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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2020 10:21 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

dhaavers wrote:
^^^ Sweet!

- Dave

PS: How much you want for the Mefros...??? Twisted Evil Wink
You beat me to it...... Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2020 8:48 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

We replaced the bulb of the map light with a dollar store LED cupboard light.
The map light has been broken since we bought the van. The casing was in two pieces and the bulb missing.

Finally got around to super gluing the plastic bits and upgrading it a bit.
The LED circuit is constant current so it works fine with the van's 12v system.

We made sure to do the upgrade in a 100% reversible fashion just in case someone in the future really wanted an incandescent bulb there again.

The cut red bodge wire was an attempt to bypass the reed switch used to turn on/off the LED. But we miscalculated, not realizing the switch was normal closed (closed = LED off). Noticed that mistake after everything was attached, so rather than take it all apart we just cut the wire.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2020 5:28 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Oh Man! The sharks are circling my Mefro's. Right now I plan to keep them. Be hard to ship with the KO2's on them anyway.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2020 7:10 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

^^^ Fine then... Evil or Very Mad

Anything changes, call me first! Wink

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2020 7:54 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

dhaavers wrote:
^^^ Fine then... Evil or Very Mad

Anything changes, call me first! Wink

- Dave
. As he cues the Jaws music... Wink Wink Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2020 8:01 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Although warm right now, really warm for us in early November, it was time to install the Snow Tires. I tried 3 different Rustoleum Silver paints tonight for rim touch up.
The 2X Rustoleum Metallic Silver was actually pretty close, a bit too much flake in the paint, but for a quick touch up, not bad actually. The other two were too grey or chrome.
I’ll order some other Silver Paints next week like Argent Silver to try.
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'67 Type 3 Fastback, my 2nd car- also long gone
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2020 1:26 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

added the 2WD sticker Smile

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2020 8:26 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Installed a fuel pressure gauge to the factory fuel drain pressure test fitting.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2020 9:47 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

kirtfitzpatrick wrote:
Installed a fuel pressure gauge to the factory fuel drain fitting.


That isn't a drain fitting. That is the factory fuel pressure test tap.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2020 4:55 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

My wife is recovering the front seats.
It was time

The van has had cheap one-size-fits-all covers since we bought it.
But recovering seats was a scary project. It turned out to be much easier than expected.

First time we've tried this and it was basically free.
Pretty happy with the results.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2020 5:53 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

^^^ Better, indeed...MUCH better... Cool

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 11, 2020 5:51 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

My wife tweeked the pattern a bit (will update the first one soon).
But we now have an updated matched set back in the van.

I love that the patterned vynl is from an early 1980's table cloth my wife's family used when she was young.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2020 4:57 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Finished the denim blinds. Now a full set.
The last ones were for the sliding door and I'm very happy with how they turned out.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2020 9:50 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Washed and waxed the Vanagon. Finished pairing a Tire Pressure Sensor system for the Vanagon that a friend gave me as a gift.
It works Razz Razz , reads pressure and tire temp for each tire.
Solar cell for power or micro USB . Still debating on where to mount the unit on the dash.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2020 8:11 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

I really like the idea of roll up curtains. I think that makes for a cleaner stowaway.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2020 8:48 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

4Gears4Tires wrote:
I really like the idea of roll up curtains. I think that makes for a cleaner stowaway.

We used them camping this weekend and they worked great.
Easy to stow, easy to deploy (gravity!)

I'm really happy with them.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 5:54 am    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

First vanagon forum post:

I masked the westy for its last section of paint. Spraying later today. Pastel white.



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 8:17 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

thefalconer_88 wrote:
First vanagon forum post:

I masked the westy for its last section of paint. Spraying later today. Pastel white.

Nice setup!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2020 8:23 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Removed the front windshield to take care of rust.
I got lucky and there are no holes.
So, this will just be grind away the rust then prime and paint.

I was able to use a dremel wire wheel to cut through most of the rust.
Vacuumed it up with the shop vac and it's looking pretty good already.

I doubt I'll be so lucky on the back.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 6:47 pm    Post subject: Re: What did YOU do to your van today? Reply with quote

Grinding grinding grinding.
Getting rid of rust around the windshield.

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