Sunday, 22 April 2007

Happy Birthday, clever vineyard worker!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Today 22 April The Vinestard is 44 years old.
To celebrate this day I made it work a little: me and my father used it to carry some material from my garden to a field close to my house. It still does its job damn good!

Last Friday I took it to the Italian MOT to do last check on the right hand outside mirror and headlights domes. All was OK.
In a few days the VW tech specs sheet (in original) will arrive, and so I think I'll get my number plates at last.

I put some new ideas down with Photoshop, after seeing an MG fully covered with leather by an Italian company that is specialized in this.

Friday, 6 April 2007

Test passed! (with reserve)

The Vinestard passed the 'collaudo' (italian Motorizzazione test to have the number plates). I need only to mount a right outer mirror and new headlight domes for a little second check, but the rest is OK.
Wake up at dawn to reach Bologna in time (130km from me).
Waiting a lot a lot a lot for the director, the Italian way.

Wait more if you haven't got enough!

Test passed! The Vinestard, proud, goes back home.

A Lambo spotted later on the highway, it deserved a pic!

Next step is to solve a pair of errors.

1) on the original papers they say '1962' (but it's 1963!). Hope the official VW original tech specs sheet is enough to convince them.

2) on the Volkswagen tech specs sheet they say 7.00 x 14" wheels, (but 14s came out in August 1963 for the 1964 year model. My one is an April 1963, so earlier.) I need a written authorization from Volkswagen to mount 15" wheels. Otherwise I have to go again to the test with 14" wheels and put these wrong wheels on the papers.

Wednesday, 4 April 2007

Hurry up!

Last additions to have it ready for the inspection.

Antirust on the roof.

Left side:

Right side:

Lights and emblem mounted:

Then I mounted pop outs and bumpers. And Silvia helped me to mask the devasted front seats... with IKEA fabrics eheheh

Monday, 2 April 2007

Speed up for the 'Collaudo'

After the letter of complaint I wrote to my agency, asking back my German papers (I've been waiting for almost 5 months now!), last Wednesday I received a phone call from them telling I would have my 'collaudo' (the Italian MOT test) next Thursday. So I had too speed up the works on the body in order to finish in time.
I had my lateral hella turn signals mounted and fixed a problem on the engine (it seems someone had mounted a 12v electric choke...)
I primered all the parts I could for the test, I hope this runs! Not much satisfied of the result. Need to check some areas before painting, they are not straight! I do this only to have the number plates. good bye lovely patina... :-(

Preparing for primer...

Silvia trying to get tanned...

Me and my father trying to do something...

My new analogue alarm clock, set on 5.30 am, 6.00 am, 6.30 am and so on...

Modern art:

Spraying the primer (my first time...) ouch!

Spraying the primer on my father hihihi

I forgot to make some pics of the finished work. Put them here tomorrow.
I sprayed the antirust on the roof and made the bumpers matt black.

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