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Old 12-11-2011, 12:13 PM   #1096
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On the bottom, the cutting occurs on some of mercedes sound damping squares...

This stuff has to all be removed and cleaned up


BEST. INVENTION. EVER.

Basically a 20,000 hz eletric scraper


it allowed me to clean that gooey mess off in seconds... literally like scraping butter off of a plate.


I'm sure with a hand scraper it would have taken me an hour and a lot of sweat/arm fatigue.

It appears that mercedes puts those sound pads on BEFORE they paint the van

That's bare metal underneath....
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Old 12-11-2011, 12:16 PM   #1097
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Got the drill out and created the 16 holes. Deburred everything and then gave it all a good wipe down with alcohol.
The alcohol felt really good in all my fresh metal shavings cuts



taped it all off and then primed it all. (inside and out)


also painted the aluminum re-enforcement strips



...and this is how the van sits at this very minute.
The temperature has made it up to a balmy 43 degrees and I'm letting the primer dry for an hour or so while we eat lunch.



Then, on to phase 2... installing the fan

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Old 12-11-2011, 02:59 PM   #1098
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Then, on to phase 2... installing the fan
Its fixin to get cold out. Its already dark here in NoVA.

You have fan or do you still have a big ass hole in yer roof?



Oh, and someone pass the popcorn! The only way this could get better is if we were all around the van heckling ahem helping.



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Old 12-11-2011, 03:22 PM   #1099
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It all went horribly wrong!
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Old 12-11-2011, 03:25 PM   #1100
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It all went horribly wrong!
RUH ROHHH

Indigestion?

Or the vent?
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Old 12-11-2011, 03:28 PM   #1101
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Old 12-11-2011, 03:29 PM   #1102
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Old 12-11-2011, 04:13 PM   #1103
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Indigestion?

Or the vent?
Nah.. the vent is perfect. s

It is this white shit all over my fingers.. I can't get it off!
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Old 12-11-2011, 04:14 PM   #1104
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Old 12-11-2011, 04:17 PM   #1105
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Maxxair Fan Installation continued (& concluded )

So taking the mounting bracket, I put butyl tape around being sure to cover every screw hole.


I then put a bead of 230 around the inside of butyl tape (probably overkill.. but I consider it one more layer of cheap insurance against leaks)


Into the hole the frame goes - making sure to keep the mounting nuts to the sides (that the fan bolts to) and then laying the aluminum re-enforcement strips in place:


I put a big dollop onto the top threads of each screw as I put them in the hole


Then once things were all bolted down (careful not to overtighten and squeeze the butyl out) I put a bead around the outside of the ring and a dollop on the head of each screw.


Then onto the roof with the fan itself.


The fan slides easily into the hole and is mounted with a simple set of 4 screws - 2 on each side


Down inside you can see everything mounted up. I'll trim the extra bolt length off if need be when doing the ceiling but I don't think they'll be an issue


..because this sleeve goes over the unit and mounts flush to the ceiling.. someday.. when I have a ceiling?
The sleeve is 4 inches deep.. you trim it to whatever you need it to be.


Pretty simple wiring.. just a postivie and negative (note the BLACK WIRE IS POSITIVE on the fan!!! )... and voila!

Works like a champ :



There are controls on the fan itself as well as the remote control.

This particular model has 10 speeds, can blow in or out, or can be used as a ceiling fan with the lid closed. You can also open the lid without the fan if you want ventilation.

Due to its design you can also leave it open while driving if you want as well as in the rain.
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Old 12-11-2011, 04:19 PM   #1106
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Old 12-11-2011, 04:20 PM   #1107
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.. yeah I know the poor thing needs a bath
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Old 12-11-2011, 04:46 PM   #1108
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let cure, then start up belt sander, apply fingers carefully to moving belt.

Problem solved.


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Old 12-11-2011, 05:26 PM   #1109
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Slip some of these over those bolts before you poke a hole in yer head.

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Old 12-11-2011, 06:47 PM   #1110
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