Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Wheel part 1

Pressing on, that is what we here at the OSS have been doing. Trying to get as much done in as little time as possible WHILE still staying sane and enjoying what we are doing. Lately it would seem that nothing is ever as easy as it should be when it comes to these little rascals. We pulled the interim 36hp motor off the engine stand and guess what, the flywheel seal is starting to go. No biggie all and all but sometimes you really just want thing to go smoothly.
There is one project that has been gaining steam, our custom/hand built 3 spoke steering made by our good friend HotRobHeb is nearing completion. All that is left to do on this piece of art is wet and spray some paint of chose.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Spaceball… shit, there goes the planet.

Today the OSS has picked up a brand spanking new set of seat covers for the bastard 61 beetle. The price was right on the money and the color was our favorite, no not RED, Pea Green! Little things like that make the day much nicer, Oh and this morning we passed an interesting message posted on the side of the road:

Only in Vermont would we have an evacuation plan in case of invasion by Zombies. Guess we should go ahead and purchase the zombie hand book just in case this is not a test…

Thursday, August 19, 2010


The OSS has been going through some changes over the last few months, selling off lots of our excess parts, working in a rented garage and coming ‘this close” to finishing the bastard 61 beetle. Some of these were good changes, others had to happed and the latter is fucking great! Now the “garage” we have been using is not a shack persay but it was used as a barn for chickens up until the late 80s, so I think that may count. The concrete floor is an upgrade over the dirt floor in the shack, no more parking on a tarp while we are here. Don’t get us wrong the bug will be back to the shack soon and then off to the warehouse for the deep winter sleep. Oh dirt floor how I have missed you…

With more of the collection sold off we are now focusing on the winter motor build… or it may be a spring motor build. But either way it will be a strocked out 36hp, nothing too wild. No sirE, more of a 50’s inspired cruiser/speed trial car/street drag(though there will be no street racing cause that is stupid!) We do love the “get up and go” that some of these young wiper snappers have shown when modifying the 36hp VW motor and truly we would be bored to tears if we had another stock Wolfsburg West Okrasa build. So what do we do, well as always we follow our own drum, and our little drummer boy is a bit off. More on his craziness some other time though.

Any of you vintage speed guys that want to share your projects with us feel free to get in touch and let us know what is goin’ on!


News from the salt

Burly has been kind enough to update us on the happenings at speedweek at Bonneville!

So in his words:

just returned from a couple of days at Bonneville for the annual SCTA/BNI Speedweek and the salt was in excellent condition. Speedweek is the BIG event with over 500 entries but is only for high speed racers. Five VW poweredentries competed and while the race is still going on, I thought you might like some news on the event.

Bob Stahls 157 MPH fuel injected Bug had the misfortune of a missed shift at 130 mph plus when his son-in-law was making a licensing pass. Hitting second from third instead of fourth resulted in a blown motor and three spins. Fortunately the car did not hit any salt pockets, did not roll and was undamaged except for the motor.

Keith Pedersen likewise experienced a motor failure in the Manghelli/Pedersen Rabbit Pick-Up but it was while they were going through the speed traps at over 186 miles per hour ! Even with the problem they were elated as this was a twenty mile per hour jump from their record speed set last fall at hte World Finals and indicates more speed to come. Perhaps they will be the first under 2 liter street VW over the 200 mile per hour mark in the near future.

The Burns family came from Tennessee with the Ghia to try out the salt. Talor made a first pass at 121 while spinning through the lights after experiencing handling problems. After adjustments, brothere Zach made runs in the mid-one twenties. Talor returned the nex day to go 133 and then Zach took the Ghia(2.0 big block with dual carbs) to it's top speed of over 142 miles per hour. Needless to say, they enjoyed a great first Bonneville adventure.

The Chilsons, father Bob and son Dan resolved last years transmission problems in the water cooled lakester and at last note had made a pass just a notch over 200 miles per hour. Hopefully the rest of the week will see even greater speed.

Long time racer Larry Monreal was back out on the salt with his sons and Jim Bradshaw attempting to set another VW record with the turbo Rabbit powered Ghia. Larry had been racing at Bonneville for sixty years and was the featured racer in this years Speedweek program with a nice two page article. At eighty four years of age, he is still very active in overseeing the racing operation and was rewarded with a trip to impound and a possible new record. We will have to wait out the rest of the week to see if he was successful.