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The VeeDub MOT test……..passed.

VeeDub Bus….Billie Bud now back on the driveway after a few weeks away being worked on. She’s looking grand.

MOT now Passed. Paul, the VeeDub Guru who does the essential renovate, repair and maintenance of mechanical needs on the Bus for me, has once again pulled out the magic result of a wonderful intervention. A bit of work was needed on the brakes, four new Scat piston rods, new brake calliper, window wiper blades, window winder system replaced, tune up, timing, valves tightened and generally an all over maintenance check, etc. Wax oiled underneath and some sills edges repainted with toughened paint. Just emptied her of everything, haven’t put a lot of items back as never used them and completely rearranged things for easier access.

This weather? A back of the house and parked in the hills next to a lakeside or cool running riverside seem like the type of places to aim for. A beach? Too intense. Tourists are necessary for local businesses. But a chosen quiet spot away from the bustle is my preferred Nirvana.

The possession now of having a little Solar Panel, Battery and Charge Controller/Converter (with an Inverter still to choose and buy) are all waiting to be set up and sorted. Intentions to link up the iPad and microphone so that enough power is present to last for the recording of a longish conversation. A well chosen App for video/voice editing needed too. Podcast/Video project very much still awaiting it’s maiden voyage.

Scenario? Familiarity. Visuals that state it is a Gray Summers’ upload. Thinking artistically now must begin. Hope I have the inspirations, tenacity and skills to carry the project off.

Looking for some old comfy vintage wooden folding chairs now with suitable vintage print seat pads and back pads to sit on / lean against for much required comfort. Old bones exist in this Summers’ skeletal frame, muscles lock with their own sinister alacrity and therefore the soft approach need deepens. The old cheapo folding seats of metal and thin stripy cloth are a bit rusty! Salty sea air and sand both got their claws in. And to be honest. The VeeDub itself and salty sea air/sand aren’t best buddies either. Rust always gets involved. The bottom of the VeeDub badly rotted out and had to be completely rebuilt.

Back on subject! Alongside the chairs? A decent strong table to sit at outside which holds enough on it to feel comfortable. Items linked to Podcast or Video discussion subjects like fountain pens, newly read books, journal writing, photography/camera, guitar playing, etc. have to sit with an ease in order to access them. I would like to fly some chosen subject matter solo at times.

Billie Bud the VeeDub Bus is a little treasure who is 50 years old this year. 16 years younger than myself. She is still a trooper and ready for action. My view is that she still deserves the considerations of a bit of TLC.

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