August 28, 2016

Hail, Gertrude Butterblume

Stinkerton is as amazed as I was. We prepared ourselves to use Grandpa's truck (800 ft/lbs of torque!!? Can that even be right?) to pull Gertie to her new home after her year-plus in storage (not to mention her few years of non-driving before that).
She had other ideas however, only using the truck for a jump as she fired straight to life and drove home happily--eagerly--and without incident.
I was nearly moved to tears as I reflected on how, when she's running well like she was today, she is hands down the best driving car I or we have ever owned.

August 21, 2016

Shine a Light

Stinkerton and I installed Ludwig's new taillight housings a long time ago. During Colin's last visit there were more pressing issues to take care of than the fact that the taillights still didn't work.
Recently I took off the lenses and realized why.

No bulbs.

So, yeah.

August 19, 2016


Driving 02McDonald's 1961 Double Door to a car show in Gretna back in 2004, Melissa and I got nabbed for not having any plates.

August 1, 2016


This is our community-gardening friend's Vanagon. I don't think it has a name.

July 30, 2016


Man, there sure are a lot of Vanagons in the wild these days. True, we live at the closest Interstate exit to Yellowstone, but it still surprises me to see non-local Vanagons nearly every day. Admittedly, the one below is Gallatin County--local.

Bay Windows must've been more or less skipped over, for whatever reason, in favor of Vanagons by everyone who wanted a Splitty (because kewl) but couldn't afford one anymore. It is easier to chicken out and shove a Subaru engine 
(because style over substance) into a Vanagon than it is a Bay Window, so maybe that's it. Or maybe there're more less-rusty Vanagons than Bays left to buy, or there're just more Vanagons left, period.

Anyway, I like this one's color.