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When my buddy called me up and mentioned he’d been watching a lot of YouTube and bought a minivan for me to convert, I first laughed and thought he was kidding . He wasn’t so I said hell ya let’s do it!! 
 

the sweet ride … 

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overall design idea at the moment ..

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getting a template cutout for the in floor storage…

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Gluing the bigger pieces together 

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this is pretty fun getting to do something out of the ordinary! 
 

my main question for now is what type of finish would be good for this? Mainly thinking of the floor in the “kitchen” area where shoes/dirt/water/mud will be in contact with it. 
 

I was thinking maybe shellac or something cheap for the majority of everything? 

 

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1 hour ago, Bushwacked said:

my main question for now is what type of finish would be good for this? Mainly thinking of the floor in the “kitchen” area where shoes/dirt/water/mud will be in contact with it. 
 

I was thinking maybe shellac or something cheap for the majority of everything? 

 

Ok, this is cool!  lol

Finish on the floor is tricky!  In all honesty, I think I would go with removable indoor/outdoor mats that are washable.  I can buy used ones from the guys that come into refineries and replace/clean these mats once a week for about 5 bucks each..  I also think Harbor Freight might carry them.  I know I have a bunch of them as that's what I used in my hunting tent and they worked awesome!

As for the rest of it, sad as it sounds, I might consider paint.  It's washable and durable as well as easy to touch up.

 

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On 9/10/2021 at 4:36 PM, Kev said:

Ok, this is cool!  lol

Finish on the floor is tricky!  In all honesty, I think I would go with removable indoor/outdoor mats that are washable.  I can buy used ones from the guys that come into refineries and replace/clean these mats once a week for about 5 bucks each..  I also think Harbor Freight might carry them.  I know I have a bunch of them as that's what I used in my hunting tent and they worked awesome!

As for the rest of it, sad as it sounds, I might consider paint.  It's washable and durable as well as easy to touch up.

 

Interesting thought on the mats. Going to have to look into that as that does sound like a great keep clean solution. 
 

paint eh? Didn’t even cross my mind … what color would you be thinking for the wood? White? I’ll have to bring this up to my buddy. 

On 9/10/2021 at 7:23 PM, Bob said:

No suggestions for ya.  But this did take me back to my misspent youth, where the goal was either a muscle car or van with ugly shag carpet and a mattress.  If you were really cool you would turn your van into both.  Thanks for the memory blast! 

Lol!! Shag carpet in those big conversion vans. I remember my moms and she’d drive around the baseball team when we were little. 

On 9/10/2021 at 7:49 PM, Woodenskye (Bryan) said:

What about doing an epoxy finish.  

I was thinking that but not sure on how well the weather would be or how slippery etc if it got wet boots on it 

 

Test fitting the foam pads …

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I’m 6’2 and I fit diagonally accord without bending goofy. I was surprised by this. 
 

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starting work on the sink … 

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On 9/10/2021 at 7:23 PM, Bob said:

No suggestions for ya.  But this did take me back to my misspent youth, where the goal was either a muscle car or van with ugly shag carpet and a mattress.  If you were really cool you would turn your van into both.  Thanks for the memory blast! 

Good gosh yes! Mid to late 60’s where the shag carpet probably cost more than my van itself. Sure was hard to get the stains out (Ripple wine). Add an 8 track and a reverb and a surfboard on top! 

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13 hours ago, Woodenskye (Bryan) said:

So does the bed fold up so it can be more like a couch?  I would think that if you were camping in this and the weather was bad, you would want a place to sit that wasn’t the bed or the front seats (unless the fronts are made to swivel).

No, was debating on the folding bed and all that ... decided not to on this. There should be enough foam pads to move around to create a bench against one  of the walls. Also, can use the bumper as a footrest if you are sitting in the back. Not super comfy, but can be done.

The front captains chairs do not swivel, this van isnt that fancy 🙂 

10 hours ago, Coop said:

Good gosh yes! Mid to late 60’s where the shag carpet probably cost more than my van itself. Sure was hard to get the stains out (Ripple wine). Add an 8 track and a reverb and a surfboard on top! 

LOL! 

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