
Posts: 7571
Joined: Tue Aug 08, 2006 7:32 am
Location: Chicago.
Status: Offline

Post by chitwnvw » Fri Jul 25, 2008 9:33 pm

When I was in the UP the bus got serious attention! Like stalker attention. I was like, why are people staring at us....

You up for the IAC Midwest Fall Classic? Too bad, you're on the mailing list.

User avatar
hippiewannabe
Addicted!
Posts: 445
Joined: Sat Aug 12, 2006 7:50 pm
Status: Offline

Post by hippiewannabe » Sat Jul 26, 2008 6:37 pm

Thanks for the kind words, zblair and spiffy.
chitwnvw wrote:..You up for the IAC Midwest Fall Classic?
Sure, is there a plan? Actually, I am in need of some beach time about now, and was looking at one of the state parks or the Manistee National Forest campground along Lake Michigan; anyone up for that in the next couple of weeks?

User avatar
chitwnvw
Resident Troublemaker
Posts: 7571
Joined: Tue Aug 08, 2006 7:32 am
Location: Chicago.
Status: Offline

Post by chitwnvw » Sat Jul 26, 2008 10:19 pm

hippiewannabe wrote:Thanks for the kind words, zblair and spiffy.
chitwnvw wrote:..You up for the IAC Midwest Fall Classic?
Sure, is there a plan? Actually, I am in need of some beach time about now, and was looking at one of the state parks or the Manistee National Forest campground along Lake Michigan; anyone up for that in the next couple of weeks?
I am thinking about hitting it about as late as possible, October??? If it's the Cubs and the WSox in the WS, I will have to leave town.

Been a weird Summer, haven't run the air yet, cools off at night... Who knows what Fall has in store for us.

Post Reply

Return to “2008 Itinerary”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests