Category: Build diary
Gas Installation Part 3. Regulator and Connections
With the gas tank finally hung under the driver side chassis, and the fill point fitted to the column behind the drivers door, the next job was to connect everything up. Here’s the layout: We originally bought a filter that is supposed to go between the gas tank and the regulator. It screws directly to…
2017-12-14: Gas installation part 2
So this post was drafted as we nearly came to the end of fitting the gas tank and bits and pieces. We were waiting on an inspection by a gas safe engineer who pressure tested the system with a small amount of gas before we filled it with gas. Of course there was always the…
2018-09-21 Finished the dog bed
I wrote a while back about prototyping the dog bed. We tested it out – it seemed pretty solid, and Loki was happy to climb up there – so I went ahead and built it out of better materials. It consists of 3 main parts: A 60 cm x 80 cm Eurocrate plastic box, that…
2018-08-03 Prototyping a dog bed
It’s been a while since I posted an update, so to get back into the swing of things, here’s something we’ve been working on over the last couple of months: a safe place for the dog to lie, especially when we’re driving.
We’re feeling the pressure. We’re going away for 4 days this coming weekend, so we need some basic stuff sorted out in the van. And we’ve hit our 6 month conversion milestone, which means a demanding letter from the insurance company looking for evidence that we’ve converted the van sufficiently from a panel van to…
2017-11-02: Gas tank – part 1
I suspect there will be many parts to this series… After much debate, we decided to go with an externally mounted, refillable gas tank. This one came from Gasit in the UK, and it’s about 20 litres.
2017-10-29: Recognisable furniture
This weekend, we’ve made some satisfying progress in the van, with a few new things going in that make it look a lot more like a home. The two base units that form the support for the bed are largely complete, bar a few doors. That means we have a functioning bed, a bench seat,…
2012-10-26: Make your mind up time
In this build diary, we’re trying to track our progress in converting the van. But sometimes progress is incomplete. And today, we have a pile of incomplete jobs in the van, so I’m just going to write about one of those: the 12V distribution box.
2017-10-19: Overhead shelf in the cab
One of the first jobs we did after we bought the van was to remove the bulkhead. We toyed with the idea of joining the cab area to the back of the van by installing swivel seats, but that’s an expensive conversion, and we liked the idea of having what amounts to a separate room…
2017-10-12: Insulation woes
The last time I wrote about fitting insulation was back in May, and it feels like the job has been dragging on since then. When you look at the YouTube videos, you see time-lapses of people fitting insulation over the course of a weekend. Maybe we could have achieved that if we’d known exactly what…