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    Let's Build an Interior

    Well, that may sound a little like I know what I'm doing. I don't. I kinda know what I want and I kinda know how to use some tools, so, let's go.

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    I started by cleaning and painting the floor and wheel wells. Next, I put down a layer of Thermo-Tec sound deadener. Took just under three rolls to do what's visble.

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    I used the old wood floor to make a template for the 1/2" plywood. Takes two sheets, due to the width.
    Since I don't want screws showing through the floor, the floor is secured down the driver's side with a few screws into the section concealed by the inner and outer rocker panel. The cargo door entry area is held down by strips double-stick taped to the Thermo-Tec and screws through the plywood and into the strips only. The rear section will be held down by the bed frame.

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    The bed frame is a mix of both 1"x2" and 1"x4" pine. The side rails rest on the wheel wells and are screwed into the ribs on the walls. The height of the bed was dictated by the wheel wells (obviously), but I didn't want to cheat it any lower since I'll have to forward-facing sub boxes under there too.

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    There will be a center leg on the center brace and two legs on the rear brace, equally spaced. I'll build add those this week.
    I don't really know what I want to do with the underside or the rear face of the bed yet, so nothing has been permanently installed yet. All screws, no glue yet.

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    I do have the forward face mapped out in my head. I didn't want just a straight, flat section for the front of the bed. In order to make the bed look a little less like I did it at home with 2"x4"s and to help the future concealment of speaker grilles, the arced face was probably the first idea that came to me for the entire interior project. When the face is skinned, it will have a grille cloth section from end to end, and probably some lights in there.
    The depth of the bed from front to back also required two sheets of plywood. From the peak of the arc to the rear edge is 52". The two sections meet at the middle brace, which is two 1"x2" rails screwed and glued.

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    Beginning the template for the partition.

    That's where we are as of today. I'll post more pics as it progresses.
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    That fan fold Styrofoam is great for patterns. Mess up just tape more on. Looking good boss.
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    Cool

    Good work so far
    As you work on this project it will start taking a life of it's own.
    Other ideas pop into your head.Roll along .
    have you decided on the materials you will be using to cover the wood work?
    1/8 inch Luan plywood is your friend when it comes to the walls and ceiling.
    All ways make you interior remove able.You just never know when you might need to remove it for repairs,and or changes in the future
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    What Wookee said. "Always make your interior removable"

    My van is completely hollowed inside. My bed is made of 4 pieces of foam that could be transformed into a bed or sofa.
    When i need to transport building materials or scooters, i just take all the foam pieces out. If i need to partition the space, i use temporary curtains with hippy designs on it, they work well at music festivals. Personally, i just like to be able to transform the space differently depending on where i'm going.


    Quote Originally Posted by Wookee View Post
    Good work so far
    As you work on this project it will start taking a life of it's own.
    Other ideas pop into your head.Roll along .
    have you decided on the materials you will be using to cover the wood work?
    1/8 inch Luan plywood is your friend when it comes to the walls and ceiling.
    All ways make you interior remove able.You just never know when you might need to remove it for repairs,and or changes in the future
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    Quote Originally Posted by monkeykongking View Post
    My bed is made of 4 pieces of foam that could be transformed into a bed or sofa.
    When i need to transport building materials or scooters, i just take all the foam pieces out.
    That is really smart!

    But I like the idea of framed solution like Smiley is doing for storage and speakers etc. if you have some other hauling vehicle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VanSandy View Post
    That is really smart!

    But I like the idea of framed solution like Smiley is doing for storage and speakers etc. if you have some other hauling vehicle.
    This van's days of hauling anything but ass, are over.
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    Great ideas!
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    Thumbs up Looking good!

    Nice work Smiley! Looking good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smiley View Post
    This van's days of hauling anything but ass, are over.
    The "Beast" also only hauls ass.......
    I know you don't think you will ever repaint your van again.
    Because you do drive her on the streets.If god forbid you are rear ended by a bad driver.Or any work is ever needed Having the bed removable is just practical.
    My bed is built so it fits snugly between the walls.I can move it towards the side doors turn it and remove it from the back of the van.
    I had it out when I wanted to cut in my door jams

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    Having owned and performed repair work on vans with interiors that where next to impossible to remove.
    I made my interior easy to remove.
    Yes that is expensive 2K primer on a set of window rear doors that I later switched out to solid side doors.
    Things do change.Make your interior so it can be easily changed out.
    Bed in place.


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    I was never happy with the blue,gray color of the carpet I installed before the 34th Nationals.
    Having removable parts and panels made it easier for me to change out the carpet in my Van..
    My bed is completely made out of 3/4 plywood.
    Screwed and glued together.Folds into a queen sized bed.
    This bed has held up well.Through out lengthy episodes of bottom knocking preformed in the inside of the van
    Carry on. have fun with your build...
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    Looks great so far! Can't wait to see the finished product!
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    Nice to see some interior progress.... does this mean there is a small chance Blue Overdose will make an appearance in Indiana this July?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanner68 View Post
    Nice to see some interior progress.... does this mean there is a small chance Blue Overdose will make an appearance in Indiana this July?
    No chance.
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    I like to see creativity , each of us have ideas that revolve around how we use our van...the one thing that seems we all have in common is a place we can sleep. For me mine has to be able to haul a bike in it 😆 so my bed area has to removable and have to have tie down points for straps. There is nothing cooler than showing up to a bike event and instantly you have a crowd while unloading and funny thing (no questions ever about the bike !) Keep up the good work Smiley and I'm looking forward to watching your progress !
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    Looking good Smiley!

    This is the little universal kitchen thing I pulled out of my van. It was wasted, but I'm documenting the rebuild (dims, shapes, etc) and my carpenter friend is planning on producing them for the public. Let me know if you are interested in either.

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    Smiley,Looking great ! It was a lot of work but I had a blast doing my interior.Can't wait to see your vision (interior) finished. Bill
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    I like that setup put me down as interested

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    Looking Good

    Nice work!
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    I've been in a slump, working on the van. Coming home from the Nats, I was recharged. Finding out I'd lost my job while at the Nats was a bummer, but now I have time to work on it. No money, but lots of time. I've been in the garage every day since we got home. Almost two weeks.

    Finally finished up the forward sections of the subfloor, around the battery boxes. I'm going with a stained wood floor over the subfloor.

    I've begun tackling the forward overhead console. I'll add pics of it soon.

    I've also decided that I'm just gonna have to learn to do the upholstery myself. Club member, Steve Miller, has been encouraging me to do it for years. He brought a few loaner upholstery tools to the Nats for me, so I started practicing with some material I already had at the house. I think I'm already getting the hang of it.

    Amie also made my door straps for me, with some material Mac found by chance.

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    Looking good👍

    Hey Smiley your interior coming along nicely!
    Sorry to hear about your job, Iím sure your next gig is around the corner!
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    What th'

    Really sorry you lost your job Smiley.
    The NATS this year are over??

    Did anyone attend? No comments, pics, info, AT ALL?

    Again, Maybe folding the map in half and then place the pin for the next one?

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    Dang, I think you can start your upholstery business now, screw your old employer!!

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    Smiley,Looking good !Keep the updates coming !Your pics bring back memories of when I did my interior. Bill
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    Are the pleats sewn or just folded?
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    Cool

    Bumping uglies in bed with walls lined like that makes that particular ride even better.....
    Its a "van thing". A life style you have to live to understand!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wookee View Post
    Bumping uglies in bed with walls lined like that makes that particular ride even better.....
    excuse me...mine isn't ugly....wookee!
    .....when someone says "we" they really mean "me".
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    Thank you guys very much. I have since started back on the show, so things are good for now.



    Quote Originally Posted by van-itti View Post
    Really sorry you lost your job Smiley.
    The NATS this year are over??

    Did anyone attend? No comments, pics, info, AT ALL?

    Again, Maybe folding the map in half and then place the pin for the next one?

    The immortal Mr. Mojo Risin said it, not me..."The West is the Best."
    We did go the the Nats. There were about 25 early Chevys there. Most of whom are club members. There were a few new people with us this year, which is awesome to see. I think Phil and Suzi had a great time with us in the VCVC camp. This was also the first National Truck-in for Michael Swann, who was pinstiping for vanners, and staying busy. It was a great time, with the most vans at a National Truckin in over 15 years. 720 vans in attnedance this year. I didn't take many photos. I prefer to enjoy the moment.

    I could tell stories all day about how fun it was, but it's something to experience.

    I hear there is a plan to take the 50th National Truck-in to Colorado, where the very first was held.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vanner68 View Post


    Are the pleats sewn or just folded?
    Those pleats are just folded. I don't have an industrial sewing maching to handle it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AutomaticAmie View Post
    excuse me...mine isn't ugly....wookee!
    I am sure it's not.........
    Last edited by Wookee; 08-16-2018 at 07:34 AM.
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    Smiley,
    Please get this post back on target...
    It seems to have taken a wrong turn. Ugly or otherwise.


    More about that van of yours please?
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    Bump

    (Ha!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by smiley View Post

    I hear there is a plan to take the 50th National Truck-in to Colorado, where the very first was held.
    That woud be really awesome. Colorado is so beautiful, and close enough for West Coast guys to reasonably road trip to. This would be neat because alot of guys from the Western states would be able to come who can't normally make it to the usual Nats locations.



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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelyVan View Post
    Bump

    (Ha!)
    Just got the Teac back from the electronics place and it sounds great. I bought a source JL Audio source selector a few months back as well. This weekend, I'm going to design and start getting the materials to make the cabinet to house the reel to reel, inverter, selector, etc.
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    Looking good so far. Can't wait to see the finished interior!
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    Quote Originally Posted by smiley View Post
    Just got the Teac back from the electronics place and it sounds great. I bought a source JL Audio source selector a few months back as well. This weekend, I'm going to design and start getting the materials to make the cabinet to house the reel to reel, inverter, selector, etc.
    Glad to hear the deck is back in action. If its not too late, think about a way to shock mount the Teac. It doesn't have to be super sophisticated. The unit was originally designed and built (of course) to sit in your living room....not traveling down the road in a vehicle. I work (doing audio) in TV trucks too, and we have to deal with this scenario. A consumer reel-to-reel, by nature, is one of the more sensitive pieces of audio gear.
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    Don't forget the probable need for a line amplifier.. To drive the Teac outputs (all the way) to the JL selector.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelyVan View Post
    Don't forget the probable need for a line amplifier.. To drive the Teac outputs (all the way) to the JL selector.

    SV
    Like this?

    https://express.google.com/u/0/produ...477728_1109049
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    Quote Originally Posted by smiley View Post
    Excellent choice! I like the features (isolated inputs, choice of ground path/noise interrupt scenarios). Right tool for the right job. Nice that it was born for 12v applications too.

    https://pac-audio.com/index.php?cont..._attachment=33

    I'll have to think about an elegant way to switch this on & off.....otherwise it'll piss your battery/aux batt if you forget about it.
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    Still on Stereo

    It's taken a little while to learn some things and gather some parts, but I'm still moving on this.

    Got my 4 Infinity Reference 6"x9"s wired in their boxes, the new JL Audio 10" subs wired into their boxes, and a few other things ready. Waiting on the AudioControl 4 channel amp, and a few connectors. All the head unit power will be used to run the 4 small overhead speakers and the dash speaker. The 4 channel will run the 6"x9"s and the existing Infinity 1600a will power the subs.

    I'm getting a little hi frequency hiss from the reel to reel, so I may toy with an inline hi-pass filter to see if it clears it up without taking awat from the upper music fewquencies.

    All the door panels are fabricated and drilled for the upholstery. I hope to have the material in hand by November to start upholstering the panels.

    This list is still very long.
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    I also got a sample of curly maple that Iíll be making the cabin floor from, to test the wood dyes. I think Iíve found the answer to the floor question.


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    That is some good "Van Porn" right there..........

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    Blue Overdose or Bass Overdose??
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    Side and rear door interior trick

    Smiley if you look at a sports van interior side door they used a extension piece to make the door panels meet with out a large gap i used an aluminum angle to make this work .made relief cuts to conform to the doors curve. Makes for a cleaner look when the doors are closed. If some one can post a picture of a sports van interior you will see what i mean

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