Doug from Detroit - 99 Safari build

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Re: Doug from Detroit - 99 Safari build

Postby doogaloo [OP] » March 21st 2020, 6:39pm

Hello everyone! It's been a while since I posted. Spring is here, and so is the coronavirus. Was planning on attending the Midwest Vanlife Gathering 2020, but with the state of everything, I don't think so. But it is time for "D from D" version 2.0 to the van. Not as exciting as others. Adding a bed frame with a 4" foam mattress for a comfortable nights sleep. Also built a new utility box. The original had a $20 Chinese water pump with pressure switch. It always leaked and never stopped running. So replacing pump required building new box.
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Re: Doug from Detroit - 99 Safari build

Postby AstroWill » March 21st 2020, 10:45pm

Version 2.0 is always going to be better. Looking good! There are always specials on those pumps if yours develops problems. Just gotta leave enough space to replace it.

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Re: Doug from Detroit - 99 Safari build

Postby Rod's Trucks » March 21st 2020, 11:48pm

Nice work!
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How did you seal the wires which appear to go through the roof panel?
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Re: Doug from Detroit - 99 Safari build

Postby doogaloo [OP] » April 15th 2020, 8:59pm

On my second furlough, so plenty of time to tinker on van. My biggest delay is waiting USPS to deliver items. Hopefully everyone is doing well out there. Thought I'd post pics of bed install and everything else back in van. I emptied out the van before storing it for winter. Bed is bolted to floor. Also added powered sub.
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Re: Doug from Detroit - 99 Safari build

Postby sixsix » April 17th 2020, 2:20am

VERY NICE !! " K I S S " never looked so good.
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Re: Doug from Detroit - 99 Safari build

Postby costman13 » April 17th 2020, 4:23pm

I love the new version! It looks great!
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Re: Doug from Detroit - 99 Safari build

Postby SportsBoy » April 18th 2020, 4:03pm

Agreed. Nice and clean :greetings-clappingorange:
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Re: Doug from Detroit - 99 Safari build

Postby doogaloo [OP] » May 28th 2020, 3:28pm

So I'm on another furlough. So I thought I would work on the solar shower I started. Placed 3 good coats of satin black paint on it. Definitely looks better than white. Just placed it up on top temporarily to get an idea for mounting.
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Re: Doug from Detroit - 99 Safari build

Postby BigDogTinyHome » May 31st 2020, 12:07am

Looking great! Just starting my build. May I ask what tires you went with? Stock size? If not did you have to cut the wheel openings at all?
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Re: Doug from Detroit - 99 Safari build

Postby scorean » June 3rd 2020, 12:31am

Looks great!
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Re: Doug from Detroit - 99 Safari build

Postby 90safari » June 3rd 2020, 1:35am

I too like the new version, and might steal a few ideas from you on it, as I might be going up north in mid October for small game hunting (if we're released from lock down). I like simple ideas, as they seem to work the best.
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Re: Doug from Detroit - 99 Safari build

Postby doogaloo [OP] » June 3rd 2020, 2:24am

BigDogTinyHome, the van has a 2" lift. the only thing requiring trimming was the front bumper. Tires are Good Year Wranglers. Not the most expensive tires, but they work. Tires are P235/75R15. Definitely not stock size, 29"diameter.

90 Safari, I've been itching to do some camping and try the new setup. Are you up in Port Huron Would like to go up to the thumb area.
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Re: Doug from Detroit - 99 Safari build

Postby 90safari » June 3rd 2020, 5:48pm

doogaloo wrote:BigDogTinyHome, the van has a 2" lift. the only thing requiring trimming was the front bumper. Tires are Good Year Wranglers. Not the most expensive tires, but they work. Tires are P235/75R15. Definitely not stock size, 29"diameter.

90 Safari, I've been itching to do some camping and try the new setup. Are you up in Port Huron Would like to go up to the thumb area.

Yup, I'm good though, as I go up to see my son and his wife every so often. They live up in Croswell. Appreciate the thought though.
When I go up north, we usually go up to West Branch. A friend of mine has a cabin on 15 acres up there. Plenty of trail riding and big bon fires. The birds have been a little shy though, but most of us think we keep going up a week too late.
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Re: Doug from Detroit - 99 Safari build

Postby doogaloo [OP] » November 16th 2020, 1:42am

Hello everyone. Hope everyone is doing well. So I decided to update the van before putting it away for winter (Michigan - salt). I call this version 2.1. Used it a lot this past summer. One of the things that was a pain was getting to the storage containers from under the bed. I would have to step in between the bike rack and bumper and barely be able to reach the last container with my finger tips. So I decided to add a slide out drawer from out back of the bed. I will have to remove the handles from the sides of the storage container, but no big deal.
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Re: Doug from Detroit - 99 Safari build

Postby doogaloo [OP] » November 16th 2020, 2:06am

Additional photos. Ignore the misspelling (clothes, not cloths).
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Re: Doug from Detroit - 99 Safari build

Postby AstroWill » November 16th 2020, 3:56pm

I like that you were able to fit the box sideways on the slide, is it deep enough to fit two of them?

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Re: Doug from Detroit - 99 Safari build

Postby doogaloo [OP] » November 16th 2020, 5:16pm

Unfortunately not. Three containers fit side by side.
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Re: Doug from Detroit - 99 Safari build

Postby Darrenlastfogel » November 16th 2020, 10:20pm

Looking good. Great to see another michigander on here. I like to fan location. I want to keep my install as far back as possible.

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Re: Doug from Detroit - 99 Safari build

Postby doogaloo [OP] » November 17th 2020, 12:39am

Hello Darren, and welcome to the sight. I spent a little time in GR out by Merrill and Luton mountain bike trails. Depending on the fan you have you may want to have slightly in front of the flat roof area in the rear. To minimize cutting of structural cross member in rear and best place for the factory head liner.
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Re: Doug from Detroit - 99 Safari build

Postby 90safari » November 18th 2020, 6:50pm

I like the version 2 of the interior. Have you used the fan/vent a lot yet? How do you like it with the new lay out? I know I've been thinking about adding a fan/vent in my own van.
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