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Got the boost gauge properly mounted now, and wired into the dash lights T:





Also worked out the mpg from the scotland trip as I'd emptied the remaining fuel from the tank, this was the rest;



To say i'm shocked would be an understatement, thats a fully loaded van, with me (leadfoot) driving for the majority. I'm over the moon. I think it comes down to the long motorway trips each way, aimed to keep the revs below 3k whilst on the motorway, which meant about 60/65 ish. Not sure how thats now been affected by me messing with boost & fueling etc but I'll do the same again on the next trip.

Jobs for this weekend are restricted as I'm moving in 2 weeks, but aiming to get the centre headlining board re cut & drilled ready to be covered again, and still want to get the bumpers sorted.... also paying a little visit somewhere about a little change. more on that to follow hopefully :ILU:
 

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So with the weater being as bad as it is, I've had to abandon most of todays plans and settle for a couple of little jobs, one of which was finishing off my centre console to match the door handles I did a while back. Basically involves old batman comics, pva glue and a bit of lacquer, this was the result;

Pre-lacquer



And lacquered and fitted



And the handles I'd already done;





Definately not to everyones taste, but I love the old comics, and this is something a bit different to the norm. Should look even better once I get the dash sprayed up in the summer.
 

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just had to comment on the awesome pics of Scotland - the drive from Glasgow up to Fort William I've done twice and both times its been stunning weather so views have been brilliant. Definitely my fav road for driving.

will use your pics to try and persuade Mrs to do that trip once my van is done.
 

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just had to comment on the awesome pics of Scotland - the drive from Glasgow up to Fort William I've done twice and both times its been stunning weather so views have been brilliant. Definitely my fav road for driving.

will use your pics to try and persuade Mrs to do that trip once my van is done.
Thanks chaps T:

yeh the whole trips roads were amazing to be honest, I always said the glen coe pass was my favourite road due to the scenary etc but the road over to skye is up there too, just wished the place was nearer and had less midgeys! probably wouldnt mention them though if your going up anytime may onwards.....
 

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Van looks brilliant mate! Mines is red with front windows too, ill be well happy to get mine looking like yours, actually looks real good with black bumpers because they match the wheels/windows.

Nice to see you guys are into Scotland trips, the majority of Scottish folks will have never even seen half these places. Cant wait to get my van done to do the same.

I think your units have made me want to do the Ike unit idea too, they look great, and for someone not great with woodwork (me) they will probably be the easiest.

What are they called? What sink/ hob did you go for?

Love it! T:
 

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Van looks brilliant mate! Mines is red with front windows too, ill be well happy to get mine looking like yours, actually looks real good with black bumpers because they match the wheels/windows.

Nice to see you guys are into Scotland trips, the majority of Scottish folks will have never even seen half these places. Cant wait to get my van done to do the same.

I think your units have made me want to do the Ike unit idea too, they look great, and for someone not great with woodwork (me) they will probably be the easiest.

What are they called? What sink/ hob did you go for?

Love it! T:
Yeh bumpers will be staying black, I prefer the contrast to be honest. Goes with the rest of the theme for the outside (or will do....)

I was in the same boat and have no woodwork skills what so ever, once you get your head around what you need to cut out of them, its relatively straight forward - more a mental workout with all the measuring. Would just say they do weigh ALOT so worth considering ways to reduce this. If i was doing it again, i'd think about cutting sections out the side of each unit and use a thinner worktop. The units are Ikea Faktum wall units in varying sizes, with gloss grey abstrakt doors and a Ikea worktop.

Hob & sink wise, I haven't got one installed. I toyed with the idea but I really don't like the idea of cooking in the van. Grease and smells all over the place. I've got a cheap twin hob that I can use outside or if its wet then on the floor of the van away from everything. each to there own as with everything, but works well for us.
 

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Great thread dude, your van is awesome! Loving the comic book touches and as a huge Marvel fanboy with a few spare comics tucked in the loft somewhere, was wondering if you could tell me how you did it?:D
 

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Thanks Jester

Basically, if your doing a flat section like the dash covers, then you cut a page / section from the comic book out roughly the right size, then using pva glue coat the panel in a layer and loosly place on the section of comic. then, concentrate on getting it as flat and smooth as possible. you'll want to do this now as once the glue goes off, it will be rock hard and you'll end up with lumps under the comic. you can either trim once dry and reglue the edges or when wet and do it all the same time, makes no difference.

if your doing a curved peice like the door handles etc, then you'll want to tear random peices of comic up (found it looked better than more square / even cut peices) and again, coat the plastic in pva, then the back of the peice of comic and stick on. just keep overlapping the sections until your happy with the look of it, no reason you can't add more when its dry if you fancy a change either.

Once its all dried (properly - takes a day or so in a warm place) you can spray some thin coats of lacquer over the top of it. I tried coating the whole thing with pva first thinking it would do the same job but hard to get smooth, and soemtimes went milky. so just leave as it is once you've finished sticking bits down, leave to dry and then lacquer. Needs to be fully dry (hard) before you lacquer as you'll also get a milky finish if lacquering when wet.

Hope thats ok, if you've any more questions, let me know T:
 

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Yeh bumpers will be staying black, I prefer the contrast to be honest. Goes with the rest of the theme for the outside (or will do....)

I was in the same boat and have no woodwork skills what so ever, once you get your head around what you need to cut out of them, its relatively straight forward - more a mental workout with all the measuring. Would just say they do weigh ALOT so worth considering ways to reduce this. If i was doing it again, i'd think about cutting sections out the side of each unit and use a thinner worktop. The units are Ikea Faktum wall units in varying sizes, with gloss grey abstrakt doors and a Ikea worktop.

Hob & sink wise, I haven't got one installed. I toyed with the idea but I really don't like the idea of cooking in the van. Grease and smells all over the place. I've got a cheap twin hob that I can use outside or if its wet then on the floor of the van away from everything. each to there own as with everything, but works well for us.
Yeh youve made me happy to keep mine black too, but i might need to get some black rims!

Looked at Ikea units, theyre pretty expensive, that must have cost you about £500? Cant you get pre-built units for a T4 for near enough that?

Im looking for easiest/cheapest way to have decent units!! T:
 

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Yeh wasn't far off that to be honest (cheaper doors could have saved us a chunk of money along with a cheaper worktop) , the benefit for us though was that we were able to do it in stages, and buy bits as and when we had the money. I.e finish the tall cupboard then do the rest of the units when we had more spare money.

The other thing was we were able to design it completely to fit our requirements, alot of the units I've seen pictures of, although complete and perfectly designed for a van, the cupboard space is no where near what we have with these. adjustable shelves to suit our needs, we also have the draws which are massively useful.

As you say, its alot of money, and I'm not completely happy about the weight of them but for usability there as good as you can get in my opinion. Everyone's different though so its just a case of finding the best set up to suit your requirements.
 

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Yeh your right, the full size of your units can be used as the doors are full size unlike the ones that are MDF with hatches cut. Thats obviously massively helpful for space.. Love the gloss doors too.

I understand what you mean by bit by bit, as im going to be doing it as i save the cash, im refusing to make myself skint by doing it as soon as i can, im going to save the cash then do it in stages. Like first stage being insulation, board and carpeting.

Top job T:
 

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Thanks Jester

Basically, if your doing a flat section like the dash covers, then you cut a page / section from the comic book out roughly the right size, then using pva glue coat the panel in a layer and loosly place on the section of comic. then, concentrate on getting it as flat and smooth as possible. you'll want to do this now as once the glue goes off, it will be rock hard and you'll end up with lumps under the comic. you can either trim once dry and reglue the edges or when wet and do it all the same time, makes no difference.

if your doing a curved peice like the door handles etc, then you'll want to tear random peices of comic up (found it looked better than more square / even cut peices) and again, coat the plastic in pva, then the back of the peice of comic and stick on. just keep overlapping the sections until your happy with the look of it, no reason you can't add more when its dry if you fancy a change either.

Once its all dried (properly - takes a day or so in a warm place) you can spray some thin coats of lacquer over the top of it. I tried coating the whole thing with pva first thinking it would do the same job but hard to get smooth, and soemtimes went milky. so just leave as it is once you've finished sticking bits down, leave to dry and then lacquer. Needs to be fully dry (hard) before you lacquer as you'll also get a milky finish if lacquering when wet.

Hope thats ok, if you've any more questions, let me know T:
Legend! Cheers dude! Now to persuade the wife it's a great idea! (it's her van!I:)T:
 

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Love it mate, good work...A:

How easy is it to remove the dash surrounds like you did for the comics? are they just clipped in?
 
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