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Old 11-26-2014, 06:49 PM   #1
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Cool2 Eurovan Blu.O (2.0)

Just sold my last Eurovan build and I'm starting a new project Eurovan.

If you didn't read the thread on the other Eurovan Conversion from GLS to Weekender you can find it here.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=859597


Here are a few quick pictures of that van finished.







Long story short, nearly every mechanical bit of that van is brand spanking new, its a GLS to Weekender conversion so it gains rear AC and 3 zone climate control that no factory delivered poptop came with. Then add the custom bits.

I've always loved the blue Eurovan and wanted to built a TDI (Diesel) with factory parts and syncro. So that is the goal with the new van. (I originally wanted a blue van)

I had so much fun building and using the first one and seeing how excited the new family is to have it that I'm going to build this one for my family but would be willing to sell it for the right price at any point along the way or possibly build one for someone that wants one.

I picked up a 1999 Westfalia Weekender with 235K on the chassis but only 17K on the engine. Since I end up making nearly everything on the van new the mileage on the chassis isn't going to be a big deal.

I actually bought this van from a really nice family and drove it over 1,000 miles home without issues.

Here it is at home! You may recognize the wheels from the black van. They were my snow tires that did not get sold with the black van. So on they went.



I've got my eye on a set of ML350 16" wheels that I think will work great with BFG 215/70/16s for a nice off road look. [/img]


Basically I'm planning on building this van but MUCH nicer.




Here is the list I have going in my head right now. Not complete but should give you an idea.

-2.5L Euro TDI with 5 Speed manual
-Syncro
-Diesel furnace
-Double DIN stereo in factory location
-All body work done, new front fenders (they are rusty), new paint...maybe more metallic but same color. Other custom bits and body mods.
-Ceramic window tint for heat reduction
-New 3 window top
-16" wheels and off road tires
-Lift and HD shocks
-Custom upholstery, and bedding.
-Poptop struts
-Roof rack.
-Bigger brakes
-New tie rods, CV shafts, brakes, hoses, etc, etc, etc, etc
-Rubber/vinyl floor
-Custom real wood table, upper and rear bunks.
-Custom interior painting of all interior steel to match the outside of the van. (seat bases, table leg, rear bed supports, door grab handles?, upper bed cross frames, )
-Custom curtains.
-Leather steering wheel.
-Euro cubby and/or glovebox for passenger side.
-Hazard switch relocation for boost gauge.
-Heated seats.
-Potentially dual house batteries.
-Solar
-Skid plate.
-LED interior lighting, all of it.
-Awning.
-Driving lights.
-Full insulation and sound deadening.
-Every little bracket and metal piece that comes off will get media blasted and painted or powder coated before going back on

......and potentially a carbon fiber top that we have started working on!



There is a lot about this van that will be simple restoration type stuff. Little things wrong with a car really bug me!

I've already started to play with it a little bit. When I picked it up it had a broken sun visor. Thankfully I had one laying around from the last van.




Notice that there are no Govt warning labels on the visors! I can't stand these nanny labels. Not so much the warning but the placement. They can make a very nice looking interior look crappy.

It literally takes 2 minutes to wipe them off with Acetone.



It's the little details like this that can make the difference between a cool looking ride and one that just looks off. This is a much cleaner look.




I also collected a few switches for future use. The two heated seat switches and the hazard switch are new additions. That radio is going away to be replaced with a double DIN one too.(fun with the welder)



My growing collection of leather steering wheels. The fat 3 spoke leather ones are MUCH nicer to drive with than the 4 spoke plastic one that comes in the Eurovan. But they are not nearly as plug and play in this 1999 as they were in my 2002.

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Old 11-26-2014, 07:51 PM   #2
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I want a leather steering wheel.



What are the specifics on this? Which one did you use? Does it still have an airbag in it? Adapters??
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Old 11-26-2014, 08:49 PM   #3
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What are the specifics on this? Which one did you use? Does it still have an airbag in it? Adapters??
The details are actually all in the other thread.

For a 2001-2003 it's a fairly simple swap. I haven't figured it out yet for the pre-2001 steering shaft.

VW/Audi used "small spline" and "large spline" All Eurovans are "small spline" for all years. The fat airbag wheels all seem to be "large spline". Fortunately VW made a factory adapter that was used on some transission year cars.

The adapter requires a big hammer and destroying the donor steering column to remove. The adapter need shortened a few mm to fit on a Eurovan.

The airbag itself is the exact same part(not the center part of the whee, but the airbag inside it) So the airbag plugs right in and works like stock.(cause it is).

The horn on the Audi wheel needs the polarity reversed because the horn itself grounds differently.

I'd probably be willing to sell one of my wheels for $125 with an adapter. (Might have a few nicked up splines but should still be 100% safe)

I'll find the pictures from the other thread when I'm not posting from my phone.
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Old 11-26-2014, 09:25 PM   #4
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Great, another custom van build thread.

I enjoyed the last one but found it late so had lots of catching up to do.

As mentioned before, I enjoy your attention to detail and making it a practical, useful vehicle.

Have fun, I will be watching
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Here is the list I have going in my head right now.
-2.5L Euro TDI with 5 Speed manual
-Syncro
You are building a Unicorn. I don't know if some of the inmates reading this realize what this might be worth.
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I also collected a few switches for future use. The two heated seat switches and the hazard switch are new additions. That radio is going away to be replaced with a double DIN one too.(fun with the welder)


In! That's going to be a very sweet ride

I've got an order of pieces coming from SD - brakes all around, center & rear exhaust + Blistein HD.

Will be adding aux lights front and rear soon - have been trying to determine if there are in dash factory switches available - you aware of anything?

BTW - the 'useless' 2nd DIN is fantastic place to store old man's magnifier glasses
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You are building a Unicorn. I don't know if some of the inmates reading this realize what this might be worth.
That's why this should be fun...
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In! That's going to be a very sweet ride

I've got an order of pieces coming from SD - brakes all around, center & rear exhaust + Blistein HD.

Will be adding aux lights front and rear soon - have been trying to determine if there are in dash factory switches available - you aware of anything?
Sounds cool!


I'm still trying to figure out all the factory switch options.

The hazard switch in my picture above is from a Passat. They are slightly loose in the dash but close enough to look stock. The symbol on it looks like acetone would remove it easily if you wanted to use them for other functions.
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So pumped. I've watched your threads here and at Expo. The Sprinter van is awesome and I'm excited to see what you do with this one! I drive a Tdi JSW now but with an additional 125# furry friend on the way from my folks, the wagon seems small for 3 pups.

Have fun!
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BTW - the 'useless' 2nd DIN is fantastic place to store old man's magnifier glasses

My ScanGauge 2 fits in there perfect too.
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