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And so the first requirement is......

Leaking gaiter doh! Noticed a pool of thick horrid stuff on the drive, quick check look round and oh....... never mind MVS will do it for me next Friday!

 

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So with the gaiter fixed I had a bit of a road trip last week. Not far only about 70 miles but it drove just fine very happy!

Now then, to get on with the aims, so to try and get the bulkhead bracket out. I'd bought some spot weld drills for about a £10 as I hoped I could use those to get through the welds and bracket off without taking the seats out.....

Nope, just would not work, so seats out..... not a hard job, and then boy was it a bit ducking fusty under so a few minutes with me chemical cleaners brush and cloth and hoover etc, all good..... I took the pillar covers off, the top brackets are bolted, so they were out quickly, the bottom bracket on the left did succumb to the spot weld drill but not so the offside.......

So today if I can find my grinder, then get the bottom bracket off and paint the surfaces with rust proofing paint over where the welds are.......

Work in progress!

 

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All done, no damage, well bit of luck really, I caught one of the wiring looms with the grinder, but it only scuffed on cable, so a bit of PVC insulation tape and all was good... phew!

Still to paint it though, so not put the seats back yet, next weekends job!
 

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And we're off.... started sound deadening/insulation at the weekend... not entirely happy with my efforts, could not see how you can smooth the silent coat on the wheel arches to absolutely flat... be interesting to see if the carpet shows any of the surface through the carpet and makes it look sheeite..... or otherwise.... well, at least its a start......



Got pre carpeted ply panels from Simon at Plyworx, good price and the stuff is really high quality, he also sold the internal materials at a good price... plan is..... add some dacron from Harrison trims in the voids and the bits my fat little hands couldn't get down to...... carpet the metal work and wheel arches, and hope to have some left.... then baton the floor put the insulation material I have down, and put the knackered thin bits of ply flooring I already have until next pay day, when will place that down and decide on which rubber mat surface to use....may try and get a proper Kombi or just a good rubber surface, which I could if needed later cut out the leg positions for seats, if I go that far.........

Hand sore though, all those tiny edges and sharp surfaces.....

Gaz
 

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Coming along nicely Gaz T:

Yeah them tiny foil edges on the silent coat slice your hands up nicely while youre trying to stick the stuff down .

We used a wall paper edge roller to make sure everything sticks down nicely and smooths any high spots out ;) ....carpet doesnt show any imperfections. ...and these are normally totally hidden under your cupboards and bed anyway .
 

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Blimey.... has it really been since April that I posted on here??

Ok so as an update, the van is now fully insulated, silent coat as you see hear, and then an insulation layer on top and the voids packed with the non moisture issue plastic shredded type insulation "wool" (obviously not really wool)!

I then ordered some ply pre carpeted panel from Simon at Plyworx, and a load of carpet too, so that I can carpet the back.... and that is roughly where I got too. I had gone for the invisible clips on the panels but they just aren't man enough for the job really, on one side they are kind of fixed but I have gone back to visible clips on the other side, and its much better. Possibly chose too thick a ply but there you go....

So Ive been waiting getting round to the rest of things, but I bought the van for several reasons one of which was to help me ferry my kit and bike and stuff around as I do triathlons... I'm not very good fast or famous and never will be but it's a great sport to try and keep fit at!

We first ventured quite locally to Blenheim, and it was brilliant, everything easily accessible and plenty of room... the good lady accomompanied me too, and it was seen as the right thing..... Then I did what is known as Long Course Weekend down in Wales, Tenby to be precise....

This is a big event, its effectively a number of different events run over the weekend, at the extreme you can cover the distances of an Ironman, though at the other end, you can opt for much shorter..... as I aint great, I opted for the 1.2 mile swim in the sea, the 112 mile bike ride and the Half marathon on the Sunday..... all this plus for the first time in years, go camping too.... I took my buddy from the club Carl with me too.....

There was a little trepidation too... I have used the van a bit more for work here and there using it daily. It's great starts first time, no smoke or anything, quite tidy considering 149k miles.... but Tenby would be about 500 miles from the Thursday night to the Monday...... Loaded all up, loads of room, picked Carl up loads of room left and had an incident free travel too, around and back from Tenby. Utterly delighted. Shame the air con doesn't work, but I can get around to that later.......

So really chuffed, I slept in a tent, but feel with more planning and a bit more care I could sleep in the van, but it was good to have the extra space and stuff, the tent was pretty empty as all kit was in the van. We could keep the bikes in the van too, so slightly safer for theft though we were away from the madding crowd as it were.

The van was a delight to drive there and back, so really pleased, with my captains arm rests out, nice and comfy, though the twin seats didn't look overly comfortable for Carl, he was fine and slept most of the way back anyhow!!!

On return I had a visit from an air con specialist, who duly announced the condenser was buggered.... and under pressure you could hear it hissing :( £450 repair quote so shelved that for now, as MOT is due September.....

Yesterday the new spare wheel carrier arrived, £45 off eBay with all the bits, so fitted that... easy! But now I have more room in the rear lol.

So today got round to taking the roof cards off and finishing with some sound proofing.... it stared raining so I couldn't finish the insulation, but when that's done, its take all the panels off, and go carpeting! Not looking forward to that yet...... but hopefully finished soon.... then it will be time for the flooring which is insulated and the batons put down, just need to get a new ply base and screw in.... then go probably for a rubber type flooring cover.....

In respect to the LED's I suspect I can't simply tap off the existing interior lights, or can I? Any recommendations for good quality supply of LED fixtures.....

Also does anyone carpet the roof cards and refit, they are a little flimsy but they are only going to sit there I guess so not a real issue?

Look forward to hearing from you all!!

Gaz

One thing I do want to do though and advice is sought, is put some additional lighting in the roof, probably blue led's and maybe some white additional
 

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I got rid of my rear most light and fitted led decking lights from Wickes for less than a tenner, just chop plug off and join wires together adding an extra switch at the rear pillar so I could turn them on/off,without having to open the door.
I carpeted over the existing roof cards no problem but you will have to extend the front card a little to cover where your bulkhead used to be, easy enough job though.
 
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