Saturday, 26 March 2011

more or less finished

after a winter with nothing happening weve now finished most of the out standing tasks,
swivel seat from a vw people carrier have been fitted on the original seat box for drivers side and an additional drivers seat box for the passenger side luckily they are interchangeable
the seat were an impulse ebay buy last year and have sat under dust sheets in our bedroom for six months un known to us one of the cats had got underneath and clawed one weve picked of most of the loops and were going to live with it
these were probably one of the most challenging bits of the van .Originally they swiveled in the wrong direction b ut we found we could swap the two halves of the swivel bit left to right to correct this .however this put the seat belt mounting on the wrong side so that had to be cut of and welded on the other side
the width of the fixing meant i had to get plates welded on the spread the holes wider i could have used the vw seat belt reciever as they did fit the fiat belts but this would have meant we had no pre tensioners and would have also meant the fitting of resistors to fool the airbag system to think all was well so weve fitted the fiat items and cable tied the spare under the passengers seat
ply and covering of carpet has made a reasonable job of tidying the boxes and the step from front to back
As i didnt lay flooring before fitting the van out it meant a lot of very precise cutting in i decided it was to much for me and subbed the job out to a local flooring company im pleased with the result
if anyone is reading this prior to starting i would definatley do the flooring and build on it
main jobs that weve got to do now is a table top to allow us to eat at the front and some stainless steel splash backs for the cooker i also want to reline the two over bed lockers as i'mn not happy with them
ive also enlarged the opening to the gas locker its still a bit of a strugle to get the bottles in and out but definatley easier now
fitted two flouresent lights one in the cab and one above our bed despite their high wattage we have yet to find led's that are comfitable to read by