My name is Drew and I am not new to building or re-building vans. Our little family lives in Seattle and our first project was an 1987 VW Syncro that we built from the ground up. I wish that I had documented that project, so now, on our second go-round, I am taking the time to document most of the process of what my 2-year-old daughter calls "the stinky van" referring to my clogged injectors and the amount of smoke it puts out as my wife so graciously follows me in a cloud of smoke from shop to shop.
This forum has helped me immensely and I draw a lot of inspiration from guys like Ref who I bumped into while on a surf trip in Baja earlier this year. What a cool build and cool family. So thanks for all the help, and thanks for the help in advance that I am sure I will need at some point!
The goal of this build from the very start was to create a second adventure-mobile that we can leave at different locations, is self-contained, and is a true pre-runner. Long travel, 2wd, with a locker and all the amenities to live comfortably.
Long Travel Suspension
Ability to sleep and keep carseats buckled at the same time
Racks to carry lots of surfboards