The weather was beautiful at the weekend so couldn't resist talking the camper out for a short run! We went over to Fishers green which is along the crooked mile just up from Waltham Abbey. It's a lovely place consisting of many lakes and a couple of rivers running through it. We then went on to The Crown pub in Broxbourne, it sits right on the river so you can watch the boats go by.
I had some stickers printed of the T2BusCrazy logo and with these came a smaller couple for the Lego Camper. I've been interested in Stop motion for a while now and thought I'd have a little play with my sons Lego figures, the sticker and the Camper! Click on the link below to check out the short video I created.
I got the Lego Camper last year and what a great build it was. Very detailed, a great model. I saw someone post a link to an LED light kit for it on Facebook so thought I'd take a look. The kit was for sale on eBay. I found a couple of reviews on the web and people said it was a good kit.
Anyway, the kit arrived and I was really impressed. The item was packaged really neatly and came with clear instructions. I wanted to create an install video so it took me a while to set everything up but the actual process is fairly easy.
I have put a few pictures below and will be putting the video up shortly which I will post a link to when it's done.
There are a 2 LED Lego strips inside, one in the cab roof and one in the central part of the roof.
The kit includes new LED indicator and headlight lenses to replace the existing
and new LED rear light bricks..
Click on the picture below for a link to the kit on Amazon.
Since owning my Camper I have put a few How-To videos together. These are only short but I've tried to include as much information as I can so will hopefully be useful to others. I will be posting more in the future as I take on more jobs on my bus as the jobs seem never ending! The videos and some documents can be found in the right bar of the page under the How-To Directory but I have also created a YouTube playlist of them on the T2BusCrazy YouTube channel. The Channel & Playlist can can be found by clicking on the links below:
I got my Volkswagen Beetle RC car last Christmas and haven't used it much. To be honest want to try not to damage it to much! already had a couple of accidents and need to replace the front bumper and wing mirror. I decided to take it for a short run over the local park where there is a small track for the younger kids to run around. This came in handy for my 1/10 scale car! I put a short video together which is on the T2BusCrazy YouTube channel, link below.
Not had much of a chance to get out in the bus recently due to other things going on. Managed to get it out once over Christmas, just for a short trip to the local rubbish dump and Pets at home! Took a while to start because I haven't run it for about 4 months now. Once started it took a time to warm the engine up but then seemed ok. Nice to drive it again after so long!.
I had an idea for creating another video of my Herbie styled RC VW Bug. I also have a bus to which I bought off ebay, mainly for the chassis. I have a Bay Window camper shell for it but have yet to paint it.
Quite handily in our local park there is a race track painted on the ground for the kids. Scale wise it works out perfect for my RC cars! I took a wander over there and managed to capture some good footage using my GoPro. I tried various positions. Inside the car, using a gimbal and on a tripod.
Below are a couple of shots of the Bug and Bus. I will place a link there once I have completed the video.
I had the throttle cable snap on me last week on the way to work, luckily just after I had left the motorway! I managed to do a quick fix to get me to work and home again though.
Now came the time for cable replacement! I was hoping this would be a quick job, one hour max really!
I started by removing the pan underneath the front of the bus. This is there to mainly just protect the mechanics below the pedals from dirt etc.
I released the cable from the clamp in the engine bay to allow movement to release from the pedal lever.
In this pic you can see the temporary fix to get me home again!
For my first attempt I cut the cable just before the metal hook and little collar, then taped the new cable to the old. I tried to pull it through but this failed almost straight away! I had tried to clean the cable but there must have still been grease on it or the tape just wouldn't hold because it's so thin. However I tried to join it, it just came apart.
I gave up on this so pulled the old cable all the way out and attempted to push the new cable through. I put some grease on the cable and started to push. It got to approx 300mm from the end and wouldn't move! I guessed it must be stuck around the fan shroud area. I checked the tube in the fan shroud and this was ok. I needed to check behind the fan shroud but because I have twin carbs it's not easy. I ended up removing the air filter from the right-hand carb which allowed me to reach round and feel the hole in the tinware where the cable should enter the engine bay. I could feel the hole but nothing there, no sign of the cable.
I looked from under my bus but all you could see was the tube running from the front to the back which goes up above the gearbox. You can't see where it goes through the tin because of a cross member in the way. After a couple of hours trying a gave up as I wasn't getting anywhere! I posted the question on Facebook and a couple of people mentioned that there is a second piece of conduit which runs from where the tail of the gearbox is to the tinware but on most vehicles this part is missing!
The following day I went for another attempt. I checked out what people had mentioned about this conduit and they were right. In my case it does look like the same tube from front to back but it's a separate flexible piece. I tried to move the conduit towards the tinware and it slid, only about an inch. I checked back behind the fan shroud and could feel the end of the conduit. I went back to the wire and tried to feed it some more and this time it went straight through :o)
I can only think that because the conduit was not up against the tinware it was slightly out of alignment, so the wire was hitting the tin instead of going though the hole.
I put everything back together, Clamped up the wire again on the carb linkage and now all back up and running again.
On the 18th September, the A602's held their Autorama Show. It's held annually in Stevenage on Fairlands Valley Showground. There are many types of cars which show up here: Hot Rods, Classic American, VW Campers and Muscle Cars to name a few. There are trade stalls, live music and bouncy slides for the kids. I managed to pop along for a couple of hours in the morning to take a look. It would have been nice to see a few more VWs, but there were a few there. Some great looking vehicles though. On entering with a show car you also get a picture taken which you can later purchase.
There was a fair bit to keep the kids occupied too. From the balls they climb into and roll around as you see above to smaller stalls with things like hook-a-duck, lucky dip etc. There were also quite a few food stalls too.
I only had time to spend a few hours here but could have easily spent longer. The gate opens at 10am and there was a steady flow of exhibiting cars for most of the morning.
Entrance on the day was £3 for a show car or £3 for adults and free for children under 16. There was also the option to camp on the 17th for the night at a cost of £10 + £3 for a show car.