Originally Posted by TomsBeast
You will be amazed at how much easier it is to build and maintain a racecar that doesn't ALSO have to be a street car. You'll also be amazed at how much better your focus becomes, how your driver skills move up a couple levels, now that you are able to 'push the envelope' a little more, not having to worry about getting home
never been fond of race only cars. i like to be able to take them out on the street and enjoy them to the fullest extent. plus theres nothing like handing ass to real racecars in a dd.
the wife and i also never hold back, and at times its been a flaw. we generally only race places where we have some kind of lifeline in case we do run into troubles. we are lookign forward to having the van setup so we can explore some real tracks and a few other hillclimbs around oregon that we have yet to attend.
Originally Posted by bettyford
Shenrie nice looking van and welcome to the forum.. you have found the place where grown men and women get to talk and spend lot of time and money doing what we love. It's the one thing none of my local good friends understand.
thanks ron! looking forward to being knowledgable enough to lend a hand to other noobs in the future, but for now, im just absorbing all i can from the many pages of info here.
and i guess i got it good as most my buddies are really excited for me to get started with this build. Getting lots of offers to help which will help more than they know. got some really smart cookies as friends. ive built 600+hp cars with some of them. watched some of them assemble blm firetrucks and pumper vehicles, and others doing crazy shit like full hydrolic setups in an old accord, and making passthroughs on old pickups, lol.
Originally Posted by bettyford
Im in Jackson Hole so your just down the street.
Anyway If there is anything I can help with just let me know.
im actually going to be staying in idaho falls from dec 22nd to jan 1st. hopeing to be spending some time in wilson making some turns on the pass in that timeframe. if our schedules work, id love to check out the top you have for sale and your van if possible. holidaze = family, but if you could spare an hour or so, maybe we can meetup??
so wanted to post up a few pix of the inside of our van to keep track of progress. the first ones are as the van appeared on the lot.
original owners installed non factory power windows. kinda handy, but not thrilled with where they put the controls (on dash).
i asked the dealer if they could remove some stuff for us to help make room for our air matress. they said np and sent me these pix afterwards.
was better, but we underestimated how big our air matress was, so our friend in atlanta helped us remove everything but the very rear shelves. helped a lot and gave us room for our makeshift travel bed.
had a few hours today to actually mess with the van. first thing i did was remove the noiseyass lights off the roof. also removed all the hard wiring associated with them. helped out a ton with incab noise. should have done this before we left georgia, lol.
then took off one of the side panels to see what all the original owners did behind the paneling.
some insulation. im actually gonna leave this till i get time/money to buy the real stuff and do it right. thinking it will help with noise and heat for the rest of the winter.
then i started in on the floor. holy hell, this was installed to survive an appocolypse. screwed down all over the place, then slathered with glue and slapped on some type of vinyl. shit was on there good.
got one peice out before it started getting dark. was glad to see the original mat in place though.
for the fun of it being an avid autoxer, i threw some cones on the front. gets some good laughs from my racer buddies and adds to the "work truck" theme.
i dont know if this bumper is worth anything or not, but gonna throw it up on cl and see if i get any intrest. it just doesnt suit my needs. nice peice. setup for winch and all, but doesnt flow with body lines of van.
and to keep with the theme, i threw a ladder up on top.
still dont understand why the original pix i posted were so small, but i found a couple more of the original setup.