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#461 dimlight65

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Posted 19 August 2017 - 05:36 PM

I think Tim has cooled on the idea of the split lid, though. He's been making noise about buying another one to replace it...

 

I wonder if I've got enough lead in my pencil to zook that lid back together... 

 

We're planning on padding and covering it so...

 

Hmm...


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Posted 19 August 2017 - 05:38 PM

Oops, I just ran us to another page.  Everyone go back a page and look at John's post of the progress!

 

I mean... or don't.  I'm not the boss of you.


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Posted 20 August 2017 - 10:34 AM

You're right, you're not.......but I did it anyway. :thumbup:


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Posted 28 August 2017 - 01:07 PM

I'm not sure if we've mentioned that I'm planning to make the back of this thing into a camper... I'm planning to make the back of this thing into a camper.  So last night when I got up for the fourth time to go pee, I thought, "It's really going to suck having to open the door and crawl out of the back of the van six times a night to pee while camping.  I ought to use that extra 10 gallon fuel tank for black water!"  Then I thought about hauling around 10 gallons of pee... I think I'll open the door and crawl out.


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Posted 02 September 2017 - 02:05 PM

I found an interesting thing on the Amazons the other day.  It's a tent-like cabana-vestibule thingy.  I think we can adapt/modify/improve on this to make a... well, a cabana-vestibule thingy for the side door.  I figure if we can make it "seal out" the weather at least as good as a tent, we should be golden.

 

In other totally-non-passive-aggressive-posting news, we insulated and reinstalled the house of dogs today... and by "we," I mean John single-handedly insulated the thing.  Thank you sir.  I did zook the lid back together... ish, and did a smattering of re-wire work which was needed.  

 

Birthday (well, the anniversary thereof, to be pedantic) number 52 looks like a doable goal!  Hmm, B-52?  I kinda like the sound of that.


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Posted 02 September 2017 - 03:43 PM

Some cool stuff showed up, including some stickers (Tim's favorite local radio station in the 70s/80s) and some butyl tape...

 

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Best mod so far...   ^_^

 

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In other totally-non-passive-aggressive-posting news, we insulated and reinstalled the house of dogs today... and by "we," I mean John single-handedly insulated the thing.  Thank you sir.  

 

 

Drilled a few tiny but strategic holes in the doghouse, scrubbed up the inside, applied some spray adhesive to the doghouse and insulation, and put it in. The wholes were for some tiny bolts and nuts with some big washers to hold it in place in case the adhesive gives up later on...

 

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Tim then got some new hardware to install the doghouse in the van. We also scraped all the old sealer from the floor and doghouse, used the new roll of butyl tape to replace it with, then bolted it in...

 

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And you can also see why we installed the grommet for the battery cable now.  ^_^

 

 

 

As Tim said, he welded the lid back together since we are now planning to install the wall behind the doghouse instead of on top of it. We will cover that at a later date because we are planning to insulate it as well, and will likely be adding some foam to the lid and wrapping it in vinyl.  :thumbup:


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Posted 08 September 2017 - 09:38 PM

I remember how hot those vans get in the summer...  Good idea on insulating the crap out of the dog house the best you can :thumbup:  


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Posted 09 September 2017 - 02:25 PM

Good idea on insulating the crap out of the dog house the best you can :thumbup:  

 

Actually thinking about using two layers on the lid...   ^_^

 

 

Tim got his exhaust tip thingie installed today. Looks pretty cool too...

 

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And his downpipes and mufflers are on too. Now we just need to get the muffler shop to connect these to the rear tips with about 3 feet of pipe...

 

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Tim got some new welding rod but it's a bit dainty, so he got crafty...

 

Squeeze three pieces in the vice, connect the other end to a drill..

 

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Voila! Nice fat welding wire that melts easy and flows out nice...

 

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Posted 10 September 2017 - 03:37 AM

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 06:44 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tim got some new welding rod but it's a bit dainty, so he got crafty...

 

Squeeze three pieces in the vice, connect the other end to a drill..

 

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Voila! Nice fat welding wire that melts easy and flows out nice...

 

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Posted 11 September 2017 - 01:13 PM

One smart sumabech. Kind of guy you want with you when you break down in the middle of nowhere

Aw, stop!  You'll make me blush!  

 

But truth be told, while I can fix stuff, diagnostics is my Kryptonite.


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Posted 17 September 2017 - 12:30 PM

Installed an external vent for the fuel tank just above the filler. 21557633_1462229123856207_28653793053830

 

 

And Tim made a cool plate to cover the top of the fuel tank for easy access later. 

 

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Posted 22 September 2017 - 03:50 PM

A set of spring shackles and bushings for the front suspension are on the way.  We ought to be able to knock that out next Saturday.  I'm contemplating removing one leaf per side as well to drop the nose a bit.  I also bought a roll if carpet yesterday on a whim... because I'm dumb that way.  Oh, yeah.  It is totally purple carpet, thanks for asking.  And I have a drawing of how I want to build the "moving pedestal" of my convertible sofa/bed.  Looks like it's only going to weigh somewhere around 85 pounds... MUCH lighter than I was afeared it was going to weigh while drawing it!


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Posted 27 September 2017 - 12:58 PM

I found an interesting thing on the Amazons the other day.  It's a tent-like cabana-vestibule thingy.  I think we can adapt/modify/improve on this to make a... well, a cabana-vestibule thingy for the side door.  I figure if we can make it "seal out" the weather at least as good as a tent, we should be golden.

 

The more I looked at the thing on the Amazons, the less I liked it.  I decided that I'd rather make a couple "tent walls" to "seal" the van and have some privacy in the vestibule of the open doors.  One will be in the opening of the van and the other will be between the doors.  (On Saturday I'll hold a up a blanket and have Datsunfreak shoost some pictures of what I'm thinking.)  I thought I'd buy an old tent and cannibalize a couple walls with zippers to do this.  Then it hit me, I bet I could find DIY tent making materials here on these intergoogles.  I did find a site and "ordered" some material and zippers.  It wasn't until later that I realized the site is based in Florida.  Yeah, I might never get that order after all.  And yes, I acknowledge that I am a douche for being annoyed that they might inconvenience me because their livelihood is under water.  At least I'm not bitching about it in the inter... oh, wait.


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Posted 27 September 2017 - 01:16 PM

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Posted 01 October 2017 - 08:19 AM

Way back when we started, we had replaced the rear leaf spring bushings while one side was out being fixed (due to a bent leaf).

 

Now, while installing the fuel tank awhile back we noticed one of the front leaf spring hangers was bent, and we knew that would have to be fixed at one point. That day was today...

 

Getting the leaf springs out was the fucker of all mothers...   :rofl:

 

 

New hangers and bushings in...

 

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While we had it all apart, we figured we might as well put in new shocks too...

 

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Note the old hangers. Not supposed to be shaped like this...   ^_^

 

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Also replaced the front bushings in the springs since they were toast, but no pic...


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Posted 07 October 2017 - 12:58 PM

The more I looked at the thing on the Amazons, the less I liked it.  I decided that I'd rather make a couple "tent walls" to "seal" the van and have some privacy in the vestibule of the open doors.  One will be in the opening of the van and the other will be between the doors.  (On Saturday I'll hold a up a blanket and have Datsunfreak shoost some pictures of what I'm thinking.)  I thought I'd buy an old tent and cannibalize a couple walls with zippers to do this.  Then it hit me, I bet I could find DIY tent making materials here on these intergoogles.  I did find a site and "ordered" some material and zippers.  It wasn't until later that I realized the site is based in Florida.  Yeah, I might never get that order after all.  And yes, I acknowledge that I am a douche for being annoyed that they might inconvenience me because their livelihood is under water.  At least I'm not bitching about it in the inter... oh, wait.

Well, that stuff arrived the other day and looked quite purple here at the house... next to the van?  Not so much.  It is way too blue.  I think I'm going to abandon that idea for the time being and just close the doors for privacy and to be weatherproof.  

 

As for progress, I made a cover for the fuel filler pipe today.  Aaaaaaaaaaand yeah, that's about it.


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Posted 07 October 2017 - 02:20 PM

 I made a cover for the fuel filler pipe today.  

 

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 12:37 PM

WOO HOO!  The vent fan arrived today!  I know what I'm going to be working on this Saturday!  Yep, applying fiberglass to patch holes in the floor.  I'll do the vent later... I guess.


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Posted 14 October 2017 - 03:34 PM

I'll do the vent later... I guess.

 

Right.

 

 

 

 

Removed crank handle and mesh screen...

 

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New fan with push button switch installed...

 

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Tim wanted variable fan speed, but it was cheaper to just buy a single speed fan and install a rheostat to adjust speed...

 

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Didn't quit fit, so we had to trim some off of it...

 

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And now installed in the van. We had to open up the size of the hole a bit too, even after trimming the case down. But it's in and works. Note the grey dial opens the vent, black button turns the fan on, silver knob on the far side adjusts fan speed...

 

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And because Tim is Tim...   ^_^

 

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It's your car, just don't ruin it.

 

It's also not my money, so i'll suggest the most expensive option.