Hot VWs Magazine - April 2023
On the cover : The awesome Kiddieland Fire Trucks! (Photo: Shin Watanabe)
THE KIDDIELAND FIRE TRUCKS
The “working class” models of the VW Transporter line, since their release, have been used to haul all levels of business assets. Tall versions for nurseries and clothes cleaners, wide bed models for large items, and even special adaptations for medical use and even firefighting. These serious-minded creations have all been built to do the job that needs to be done, and the Volkswagen basis underneath them did just that.
DUNE BUGGY LEGACY
DUNE BUGGIES PLAYED AN ESSENTIAL ROLE IN DEFINING HOTVWS MAGAZINE DURING THE 1960S. MANY OF THESE FIBER- GLASS CREATIONS GRACED OUR PAGES BACK THEN, THOUGH READERS MADE DO WITH BLACK AND WHITE PICTURES. DECADES LATER, WE OFTEN WONDERED HOW THESE IMAGES LOOKED IN COLOR – UNTIL WE FOUND HUNDREDS OF THEM IN A FILING BOX. IT WAS A MAGICAL MOMENT.
IN 1985, ANTHONY BELL CHOSE HIS FIRST VOLKSWAGEN FOR NO PARTICULAR REASON – HE SIMPLY WANTED AN AFFORDABLE “A-TO-B TRANSPORTATION” WITH GOOD GAS MILEAGE. HOWEVER, HE QUICKLY DISCOVERED THE PURE JOY OF DRIVING A VW AND BEING ABLE TO TINKER AROUND WITH IT, LEADING TO HIS 4-DECADE- LONG INVOLVEMENT IN OUR SCENE.
ABURATSUBO VW SHOW & SHINE
HOSTED BY HOTVWS MAGAZINE’S PUBLISHER SHIN MUKAI, THE INAUGURAL ABURATSUBO VW SHOW & SHINE CATERED TO VOLKSWAGEN FANS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE GLOBE. IT PROVIDED A CAMPOUT, A SHOW & SHINE, A SWAP MEET, LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCES, A HULA DANCE SHOW, AND MANY OTHER FUN ACTIVITIES IN A UNIQUE LOCATION – A WHOLE NEW EXPERIENCE FOR THE JAPANESE VW SCENE.
HOT ROD 36HP MOTOR V2.0
Last month, we showed you the process of taking my 1397cc 36-horse hot rod V1.0 motor apart. After inspection, we gladly discovered that the components were in good shape – nothing was wrong with the engine. Then, we mocked up the new 74mm stroker crankshaft, AA Performance H-beam rods, and smaller base camshaft. But before starting the assem- bly, we still had another important step: getting the parts balanced.