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					TROPHIES TO THE SHOW                                           THE MAENNERCHOR SAYS THANKS
By Marilyn Allen                                               by Marilyn Allen                                                                                                                                                                   April 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Volume 18 - Issue 4
    We would like to display past trophies at this year's           The members of the Maennerchor are so apprecitive of
Volksfest.                                                     the funds that our club contributes to the Maennerchor. We
                                                               continue to donate our half of the 50/50 drawing to the

    Member Mark Richmond has suggested that we add pre-
vious years trophies to the museum.                            Maennerchor.

                                                                                       Time to                                                       fficial Monthly Newsletter For The
    We will continue our t-shirt display and add trophies to
the museum. We may soon need another tent!
                It would really be neat if we could have a
                             trophy from each year. Be
                             thinking of which years you                                 Hit The                                                   Happy 19th, COVVC!
                                 could donate. We will have
                                   a sign up sheet
                                    in June. Thanks, Mark!!                                                                                                 Thoughts From Your Board Member
                                                                                                                                                                               by Stark Hughes
                                                                                                                                          “These times they are a changin”                     I appreciate the honor of heading up
                                                                                                                                            This is obviously not an original quote.       the meeting this month, being the 19th
                                                                                                                                            Some other person named Robert                 anniversary of the Central Ohio Vintage
                                                                                                                                            Zimmerman (A.K.A. Bob Dylan) used it           Volkswagen Club. As one of the found-
                                                                                                                                          long before me. I feel it is a rightfully fit-   ing members, I have been around since day
                                                                                                                                     ting expression to use for the upcoming April         1 and have had the privilege of being a part of this
                                                                                                                            meeting and this article.                                      organization.
                                                                                                                                To put it in perspective the two pictures are of my            All of this enthusiast madness started when I called a
                                                                                                                            oldest daughter Laura, and me attending the 1st                number in the classified section of the Old Bus Review,
                                                                                                                            Volksfest. Her transportation at the time was a deluxe         the newsletter of NEATO. I needed some back seats for
                                                                                                                            Graco stroller. The other picture is Laura and I taken a       my 67-split window bus and the ad was from Westerville
                                                                                                                            couple days ago, almost 19 years later with her current        so I decided to check out the seats. I called one of my
                                                                                                                            transportation, a Volkswagen Jetta. The great thing            best friends, Dave Sheppard, and invited him to come
                                                                                                                            about the Graco compared to the Jetta is, it                   along. Dave is one of the most car addict junkies I know.
                                                                                                                            got much better mileage, almost no mainte-                     Not to mention a true Volkswagen/Porsche enthusiast.
                                                                                                                            nance, and no insurance premiums.                                  So we jumped in my 67 bus and headed to
                     P.O. Box 09784                                                                                                                                                        Westerville to check out the seats. Dave and I were
                Columbus, OH 43209                                                                                                                                                         expecting to meet a stereotypical VW bus enthusiast of
                                                                                                                             Featured In This Issue...                                                                               continued on page two
                                                                                                                                                                                                        photos provided by Stark Hughes
                                                                                                                             1 - Thoughts From Your Board
                                                                                                                                  by Stark Hughes

                                                                                                                             3 - Meeting Minutes
                                                                                                                                 by Tina Gibson
                                                                                                                             4 - Life In The Past Lane
                                                                                                                                 by Marilyn Allen
                                                                                                                             5 - March Meeting Fun
                                                                                                                                 by Mark Garrett
                                                                                                                             5,6,7 - The Gibbs Conor Collection

                                                                                                                                  by Ted Chaney
                                                                                                                             8 - 2009 Columbus Auto Show
                                                                                                                                 by Stan Schweitzer
                                                                                                                             8,9 The Old Road - Part Four
                                                                                                                                 by Dan Garland
                                                                                                                             10 - Classified Ads
                                                                                                                             11 - Club and factory Information
Next Monthly Meeting -
Thursday, April 9th, 2009
                                                                                                                                    Next Monthly Meeting - Thursday, April 9th, 2009 at the Columbus Maennerchor, 966 S. High Street
7:30 Sharp!
                                                                                                                               Garrett’s Automotive Detailing
                                                                          Brenda Agan Reports........                          by appointment                                              Mail In Membership Form
                                                                          I spied this gorgeous bus from Polaris Pkwy                                                                          To join the COVVC, fill out this form and mail it to: COVVC, P.O. Box
                                                                          on my way home from work one day. It's the                                                                       09784, Columbus, OH 43209. Include a check or money order made out
                                                                          "company car" for Mellow Mushroom Pizza                                                Mark Garrett              to the COVVC. Club membership is $15 per year.
                                                                          Bakers. The Friday before they opened, I                                               1294 Frisbee Drive
                                                                          stopped in to inquire about the bus and met                                            Columbus, OH 43224        Name________________________________________________________
                                                                          one of the owners, Jon Zachrich; gave him a                                            614-262-2881
                                                                          newsletter and card and invited him to the                                                                       Address______________________________________________________

                                                                          show. He's a VW enthusiast and said he had
                                                                                                                                                                                           City__________________________ State______ Zip__________________
                                                                          heard about the club. His son and business co-         pecializing in show quality detailing
                                                                          owner, Colby actually drives the bus. The
                                                                                                                                     Engine appearance refurbishing                        Phone____________________ E-Mail ____________________________
                                                                          restaurant opened Monday, Feb. 16 and Jim,
                                                                                                                                     Interior refurbishing
                                                                          Patrick, the Shisler's and I went to check out
                                                                                                                                     Complete packages available                           Vehicles owned________________________________________________
                                                                          the pizza - pretty good! Jon is thinking of host-
                                                                                                                                     All makes & daily drivers also                        Club Officers & Media Staff For 2008
                                                                          ing a VW cruise-in when the weather warms
                                                                                                                                     Call or E-mail for estimate
                                                                          up. I thought it could be fun to have a newslet-                                                                 Board Of Directors
                                                                          ter folding there.                                                                                               Brenda Agan                    740-548-6522
                                                                                                                               Streetsboro Foreign Auto, LLC                               Mark Garrett                614-262-2881
                                                                                                                                                                                           Stark Hughes          
the 60’s throwback times. When we pulled up to the address         When we were getting ready to leave, Ted asked if we        Complete Mechanical & Colision Repair                       Tom Kern                            614-876-8902
on Walnut Street in Westerville the person who answered the    knew any shop that could repair and service reduction gears.    Specializing In VW & Audi                                   Todd Sichel                                                  614-252-1431
                                                                                                                               & Select Other European Brands                              Bob Williams
door was definitely a throwback, a long way back throwback.    The shop he was going to in Westerville did not want to touch
                                                                                                                                                                                           SecretarywTina Gibson          614-829-0332
He introduced himself as Ted Chaney and he said he was the     them. I gave Ted Motorkars number and told Ted to call
                                                                                                                               Elmar Kruza                                                 TreasurerwBob Albright      614-457-6241
one with the seats for sale. We all struck up a conversation   them. Ask for Mike and tell Mike I referred Ted to him.                                                                     MembershipwLindaBrown       614-253-4694
about our passion for Volkswagens and Ted led us back to his   Knowing how much Mike loves servicing reduction gears           330-626-2456 - Fax 330-626-5030                             HistorianwMarilyn Allen            614-299-4841
garage where the seats and his Volkswagen camper were.         (yeah right), I knew Mike would appreciate Ted’s camper.                              Tech AdvisorwColumbus Area Carl Dewhurst                     614-830-0111
                                                                                                                                                                                           Tech AdvisorwMarion Area Bill Huntsman                       740-389-3187
Once he opened the door and Dave and I saw a pristine vin-     Ted then asked us if we knew of any other VW enthusiast
                                                                                                                                                                                           Tech AdvisorwCircleville Area Jim Meyer                      740-474-4410
tage VW camper we knew we were in good company. After          who might want to get together and go camping some week-        9796 State Route 14 - Streetsboro, OH 44241                 Zundfolge EditorwMark Garrett        614-262-2881
several hours of talking Volkswagens, I agreed to buy the
                                                                                                continued on page three   c                                                                Web EditorwAnn Gillman

                                                                                                                                  Clines Autobody & Restoration                            Factory Information
                                                                                                                                            Specializing in Air-Cooled VW                             To obtain factory information on your pre 1955 VW,
                                                                                                                                               and Porsche 356, 911                                               send your serial number to:
                                                                                                                                                                                                              VW Brezelffenstervereinigung e.V.,
                                                                                                                                       High Quality MIG and TIG Welding                                      Ernst Reter Hagen, Amselweg 4, D-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   3073 Liebenau, Germany
                                                                                                                                   Rust Repair & Custom Metal Fabrication
                                                                                                                                                                                                        For post 1955 VWs, send your serial number to :
                                                                                                                                      Nationally Featured Award Winning                                      Customer Assistance, VolkswagenAG
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Postfach, 3180 Wolfsburg1, Germany
                                                                                                                                          Custom Paint & Color Match                       Zundfolge

                                                                                                                                   Custom Body Modifications & Body Kits                         is published monthly by the Central Ohio Vintage Club. Members are
                                                                                                                                                                                           welcome to submit articles and photos for the newsletter. Classified and
                                                                                                                                           Full & Partial Restorations                     wanted ads are free to members. Ads will run for three months. Mail
                                                                                                                                                                                           Zundfolge submissions to Mark Garrett, 1294 Frisbee Drive, Columbus,
                                                                                                                                            Insurance Work Welcome                         Ohio 43224, or e-mail to Deadline for submissions
                                                                                                                                                                                           is the 15th of each month.
                                                                                                                                  All Work Is 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed
                                                                                                                                               References Available
                                                                                                                                                                                                the Central Ohio      Vintage    Volkswagen    Club’s     website   at
                                                                                                                                               20 Years Experience               

                         See Us on The Web at                                                                     Free tech help & Estimates
                                                                                                                                        740-698-6774             740-707-2428

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bill Huntsman, Owner
1972 Karmann Ghia Convertible, Price: $8800. 103k
miles. Repainted Porsche red in 1992. Owned by seller       owner, not running, towable, always garaged, needs                                                                            Foreign & Domestic Repair q New & Used Foreign Parts
                                                                                                                                                                                                      740-383-1118 or 800-686-2250
since 1991. Fair to good condition driver; but just about   work, has rust, very restorable, 4 loose new fenders,     Monday Through
                                                                                                                      Friday 7am - 6pm                                                      624 East Church Street, Marion Ohio 43302
everything could use an upgrade. Downsizing. Lost my        $1,900 firm. Chuck Krause (614)-882-7003 2/09
garage. Hemmings 8/08 and 11/08 issues document how         To view additional cars and parts for sale, go to:        4330 Indianola Ave.
scarce the convertible is becoming (and how the                                                                       Columbus, Ohio 43214
                                                   and click on “CARS FOR SALE”            614-263-4978
restored convertibles are appreciating). Something to       or “PARTS AND ACCESSORIES” 3/09
                                                                                                                               Celebrating 22 Years Of Service!
                                                                                                                                                                                          Licensed                            Distributor
enjoy driving while you restore. Mostly all original, so    Single Caster wheel trailer. Nice shape, $350, call for
fabric parts all show wear. Listed below is what's been     details. Don Bowker at 330-274-8872, before 10 P.M.
done since 1991 (but may need done again):New top           03/09
(but not headliner),New front axle, fiberglass reinforc-
                                                            Literature Wanted, dealer brochures, want ads for 1959
                                                                                                                      end. Dave and I thought that would be a good time and we         MINUTES OF COVVC
ing floor pan panels, paint, gas line replaced, rear                                                                  would definitely be interested. Ironically, Mike had been
bumper brackets welded to frame, ignition switch            Ghia. Don Bowker at 330-274-8872, before 10 P.M.          thinking about calling some of his loyal vintage customers to    MONTHLY MEETING
                                                            03/09                                                                                                                      March 12th, 2009 meeting by Tina Gibson, Secretary
replaced, alternator replaced, brakes replaced, tires                                                                 see if anyone was interested in starting a local club. These
replaced,exhaust system & heater boxes replaced, Oil                                                                  events are what got the ball rolling. Ted got his reduction
seals leak. Always runs. Call Joe at (614) 207-5397 or                                                                gears serviced, I got some bus seats, Mike got a new cus-            OFFICERS: Mark in charge, Linda, Tina, Marilyn
email at 12/08                                                                           tomer, and Dave was along for the ride.                              TECH ADVISERS: Jim Meyer,
                                                                                                                          Our 1st meeting was at the Black Horse Inn. Ted, Mike,           MEMBERS/GUESTS: 40
                                                                                                                      Dave, Mark Garrett, some other people who I cannot recall,
                                                                                                                      and I got together and started all this madness. Over the              The meeting was opened at 7:55 by Mark in Charge
                                                                                                                      years, I have met some of the most fascinating, interesting,     who welcomed everyone to the annual toy meeting. Also a
                                                                                                                      and enjoyable people. I still look forward to getting together   parts ID contest on the back table. A t shirt sign up sheet was
                                                                                                                      each month talking Volkswagens and catching up with some         passed. Hopefully t shirts will be available at the next meet-
                                                                                                                      great folks. Yes, times are a changing and so has our club.      ing.
                                                                                                                      However, we are still doing what we like to do and have sur-           Officers reports:
1968 silver Karmann Ghia, with '71 or '72 engine                                                                      vived the test of time.                                          Membership - Linda reported we now have 264 members.
rebuilt in '05. Customized hard top contertible; needs                                                                      Many other VW clubs have fallen by the wayside and are     Two members here tonight who can’t usually attend meetings
interior work. Make offer. Call Gina Ridge (614) 204-                                                                 no longer in existence. We must have been doing something        - Arnett Howard and Mark Richmond.
9328 11/08                                                                                                            right or I would not be writing this article, and we would not         Historian - Marilyn is taking badge orders. She also
Parts/Literature Wanted, Still looking for a 1982                                                                     still be having the best vintage VW show in the Midwest the      invited everyone to come for breakfast at the Maenchor on
Rabbit Convertible parts/literature.. Call me if you have                                                             second Saturday in August. What a long strange trip it’s been.   March 22nd. She said that Mark Richmond has suggested
misc. parts or manuals, ads, or possible parts car.                                                                   (Also not one of my quotes but if you have to ask, then you      having a trophy display at our history tent at the show.
Thanks! Call Don Bowker at 330-274-8872, before 10                                                                    would not understand.)                                                Cruise In - Tina reported at due to his health Jesse
P.M. 03/09                                                                                                                  Hope to see everyone the April meeting.                    Davis has closed the Let’s Go Crusin newsletter. If you hear
1972 VW Super Beetle Convertible 43K miles, second                                                                                                                                                                       continued on page four   c
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of any up coming Cruise Ins, let her know.                      sary of our Club, Stark Hughes, presiding, with cake and cof-   a good basis for me to upgrade and bring up to the standards       car and he recommended that we just leave things as is—fur-
      Treasurer - Bob reported a balance of $5653.00. Said      fee.                                                            that I like. To be really idealistic, would it be really nice to   ther repair would be too expensive and accomplish little
the insurance of $500.00 is due this month. He also suggest-          Brenda suggested caravanning to the Crawford              find a turn key car that I don’t have to do anything to but        more than what I have previously had done. Indeed I felt
ed caravanning to see the Mott’s Military Museum in             Museum to see the display of car clubs, including ours. The     drive? Yeah, right…. I’m dreaming again. But even though           that this excursion to Norton was well worth my while. I’m
Groveport with lunch in Canal Winchester.                       display goes until April 15th. She suggested March 21st or      these trips often seem futile we have scored big on other          sure too that I will do further bartering with Mr. Jones.
      Mark thanked Brenda for hosting the March newsletter                                                                      fronts. For example, early this fall we chased down an ad in           Don Bowker, on the other hand did even better. Like me,
                                                                April 11th. Cost for the museum is $7.50 or $8.50. Brenda       Norton, Ohio, wherein the seller regularly advertised many
folding. April will be at Bob and Helen Albright on April                                                                                                                                          one of Don’s motivations was to find a place to do some
                                                                passed a sheet to sign up for March 21st.                       different VWs on the SAMBA. As I have come to learn, pic-
3rd. Shislers volunteered for May newsletter folding.                                                                                                                                              repairs on his cars--repairs that we would just as soon farm
      Mark said his VW and Mark Richmond’s will be on                                                                           tures often lie, but it was obvious from the pictures that this    out rather than do ourselves. Truthfully Don’s ’67 VW need-
                                                                                                                                fellow’s cache of cars were not showroom condition cars but        ed some major repairs like an engine rebuild and transmis-
display at the Auto Show March 19 - 22nd.
                                                                                                                                rather fixer uppers, and priced accordingly. I thought, what       sion reseal. Actually it was leaking so much oil that we began
      New Membes: Dan Shrader and Janet Nolan
                     Doug and Melanie Currier                   LIFE IN THE 'PAST' LANE                                         the hey, I’m not really looking for a fixer upper but, we’ll
                                                                                                                                look at his stuff and maybe he will know of a Karmann Ghia
                                                                                                                                                                                                   calling it the Exxon Valdez. It happened that Mr. Jones had
                                                                                                                                                                                                   a 1981 VW Rabbit Convertible in the shop. He had acquired
      May 23 rd will be the Eric Jones River Run Memorial       by Marilyn Allen                                                that I am looking for. So we made the trip over to Norton—         it by bartering, even though these later, water cooled VWs
Run from Columbus to southern Ohio - all types of cars.             Continied from March, 2009                                  about an hour away                                                 were not really his cup of tea. It had high mileage and hadn’t
      The 50/50 was $44.50.                                         The club members met at Watkins Memorial HIgh                   Well, it was pretty much what I had expected. About a          been run in several years but was solid and not in bad shape.
      There is a 71 Super Beetle for 4600 or 4700 at            School on Thursday, August 6th to prepare the site for the      half a dozen cars that were in various states of repair or         Don of course was immediately drawn to it and ended up
Northend Wrench. Also a 928 Porsche for $18,500.                show. The work continued on Friday. The annual pre-show         restoration were all for sale. Truly there was no misrepresen-     trading his 1967 VW beetle for the Rabbit. Mr. Jones got a
      Results of the Parts ID contest - Ted Bailey, winner.     party was held at Ted and Sue's on Friday evening.              tation on Tom the seller’s part. This was/is a hobby for Mr.       car that he was well familiar with (and probably could fix in
      Arnett Howard explained how he got his 74 Herbie,             The day of the show was a great day for COVVC. There        Jones, a long time enthusiast of VWs and prior VW shop             one day and resell) and Don got another, different type of
also has a 75 Cabrio which is a “babe magnet”                   were 3 big features of the 1998 show. They were; the inclu-     owner before he retired. What he described in his ads is           VW to putz around with. All were happy.
      March birthdays - Tina Gibson and Dan Shrader - both      sion of the new beetle, the tremendous help provided by         what was there. For a younger, more limber man, there was
today, March 12th.                                                                                                              quite a selection of VW Beetles, any one of which would be         The Old Road is a column that features antique automobiles,
      Next meeting will be April 9th. It is the 19th anniver-
                                                                                                 continued on page five   c     a great acquisition and basis for a good restoration. Oh, to be
                                                                                                                                45 years old again….. No, he didn’t know of any nice
                                                                                                                                                                                                   old cars, their owners, and their stories of the road, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                   restoration, and the acquisitions. Do you have a restored
                                                                                                                                Karmann Ghias right off—sold one early this summer-- but           antique auto? Perhaps you have an old daily driver or a no
                                                                                                                                he had a disassembled one that I could sit in to try it out.       longer drivable derelict with an endearing family history sit-
                                                                                                                                Now, this may sound a little bit strange to you but I had never    ting out in the barn or a field? Maybe you questions about
                                                                                                                                been in a Karmann Ghia to see whether I could actually com-        restoration. Drop me a line at The Villager, P.O. Box 331,
                                                                                                                                fortably fit into one and more importantly, with my physical       Garrettsville        44231,        E-mail        me         at
                                                                                                                                problems, get out of one! Wouldn’t it just be like me to buy, or give me a call at 330-562-
       Thanks to Bill                                                                                                           my holy grail and then discover that I couldn’t get in and out     9801, I’d like to hear from you.
Duvall for this great                                                                                                           of the damned thing? This concern had been weighing heav-                Stay tuned next month for the continuing saga of find-
         vintage shot!                                                                                                          ily on my mind so I was delighted to be able to quickly            ing a GOOD vintage car on the internet!
  Probably from the                                                                                                             resolve that indeed I could exit and enter reasonably comfort-
       early 90’s, Ted
                                                                                                                                ably these Karmann Ghias. On that point alone the Norton
  Channey’s camper
bus, Bill’s Oval win-
                                                                                                                                excursion was worth the trip.                                                         Don hard at work on his VW Rabbit.
      dow Beetle and                                                                                                                 As we talked with Mr. Tom Jones it became clear
 Mark Garrett’s Cal                                                                                                             that he was in his 70s and retired (like Bowker) and
 Look ‘68 were front                                                                                                            that he occasionally did repairs (bartering of course)
  and center. While                                                                                                             for VW people though he clearly didn’t run a busi-
   the drive-in was a                                                                                                           ness any more. He would be very willing to do some
vintage correct back                                                                                                            wiring repairs for me on my 71 VW beetle—things
      drop, the gravel                                                                                                          that I couldn’t easily do just now owing to this attack
parking lot for all of                                                                                                          of arthritis. So I gladly arranged to have him do so
    those pretty show
                                                                                                                                because I have found it is not so easy to get repair
 cars left much to be
                                                                                                                                shops to do the small stuff. They want to do substan-
                                                                                                                                tial repairs and major work in order to stay in busi-
                                                                                                                                ness. Subsequently Mr. Jones did the wiring repairs
                                                                                                                                for me and I am delighted that now my turn signals
                                                                                                                                and license plate lights work properly. In as much as
                                                                                                                                he obviously is quite an expert on old VWs he did
                                                                                                                                some further trouble shooting on the front end of my

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AS           uto                      how
                           By Mark and Debi Garrett

  The 2009 Columbus Auto Show featured two
  vintage VW’s from the COVVC. Displayed in the
  main lobby, Mark Richmond’s beautiful Ghia
  and Gertrude, our 61 Beetle enjoyed a week of
  climate controlled storage and no doubt lots of
  attention during the four day event. Organized by the Arthritis
  Foundation to help promote their annual Len Immke show in Dublin, it
  is also an excellent opportunity for all of the various clubs in the area to                                                                                                                           featured
  strut their stuff. Besides all of the cool vintage iron, there was all of the
  new cars on display as well.                                                                                                                                                                           at March
  From Lamborghini to new
  Volkswagens, Smart Cars,                                                                                                                                                                               meeting!
  Racing Cars and everything in
                                                                                                                                                                                                          With lots of great toys to check out, and of course lots of enthusiastic
  between, there was something
                                                                                                                                                                                                       members in attendance, the March meeting was enjoyed by all. With the
  for everyone to enjoy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            ever popular parts ID contest back again, there was something for
                                                                                                                                                                                                       everyone. Be sure to be there for the April meeting, which will mark the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    COVVC’s 19th anniversary!

                                                                                                                      photos by Mark Garrett

The following was submitted by Skip Schweitzer, a journalist who          lucky maybe one will be somewhere within 50 miles of                 Byers, and the arrival of Dave Cormack from the magazine,        the 8th Volksfest was over, many other activities found the
writes an automotive column for The Villager, a newspaper pub-            Mantua and I will dial up cohort and partner in crime Don            VW Trends. There were 240 cars at the show. Awards were          group showing their beloved cars. These were.....................
lished in Garrettsville, Ohio. It will be a continuing series detailing   Bowker and entice him with the ad that guarantees we will be         given to first, second, and third class winners in classes A
the trials and travails of finding that perfect vintage auto for          looking at a pristine old VW, just what we both drool over.          through X. The best of show award was given to Dick              To be continued........................
restoration and enjoyment. Sit back and enjoy!                            Don won’t be able to resist and he will re-schedule oh, say a        Reischman.
                                                                          heart transplant or a relative’s funeral so that he can go with           Some of the first place winners included Mark and Debi
THE OLD ROAD - Part Four                                                  me and check out the VW.                                             Garrett for their Early Bus Camper, Brad and Carolyn Shisler
                                                                              While we both know that 99% of these excursions will             for their Porsche, Judy Diley for the Custom Beetle, Doug        The Gibbs Connor Collection
                                                                          turn out to be exercises in futility there is always the hope        and Teresa Schleifer for their Late Model Camper Bus, and
* Skip and Don’s Most Excellent Adventures                                                                                                                                                                      by Ted Channey
By Skip Schweitzer
                                                                          that some day, one day we will score—hit the jackpot and             Bill DuVall for his Oval Window Beetle . The spectator gate
                                                                          find that car, that Karmann Ghia that I have been looking for        brought in over $3,000 dollars.                                       Gibbs has a facility that is becoming rare in
      It has become a nightly ritual. I bring up the internet             (and Don also covets) that doesn’t need a paint job, has a                The August meeting was held after the show. 63 mem-         Philadelphia. It is a building that will house a car collection.
and explore about eight different sites that list old VW auto-            good running, good sounding engine, has good floors and is           bers and guests attended the meeting. President Mark Garrett
mobiles—antiques as opposed to modern VWs. After all,
there are new listings posted every day. If I am very, very                                                continued on page nine    c         thanked everyone for their work at the show. Even though                                                   continued on page six   c
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He keeps his cars on the first floor and runs his business on       It is as nice as they get. The bus came from Boise, Id. I‘m       areas. Paint work was blended to the original paint such that you
the second floor. It is an old building in the heart of the city.   the 3rd owner. I bought it from a friend of mine, Lind            would really have to know paint to be able to spot the repairs. Not out
      Gibbs seeks out un-restored, low mileage busses (don’t        Bjornsen, who purchased it from the estate of the original        to fool anyone, but the goal was to preserve the originality of the truck.
we all?). But Gibbs has been more successful than most. He          owner. He “debuted” it at “Red Barn” bus show in Aromas,                1976 Porsche 912E. After seeing Robert and Ted’s 912, I real-
has in his stable a sun-roof deluxe, a non sun-roof deluxe,         Calif. Driving from Boise and back over the infamous              ized I had to have one. I also realize the difference between early cars
single cab, double cab, panel van, a barn door and a Tempo          “Donner Pass” in April. He also drove it from Boise, to           and late models. I picked this car because of the originality, low
Matador (the piece d’resistance). Gibbs was nice enough to          Philly as delivery was included in the purchase price. I then     mileage (less that 50K), it’s driveable, fuel economy. Besides, I liked
send me a complete description of all his vehicles, which fol-      drove it to Florida to Bulli Brigade a few years ago. A fair %    the color, sepia brown aka “no sale brown”. This car was originally
lows:                                                               of the mileage of the bus was accumulated in those 3 trips.       purchased by a woman in Boston who was a Doctor..
      1950 beetle from Sweden. Original 25 horse, freshly                  1957 singlecab with less than 50000 miles on the origi-             Since this article was first written, Gibbs has also added to his
rebuilt preserving the motor’s patina. Odometer reads               nal 36 horse. Original dove blue paint with an older repaint-     collection a Cutty Sark bus, sorry, no additional details.
64000km. It came from Lulea just north of the arctic circle.        ed passenger side rear quarter panel. Bus has a NOS canvas.
The car is lowered, like it or not. It’s very original inside and   3 previous owners including the original owner, original

out with the original registration papers and insurance card        owners son and one VW enthusiast. Bus was originally
from new.                                                           owned by a handyman in Sturgis SD who used it as his work
                                                                                                                                      Gibbs Connor
      1951 Tempo Matador, original 25 horse that still runs,        truck.

taken off the road many years ago because the original owner               1958 walk - thru panel aka “KING panel”. Original
bought a 53 single cab. Low mileage but repainted, other            Philly bus with heating company logos. 48000 miles origi-
wise very complete and original, recently imported from             nal. A bit rusty around the edges but not bad for a east coast
Sweden with original papers.                                        work vehicle that spent many days and nights in the winter
      1953 standard microbus, 2 liter stroker motor, mileage        traveling the streets of Philly making service calls. It came
unknown, bus was found in a junkyard in CO. I know 2 pre-           with what amounted to 9 hefty bags of trash in the back as
vious owners. It was purchased by the person who found it
                                                                    well as original service call tags (see Rev. Brown at 46th and
for $125 delivered.
                                                                    Cedar; no heat) etc. and some plumbing and steamfitters
      1957 microbus deluxe (early) brake light deck lid bus.
                                                                    tools. I found it 12 blocks from where it sold new. The bus
Original sealing wax red/ chestnut brown paint. Interior is
                                                                    has the original burst bumpers still fitted that were more than
there but tattered, seats are original material replacements
                                                                    likely on it since it was new. This bus was taken off the road
needing the seams re-stitched. 2 owners can be traced back
                                                                    in 1966 because of a dispute that ended a business relation
to 1985. I’m in the process of cleaning it up and replacing
                                                                    between two brothers that operated “King Automatic
the sunroof cover and window seals.
                                                                    Heating”. The back of the bus was signed by the employees
      1957 standard microbus (late) big tail light/ flat dick lid
                                                                    of the company at the time it was put away.
bus. Fully documented with 1000 miles. Original palm
                                                                          1962 double cab. Mileage unknown. Odometer reads
green/ sand green paint, soft green interior. It has a 36 hp
                                                                    78k. This bus has been “kept in the family” with ownership
motor, all glass is original except for the drivers windshield.
                                                                    among VW enthusiasts dating back to 1988. Mostly original
Bus has service records along with personal effects of the
                                                                    turkis paint with redone rockers, front floors and some other
original owner. An entire article could be written on this bus.

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