Building an Adventure Van

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  1. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    I can't wait to see how the plasti-dip turns out - post pics! :lurk

    p.s.You can buy 8020 quickly and easily from their e-bay store.

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  2. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    I picked up some goodies at ginslung's house yesterday :freaky

    Hopefully I can get some time to get to work and take some pics in the next few days.. :lurk
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    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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  4. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Thanks :freaky


    A bunch of samples showed up i the mail. Now to choose... :hmmmmm

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  5. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    the one that's in focus should do

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  6. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    we are waiting for a sunny day to see what they really look like with the wood.. but right now the copper one behind the blue one is in the lead. :lurk
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    Big Bird 928 Long timer

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    why fabric? CHAIN MAILLE FTW!!!!
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    FreeTheBeast Shunpiker

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    I like the [BMW] blue. :D

  9. ian408

    ian408 Oh? Administrator

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    This isn't Blog Building an Adventure Van :lol3
  10. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Sam: and paint the outslide like an Object 268 or an IS7? :rofl

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  12. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    BMW M colors!

    That sounds familiar :rofl :freaky

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    Giggity ..........

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  14. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Six windows have just been ordered. One of which is being custom built and will take about 3 weeks.

    I'm fixing to cut a bunch of really big holes :eek1


    Giggity: might you be available to drop by one afternoon and hold a window in place while I attach them? We're going to see if Cheryl can handle it but I've gotta come up with a plan B quickly if Cheryl's not able to hold them in place (and it'll be an emergency because the side of the van will be all opened up!).

    It shouldn't take long at that point.

    There'd be beer in it for you :D

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  15. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    What do you plan to use to cut the holes, Geek?
  16. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    I used this to cut the hole in the roof (didn't work the best)
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    I used this to cut the hole in the floor (worked great but might not be delicate enough for this job)
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    I think I'm going to use this as an excuse to buy one of these:
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    for the window cutting :D

    First I will use a drill with a fine drill bit to transfer the stamping from the inside of the van to the outside (drilling 2308230328 holes.. then play connect the dots). The reason is that the template for the cut is on the inside of the van - but isn't smooth enough to run a jigsaw along (where as the outside is).

    Most guys I've read have had good success with the jigsaw. The only complaint being metal shavings. I'm going to put some delron on the feet of the jigsaw to keep it from scratching the paint (if shavings go under it) and I'm going to have Cheryl follow along with my cut with the shop vac to try and minimize the mess.
  17. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    :thumb

    I'm thinking about some work to the interior, which will mean taking the inner walls out for awhile; thinking that may be the time to do portholes. :evil :scared
  18. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Some other folks have suggested a "nibbler" (or metal sheer).

    The good side of a nibbler: no shavings/no mess.. it just rolls the cut up like a tuna can.

    The bad side of a nibbler: they are SUPER accurate which means super sensitive to input - which means large repercussions for mistakes. I've read a nightmare where a guy let the nibbler "get away".

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    The nibbler is probably the best solution but as I have no practice/existing experience with one and the repercussions for doing it wrong are significant - I'm going to probably chicken out and use a jigsaw which is a technology I've experience with.

    I'll use bed sheets and a shopvac to control the shavings.

    :freaky
  19. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    I've also ordered a Fiamma F65S awning for the van... so more holes to drill in the roof :D

    I'm really chomping at the bit to get back to work on the van... the Counter Top cutting will be the next item hopefully this weekend.

    er... if mother nature would cooperate :patch
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    .mobile
  20. SafetyThird

    SafetyThird Been here awhile

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    If you mount a small guide you could make a nice job of it.

    It's also a perfect excuse to buy a plasma cutter. You know you need one.