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Date:         Tue, 13 Mar 2001 11:01:03 -0700
Reply-To:     John Klun <jklun@GJ.NET>
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From:         John Klun <jklun@GJ.NET>
Subject:      Re: Vanagon Gods Smiling Down on Fools and Children
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Congratulations, Alan! More 'power' to ya!

Alan Bosch wrote:

> Two weeks ago I posted to the list that I was putting my beloved bus, > Phred, up on the For Sale blocks. It was a tough decision, mostly > influenced by rust, circumstance, money, and a non-VW wife, but one I came > to accept - grudgingly. My four year old son has wanted to take rides in > Phred because "we won't be able to when he's gone". > > So the last two weeks have been consumed with finding a replacement for > Phred. Not a very easy task as there's only one Vanagon and nothing comes > close. After consultations with W.I.F.E. (Woman In-charge of Financial > Expenditures), we narrowed down the search to three reasonable vehicles - > '88-'92 Jettas, '90-'92 Saab 900's, & '90-'94 Honda Accords. After looking > around, it's amazing what people call "excellent condition" - doors falling > off, ripped interiors, rusted wheel wells, really bad repaint jobs. After > looking at a good dozen cars, I started to get the feeling that there was > no way I was going to get a car that was even close to Phred in the > personality department, nor as sound mechanically - I know I can fix almost > anything on my bus, if he's not perfect to begin with. > > Sunday I get a call from my sister on Cape Cod. She is buying a '97 Accord > from a friend and was wondering if I'd be interested in her '92 Accord. > It's a good car, she says, and wants it to go to a good home. 235k miles, > and just completed a 'round trip from The Cape to Key West and back with no > problems. Her mechanic has given the car good marks mechanically. Now for > the good news: She'll give me the car for nothing - zip, zero, nada. :o) > > Here's the crux of this post... My wife has agreed to keep Phred if and > only if my sister gives me her Accord. Yippie!!!!! I'm one happy bus > driver! If everything goes according to plan, Phred's coming off the road > in mid-April for some much needed R & R. I'm going to tackle all the rust > - only one seam, but there's a bunch of surface rust on the nose and a few > other spots - do a complete repaint, and do some need mechanical upgrades > like the fuel lines, maybe redo the heads, change the struts, etc., etc. > With luck and a lot of hard work, the new and improved Phred will debut at > Buses by the Tunnel in mid-July. > > Alan Bosch > & Phred ('88 Wolfsburg) - Still!

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