Friday, June 01, 2007

Naming the van and answering comments

Whoops, I haven't published the comments in a while. I keep them on moderation so I can instantly delete any nasty comments, and savor the good ones before they hit the web.

This van is manual. It took me about a week to get used to the particulars of the clutch. When I took it to the VW shop for a check-up, the guy told me that every van is different. Sometimes he gets into a VW and can't find gears for the life of him.



I'm slowly working on redoing the interior. When I got the van, the upholstery was a yucky brown corduroy that was full of grit, sand and dog hair. It was worn out and badly in need of replacement. I'm replacing it with a heavy duty fabric with light blue, green and tan stripes. The light yellow on the back of the captains chairs is automotive antelope. It came from a friend who got the 3 antelope hides from a sheik's airplane upholstery job. It's the same friend who let me use her backyard and fancy spray gun for the paint job. She's amazing! She does decorative painting for a living, and wanted to try painting a car as a warm-up for painting her RV. I was only too glad to lend my van for the cause...

Eventually I'll get around to installing a wooden floor inside. I'd love to do bamboo or birch! For now, I need to save up money for the not so glamorous mechanical side of things. I'd like to get some new shocks (the current ones are a wee bit tired), and get new rear brake shoes/drums before they give out. I also need a good tune-up, and to get my fluids flushed sooner rather than later. All in all though, it's in pretty superb condition. Later down the road I want to give the underside a good bath and a scrub, then undercoat the heck out of it. It's relatively rust-free, and I'd like to keep it that way!

I promised a friend I'd name my van before she came back from a trip out of state. I have a week to figure out something fitting. Any suggestions? The last two cars were Toby the big red van, and Annie, the toyota 4-runner.

14 comments:

Josh said...

Hi Heather,
How about naming your van the "Pinky"? I've been racking my brain trying to come up with a name for your van but nothing else comes to mind. I think it's bad luck to travel in a van like yours without giving it a proper name. Let us know when you find an appropriate name. Good luck

JasperHobbs said...

name for van-Pink Panther or how about Molly as in Molly Ringwold from movie Pretty In Pink

Nora said...

"PINKY"

Peggy said...

Pink Floyd, Pink Panther, Penny Annie? Love the van and all the work you have done!

bobwhite said...

Hands down, no contest... The picture just shouts out the name of your VW Van. Pinky it is! :-)

C said...

The Flamingo Flyer

rlippert said...

how about pink passion

V said...

How about "Nick" or "Drake," as in Pink Moon?

Mom said...

I like Miss Piggy

Anonymous said...

How about Pearl?

Anonymous said...

I think it needs a good masculine name...like Leroy or Bubba

Anonymous said...

Pinky's pretty good too, but Miss P or Miss Piggy is great.

Pinky and the Brain?

The Pink Pearl?

Think Pink?

Or just Pink... Like the pop star

Pat

Anonymous said...

how about just Floyd?

Nancy said...

How about Mary Kay ?