The VW Dune Buggy is a Part of Everyday Life at Chirco.com

Kids shows of the 70s hooked me on Buggys.  Speed Buggy, Wonder Bug, The Banana Split Show etc… Now I literally get to see and hang out with Dune Buggies every day!

Chirco.com seems to have a constant stream of aircooled Sand Rails as well as Buggies and  Baja Bugs rolling through here.  We thought it would be cool to start sharing a little more about what we work on all the time.

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Now…this 2 seat Sand Rail is up first because it is actually owned by Joe Chirco.  It is for sale and you can get it for a song.  (Call 800-955-9795  speak to Joe.)

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 This Sand Rail is powered by a 2180cc Aircooled VW engine.  It’s a bit larger than the engine kits we have listed on our site, but if you wanted us to build you one of these, we could easy peasy.

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This rail has Dual 44 carbs, 90 amp alternator,  Bugpak valve covers, 5 lug disc brake kit
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Bruce Meyers…yes “THE” Bruce Meyers visits Chirco.com

Earlier this fall Chirco.com was privileged to be the first stop on the Manx Clubs Sea to Sea Safari.

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Legendary car builder, entrepreneur, inventor, international man of mystery and father of the Dune Buggy, Bruce Meyers led the Manx Club on a cross country cruise.

Now…all of us at Chirco know the Bruce Meyers story and we are all aware of his legacy so being chosen as the first stop on the cruise was a very very big honor for us.  Bruce and friends left Southern California in the morning and it wasn’t too long before they encountered some trouble.  Bruce’s transmission went out so they got a little behind schedule.  No worries though…The guys at Chirco hung around and then sent a welcoming party of cars down to the freeway to usher all the buggies in.  What they encountered was extremely cool.  It’s not often that you see 16 super sweet Manxs’ rollin down the freeway.

The Manx crew got to Chirco and had some pizza and stuff while the guys in the shop looked over Bruce’s car.

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Unfortunately there wasn’t anything that could be done for it, but that did not stop Bruce and friends from having a great time with the Chirco staff and all the aircooled locals that came down to meet Bruce.  I gotta tell you, Bruce is as kind as it gets.  He posed for pictures with everybody that wanted one.  He spoke to everybody that was there and really made us feel special.

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The next day the entire entourage headed out on their way to stop number 2 in Roswell, NM.  It really was a fun visit for us.

Here’s a little video of the Meyers manx Club leaving Chirco.com

All we can say is wow!…and Thank You Bruce!  It was great.

-TC

Bugtoberfest 18 Cruise Video

 

 

Bugtoberfest 18!! October 19-20, 2013.

It’s official!

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Registration is open!  http://bugtoberfest18.eventzilla.net/

 

Come on down to Tucson and spend a weekend playing VW with us. This year activities include:

Oct. 19 – Scenic VW Cruise 11:30am
This year we will cruise through picturesque Vail, AZ.  The 25 mile trek will show you some of the most beautiful and rugged areas in the sonoran desert.  There are very few lights and it is a road well paved so it should be super super fun.  The cruise will end at Purple Heart Park in Rita Ranch where the BBQ will begin.

Cost is FREE

Oct. 19 – Joe’s World Famous pre-show BBQ 3pm – 6pm AT Purple Heart Park
The BBQ will be held at Purple Heart Park in Rita Ranch.  It is on the SouthEast side of Tucson and is a great location for the BBQ.  There is plenty of parking on the West side in the lot and down the street.  The park is smaller, but the weenies are big!  More fun and games this year and lots of cool people.

Cost is FREE

Oct. 18 – 20 – The Red Barn Roundup 
All you Type 2 folk can camp on the property next door to Chirco. There’s room for all of you. Last year’s events included live music, raffles, prizes and an extreme amount of fun. The Tucson Bus Mob helps run this get together and they always do it right. The Red Barn Roundup has become a “must-do” event for many campers. Join us.

Cost is FREE.
Oct. 20 – The 18th Annual Chirco.com Bugtoberfest at Chirco 8am – 2pm
The show as always promises to be one of the most fun times you can have with your air-cooled car in Arizona. People’s choice awards, club awards, engine blow, awesome raffle prizes (no junk), Big Rattlesnake Alley Swap Meet, Music, entertainment in the form of you aircooled clowns, big in-store savings, t-shirts, posters, and a few surprises await those who attend.

Cost to enter the show is FREE, Swapmeet space is FREE, Cost to attend is FREE 

This show does benefit the Foodbank of Tucson. A donation of non-perishable food items is appreciated. Our record is 1680 pounds of food collected at the show. Help us get a “Ton of Food” for people who really do need it.

 

Registration is open!  http://bugtoberfest18.eventzilla.net/

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Chirco.com DIY: Easy Peasy Molding and Cheezy.

Our little series of things the non-mechanic can do to improve the look of his or her aircooled vehicle continues.

In this installment we’re going to do a pretty easy, non expensive upgrade that really does make a difference.  Many of us have trim/molding on our cars that has seen the wrong side of shopping carts, or the door edges of the cars that park too close to our precious babies.  In some ways that is the purpose of the molding, but much like Bluto….after getting hit in the nose more times than it would like, your molding is probably ready for a change, so….let’s do this.

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This is a shot of my molding changing kit.  The seven piece molding kit is one of the 2 types we carry for an early bug.  Note the procedure for later model bugs is different.  We will get into that as we go along.  I also ordered the clips and rubber boots from my friendly Chirco counter rep Ruben.  As usual he was fast and friendly and really didn’t mind my 37 questions for such a simple thing….he’s a cool cat.  I picked up the rubber bondo scrapers from a local auto parts store.  Joe Chirco told me to get them as they make a part of the removal really easy and a lot more gentle on your car.  The Vaseline is also a tip, this time from senior mechanic John “Been 3 years and still won’t give me a man-hug” Bol.  We will cover it’s application shortly.

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Here’s a good look at why I need to change my  molding.  This particular dent came during a heroic rescue of a doe eyed puppy from a well on Edmond’s property “Wild Wind” in Pine Valley. …don’t ask…I do that….rescue puppies I mean.  🙂   Actually it’s probably one of many grocery store proximity violations that just happen over the course of time.

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Step 1…gotta take the  molding off the car.  The  molding is just snapped into place with these little clips and you could get a screwdriver and pry them off.  That would however probably scratch your paint and even if your car doesn’t have a decent finish, why do that?  How would you feel if someone pried your glasses off with a screwdriver?!…I know right?.  Joe suggested I get a bondo scraper for this.
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Chirco Builds a 1904cc Aircooled VW Engine….Then drives to Cali with it!

 

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So…it turns out that in addition to whatever it is I do here at Chirco.com, I’m also an ok car artist.  I was able to land an art for parts deal and my client sent me some of the parts I needed to turn my 1776cc into a 1904cc engine.  That’s all fine and dandy when that kinda thing happens to an artist that is also a engine builder, but that is not the case with me.  I am not a mechanic…I do not posses that skillset.  I am not mechanically inclined.  I am not capable of building an engine. I can draw the snot out of one though…go figure.    So…I had parts, but little clue as to what to do with them.

That being the case I walked into Joe Chirco’s office, closed the door and proceeded to beg like there was no tomorrow.  Actually it was Joe who thought it would be cool to put together an engine and then drive it to California and back.  That’s about 1000 miles round trip across 2 deserts.  The VW Classic presented a great “reason” so  Joe said “go for it!!”

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This shot was taken right after my car got into the shop and on the lift.  When Bob opened the decklid it was nothing like the case with the golden glow in Pulp Fiction.  It sounded more like Tales from the Crypt and I think a bat flew out.

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Chirco.com DIY: Changing out your fender beading without crying…too much.

Today were gonna take a look at a fairly simple change that can make a big difference in how your air-cooled VW looks. Many of us have cars that were painted with the fenders on. This is not bad at all. I had mine painted almost 10 years ago and I love it. It’s just since we are showing DIY type stuff that you don’t have to be a mechanic or mechanical savant to do, changing out the painted fender beading and putting black beading in seems very me capable.

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Here you can see the red beading were going to replace.
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Bugtoberfest 18!! Oct. 19-20 2013 at Chirco.com!!

It’s official!

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Registration is open!  http://bugtoberfest18.eventzilla.net/

 

Come on down to Tucson and spend a weekend playing VW with us. This year activities include:

Oct. 19 – Scenic VW Cruise 11:30am
This year we will cruise through picturesque Vail, AZ.  The 25 mile trek will show you some of the most beautiful and rugged areas in the sonoran desert.  There are very few lights and it is a road well paved so it should be super super fun.  The cruise will end at Purple Heart Park in Rita Ranch where the BBQ will begin.

Cost is FREE

Oct. 19 – Joe’s World Famous pre-show BBQ 3pm – 6pm AT Purple Heart Park
The BBQ will be held at Purple Heart Park in Rita Ranch.  It is on the SouthEast side of Tucson and is a great location for the BBQ.  There is plenty of parking on the West side in the lot and down the street.  The park is smaller, but the weenies are big!  More fun and games this year and lots of cool people.

Cost is FREE

Oct. 18 – 20 – The Red Barn Roundup 
All you Type 2 folk can camp on the property next door to Chirco. There’s room for all of you. Last year’s events included live music, raffles, prizes and an extreme amount of fun. The Tucson Bus Mob helps run this get together and they always do it right. The Red Barn Roundup has become a “must-do” event for many campers. Join us.

Cost is FREE.
Oct. 20 – The 18th Annual Chirco.com Bugtoberfest at Chirco 8am – 2pm
The show as always promises to be one of the most fun times you can have with your air-cooled car in Arizona. People’s choice awards, club awards, engine blow, awesome raffle prizes (no junk), Big Rattlesnake Alley Swap Meet, Music, entertainment in the form of you aircooled clowns, big in-store savings, t-shirts, posters, and a few surprises await those who attend.

Cost to enter the show is FREE, Swapmeet space is FREE, Cost to attend is FREE 

This show does benefit the Foodbank of Tucson. A donation of non-perishable food items is appreciated. Our record is 1680 pounds of food collected at the show. Help us get a “Ton of Food” for people who really do need it.

 

Registration is open!  http://bugtoberfest18.eventzilla.net/

Adding Luggage to your Aircooled VW Deck Lid Rack…Chirco.com Style

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Having a piece of luggage strapped to your roof rack or in this case your deck lid rack on your Aircooled VW is nothing new. It’s a classic look that has been around for decades and there are countless ways to do it. We thought it would be cool to show you how we did it.

We knew we wanted a strapped look, but lets face it, getting custom straps and buckles made to fit can be pretty pricey. We decided we would do this on a budget of about $30.

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The first thing we did was hit up a local antique sale for a piece of luggage. We knew the dimensions were roughly 28″ x 14″ x 7″. That’s a nice size that won’t cover your back window and still fit the deck lid nicely. We found a piece for $10! The guy did try to get us to buy the full set of luggage he had, but since it was like 106 degrees out, he was easy to negotiate with.

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We wanted a clean look so we thought we’d take advantage of the deck lid bars.

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Chirco.com 2013 VW Classic Tour – A Visit to Rancho

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As I pulled up in front of Rancho, I remembered that I have had my freeway flyer for a couple few years and I love it….matter of fact most of the VW folk I know run Rancho trannys.

Mike met me at the counter and acted as my tour guide.

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I saw more tranny cores than I could count. It was pretty cool to see the assembly stations and get a look at the entire process.

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Chirco.com 2013 VW Classic Tour – A Visit to TMI

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You know, you might think visiting TMI would just be like visiting any vendor…right? Well…I was not aware of the sheer magnitude nor was I prepared for the moment Aaron opened the door and there I stood above the factory floor of TMI.

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I felt like Charlie in the chocolate factory. It was tremendous.

The facility is 160,000 square feet of sheer bad-ssery. Aaron told me that they have nearly 200 employees and they run multiple shifts. As we walked from shop to shop in the building it became clear early on that these guys are no joke. It’s no wonder we always recommend their stuff.

The systems that make the molds combine chemistry and engineering. They have robotic arms like the major automakers or those cool pop locking guys with the Ohio Players when they were on the Midnight Special.

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Chirco.com 2013 VW Classic Tour – Cruise to California Part 2

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On paper the next leg didn’t look too bad. 42 miles to Banning via PalmSprings and then cut through the Moreno Valley and drop into the SoCal area…..Wrong!!!

There’s a reason they have those giant Mercedes logo windmill things in Indio.

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The winds were high but nothing like recent events. (Our hearts go out to Oklahoma).

It was the speed with which the other cars were movin at that got to me. Their speedometers must have been spinning. I saw a bus full of nuns doing 100. They waved….but still….wow.
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Chirco.com 2013 VW Classic Tour – Cruise to California Part 1

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First lets start with the pre-trip stuff.

Before heading on a 400+ mile road trip in an air cooled VW, there’s a few things you need.

  • Parts of you need to be made of steel, if you get my drift.
  • You need a good plan
  • You need water…yes we live in the desert, and
  • You need a Chirco.com emergency kit…just in case
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    The first leg of the trip was short. Just 79 miles. I thought I heard an exhaust noise but it turned out to be the weird music I listen to. The car ran great so I just topped off the tank and headed on to leg 2.
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    Chirco.com 2013 VW Classic Tour – Picture Break

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    Bob admires his handy work. We think it’s time we amped it up and showed you the complete motor build. This is one of our favorite shots.

    Chirco.com 2013 VW Classic Tour – VW Roof Rack Redeaux

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    We decided it would be good to upgrade a few things on my car before we drove out to California.  The engine is one (that’s a biggie…more on that soon.)  and there are a few not so big things we thought would be fun to do.  One of those is rebuilding my roof rack, this is that tale.

    I purchased my roof rack from a friend 6 years ago, who purchased it from Chirco about 8 years ago.  The rack sees a lot of sun cause it’s blazin hot here in Tucson, AZ and my car is a true daily driver.  That being the case the wood was worn and the finish on the rack was a bit faded.  Now…I could have easily just ordered a new rack from Chirco, but I liked the look of the old wood and wanted to try something different….for me at least.  So the first thing I did was take the roof rack off the car and then I had the guys in the shop help me remove the rivets.  I did number the slats and put a direction indicator on the frame so I knew which slat went where.

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    It actually wasn’t too difficult.  We just got a drill and put in a bit that was a little smaller than the rivet and drilled them all the way through from the bottom.  The first couple I did went slow, but by number 4 or 5 I had rivet heads popping off like corks on New Years.

     

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    Next I took the wood slats home and sanded them a little.  I used a fine  grit which worked well for me.  I wanted to keep the texture of the wood intact.  The age was the coolest part to me.  After sanding I wiped the slats down with a moist cloth to get the dust off, then I let them dry.

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    Chirco.com is touring the VW Classic!

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    Chirco is pleased to announce that it will be touring the VW Classic this year!

    Over the course of the next couple of weeks you will be able to follow along with us as we take a motor we built, stick it in the car of one of our employees (his name is Lemorris…we know…we know.  🙂 )and send him on the road from Tucson, Arizona to sunny Southern California!

    He will be visiting several vendors as well as stopping by many of the events that take place during the VW Classic weekend.

    We will share our motor build and some of the other touch ups we did to the car as well.

    Lots of posts, pics, vids and just general fun to be had.

    Bookmark this page and come back often so you can be in the know.

    Yay!!

    Team Chirco 

    Chirco.coms Racktacular Event

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    Chirco.com will give away 1 Type 1 Roof Rack and 1 Type 1 Decklid Rack.

    To be eligible to win, you must post a pic of your aircooled vehicle (any type) and you must share one of the 3 Event Graphics on your wall. That’s it.

    All eligible names will be put into the prize bowl and a random person will pick the random winners on Saturday, April 20th at 12pm PST.

    Good Luck!!

    Note: Continental US only. Sorry.

    CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE FUN

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    Bugtoberfest 17! Oct. 20 – 21 @ Chirco Performance

    Arizona’s “funnest” Aircooled Weekend.

    Chirco.com presents Bugtoberfest 17. October 20 – 21 2012

    Come on down to Tucson and spend a weekend playing VW with us. This year activities include:

    Oct. 20 – Continental Breakfast at Chirco 8am – 10:30am
    Chirco friend and supporter Jerry Bobs will provide a semi buffet style breakfast. Eggs, meat, pancakes, fruit, you know…breakfast. Coffee and drinks available on site by Joe’s Coffee. Cost is FREE

    Oct. 20 – Crosstown Cruise 11:30am
    This year were just gonna cruise from one end of Speedway to the other. We’ll start far eastside and take our time driving across the entire city to the beautiful lookout destination called Gates Pass Cost is FREE

    Oct. 20 – Joe’s World Famous pre-show BBQ 3pm – 6pm AT Reid Park
    The BBQ will be held at Tucson’s largest park. Reid Park has this stuff called “grass”, and “shade”. There is also a lake, playground equipment, dog park, zoo, baseball, covered ramadas and plenty of space to stretch out and enjoy one of Joe’s big weenies. Cost is FREE

    Oct. 19 – 21 – The Red Barn Roundup
    All you Type 2 folk can camp on the property next door to Chirco. There’s room for all of you. Last year’s events included live music, raffles, prizes and an extreme amount of fun. The Tucson Bus Mob helps run this get together and they always do it right. The Red Barn Roundup has become a “must-do” event for many campers.   Join us Cost is FREE donations accepted.

    Oct. 21 – 17th Annual Chirco.com Bugtoberfest at Chirco 8am – 2pm
    The show as always promises to be one of the most fun times you can have with your air-cooled car in Arizona. People’s choice awards, club awards, engine blow, awesome raffle prizes (no junk), Big Rattlesnake Alley Swap Meet, Music, entertainment in the form of you aircooled clowns, big in-store savings, t-shirts, posters, and a few surprises await those who attend.

    Cost to enter the show is FREE, swapmeet space is FREE, Cost to attend is FREE

    This show does benefit the Foodbank of Tucson. A donation of non-perishable food items is appreciated. Our record is 1680 pounds of food collected at the show. Help us get a “Ton of Food” for people who really do need it.

    Save the date.

    We will update this listing with more information and maps and all kinds of stuff soon.

    October 20 – 21 2012
    Chirco Performance
    9101 E. 22nd Street
    Tucson, AZ 85710
    1-800-955-9795

    Chirco’s Air Cooled VW Technical Forum’s are over a Million Page Views

    Back in March of 2006 the staff at Chirco Performance had an idea on how to help answer questions about Air Cooled VW’s for people who view the site during hours our store is closed and launched the Chirco forum boards.  Back then these types of tools were not as popular as they were now a days and the staff debated on will it work or not and will visitors actually use it.

    The forums are almost six years old now and they are a major driving force to the Chirco online presence. The forums have been viewed 1,0843,589 times and has almost 3000 members. The staff here at Chirco has been very proud of the support we get from some of our long term forum members who help moderate the forums to keep them organized and running smoothly.

    Some of the most visited boards of our forums are;
    The Lounge
    Maintenance Articles
    and the 3 “Ask a question about ,,,” sections.

    If it been a while since you have visited them, stop by a take a look and scroll through the 44,500 posts in the 5535 topics that now populate the Chirco Air Cooled VW Technical Forums