Thread: AmboVan Restarted

  1. #321
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    The Desert Wasteland
    Posts
    520

    Default Rack on, dude.

    And it is never coming off again


    Prepped it by using Dow 795 silicone to adhere strips of 3/8 rubber mat to the contact points, while it was still sitting on the sawhorses, and gave it overnight to cure. I am hoping that silicone+compressible rubber mat+sealant at the fasteners themselves is enough of a belt-and-suspenders approach that the holes will never leak. Had a neighbor help me get it up on the van yesterday -


    And then I monkeyed it up into the air to give room the get sealant behind and under the contact points. Tape help keep the black goo off the paint




    Dropped down and bolting



    Notch around the front rain gutter


    Tight fit


    Gutter mount, now with speed holes


    Tires on and strapped




    Need to get the AC on now, and work out the ducting from the bottom of the AC support rack to the front of the box. Lights too, last ones were the wrong pattern, sold them here, and have new ones winging their way from China as we speak. Going to get it on the road tomorrow to Flagstaff for the closing ski day, we'll see if it feels a bit more top heavy with that load shifted to the roof
    If you're going to be stupid, you've got to be tough

  2. #322
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    The Desert Wasteland
    Posts
    520
    Quote Originally Posted by derjack View Post
    Great ambulance, you have probably not thought about lifting the roof of the cutaway, the driver cabin, right? Having a clean line from the windshield to the roof of the ambulance would give a nice look, good feeling in the interior and better aerodynamic, imho.
    I think if anyone here would make that in a serious way than probably you. Any thought about that?
    Kinda got that space filled now
    If you're going to be stupid, you've got to be tough

  3. #323
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    609
    Stupendous! You have perfected the conversion of Ambo to Expo.

  4. #324
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Canada
    Posts
    7
    When does the interior work start?

  5. #325
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    San Luis Valley, CO
    Posts
    412
    Awesome
    2001 Jeep Cherokee XJ

    1977 Custom Built Pop Up Camper (being built) Build Thread HERE

  6. #326
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    The Desert Wasteland
    Posts
    520
    Quote Originally Posted by Sponge View Post
    When does the interior work start?
    You been talking to my wife? This rack is one of the pre requirements for the interior, the AC will duct through the front of the box, need to get that in to start the cabinets in that area. So, right away!
    If you're going to be stupid, you've got to be tough

  7. #327
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    AVL, NC
    Posts
    3,798
    Sweet!!!! Lookin good
    Chris Steuber
    02 E350 7.3 V4
    11 E350 5.4 V5
    99 E36 M3
    www.ujointoffroad.com
    4x4 Van Conversions

  8. #328
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    The Desert Wasteland
    Posts
    520

    Default Aluminum Origami

    Building the ducting from the AC to the box




    Tacked together



    Test fit



    Starting welds





    I thought I was going to tack it together and have someone TIG it to finish, but I seem to be getting something I can tolerate out of my spool gun. I can do a functional fillet now, and worst case, I can grind the outside corners if I need to. Having it way up there and behind a bunch of lights and tires may mean I can live without perfect stacked-dime beads
    If you're going to be stupid, you've got to be tough

  9. #329
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Issaquah, WA
    Posts
    1,327
    Very impressive work there! I assume you will have this powdercoated when you are done?

    Also, what are you using to cut the aluminum?
    Last edited by bknudtsen; 04-12-2013 at 06:18 PM.

  10. #330
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    The Desert Wasteland
    Posts
    520
    Quote Originally Posted by bknudtsen View Post
    Very impressive work there! I assume you will have this powdercoated when you are done?

    Also, what are you using to cut the aluminum?
    Actually, my intent is to leave it raw - Lots of other exposed aluminum on the vehicle, I think it will blend fine

    Cutting - Longer straight cuts, skilsaw with a 40 tooth blade. Shorter cuts, (most of them), grinder with a cutoff wheel. I mark the lines with a scratch scribe, and just float the wheel along the scribe. A little wax on the disc helps, and of course a good cleaning before assembly
    If you're going to be stupid, you've got to be tough

Page 33 of 62 FirstFirst ... 23313233343543 ... LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •