So, it’s been awhile since I updated. Longer than I intended, and for that I do apologize. Work has gotten the best of me and I haven’t had either the time or stomach to spend another minute on the computer. On the other hand, there hasn’t been all that much to add to the conversation. The Brownie Beast sits, waiting for the time, space, and funding to fix everything that needs fixing. In the meantime I take her on short little jaunts to nearby hiking spots with the dogs for the fun of it. Driving the Westy is awesome. People are curious and intrigued by that vehicle and strangers often smile and wave when we’re out on the town. It makes you realize how rare that simple friendly gesture is and how powerful it can be.
On the technical side of things, I noticed the other day that her temperature warning light is…uh, …idiosyncratic? It went through its crazy warm-up routine, went off, and then a few miles into the drive started flashing and going nuts! I stopped, let it sit for a minute, and then when I fired it back up to go home it was fine, no craziness. I checked the fluids and everything was good, so I’m not sure what happened. Reading the Westfalia.org forums makes me think that possibly the thermostat housing was slow to open, therefore bogarting valuable coolant. But I am in no way qualified or experienced enough to actually make that call, so in the meantime I’ll just be keeping an eye on it and keeping her close to home. I did spend an enjoyable couple of hours pouring through the Bentley Bible studying the cooling system diagrams and flushing protocol. Why? I’m not really sure, it’s just kind of interesting. It makes me wish that I had a garage so that I could try doing some of this stuff myself. They generally frown on that kind of thing at apartments, unfortunately.
At least if you get stranded somewhere in the westy, you can still have all the comforts of home. It makes it a little easier to just roll with the punches (and oh, there will be punches. If you’ve ever had a VW before you know what I’m talking about.)