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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:40 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Finally added the 3rd brake light I bought months ago. I went with a Amazon product, 2 levels of brightness for the user.
I was able to use the dimmer setting versus the full on Bright circuit. LED assembly, low draw on amperage.
I drilled and installed 5mm riv-nuts in the rear hatch to mount the light versus a glue on light assembly. Made 1/8” flat bar brackets to match the angle of the light to the hatch metal.
Should have done it earlier. I feel better now with more notice given that I’m braking to the drivers behind me.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 6:48 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Looks great. That is on my to do list as well.

I was thinking about running this one, that has adhesive tape to stick to the inside. https://www.amazon.com/Sequential-Signals-DC12V%EF...XSY8RYMSKE
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 4:38 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Started repairing my EV seats today. Took @Reckless Amateur up on his offer of the free seatcovers and while waiting for them to wash and dry I began exploring the worst of my two EV thrones, the driver's side. The upholstery was always worse on this one and it has not aged well, and the right armrest went wonky on me a while back. Time to take a look at things.

Now, I have reupholstered a sofa and two chairs so I'm not unacquainted with the process, but I'd forgotten what a PITA this job is. Kiss a quick R&R job good bye. I'll say up front that this much effort would be better spent on installing new covers from Sewfine than doing used covers, or maybe installing Town & Country seats for an even bigger change. I may still bail on this job and go with the latter if it turns out to be much more trouble. In addition, the covers from RA are the "other" EV fabric so I need to do both seats or the patterns will clash, maybe not as bad as stripes and plaid or camo and polka dots, but obvious.

Here's the victim supine on the table.
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Here's a view of the armrest but you can't tell how off it really is. It just flops around.
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Got the cover off the seat cushion and the seatback cover peeled up far enough for armrest triage. You can see threads in the hole; this is the good side. This little nut does all the work and actually slips into a slot behind the hole on the other side so it'll take some doing for me to rig a jig to hold it for the welder on Monday.
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I may still bail on this job but I'll see how it goes. Stay tuned.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 6:39 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Finally dove in, removed the Dash and the Heaterbox. Rebuilt the box with new blower, new resistor, new core and new foam for the flaps.
Added some foam style sound deadener in areas where it would fit while the dash was out.
Washed the interior of Heaterbox , lot of caked on dust in there.
Corrected my radio wiring finally with separate power wires for battery memory and ignition feed.

Replaced the original wiper relay with the variable intermittent relay and replaced the Coolant Level Relay with the later style version. Production date on the relay was from 1983, I kept it as a memento of the Vanagon.... Razz

Cleaned off the ground stars and lowered the wiper spindles to clean and grease them. Will be interesting to see how much faster the wiper motor operates when it’s really cold outside. It was slow to move at first on cold Winter Mornings.
Lubed the pivot joints on the wiper linkage as well.
Long day at work on the Vanagon but worth the effort.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 4:15 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Got a little more done on the seat today, but wound up helping a neighbor reattach a Jeep flare to a fender liner and that took most of the afternoon. Those nifty-looking plastic pop rivets don't seem to work so we used bolts, washers and Nylock nuts, with a little black paint.

Here's the square nut in place behind the sheet metal of the seat frame. I'd marked its outline and then drilled holes at the corners for the welds. Using one of my new, as-yet-uninstalled triple square CV bolts to locate things.
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Then thinking about it I decided to countersink the holes for better weld penetration. Wood shim behind the nut jams it in position until welded. Hope this works.
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Here's the locating pin on the armrest that fits into the rectangular hole near the bolt. You can see above how having the arm loose allowed everything to move and the arm not swing just up and down but all around instead.
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Here's a look at the competing patterns of the EV seat fabrics that I mentioned previously. Not terrible.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 5:32 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

That's a great idea to use a square nut and then drill 4 holes to weld through!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:07 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

That's the original that got knocked loose. You can see the spot welds on the corners, the ones that gave out at some point. I need to learn to weld.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 4:03 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Got to the welder this afternoon for four little tacks. This should do nicely.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 5:04 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

When I bought the Westy in September of '18, I figured I got a good deal and it ran, and still runs, like a watch. The suspension had been gone through. It was missing some camper components but hey, I've got the Samba and I know how to do some stuff.

The Westy didn't have a propane tank and the stove wasn't plumbed. Searching the Vanagon Forum showed me how to hook up a regulator and hose to the stove for 1 pound cans. Works fabulously.

The Westy didn't have a fridge. Searched the Samba and decided to get an Engel MR45 that runs off my Goal Zero Yeti or through the cigarette lighter when I'm rolling.

The sink wasn't plumbed for the drain or water. Last week I hooked up the drain after digging out the plug siliconed into the floor pan. I've had a 12 volt immersible stainless steel pump for a while and a stock faucet I got from Dr. Bjorn's Auto (info I found on The Samba). Installed a Blue Sea fuse block (Samba), pulled wires to and from it, I've got running water in Miss Dorothy! Set mine up to draw out of a couple of 2.5 gallon jugs in the cabinet under the sink. I might have innovated that last bit. If not, Samba.

So, what did I do to my van today? Last Road Trip, Cindy discovered that the stove knobs have more than an on-off function. There's also "Pilot Light". So, today I painted the recessed dots on the new gray stove knobs white so she could tell when the burners are off. Oh, and I changed the oil and filter. Taking Cindy up to Joshua Tree for her Birthday. We'll be at Chaco for Vernal Equinox again this year.

I still have projects to do. Pretty sure I can find the inspiration and the info on this awesome website. Thanks to all ya'll for the things you teach me.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 5:16 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

I haven't done it yet, but I bought a can of spray paint and am thinking of taping off the closet window (the part that is covered by the closet) and giving that closet window the "white-out" treatment. I have a white van and figure it will look OK and prevent any looking in or heat-gain from that window. Good idea or bad idea? Better options?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:34 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

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I haven't done it yet, but I bought a can of spray paint and am thinking of taping off the closet window (the part that is covered by the closet) and giving that closet window the "white-out" treatment. I have a white van and figure it will look OK and prevent any looking in or heat-gain from that window. Good idea or bad idea? Better options?

You might want to try Plasti-Kote spray that can be peeled off easily if you don't like it.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2020 8:03 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2020 8:27 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Winter Projects. Painted fridge trim, new laminate on door and bottom drawer. Found used ladder and bent to fit.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2020 4:21 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Got the driver's seat back together and it turned out okay. As mentioned before, this much effort is probably better expended on new seatcovers rather than used, but it was an interesting exercise.

The hardest part had to do with the headrest, both in the recovering and in removing the attachment tubes so I could complete the seatback.

EVs use plastic receiver tubes inserted into the top of the seatback frame and I could not figure out how to remove them and they must come out in order for the new cover to go on properly. The old cover can be cut off if you're not giving it away. See those slots in the front side? I figured these were important and they are.
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You work a thin screwdriver down along that side and by prying in the right spot you can release the little tooth that holds the plastic tube in the metal frame, and out it comes.
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The new-to-me fabric looks good on the seat, although it bags a little. That may work out. The old fabric on the armrests does not clash as badly as I expected and the armrest repair is great! Recovering the headrest was a hassle; the old cover had to be wrestled off using all the choicest words but the new one went on much more easily. I may not bother to do the other seat since that fabric is much better than this seat's was and the mismatch will drive my wife crazy. I still have the pristine stock Westy seats to go back in if I need something better looking.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2020 7:35 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

I replaced my long-in-the-tooth Voltage Regulator in my Alternator tonight. Should have been done sooner... Embarassed
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2020 7:39 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Also removed my losing battle with my still rusting Tail pipe and replaced it with a Vintage Speed Stainless Steel version. The steel one had maybe 3k on it , had been removed and sand blasted and repainted with high temp exhaust paint, but stubbornly kept rusting..... Evil or Very Mad Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes .
Hopefully this ‘bling’ model will hold up better... Razz


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 1:55 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Got the driver's seat reinstalled. Left off the seatback grab handle and gained a little more lean. These covers also lack the pocket of the originals but that's not a big deal on the driver's side.
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Also received my tank reseal kit from Van Cafe so I'll probably tackle that next.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 2:02 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

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After finding mouse nests during my interior work a couple weeks ago I decided to do some mouseproofing. Got two bars of the Irish Spring soap recommended in several threads and cut each into long strips, then put each strip into a ziploc bag and pierced each bag several times so the fumes...er, aroma could escape to permeate the interior, and I scattered these around the interior; glovebox, under rear seat, each cubby, sink cabinet, etc. Not a fan of the smell but neither are mouses, if the testimonials are to be believed.

Of course, not long after my little project I was reading up elsewhere on mouseproofing and saw this.
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And I found this today, one of my plants that looks like it's been savored since I set it in place a couple of pages ago. On to Plan B, whatever that is.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:54 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Spend a long long time getting a seat out. Took some creativity to get but I eventually prevailed.
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Rust is a bitch. Even harder in a single cab where you have no access from behind.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:12 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Adjusted rear brakes a tiny bit and flushed the brake fluid again.
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