Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas EVERYONE!

Merry Christmas to all! I hope everyone discovers something positive during this break (family, life, cars, motorcycles, machines, tools). I am in Minnesota and its cold just how I like it!! Check out all of the snow and ice. I re-discovered why I love Minnesota. What'll YOU share when you get back?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A couple of things to examine!


 ChriS Vallone posted about his visit on his website! Check it out.
ClassicVWbugs visits HTHS

Here is another full-build of an 82 VW beetle. It is super cool!
Click here for the 82 build up.

Here is another cool article about finding a good bug.
Click for the article.

Like an old Johnny Cash song, One piece at a time! Check out this guy's story:
I would love to have just the body to hang on my wall!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Bye Chris

Cappy is a beautiful example to follow! A HUGE thank you from all of us B.A.D. kids.

So proud!!

All you gotta do to learn is spend a little extra time. Welding is nothing to joke about!! Be proud of the small feats and stare challenges in the eye. I'm so proud of everyone. Remember in September you were all strangers cars. Now...

Classic VW Bugs Visit

Chris Vallone and his father Chris Vallone came by today to show us their 67 beetle. One year car 12v with all the cool styling of the 6v early cars. What a beaut. They offered many words of wisdom and lots of tips. We have a good idea of what they are supposed to look like and motivation is high! THANK YOU www.classicvwbugs.com !

Monday, December 10, 2012

Friday, December 7, 2012

Car Corner

Look how clean, look how organized, look at the teamwork, feel the excitement. We moved Beatrice today into her clean new home.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

We have lift off.

This was fun. The energy was high. It was like starting all over again. Excellent work everyone!!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


Attention Engine Team!

Hey Guys,
I wanted You guys to see this short video it'll probably be some help its from our neighbors; Classic VW Bugs, helped us out and gave us some tips on how to bring out the maximum performance out of a little VW motor.

Link: http://www.classicvwbugs.com/2012/09/26/classic-vw-bugs-how-to-improve-36hp-beetle-engine-motor-performance-boost-w-abarth/

Yours Truly,
Kelvin Batista

Monday, December 3, 2012


We took a stand and voted on a name. It is not "Herby". The juniors decided it would be "Beatrice". OK! Wednesday we are putting the body on the dolly.

Two page spread as well!!

In color :). What a great looking bunch. Thank You!! to the North Bergen Reporter.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

What is required for 6 Volt - 12 Volt system conversion.

Surfing the internet and found this beautiful site on what we need and what to look for when performing a  6 Volt to 12 Volt system conversion on a Volkswagon Beetle. http://www.speedyjim.net/htm/6v_12v.htm

Was searching for some answers

Instead I found more possibilities! Check out the links below: More information at your finger tips!!

Some basic engine info and numbers:

Cool Engine stand if we tear the motor apart:

Some cyclinder head work we could do if we want more power:

Teenager builds VW Beetle by herself (with professional advice of course):

Some blueprints:

Ghia tear down and build by same teenager:

Info on making a body dolly:

Person's blog on restoring and converting a beetle to Electric motor drive:

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Taking a stroll through Ault Park

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I'm in Ohio visiting family and spotted this little gem in the park. Can anyone guess what year this is?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Very carefully.

Yesterday the students pulled the doors off and began making templates for the door braces. Gotta keep the body square when we separate it from the pan. The engine team was still cleaning up the motor. Maybe today they will put it on a stand?!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Single-port vs. twin-port

Today the student groups made a great effort at explaining their findings to the other groups. I only captured some parts.

- Center of gravity on the bus.
- HORIZONTAL OPPOSED 4-cylinder air-cooled.
- bracing the door openings for the dolly
- hands on the car when working only

Look for our article in the pilot.

Check the link below.


We have our first article in the newspaper, the Cliffview Pilot! All of our names are listed; some are misspelled. No Big Deal. LOL

Friday, November 16, 2012

"Today was a good day"

My head was spinning today watching the groups at work. I am impressed more and more each day. There was deep research, deep cleaning, disassembly and inventory all happening at once. Mini lessons and challenges occurred flawlessly. WHAT GREAT FUN!