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#1 Tuffy's Garage

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 11:31 AM

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 03:54 PM

Sorry for the bad pic, it is a scan from a very old Poloroid.
Yes, they were all mine.
circa 1980 or so
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Posted 17 August 2006 - 05:34 PM

Charlie - Thanks for thinking of me; the SSB is one of my favorite SoCal VWs ever.

Gregg - Any other pics of the one on the far right? Looks like a chopped top, if thyne eyes do not deceive. 8)

Here's the most current pic I have of my 1:1 Meyers Manx and my '68 Beetle project car together(Oct. '04, I think):

http://public.fotki..../photo#the_boys
(Fotki seems to be a little lazy tonight; might have to copy/paste to see it)

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 10:47 PM

The one on the far right looks more squished then chopped Dave....

Never had a Beetle in the family but my dad drove a 85 Quantum for years (about 95-02 when he died) and had an 83 Rabbit before that. I've got pics (well, A Pic of each) if anybody wants to see them. (Though I think both were posted in the Family Cars thread in the Refrence section)

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 11:29 PM

Gregg - Any other pics of the one on the far right? Looks like a chopped top, if thyne eyes do not deceive. 8)


Dave, that's the only one I could find.
I may have more, but those boxes are buried deep somewhere
Never did finish it though
The chop was pretty neat though, a lot of hammer/welding.
That was way before MIG and TIG, which would have made it a breeze to do.
Ahhhh, the good ol' days
Still want to do a Notch, maybe can find a good one up there in the next month or so.

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Posted 18 August 2006 - 12:47 AM

I am now looking for a Bug and I can thanks VW Dave for it, he sparked my interest in these cars again. Gregg there is a lot of notch backs forsale on www.thesamba.com and a lot of them are out west

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Posted 22 August 2006 - 02:35 PM

This is eery. :shock: My name is Dave, I'm also into VW's, and one of them is a Sears Rascal which is a clone of the Meyers Manx sold through the Sears Catalog back in the 70's. Your Manx looks familiar. Do you post on the Samba or DBA?

And regarding the first photo in the thread. Its a street/drag car named SSB (Super S*it Box). The car and its owner/driver Mark Herbert were killed in an accident a couple of months ago :( Mark was very well respected as a technical resource and comedian in the ACVW world.

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Posted 22 August 2006 - 05:01 PM

Dave - Welcome aboard! We can always use more Daves IMO. 8) The Sears Rascal was one of the better-quality 'clone' buggies, and they're plenty rare nowadays too. Regardless of pedigree, buggies are a fun car.

I do post on TheSamba, as a matter of fact; over there I go by 'plasticman1432.'

I was signed up on the DBA list, but left after they boned me on their 2006 calendar. :evil:

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Posted 23 August 2006 - 09:19 AM

i sold my 74 thing on samba recently. hated to see it go especially since i probably rinsed 20K$ through it over the years but it went to a nice home.

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Posted 23 August 2006 - 01:13 PM

If any of you guys have some pics online of your VW models I'd love to see them.

I've got a Revell AG 1/16th split kit that I want to really do a number on. I can't decide if I want to do a custom or a street/strip car, but either way it will be a long and detailed build. I plan to build alot of ACVW models though.

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Posted 24 August 2006 - 06:42 AM

If any of you guys have some pics online of your VW models I'd love to see them.


A few of mine are here:
http://public.fotki..../my_model_cars/

And a couple more are here:
http://public.fotki....l_car_projects/

I've got 2 of those Revell AG splits, as well as the '56 Ghia awaiting my attention. Very nice kits, although doing a custom seems a little scary......scratchbuilding would be the only way to come up with the parts

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Posted 24 August 2006 - 02:48 PM

Is the ghia 1/16th scale?

Also, where did you get the JL EMPI Bus? I looked on Ebay and nothing came up, but I HAVE to get one of those. I'm a huge old school EMPI fan.

Yeah, any mods would have to be custom made, but I think it would be a fun long term project. I figure I could do a resto-cruiser with stock wheels and hubcaps lowered, that wouldn't be too hard.

Oh, and I'm looking through your work, VERY NICE!

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Posted 24 August 2006 - 04:41 PM

Very kool bugs. I sure miss my 70 Bug. I remember growing up my mom and dad worked on VW's all the time. It was nothing for us to have 20-30 sitting around the yard. I sure miss those days.

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Posted 24 August 2006 - 06:27 PM

Dave - I actually got the JL EMPI Buses from a friend who works for Darrell Vittone, and he had them autographed by Joe & Darrell; at my last job, we did a lot of business with them, and I was in touch every day. I told him I was interested in buying one shortly before my wedding in October of 2003, and he sent the second one along as a wedding gift. It's kinda cool that they have the 2 different wheel variations.

At the moment both of my dune buggy books are in Darrell's hands, and headed to visit Joe in FL. I already got Bruce Meyers to sign them when we visited him & Winnie at their home, and I figure having the Vittones add their scribbles oughta make my books a little cooler. 8)

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Posted 25 August 2006 - 01:36 PM

You're very lucky to be close to the industry.

Where is Joe located in Florida? I'm in Tampa.

I found another interesting modeling project the other day for an oval window kit. Not sure if you remember Turbonique rocket engines that were sold as kits to bolt to differentials back in the 60's. Well there was a flat black oval window bug somebody built with one and actually set NHRA records in the mid 90's. Well, I found some nicely detailed shots of the car and it would be a pretty easy build if you could get over scratchbuilding the turbonique which doesn't seem TOO hard.

Oddly enough, the car was based out of Tampa Florida as well and the record was set at the long defunct Tampa Bay Dragway.

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Posted 25 August 2006 - 06:02 PM

I'm pretty sure Joe lives in the St. Pete area, but I'm not 100% on that. Keep an eye peeled for an 80-something guy tearing around in a blue R32 Golf. :wink: