I live in a 1971 VW bus that I call The Escape Pod. I loves her. Oh my god I loves her. But it's time to level up.
Next month I will be starting a new decade in my life and what I want to do most of all for my birthday in April is to have a new-to-me van, be able to freely road trip around the West Coast and across the continent in all directions, keep sketchbooks, work on artist-at-large.com, and take a lot of gorgeous photographs along the way.
When I first started thinking about leveling up from a 1971 Bay to something that I could actually stand up in and make a pot of tea in without setting myself on fire, I started looking at the cargo vans. For a long time I considered them a distinct possibility - until I started driving a lot for (gag) Uber and saw a lot of them on the road. They were just to dang big. They seem to be cumbersome. I couldn't picture myself in one. Not really.
I am a compact, minimal living girl, I am.
I'm also a VW girl. I have been ever since the day I bought my first one when I was 23-years old. I really can't imagine myself driving anything other than a VW van of some sort.
So I started looking around.
I had never before been attracted to Vanagons or Westfalias. But I realized they they really do have the basic things I need to level up. Unfortunately their prices have skyrocketed - somehow they have blossomed in popularity. No longer can you find one for under 10-grand and if you want one that's road worthy right out of the gate, well, double that.
I set my sights on a 1990 or 1991 Automatic VW GL Vanagon Westy Full Camper in White with the White and Grey Interior. Because I was so specific, I thought it would take months, maybe 2 or 3, or even 6, to find one, but no. I put a "Wanted to Buy" ad up on the Samba community board and was stunned when a half hour later I got a response to my posting, AND the van was sitting right down the street from where I currently park The Escape Pod.
I went to see it and while it's a Vanagon, it is sweet. It's clean. It drives. And the body is in good shape.
Best of all, the price is negotiable.
Unfortunately I will have only what I will have after I sell The Escape Pod -and that will be a bit of a juggle - moving from one van to the other means I have to have the new van before I can sell the old one. The price I would get for the pod would cover maybe a third of the asking price of the Vanagon - maybe half of what I want to offer - it's a bit of a crapshoot.
This is where you come in.
You can become my Patron here at Patreon and become a producer of my work - my photography, of artist-at-large, and of my fine art projects. It is quite possible that I will even expand my youtube channel. You can make a one-time donation towards any aspect of my work, or towards the van itself, or you can become a monthly supporter of my work. Any donation large or small will be greatly appreciated. Either way, I will be coming up with some special rewards for those of you who are going to help me purchase the van.
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I've gotten crafty on Etsy. Go ahead and check out Beyond Hardware. I also have small art works that relate to the tech and hardware theme listed there.
You can purchase a copy of my first fine art photography book , and support the making of more books, at blurb.
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