Vanning


Vanning is a compulsion, an obsession, an occupation, an affliction, a fascination, a fate. It is not a hobby. Those who do it, must. Those who don't, think it's a waste of time. For me it is a calling.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

There is a light at the end of the tunnel!

 It wont be long till I have this baby on the road.   I am workin' hard to get this done for the Nationals and it looks like I just might make it., The interior is close to being finished.
Down to the last headliner panel.
The engine cover is done Got to put everything together, to make sure it will all fit. Got the rubber gasket installed. .

The center panel goes up.  This is tough when you do it alone!
The side door panel is the last major piece left of the interior. I had to take the door off again to get it fit and install the door gasket. 
Headliner done.   comin out just fine!

padding the front of the bed .


I've got 2 surfboards that go with the van one inside and this one I will use for a show sign.

using up some of the paint layin around
The engine cover fits together pretty good.
door panels are installed.  The speaker covers arrived too!

Ron is fitting the carpet. I am fitting the carpet on the wheel wells



This board is going to hang on the wall. I carved the design into it and glassed it

and a little one shot.


Cut the wood for the floor and glued it into place.
It is starting to come together  I am trial fitting it all.
Chris and Kenny are the local glass gurus. They are installing the windshield. Gona do some tricky stuff!

Brown glass?????

The hope is to set the windshield with urethane and eliminate the ugly wide rubber gasket.

This was the first cut. Makin me nervous!

Hmmm.  not bad.

After it was cut they install a trim gasket and set it in black urethane.


And Blacked out the edge just like the new cars come. The center is sealed with urethane,thus eliminating the vertical rubber in the center.

Man I'm lovin this

The bottom of the overhead console will go on last.  Most of the electronics are under here.  The controls for the windows and side door, switches,receiver for the remotes, Sirius radio, and more, may need more work.

Ron cut the carpet and bound the edges. If you have been paying attention, you will remember there is a battery box recessed below the floor. It is much better that the stock battery box that is inside the van behind the driver. The problem is the box is right where you kneel to get in the van.  Instead of trying to hide the access to the box I decided to make a cover that fit into the carpet made out of foam rubber.  I made a plug original of Rat Fink and Tikis and made a mold. Using that I cast this kneeling pad from flexible foam.  It works nicely.
It's thick and quite easy on the knees.

With all that I have to do yet, I most likely will not have the opportunity to post again before the Van Nats, where I intend to premier the Surfink. I have a lot of finish work to do yet. Polishing and detail underneath.lots of striping to do yet. A sign to do,as well as regular work, a show and the Rat Fink Reunion coming up next month.If you don't make it to the Nationls I will be posting finished pics after.   

6 comments:

Superbeast said...

Awesome job buddy! Pictures don't do it justice. Congrats on your awards at the Nationals.

Lorraine Kozlowski said...

Hey Coop what car shows will you be attending? I'd like some more striping done on my El Camino.

Unknown said...

The really short dodge is one of the finest custom vans Ive ever seen, and I got my first dodge in 73 and owned a van conversion co for 20 yrs. Very nice article in WSJ today. Keep on Truckin.........

Greg "COOP" Cooper said...

well thank you for the complement.

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No Boat Bob said...

Dude, I had no idea you were still into vans! You did my van 36 years ago. As usual you're a perfectionist and it shows.