Peace Love V-Dub

Thursday, August 12, 2010
I thought I'd write about something fun and a little off the wall today. My posts lately have been a little too angry. LOL

A couple years ago I begged DH to sell his motorcycle.  I didn't enjoy riding it with him (it was more of a "crotch rocket" than a bike) and it made me a nervous wreck.  Believe it or not, I grew up on the back of a motorcycle. My dad raced motorcross and drove his bike with me on it everywhere, as did my uncles and my granddad.  It wasn't until I was older and witnessed some bad accidents that I just couldn't enjoy it anymore.

Anyway, I came home from work one day and he said "I sold the bike." I was ecstatic! A few days later, he rolled in with this:

How could I be mad? The motorcycle was paid for and he just swapped the cash from the bike for this little jewel! We've had it repainted and bought a new cover for the top (the white one you see in the picture).  Needless to say, it has nickel and dimed us to death, but we love every minute of it!

After a year or so, DH had V-Dub fever.  He decided he needed a bus. A BUS? NO. So, one day last summer I get a call at work and hear, "You love me, don't you?" I immediately asked what he had done. "Well, I went over to the Volkswagen shop for a part and they had this bus sitting there and it was such a deal! So, I bought it." Ugh. What are we going to do with another vehicle?

Here is his jewel:

I told him it was junk. For some reason though, he is so proud of it! It is a 1970 model. It rolled off the assembly line November 20, 1969, the day before DH's birthday. (Well, he wasn't born in 69, but his bday is in November.) I swear he thinks this thing was destined to find him. Ha!

He spent quite some time ripping out the old and putting in the new. He has been keeping it at a buddy's house because he has a huge garage.  Unfortunately, we were hit by a flood this spring and the water got up to the steering wheel.  All his hard work was gone. The past month or so this is what has kept him busy.  He has pulled everything out again. He had to have the motor rebuilt and the gas and oil tanks drained. He has finished all his sanding and it's prepped and ready for paint.  Last week he upholstered the front two seats. And he even got it to start this week! Wow! LOL

I'll try to post some more pictures. My favorite part of the bus was sanded down, but I took a picture.

This was hand painted by someone.  The bus originally came from New Mexico.  It still had 40 year old sand in it. We also found a few other interesting items, but I'll leave those to your imagination.

I hope once it's painted we can find someone to repaint this image or find another cool, hippy, make love not war kind of thing to put back on there.

We laugh because we are totally not your typical hippy types.  We may fit some of the stereotypes (e.g. we're quite the liberals), but that's about it. We're from eastern Kentucky for goodness sakes! Have you ever seen a VW hippy bus loaded with rifles? Well, if you ever do then it's probably us! The redneck hippies...who knew? HA!


  1. Love the vehicles!! Super cute...I would love to have either because I'm quite the hippie myself... Glad you are enjoying yourselves!

  2. My fatherinlaw is a lifelong VW bus lover/driver. He has owned every model imaginable..and we have the tent that went with his original sleeper bus (it was made to attach to the sliding door, as it is sort of a 3 sided tent). He would love a microbus, painted red and white.I smile everytime I see those on the road..Slow as molasses, but ever so cute.

    Very cool hobby (=