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  Dump diving
Posted by: Cammalu - 11-28-2018, 05:36 AM - Forum: Chit-Chat and Off Topic - Replies (10)

About a month ago we were taking runs to the dump every Wednesday when it’s free day to get rid of everything we pulled from the old mobile home.

There was a guy next to us who was getting ready to throw a beautiful but very worn bed into the dumpster. I couldn’t let it go as it was a really heavy beautiful old bed. I asked if we could have it even though I have no place for it. I figured I’d put it in the barn for now.

The guy told us it had been his Grandmother’s bed and they didn’t have a place for it so it had been sitting outside. I didn’t see anything that couldn’t be fixed so we took it.

Fast forward and a friend here told me they were looking for a bed. I showed her the old bed and she positively squealed.

Here is the before and after:

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Being sanded by friend’s hubby in his garage

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And after

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I love to save old nice things. They treasure this cool bed

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  Eureka Ca. Conti Automotive
Posted by: Blanch - 11-27-2018, 01:26 PM - Forum: Shop Reviews - Replies (10)

This place was great! They didn’t charge a fee to look at my truck, had all the work done in two days, and they were absolutely honest. $99 an hour is the shop rate. This is a small two man shop running out of a gas station.

The previous shop (Antich Automotive) told me I had a blown head gasket and wanted to put in a new engine. I am so glad I got a second opinion from Conti. They got my rig running smoothly for less than a grand. They did not find a blown head gasket or say I needed a new engine. They said my engine was fine and I’ll get some more use out of her. The problem, besides my need for a new starter, was a clogged throttle body, not a leaking head gasket or blown engine.

Honest places seem harder and harder to find. I’ll use this shop again. These people were honest, professional and helpful. Five stars for Conti.

2600 Harris st.
Eureka, Ca.

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  MermaidLili....The making of MERMIE
Posted by: Abnorm - 11-26-2018, 10:10 PM - Forum: Builds,Modifications and Restorations - Replies (11)

Once upon a time at the Van Build in Arizona...…..Lilian arrived with an empty new 2018 Nissan Hi-top van

She had requested Insulation and a Maxifan install.....The lead carpenter said he didn't know how to insulate her van....so he put her down for ONLY a fan......WHAT....from Florida for a fan ?...….Assigned to install the fan our resident mechanic/"Pimp"..... Mike..... invited her to Pirate Camp

She had to wait ...we were busy......BUT we were able to look over the van and make a rough plan of attack.....and a shopping list from the Land-Of-Plenty…………..She made several shopping trips without any whining (and later she returned the overages.....thank-you)

The Nissan has a weird interior profile......The "planes" of the various walls don't line up with each other.....there's NO natural wall studs

The long driver's side wall has dealer installed windows....directly above them is a structural member with steel inserts for anchoring purposes...….Here's our first construction point...…..we stripped wood furring strips to the wall....building them out until we could insert 1" polyiso between them

Upper body openings were filled with a layer Reflectix over air and covered in sheets of foam then paneling......Lower panels were filled with multiple layers of foam pieces ….glued in place.....and spray-foamed in place later covered in paneling

The window "jambs" will always be a weak point.....the exterior and interior connect without a chance for a thermal break....we filled as much insulation as we could to HELP.....

The short passenger side wall has no window so it got wood strips/framed/insulated and paneled 

The ceiling got two layers of insulation and wood strips and paneling.....along with the fan install first thing

Lili has a Kodiak and portable solar panels to charge it ….so we didn't "install" an electrical system BEHIND the walls (just the fan wires)

A simple strong 48" wide bed platform is suspended between the two rear walls...….with a ventilated top platform and 18" clear space/storage beneath

Well.....what went WRONG...……

The paneling was Masonite......Brazilian  Masonite...….Paper !  We had 1/4" crown staples for the install ….the ceiling panels fell down with fasteners alone....NO to screws...…...We Gorilla Glued (construction adhesive)…….braced......and stapled

OMG....we couldn't find 1/4" lath to make up the difference between 1" insulation and 3/4" furring strips...…...we ended up buying molding.....it would have been cheaper to buy a cheap table saw

...........And DAMN that van kept getting taller each time this-old-man had to crawl in...………..

And Living-in and Building a van at the same time sucks...…..So Many steps to repeat for each new day...….Photos to follow......

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  Dodge camper car
Posted by: ratfink56 - 11-26-2018, 03:52 PM - Forum: Chit-Chat and Off Topic - No Replies


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  Crazy van recovery
Posted by: ratfink56 - 11-26-2018, 07:53 AM - Forum: Chit-Chat and Off Topic - Replies (6)

This is a video of some guys rescuing an old VW van that had sat for 40 years way back in the woods. Instead of dragging it out they took what they needed to get it running and drove it out. About 20 minutes long. Great story.


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  [challenge] share foods that when cooked leave a strong lingering aroma
Posted by: Kaylee - 11-25-2018, 08:15 PM - Forum: Cooking - Replies (30)

Please share some recipes, the preparation of which produces a strong lingering smell, that would help mask cigarette smells.

There's a lingering light cigarette smell in the van (from the previous owner, of course).
It appears to mainly be in the front chairs.

My strategy as a long-time motel dweller, is to always carry microwave popcorn, as it's very effective at masking light smoke smells.

Not Gonna Work, in a van.
Though GypsyDogs kindly made a bag for me last night, and I ate it all in the van, which definitely helped. Smile

Soooo, I'm staying another full day (will probably hit the road Tuesday right after rush hour), to "work" on the smell, sort out lots of other small stuff, and continue to live in the van for real. Smile

My first thought was SPAM & onions. Smile
(Was going to cook that tonight, but GypsyDogs showed up at my door with a bowl of awesomeness - some sort of superb Mexican-ish thing... gotta get the recipe, it was amazing!).

Did a store run, bought some SPAM Singles and an onion, and also picked up a mini can of corned beef hash and a dozen eggs.

Any other suggestions?

Simple is better. Smile

P.S.  The van has been mostly closed up for the last few months, hence the buildup.  Once it's free-ranging in the SW, it should improve by itself.
If I were "normal" this wouldn't be an issue... but normal is boring. Wink

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  Institute for the Study of the Neurologically Typical
Posted by: Kaylee - 11-25-2018, 06:53 PM - Forum: YARC - Replies (13)

This is one of several exact "mirrors" of the brilliant original, which sadly disappeared:

Enjoy! Smile

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  The missus and I went to the remodel today
Posted by: Motrukdriver - 11-25-2018, 02:48 PM - Forum: Chit-Chat and Off Topic - Replies (6)

We needed to get back on track getting stuff done after healing up from injuries.  She wanted to do some painting and I needed to mud and tape the drywall I hung in the middle bedroom.  Well someone had gotten into the house and stole some of my tools.  It wasn't a break in since no doors or windows were broke or kicked in.  I think the back door by the kitchen was easy to open since the deadbolt really didn't seat correctly.  I fixed that today.   I lost 2 drills and a 13" planer.  They left the table saw, ladders, wheel barrow, stereo, sander, shop vac and a huge assortment of hand tools.  Old, well used tools so not a huge loss, just a bit aggravating.  I was done with the planer and probably would have sold it for peanuts.  The drills were in the 20 year old range and one needed new bearings so those would probably have been give away stuff but I do need a drill for the back bedroom.  Got more drywall to hang and shooting drywall screws goes quick with a drill.  I'll make a swing by the pawn shop maybe tomorrow and pick up a used drill for a few bucks.  I did nail big wood chocks to the floor at the two back doors so they'll have to make a bunch of noise to get in that way. Thankfully I already took the Cobra sewer auger home and haven't taken the cut off saw over there yet.  The meth heads are out in full force so be careful.  I might take a ride over there tonight sometime just to see if they decide to come back and if so, reduce the population of druggies.  This is Missouri and we're allowed to do that.

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  87 dodge b250
Posted by: Blacktank - 11-25-2018, 12:26 PM - Forum: Mechanical Problems - Replies (150)

any know anything about this?

"87 dodge b250

It is the ignition wiring nest under the dash to the left of the steering column.  Mostly just swapping spades from old one to new one."

all i know for the moment

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  route advice please: Oregon to northern WI
Posted by: Kaylee - 11-24-2018, 02:59 PM - Forum: Other - Replies (18)

It's now time to plan my return trip!
I'll be going via South Dakota, so my main concern is from Springfield OR to Rapid City SD.
Thar be Mountains!

SD to WI should be easy.

Anybody on either of those legs want to meet up?

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