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Doing something good for a Marine – OoRah!
« on: July 27, 2013, 03:20:02 PM »
Greetings. 

This is one of two build threads for a project that is near and dear to me.  We are going to be “pimping” a ride for an active duty USMC member.  Why?  Well, because without folks like him doing what he does, folks like me would not be able to do what I do.  So, with some help from a few friends we have been collecting parts and cash donations to get this project started.  I will monitor / update a total of three “build threads.”  One here, one at another off road site and the “give forward” thread.    So the plan? 

Well, that is in the works.  But, here is the back story and a link to give of yourself to say “thank you” to Staff Sargent Ryan O. 
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Re: Doing something good for a Marine – OoRah!
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2013, 03:20:15 PM »
We are looking to finish a project for a Marine. He is on active duty and currently stationed in Virginia. Staff Sergeant “O.” His brother asked for some help, and well, having a soft spot for off road in general and Baja bugs in particular I decided I would take this ball and run with it. I have a long history of “do good projects” in the off road world.

So who am I? Well, on various off-road forums I go by the screen name “yummi.” My real name is Jeffrey S. Aal. But this is not about me.

This is about Staff Sergeant O. and his service to our country. So what exactly is the project? Well, this is a resurrection of his high school ride. That’s right, he drove this car in high school. After high school he joined the Marines and has had deployment all around the world to include stints in Afghanistan. As often happen, he fell in love. The lucky lady? Yes, a Marine as well. Two young boys and a few years later he decided it was time to resurrect the bug from its faded glory of high school days. Pictures of its current state are attached. This project is pretty well complete. We are effectively going to finish it. We will be starting a “build thread” on two sites for folks to follow the progress of this build. We can use your help via cash or if you are local to the Phoenix area and can twist a wrench via direct work.

This young man is not expecting a car transformation while he is away. It will be our gift to him to say “thank you for your service.” My past experience in this type of thing is that it is always paid forward and I suspect he will be very grateful. Our goal to fully “Pimp his ride” is $5,000.00 and some work / parts. We have Jason @ AZPConcepts (http://www.azpconcepts.com/) helping out currently on the finish fabrication and some of the board members from various off road websites such as DTSFab.com and the Samba.

Our goals? Create a safe and reliable “Fast Attack” vehicle for Ryan and his boys to rip through the desert in and create some memories.

Every bit helps, and no donation is too small to make a difference. I will be working on a parts list should you have some stuff in your garage. Currently on our wish list besides cash is the following:
VW Experienced Mechanic – it runs, but needs some love
Side Glass
Rear Fenders
A paint job
Various off road bits and pieces – have a set of lights sitting around?

Again, thank you in advance for supporting a current active duty serviceman, his former Marine wife and their two young boys.


For you Face Book friends, if you could share this link, it would be appreciated.

P.S. – I am looking forward to meeting him and chasing he and his boys through some dusty trails just to watch their smiles.

Here is a link if you want to donate:
https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/fcs2/doing-something-good-for-a-marine-oorah-

« Last Edit: July 27, 2013, 03:38:07 PM by Yummi »
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Re: Doing something good for a Marine – OoRah!
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2013, 03:36:33 PM »
Here she sits.  A very good start to upgrade / finish.  Personally I have not yet inspected the car.  Jason at AZPConcepts and I are going over this week to take an up-close and personal look and get a final plan.  From looking at the pictures looks like glass, rear fenders, mirrors, some fab work re: possible nerf bars, address some potential safety issues, etc.  Would really like to swing a full paint job.  That is the one thing that will cost the most.  If you are in the Phoenix area and can work a spray gun, let me know.  I figure we can have a pizza and wet sanding party on day to get the prep done with minimal costs. 











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Re: Doing something good for a Marine – OoRah!
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2013, 05:19:29 PM »
EXCELLENT project. I'll look around the shop to see if I have some things that might help.
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Re: Doing something good for a Marine – OoRah!
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2013, 05:33:41 PM »
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Re: Doing something good for a Marine – OoRah!
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2013, 10:15:31 AM »
I've seen that bug on the Samba.

Your a good dude Yummi !
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Re: Doing something good for a Marine – OoRah!
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2013, 01:05:30 PM »
I've seen that bug on the Samba.

Your a good dude Yummi !

Yes, we have a build thread there as well.  Trying to get soe VW folks to chip in - ride is pure VW baja.

Thanks for the kind words, but you just don't know me well enough.  Then I am pure evil. 
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Re: Doing something good for a Marine – OoRah!
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2013, 02:26:04 PM »
Sign me up for the rear fenders Yummi.  Find what looks good and send me the link.  You've seen the car so you know what will look nice.   I'll look into a nice set of KC highlighters to go in that top bar.  How about a fuel cell?  There is one on The other site for sale.  I could have it drop shipped to where you got the car. 
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Re: Doing something good for a Marine – OoRah!
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2013, 02:36:10 PM »
Let's see, i just bought 4 7" HID lights from hondajim and i will probably never use them. I think they are the 55watt, 2 of them are spots and 2 of them are floods. Let me know if they will fit his light bar.

Link to ad http://www.glamisdunes.com/invision/index.php?showtopic=278731

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Re: Doing something good for a Marine – OoRah!
« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2013, 02:54:31 PM »
Thanks, lights and fenders are huge!  I am supposed to see car this week.  It is reported to be a runner.  So, I dont know about fuel cell.  Trying my dangest to find a local VW mechanic.  Them things escape me. 

Thanks again.  Will post up some more pictures when it is inspected.
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Re: Doing something good for a Marine – OoRah!
« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2013, 11:04:11 PM »
Pm me with a parts list. I will jump on it and see if I get some donations for the cause. Nothing feels beter than seeing pure joy and shock on the familys face when you give them the car. Good work sir.
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« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2013, 04:41:42 AM »
Thanks again guys, I am looking forward to getting the parts list put together. 

All of the servicemen deserve much more gratitude than they get.  I can't help them all, but with your help we can and will make a difference for this one. 
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Re: Doing something good for a Marine – OoRah!
« Reply #12 on: July 29, 2013, 01:46:14 PM »
Hey everyone just wanted to introduce my self a little bit.  I'm Jason Miller.  Born and raised here in phoenix and own a little fab shop (azp concepts) out in Mesa.  You may have never heard of me and that's ok because I do not take pride in just getting a project out the door but rather doing the project right one vehicle at a time.  Jeff called me up and told me about this and I had to jump on board right away.  I'm a pretty simple guy but theres really only a couple true dreams that I have in this world and one surprisingly enough is to be at a level to where I can spend each day giving back to those who serve our country with surprises when they come home in one way or another.  I ask for nothing in return, it is merely the joy that I receive from it that is priceless so when Jeff mentioned it I knew this would be the start to a long life goal of a way for me to give back and no this will not be my last one but rather the first of many to come each year.  So now that we have that out of the way we can get back to who this is all about.  I will be right next to Jeff trying to help source everything out and any of you can contact me at any time if need be (480-326-3339 or azpconcepts@yahoo.com)  Thank you to everyone who has already helped and stepped up to the plate with donations because as a community whole we can truly make a difference one vehicle or surprise at a time.  If it weren't for these men and woman we would not be able to enjoy life as we know it on a day to day basis.  I am currently trying to set up a painter and a booth but once again if you have someone in mind please let us know.  Once Jeff and I get over to see it we will get a full list together and we will make sure everyone has it.  From there we can truly move forward and get this project finished.  I look forward to this and thank you personally for everything that you guys can help with.
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Re: Doing something good for a Marine – OoRah!
« Reply #13 on: July 29, 2013, 02:07:30 PM »
Welcome to the site and thank you for stepping up to help. It is nice to find people willing to do for others expecting nothing in return but the good feeling you get for doing it.

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« Reply #14 on: July 29, 2013, 02:29:15 PM »
Welcome Jason.  So glad you stepped in to help.  Hope to meet up with you some day and shake your hand.   And again welcome to the this site. 
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