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1971 Front Brake Job
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My front calipper replacement has turned into a bigger job. The rebuilt unit from http://www.nugeon.com/ failed when I went to bleed it. A friend of mine was…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Doug Sornberger Nov 23, 2009.

Engine Rebuild
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Who wants to help me rebuild an engine? I have a 1600 core to work with that I haven't inspected yet. The goal is a 2007 cc using 90.5 cylinders and a 78 mm crank. Is there a good machine shop in the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Doug Sornberger Dec 3, 2009.

 

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Bus City 2015 - the Seventh Annual VW Bus Gathering in the Redwoods, Guerneville, CA at Schoolhouse Canyon Park

May 15, 2015 to May 17, 2015
PRICING INFO (per night):Campsite - first 2 people and 1 vehicle - $35Extra people $5 per personExtra vehicle $5Dogs $5  - no Pit Bulls or aggressive dogsLate Checkout Fee $5 per personDay Use / Visitor Fee $5 per person or dogElectricity $5Seasoned Firewood Bundle $6Hot Shower just 25¢ per min.Forms of payment: Cash only…See More
Nov 21, 2014
Doug Sornberger is attending John LaTorre's event
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JLT's Half Century of Cheating Death at TBA

April 3, 2015 at 1pm to April 5, 2015 at 2pm
On March 31, 1965, I almost died. Every day since then has been a day I didn't deserve. It's been a gift, and I've had almost fifty years of them. I'd like to celebrate these gifts with some other gifts I've been given over the years ... the friendships I've collected from some of the most wonderful people I've had the pleasure to know.  I'll bring the Tent of Doom and wine. You bring wine, wood, and you sweet selves.You can reserve campsites through http://www.reserveamerica.com/See More
Oct 21, 2014
Doug Sornberger commented on westywoman's event Train Spotting 5-2014 Northern California
"Sorry folks, turns out I'm not going to make it this time. If someone could let Gene know I would be grateful. Doug"
Jun 7, 2014
Doug Sornberger commented on westywoman's event Train Spotting 5-2014 Northern California
"OK Gene, I'll take you up on that.  Will let you know if I can't make it."
May 29, 2014
Doug Sornberger commented on westywoman's event Train Spotting 5-2014 Northern California
"What happens if I just show up?  Will the sheriff chase me off if I park near by?"
May 29, 2014
Doug Sornberger commented on Big Blue's Driver's event Bus City 2014 - the Sixth Annual VW Bus Gathering in the Redwoods, Guerneville, CA
"I'm heading out there pretty soon, going to take the Bodega Bay route."
May 16, 2014
Doug Sornberger replied to whc03grady's discussion Replacement for AIRS (Air-cooled Interstate Rescue Squad) site
"Does anyone know who really posted this site?"
Mar 31, 2014
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Camping Gear Reviews

A place to discuss camping gear, homemade or bought, that you think applies to VWs and VW campers.
Jan 31, 2014
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Train Spotting 5-2014 Northern California at The Feather River Canyon-near Quincy, Northern California

June 6, 2014 to June 8, 2014
Join us in the scenic and historic Feather River Canyon at Hallsted Campground in the Plumas National Forest. The campout will feature tie-dyeing and a potluck dinner Saturday.Please Note: All sites have been reserved as of 5/19. You will need to arrange a share if you do not have a reservation. See the comment wall for a list of known campers and sites.There are National Forest Service free campsites nearby as well as camping at the Twain Store, both within walking distance. The link to the…See More
Jan 9, 2014
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Jan 9, 2014
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Bus City 2014 - the Sixth Annual VW Bus Gathering in the Redwoods, Guerneville, CA at Schoolhouse Canyon Campground

May 16, 2014 to May 18, 2014
PRICING INFO (per night):Campsite - first 2 people and 1 vehicle - $30 Extra people (per person) $5 Extra vehicle $5 Dogs $5 (no Pit Bulls or aggressive dogs) Day Use Fee (for all people entering park but not camping) $4 Electricity $7 Ecology Sites - Sorry, closed this year Seasoned Firewood Bundle $6 Hot Shower just 25¢ per min. Forms of payment: Cash only Also- there is a little bit of tax for the state and county.NOTE: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS RESERVATIONS FOR THIS EVENT. Simply RSVP…See More
Jan 9, 2014
Doug Sornberger is attending Philip & Diana Harvey's event

Super Chili-Bowl Weekend at Sandy Beach Park, Rio Vista, California on the California Delta

January 31, 2014 to February 2, 2014
           Formerly someteenth annual Anti-Superbowl Weekend                                                NOW                                   New and Improved                    SUPER CHILI-BOWL WEEKENDChili-cook-off, Music, Games, Feats of Strength, Food, Drinks, Story Tellers, jugglers, Mimes, Mimes? (oh brother) Face planting (falling down), Dancing,Drinking, Feats of Drinking, All the usual Tom-foolery, Hijinks and typical Monkeying around, Tech tips and tricks to keep those…See More
Dec 1, 2013
Doug Sornberger commented on westywoman's event Thanksgiving Warm-Up Food Fest-Livermore, California
"OK, great!"
Nov 7, 2013
Doug Sornberger commented on westywoman's event Thanksgiving Warm-Up Food Fest-Livermore, California
"I would like to come and will pay whatever fees. Just let me know. Thanks."
Nov 7, 2013

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Describe your bus/van (if you do not have one, describe your dream bus/van)
1971 Westy, 1970 convertible bug, 2001 turbo jetta

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Comment Wall (6 comments)

At 5:59pm on November 23, 2009, Aaron Quinn said…
Hey Doug, looks like we have about identical bus'.... Mine has a few rust spots in the regular area's like the rockers, the battery tray and so forth. I have bought a welder and will cut my teeth learning on my bus. It's been in the family since new, my uncle bought it and picked it up in London from a dealer and drove it around Europe for about a year then had shipped back. I've owned since '92 and just last summer finally started on it. So far I've completely gutted it and washed it out 3 times in the driveway to get all the rodent stuff out and there was a ton. How are things going with yours?
At 9:17pm on April 13, 2010, westywoman said…
Doug-

Any thoughts on the New Brighton GTG? I am thinking of bringing my bicycle to be able to ride into Capitola, but I have no personal experience with this area. What site are you in? I am in 38 with Joel B. Pot luck? Getting late.
At 9:45pm on April 13, 2010, Doug Sornberger said…
I have biked in the area, perfect way to go...
At 10:12pm on June 1, 2010, John LaTorre said…
Doug, was it you who was looking for a light switch for the Westy interior light? I found a lamp assembly at Bugorama and bought it for $10.00, which I remember as being the price quoted by whoever asked for it.
At 1:42pm on July 18, 2011, Mark Hawkins said…

Hey Doug! I received your friend request and accepted it. Hello friend! Now, do we know each other?

I was looking through your posts about replacing your brake calipers. Where did you buy the rebuilt calipers? My bus is a 1970 w/o disk brakes. I've bought an old set of brakes off of a 1971 along with the brake booster so I'm thinking of doing the conversion. Would still need to get a set of rear brakes to end up with the same 5x112 bolt pattern. After gettitng in to all this I am considering buying a new more modern aftermarket brake setup where I can keep the 5x205 bolt pattern. I have to build my engine first before I start messing with the brakes. I'll be getting all my machined parts back tomorrow. If you are looking for a good engine builder/ machine shop, I can highly recommend Ken Jansen at Jansen Enterprise in Belmont. You have to be patient as he is very busy but he's the best with over 30 years experience. The guy at Buggy House is ok if you plan to go no larger than a 1776. He does not do machining for stokers at all. I'm building a 2017CC for my bus. Sean at Buggy House is awesome and a great guy! He can probably get anything you might need in a day or two. 

At 1:43pm on July 18, 2011, Mark Hawkins said…

Hummmm, that should say strokers, not stokers. LOL

 

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