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When we bought her, since we got her a tad cheaper than our budget allowed, I slipped aside some money for her make-over. That's been a gradual process, especially as I've had to convince Paula every step of the way - she was seriously worried that some hippy paint job would make a big dent in the resale value of our van. I reckon, actually, that we might just have increased it. Not that I'm so worried about the resale value - I plan to keep her.
In the two years that we've owned her, I've constantly mulled over a design for her exterior, but it's taken this long for the idea to come to me - a kind of classic, retro-inspired look with just a touch of the hippy. Much of it was inspired by kombi vans - I still miss ours, but we really had to sell it when we failed to squeeze three people into the bed, which was really just a bit larger than a single. I have felt a lot of trepidation, however, since handing over the keys to a retired panel-beater, and leaving her in his hands to transform her. And when she came home, I simply couldn't believe how stunning she looked - wow, every bit as good as I hoped and somehow even better.