In 2012, I began to re-obsess over the VW line of cars, in particular the Vanagon. I wanted one, and I wanted one bad. I sold my incredibly reliable Honda Element and purchased "Blanca", a 1986 Weekender Westy from a dealer in the Bay Area. She was beautiful and nearly completely rebuilt and clean. She cost me a pretty penny, and I took her a bit further by adding trick little add-ons, upgrades and niceties. Not long after that, I experienced a financial hardship as I was forced to close my business that I'd operated for 8 years. At this point, I had no "plan B" for a while, so I simply just lived the Vanagon lifestyle and we traveled and used it frequently. My wife and I discussed many career options, and I eventually decided on a career as a professional mariner and I needed to sell my van to pay for schooling. It was heartbreak, but the short-term loss would lead to a long-term gain.
So, off I went to a 2-year school out of town and landed a Coast Guard license which would allow me to drive tugboats on the West Coast (see my other blog on that career change). http://backtoseawithme.blogspot.com
Anyhow, I have now completed the needed schooling to be a licensed Mariner and am picking up where I left off with regards to my passion for Vanagons and VW's in general.
During the 2 years in school, I purchased a 1984 Westy with the intention of keeping it and fixing it up, but then flipped it for some more school money.
About 3 months ago, I did some trading and picked up "Ferdinand", a 1982 Diesel Westfalia that needed a ton of work, but had great potential. He is my current project and he will most likely be the focus of my blog, but I'll be working on some other Vanagons over time and will highlight those repairs and modifications as well.