Monday, April 9, 2012

The Vanagon... and the new project

It's hard to believe that it's been a month since I last posted. The Vanagon is coming along. I ended up taking a two week break, not so much by choice, but because I was busy with other stuff in my life. But, as of now, the old engine is OUT of the van and I'm swapping parts onto the new engine:

I've been a bit distracted these past two weeks. Remember that "itch" I was talking about in my last post? Well, I did it. I bought another Mercedes. The blog lives up to its name.

I was actually been in negotiation to buy this car for well over a month, for various reasons. I brought it home last week, and it needs some of everything. But, it's a one family car, and I can't wait to get it on the road.

Here's some before and after shots from before and after a good scrubbing:

I know the interior is in poor shape, but I've already picked up most of the needed parts, including replacement front seats and a new dashboard.

But, I won't be doing any real work on this until the Vanagon is rolling again.


  1. It's good that you didn't have to rush in fixing the Vanagon to manage other important things, including the Mercedes that you've bought. As for the 240D, it was nice timing for the rain to wash away the dirt. I hope you can finish both projects without having to hurry or anything.

    Ivo Beutler

  2. @Ivo Beutler - Oddly enough, around a week after I wrote this, my daily driver Subaru developed a problem and I've been without a properly running car for a couple of weeks now. Hoping to remedy that this weekend.

  3. Hey, what type of screws are used for the latch on the interior upper region of the glovebox?

  4. Joseph - I'm not sure which car you're referring to, but unfortunately, I don't know offhamd in any case.