Tuesday July 19, 2016 Guerneville CA.
Finishing up the compartment support brackets
I decided to stay home today and work on the van project. I started with installing the support brackets I made yesterday and painted. Since the paint was now dry, I installed both braces, the driver’s side and the passenger’s side.
Bucket seat supports really firm it up
Those supports helped make things much sturdier, but the thing that made things the sturdiest was when I put the seat supports back on. These supports brought the engine compartment back in alignment. I made these supports a long time ago to install some newer bucket seats.
Pop rivets are too short
When I went to install the pop rivets to hold the support to the engine compartment, I found the pop rivets I had were too short, so I need to get some longer pop rivets.
Drivers side seat support
Here’s the seat bracket and support on the drivers side. You can also see the hole I made in the engine compartment for the computer wires to get through. You can also see the computer mounted under my cabinet, just below the masking tape.
Finished screwing the removable compartment down
The braces were pretty much done, so I drilled pilot holes for the one quarter inch hex headed steel roofing screws I had to hold the rear compartment down.
Washed the hood
Pressure washed things
Once that was done, I got the pressure washer going and washed what I could under the van. Once it was dry, I started putting some paint on things. Give me a spray can and watch out, I’ll paint every thing in sight. I painted the inside of the engine compartment and the outside and the van undercarriage as much as possible.
Cleaned up and painted
Doing the things that need to be done to install this new engine is sorta like reading a good book. The nearer you get to the end, the harder it is to put it down. Of course, in this case, it just means I have to work more. :O) Varrrrrroooooooooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmm. Varrrrrrrrrrooooommmm.