[NOTE: Vertical because it’s a Periscope – but we hear we can now do landscape, so we’ll do that next time. Also, this was recorded with a live Periscope audience. You can’t see their comments and hearts, so our responses may make you question our sanity. Not to worry – not losing all marbles yet!]
It’s Saturday, which means we’ve got diehards working hard at the shop today, including Snoopy who’s working on this year’s car show awards. While last year, he took another tack on the ever-popular skeletal hand, this year the crowd favorite is back.
He starts out by looking through a bunch of odds and ends, pieces and parts, to find anything that’ll work to make hands. Then there’s welding and often some muttering.
Jim’s fun to harass a bit – and even though he seems a tad grouchy, he’s one of the good guys. An extraordinarily talented artist, a true brother, and a guy who’s fun to hang out with, Jim’s one of the owners of Airkooled Kustoms. [Hey, don’t tell him all this nice stuff was written – we don’t want to have to live that down!]
After bugging Jim a bit, we take a look at what’s new with Miss Mabel. The project is nearing completion – well, as complete as she’ll be before her trek out to Las Vegas for the October 1-4, 2015 Ultimate VW Build-Off competition and show. There’s always a lingering punch list of details to tend to, and it’s tough even though the items are so minute nobody’s likely to even notice them, even if they knew to look for them! That’s the curse of the shop’s level of OCD – but it sure does lead to some excellent work.
New to Mabel just in the past couple of days are her kustom stitched door cards and grip bars. The red courtesy lights really make the stitching show up and make you take notice! There are also bolster pillows in the back seat, bearing the Mabel label (oh that’s fun to say!). Kind of reminiscent of a fainting couch, which would have been popular back in the original Mabel’s day – and of course, that could come in handy if anyone gets overcome by the vapors while checking out this gorgeous build. Well, maybe not. Getting into the back seat in order to faint would be a feat of its own. But you get the idea!
The ragtop is now fully installed and functional, and as of this morning, the back windshield is in as well. We’ll have to show you that on the next Dubscope.