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Old 05-25-2018, 08:17 PM   #11
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Really nice work Shadetree! You forgot the part where after you robbed all the parts off your Vanagon, wrecked it, pulled the engine and set it on fire you were still able to sell it for enough (in Socal) to fund this new project completely.......and you bought a yacht with what was left over.

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Old 05-25-2018, 08:19 PM   #12
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Recently, one of my buddies stripped his interior .......
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Then a buddy gave me his old back bumper ......
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Then another buddy wrecked his E350 and needed a new front bumper, so I sold him my stock one.....

...you have a lot of van buddies


what kind of rear bumper is that?? Certainly doesn't look stock.
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Old 05-25-2018, 08:22 PM   #13
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I like it.

I'm ready to tear into our 98 Club RB for use as a weekend warrior.
Looking at your interior gut job, did you just remove the ducting along the floor and leave the business end still intact?
I'm debating whether or not to just leave all the plastic panels in place and build off from it or tear it out.

Looks good . Keep going
In the kitchen area, pulling the plastics gave me more depth. In the bed area, not so much. But the trunk liner material is warmer feeling than the plastic.

The ducting is gone. The heater duct pulls off the plenum. I created a new duct that feeds through two vents in front of the seat. That area is shown in this photo. I boxed in the fender well to have a spot for a cup holder and electrical.
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Old 05-25-2018, 08:30 PM   #14
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...you have a lot of van buddies


what kind of rear bumper is that?? Certainly doesn't look stock.
Yeah, there are three of us that take our vans and families camping together. They’re both diesels. The bumper came off of a Crow’s Van, a San Diego based builder of substandard quality 4wd vans. My buddy has replaced almost everything on that van now, including the 4wd conversion.

Here we all are in Morro Bay recently
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Old 05-25-2018, 08:33 PM   #15
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Nice to hear someone with experience slamming a Crow's van. Most just slam them because everyone else does which isn't helpful. It IS helpful, however, to see that firsthand and warn others.

Also, forgot to say, this thread title may be my favorite ever. I might have to steal it......5 or 6 times.
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Old 05-25-2018, 08:47 PM   #16
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Really nice work Shadetree! You forgot the part where after you robbed all the parts off your Vanagon, wrecked it, pulled the engine and set it on fire you were still able to sell it for enough (in Socal) to fund this new project completely.......and you bought a yacht with what was left over.

Yeah, that Vanagon has been sitting in my back yard gathering spiders. It has a 1.8 turbo motor in it and we’ve driven it on many a camping trip. I need to clean it up and sell it though. Recoup some of the cash I’ve spent on this van.
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Old 05-25-2018, 09:05 PM   #17
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Funny. I'm kicking our Vanagon to the curb for multiple good and bad reasons, too
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Thanks for the info on the flooring, I would never thought of peel n stick for a van's interior!
Affordable, looks very good and eaay to keep up with... unlike the huge wall to wall wool carpet I did, its nice on the feet all year round but vacuuming and monthly shampooing to keep it halfway clean is for the birds lol
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Old 05-25-2018, 09:57 PM   #19
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I love the post title, so true. Good work on the interior. It looks good. Getting the right interior layout in place is a real plus for family camping.
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Old 05-25-2018, 11:07 PM   #20
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Thanks for the info on the flooring, I would never thought of peel n stick for a van's interior!
Affordable, looks very good and eaay to keep up with... unlike the huge wall to wall wool carpet I did, its nice on the feet all year round but vacuuming and monthly shampooing to keep it halfway clean is for the birds lol
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This is a solid sheet of vinyl, glued down, not peel and stick. BTW, I tried peel and stick years ago in a tent trailer. Not a good idea in the temps they can get to inside. It became a big mess.
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