Well, this last year has been pretty crazy. With moving from Chicago to Oregon, and Bex's grad. school it's been go, go, go. While she's been doing lots of studying I was working on the Astro. We did a few trips, most notable all the way down the Oregon Coast to California and back.
We also added another van to the family which I'll cover in another post.
So, this is me saying yes, I know we're behind and posts have been slow ,but I'll try and catch up.
Get out there and explore, Brad.
(The following post was from several posts I made on The Samba forum over a couple of months, I decided to move the documentation here as it's easier to just have one place to update.)
Shortly after we bought the van we signed up for our first Portland Vanagons meet, it was at Pacific City, on the beach.
Some people think we're crazy. These old vans are not known for their reliability/power/air conditioning, well, they are, but infamously so. I have wanted a VW van since I was a young boy, spotting them on the British coast. Growing up my parents would always take us to the seaside, even in winter, and there were always tons of VW vans. We were looking for a second car so Bex could get to her work placements/ volunteer assignments, and since the vans here in the Pacific NorthWest are in much better condition than in the UK or the Midwest, it seemed only meant to be that we picked up a mostly rust free example with low miles.
The plan is to get it safe and reliable doing most of the work ourselves.
The immediate list:-
We'll be tackling these items in amongst finishing off the Astro, wish us luck!
After five years of over priced and crowded clubs in Chicago, we decided to spend NYE in Oregon by the ocean with our dogs. It was an excellent decision! I've been so overwhelmed with work and graduate school. It was nice to enjoy a few days of peace and quiet. I had expected there to be more people, but we pretty much had the place to ourselves.
Since the headliner was down for the insulation, we tackled the ceiling fan install next. We chose the Ventline VP-543 12V Smoke Van Roof Air Vent because I liked the idea of having a round fan for aerodynamics, instead of a flat edge. It also fit quite nicely between the roof braces in the rear of our Chevrolet Astro. The Fantastic fan is also nice, but I think it's overkill for the size of the Astro.
The idea of cutting a big hole in the roof was a little daunting, the easiest way to do it I found, was to stop over-thinking and just get stuck in.