Sometimes you’re just in the right place at the right time. That’s what happened when Terry waved us down and took us to the Texas Bus Fest. Not only did he introduce us to some great people, but he also invited us to come and stay at his house after Dallas so we could get some work done on the van.
Terry has a business card that he hands out as kind of a gag. It says ”Where old Volkswagens go to die”. But in this case, we took ours there to keep it alive.
We stayed three nights at his place and he took us out for some local bbq and Mexican food. We also got to catch up with Randy, another new friend from Bus Fest.
It was really great to spend a few days with him and take advantage of his years of VW experience. He helped me to install the electronic ignition, clean up the leaking battery acid and put in a battery box to catch any further spills, we got an oil change and a tune up done and I also got the roof rack installed and got around to doing some electrical wiring that I’d been meaning to do for a while.
He also taught a few lessons in what he calls “southern engineering”… the basic principle is: if it doesn’t fit, hit it with a hammer. Sometimes that’s just the kind of ingenuity you need to get the job done.
Then, as if that wasn’t already enough, Terry pulled up a chair at his old sewing machine and within no time at all he had knocked up some fly screens for our sliding door. And he left us with a parting gift of some wild honey from the bee hives on his property.
Terry – we really can’t thank you and Theresa enough for all the help and hospitality you’ve shown us. You’re a true ambassador for the great state of Texas.