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Old 12-10-2014, 06:42 AM   #1
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The MARLBORO VAN

Couple inmates suggested I share this here for your viewing pleasure.

2008 loaded GMC saVANa with 6,000 miles on the clock (yup. 6,000) and factory tow package for a steal.

Ain't she a beaut!!! Big picture window! An runnin boards!! FER THA LADIES!!


Check out this bitchin interior!! Fold down couch!



Even had a bunch of stuff hidden under the couch. Never knew until we got home. Rad thule table that hooks outside and a brand new stove!!



Brand new porta pot?? Really REALLY unsure about this thing. Dirt Flirt (wife) say no, no, no, nope, nonono HELL NO! I could see the benefits to not stopping every 2 hours. Further research required.


2 stereos Jesus?? Lawd have mercy.


Hmmmm....


Interesting. The charger was sitting on the porta potty when I first opened it. Factory charger clamps just clamped to the battery.



So I tore off the running boards before they fell off, grabbed our little buddy heater, some blankets, some brews and a DVD went out to the forest and spent the night in it and as you can imagine, it sucked loudly. TV quit after 5 minutes and the bed was horrible. But we had fire and brews and eachother.


And we woke up to this.


I mean still better than being stuck in the house but it could have been so much better.

It will be so much better.



Let's hear some comments on this RADICAL RIG!!
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Old 12-10-2014, 08:07 AM   #2
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That's a fine wrestle-castle you got there!
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Old 12-10-2014, 08:22 AM   #3
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Old 12-10-2014, 08:23 AM   #4
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There's some fun to be had with that rig.
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Old 12-10-2014, 10:03 AM   #5
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La-Z-boy, couch and a porta potti. Good to go! What's the deal with the dual radio's? seems weird, and quite a waste of space the way they are installed up there. I won't bother to mention the flooded battery in the living space, I'm sure you'll address that.

Good looking van, you gonna do a big build out or keep it simple and camp in it?
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Old 12-10-2014, 10:25 AM   #6
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That porta pot is a life saver in the boonies. Not so much on the road though.

C'mon, I know how this is going. Show em whatcha did so far!
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Old 12-10-2014, 11:38 AM   #7
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Might be a Habit or a Rosary stashed under the front seat.
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Old 12-10-2014, 04:47 PM   #8
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The sofa looks suspiciously similar to all the sucky "jackknife" units that come in RVs. If that's the case, there is no hope, they just flat out suck.
Great looking rig, crazy low miles, it looks like a great purchase. Good luck.
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Old 12-10-2014, 06:11 PM   #9
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what's the deal with the dual radio's? Seems weird, and quite a waste of space the way they are installed up there.

a waste indeed. One was wired to the speakers. The other was the dvd player wired to a wireless headphone transmitter. To play it over the speaker you had to tune in the proper frequency with that stereo. Don't ask me why.

i won't bother to mention the flooded battery in the living space, i'm sure you'll address that.

oh yes.

good looking van, you gonna do a big build out or keep it simple and camp in it?

semi big yet simple, for now...
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that porta pot is a life saver in the boonies. Not so much on the road though.

c'mon, i know how this is going. Show em whatcha did so far!
you hush!!
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Old 12-10-2014, 06:21 PM   #10
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Tear down. The original builder was a very elderly man who passed before he got to use the van. I swear he built it using his baby food jar full of every different kind of screw known to man. No two alike.
Phillips head, flat head, button head, allen head, clutch head, rail head, dough head, torx head, square head, all of it....






How the fck am I gonna get this carpet off?!?! It's liquid nails or something. Still haven't tackled that yet. Thinking about a crud stripper on a angle grinder.


Most of it just fell out of the van.




This whole mess is the reason it was so cheap. Nobody wanted it. Car lot was scared to death to try and strip it out.
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Old 12-10-2014, 08:46 PM   #11
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Classic, good luck!
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Old 12-11-2014, 06:58 AM   #12
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Purrdy cool. My dad has a sprinter he is building.

Now you must paint it like this:



And then put some marlboro miles on it

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Old 12-11-2014, 10:51 PM   #13
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Since I bought the van I kept seeing ants. Just one here and one there but seemed weird. Then it got cold and I quit seeing them and didn't think about it. Oh here they are...
No big deal. All gone now.



The window wasn't installed awesomely. Yes, it's crooked... No, I'm not redoing it. It will be hidden by trim and not so noticeable.


Got the van supports tied together and feeling solid. All mounts are 3/8"-24 rivnuts. Very stout.



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Old 12-12-2014, 05:16 AM   #14
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Nice work

I need to start working with rivnuts more. How much pull out strength do they have?
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Old 12-12-2014, 05:37 AM   #15
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Nice work

I need to start working with rivnuts more. How much pull out strength do they have?
No idea. They flare out pretty big on the backside. Failure point would be a sizeable hole torn out of truck body. The truck body would fail way before the hardware. 3/8-24 is beefy.
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