More Texas Projects

We drove back to Texas to wrap up a few more bus projects, a few more doctor visits and a little more time with friends and family.

The bus list is endless, but there was one major goal that wasn’t on the bus list: get dad’s convertible running and take it for a spin. This Super Beetle hasn’t been driven in ten years or so. Always garaged. Now, it’s back on the road. Or, moving at least.

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Our buddies Mali Mish just so happened to be crossing the border after 6 months in Mexico, so we weren’t going to miss the chance to meet up and welcome them back to the U.S.

We cruised over to Garner State Park and did a little tubing down the Rio Frio and took a break from working in the Texas heat.

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Afterwards, it was time to get serious with the bus. We had originally intended to go to Mexico and explore the Yucatan this summer, but after 2 months of Florida and Texas weather, we’ve decided to head north in search of cooler temperatures.

I got cracking on the rust repair (something you just can’t let wait) and eventually had the engine out to work on a gas tank leak and a new clutch. Since the main seal was leaking, I got to repair that too. For some reason, it always takes me two tries. So, the engine came out a second time and a second seal did the trick.

We rearranged our solar and added a new flex panel. Now, 200 Watts on the roof. We’ve got two 100W versions of this panel:


The number one item on Angela’s list was new curtains. We borrowed a machine and got to work. Pockets everywhere.

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