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Author Topic: Van project / Bus project Pg 2  (Read 3288 times)

Offline andycafe

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Re: the van remake project/ the bus remake project Pg 2
« Reply #15 on: May 02, 2012, 08:36:22 »
Thanks for all your comments guy's I'm glad you like the little pink terror (lol) yes I am lucky that my Wife likes to get involved with these
projects. It is a great way of us spending some meaningful time together! At first I wondered if she got it, cause she would say can't we just get a new one LOL, but now she gets it!

Anyway since you liked the Van build I thought I would carry it on with our next project which upsized to a minibus and rather than start a new thread I will add it to this so here you go.

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Re: the van remake project/ the bus remake project Pg 2
« Reply #16 on: May 02, 2012, 08:40:52 »
Awesome, man.
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Offline andycafe

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Re: the van remake project/ the bus remake project Pg 2
« Reply #17 on: May 02, 2012, 08:52:02 »
So here we go again this time the subject is Mazda t3500, I wanted this model because not only dose it have the motorised side door but also 2 front doors, heaps better access. It took a couple of years of looking but I finally found one with the right mileage and owner history (Christian Children School then Retirement village) to we picked her up having the seats already removed (time/effort saver) no rust, straight and ready for some love! so here are some pic's of how she started, cheers Andy.

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Re: the van remake project/ the bus remake project Pg 2
« Reply #18 on: May 02, 2012, 09:01:12 »
So the first thing I needed to check when I got it home was the floor since their made out of Plywood! So what did I find all in all not to bad but a couple of rotten spots and only 8mm thick plus it looked like a patch work of left overs so it had to be replaced with a 12mm thick deal.. one of those things were now I know it's good!

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Re: the van remake project/ the bus remake project Pg 2
« Reply #19 on: May 02, 2012, 11:49:52 »
Plywood floor....silly Mazda plywood is for shed's
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Offline andycafe

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Re: the van remake project/ the bus remake project Pg 2
« Reply #20 on: May 02, 2012, 20:33:02 »
Plywood floor....silly Mazda plywood is for shed's

LOL, well it's the size of a shed  ;D

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Re: the van remake project/ the bus remake project Pg 2
« Reply #21 on: May 03, 2012, 04:29:31 »
So the next thing we need to do was to make a new engine cover to go from the left of the drivers seat to the left of the passengers (instead of in between) so that we could put in a full size passengers seat (we went with Mitsubishi Lancer seats) came up really good. after that we were ready to put in the new carpet, we used Marine grade for this.

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Re: the van remake project/ the bus remake project Pg 2
« Reply #22 on: May 03, 2012, 04:32:18 »
carpet done

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Re: the van remake project/ the bus remake project Pg 2
« Reply #23 on: May 03, 2012, 09:38:30 »
Need me a bus.
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Re: the van remake project/ the bus remake project Pg 2
« Reply #24 on: May 03, 2012, 12:03:28 »
This is cool and perfect for traveling to concerts, shows etc.  I want one
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Re: the van remake project/ the bus remake project Pg 2
« Reply #25 on: May 04, 2012, 07:38:47 »
Haha yeah this has been great for travelling around to various events.

So after we laid the new carpet we needed to fit new side panels to the rear and to the front doors. I made them all out of ply and covered them, the lower ones in the rear we just stain as they are inside the couch storage area or in other areas that wouldn't be seen.

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Re: the van remake project/ the bus remake project Pg 2
« Reply #26 on: May 04, 2012, 07:42:57 »
covered

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Re: the van remake project/ the bus remake project Pg 2
« Reply #27 on: May 06, 2012, 10:36:54 »
Ok so after we got the carpet and side panels sorted out we could start with the frame for the couch and bed area, I used angle alloy for the frame for weight and ease of use.

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Re: the van remake project/ the bus remake project Pg 2
« Reply #28 on: May 07, 2012, 06:42:16 »
Evening all, well next we needed to add some braces then started fitting up the skin to the frame, including all the seat and bed base's.

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Re: the van remake project/ the bus remake project Pg 2
« Reply #29 on: May 11, 2012, 06:20:30 »
Hey all, well all that was left to do was fit up the couch cushions or the custom mattress (California King size 7' long & 6' wide) make the bulk head to mount the lcd tv and the speakers for the sound system ( 4 x 6x9 speakers ) fit in the fridge draws and bench and lastly 240v power outlets not much really lol. All this and with a new paint job she was done.