Building an Adventure Van

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Geek, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. KrustyKustom

    KrustyKustom Lets Go....

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    Eduardo, I don't think Chris in the UK can sell us parts over here any more. I was able to get a dealer here in Texas to order a European part number (one that had never been sold in the US), they had to submit a request and MB had to release the PN for nafta sales. Took an extra week or two but they got it done. Try to get your dealer to run a availability on those windows.

    I was able to get genuinemercedesparts.com to order a European accessory as well , just total list price and gnarly lead time. Chris is bound by franchising rules, he can sell in the uk but then you have VAT tax and have to ship them to a third party in the UK and then ship em to US of A.

    Those windows are awesome though!!
  2. mr_magicfingers

    mr_magicfingers Adventurer

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    Geek, how simple would it be to have them delivered to a UK address and then posted on to you? I'm guessing they're fairly hefty things to handle, and probably expensive to ship, but I'm in the UK if I can be of any help.
  3. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    thanks gents.. turns out it is a moot point.. Chris wrote me back that they don't make the specific window I'm looking for - 144" passenger side rear with a slider in it :cry
  4. troidus

    troidus Long timer

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    Maybe there's a business opportunity for you. Look at the design of the mid-body slider and design something similar for the rear body, then have it prototyped and install it. Put the details about the window on a small magnetic sticker beneath the glass, and Sprinterphiles at all these outdoor gatherings you go to will notice and clamor for their own. Ramp up production once you get firm orders for 25 units.
  5. Rodzilla

    Rodzilla Horny as Hell

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    Come on Geek! Put one of those fancy fans like on the roof on the side of the Sprinter!
  6. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    That would be kinda cool.. I could deploy them as speed brakes in an emergency :rofl
  7. Ceri JC

    Ceri JC UK GSer

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    I spent a few weeks in January camping out of the back of a VW Crafter van in Tasmania. If I had had a bike trailer on the back, it'd have been perfect. Vans are waaaay better offroad than you would think. The long wheelbase ones give you a lot of time to react when the back starts coming around.
    :evil
  8. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Friday hooky!!! Live pic :D

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  9. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    you lucky dog.. owning your own business sure pays of... here I am stuck in the office for next couple of hours, only to work 15 more hours tomorrow... :cry:cry:cry:cry:eek1
  10. emerson.biguns

    emerson.biguns All idiot, no savant

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    I've been making a weak attempt at finding a set of seats to install as the first step in the Geekification of my KraftyKustom original. Found some possibilities on the Sprinter Forum but couldn't get replies from the sellers or the one I did hear back from wasn't really enthusiastic about having to ship. I got a wild hare yesterday and checked crazedlist and found some 2010s in Phoenix. Emailed back and forth all yesterday afternoon and left this morning at 7 and was home by 11:15 with this:

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    Not bad for $100 and $50 more for diesel. :clap

    I guess it's time to get to work.




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    But, I'm no Geek:

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  11. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Those are awesome! :bow

    If Cheryl ever knocks me up I'll have to buy some :rofl
  12. slydrite

    slydrite Yea buddy!

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    Just chiming in - here's a great place in your neck a da woods to learn some advanced ice/snow driving skills.

    http://winterdrive.com/

    I highly recommend making a trip up there before school is done until next winter...
  13. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Thanks for the link.. I worked as an advanced driving instructor in Canada in the Winter 20 years ago and spent lots of fun time sliding around and teaching students to do the same. That said, a refresher never hurts :freaky
  14. pvangel

    pvangel Team AARP

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    Are those seats out of a Sprinter? I am thinking of one and looked at one today that had sliding doors on both sides? And according to the owner a factory window in the roof? Can I ask how wide those seats are?
  15. pvangel

    pvangel Team AARP

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    Looked at this tonight and the fact that you can stand up in it and that it gets 25+ mpg has me wanting to get drink the cool aid

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  16. troidus

    troidus Long timer

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    Check it for rust. We're nowhere near the salt belt, but all the early- mid-00s Sprinters (Mercedes, Dodge, Freightliner) around here have visible rust. Appparently they have no galvanizing and have a single layer of watercolor for paint.
  17. pvangel

    pvangel Team AARP

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    It had some spots of rust but the cleanest one I have seen yet, original owner who is a carpet salesman and just carried samples so floor was perfect and interior was perfect. 110000 miles with new tires and brakes 10k ago
  18. emerson.biguns

    emerson.biguns All idiot, no savant

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    Yes, they were from a 2010 model. So, I'll have to do some fabricating to mount them in my '03. I plan on building 3 rails that the feet will clip in to and mount that to the floor. Most difficult part will be dropping the fuel tank to get to the underside of the cargo floor.

    I think seats come in 2, 3 and 4 options. 3's go by the slider, 2's next and 4's in the far rear.

    The double slider option is fantastic.

    Read up on the Sprinter points of failure over at the Sprinter Forum. Just do a quick Google search. Biggest thing to check is "black death". But, you are close to one of the biggest experts, Dr. Andy Bittenbinder in PA.

    Good luck with your shopping. I really enjoy driving mine long distances.




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  19. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    DEF light just came on.. 18,563 miles.
    Can I make it to the 20,000 mile service on what's left in the tank?

    :lurk
  20. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    Pee in it, maybe it will dilute....