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thummmper
thummmper New Reader
4/1/11 12:18 p.m.

thummmper
thummmper New Reader
4/2/11 1:56 p.m.

I initially wanted to view the cluster through the wheel, but the wierd master cylinder actually split the vw cluster, and moving it isnt a bag of snakes I want to reach into. so, the cluster may mount to the right of the brake master. like the little square flat top car--xbox.

joey48442
joey48442 SuperDork
4/2/11 2:20 p.m.
dculberson wrote: Someone made Astro campers! from: http://countryhomescampers.com/tips-advice/gtrv-toyota-conversion Edit: An AWD/4wd version of this with an LS1 swap would be sweeeeet.

At that point, why not a fullsize conversion van? More head room, and no canvas tent on top?

Joey

thummmper
thummmper New Reader
4/2/11 7:08 p.m.

I got over the ugly issue with my brothers aerostar. when all 7 are inside, only those outside suffer its looks. start shopping for a unimog and she'll come around. honda element has a poptop as well--the eco something

http://www.ursaminorvehicles.com/

thummmper
thummmper New Reader
4/2/11 7:12 p.m.

began carving--mad science

Curmudgeon
Curmudgeon SuperDork
4/3/11 8:18 a.m.

Great progress! I saw very few Vanagons in my VW daze and didn't realize the booster/MC were where they are. Good ol' German engineering.

Maybe I'm showing my dain bramage, but I just had a thought about using a Subaru SVX engine and transaxle. It would keep the floor lower- I think.

thummmper
thummmper New Reader
4/3/11 2:53 p.m.

that svx is a beast of an engine--I had considered it and the newer llbean outback motor-- the ez3.0d flat six as well, but the triscuit-sized parcel they require is wider than the 23" ihad between the suspension pin points, so a 4 link would need inventing, and I didnt want to do it. the v6 wedges within the arms without disturbing them. the svx is a longer engine too. It can be done..

thummmper
thummmper New Reader
4/5/11 9:40 p.m.

column is in and shell is getting some form

thummmper
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4/6/11 10:35 a.m.

thummmper
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4/7/11 8:36 p.m.

I am just a photographer with a wrench--this is fitting #4

thummmper
thummmper New Reader
4/8/11 5:26 p.m.

fitting #5-- cluster and light sw is home-the top frame is started

93gsxturbo
93gsxturbo HalfDork
4/8/11 6:08 p.m.

Looks like it was supposed to be there! Impressive.

thummmper
thummmper New Reader
4/9/11 2:53 p.m.

My skilsaw is instrumental in the trimming of both plastic and steel-I cut sheet metal with it too in short order. a simple deburring follows and stuff gets welded together, that is if I dont get rained on.

thummmper
thummmper New Reader
4/10/11 12:18 a.m.

this isnt much like my drawing, but it's working anyway--fit #6 the storage tray on top the guages look a little robbie robot, but it cant be helped. I started reluctantly this morning, like a fat kid that didnt wanna get outta bed--but I started playing with it without expectations and got this done. not bad for not knowing what I would do next....

thummmper
thummmper Reader
4/13/11 11:53 a.m.

thummmper
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4/13/11 9:36 p.m.

thummmper
thummmper Reader
4/14/11 8:31 p.m.

final weldup and paint prep <img

GrantMLS
GrantMLS New Reader
4/15/11 10:05 a.m.

Very cool project - looks great

thummmper
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4/15/11 10:30 p.m.

thummmper
thummmper Reader
4/22/11 11:21 a.m.

an extra shifter cable allows me to get the ends below the floor for a strait connection. there are so many specific ends and mounting devices on these cables that I am leaning towards 3 pieces [1 for trans ,1 for shifter and 1 for the connect]--the third will need clevises with pins and anchor points with restraint mounts. shouldnt be too dodgey. I also recieved 4 mbz ronal 7.5x16x et46mm forged wheels from a friend yesterday.

thummmper
thummmper Reader
4/22/11 11:48 p.m.

thummmper
thummmper Reader
4/24/11 9:58 p.m.

with the shifter pedestal happening tomorrow, I look ahead to the fuel tank mods--primarily the pump addition, the extra capacity to 18 gallons and the A.N. fittings. I'll go back to the jy for a sedan set of hard fuel and brake lines--they are sure to be long enough--longer than napa ap's.

thummmper
thummmper Reader
4/26/11 8:52 p.m.

Mikey52_1
Mikey52_1 HalfDork
4/26/11 10:32 p.m.

MAN!!! I don't get to the 'puter for a few weeks, and see what happens! This is a seriously cool project and you're making decent progress. I really like this! And yes, you are in the right forum...we don't shout down much of any kind of swap. Though, we may just question sanity from time to time...

thummmper
thummmper Reader
4/27/11 6:56 p.m.

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