Important Note:

Saturday, April 27, is the ABC tour of the Herpetological Sanctuary and then cruise for lunch at Local Jonny’s in Cave Creek. It’s also a celebration of life for Mark Peck, who organized the luncheon last year and who was organizing this years event when he sadly suddenly passed. Paid ABC members can come and bring guests. I need to know who’s coming to have enough tour guides and seats at the restaurant. Tours are free at the sanctuary for members and guests and one has to pay for their own meals and drinks at the restaurant. Please email me directly by 8 am tomorrow (April 20th) with numbers of people you are bringing on the tour and numbers at the restaurant and how many buses at the restaurant so spots can be reserved. 

Thanks, 

Russell Greene 

rtgreene58@gmail.com

Welcome to the Arizona Bus Club

Where air-cooled VW enthusiasts share their knowledge, enjoy the outdoors and support local charities!

What's Going On?


The Raffle Bus is Coming
Along Nicely

The work's almost done, as we're getting down to the nitty gritty. John is working on the wiring this week and he'll provide a list of what's left to do soon. Click "More Info" to view our timeline of images and you'll see how hard this crew has worked.
See the Blog Post about
the work done on Saturday April 6th

Phoenix Herpetological
Sanctuary Tour

Saturday, April 27, 2024
RSVP to Russell by April 20th

This is a free ABC event for all current (paid) members and their guests.
Please let Russell know if you will be attending the tour and/or the Luncheon. Click "More Info" for his information. 

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Buses Bugs & Brews
Saturday, May 4, 2024

Join us for a day of old VWs, swaps,
games, music, food and fun! 


Help us spread the word about these upcoming events!

General Meeting
Wednesday, May 15, 2024

 Join us for our next general meeting where we discuss Club business and upcoming events. Interested in becoming a member? See what it's all about. We'd love to have ya!

Forever Young, AZ Campout
May 17 - 19th, 2024

All Volkswagens and campers are welcome! There will be an "optional" donation box to support the local charity of Young, AZ.
More info to come.

ABC Jamboree 
Sept. 19 - 22, 2024

We're excited to announce a new location! Nestled in the Coconino National Forest, this venue will give us room to grow. 

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ABC Jamboree Raffle Prize Donations

We're Looking for Jamboree Raffle Prizes!

Along with our Raffle Bus, we also raffle off smaller items. If you own a business and would like to donate something you think our VW community would like or could use, we would truly appreciate it. We will announce both businesses and individuals during the raffle and post everyone who makes In-Kind Donations prominently on our Sponsor Page.

Note:  Raffle tickets can only be purchased at the event for $1 each. Must be present and wearing an event wristband to win. Anything less is a deal-breaker!


The Bus Blog

April 2024

Things are Coming Together Nicely

Yesterday was a real turning point in this year's Raffle Bus build. Our to do list was shortened by a lot because of everyone's hard work and tremendous effort.First, we had a very welcomed visit by two members of our distinguished board, Sandi and Rob. It was good to see them. Rob was able to stay all morning while Sandi, very wisely, had other obligations. Thanks for coming.

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March 2024

Raffle Bus Work - Week of Mar. 17 - Mar. 23, 2024

Who says this group doesn’t know how to have fun? John orchestrated pure chaos as we worked to finish the bus by the self-imposed deadline of April 1st. It’s not looking hopeful, but we are trying. Ed and Bill led the crusade in putting in the non-movable windows flawlessly. They were like well-oiled machines, directing us to push here and there, as Ed pulled the string, and the stationary windows fell into place. Our only hold up is not having a source for the seals for the two sliding (Jalousy-like) windows.  Without the seals, we can’t put the windows in. Dave C. is the guru to put in the wing windows and the rolling front windows. Unfortunately, we can’t progress unless we get a new wing window for the passenger side. The front bumper got mounted (Roy had banged it into shape), but the rear bumper bracket on the driver’s side was bent from a prior accident. Ed and Greg tried some persuasion (a bigger hammer), but it didn’t work. The bumper still appeared lop-sided (you know there’s trouble when someone is swinging a sledge hammer at a freshly painted bus). Jim J. says he thinks he has some bumper brackets that we can use. He will bring them from Prescott next week. By the way, can you believe he is driving from Prescott to NE Phoenix to have this fun? It’s great having him and his wealth of knowledge to help us. Clinton, our youngest helper (here for his 4th bus-build), added sound-proofing material and removed window stickers that Joe Joe said had to go. As is our new tradition, any club or organization supporting ABC financially or morally that wants to add their sticker to our back window, they can. The remainder of the afternoon was spent working to get the pop top back onto the bus. This was a tricky proposition, especially with a newly painted bus. John had erected some scaffolding and, using Plan D (the first 3 plans didn’t work), we got the top into place. This was a major feat, and we could then see that all of John’s hard work to get the sides of the top straight paid off. The edges now sit perfectly in the rain gutters all around. Kudos to John for figuring out the needed fix and implementing it.  One may ask, what did Russell do?  He took pictures, lots of grief, followed orders, and ate seconds of Greta’s wonderful chili and of Sue M’s yummy chocolate cherry cake. Oh, the floors were laid earlier in the week by Ryan and Russell, and the upper bed was installed. Both look nice! I guess that sums it up. There’s still lots to do, and not much time to do it, especially if we can’t find the right seals and wing window.

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February 2024

Started Painting the Inside Today!

Wayne Olsson and Mark Peck were the two shining stars today for the bus club. Both worked tirelessly to get the job done. We prepped the bus for painting the back area inside and floor. Boy, did Wayne do a great job, as always.  All white inside. Some welding still needs to be done, but we left these areas covered by tape so they are untouched. Waiting until the next time the welding crew can finish them off. While Wayne was painting, Mark stained, and then sprayed Varathane on some of the wood for the bed and table.  Although these areas are not really that visible, they will look good!! Oh, speaking of looking good, this bus is going to be real nice (both inside and out). Start saving your money for raffle tickets. You will really want to win this one.There will NOT be a bus-build on Saturday 2/17/24, since many of us are going to Naked Dates campout. There will be one on Saturday 2/24/24. If you can’t make Saturdays and want to help, we are working other days of the week, so get in touch and we can let you know what we are doing on what days. 20 hours of volunteer work on the bus gets you a cool limited edition T-shirt saying you worked on the bus.

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Raffle Bus Work - Week of Feb. 4-10, 2024

What a super week, ending in a super day, all by super players. I’m not referring to Taylor and Travis as the stars. Instead, I am referring to our own bus club members who are making the raffle bus a real super jewel. John Manning has been the all-around player. He started by figuring out a way to straighten the edges of the pop top so it would fit in the rain gutter channels. Russell and he implemented his plan on Monday and Tuesday by gluing metal rails onto the sides with industrial-strength glue that binds to the fiberglass. His calculations worked and the sides of the pop top are now straight as an arrow. John sanded smooth many of the rough spots on the roof and followed Phil’s suggestion of a way to use a special epoxy to fill holes after they were sanded and rust was eliminated. Greg, Mark, and Russell worked on the inside cabinet to make it look great. New doors and a lower drawer were made. The countertop with sink and faucet, along with a slider for the gas stove is being devised. John prepared a nice sheet metal piece for the passenger floorboard. All this was done before the super crew came today to get a ton of work done. It is amazing how the team can do so much.  We had a pleasant surprise with our own Sergeant of Arms, James Jones driving down from Prescott to help us with welding. He and Bill worked as a tag team to get the floor boards mostly done. Ed brought the bus club compressor out of storage, then expertly created a 220 Volt circuit from the electrical panel so that the compressor could be used. He also worked on other jobs that needed his skills. The compressor was found to be leaking, so he figured it out so that all that is needed is a regulator, of which, Bill has spares in his drawers at home. Brian worked tirelessly today cleaning and prepping the luggage rack for the upcoming paint job. Dave C. worked tirelessly hunched over the engine to finish the painting and then worked on the inside body work. He did this, all while, he had a sore back. Mark P. was like Picasso. He created works of art out of the top bed that has to be replaced for reasons not mentionable. The stain job he did was a masterpiece. Through this all, Wayne was working to smooth out spots that needed it and consulting on what was going to be needed for the upcoming paint day. Roy made a special visit with the bumpers he had somehow miraculously straightened. He also brought with him fabric for which we came to a consensus for the upcoming bus interior. It is going to look snazzy. As in the past, Greta made a super feast including Caribbean vegetable stew and a tropical fruit salad. Fresh squeezed lemonade was a hit too.If you want to join in the fun mark your calendar and plan to join us on a Saturday. Check the calendar to see what is planned. If you want to come during the week, let us know, It is likely something can be worked out. There will not be a bus build on Saturday 2/17/24, as many of us are going to the Naked Dates campout. The following Saturday 2/24/24 likely will have one.

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Raffle Bus Work Day - Saturday, Feb. 3, 2024

How time flies when you are having fun! That’s what we had today, fun, fun, fun. Oh, and we got a lot done in a short amount of time. We thank Sue (Susan) Rice for the donuts which none of us should have had, but we all had to “try”. It’s amazing that with 10 workers (John, Dave C, Sue R, Russell, Brian, Ed, Bill R, Wayne, Clinton, Ray and Greta) a lot gets done. Dave prepped and painted the engine compartment a nice black color. Now, it looks like you can eat off those tins. Ed, the jack of all trades- did body prepping, sanded the dash and painted it black- to perfection. Sue cleaned the nasty windows and removed peeling window tint to bring renewed beauty to them. Brian carefully removed rivets and prepped the crusty luggage rack for painting. Clinton worked on the wire wheel to clean screws, washers and parts from the luggage rack so all would be ready for re-installation. Bill fought with the ABC welder. Last week, he had resurrected it after many years in storage. Unfortunately, in its maiden voyage it seemed that the welding wire was too small (0.23 mm) and kept jamming in the machine. He did get a small previously rusted area in the driver’s foot area cleanly patched. John worked on prepping the windows that Phil had repaired so that the small pinpoint holes from the rust area would be sealed. He used a thin layer of fiberglass-filled bondo over the places that had been welded. Allowed that to cure, then gently sanded it smooth. The areas now look to be water-tight. Wayne further sanded and smoothed the bus surface defects so that when it is painted, it will go on smooth. Russell helped with some sanding and prep work for the welding. Ray appeared later in the day, and helped with some body work. Greta prepared a feast with yummy spaghetti and salad with watermelon for dessert. A true feast! We are getting close to painting-time. One or two more weekends, and we will be there. 

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Spellman Hardwoods Supports ABC

What a great place. If you haven’t been, and you need wood for a project, you should check this place out. I spoke to Tom (the head there) about ABC and their mission. He pulled up our website, and he could see the raffle bus being worked on. He agreed to tremendously discount the lumber needed, in an effort to help our cause.Today, Wayne came by to prep the body, now that Phil has repaired the holes in the body. Wayne was on a mission to get body looking great, but he took the time to answer our numerous questions. He got most of the outside dents sanded and primed. John worked on grinding and smoothing out some of the weld spots. He was limited, because the compressor just wasn’t strong enough. Greg and John supervised and shook their heads, as Russell made his usual basic wood-working errors. They then got him on track as Mark and Russell cut the ¾ inch plywood from Spellman’s for the upper bed. This now needs to be lightly sanded, stained and have a coat or two of Varathane before it is installed.John received the lift springs and bearings for the pop top from Salim at Country Homes and Campers. They have been great to work with and also generous in their support. They sent brand new springs and bearings. They actually roll like they are supposed to-imagine that! This top will hopefully raise and lower with a pinky!

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January 2024

Phil Saves the Day!

Once again, Tie-Dye Phil (Phil Schramm) stepped up and saved the ABC with his excellent body work. We are on a time-line to get the raffle bus back together, and Phil was able to fit us into his busy schedule and donate his time. He also gave lessons to John and Russell on how to remove rust spots and weld in good metal. This last weekend, we had discovered some rust that needed to be removed before we can progress to painting the bus. Mark Peck was once again generous with his time, truck and trailer today. He picked up the raffle bus bright and early this morning and drove us out to Phil’s place (over 2 hours from Mark’s home in Cave Creek). Mike Baleda was there to supervise the work, so it got done right. We removed rust by the back side light, and several holes along the window lines. We will hopefully be able to finish up the repairs tomorrow. Afterwards, Mark will transport the bus back to Russell’s garage. It will be ready for the bus build, 9 am-ish next Saturday 2/3/24. Be there or be square.

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Donations

As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, donations are a big part of what allows us to do what we do, including hosting events throughout the year to raise money for Arizona charities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can non-members attend the monthly meetings?

Sure! But we hope you'll consider becoming a member to help the club grow. As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, we work hard to support local charities and your membership dollars contribute to that.

What events does the club host other than the Jamboree?

  • Seven Springs Campout - free for current (paid) members only. 2025 date to be determined.
  • Phoenix Herpetological Sanctuary Tour - free for current (paid) members and their guests - Apr. 27th
  • Buses Bugs & Brews - Four Peaks Brewing Co. (Wilson Street) - May 4th
  • Retro Nights - Larry H. Miller Volkswagen (Avondale) - Jun.
  • APS Light Parade (Central Phoenix) - Dec.
  • Christmas Party Campout- free for current (paid) members only - Date TBD

    Check our Events Page for details for 2024.

Do you have to own a bus to become a member?

Nope, however, it's a great way to learn more about vintage air-cooled buses before you invest in one. Especially if you're willing to help out at our Raffle Bus Work Parties. Not only will you get your hands dirty, but you'll get to know some members and get a free lunch to boot!

What Charities do you Support?

The list is long over the years, however, here are some charities we've recently supported. Jerome Volunteer Fire Dept., Walter Hive, 4 Wheels 4 Good, Liberty Wildlife, The Ryan House, Dogs 4 Vets, Hospice of Arizona, and Sleep in Heavenly Peace.

The Arizona Bus Club is a 501(c)(3) Charity. For more information please contact us at info@arizonabusclub.net