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Old 03-10-2014, 02:13 AM   #1
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I figure its about time I make a place for me to post details about my Sprinter and its own specific lunacy.

Before I start you should know that I'm a hardcore gear head that has built about every type of vehicle on earth over the last 3 or 4 decades.(note, that is actually me in my avatar) A little over a year and a half ago my wife told me we were having a baby!! Which was the perfect excuse to by the VW van I had always wanted. Deciding between a Vanagon and a Eurovan was tough as each had their own merits. Some made more sense for hauling around a newborn baby than others.

Being a cheap skate and a car guy that believes that cool vehicles are built, not bought, I purchased a couple of Eurovans and built one good one from the ashes. If you are really bored, here is the build thread on Expo. (not for the faint of heart)

http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...with-a-Eurovan!

I love(d) the Eurovan so much that I decided to sell my Dodge pickup and buy a Sprinter to build next. Not really sure why, but hell, I like the process and the pain I guess Gives me something to do

If you really can't wait for me to get this thread caught up over here, you can read the one on Expo.

http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...-by-a-Sprinter!

Soon, I hope to have this one up to date and hope it adds....ah....something entertaining and useful to this site.

This is what I started with. A 2004 dual slider 158" with 270K on the clock. Cargo van with heated seats fully adjsutable, 7 day timer, power locks, windows, cruise. Victim of a bad respray, bad tires, etc.



I drove it like a mad man from Maine to Denver!



...and tore into it and this is roughly what it looked like a few weeks ago.


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Old 03-10-2014, 02:26 AM   #2
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Quick summary so far.


-New 16" NCV3 wheels.
-New 235/85/16 BFG ATs with minor front fender trimming.
-Green Diesel Engineering Tune to make up for the larger tires!!
-Merc grill and Dodge debadge. Just felt the lines of the van look better the way it was originally designed.
-Custom single Recaro/Recaro back seat/fridge combo for baby seat. Will probably change out for dual real Eurovan seats as the camper build progresses. But needed at least a temp spot for my daughter.
-Wood laminate floors leftover from Eurovan project.
-New dash vents on driver and passenger side.
-rebuilt climate control unit.
-added diagnostic wire to 7 day timer...then rebuilt the Espar.
-New aux coolant pump.
-New Windshield.
-New Jeep TJ Fog lights.
-MaxxFan Deluxe installed in the rear. Remote mount on front console.
-12 feet of Yakima tracks installed on roof, added some Yakima rack.
-Welded exhaust back on and extended the tail pipe out the side since it will be for camper use now.
-oil change...duh.
-Rewired stereo, added front speakers, fixed other issues with it.
-Added water bottle cage to passenger seat.
-Removed cargo partition.
-New rear bumper corners. (old ones were cut for a lift).
-Fixed door handles on both sliders, replaced the drivers outside slider handle(due to cheap PO).
-New small mirror on drivers side.
-New blower resistor....didn't seem to need it, but oh well.
-Fixed heated seats. Torn wires.
-New wiper blades.
-New washer squirter mount between firewall and wiper.


Lots of work left to do. Right now I've just been sorting out the basics.

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Old 03-10-2014, 07:23 AM   #3
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Just skimmed your build/adventures on the expeditionportal. Nice work and vision. What's your plan for electrical?

Thanks for posting the Saturn pic. We towed an 97 S-series wagon behind our motor home and developed a love for them since. Here's my 95 wagon. Great little get around town gas sipper.

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Old 03-10-2014, 06:31 PM   #4
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Cole,

I found this on craigs a loooong time ago, if i had known it was that clean throughout i woulda bought it!! Very nice lookin and im glad you made it home! Sweet build, stayin tuned!
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Old 03-10-2014, 07:15 PM   #5
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Thanks guys.

I'll get more pictures and updates posted soon.

My plan for it is an "Outside Van" style family adventure van.

Our electric needs will be pretty simple. Just need to be able to charge phones, iPads and the occasional camera battery. All lights will be LED. Probably add one good house battery split off with a continuous duty solenoid to isolate it when the key is off but charge when the key is on. This simple set up has worked well in my Eurovan. Maybe a solar panel to help out but we have never taxed the setup in the Eurovan.

No need to power silly things like TVs, microwaves, etc. We travel and explore when traveling. Eat out, eat fresh.
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Old 03-10-2014, 07:23 PM   #6
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I would love to remove extra seats and make more open space for my family, but then I would like to have enough seats to be able to take my all department to the Happy Hour.
Best solution I can thing about would be to buy another one and have someone following me around in case I want to switch.
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Nice... I actually appreciate the post where you list allot of the more normal things you have done to the van, such as heater blower resistor, wiper blades, windshield, vents, etc... We all have to deal with the normal things.
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No reason to hide all the little things that needed to be done((still need to do) to end up with a well sorted vehicle.
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Old 03-11-2014, 06:05 AM   #9
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Cut a hole for the Maxxfan Deluxe!



Installed with the 12' of Yakima rails.

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Old 03-23-2014, 11:44 PM   #10
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I should probably change the title to "Ghetto Fab Sprinter Build"


I've been trying to keep this build cheap since I don't really need the van and its really an extra extra vehicle at the moment. With this in mind I've been keeping my eye on Craigslist. Specifically the "free" section.

It was fairly obvious from scenes like this one that I needed some carpet in the van. Neither one of my dogs like to lay just on the wood floor unless its really hot out.




You can see how much free wood floor there was around him, but he is trying to stay totally on the random carpet square








Yesterday I scored some carpet from an office building remodel. Rubber backed commercial carpet. Most of it in pretty good shape.





About 3/4 of the stuff is a grey/tan mix and the last 1/4 is just tan. Actually ties the colors of the van together well.




Here is a piece laying on the wood floor in the van.




I also had some "extreme tile adhesive" laying around from another project that was never going to get used again. So for the total cost of the gas to go get the carpet I was able to do the rear section of the van where I left off with the wood laminate.





We have enough of this stuff that I think we will cover most of the side walls of the van with it. Should help keep the noise down and make the inside of the van feel a bit more comfortable. Once things like beds and cabinets get made you won't notice as much carpet.
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