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  1. #31
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    Pretty awesome. I'm assuming these are fulltime AWD.

    What kind of MPGs have you been seeing?
    Is this a 3/4 ton?

  2. #32
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    Quote Originally Posted by TTaM View Post
    Pretty awesome. I'm assuming these are fulltime AWD.

    What kind of MPGs have you been seeing?
    Is this a 3/4 ton?
    Yes fulltime AWD similar to the astro vans.
    MPGs were running 17+ hwy with the stock tires, which had some of the spongiest sidewalls I have ever seen.

    1/2 ton
    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.

  3. #33
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    neat build.

    Would read again, 9/10

    do the dogs get motion sick, since they don't have any windows? i would if i were a dog.

    also in4 van porn




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    Quote Originally Posted by JPB View Post
    neat build.

    Would read again, 9/10

    do the dogs get motion sick, since they don't have any windows? i would if i were a dog.
    Thanks!

    These dogs are generally crated when we are driving so they are comfortable moving in closed spaces. They have been all over the west side of the country a few times, traveling is pretty natural for them now.
    They do enjoy sitting in the passenger seat looking out the window when I let them though.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by boardrider247 View Post
    They do enjoy sitting in the passenger seat looking out the window when I let them though.
    So where is your wife then? Locked in a crate?

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    ^ bahaha locked in the crate.

    this looks is awesome:



    a side note. i think you should have used steel rivets if you are riveting into steel. aluminum rivets into steel will loosen up.

  7. #37
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    rad build! I love seeing the progression of all of this.

    bet it's pretty quiet on the inside! I'm assuming the foil-laced bubblewrap is for sound-deadening purposes? I've never heard of it before.
    - Taylor

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    Quote Originally Posted by TTaM View Post
    So where is your wife then? Locked in a crate?
    I don't bring her everywhere

    Quote Originally Posted by VR6GTI View Post
    ^ bahaha locked in the crate.


    a side note. i think you should have used steel rivets if you are riveting into steel. aluminum rivets into steel will loosen up.
    i used aluminum for the corrosion resistance. If they do loosen over time it will be easy enough to change them out.

    Quote Originally Posted by momo View Post
    I'm assuming the foil-laced bubblewrap is for sound-deadening purposes? I've never heard of it before.
    Its actually a type of thermal insulation called a radiant barrier. In my case I also used it as a vapor barrier.

    energy.gov/energysaver/articles/radiant-barriers
    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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    do you worry that with 3+ mammals in an airtight truck with just 2 windows to use for ventilation, about condensation? Not that you'll be using it cold like today's but running the defrost nonstop?
    I know there's a fan in the back, but does that run while driving?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPB View Post
    do you worry that with 3+ mammals in an airtight truck with just 2 windows to use for ventilation, about condensation? Not that you'll be using it cold like today's but running the defrost nonstop?
    I know there's a fan in the back, but does that run while driving?
    Condensation while driving? No that was never much of a concern, I mean they offer these vans in a 15 passenger version. Yes those have more windows but I doubt anyone is running around with the windows open when it's cold out.

    While sleeping in it condensation was of a great concern. That is why I took so much time insulating and taping all the seems to create a vapor barrier. This will prevent condensation from forming on the steel of the van. Obviously the windows are still going to have problems but there isn't a whole lot I can do about those. Other then keeping some airflow moving.
    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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    A little more progress the last couple days.


    I built the passenger side storage box (mostly).

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    I say mostly because I fouled up the top piece and am going to need to re make it
    Oops

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    Also installed some airline track as a "trim" between the wall and ceiling. This is going to be very useful :sombrero:



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    I'm currently trying to decide how much effort I need to put into finishing the storage boxes.
    I will be taking them back apart to glue and nail or screw them back together. At that point I'm considering fiberglassing the corners or the whole unit. Though I'm not sure the extra steps to fiberglass are necessary.
    Then I will most likely cover them and the floor with bedliner.
    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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    Awesome build.

    Needs wood paneling inside and 3 wolf moon mural outside.

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    It's a bit harder to fly under the radar when your van is painted up like a disco rapist.
    Quote Originally Posted by JPB View Post
    listen to you old hags fussing over burrito prices. why don't you swing your purses at each other.

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    Gun control is like trying to reduce drunk driving by making it tougher for sober people to own cars.

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    Got some time in today working on my storage boxes.


    Marked out a hole for the hatches

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    Drilled the corners

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    Cut a rough opening

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    This allowed access to the back side of the carriage bolts so I could remove the boxes from the van.


    I cut the opening for the hatches a little more accurately.

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    Next I laid out the plastex and cut oversized pieces to glue up on the boxes.

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    No pictures but I used a water based weldwood contact cement to glue up the plastex to the boxes.
    Then I trimmed back the excess plastex with a utility knife.
    Pro tip. If you have two utility knives on the workbench and put a new blade in one of them, make sure you grab the knife with the new blade before getting pissed off about how hard the plastex is cutting


    That got me here

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    And this is the mostly finished product with corner guard ready to go back in the van.

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    I still have the curbside box to Finish.
    Then I think my next van project will be tackle the electrical and house battery systems.
    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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