It has been a while since I posted, I have been busy with a new job that doesn't leave me a lot of van time. I have finished up the Thinsulate in the roof and glued in all the sides. Insulation is done. The only other thing I plan to do is use some soft materials inside to soak up airborne noise.
The van is parked for the winter in my garage which feels really good. I have a little suv to drive daily, this way the van is always ready for work. Most recently I have been sanding the floor.
If you have never sanded white 1/4 sawn oak you are not missing much! This stuff is a bitch even with my brothers fancy sanders. Some boards are harder than others so you can end up with a wavy surface instead of flat if you are not careful. I ended up sanding the whole floor with a belt sander first to get it all flat - the sander above is fitted with 80 grit, I will likely hit it with 100 and be done. we will see.
I built these last week, blanks to fill in the tracks when not in use. Most of the time the seats are all the way back, why would you want them in the middle anyways?
If I cut 2" off the short track fillers they will all fit either full front or full back. Not a huge difference but it will be a lot nicer walking around in there and while camping. Here the fillers are proud of the floor, I made them thicker than I needed as they are not all consistent. I will sand them to fit.
Some of the in process shots. This is from the belt sander, it makes one **** of a mess even with a vac attached to it. In the end I gave up and ran it sans vac and just blew out the van once in a while with compressed air.
I thought about taping off the sides and all that but it seemed too much work even for me. The air does a decent job, after a careful vac I can see a day where there will be no dust in my van. Not anytime soon though.
Here you see the fruits of my labor. Probably 3 good hours to get here.
It's all nice and flat now, short of some detail work around the edges it is done. I have all the insides of the tracks to do as well, I want to do that first then finish fit the fillers.
Next thing I plan to do is hit all the cracks with white oak filler then finish sand as fine as I dare. Stain will be dark, probably black but I need to do some more samples. Once stained I will poly then color matched putty for any remaining voids. Then a bunch of poly coats.
It's going to look real nice. Once the floor is done I am not sure what I will do next, I am leaning towards passenger swivel. I have the hitch to install and wire but other than that no project materials on hand. Maybe fogs. I feel like it is all stalling for the interior build as I don't yet have a comprehensive design idea.
The moto hauler concept is on hold, I will haul only one bike inside up the right side. I am shopping for a nice enclosed trailer to haul bikes and gear.
Finally a parting shot of the carnage. My poor bikes are not only covered in sawdust but not one has had a bit of winter care. Looks like I have a busy spring ahead.