Building an Adventure Van

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

  1. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Because I'm using 15 series 8020.
    The 40 series 8020 (metric) doesn't have the seamless smooth sections available that I'm using in the van (things like the round ball 3 way connector) - only the 15 series has that.. so I was forced out of the gate to go 1.5" instead of 40mm which means everything is 5/16-18 instead of M8. Basically the 15 series has the most options.

    It sucks... I know. Metric makes so much more sense but alas 8020 is an american company :D

    i.e. 15 series has these available (no other series does):

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  2. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    FWIW... Sprinters have always been Mercedes. They were just badged Dodge back when Daimler owned Chrysler. So they are kind of the opposite - rebadged Mercedes.
    You can also get them as Freightliners in 2009/2010.

    :freaky
  3. zgfiredude

    zgfiredude Old Fart in Training.......

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    Oh my gawd!

    It took me two days and a bunch of idle time to read/scan through 114 pages of this thread! :eek1




    Oh, and I enjoyed every minute! Nice work, keep it coming, and I'll be using some of this 8020 stuff in my soon to be purchased 6x10 enclosed trailer. My pocket-book thanks you for that!!! :huh


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  4. herbieGB

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    Hey, I just gotta Freightliner thats an 04 Im converting. Think they had a couple years labeled as both.

    Hey, thanks for all the great ideas! Great post(s)!
    Thinkin im gonna go the hanging method for my bed(s) though. Hook and eyelet on the wall and eyelets and straps from the ceiling, then i can adjust the angle when parking/sleeping on streets, or throw the bed on the roof rack stary nights :choppa
  5. mark883

    mark883 and the mysterians

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    Welcome to the Cult of Sprinter. Enjoy the rust! I've got an '03 'Dodge' with the DOG / ADV / Bad Monkey Racing rebadge kit.

    SPRINTER THREAD NOW! (So we quit pooping up Geek's thread. The Vans! thread can think we're a bit snooty / whiney at times. Guess we're the BMW GSs of the Van World :lol3)
  6. Mr. J

    Mr. J Banned

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    your idea; you get to go first
  7. mark883

    mark883 and the mysterians

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    Ok. fine. Be that way.



    :D
  8. herbieGB

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    Thinkin ill try and avoid rust by sanding/priming the spots i have now and covering the whole thing in black matte vinyl! Should at least DELAY the inevitable
  9. Mr. J

    Mr. J Banned

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    i've had good luck with this:

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  10. troidus

    troidus Long timer

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    Primer isn't usually waterproof, and moisture will get behind the vinyl. You'll want to put some kind of paint on it, even if it's just rattlecan, before applying the vinyl.
  11. Katoom119

    Katoom119 Mmmm....Orange Kool-aid

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    Lot of guys over on Jeep Forum have used this. Put it right over the rust and said they've never had another problem with it.
  12. pfb

    pfb Riding, not skiing.

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    I also have never used POR15, but the stuff is supposed to be awesome. Self leveling, clean finish, easy to use. But a bit expensive.

    Some of the restoration guys over on www.garagejournal.com love it.

    (By the way, garagejournal is a very cool web site for tool/garage/fabrication geeks, check it out!)
  13. zgfiredude

    zgfiredude Old Fart in Training.......

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    POR 15 is easy to use and great stuff. In my opinion, worth the money. I've used it in my VW bug Convertible resto project, and I'm sold.
  14. exiledinaus

    exiledinaus Get off my land!!!

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    Hi Geek, Hows it going?


    I loved your sprinter write up on Sprinter Source... and my jaw dropped when i saw you also had a 990...


    I have a 2007 NCV3 LWB which is currently being pimped out for me at www.reisevan.de , I ride a 990 ADV, and my name is Edward.

    :eek1

    its a small world ain't it? :lol3

    I will post a write up on here when its done - sadly... i am not a great Wrench... so all the hardwork is being done for me...


    So now a practical question - the BFGs you had put on - do they just fit straight on, no rubbing, no issues to date? The van looks soooo much better with them than the stock Conti Vancos that I currently have on mine...

    :ear
  15. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Holy cow! There's TWO of em?!

    :eek1

    :D

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  16. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Good to meet you Edward :freaky

    Talk about small world syndrome...

    Back in 2004 I lived in North Texas and rode sportbikes. I met another guy from Austin Texas who also rode sportbikes. Both of us are named "Edward Thomas Walker" and both of our father's are named "Thomas Walker" (but not the same guy.. we checked) :rofl

    I wonder if he owns a sprinter and an LC8 now? :D
  17. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    Now that's freaky!

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  18. jjustj

    jjustj cum petris et choris

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  19. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    So the rivnuts arrived

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    These suckers are pretty beefy!

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    ...now just waiting for the tool to arrive. :lurk
  20. Cycle61

    Cycle61 wannabe

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    Dang, you might have just one-upped my evil twin story.

    Met another Nick Davis once, on a camping trip at Deception Pass up in Washington. This alone is way cool when you're like 12, but this kid turned out to have the same birthday as I did, one year older. And we had exactly the same cheapass K-mart digital watches, set within a few tenths of a second of each other.

    Okay, that sounds dumb now that I typed it all out. :norton