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oldhuldy67
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 4:29 pm    Post subject: Vanny gets sounds and sleeping upgrades...brrrr Reply with quote

You know what winter means, right? The garage!...and online shopping.
I did the dance with CIP1 with a return..free shipping = 20% "restocking fee".
Finally, had the proper size speakers for front and rear in hand with a RetroSound, blue tooth radio. The install was easier than I expected, powered from my aux battery, took the better part of a day..30 minutes at a time in and out of an unheated garage..whew, it's cold.
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The holes were hacked out by the PO..hmmm?
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4 1/2 in the rear and 5 1/2 in the doors..door panel holes were also provided by a PO, so there they go, nice fit.
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The sleeping has been a challenge for me, the old foam pads were petrified. I had tried hauling a heavy, 3" pad but decided to replace the OG foam with the new pad...why didn't I think of that before?

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Used same stainless staples I used for the poptop tent install..
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Notice the three staples?..had the stapler upside down and thought it was empty...the price of perfection can be painful
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I little 3M90 to reinstall the OG black trim tape...
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Next camp out at Cruz the Coup next month...brrr.
What staples..?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 3:37 pm    Post subject: Quieted her down a bit Reply with quote

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When we did the conversion I thought it might be fun to have a bit more aggressive exhaust note. With the big headers and just a Magnaflow she was LOUD. After a few months I decided that while it was fun to sound like every rally wannabe kid in a WRX, my neighbors might appreciate something quieter. Additionally after spending a fair amount on a good sound system I might be nice to hear music without the roar. So installed a Monza baffled exhaust tip. Now it's quieter, and doesn't have such an aggressive tone. Better.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 3:46 pm    Post subject: Slowly the interior is starting to come together... Reply with quote

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Working on the inside too. Custom ribbon birch rear table and trim. I have also been looking for a material to use for flooring in my van that is dog-proof, easy to clean, not too expensive and at least somewhat attractive. Ideally it would also have some cushioning. The architect in me found a good fit in a product that is used for weight room floors...its also recommended for use with golf spikes, so the dog won't hurt it. As a big plus, it's a very effective sound deadening material too. A 4 x 10 foot piece is just $100 with free shipping. http://www.rubberflooringinc.com/mats/straight-cut-mat.html . Check out the photo of my installation.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 3:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Slowly the interior is starting to come together... Reply with quote

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Working on the inside too. Custom ribbon birch rear table and trim. I have also been looking for a material to use for flooring in my van that is dog-proof, easy to clean, not too expensive and at least somewhat attractive. Ideally it would also have some cushioning. The architect in me found a good fit in a product that is used for weight room floors...its also recommended for use with golf spikes, so the dog won't hurt it. As a big plus, it's a very effective sound deadening material too. A 4 x 10 foot piece is just $100 with free shipping. http://www.rubberflooringinc.com/mats/straight-cut-mat.html. Check out the photo of my installation.


Really nice work, and interesting product. I couldn't get the link to work but found the website and sleuthed my way to the cut mats. Did you also put some on top of your stove/sink? I assume its no-slip so nice idea there too.

Also curious what you have for a house battery set-up to run your electronics.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 4:30 pm    Post subject: Interior mods Reply with quote

Tarandus,
Yes exactly, a piece of that mat on top of the stove cabinet silenced the heat shield rattle. It is actually good at having things stay where you put them up there too.

The solar/electronics system is fairly involved. My westy has two aux batteries that total 220 aH A small one under the driver seat and a much larger one in the sink cabinet. Each runs a separate set of circuits and devices. That is a 100w panel and a shore charger to keep things topped up, but so far I have had plenty of power. Most all the lights are LEDs and this summer I will be adding a Danfoss driven fridge - probably keep the original fridge and just add a console unit between the front seats (Dometic CF-025DC).
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2015 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the details. If I can ever find a single middle seat, I'll be adding rails and need a floor cover to go over it.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 8:21 am    Post subject: Rubber mat layout Reply with quote

I forgot to mention that the 4'x10' mat will also allow you to cut a piece to put over the engine cover/rear bed area - and still have a welcome mat leftover. I didn't use the matting for the typical floor mat locations (driver/passenger) as I had recently upgraded to the good German rubber floor mats. With three weekend trips of use, I am loving this stuff, easy on the knees and super easy to keep clean. Now one of my favorite additions to the van.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2015 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today the pipes above the garage froze up, so I was forced to heat up the garage. I decided to take advantage of the crappy situation by moving my Weekender engine from the cold barn to the 70*F garage. Luckily I was able to unfreeze the pipes while installing reconditioned VanCafe connecting rods in my Weekender's engine.

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Now I just have to:
Finish the Engine
Replace all fuel lines
Replace the Radiator
Rebuild the brake calipers
Get new rear wheel cylinders
Put in new brake hoses
Get a new Gas tank
Fix the rear end sag...
Then I can finally register the car.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2015 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok this wasn't just today but over the last couple of months, Installed a new Stereo a Blaupunkt while I had the dash removed to replace the fan/heatercore. Went with this unit as it looked right, has Bluetooth, sd card reader and front and rear USB ports so I can plug my Android into a cord and have it in the glovebox out of sight. Very happy with it so far good sound out of new front speakers, haven't rewired the rear so the are currently disconnected.
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Also have to say that I'm glad I did the work myself was able to clean connections and repair damaged wires that I didn't know had been cut. New cig lighter that lights up, replaced the seals in the air box, now everything upfront works as it should.
most recently I have been sewing up a new set of curtains for my Yogi. Found the old poly ones seemed to be full of static all the time and rather sheer. The new drapes have blackout lining so no light leakage and are made with a fun dog bone camouflage print, just missing a couple tiebacks on the passenger side.
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We are really looking forward to our first getaway
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 10:03 am    Post subject: Rear and back seat cargo protection Reply with quote

I found a thin 4x10 foam exercise mat on a roll at a big box store for $20. Cut into two pieces it makes a great read cargo and back seat cover allowing the 35 year old fabric a chance to make it another 35 years...
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The material is thin enough to fold into a full back seat cover for animals and messy children...
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Ok, I just hose'em down and toss then in the back..

The 'Possum approves...
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I fixed the cable to my heater control valve. The valve was is good shape. The cable seemed very stiff and had bent and became disconnected from the dash lever.

I removed the cable and pulled the wire from the housing. I cleaned, lubed, and reinstalled. I also did the mod to push the housing closer to the lever so it won't bend again. I'm glad to have working heat again.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a bit partial to tan having owned a '84 one. Also have a 86 tin top syncro, gotta make mind up by mowing time, either convert to pop top wk ender or sell, old mule sure been handy past 12 yrs.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just finished installing my GoWesty base vacuum system for my future locker/disconnect projects. It went in very smoothly. I have one knob that does nothing for now but it looks good.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 2:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Drilled out my LCA bushings:
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Ran the parts through the dishwasher and then scrubbed the hell out of them with wire brushes and steel wool. That old panel wax is a pain to get off but it's easier when it's warm.
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Painted with VHT "Roll Bar & Chassis":
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Can't wait to get this stuff bolted back on with new bushings and ball joints.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

a2d2 wrote:
Drilled out my LCA bushings:
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Ran the parts through the dishwasher and then scrubbed the hell out of them with wire brushes and steel wool. That old panel wax is a pain to get off but it's easier when it's warm.
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Painted with VHT "Roll Bar & Chassis":
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Can't wait to get this stuff bolted back on with new bushings and ball joints.

Nice. You gonna do something about those ugly bolts? Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 9:00 am    Post subject: Not today but this week... Reply with quote

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Removed bumpers and cladding.
Cut and welded and mounted my new rear westin bumper, front is on it's way.
New geolanders all around and moog 5658 front springs with my westy's springs in the rear until syncro springs arrive...
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

VwTravis wrote:


Now I just have to:
Finish the Engine
Replace all fuel lines
Replace the Radiator
Rebuild the brake calipers
Get new rear wheel cylinders
Put in new brake hoses
Get a new Gas tank
Fix the rear end sag...
Then I can finally register the car.


Be encouraged, that's a short list...Looking good from here
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lets see...it got warm this weekend so I finished the rattle can paint job on a newer, non rusty hatch that's been in the garage for the last 8 months and put it on my van...took the gauge cluster out and adjusted the heater control cables...took off the side door and cleaned and greased everything....hey all the sanding between coats on the hatch looked really good so why not, I started sanding the whole van with 400 grit...it looks GOOD, well, better...one thing leads to another as they say so I ordered up new window seals...gonna try my hand at painting the whole thing this summer....
And then to top it all off, I polished the trim rings and hub caps...
SHINY!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Made a step to help get my big carcass "upstairs".....

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Couple cups of coffee and 2 free oatmeal cookies from Van Cafe later......
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