There are two main reasons for the lack of posts:
- Layoffs at work :(
- I bought a van :)
Second, just before heading out to Mama Tried, I bought a van!!! I've been spending most of my free time lately fixing it up and modifying it. While I wish I could say it's an awesome 1960s Ford Econoline or something vintage from the 1970s, it's not (maybe one day). I was originally looking for a late 90s / early 2000s cargo van (leaning towards a Ford E-150) as an affordable & reliable blank canvas but found a really good deal on this 1999 GMC Savana 1500 conversion van and bought it. I loved the A-Team as a kid so in my mind there's nothing wrong with GMC vans. This photo was taken 2 months ago if you couldn't tell by the snow.
All the windows really reduce my airbrush mural options but, on the plus side, a lot of work I would have wanted to do the van is already done (wiring, paneling, insulating, installing removable seats, etc.). I can also carry the kids around in it, which is practical I guess. We road tripped as a family down to the Rochester Bike Show in it and the kids LOVED it. The rear seats are all easily removable so I should be able to fit a motorcycle in it but haven't tried. I still need to install some tie down anchors and buy both a ramp and a wheel chock.
The van has a 5.7L V8 and only 114,000 miles on the clock so it hopefully has plenty of life left in it. It has a few issues but nothing too major for being 16 years old. I'm just looking forward to having fun modifying it and driving it. 99% of vehicles on the road are boring. When I'm done, this van won't be part of the 99%.