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Old 07-17-2019, 09:49 AM   #1
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So before we begin.

This title is actually the name of a transport company in europe specializing in moving race bikes from track to track. Sounded fitting to what im wanting to do.

This all started with one Kids dream to go from being a Street Rossi to a track day winner of invisible trophy's.
As a Club Rider you get So invested in the Hype of having nice stuff to impress other people you dont even like that sometimes you get carried away.
Starting my Debut of a OFF the Podium Champion of the paddock in 2016 on a stock ass 2014 Gsxr 600. I became heavily debted. New truck, trailer, 2 bikes a 14 and 15 Gsx-R 600, **** ton of gear.
So I lite a match and watched it BURN!!
I didnt actually set everything on fire. But Oct of 2018 i had a Fire sale. Sold it all!! I wasnt having fun anymore. Sole purpose from the start right?

Then i had a Epiphany.....

Buy a Van....A Sprinter Van to haul a bike which will be self contained from weather, eliminate the possibility of damage from outside forces. Sun... squids... and Cats Makes perfect sense.. Track Sense that is. Keep it cheap but fun and reliable. But have to keep the lady happy so will need to be used to accompany her on trips to non motorcycle related events

The Van:

2005 Mercedes "freight liner" 2500 cargo
391k miles
Former Racing communications hauler
158" Wheel base
Has 2 Sun roofs, factory no clue!
Has these awesome masterlock lock system on the rear doors and slider.

The Build: This will be a continuing project that im just starting

Power provided by;
Solar- for some tracks that have limited accommodations or late arrival = no power left.
Shore- most used
Battery to Battery- why not

The Must haves:

2 windows- preferred sliders
Maxair fan
A bed- still in R&D
A shower- Stand up, floor pan inset. hot water
Galley- cooktop, small sink, fridge
Toliet- small portipotti for track morning gitters
garage to house bike- enclosed with vents attaching to all breather hoses to lessen the smells

So i bought a 2018 GSXR 1000R for the purpose of Fun and to accompany my van. plus i needed one again. Ive been eye balling it since its 2016 pre release press date
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Old 07-17-2019, 11:00 AM   #2
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So..
having no prior knowledge of this forum or sprinters in general other then some you tube videos.
I knew i wanted a 03-06 model with the Inline 5, pre DEF. Couldn't be a complete rust bucket
Id be the first to say i didnt know how to really shop for a sprinter van. Am i happy with my purchase? Yes! tho it does have almost 400k i didnt break the bank in purchasing this vehicle.

I knew it wasn't going to be pretty as show car but i need functionality. Having owned a Mercedes 300 SD turbo, and a 7.3l power stroke i do know one thing about diesels.
Blow By!!
If the rings are shot you have excessive blow by into the valve cover. i made sure i arrived to the van before the owner and engine was cold. Once he started it up. i loosened the oil fill cap and watched.. with only a quarter inch of dancing i have happy. i was expecting it to pop off the top of the engine.

a few things i noticed that needed to be addressed: exhaust, door handle on slider, rear door due to a break in. The wrap needed to be removed having some bubbling from rust, rust under windshield, oil leaking from some where in the engine compartment.

A week after buying it we has a storm. both sunroofs were leaking
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Old 07-17-2019, 01:04 PM   #3
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Welcome aboard. Glad you are documenting your build. I think with a fair bit of effort you can get a decent rig under way. Considering the crap vans some folks have bought, I think you probably got a good deal.

The real question is, what color is it going to be?
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Old 07-17-2019, 06:03 PM   #4
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Welcome aboard. Glad you are documenting your build. I think with a fair bit of effort you can get a decent rig under way. Considering the crap vans some folks have bought, I think you probably got a good deal.

The real question is, what color is it going to be?
Thank you Midwestdrifter.. your hospitality is greatly appreciated. im not as talented as most of the people in the fourm but i love to read the ideas people come up with and bounce my own off others and create a great DIY project.

Im a hands on guy and like to do most of my own work. Electrical and computer cad are my weaknesses. So im literally scaling my project on 2 pieces of graph paper. 2D all the way. I can say the knowledge and wisdom in this group inspires me to do more.

Color wise. has been the hardest so far. I have 5 car color choices 4 truck choices. I made the mistake of asking what scheme my girl wants to go with.. this was her response
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Old 07-17-2019, 06:10 PM   #5
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As seen in person im really digging the newer Toyota colors. its between these 4; Quicksand, cement, calvary blue And the Challenger Destroyer Grey color
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Old 07-17-2019, 11:34 PM   #6
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Nothing wrong with 2D modeling and CAD (cardboard aided design). The results are the same value regardless of the tech you use.

I would suggest starting to use your van as soon as reasonable. If that means an air mattress and some plastic crates? Go for it.
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Old 07-18-2019, 01:00 AM   #7
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Nothing wrong with 2D modeling and CAD (cardboard aided design). The results are the same value regardless of the tech you use.

I would suggest starting to use your van as soon as reasonable. If that means an air mattress and some plastic crates? Go for it.
Valid point Sir.

So 2 weeks after getting the van and discovering a leak from both sunroof frames. there was a big front coming in so i had to address the situation.
I still hadnt discovered this place yet. So i did what i know best. I went to Safelite Autoglass bought some sikaflex Pro, as thats what we used to install windows. Had i known about the butyl tapes i would have done that instead for easy removal
I grabbed all my materials and went to the carwash up the street
Pulled the rear frame, sanded down the corrosion around the hole, primed and applyed sikaflex activator. I had to apply the urethane from the top then tighten down the encapsulated frame on the inside. The front sunroof only needed tightened. So far no leakage.
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Old 07-18-2019, 02:11 AM   #8
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In May i discovered this wonder place searching for black death. as i had hints of black death remains on the valve cover. The previous owner mentioned he had the injectors replaced.
turns out no black death. no injector leaks.


I found a fourm about rust and started checking the known locations.
First up was the step wells. They arent that great the metal is ate up and you can push you finger into some type of tape on the bottom.
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Old 07-18-2019, 02:29 AM   #9
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In june I decided to start giving the van a good cleaning the interior was very dusty. I went and grabbed some krud kutter and simple green. An began to scrubbing the walls, then pulled the panels and really cleaned the walls. found some rust at that wall seems.

I took this time to remove the partition as it wasnt needed anymore and was very noisy due to loose rivets.

After searching the web I was ambitious about seeing the conditions under the floors. so i got to work.
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Old 07-18-2019, 02:36 AM   #10
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Pulling the floors to me was expected minus the holes in the floor
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