View Full Version : Bugly Bonanza '06 - April Fools Meet

04-04-2006, 04:04 PM
Please, PM me with any corrections or additions of names and such that you have. I did my best at remembering everyones names, but it just got so big, I lost track. My goal is to have everyone identified the best I can, so please set me know who you are and what picture your in and I'll try to fix it. (right click on the picture and look at properties, jot down the last 4 digits of the .jpg number at the top of the pop-up properties box).

Bugly Tools and Services takes it over the top........


Roger and Johnny along with the rest of the Bugly Headquarters staff, obviously had been very busy making sure that all preparations for Bugly's April Fools Meet was as good as it could be. According to Roger, this is the first time he's seen parts of his shop in a long time, and doesn't even remember some of the stuff he found. Roger will tell you that they just kinda threw things together, but I saw a lot of attention to taking care of folks and making sure that everyones needs were attended to. I quess you can say that sometimes the unexpected happens, and all you can do is punt. Well, this was one of whose last minute game winning field goals, that eveyone will remember far after the season is over, and has been entered in the history books.

Activities Underway

I arrived on Friday afternoon, and there was already a garage full of "Bench Racers", and I could tell that Roger had already given up on trying to keep things under control. It's a wise man who knows that control is an illusion. Gator was already there, Kerry had pulled in and unloaded several machines, and Mike and Spanky had dropped by Mittler Bros on their way in from Iowa, and brought a new "bead roller" down for show and tell. Several projects were already underway. Ron Gibson was getting a Ford Pickup hood ready for the "Lucky's Louvers" presswork with help from Andy Bird, and Mike Wahl, while Jerry Kelly was putting a patch panel on another fender he had brought with him.

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Matt and Johnny kept themselves busy for a time discussing a "Bondo Buck" that had been made of a truck dashboard, and an unusual but very versatile "radius gauge" being displayed, while Bob and Mark pondered the finer details of Paul's new "multi-purpose metal shaping machine".

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'49 Studebaker Pick-up Bed Project

There were several projects going on in different parts of the shop, well two shops actually. Friday night saw work on Andy's 1949 Studebaker pick-up bed with a lot of help from Paul and Jerry and others helping to remove the old rusted out backwall. If my foggy memory serves me right, by the time the shop finally got closed up for the evening at about 1:30 AM, Johnny, Ron and Matt had joined in, and they had fabricated a new blank doublewalled sheetmetal backwall all bent up and ready for final fit.

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Bugly's new Post Dolly stand

"Rookie" Phil showed up with his version of Wray's post dolly design, painted up with the "Bugly" logo and all. He brought along Caleb, Rick, and Josh. It wasn't long before he was able to talk Chris into laying down some "pin striping" on his work of art.

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The Artists at work

Artist Chris did several "pin striping" projects for other guys including one of Kerry's E-wheels for Grant (bottom left), a Welding Helmet for Tim D, and spent a lot of time teaching others the finer point of pinstriping. Top left looking on is Tim, Phil, Dave, Rick, Nick and Uncle Johnny. On the right, Phil, Rick and Nick look on as Chris helps Caleb with a little instruction. One of the outstanding projects was Andy's "Flame-out" which started out as "E-wheel embossing", then turned into a lesson in "relief by bead rolling", then ended in "color by flame annealing" and "texture by sanding" (bottom left). It Really turned out beautiful.

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Bench Racing and other Pastimes

Gator had hauled in all the way from Maryland, Keith from Sedalia MO, John "Boogiemanz" Brown from Tulsa OK,(with stories of 3 flat tires and being stuck in traffic west of St Louis for hours), and Doug Hawkins all the way up from Oblong, IL. Meanwhile, Mark who hauled in from "parts unknown" visited with Roger, who hauled all the way in from "across the parking lot", with Hostess cupcake in hand.

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Friday afternoon and evening was full of "get-togethers" all around the shop, as old friends and new, caught up and shared "tall tales" and a lot of good laughs.

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Gator and John, Tim and Chad, along with Kerry and Mike, doing a little catching up. Earlier outside, Gator with Tim and Matt.

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At right, Tim was demonstrating the Bead Roller for David, Chad and Nick.

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Roger visits with friends Ed Wargo, his son Mike and his girlfriend. Chad and David chat in the background. Below left, Big Mike caught me snapping a picture of him and BoogieJohn and Chad.

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The Saturday Afternoon Rush

For most of the afternoon on saturday, the shop was pretty crowded with all the projects underway, and all the visitors and friends that were taking in all the sights and sound. It was a real "party" atmosphere, and everyone was having a great time visiting and working together. These two pictures only show the main shop. There was another whole group in the welding area, and outside doing some painting. The Studebaker truck bed was moved next door into the other shop building, and there was a crew working on that project.

The sign-up sheet showed 104 attendees, and I'm bettin' at least a least a couple of dozen visitors didn't sign in. All in all, it was a huge event.

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Lucky's Louvers

Ron Gibsons hood was the first to go under the "louver press" on saturday, under the watchfull eye of Uncle Johnny. Grant had his done on Sunday.

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Metal Shaping 101

As is tradition at MetalMeet events, Kerry Pinkerton gave his sought after "Metal Shaping 101" seminar, which must have set a record lasting 3 full hours. The group of attendees kept Kerry busy with lots of enthusiastic questions and comments. The weather was absolutely beautiful, and the setting was great, out under the Circus Tent away from all the noise in the shop.

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Welding seminars

One of the activities that drew a huge crowd on saturday afternoon was the impromptu "Welding Seminar". There was huge interest in TIG and Oxy-Acetylene welding, and it so happened we had some very accomplished welders that were eager to share their knowledge with others. Just below, Andy Andrasko demonstrates the TIG process for several of the crew. Roger and Johnny had a really nice TIG setup, and a Henrob 2000 to play with. It was a great opportunity for all who were interested. Second row, Ron plugs up some holes in his hood, and in the third row, Mark cuts out a blank for a "slapper", and FriarTuck plays with the Henrob 2000.

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The PowerHammer Project

Tim Doty brought all the parts to his mini "Anders Hammer", and was getting ready to assemble it, when someone said, "why don't you paint it first". Well, a group pitched in, sanded and prepared it for paint, and Phil layed on a nice bright yellow, that would be the envy of any safey conscious tool guy. After a good bake in the sun, Tim assembled it, and had it working that evening. Great project, came together with a lot of participation from the group. The only drawback was Tim was in town scrounging up the yellow paint when I took the group picture. I don't have a clue what Tim and I were discussing, but I'm sure it was real important. Nick the "Purfman" admires the finished project.

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Individual Projects

Several folks were busy with individual projects which gave others a great opportunities to learn something new, or discuss various tecniques. Uncle Johnny instructs Caleb and Josh on the use of a Beverly Shear, as Rick looks on. Jesse takes on a rather large fender wheeling task while Roger's friend Al from north of the border looks on, and later, Todd watches as a new motorcycle tank top section takes shape.

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Staunton locals Paul Jensen and Steve Handegan test out Buglys new Anoka style power hammer, then turns it over to Caleb who gets a feel for the machine, while Nathan Fenton along with his dad and a friend looks on. Keith talks "Flex Patterns" with our Canadian visitor Fred.

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Tony Goodrich brought along a friend Jim Gloe from St. Louis and spent the afternoon instructing Jim on the basics of "tuck shrinking", while at right, Todd puts the new Bugly post dolly stand through a vigorous workout.

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Uncle Johnny get a hand from wife Kristi with a "flex pattern", while "Mr. Bugly" himself has a one sided argument with a hunk of sheetmetal.

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Chad brought a fender from his "Hupmobile" project which needed some work, and is shown here talking it over with Jesse and Tim D. Todd brought copper for making "Roses", but I believe most of the copper sheet ended up being pressed into "Rat Rod" license plates.

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The Setting

Bugly Headquaters is situated in the rolling hills near Staunton, IL. It was the first green grass I had seen since last October, since I've still got three feet of snow in my backyard. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, T-shirt friendly, under beautiful blue skys. Saturday afternoon dinner was catered by the Bugly crew (Johnny's wife Kristi and her folks Harry and Jean), and included Taco Soup, Meat & Pasta dishs, and Brats and Sauerkraut. I've never seen so many Hostess chocolate cupcakes in one place in my life. The coffee was alway hot and fresh, and there were two refridgerators full of cold water and sodas. The hospitality was warm and generous. I can't think of a single thing that could have been better. (Well, we could have done without the rain squalls and hail on sunday. Roger said he would try to do better next time). A special thanks to Johnny's better half Kristi and her folks for putting on such a great feed on saturday, and for the impromptu Brat barbeque on friday night after so many folks showed up early. Just another example of the wonderful hospitality extended to all visitors at the Bugly Headquarters compound.

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My wife Barb, being the world renowned quilter that she is, (at least in my world) decided that it would be nice for the group to be able to give something back to Roger and Cindy, and Johnny and Kristi, for all the hard work they put in to hosting such a wonderful event. So she ginned up a Quilt to be signed by all the folks who visited, to commemorate the event. The quilt was displayed where anyone who wanted to sign it could do so. I think it was a big hit, and hope it goes a little ways toward saying "Thanks" to the wonderful Bugly Headquarters staff.

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The Group

This is a picture of a good number of attendees on Saturday about Noon. It was a pretty fluid group, coming and going through the various areas so it was impossible to get everyone together at one time. I apologize to anyone who didn't make the group picture. As you can see by the size of the group, just getting them all in one location for a picture should have been challange, but Roger just lit off the siren on his bullhorn, and magically, everything came together. Of course, since the chow line was about to form up, there was a little more incentive to gather around. Roger and Johnny were presented with the Momento Quilt, and were kind enough to pose for the camera.

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Later in the afternoon, Roger and the Bugly crew held the Door Prize drawing, and handed out dozens of wonderful prizes including April Fools Meet T-shirts, MetalMeet T-shirts, and other items donated by various folks. It was a huge success.

Buglys "Rocky Mountain Region" office had a stack of Posters printed up so that Roger and Johnny could autograph 'em, and folks could take home a momento of their visit to "Bugly Tools and Services" headquarters. I think Roger and Johnny had a lot of fun with it, or at least they were really good sports about becoming celebrities and all.

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I want to thank Dave Edwards for contributing several really great pictures to the cause, (otherwise I'd never get in one of these write-ups). Thanks Dave.

It was certainly a pleasure to be part of this great event, and I enjoyed seeing old friends and making new ones. The group just gets bigger and better every time there is an opportunity to get together. Folks came in from all over the country, and from north of the border too! From Wyoming to Maryland, Alabama to Canada. A million thanks to Roger, Johnny, and the whole Bugly crew.

04-04-2006, 05:38 PM
This was the group on Saturday about Noon. As you can see, just getting them all in one location for a picture should have been tough, but Roger just lit off the siren on his bullhorn, and magically, everything came together.


Good pic, but it's only most of the group! Saturday, around noon, I was shopping at NAPA in Staunton for paint supplies. Had to think where I was for a minute, because I didn't remember that pic :lol:

Great job Tuck, I'm looking forward to more!

Tim D.

04-05-2006, 07:11 AM
Nice pictoral, Tuck! Did you take one of the wooden lowers that you and Jesse were turning Sunday?

Keep 'em coming, (Thanks)...Phil

04-05-2006, 08:39 AM
No, I screwed up and forgot to get that one. Kinda cool though, Jesse did a great job on the woodlathe. Turned them out of walnut. Missed a couple of other things too. Wish I had gotten some better pics of Johnny's wife Kristi and her folks feeding everyone. They were so great to all the guys. Hard to adequately acknowledge that kind of hospitality. I'll try to get the rest of it up today, and then we can all massage it for a while, get everyones names in it and correct, that sorta thing.

Anyone who has pictures that they think could add to the Essay (especially of me, cause I never take pictures of myself), upload them to your gallelry, and let me know so I can take a look.

When all is said and done, I will transfer the Essay to the Library.


Ernie Ferrucci
04-05-2006, 09:00 AM
Hi Rick
Thanks for the photos. Too bad the Bugly H.Q. is so far from the Southern CT district. Good thing it wasn't mandatory for all regional representatives to attend or I would have some "splainin" to do:!: .

04-05-2006, 10:46 AM
Hi Ernie, hope this write-up help ya feel more like you were there. We all felt the groups presence, everyone included. Amazing how it never feels like an isolated event. Maybe that's the wonderful thing about the internet, lets everyone be a part of all the shinanigans.....oops, the activities. I brought 50 copies of my "Rocky Mountain Region" poster, and everyone was getting Roger and Johnny to "autograph" them for their shops. It was a kick, and everyone had fun with it. I think there might have been a few extras, so he might autograph the rest bring them to MM06. Anyhow, it was the highlite of my spring for sure. Later


Doug Hawkins
04-05-2006, 05:34 PM

Looks like you have a photo of the Bugly founder and CEO on your office wall?

Thanks for the pictorial and all the work you do!

04-05-2006, 06:29 PM
Hi Doug, yep, he's the Buglyist one of all. :lol: :lol: :lol:


anders nørgaard
04-05-2006, 06:40 PM
Thanks for filling me in Tuck!
Looks like you guys had a GREAT time http://www.metalmeet.com/forum/images/icons/icon14.gif

Hi Rick
Thanks for the photos. Too bad the Bugly H.Q. is so far from the Southern CT district. Good thing it wasn't mandatory for all regional representatives to attend or I would have some "splainin" to do:!: .

Hey Ernie,

At least YOU would've been able to DRIVE to the meeting!!! :o :o :o

Bugly Tools & ServiceS

Chief of Procurement and Dealer of the Northern European District

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Ron G
04-05-2006, 06:40 PM
It was a pleasure to meet you, as well as everyone else who participated. I really appreciate the hard work you put into taking and posting these pictures of the Bugly Fiasc....Fun. Way over my head. Can't wait till next year. "The best laid plans of mice and well..... you know. Organized was a great thought, to bad it didn't work Ha Ha Ha! Couldn't have turned out any better if we've tried. Thanks again to the Bugly family and all their kin for their outstanding hospitality.


60 convert
04-05-2006, 08:06 PM
Here are the anvils I made at the April Fools meet with the help from Tuck. I found a wood lathe in a corner and had RFoger said the tools are there to use. Tuck helped me get started and let me loose it was my first time using a wood lathe. Tuck also helped me finish cutting them off and they came out pretty good.

anders nørgaard
04-05-2006, 10:26 PM
Looking real good Jesse http://www.metalmeet.com/forum/images/icons/icon14.gif

Now you could treat them with a biy of olive oil http://www.metalmeet.com/forum/images/icons/icon12.gif That'll make them look nice and shiny and will keep them from cracking http://www.metalmeet.com/forum/images/icons/icon6.gif

04-06-2006, 02:34 AM
Hey All,

Looks like (from the pics) you guys had a very successful meet. Wish I had been able to go!

No doubt it was because word continues to spread about "Bugly 'ospitality"

Great job to all involved,


04-06-2006, 01:59 PM
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roger n cindy
04-06-2006, 06:46 PM
thank you David, now friar tuck can prove he was here :grin:

as a foot note to all who attended. sunday while about 35 of us hammered and talked away the stormy hours a tornado touched down 26 miles away killing one injuring many and shutting power down for 4 days. we were taken care of.

04-06-2006, 07:03 PM
Hi Roger, it's always sad to hear about our friends and neighbors who are injured or worse killed by mother nature's wrath. I am not surprised that we were so close to the stricken area, considering the intensity of the storm as we watched outside. We were spared that, and I am truly thankfull. I also hope that none of our folks that were on the road sunday had any misfortune. I haven't heard of any, so again I am thankful.

I talked to Dave, and he gave me permission to use some of his pictures in my writeup, so I've added several great shots.


04-06-2006, 11:03 PM
thank you David http://www.metalmeet.com/forum/images/icons/icon10.gif Emiel.

Ron G
04-07-2006, 06:16 AM
Great pictures. Thanks a lot, they'll go well with Tuck's.
I got in that storm on the west side of St, Louis when I was driving through Sunday after I left Buglys. When I stopped for gas at Wentzville, they said there was no tornado but the wind had twisted a 25' tree out of the ground. Not much other damage that i saw.
Glad everyone was OK that stayed at the huge Blugly industrial complex. There is no way to outguess Mother Nature as to where it will hit. I guess just pray, go about our business and not take stupid chances. Later


04-07-2006, 08:31 PM
Excellent pics, David. I brought a camera but was to busy to even take it out of the truck. Sure was fun!


04-08-2006, 06:54 PM
Hey guys, added some names to the writeup, and corrected a couple of mistakes in some other things. Still waiting on feedback, so that I can get it finished. Thanks


Ron G
04-08-2006, 07:40 PM
Sure looks "PERFECT" to me but what do I know. Really, it looks great, you did a fine job. Wish I was as talented.