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Old 01-06-2019, 03:51 AM   #101
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Looks sweet dude.... wish I knew how to weld!

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Old 01-06-2019, 05:13 PM   #102
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Fantastic! Your hard work shows in the finished product!
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Old 01-10-2019, 11:50 PM   #104
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Thanks so much for such an awesome thread and amazing conversion. I know it's been months, but back to the floor, did you attach wood pieces to the bare metal floor and then attached the OEM floor to the this wood? Also, why 2 layers of ply instead of one? Regarding insulation, you used thinsulate on the floor, why not rigid insulation here. Although I would use only thinsulate in walls and ceiling, I'm open to rigid in the flooring.
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Old 01-11-2019, 05:28 PM   #105
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Thanks so much for such an awesome thread and amazing conversion. I know it's been months, but back to the floor, did you attach wood pieces to the bare metal floor and then attached the OEM floor to the this wood? Also, why 2 layers of ply instead of one? Regarding insulation, you used thinsulate on the floor, why not rigid insulation here. Although I would use only thinsulate in walls and ceiling, I'm open to rigid in the flooring.
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I used recessed L track in the floor, which requires at least 1/2" depth to mount. Since the OEM floor panels are only 1/4" thick, I added an additional 1/4" layer of plywood (plus 1/16" thick foam between the layers to prevent squeaking).

I chose to use Thinsulate because that's what I used throughout the van. It's also what a couple other reputable conversion shops use for floor insulation. You can spend weeks trying to discern the 'best' insulation for these vans, so I just went with what works for others. Once the insulation was laid down, the two layers of plywood were sandwiched and held in place by the L track.

If I had to do it all over again, I would have taken time to cut the Thinsulate into thin strips so it was only used in the recessed ribs of the floor. I just laid wide sections of Thinsulate over the entire floor, so there is Thinsulate on the raised ribs, which is pointless and a waste. This essentially gets sandwiched by the plywood layers and L track.

If you're not planning to use recessed L track, you can get away with using the OEM floor panels on their own. The only reason a second layer of plywood was added to my van is to accommodate the recessed L track.

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I used recessed L track in the floor, which requires at least 1/2" depth to mount. Since the OEM floor panels are only 1/4" thick, I added an additional 1/4" layer of plywood (plus 1/16" thick foam between the layers to prevent squeaking).
Where did you buy your L track? Seem to be lots of vendors out there. (I'll add my voice to others thanking you for a thread with lots of great information).
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Where did you buy your L track? Seem to be lots of vendors out there. (I'll add my voice to others thanking you for a thread with lots of great information).
Mac's Custom Tie Downs
http://www.macscustomtiedowns.com/ca...VersaTie-Track

You can get custom lengths (up to 16') and custom drilled holes (otherwise you can just get the default 6" hole spacing, which works well in these vans). Made in the USA!

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Finally got around to finishing the cover for the audio amps. This was surprisingly a bit tricky since I want to be able to have the crew seat in the forward position. This leaves me with just about 2.50" of depth and the amps themselves sit 2.25" away from the wall. Uses a combination of 1" aluminum L channel, 1/2" baltic birch ply (covered in tweed upholstery fabric), and 1/4" rivnuts so the face can be removed to access the amps.







The 1/2" bamboo plywood lid uses a simple interference fit between the van wall panel and inside edge of the amp box:



I'd like to redesign this again some other time to have a cleaner interface with the upholstered B column pillar cover. I don't really like the open gap and exposed wires. Just want to be done with working on this van!

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Nice work. If you ever find yourself in GA let me know. I will give you a slide that I made for a ARB fridge that locks into the seat track if you want it. You can see it on page 4 post 38 on my build thread. Link in my signature. I am not using it anymore you are welcome to it.
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Nice work. If you ever find yourself in GA let me know. I will give you a slide that I made for a ARB fridge that locks into the seat track if you want it. You can see it on page 4 post 38 on my build thread. Link in my signature. I am not using it anymore you are welcome to it.
I appreciate the offer. I don't expect to be in Georgia any time soon, but do you mind if I steal your design? What you made is very clever.
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