By bob P 3255 Date 2015-10-05 21:10
For many years now I have adopted a tradition of taking the "Lil' Bugger" to out little rural town 9 miles away on the last day of the buggy's insurance for the season. It's starting to get cold in the mornings up here but hopefully I will make it to McDonalds for the final cup of hot chocolate of the season on December 23rd. Then it's put away for the winter.
A few times it has been so cold (even snowing twice) so I bundle up in my Snowmobile outfit and head for town. It's funny to look at the people's faces when they see me in this little open dune buggy. They actually shiver and I'm actually comfortable.. I've been doing this for about 10 years. A couple of times, the roads were to bad to go.
Anyone else have any final buggy traditions?
By Vince P 4527 Date 2015-10-05 21:23
Humm your braver than me, no I don't have any traditions like that need to make some. Sounds crazy but fun stay warm.
By ManxBug Date 2015-10-08 02:38
Ummm. I get a little depressed for a couple of days after I change the oil and put it away.
By bob P 3255 Date 2015-10-08 12:03
Depression ain't the word for it, it's downright painful........... But living out here in the country, if I get a good day during the winter, sun shinning and above 40 degrees, I'll take the buggy down to the corner and back, about 1.5 miles round trip. Makes me feel better. The problem is we don't get many 45 degree days during the winter..
By Paul Moran (DBA Architect) Date 2015-10-09 02:37
That's a great tradition! For our buggies at the dunes in Michigan, we usually make a pilgrimage to town to top off the tanks. We have gotten some strange looks when we do this during flurries but the tanks need topping off.
I try to keep my Chicago buggy on the road all winter and also use the above 40 rule for the 30 minute drive to work all bundled up. We did an hour drive on a warm February day only to drive home in rain and then snow... Then the fuel relay died while doing 65 on the highway with a tractor trailer behind me. Limped home and stayed off the gas... Paul...
EMPI Imp 1002 ('69)/Subaru EJ20 Turbo/LinkPlus ECU
By bob P 3255 Date 2015-10-09 13:30
No one has ever said that Dune Buggies don't add a little excitement to one's life.. LOL
By bob P 3255 Date 2015-11-13 22:57
We just had the first Flurries of the season. Makes me wonder if I'm going to be able fulfill my Yearly Tradition of taking the Lil' Bugger to McDonalds on 12-23-15.....? Maybe El Nino will help this year.....!
By AMAC1680 Date 2015-11-14 08:42
We have a yearly tradition here also.
We ride to the beach, point the buggy north and toast all our poor friends that can't drive it all winter long....
By Michael T 1299 Date 2015-11-14 23:08
Yeah but I get to drive a Blow Snower. Neener, Neener.
By sam K 4492 Date 2015-11-18 21:04
I had a friend ask why I didn't drive the car out 16 miles one way today. 48 degrees. Yes need the Fix till the bitter end. Around the block. More like.
By bob P 3255 Date 2015-11-19 00:55
Tell ya what, my shop/garage is 85 feet from my house and I spend a lot of time out there. Last winter the snow drifts got so bad at times, or it got so cold, that I got in the 4WD Tundra and drove it out of my heated garage, pushed the button on the rear view mirror (which opens the roll away door) and drove right on in. Then I would turn the heat on and spend the day out there. Then when one of our sons would call to see how Mom & Dad were out here in the country, I'd tell them "I drove to work today". When the day was over, I got back in the truck, plowed thru the drifts and back into the attached house garage. It is really neat...........
By bob P 3255 Date 2015-12-23 15:40
Well, I did it. I drove the "Lil' Bugger" to our little rural town to McDonald's for my yearly Traditional last day of insurance for the season. I had the traditional Hot Chocolate and now the "Bugger" has been put to bed for the winter. Who would have ever believed that it would be 45 degrees when I left at 8:00am and 52 degrees when I returned home at 10:00am. I sure had my fingers crossed this time. IT WAS GREAT
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL MY BUGGY FRIENDS AND THEIR FAMILIES..........................
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By Dave C 4367 Date 2015-12-23 16:06
Very nice.! Down here in S.Fla. we are having a VERY warm spell. Xmass will be in the mid 80's. I'm still waiting for the weather to cool off enough for me to shut the A/C down and open the house up.
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