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Old 03-16-2017, 06:26 PM   #21
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Is this done in a program called Solidworks?
Yep! Exactly. I can share the base frame files if anybody is interested. I meticulously surveyed all the floor pan and wall ribs.
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Old 05-03-2017, 01:45 PM   #22
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So the Van finally came out out of the bodyshop, and I got back from a 2 week work trip abroad... I was now able to start again. Here is the work I have done with just 2 pics (when you're in the "vibe" it's hard to take a step back and take pictures...)

-Cut & fit the 1" floor insulation (polyiso)

-Cut & fit the 3/4" plywood

-These will be fastened in place with rivnuts and flat head cap screws

-Installed a shore power connection (i won't be using this connection much so I just passed a 12/3 good quality exterior electric cable. The dangle part outside, I fixed it to the underside of the van with a dummy female plug fastened with rivnuts. The cable went throught one of the plastic plugs underside, fished it up and spread it into 2 electrical boxes)

-Installed two 10 feet long aluminium Superstruts on the roof of the van. These will serve as the mounting point for the solar pannel. I really like this. It doesn't have any amount of structural capacity (I wouldn't mount a roof luggage carrier) but for the pannel it will be perfect and is a low-profile and economical solution

-Installed the Maxxair fan in the only place left on the roof, up front (because of the 2 factory sunroofs). I fabricated a mounting flange made from an 18" x 24" plastic cutting board from amazon (I think I stole the idea from someone here?) and cut notches where the roof ribs were.

So, in retrospect, with just one week of putting in a few hours a night, I'm really happy with the progress. I have 100% of all my important purchased items on hand, so the rest should go quickly. My friend who did the bodywork also let me work in his garage the past 2 nights which helps so much for doing roof opening stuff while the weather is so so up here in Quebec.

See you!
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Old 05-07-2017, 05:57 PM   #23
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Slow weekend here, and without the heated garage, things go a little bit slower...

But today I Installed another teadious part that will help final installation speed up. The Wallas XC Duo cooktop exhaust and fresh air take-up. Took around 2 hours to get this done. You're never as fast laying on your back...
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Old 05-08-2017, 04:57 PM   #24
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Curious to see your appreciation of the Wallas stove...
I'm considering using one for my conversion
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Old 05-08-2017, 05:12 PM   #25
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Curious to see your appreciation of the Wallas stove...
I'm considering using one for my conversion
Can't wait to fire it up!! You can see very mixed reviews on the web... I went for a leap of faith, trusting that a company this old from Finland, accepted in the nautical world, must be doing something right...
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Old 05-09-2017, 03:17 AM   #26
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"How do you eat an elephant?... One bite at a time..."

I feel that I'm getting a bite in every day!! Sorry if this frequent posting for minor progress bothers you guys...

So tonight I drilled all the holes for the Riv-nuts to hold the floor down. Took a little while to measure out and lay everything out so I didn't have to lift it up constantly. I even made some spacer blocs to make sure I wasn'T drilling too deep in the floor and hit something by accident. Turned out to work great.

I want to prime the holes before inserting the Riv-nuts in place, but the weather turned super cold on us today, at 2 degrees celsius!!!! I,ll have to wait a few days and do other stuff like install the solar pannel and such.
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Old 05-09-2017, 10:47 PM   #27
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Looks like good progress, and we all enjoy reading build threads, no matter how detailed and frequent the postings. It is rare to not learn something from reading a thread.

It looks like your friend's shop did a nice job on the van body work and paint.

Is there any chance of putting a portable electric heater inside the van and just letting it run 24/7 to keep things warmed up and dry enough for touch up paint?
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Old 05-10-2017, 01:01 PM   #28
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Looks like good progress, and we all enjoy reading build threads, no matter how detailed and frequent the postings. It is rare to not learn something from reading a thread.

It looks like your friend's shop did a nice job on the van body work and paint.

Is there any chance of putting a portable electric heater inside the van and just letting it run 24/7 to keep things warmed up and dry enough for touch up paint?
Thanks Harry!

I could run some heating in there, considering I've got my makeshift 120V point installed. But by working on some other stuff yesterday, I realize I've got a few more details to work on on the floor before priming the holes.

So last night I (well, during most of the time, my dad is always around, being the valuable 3rd and 4th hand, with an energy I have trouble keeping up with), we fitted the L Tracks on the floor (for the motorcycle, and up front a few short sections for an additional seat next to the sliding door.

We took our time to align everything and measure everything so it would all make sense. Then I spent around 2 hours laying on my back under the van in order to measure and figure out where and how many structural reinforcements I would put in. I will use just about 2 complete 10 foot sections of galvanized Superstrut under the floor. Mostly small 10" sections that will spread each point load of the fasteners on a larger surface area.

The it was 10:00PM and I thought my neighbors would appreciate if I didn't cut all those sections with my Sawzall in my driveway...
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Old 05-14-2017, 02:41 AM   #29
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OK!! so a big step forward today!!!

It might not be so obvious in the pictures but there was massive progress:

-All the Superstrut sections are cut and drilled ready for install
-Composting toilet vent piping is installed in the flooring
-All L Track recesses and holes are done in the plywood flooring
-Plywood flooring is varnished on booth sides
-Riv-Nuts are installed on the floor
-House battery tie-down threaded rods are anchored in the flooring
-Floor Insulation and plywood are in place and bolted in for the first "final" and official time
-Floor openings for the Wallas vent and exhaust are done and ready to pass the ducts

Things not visible in the pictures:
-Solar brackets are done, and solar panel is ready to pop in place on the roof rails

So tomorrow's tasks will be:
-Install vinyl flooring
-pass split loom wire guide for all electrical circuits (so after this I can finally send the van to get sprayed in polyurethane)

All of this rush because I have an imaginary deadline of being able to "sleep in it" for next weekend, when I will drive my daughter to her 5 week stay in an English immersion program. I want to at least be able to throw a futon mattress in the van and take off with her on this 7 hour drive.

See you soon group!
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Old 05-15-2017, 01:06 AM   #30
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So here is today's progress.

I didn't even touch electrical yet, but at least, the flooring and L Track installation is complete!!!

I love how it turned out.

Was really long and painful to be under the van for a good hour installing Superstrut reinforcements for the L Track. One thing is sure, If I get in an accident, the van's steel floor will literally have to rip off in order for something to give...

I would like some advise if anybody would care to chime in : I'm looking for a nice edge treatment for the sliding door entry, and the back entry in order to cover the layers of insulation and flooring. I don,t feel like getting a piece of custom stainless fabricated for this... Hoping to find a creative and easy way...

Thanks!
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