After returning from nearly a month in the sun and sand in Sarasota, it was time to get back to work. I laid out my agenda, which included: 1) complete the stain and varnish of kitchen cabinet doors and drawers, 2) install whirlpool tub in master bath, 3) get and install doors for kitchen pantry, and laundry closet as well as for the entry closet, 4) get and install liner for solar chimney 5) get and install melamine liner in the kitchen and master bath window wells. I did my due diligence shopping for the right doors, and price so ended up doing a trek across the border to Home Depot and Menards. Came back with the pantry door, the closet doors, tile for the bathtub enclosure, and white board masonite for the lining of the solar chimney. Then I got to work.
As I was beavering away at the interior finish stuff, I got an email from my daughter saying that her husband Dean had discovered just the thing I needed. I must first of all confess that I am an aficionado of VW camper vans, having had several over the years. He had discovered a 95 Eurovan Camper in pristine condition, but with a broken automatic transmission at an unbelievable price. They had decided I needed to have it, so now the deliberation began about dealing with the bad transaxle. Internet research revealed that the Eurovans had a history of problems with the automatic trannies, and getting a good warrantied rebuild was going to cost upwards of $5K. Dean who is a good mechanic, wondered about switching over to a manual transmission, a task he had done before on a couple pickups. So again internet research and becoming a subscriber to the Eurovan mailing list and hunting through the archives. It turns out that it is pretty straight-forward to do the transplant if you have a donor van, so I began the hunt on Craigslist and Kijiji looking for a suitable Eurovan with standard transmission. After a near success, and one that was way to far away, I found one in Kitchener that met our criteria and was sound and drivable.