Euro Hangar 2016 Pre-Meet

Hey SFTG, just got back from Holland, MI last weekend. I was attending Euro Hangar for the first time ever and I brought the camera along to decidedly NOT be lazy and try to bring you guys some good ol' coverage. I got into Holland early enough to attend a pre-meet that was held the evening prior to the event and snapped just a couple pics of some of my favorite cars in attendance. For those of you who have known me for a while and have seen/read some of my coverage from the Lower Standards and Codukt Co. blogs, then you know that I don't do coverage the usual way. I like to take detail shots and be more creative to bring a different point of view to you guys. These shots better reflect how I look around at car meets, the things I notice, the details I see, and the atmosphere I'm in. That being said, this is not a "blanket" coverage.

I decided to lead off this set with the photo that I feel best represents the whole vibe of the meet. I got to meet some new people and see some builds I've never encountered before. This E30, albeit a work-in-progress, was definitely one of my favorite cars at the meet. The fitment stole my heart. The photo though, more importantly, captured the feel of the meet. Golden hour, shooting the shit with friends, and great looking euros. Enjoy the rest guys!

Euro Image Tuning Wiper Delete Plug Install

Took 15 minutes the other day and decided to install my Euro Image Tuning rear windshield wiper delete plug on my MkIV R32. Took a few photos along the way to document the process.

Before:

Essentially you just pull off the wiper, then the inside trunk plastic, then the wiper motor, and install the plug. There is a couple great videos on YouTube on how to do all that. The part I had an issue with is how people plug the line for the washer fluid. I wanted to share my simple and easy solution. Let's face it, most of you guys will never reinstall that wiper motor or wiper. If I sell the car, I will sell it with the plug. So know that it's garbage, I grabbed some pliers and broke off the male tube connection from the wiper motor and decided to make it into a plug.

There ended up being some sort of copper tubing beneath the plastic, so I crimped it with some pliers and then filled the center with clear sealant. Now I have a nice little water tight plug in case I ever accidentally actuate the rear washer and to prevent any washer fluid from leaking inside the rear hatch. I like this method because it utilizes the OE clips to secure the line to the wiper motor (see image below). 

After the plug was connected I used some zip ties to secure the tube and the wiring securely inside the hatch where it won't impede the trunk plastic once reinstalled. Job done. Love it!

A/C Works Again!

A/C stopped working in the MkV GLI and Melissa daily drives it so I had to get it fixed. When it comes to A/C repairs I'm a little out of my depth... But what was wrong simply upsets me... 

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Boucher VW in Franklin handled the repair (awesome by the way, never had a single issue with customer service, make sure Jason is your service manager!). Anyways, I get a call about an hour after I drop it off that a connector was unplugged... Everything works now... WOW! Relieved that it wasn't an expensive repair, but also upset that I didn't just atleast check the connectors myself... Could've saved a little dough. Oh well.

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Important thing is that Melissa is happy she has A/C again, especially right before summer kicks off here in WI. Anyways, so I pulled to the side of the dealership and was digging the white wall so I grabbed a few photos. I experimented with a different editing style, just to learn new things and play around outside of my comfort zone. I think I will do a lot of experimenting in this blog. Feel free to let me know what you think! 

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I guess I should start my Physics homework now... 

Creative Breaks

Took a small "creative break" after a day of school work and wandered around downtown to meet up with a local photographer/vlogger Martin Moore Jr. I wanted to try my hand urban photography. Didn't get to spend much time down there, but I decided to experiment with some new editing styles. Played around with different color profiles and textures. Here's a couple I enjoyed from today! 

 

Martin, doing vlogging things. 

Martin, doing vlogging things. 

Looking down Water St. across from Chase Tower. 

Looking down Water St. across from Chase Tower. 

The kitties!

This evening was so nice and our balcony gets coated in a warm light during the evenings golden hour, so I took out the camera and grabbed a few shots of my cats! Meet Kinkerton and Norah.

Tacos!

I love visiting my sister out in Tosa, because I usually stop by Bel Air Cantina! I got prime parking this time and I couldn't help myself, had to grab a pic!

Abandoned Texas Ranch House

Testing out some new editing styles and just trying to have fun with it! I enjoy shooting things that are out of my comfort zone, I feel more free to try new things and test the waters with different editing styles. I love how these two came out!

An old roto-tiller left in the backyard, so cool!

An old roto-tiller left in the backyard, so cool!

The shed along the side of the ranch house had the Texas state wildflower growing next to it!

The shed along the side of the ranch house had the Texas state wildflower growing next to it!

Dubs in the Valley 9

This is the space I will be posting my day to day thoughts and photos! I hope to keep you guys involved and tuned in by giving you fresh content as much as I possibly can!  

To kick things off I'll start by posting a photo from a great show called "Dubs in the Valley."  This was the 9th annual "DIV" and actually the first time I could attend, since I had just moved back into the Milwaukee area from Hawaii. Being just a short two hour drive to Oshkosh, WI, the "Volkswagen Owners of Milwaukee" or "VooM" decided to host a cruise up to the show. It's always fun rolling down the highway in a group of 20 or so cars.

Mitch's 20th AE MkIV GTI at DIV

Mitch's 20th AE MkIV GTI at DIV

Since this was my first car show in the Midwest I was pleasantly surprised by how big the VW community is out here! Being a VW enthusiast myself it was very refreshing to know that so many people here share the same passion. There were so many unreal builds there it was crazy! Unfortunately I didn't get many pictures, as per usual at car shows I was just having a good time meeting new people, making new friends, and meeting up with old friends.

The show itself was a blast! Located on top of a parking garage with great views of downtown Oshkosh and the Fox River. Although it was quite hot and sunny that day, that didn't stop anyone from walking around, hanging out, and grabbing some drinks to stay cool. I did, however, forget to bring chairs, which was a mistake. I will definitely be attending this show in years to come and already looking forward to next years event!

I did end up leaving the show early to scour around Oshkosh to find a good photo-shoot location. I had two shoots lined up to take place after the show as the sun was setting, and I needed to find the perfect location.

Michal's MkVI GTI, more can be seen here. 

Michal's MkVI GTI, more can be seen here

So as it turns out, there is a huge industrial area very close to downtown Oshkosh, after driving around for an hour I finally stumbled across the perfect spot behind what looked to be a local machine shop. So I texted Michal and Mitch with an address and had them meet me there! 

Michal's MkVI GTI, more can be seen here. 

Michal's MkVI GTI, more can be seen here

This location ended up working quite well, the cinder block wall had a white washed look to it and provided the perfect backdrop to Michal's carbon steel grey GTI. 

By the time I had finished Michal's car, Mitch in his 20th Anniversary Edition GTI had already pulled up and I got right to work getting in all the shots I needed before we lost the light. Be on the lookout for the photos of his car dropping soon! 

-Swiper