In November of 1999 I bought a 1984 Volkswagen Westfalia. It was in amazingly good condition with only 90k miles. I trust that this vehicle will help me reach my goal of becoming... what I want to be when I grow up. Like any dream or mirage, the closer you get to it the more it shimmers and fades, but it's always somewhere up ahead.
In the tradition of other Westy fanatics and since it may someday become transportation and home, we decided to name the camper. Many names were suggested, but we finally managed to almost agree on Jadzia Dax ex Machina. Since we bought it in November it has proved a steady and reliable friend, occasionally showing a very pointed sense of humor, just as the character on DS9. We will never understand just where she's been or what she's seen, but I'm sure she's left her mark.
Sometimes things fit their name better than anticipated. Dax became very tempermental for a while after being a daily driver. She rested for quite a while until I could find the will to do all that needed to be done. After considerable work, she's back on the road and mostly dependable.
Lately I've been doing a lot of cleaning. I removed the leftover pieces of an old aftermarket cruise control. I removed some leftover pieces of an old car alarm. I cleaned up the very bad wiring job that a certain stereo/alarm installer in Boston did. After much time in and under the van I've concluded that most of the people I paid to do work either didn't do it, or didn't do it well. Since I've started doing it the cheap way (buying parts and figuring out what needs to be done myself) the van has been much more dependable and less prone stops by the side of the road.
New Parts and Improvements
Far more than you ever wanted to know about storage space in a Westy
What tools are currently bouncing around in the back