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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
    Last edited by monkeykongking; 04-16-2018 at 02:45 PM.
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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...
    Last edited by Wookee; 04-17-2018 at 09:35 AM.
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    Looks great so far! Can't wait to see the finished product!
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