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This project was successfully funded on April 15, 2010.
29 Days To Go
In my last update, I asked that any potential questions be redirected my way to be addressed specifically in my next update. As such, here are a few I've received:
How much mechanical experience do you have?
I'd definitely say I'm a nerd at heart: I know about the CSS3 transition, historical battles and their outcomes, and the types (and class) of ships throughout the Star Trek series. But I've always considered myself pretty mechanical, too.
I've spent some time with this VW as I was growing up. I remember helping my dad rebuild the engine a couple of times when I was a kid, even if it was just holding a flashlight. He would show me how to change nuts and grease gears. I've always been interested in automobiles (my first word was "car") and with the knowledge he gave me I went on to play with my own vehicles as an adult. Now that I'm working on the VW again, I'm finding it an extremely easy-to-assemble and well built machine. Everything requires either a screwdriver or a wrench.
It's tough sometimes, but it always seems to come together in the end. I'm up for the challenge.
Can you really deliver on design?
In practice, I've been working as a designer on and off for the better part of a decade. My first real gig was doing print and web design as an intern in college when my instructor (who was heading the internship) and a couple of coworkers and I struck out on our own and started a start-up. It was good experience and taught me the value of a strong sales team.
Currently I'm a designer working for a studio in downtown Seattle by the name of Bullseye Creative. In my time here, I've worked with clients such as Microsoft, Seattle DOT, the City of Redmond, and Titan Outdoor. This last week we finished up a huge project with Emerald City ComiCon, which (with our help) more than tripled its attendance this year.
You can check out Bullseye at www.bullseyecreative.net
It's just a car. They pollute. What's the deal?
There is something about the simple elegance of an automobile that I think captivates the imagination, though it's a hard trait to define in speech or prose. They are a relatively new device originally created to reduce livestock maintenance, go further, and travel faster than what was, 150 years ago, undreamed of.
They are, in short, a marvel of human ingenuity.
And like much of human ingenuity, they are at the expense of the environment. It hasn't been until the last decade that significant strides have been made to finally reduce their footprint -- even the phrase "carbon footprint" predates these efforts. The Volkswagen was developed at a time when little consideration was given to emission standards, and yet it remained a thrifty car with good gas mileage. To be fair, it gets better miles-to-gallon than my economic commuter car (series 2001) gets. It continues to exist as a green car even in this age of hybrids.
However, my goal isn't to drive the VW. It's to restore it so that future generations can enjoy it the same way we might enjoy a Model-T. It will be a fun novelty of the twentieth century -- a century that is slowly drifting away.
This Volkswagen is a keepsake, and it's one near-and-dear to my heart. My hope is it will evoke a feeling of nostalgia for everyone, of any age, that sees it driving down the road. This is a Kickstarter project of smiles and waves for future years.