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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2020 8:38 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

There is no reason for the layout of the Blazecut in my Westy other than clearance. Prior to installing it, I viewed the demo on YouTube a few times. If there is a fire in the engine compartment, the tube melts where fire contacts it and the product comes out the hole that was melted in the tube in a fraction of a second and extinguishes the fire....hopefully. The tube does not uncoil “easily”....something like trying to uncoil a frozen hula hoop. I made a rough drawing of potential obstacles in the engine compartment and tried to avoid those high spots so the engine cover would close as it should without contacting the Blazecut tube. The layout I ended up with also allowed reasonable access to the “chicken wire” (for lack of a better term), embedded in the insulation on the bottom side of the engine cover hatch. The “chicken wire” allows you to zip tie the Blazecut tube to the engine cover hatch to mount it there with no drilling. I arranged the end of the Blazecut tube with the pressure gauge on it so that it is visible when I open the engine cover so I can verify it’s condition at a glance. I chose the 9 foot model for my Westy as 6 feet seemed it might be a bit small and 12 feet seemed it might be too much.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2020 12:03 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Sanded my roof, primed some tiny rust spots, and then rattle can'ed Samos Beige on all of that just to add some paint on the Roof for Winter. Factory Primer was starting to show in places.... Embarassed
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2020 1:23 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Put on the new front signal lenses (orange) from VC this AM. Wow, not a game changer... but still good.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2020 2:49 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

3d printed this to keep my table from swinging... No matter how tight I tightened the know it would lose up on bumpy road, we'll see how this works out..... The raised table had been awesome, for storing stuff on top of those cabinets and being able to lift the cabinet doors to get in there w.o having to move the table

*** Bonus, do you see the front table storage Laughing ?

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2020 3:25 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Read the forum to get my list together, then hit up Amazon and others to get my tools and spares that will stay in the Syncro with me. Nice to have them tucked away for when whatever is next happens. Thanks to the Samba for the intel on tools and spares, with extra thanks to whoever mentioned the Bucket Boss Tool Roll. That thing is awesome.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2020 7:05 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

vanis13 wrote:
3d printed this to keep my table from swinging


That table leg mod has been on my mind too! Nice to see your version!! Looking forward to seeing how it works for you.

Oh, and sorry to see your closet door got Mod'd to open w/table in standard location. My PO too..
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2020 7:17 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

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vanis13 wrote:
3d printed this to keep my table from swinging


That table leg mod has been on my mind too! Nice to see your version!! Looking forward to seeing how it works for you.

Oh, and sorry to see your closet door got Mod'd to open w/table in standard location. My PO too..


1 Did the table leg mod years ago, and its been AWESOME!...If I were to do it again (if this notching table holder thing works) I'd make the pipe a bit longer and put the notch in the pipe

2 - I'm the PO (doh!)
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2020 10:58 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

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Read the forum to get my list together, then hit up Amazon and others to get my tools and spares that will stay in the Syncro with me. Nice to have them tucked away for when whatever is next happens. Thanks to the Samba for the intel on tools and spares, with extra thanks to whoever mentioned the Bucket Boss Tool Roll. That thing is awesome


You store all those tools in your van at all times? Did you take up the entire under seat storage?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2020 7:24 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

[quote="vanis13"]3d printed this to keep my table from swinging... No matter how tight I tightened the know it would lose up on bumpy road, we'll see how this works out..... The raised table had been awesome, for storing stuff on top of those cabinets and being able to lift the cabinet doors to get in there w.o having to move the table

*** Bonus, do you see the front table storage Laughing ?

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That looks brilliant! I'd been noodling the same problem for years. My solution that has worked well for a year or more was a heavy duty magnet screwed to the C-pillar (all kinds of lightweight magnets failed). If this didn't work I was going to install some kind of positive stop similar to yours.

And yes, up by the window. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2020 6:33 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Got two of my tires mounted on my new alloys and brought them inside to store them for spring - and sandblasted and painted my propane tank. Super excited to have gotten the full Westy kitchen and cabinet setup with my new parts van. I thought I paid WAY too much for that van, but it's been a real treasure trove of good parts. Yay!

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:45 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Was a beautiful day yesterday, mid 70's, sunny! Finally got the TPS cover from VC to complete the rebuilt TB and Hall TPS kit, so I dug in. The Hall kit's paperwork needs a bit of an update, must have evolved a few times since Shoebox started offering them. Anyway, nothing I couldn't leap the gap of information/different parts included. The kit is key-on-powered, so when I got to that part, I tapped into the line indicated. Even tested the line they show as what they use, and it was in fact correctly showing 12ish volts key-on. So I used the janky connector to shakebite on the tap and looked in to see if the LED was showing operation. Nope.

Just then, my dad came by with something to put in the trash cans, and offered to help, to which I replied "I wish you could, I'm confused" since there was now no key-on power. I traced that back, and found that I had blown my fuse added in the black box. THIS was of great concern!! Started poking around only to find that one of my power steering wires had broken!!!

Anyway, after much more farting around than I had anticipated, I managed to wrap up the work. As it turned out, not mentioned in the directions, it is HARD to see the LED indicator for the Hall switch in full daylight, so having the sun set made the last step, setting the position, much easier. I think the LED should probably protrude into the little clear stub that comes with the kit. I didn't want to chance bending the leads as I figured I would snap them off.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 7:42 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

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1 Did the table leg mod years ago, and its been AWESOME!...If I were to do it again (if this notching table holder thing works) I'd make the pipe a bit longer and put the notch in the pipe



You're on to something there. Solving two problems with one good solution. Made well, that is a sellable product. Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 8:09 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Yeah I would sure love one - or access to the .stl file to print my own. Looks super cool.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 3:37 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Changed out the thermoswitch for the radiator. Took the part down to the FAPS to make sure I got the correct size deep socket. 29mm fit but no deep socket available. 1 1/8" SAE worked fine.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 6:15 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Plugged some cheap Chinese LED bulbs into the cheap 9004 rectangles.

Cheap, but brighter! Took some adjusting to fine tune, then drove in traffic
with no embarrassing blindness (or at least no flashes from fellow motorists).

Specs + pics to be posted in "Fall 2020 LED beam pattern photos" thread...
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 8:38 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Yesterday we removed some old bubbling purple tint and replaced it with new ceramic 35% - it dropped the temp in direct sunlight by 18° F


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We also replaced the door to the closet with a pantry rack
And have cut the whole for sliding side door mod

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 8:40 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

[quote="jimf909"]
vanis13 wrote:
3d printed this to keep my table from swinging..

That's a great mod!
Can you share the STL file?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 9:07 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

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jimf909 wrote:
vanis13 wrote:
3d printed this to keep my table from swinging..

That's a great mod!
Can you share the STL file?


I can, but it would really only work if your pins are the same diameter as mine and at the same (radial) place on the leg. what set up do you have?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 5:46 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

shadetreemech wrote:
Changed out the thermoswitch for the radiator. Took the part down to the FAPS to make sure I got the correct size deep socket. 29mm fit but no deep socket available. 1 1/8" SAE worked fine.

Dan


29mm is 1 9/64, very close. 1 1/8 and 1 1/16 (front radius rods, 27mm) are two SAE sockets that are worth having if you own a van. Obviously having the metric are nicer for socket drawer consistency, but when you are in the middle of project and have to run to the FLAPS, it's gonna be SAE for large sizes.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2020 7:13 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

vanis13 wrote:

I can, but it would really only work if your pins are the same diameter as mine and at the same (radial) place on the leg. what set up do you have?

Currently we have the stock table that never locks in place, swings into the wall and makes a hole, and makes access to the water tank and storage a pain.

I'm looking for ideas to improve all that and your setup inspired me.

We have a few 3d printers and some skill with modeling.
I was mostly hoping to use your STL as a starting point.

My wife has been enjoying remixing prints for the van.
She just did a custom organizer for the kitchen drawer and is thinking of doing the same for the "spice rack" gutter.
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