Screwing around with a VW Eurovan!

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  1. Xtremjeepn

    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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    I'm still waiting on parts to isolate the house battery from the chassis battery.



    .....but I figure with the Pikes Peak Hill Climb coming up this weekend. I needed to push forward with a couple of misc projects.

    The factory light over the table has been missing its bulbs. On top of that the circuit board didn't seem to work as I couldn't get power to pass through it. So I took it completely apart and added a 20 LED 2x3" light board in place of the bulbs. Wired it through the factory switch.

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    I don't know if any of you ever noticed. The rear light above the bed had been replaced by the previous owner with a VERY ghettofab set up. You can see it here in the background.

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    Among the parts I got from the lady I helped fix her van was this florescent fixture. It was stock on some years in the spot above the tabel where my other light is.

    I wired it in to the house battery in the back. Looks MUCH better. The bulb was good so I left it for the moment.

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    Here is both of them on in a completely dark garage. Ultimately I'm going to add some LED rope lighting for mood and lighting in other spots of the van. But this will get it up and running for this race weekend.



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  2. Xtremjeepn

    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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    Here is a shot of out camp spot for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb! That is the race course just behind the van!

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    Unfortunately, we were also in the landing zone for the Flight for Life Helicopter that had to land twice for motorcyclists. We think both are going to be okay.

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    .....and here is the new record holder Sebastian Loeb. I can't even begin to describe how much faster he went by us compared to the other cars/bikes! 8:13 was the time, absolutely crushing the previous record.

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  3. ducnut

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    Given his "normal" race courses, PP was probably child's play, for him.
  4. Xtremjeepn

    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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    Probably true! Very impressive to see the speed difference in person. Every car after that just seemed slow.:lol3
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    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    So we'll be expecting another baby soon then?:rofl
  6. Xtremjeepn

    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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    :rofl



    I'm going to need a bigger van!

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    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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    We went to a "cars and coffee" this last Saturday. Tons of really cool, unique and expensive cars! Always fun. We took the van! Which ends up being a constant conversation topic.

    Picture my friend at 3Zero3 Motorsports took and posted on their Facebook page.

    Also a great quote on a local forum by a friend of mine!



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  8. Xtremjeepn

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    Minor tinkering today.

    Mounted and wired up a continuos duty solenoid today for the house battery. When the key is on, both batteries will charge from the alternator. When the key is off they are kept separate so that the house functions don't drain the starting battery.

    Right now there is only one overhead light and a 12v power outlet (x4) for charging phones/ipads/camera batteries/flashlights/etc.

    Need to go back when I have some more time and wire the LED overhead light and the other power outlet ports to the house battery. Will probably wire the stereo to it also. Just need to decide what I'm doing with the stereo.

    Simple solution.

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    I've actually got a couple of big fuses I'll wire inline when I upgrade the alternator.
  9. Xtremjeepn

    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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    Took th van out for 5 days of camping. Started in Manitou Springs, headed over to Lake Irwin just outside Crested Butte, Down to Telluride for a few days, back through Salida and Buena Vista.

    Although 4wd wasn't ever needed the thought did cross my mind that it would be nice to have. So maybe I will have to revisit that project this winter.

    Couple of pictures from along the way.

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    How does the baby do camping?
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    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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    She seems to love it!:clap Loves being out and about. Sleeps fine, even at 11,000ft:lol3

    Never had a single issue with her.
  12. Xtremjeepn

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    The project continues!

    Putting bikes on top of the van is a chore! So I've been hoping to find a rear swing out bike carrier. I figured eventually I'll be able to ride with my daughter. She turned 1/2 yesterday, so I wasn't in a big rush to find a different rack.

    I stumbled on a brand new, in the box $500 Thule Apex for $30 at a garage sale! So I snapped it up, stripped off the Thule stickers and here it is.......test fit over! Think I'm going to make a table to mount on it when bikes aren't on there.



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    Then we took a trip tot he local fabric store, snatched a bunch of swatches.....they all suck! Will keep looking. Want either a GTI Interlagos style plaid or something seudo vintage VW van plaids. Want to use it on the curtains, seats, bed cushions, door cards, etc. Maybe even the Poptop if I can find the right fabrics!

    Anyway, here was the failed lot!

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    Then I started to strategize with the carbo box! On the rack its just about 6" too tall. Kinda a pain to use and catches the wind quite a bit. So I figured I can make a custom mount to being it down flush and shorten the overall height and aerodynamics quite a bit.


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    Plan! There is also enough room to mount two of these up there if I can find a deal on a second one.


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    Then, last week my Aussie ate a "small stuffed pig" that got caught in his intestines. To keep this short.....4 days of puking and diarea in the van, followed by surgery and now a recovering pup! It's been steam cleaned 4 times!! [​IMG]

    Despite getting the van all clean and smelling fresh again I decided to get back on the wood look vinyl flooring project.

    Through some of my trading I acquired a true "Weekender" floor. The big difference is that my GLS Carpet is carpet stuck to foam backing. The Weekender floor is carpet stuck to a weed subfloor. This subfloor is going to make it possible to put down the vinyl over it and make it all fit nice and factory like.

    The wood subfloor has all sours of little tapers and raised portions under it. So having a factory piece will make all the difference. My plan is to put aftermarket sound deadening under it before the install.

    Then I will have an easy to clean out cool looking floor.

    Here is the center section with the carpet scraped off. I will fill in the two holes for the jump seat mounts.



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    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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  14. bassogap

    bassogap Haulin' the kids around

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    2001 GLS, here...I took delivery in late-July of '01. Just over 90k miles.

    Every single time I take it in for service, one of the sales droids comes to find me, asking me when I'm going to let him buy it from me. I think he's got a waiting list of folks that want one.

    And before you ask why I take it to the dealer for service, I'll add that my purchase included scheduled maintenance (oil, filters, etc.) for as long as I own it. They had no idea they were signing up for a lifetime commitment...

    Still have kids at home, so it's in stock trim. In a couple years, I'll start the modifications. Take out the middle row seats. Find a Weekender rear bench, that converts to a bed. Install the table. New front seats on swivel bases. All that is fairly easy to do. I'll keep an eye out for a wrecked camper, and grab the first pop-top I see, to do the conversion like you've done here.
  15. boardrider247

    boardrider247 Weekend Anarchist

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    That is a rather simple solution.
    Where does a guy find one of those style solenoids:ear

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    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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    PS....you will be WAY more stealth than I am in the white Chevy van:lol3
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    boardrider247 Weekend Anarchist

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    For now. However I do have a westy pop top I plan to cut in over the winter.
    I have a feeling once that is on there my van may start to draw some attention:huh

    I did have a thought about the solenoid wired to the ign switch.
    Assuming you were to drain the house battery, once you turn the ign switch on to start the van aren't you going to be drawing voltage from the starting battery? Probably not a issue but it may be nice to have the solenoid run on a separate switch so a guy could start the van first before letting the house battery charge.
  19. Xtremjeepn

    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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    That should be cool!


    I personally like stuff that "just happens". That way it always works. Which is why I wired it to an ignition source. If you put a switch in there somewhere then there's always a chance you get down the road with it not charging and end up at the next location without a house battery. Which means any electricity that "has to be used" now comes from the engine battery. Leaving you with greater risk of stranding yourself.
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    Xtremjeepn Motorhead!

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    This van thing is awesome! Has been so handy the last few weeks with an injured dog, 6 mo old daughter, etc.


    Continuing the build, and still stumped on exactly what I want to do for tires and wheels. Thought I scored a cool set of 18" Mercedes reps with 245/40/18 snows on them with 85% tread left. But....sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes both!!

    Bought the wheels from the personal assistant to some rich family that just wanted the tires and wheels out of the garage. Thought it was a fairly decent deal at $400. Got them home and started to test fit and refinish them when I discovered they were seriously cracked!! Not sure how I missed it the first time....DOH!

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    I called the guy back and gave him an option. Take them back or bring me $200 and I'd still keep the tires! He took option two! So I got the set for $200 which is a good deal on the tires. Just need to find some wheels. Figured a nice set of 18s with snows will look nice and work well until I figure out the manual trans swap and 4wd thing. Might even lower it abit until I have time for that part of the project.

    I did take these wheels in for a repair estimate. They wanted $100 to fix the crack, about $100 each to straighted the others and then even more for paint! Lunacy when you can buy a nice set of decent wheels as low as $300. (Notice I didn't say awesome or great wheels....this is still a van that will see dirt) The guy at the wheel shop also turned me off! He quoted me to straighten the wheels then asked about refinishing. I said I'd do that myself and he turned his nose up, rolled his eyes and said "you are going to refinish them????" In such a snotty tone I didn't even bother to reply. I just turned, got in the van and drove off!

    Test fit before I discovered the crack.

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    I did sneak away for a few days to sleep on the ground and ride my motorcycle! Went to Westfest. Rode over many passes and to the top of Mt. Princeton(well, as far as can be ridden at 12k' not the actual top at over 14k')

    St. Elmo.

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    Mt. Princeton.

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