The Tetanus Bug
Here are the '56 Rusty Bug (Tetanus Bug) restoration pics. First, some of the uncompleted shots before she was on the road.
We get to work on some pretty cool stuff lately.
As this project gets closer to the end, Dave (the bug's owner) keeps buying more cool stuff to make it even better. Those wheels and wood slat rack were not in the original budget that I remember.
The 1914cc engine will make for a nice dependable ride with plenty of power for Dave's needs. He won't be drag racing, just enjoying a nice ride. That rusty rear bumper turned out to be just the ticket for the over-all theme we have going here.
Those spikes! Another of Dave's ideas that turned out perfect for this car, that might have been over-the-top on anything else...
So, the parts all come together at last, and Dave talks me into going with him to the Irvine Classic Bug Show in Cali. Since July 13th is my wedding anniversary, and my wife HAS hinted about going away on a cruise. Well, this would be a cruise would it not? Here I am on the way to California, adjusting the headlights on the Tetanus Beast.
Some detail of Nate's work - pin stripes on the rear deck.
Even the tail lights get some Nate love.
We make it all the way to Vegas on the first day. Dave is ecstatic we made the distance!
Here at the hotel, the front entrance overhead lights really show off the cars.
Here is a nice money shot without people cluttering it up. Pete was driving his awesome freshly repainted Notch on the trip with us, so he gets to share in the picture.
We go inside to check into the Space Needle hotel, and before long the cars draw a crowd. One guy says "May-an, that thang looks just like a bowal-ing Baw-al (Man, that thing looks just like a bowling ball)!" Nothing like shiny clear coat over 20 year old Las Vegas weathered German paint and metal...
Pete fills the onlookers in on some details of Dave's Bug. I guess you could say the car had come back home for a visit, since this is the town it spent the last 20 years in before being sold to us up in Utah.
Another one of Dave's cool ideas was this logo written in weather worn script. It looks painted on, but it is a sticker he had made up at work. Nice touch!
After a night's rest, we located our rides in the parking garage and started out for Irvine.
Dave brought along his son for a little father son outing to a Cali Bug show. It was a fun time for both of them taking the '56 on a long maiden voyage road trip.
Along the way out of Vegas, we picked up a fellow freeway flyer. It turned out to be Shane of ClassicVDubs, a VW shop in Vegas, who happened to be on his way to the Classic as well.
Dave compares notes.
We made it to Irvine! Debbie and Pete in the crowd of admirers. The Classic events weekend started on Friday and went on through Sunday. Here we are in the very full parking lot across from Nic's Burgers. This is a real hot spot for the best of the best Aircooled VWs to show up and show off their stuff. So many great cars!
The Doc gets to do some emergency pushrod repair. Dave's car had a chromoly push rod end go bad. You know, I never realized how hard it would be to find one freeking stock pushrod at a VW swap meet the size of a football field until this day! Everyone had TONS of rare and cool parts, but NO-ONE happened to have a stock pushrod. We did finally find some near the end of the meet and got things temporarily repaired.
Saturday morning at the Bus show and swap meet held at Angel Stadium. How cool is that? When I was a kid in the '60s (I know, I know) living in Cal, I used to listen to the baseball games at Angel Stadium on my Dad's car radio. " And now Don Drysdale steps up to the plate. There's the pitch, and its a line-drive into center field!" I just looked it up and found this: The Disney character Herbie has the number 53, on account of it was Drysdale's number. (See link above gallery thumbnails)
Since Pete has connections with the Gene Berg Family, we ended up at Gene Berg Enterprises on Lime street in OC. Dee Berg was very gracious and lent us her main man Alistar to help get the correct length chromoly pushrod and a new adjuster for Dave's engine to affect a perminent repair.
We made it to the Classic, and Dave and Pete were able to show off their cars among the best. Dave took a 3rd place in his class with some pretty stiff competition. Not too shabby!
This is the cool shop sticker Nate designed for Vintage German Motors on Dave's fan shroud.