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  1. #16
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    I waaayyyyyy over did it this Monday riding my bike in the cold air. Seriously hurt my lungs and just today am I starting to feel 100% again. So not much more has been done on the interior.


    Here are a few pics of the wheel well storage I built.





    Untitled by boardrider247, on Flickr



    Untitled by boardrider247, on Flickr



    Untitled by boardrider247, on Flickr




    It is currently "lightly" assembled. With just a few screws.
    The angle brackets that hold it in place are bolted through the floor with 1/2" bolts and some of the rivnuts which the PO had installed for steel cabinets.



    Untitled by boardrider247, on Flickr





    Untitled by boardrider247, on Flickr




    When I have my deck hatches in hand those will get cut in and then the whole works will be dis assembled and re assembled using construction adhesive and many more screws.


    I chose to build this using "uv protected" birch plywood. This was only about 4$ more per sheet then regular birch ply. I'm hoping the coating on it provides some extra measure of protection from water.


    I'm still undecided on how to finish these boxes once they are completely assembled. I have plenty of hulliner material. I would like something more durable though for at least the lower portions. One thought I had was using bedliner on the floor then continuing it up the sides of the boxes. Another was gluing up the plastex product I attempted to use for the walls.


    Anyone used bedliner on wood before?
    I'm all ears for any other suggestions here:elkgrin:
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  2. #17
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    Dang, nice! I had no idea you had done this much on the thing already. All I saw in the fall was the shelving! I bet it's nice and quiet with all the insulation.

    That westy top is going to be nice too, is that a common addition?
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  3. #18
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    Awesome project and vehicle.
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  4. #19
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    Very cool project! Maybe I missed it but, which engine & trans does this thing have?
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    Awesome!

    At what stage do the sides get painted?

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  6. #21
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    Quote Originally Posted by palmer View Post
    Dang, nice! I had no idea you had done this much on the thing already. All I saw in the fall was the shelving! I bet it's nice and quiet with all the insulation.

    That westy top is going to be nice too, is that a common addition?
    Shit! I didn't even think to show you the interior on Tuesday. It's kind of underwhelming for me to look at when I think about how much work it was to get there and how far I still have to go.

    I have found a few pictures of westy tops on these vans. So it has been done I'm not breaking any new ground. But it is far from common.

    Quote Originally Posted by mimalmo View Post
    Very cool project! Maybe I missed it but, which engine & trans does this thing have?
    The GM fullsize awd vans were only ever available with the 5.3l v8 I believe the transmission is the 4l60e.
    Basically it's the same drivetrain platform as a awd avalanche. But very similar to any tahoe or Yukon as well.
    There have been people swapping out the transfer case for a true hi/lo 4wd unit. I may go down that road someday.
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    The motorcycle is a work of art, a testament to the corner gods, and as with all religious endevours, requires a bit of ceremony and respect.

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    Wow! That thing is awesome! Its almost like GM's version of the Sportmobile

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    Dream vehicle for this van lover. Nice by you!

    Agreed with Justion337, sides need some epic fantasy battle scenes ASAP!!
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    Wow good work. I'm always impressed when people do work of this quality. I can't wait to see how this turns out.
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    Thanks for sharing! I love when things are done 100 percent by yourself, it's awesome to know every nook and cranny of a vehicle.

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    way cool

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    Really digging this build! Keep up the amazing work.

  13. #28
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    Thanks for the kudos everyone. I helps keep me motivated to keep documenting this when people are genuinely interested.


    Quote Originally Posted by natehack5 View Post
    Dream vehicle for this van lover. Nice by you!

    Agreed with Justion337, sides need some epic fantasy battle scenes ASAP!!
    Sorry no fantasy battle porno scenes on this van. I would like to do a simple monochromatic art vinyl at some point though.

    Kind of like this
    image by boardrider247, on Flickr
    Some day I'm going to build an airplane/Then I'm going to die in a plane crash
    The motorcycle is a work of art, a testament to the corner gods, and as with all religious endevours, requires a bit of ceremony and respect.

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    Aww come on, just begs can art.

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    Stop Stop Stop. A penis can only get so hard.
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