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BirgerBuilder Reader
6/26/19 7:24 p.m.

I would have paid more than $20 for a nice anvil... Been looking for a while now.


beanco Reader
6/28/19 3:26 p.m.

Not much has happened lately. I spent waaaay to much time on this console. I made a wooden cup holder/shelf thing that is currently being painted an off color gray .

you may also have noticed a new stereo. My buddy Bottlecaps gave me this fine unit that has an aux cable hook up and also has Bluetooth capabilities. It sounds great and today at junk yard I got a replacement antenna,an aluminum sign for front skid plate and a 1/2" breaker bar for $7.00

When I was installing the radio, I found this. What the E36 M3 is going on?? Government tracking device? Russians? no wonder the battery was dead after a few weeks of sitting. This thing was wired hot all the time.

the tracker also explains the weird knob thing on dash under cig lighter.


The anvil didn't ring when hit with a hammer, no signs of cracks, just dull thud. I was told this is not what a good anvil sounds like.


beanco Reader
8/12/19 11:25 a.m.

I'm back. I've been by doing fiberglass which is about as fun as watching paint dry.


Between that and having fun this summer I have been working on the van.

I had an entire Sunday to myself and decided to build a bar cabinet ....

bigfranks84 Reader
8/12/19 9:13 p.m.

In reply to beanco :

I like the bar cabinet. Are you going to make it lockable so you don't get nailed with an open container?

beanco Reader
8/17/19 7:44 p.m.

In reply to bigfranks84 :

Everything will be stored in the back,it’s just for camping. I wouldn’t want to break the Playboy glasses i bought at a church sale,true story.

beanco Reader
8/19/19 4:05 p.m.

Saturday I decided to build a front bumper. The old one required the hot wrench for removal. Once it was off I noticed a rag stuffed inside the fender. Pulling it out was like smashing a pinata .

What a rusty piece of junk!

Next, I dug out some outer arms from another hitch and cut them to fit over the 3" tube. Welded the hitch tube too it. Once it was al welded to the van,I cut the old bumper ends to fit(almost).

here it is with winch installed.

beanco Reader
8/19/19 4:13 p.m.

Sunday I pushed the top up onto the van to help motivate myself into getting lift hinges built. It's not too heavy, just hard to handle by oneself.

The crappy looking gasket is a garden hose BTW.

Spent the rest of the day staining bar cabinet and making door cards.

ebonyandivory PowerDork
8/20/19 2:37 p.m.
beanco said:

Just sold anvil and milk can for $20yes

Pretty sure I saw that same anvil in NH at an antique shop for $270.00

beanco Reader
8/27/19 9:20 a.m.

Nothing new on top, spent what free time I have on smaller projects.

Reusing old wires to build jumper for winch. Blue tape is for fishing purposes.

Cut skid plate out of old road sign.

beanco Reader
8/27/19 9:22 a.m.

And after a few, I decided to paint a mural on the vanlaugh

beanco Reader
9/20/19 4:01 p.m.

Time for an update..

I cut the roof off while the neighbors watched in horror from across the street.

spent the rest of the day building the hinges.

beanco Reader
9/20/19 4:07 p.m.

bolted the frame I made to van and added hinges to top. It went up with up with some force, but came down fast. EPIC FAILURE.. I wasns't happy with the results so I went to plan B.

Wooden frame fixed high top roof.

I'm much happier with this arrangment. Later that night I finished the "bar"

beanco Reader
9/20/19 4:09 p.m.

Top is all water tight and I've started on the interior build out. Like any project , time is running out.


mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
9/20/19 4:20 p.m.

I'm curious to see how it drives with the high roof, and whether it's still weather proof when moving forward at great speed. 

9/21/19 10:40 a.m.

Yeah, I'm concerned about areo with that lifted top. Are you going to attempt any molding or smoothing to keep it stable? I wouldn't think it would be TOO hard to come up with a good shape, with all the aerodynamic programs available now...

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