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Old 05-09-2019, 04:14 PM   #3741
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dadz gotz skillzzzz... congrats and have fun!!
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Old 05-10-2019, 12:36 AM   #3742
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I finally received the key cloning machine that I ordered today and successfully made spares for my T1N!
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Old 05-10-2019, 07:11 AM   #3743
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I glued on an extra strip of weather seal to close the A-pillar gap on the front doors. Much less wind noise, even when the window frame gets sucked outward at highway speed.
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Old 05-10-2019, 01:42 PM   #3744
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I glued on an extra strip of weather seal to close the A-pillar gap on the front doors. Much less wind noise, even when the window frame gets sucked outward at highway speed.
Which seal profile did you use? Adhesive?

I have been meaning to do this on my van for some time...
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Old 05-10-2019, 04:08 PM   #3745
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Which seal profile did you use? Adhesive? ...
It’s a square base profile with two seal “ears”, about 1/2” wide and 5/8” tall?
I masked off the frame and used a spray contact adhesive (Permatex No.27829)
(tip: pulling the tape off in quick jerks avoids stretching out the fresh adhesive like a “3M Command Strip”...)
It’s glued up against the top edge at the rear, then against the forward edge down the A-pillar, short lip outboard, with about a 1/8” setback. Getting this placement right was finicky, but allows the seal to catch the door’s edge firmly, but without popping over (though the in-swing misses it down near the mirror where the edge is moving forward rather than in). I stopped just below the upper hinge, and at the rear corner.
I wiped on a silicon spray to let the seal slide on the door as it closes.

(A side benefit will be the elimination of the powdered snow that fills the gap above the window frame and drops onto the driver’s seat when you open the door. Maybe I won’t have to brush off my seat quite as often?)

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Old 05-10-2019, 05:19 PM   #3746
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I remember reading about adding some additional rubber seals around the front doors, but had thought they were added on the interior.

Thanks for the even better solution to mitigating the wind noise.

Several trucks like Toyota have double rubber seals. Now we can too. Thanks Nautamaran and thanks ahead of time for the rubber part number when time allows.
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Old 05-11-2019, 08:05 AM   #3747
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I'm off top the lumberyard shortly to pickup the correct type wood for the cargo floor beams, also picking up some 50mm hardboard Kingspan TP10 insulation for the floor, plus some thin ply to assist with the drilling and mounting of the exterior penetrations, LPG, Water inlets, Mains hook up and BBQ outlet.
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Old 05-13-2019, 10:40 PM   #3748
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Today I was treated to the opportunity to rehang and reconnect my exhaust. I did the 2” coupler slip and seal trick (again) but added some flanges and threaded rod to keep everything pulled together. Hopefully this repair holds up to Philadelphia potholes for more than a year. I also picked up some weatherstripping and added it to the leading and top edges of the cab doors Thanks for the great tip Nautamaran
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Old 05-14-2019, 12:41 AM   #3749
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Wow! That kinda puts the Sportsmobiles of the world to shame. Too bad you didn't do a build thread. I love the view holes to the water tank, so much more accurate than using a gauge. Not sure if you bump your head when sleeping, the vans not that wide. Also not obvious where you shower and poop, but the bike tray and the pass thru storage for large things. GREAT. The little ladder to get into bed, so cute.

-Randy
Hey Randy, thanks my Dad and I are really proud of the finished work. I have photos of most of the process and have considered doing a thread or a blog. While building I was more worried about making than posting, learned a lot while doing it (i'd still be building it if I had been also posting).

Bathroom - not in this build, could be added as a pull out under the bed.
Shower - in the great out doors or camp facilities. We've only been vanning for a few trips now (weekenders) and we end up much less dirty in the van than we ever did in a tent so less need to shower if it's only a couple days at a go.
The Bed - we sleep with heads on the drivers side which is why the cabinet is only on the foot end
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Old 05-18-2019, 01:20 AM   #3750
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2006 Body finished today: not by me, of course, closed course, professional driver. Doors tomorrow, final assembly and should have it next week!



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