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Old 06-28-2010, 09:46 PM   #131
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Yeah, pretty much everybody I talk to with the newer ford motor (truck or van) have problems
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Old 06-29-2010, 09:33 AM   #132
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In other news, I picked up some of my metal this morning:

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Old 07-25-2010, 01:03 PM   #133
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I haven't visited the forum much at all lately. It's been a rough go of it. I thought, for a bit, the girl and I would be getting back together; but we didn't. I got into some pretty heavy self pity for a while. I'm starting to get it together now.

I had plans to take Polar Bear on a backpacking trip a couple of weeks ago. A few blocks from my friends house, she broke down in the middle of an intersection. The front fuel pump went out. She's been in the shop for a couple of weeks now. The fuel pump is fixed, but there's an engine issue. I have a miss under load. They've been going through the electrical system trying to figure it out. Meanwhile, they found a short that was preventing the EFI from adjusting the timing correctly. I have a bit more power now. I also had a compression test done and the numbers came back good.

This weekend, I "borrowed" my van back from the shop so I could work on it. I got the tent installed yesterday and took it out for some pictures this morning.

I basically picked up where I left off and conitued with the 3/4" plywood plan.



I used 3M adhesive to add carpet to the top of the wood.



Then I marked my two side platforms for drilling.



My friend Harmony hung out most of the day while I worked.



I couldn't locate D bolts that correctly fit the width of my rack so I used some plastic tubing and angled them to get a better fit.





And today, I did a quick photo shoot.







It's been a rough few weeks. I'm still not thinking entirely clear headed, but I'm trying to stay busy with projects and connecting with the people in my life. Hopefully my head clears up soon, I have to get everything ready for Burning Man and I have about a month to do it!
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Old 07-25-2010, 02:31 PM   #134
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nice setup; have fun ... blkjak
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Old 07-25-2010, 03:09 PM   #135
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I like it! Perfect for Burning Man. What will you do with the rest of the rack area???? Front porch?
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Old 07-25-2010, 03:27 PM   #136
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I like it! Perfect for Burning Man. What will you do with the rest of the rack area???? Front porch?
Other than two black boxes for storing gear, yes... I think I'll be building a platform.
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Old 07-25-2010, 10:09 PM   #137
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For Burning Man you might consider taking a farm jack and four jack stands and four squares of 3/4 plywood 12"x12" to set the stands on. to stabilize the van. When you get 2 people or more up there the van will become pretty wobbly.
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Old 07-26-2010, 04:33 PM   #138
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Good idea on the jacks. I've had 3 people up there and it does get a little crazy. I'm getting good at balancing, but I don't really want anyone else to fall off.
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Can't be too careful at Burning Man! I've actually seen folks fall off of the Playa there.
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Old 07-31-2010, 11:33 PM   #140
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I picked up 2 more jack stands today. Thanks again for the idea.

The problem with the misfire under load turned out to be a loose wire on the alternator. The voltage would freak out when the engine rev'd up.

Once I got PB home, I took the RTT off and reinforced the plywood with one more U bolt. I also added 1/8" steel plates to the bottom of each bolt to spread the load across the wood.

Today I covered the ceiling (sans cab) with Reflectix.



I also started painting some trim pieces so I can get the headliner re-installed.



I'm hoping to get roof, walls, and floor done by BM. I think I'm overly optimistic. =/
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