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gregw98
02-13-2009, 10:31 PM
Seems like we are a pretty diverse group from all angles. What are you other interests or hobbies? I fix bikes, woodworking, metal sculpure, and car restorations. I am currently working on an old VW beetle.
greg
BTW: anyone see a VW Bug engine for sale, I need one.

REDMAN
02-13-2009, 10:33 PM
I homebrew, and throw the occasional rock-n-roll party in the woods!

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Later! Redman.

BvrWally
02-13-2009, 10:37 PM
I collect Vannin Memoribilia, paint Van Styled signs (Vantoons), create redwood signs, glass etch. Build neat things, electronics, gadgets, etc.
B.W. http://www.vcvc.org/ubb/smile.gif

xjamesx
02-13-2009, 11:00 PM
i ride motorcycles, draw and paint, play ice hockey, play guitar and read alot about history. i also am (slowly) restoring my '63 bug. some of these things are on hold though as i heal from my accident...
james

joyrde
02-14-2009, 06:01 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by gregw98:

BTW: anyone see a VW Bug engine for sale, I need one.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Why not a 914 Porsche engine?

planetvear
02-14-2009, 06:06 AM
i drink beer and watch the boston redsox. pretty pitiful huh?

joyrde
02-14-2009, 06:11 AM
As a geezer - - my major hobby is sleeping. When I am not herding 100 - 14 year-olds in History Class, I ride bikes - -pedal and motor, play with Coupe. I love to travel - -especially Route 66 Road trips!!!

Until I found out that I need hip surgery - - the old-fashion - slice & dice kind in March, this was the '09 Van Roadtrip ( http://www.angelfire.com/wv/joyrde/ELHS/roadtrip/2008/elhs65westcoasttrip.html ) Looks like 2010 now

Lately every weekend has been devoted to finishing/re-restoring the Van I started in 1983. It spent 7 years as the fair weather family huckster - - then 17 years in storage.

BvrWally
02-14-2009, 08:21 AM
Sounds like an Awesome trip John!! I have always wanted to do the same with my Early! Problem being, $$$$! When I change jobs, the time-off schedule changes as well. This has been the problem for the last several years now for me since leaving the ol mill in 2003! I'm now into my 3rd employer since that time. Having 6 weeks vacation then going to 0.....sucks the big one, IMHO!
B.W.

BILLS66
02-14-2009, 09:22 AM
My yard,when spring hits my wife and I spend hours outside puttering truly peacefull ,At that piont in life I am back to enjoying having a hotrod again (the van) Allways have had some kind of car project going but life,work and all slowed that down for a few years but not anymore! Bill

van-itti
02-14-2009, 09:34 AM
Before we moved to Ca. my sons and I had a HUGE model railroad. Now, I mostly tinker with the van but someday I plan on building another one. Anyone else like trains??

Mike

joyrde
02-14-2009, 11:43 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by BvrWally:
Sounds like an Awesome trip John!! I have always wanted to do the same with my Early! Problem being, $$$$! When I change jobs, the time-off schedule changes as well. This has been the problem for the last several years now for me since leaving the ol mill in 2003! I'm now into my 3rd employer since that time. Having 6 weeks vacation then going to 0.....sucks the big one, IMHO!
B.W.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

My original plan was me and the German Shepherd, the wife would meet us in Reno - do Calif - then fly home out of L.A.. The dog & me would sleep in the Van (KOA's) -except when the wife was with us - -

Sadly the trip will be without the dog - - she will be going the big trip early next week.

bcboy2
02-14-2009, 12:02 PM
I have two little girls that take up most of my time aged 5 and 6 1/2. I also have a 02 HD Roadking that I like to get out on as much as I can. I love watching Mixed Martial Arts (UFC).

aka Trebor
02-14-2009, 12:13 PM
I have been going to Club Chicago in TJ pretty often, does that qualify as a hobby?

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Wookee
02-15-2009, 08:20 AM
Actually vanning allows me to put allthe things /hobbies i like to tinker with into one form.....

I like to travel.The longer the road trip the better.
I like to built things out of steel....
I am an amature wood worker...
I like messing with mechanical stuff.
I like doing art work with an air brush.
(I have not picked that up in ten years)
I like tinkering with body and paint work.

Vanning is the one life style where I can apply all of my hobbies/interests drive to an event,and see the reaction of my peers and the public.......

Life is good.......

...........Wookee

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http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/wookeesvan/backinblack.jpg
Its a "van thing" A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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BvrWally
02-15-2009, 08:29 AM
Yes it is Joe! All rolled into to the greatest hobby of all "VANNIN"!!! http://www.vcvc.org/ubb/smile.gif
B.W.

Nightmoves
02-15-2009, 09:20 AM
Seems here lately,I mostly try to work.With the economy going sour,hours are cut back ,and worse than that for others.
But,when I'm not tinkering with an old vehicle,I'll hit the road on the two wheeler.Although I did'nt go but three times last year,I enjoy wetting a line on one of the lakes here.
Why is it,the older we get,the less time we have?Guess that statement has two meanings.Ha!

onehandydad
02-15-2009, 11:41 AM
I have a healthy addiction to two wheels. I love to ride off road. Wish I was as lucky as some of you southerners that can ride all season long. My season is limited due to the winters up here. I think next year I will try to put studded tires on the bike and head out to the lake.

The other thing that I like to do is take pretty much anything apart. I started this young with my toys and as I grew so did my toys!

OHD

Rich Van Linkel
02-15-2009, 07:19 PM
I think most of you know that my main hobbie(gift) is art. I love to draw, and color with a multitude of medias. I love my vans, and have many ideas and plans for them, problem is, I don't have a garage, time, or money. Well, I have the money now, but the state of our economy and job security, or lack there of, has put a real tight fist on any money I have or make.
I am also a lover of the great out doors. My main hobbie there is white water rafting.
I have also tried skydiving, loved it, but too costly. I also love mountain biking, but on a strictly amature level. Camping and hiking our local mountain peaks is a great feeling and source of peace and cleansing.
Still trying to stay active with the sports as well, playing basketball, and working out at the gym.
My newest hobbie is our grandson. I'm sure a lot of the above mentioned hobbies will be done with him by my side.

Life is good. . . . death will be better, or worse, either way its eternal. Hmmmm

txhitime
02-15-2009, 07:40 PM
Hang gliding! San Diego was home from '77 to '85. Flying at Torey Pines and Lake Elsinore, spent many nights in the '66 SportVan 90".
Many of the world record HG flights originate in south Texas. Tow up behind powered ultralite aircraft. The distance record is from Zapata to Loving, NM, '07, 400+mi.
Today was "blown out", didn't fly.

Later,
Sam

kookykrispy
02-15-2009, 08:16 PM
My hobby is also my job. I am an army CH-47D helicopter pilot.

When I'm not flying choppers, I also like to ride 'em!

http://turboninjas.com/gallery/d/32205-2/DSC01008+_Small_.JPG

aka Trebor
02-15-2009, 08:36 PM
Hey Kooky, nice bike man. Is it a pan/shovel conversion or a generator shovel? The smooth cam cover is 65 or later I believe. I got rid of my 65 pan and have been kicking myself ever since. My 78 year old Dad ran out of steam on a rigid chopper project so I might end up with that scooter.

Rockvan
02-15-2009, 10:27 PM
Lapidary - I am addicted to cutting and grinding rocks and gems to make jewelry. Hope to become an accomplished Silversmith but for now just an amateur. I also spend many hours on 2 wheels, but it is more a way of life than a hobby, as we have 300 days a year of sunshine here and it rarely dips below 20 degrees. Life is good... Rock

TurboVan
02-15-2009, 11:42 PM
Hauling an old trailer way up into the Eastern Sierras and be self-contained for a week, a couple of times a year, with ATV's, dirt bikes, kids, wives, dogs, relatives, friends (not necessarily in that order, of course), and numerous other weekend trips year-round. Yahoo!

http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x259/turbovan65/FAMILY%20LIFE/DSC00325corr.jpg
not bad for no tripod, all zoomed in

http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x259/turbovan65/FAMILY%20LIFE/DSC00346.jpg
he looks parked , but probly in 3rd gear coming at you at, oh, 25MPH

http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x259/turbovan65/FAMILY%20LIFE/DSC00326.jpg




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kookykrispy
02-16-2009, 06:47 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Trebor:
Hey Kooky, nice bike man. Is it a pan/shovel conversion or a generator shovel? The smooth cam cover is 65 or later I believe. I got rid of my 65 pan and have been kicking myself ever since. My 78 year old Dad ran out of steam on a rigid chopper project so I might end up with that scooter.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

It's actually a real hodge-podge frankenstien, lots of different factory and aftermarket parts, but it is a righteous scoot for sure... Its more or less a pan-shovel, titled as a '59, and yes the cam cover is from later 60's. has a alternator case on the left half for better charging. I am not running a generator, even though it looks like it from this angle. The jugs and heads are 70's era, and it has a stroker kit in it for 81 cubes. Its nasty, loud, rude and fun as shit to ride, my wife is scared of it and won't ride on the back.


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lvjjj
02-16-2009, 08:55 AM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by van-itti:
[B]Before we moved to Ca. my sons and I had a HUGE model railroad. Now, I mostly tinker with the van but someday I plan on building another one. Anyone else like trains??

Yep, I'm an N scaler. I've got small compact N layouts that fit in my RV, always under construction of course. Also have a big G scale from my dad, but have never set it up. From my brother-in-law I got a '50's American Flyer set that we display in our house. I'm also a musician, electric cello and electric bass, both classical and rock music, with my wife who plays piano. Love traveling in our Roadtrek motorhome ('05 Chevy van coverted to motor home), wish we lived closer to Rt 66 cause I love it. My family used to take 66 from Kansas to LA in the 50's, so real nostalgic for me. Also collect 1/25th plastic scale model promos and car kits. And, finally, baseball with grandson

Kustomizer
02-16-2009, 08:48 PM
I'm into 60's drag racing and hot rods as well as motorcycles. I'm building a '64 Nova gasser and have a big block '65 Chev Biscayne. I just started tooling leather and hope to sell a few motorcycle seats to help fund my automotive hobbies.

PolarBear2
02-17-2009, 07:54 AM
Besides the 22 acre Cut Flower & Greens Farm I own, (we sell to Wholesale Florists) I have a 2nd Business.

"Mustangs by Mark"

I do bumper to bumper, nut & bolt, Restorations of Classic Mustangs. Here's just a small sample of my work.

http://memimage.cardomain.com/ride_images/2/4196/2581/22988790095_large.jpg

Me & Parnelli Jones and our BOSS 302 Mustangs
http://memimage.cardomain.com/ride_images/2/4196/2581/22988790101_large.jpg

http://memimage.cardomain.com/ride_images/1/2026/561/5062780002_large.jpg

64.5 Convertible
http://memimage.cardomain.com/ride_images/1/3203/3801/8006900001_large.jpg

My 86 5.0 Modified
http://memimage.cardomain.com/ride_images/1/2142/3721/5354360002_large.jpg

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69G20
02-17-2009, 07:55 AM
I have modest skills in all trades except welding; my eyes are bad to start with. Electrical is my strong suit (where I’ve done some welding) and troubleshooting electro-mechanical devices that are new to me. But lately somewhat due to my health I'm obsessed with computers, there is so much to learn. Like I've learned how to put together my PC to my level of demand. With this site starting me to work with digital photography and some web site work I went into video which is hard on your PC. My set-up is 1 1/2 years old now and should do for couple more years. But now I'm trying to learn 3D modeling, you know how realistic the new video games look; well to make them is a challenge to say the least. Here is a snap shot of a model of our vans which has taken hours to get it to this basic shape. There is still a lot more tweaking to be done to it. The wheel wells are going to be a real bitch. But once I get it figured out I should be able to make a 3D rendering of any paint scheme or chop/mod that your hearts desire.
http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/6672/greenvanuc0.jpg
This is my set-up
700 watt 2.2 power supply
4 core processor
4 gig 800 MHz RAM
4 DVD burners (2 are lightscribe)
5 hard drives (500; 500; 320; 300; 250; may fill the last spot with a 160 to bring the total over 2 terabyte)
Dual tuner TV card for basic cable and HDTV over the air recording
8 fans keeping things cool!
1-22" LCD and 1-17" CRT monitor with a 5.1 sound system
1000VA UPS – Trackball – Wacom Drawing Tablet – Flat bed scanner – wireless printer – Laptop – PDA – and of course my cell phone connects to it. It was neat to be able to teach my son and daughter how to make her own ring tones. My son takes after me by tearing into almost anything just like my father did.


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http://sc.groups.msn.com/tn/A5/E0/vintagechevyvanclub2/1c/2a98.jpg aka the Viewmaster http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s153/earlysman/Van-In-Theater-4VintAGE.jpg
VCVC Vanatic Map (http://web.tampabay.rr.com/cgiustov/vcvcvmap2007_001.htm) --- 67 thru 70 Colorized Wiring Diagram (http://web.tampabay.rr.com/cgiustov//wd4web_001.htm) - Colorized 1st Gen wiring Diagram (http://www.scribd.com/doc/10035731/66wire1and2)

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TurboVan
02-17-2009, 09:15 AM
Hey Carl, is that Solidworks or ?
I took a couple semesters of that 3D CAD stuff, it takes some SERIOUS ass-time to get the hang of it.

69G20
02-17-2009, 10:27 AM
TV,it's Autodesk-3ds Max 2009. If and when I get to making bipeds (characters) I think I'll try to make one of Smiley first then Taz, but the Mad Mechanic TV will be done I'm sure.

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http://sc.groups.msn.com/tn/A5/E0/vintagechevyvanclub2/1c/2a98.jpg aka the Viewmaster http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s153/earlysman/Van-In-Theater-4VintAGE.jpg
VCVC Vanatic Map (http://web.tampabay.rr.com/cgiustov/vcvcvmap2007_001.htm) --- 67 thru 70 Colorized Wiring Diagram (http://web.tampabay.rr.com/cgiustov//wd4web_001.htm) - Colorized 1st Gen wiring Diagram (http://www.scribd.com/doc/10035731/66wire1and2)

vannergreg33
02-17-2009, 04:56 PM
i definatly have too many hobbies. ive been playing guitar for 23yrs, been vanning for 10 yrs, like to build things, i really don't get much time for my hobbies but when i get a chance look out, my kids take up alot of my time and i couldn't be more content. just can't wait for the weather to break around here.

planetvear
02-17-2009, 05:05 PM
carl, when i first saw your rendering, and before i read the text, i thought you'd designed an engine doghouse. that rendering would make a bitchin model for a custom doghouse. anybody up to trying to make one? it probably wouldn't take a whole lot to build one out of fiberglass. john

Surfvan 1972
02-17-2009, 05:47 PM
Surfing.........

TurboVan
02-18-2009, 10:16 AM
PB, Nice work!
How do you bill out a job like a resto, by the hour or ???
Did the factory paint the engine bay black? I thought it was the same color as the rest of the car.

PolarBear2
02-18-2009, 12:04 PM
Thanks, yes mainly by the hour.

Classic Mustang engine bays are semi/flat black from the Factory.

dream weaver 65
02-18-2009, 01:24 PM
hey vannergreg we have to get together this summer iv'e been to the downtown falls show last few years nice turn out weave

vannergreg33
02-18-2009, 04:15 PM
well hell yea, that sounds like a plan, it's kinda funny too, i met ron duncan there years back 1994 or 1995. i'll be the one who's wearing a vanner shirt. and if all goes as planned, my van will be in there to

Rcollins
02-18-2009, 05:22 PM
The van thing is by far my biggest hobby, but I've been in and out of a million different ones already. right now besides the vans and other things auto related I guess it would have to be snowboarding and playing guitar. http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u183/miclhero/DSCF0152.jpg
trying to do a switch 540 right here but it didn't end to well this time... bad picture but there is a chevy van in the background haha.
RC

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summerluvvan
02-24-2009, 10:46 PM
singing, guitar, bass, violin, xc and alpine skiing, bicycling, camping, the list goes on and on...