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Postby chevymaher » February 5th 2017, 5:50am

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Thank You, she's got some dings here and there. But overall pretty good considering the age and all the original body panels are there. Really fun to drive.


As you may or may not know I do restore old cars. And that is what I was seeing no rust all original parts. That in and of itself is outstanding. I wish my chev started out in that kind of shape.
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Re: Camperized Astro/Safari - Share your pictures

Postby chopsaw209 » February 6th 2017, 12:09am

Hush mat installed, took some spray foam and shot it into some of the cavities thought the rear of the van, glued some R-13 insulation into the pocket cavities on the walls and put a clean layer of cheap carpet over the stock one I cleaned yesterday. I also put some of the hush mat inside the dutch doors and crammed them full of the R-13 insulation as well. WHAT A DIFFERENCE.
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Postby AZAstroVanNovice » February 6th 2017, 5:25am

What did you apply to the interior walls (I did not see the floor prior to Hush Mat) the black material? Thanks
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Postby Lumpy » February 6th 2017, 5:02pm

I recommend caution or avoidance with that spray in foam insulation stuff. It forms a pretty water tight blob in an area much larger than you'd usually hope. My van had some in various spots here and there. All had the start of water/rust damage because the foam just holds the water there.


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Postby chopsaw209 » February 7th 2017, 7:00am

Lumpy wrote:I recommend caution or avoidance with that spray in foam insulation stuff. It forms a pretty water tight blob in an area much larger than you'd usually hope. My van had some in various spots here and there. All had the start of water/rust damage because the foam just holds the water there.


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Thanks for the heads up Lumpy, I'll definitely not go as berzerker with it as I was originally planning.
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Postby chopsaw209 » February 7th 2017, 7:03am

AZAstroVanNovice wrote:What did you apply to the interior walls (I did not see the floor prior to Hush Mat) the black material? Thanks



The walls are covered in the butyl "Hush Mat" brand deadener, the black. I just got the floor down to paint and gave it a good cleaning before I applied the "Noico" brand deadener. The black is basically the same except they coat the aluminum with the black coloring which just looks cooler. I bought a big pack to do the interior of my hot rod in the black, but the van got priority this time.
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Postby chopsaw209 » February 12th 2017, 4:55am

Finally got to put some time into the bed/storage unit for the safari camper today. Here's a progress pic. More to come....
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Postby chopsaw209 » February 14th 2017, 5:51am

Test fitting the bed module before skinning the sides. The main base is 36" wide with a hinged 15" leaf. In the pic you can see the leaf is sagging, but thats because I was too lazy to go about tightening up the brackets for the picture. The front and rear decks are solid with the center deck being removable 24" by 36" lid. This will be hinged with a gas shock and some kind of latch to avoid vibration and noise going down rough roads. There are three factory mount points. Two of the rear driver captains chair seat mounts, and a factory bolt hole I found behind the former rear AC unit. I'll try to get a few pics of the mounts up when I get a chance.
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Postby WoodButcher » February 14th 2017, 7:01am

I like it!
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Postby TurnNburn » February 14th 2017, 9:39pm

I love how even something as simple as a bed platform can be interpreted so many different ways. With all of the threads on here with beds in them, almost none of them are identical, and this is no exception. Should give you lots of room. What do you reckon the over all weight of it is?
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Postby chopsaw209 » February 15th 2017, 3:37am

WoodButcher wrote:I like it!



Thanks so much!
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Postby chopsaw209 » February 15th 2017, 3:45am

TurnNburn wrote:I love how even something as simple as a bed platform can be interpreted so many different ways. With all of the threads on here with beds in them, almost none of them are identical, and this is no exception. Should give you lots of room. What do you reckon the over all weight of it is?


Thanks for the comment!

I'd say right now its maybe 50 pounds most. My design was driven around saving weight so I used the thinest wall 1 inch box tubing I could get from my local supplier. The top is 1/2 inch sanded plywood and I'll do the front side and the side facing the passenger wheel well in 1/4 inch ply. The rear by the dutch doors will be 1/2 inch with a large access hole with another 1/2 inch plank on a hinge that will swing down to cook on like a rotated cabinet door. My wood working skills are piss poor at best whereas I feel comfortable around chop saws grinders and welders.
I'm thinking of wiring some led lighting inside the storage area to help out with digging through gear.
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Postby AstroWill » February 15th 2017, 4:07am

WoodButcher wrote:I like it!

Even if you had said that you loved it, most of us have a brain and could deduce what you are really saying ;)
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Postby chopsaw209 » February 17th 2017, 5:21pm

Welp,

Here is the revised bed platform as of today. The hinged extension has been veto'd until further R&D testing results are concluded.... The hinged center plank needed to have the hinges moved to the window side due to the curvature of the interior blocking the door swing ability. I cut some masonite interior panels backed with carpet foam to cover the r-13 insulation and hush mat. The long term plan is to adhere some type of speaker box style carpet to those.
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Postby Wimpazz » February 17th 2017, 11:16pm

Lookin REAL good Chopsaw!

Question- What is the stove ya got there, sure is fancy!
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Postby chopsaw209 » February 18th 2017, 1:22am

Wimpazz wrote:Lookin REAL good Chopsaw!

Question- What is the stove ya got there, sure is fancy!



Its a newer style gas Coleman with the burner/grill combo. It's a little pricey compared to the traditional two burner stove but worth it to have the grill on one side.


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Postby WoodButcher » February 18th 2017, 1:50am

I like that stove too, how's the grill to use, clean?
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Postby chopsaw209 » February 18th 2017, 10:51pm

WoodButcher wrote:I like that stove too, how's the grill to use, clean?



So far so good. The burner on mine is hard to keep going on an ultra low setting in the wind, the grill is decent, I mean it doesn't even come close to using a weber charcoal grill. It only has one center heating manifold so it has temperature change in different spots on the grill. The grate I think is aluminum with a coating so it is wise to be gentle with it when cleaning. Man..... After having been asked this question, I guess it's not that great of a unit. It's not bad, and works when it needs to giving you the flexibility of a burner and a grill in one package.
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Postby Superno-van » February 26th 2017, 7:07am

So as far as the bed goes, is it better to to put it front to back or side to side?
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Postby AstroWill » February 26th 2017, 9:11pm

Superno-van wrote:So as far as the bed goes, is it better to to put it front to back or side to side?


If you are really short you could get away with an E/W oriented bed, otherwise N/S is the way to go.
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