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Cruises and Events / NZ 40th Custom Van Nationals
« on: March 04, 2016, 10:00:31 AM »
Hi all,

Well with just a couple of week to go till the Nationals in Blenheim, how many members on this site are planning on attending? Should be an awesome Nationals so hope to see you there.


Driveline / Front Spring Insulator
« on: November 17, 2015, 03:33:22 PM »
Hi all,

Does anyone know where to get either the rubber or urethane front spring insulator that sits between the bottom of the front spring and the lower suspension arm. These are pretty much unobtainable in NZ so thought you Aussie buggas might know where in Aussie they can be obtained. Be great if it's around the Sydney area as I'm over there week after next so can pick them up. The last ones I got were from Pedders in Auckland but they have since closed down.

Cheers in advance,

Cruises and Events / 2015 NZ Custom Van Nationals
« on: November 07, 2014, 09:26:04 AM »
Hi all you kiwi Bugga's,

The 2015 39th Custom Van Nationals will be held next Easter at Paeroa on the Hauraki Planes. As usual the event is run from Thursday evening 'till Monday morning and is a fully catered weekend, just BYO booze.
Details and entry form are in the attached PDF. As you can see discounted price ends 01 December so get your entry forms into me by then for the cheaper rate.
Any questions that aren't covered in the update, pm me and I'll answer them.

Hope to see you all there for a great weekend.


BUGA site information / Posting a PDF
« on: November 04, 2014, 12:11:17 PM »
Hi Admin,

Just wondering how do I go about posting a PDF into the coming events section? I have some info in PDF format on a run to post and don't want to convert it to jpg to post it.


The Sump / RIP Melanie Armstrong
« on: September 11, 2014, 02:59:23 PM »
Hi all,

It is with great sadness that tomorrow I say the final goodbye to my wife, solemate and best friend of 35+ years.  :( :'( :( :'( She passed away peacefully at home on Monday morning after a courageous 21 month battle with cancer. She was a vanner through and through and attended the first NZ Van Nationals with me way back in 1977 and nearly all others since. Our dream to attend a US National Truckin happened in 2012 when we attended the 40th US Nationals at Elkhorne, Wisconsin along with some fellow Aussie vanners. Awesome experience.

Her funeral will be held tomorrow 12th September at 2 pm at Forrests Funeral Services, 8 Glen Road, Browns Bay, Auckland and any vanners wishing to attend are most welcome to do so. Mel will be cremated following the service so will possibly be attending a few more van runs before we part for good.


« on: December 24, 2012, 06:27:53 AM »
Hi all,

Just thought I'd take this opportunity to wish all you fellow BUGGA's a very Merry Xmas and a wonderful New Year. Mine's not going to the best but we'll make the most of it.

Will be in touch again soon so have a great one wherever you are.


The Sump / US Van Nationals
« on: July 17, 2012, 02:29:03 AM »
Hi all,

Well the "Downunder" team survived the US Van Nationls and had an awesome time doing it. We met up with the Aussie team (Fres & Chrissy, Doug, Karen and Andrew, and Paul & Sue) in Chicago and headed off to the eVANt in 3 mini vans on Wednesday. Paul and I had booked 2 pop top campers and they were already installed and ready to go, including AC, when we arrived around 1pm. Fres and Doug were staying off site in motels. Dairyland Vanners, the host club, were great and helped us out with anything we needed. The Nats were at the local fairground at Elkhorn and swallowed up the 450 odd vans at the event. They had a tractor train bussing vanners around the site on a continuous loop, ice being delivered around the site, food vendors providing great food, on site T shirt printers, different live bands each night and plenty more.

We wandered around and met heaps of vanners we had only known on the net and checked out everything on site aand took heaps of photos. That night we partied with plenty of club at their sites, so much so that Fres ended up a bit crook the next day and didn't surface untill later on Thursday afternoon. Our neighbouring vanners were from Florida and they were great. Over the next few days we had aligator and moonshine with them. Too neat.

Thursday was clasification for the show, pub crawl, club games and general look around. More vans arrived and we managed to do some shoping in town. More partying that night. Mr Bill was the favorite place with heaps of blender drinks for free.

Friday was judging day and over 160 vans assembled in the main arena in rows determined by their judging clasification, ie early Chev, late Ford etc. Great photo ops there. That night was the bright and shine in the arena which was awesome and some very inventive light and laser displays. Judging didn't take too long and was all finished in about 4 hours. More partying.

Saturday was show day in town with a bit of a cruise. Any vans that arrived late and missed judging were judged there. Did I mention more partying.

Sunday was time to head off and due to distance, about half the site was empty by about 8 am. We left at pish and flew to LA from Chicago that afternoon.

All up an awesome weekend. Great vans, great people, great hosts and great to spend a bunch of time with the Aussie team. Well worth the money spent and will definately be returning, probably for the 45th in 2017. I see Fres has posted some photo's pics on the Southerncross website and I'll post some here if I can downsize them while we're here, otherwise it'll be when I get home in 4 weeks time. We're here in LA for this week then off to the desert before a week in Hawaii on the way home.

Talk to you all again soon.


The Sump / I'm Outa Here
« on: June 25, 2012, 11:15:12 AM »
at the end of the week.

Heading off on a 6 week R&R trip with the family to the US. Taking in the 40th US Van Nationals in Wisconsin about 1 1/2 hours north of Chicago from 11th to 15th July. Meeting up with some Aussie vanners (Fres & Chrissy, Paul & Sue Bullard and Doug, Karen & Andrew Davis) in Chicago, so will have a "Downunder onslaught" to stir the yanks up a bit. I'll see if I can post some pics etc while we're there but if that doesn't work I'll post a bunch when I get back mid August. Will try and keep in touch while on the road.

You never know, might even bring a van back.


CF Bedford Chat / CF Bedford Drawings
« on: April 04, 2012, 10:51:43 AM »
Hi all,

Been having a play around with Solidworks surfaces and thought it might be a good idea to create a 3D model of a CF using Solidworks surfaces. To this justice i need a good quality set of line drawings of a CF bedford. A quick search on the net came up with some not so good quality ones but mainly only front, side and rear views. I need a top view as well. Below is a drawing of an Audi to show you the sort of thing I'm after.

If anyone has some good drawings, or knows where some are, let me know so I can get this project underway. The end result should be pretty cool if I can get the drawings needed.



Exteriors and Interiors / Fibreglass flares, spoilers and other parts.
« on: January 20, 2012, 09:56:33 AM »
Hi all NZders,

Saw on Trademe the other day someone selling fibreglass flares, spoilers, bobtail, bonett, one piece rear doors and a few other bits so I contacted the guy. His name is Ray and he's based in Hamilton. He bought the old parts moulds from the crowd in Gisborne and is now producing the above CF parts again. They look pretty good and the prices seem reasonable. Check him out under services on Trademe, search for CF or call him on 0274909901 or 07 8540005.


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