Team Siver has taken a couple more steps towards completion over the last couple of days. The Sidebars I ordered from VanStyle arrived nicely packaged and wrappe so Wednesday night I was able to fit them. Unlike the previous sidebars I had on Team yellow these come with cross member supports which reach under and across the van.
Photos from Team Silver Build
So since the last update I have suffered a memory card blow out on my camera phone and this has meant that I have lost a large number of photos showing the development of the inside once the carpeting had been completed. This is a bit of a shame as I had hoped to discuss my experiences of installing Ikea cabinets and the like.
My previous conversions have had a simple audio system setup of 4 standard speakers with a single 12″ subwoofer driven by a Fly Amp. However the new conversion does not suit a single 12 so I am having to rethink and redesign. So the following shows the efforts involved in getting 8″ SubWoofers and 5″ Component Mid Range drivers into rear door panels.
The process of choosing a RnR bed is a difficult one as demonstrated by the recent thread on the vwT4forum. I’m not going to go it here needless to say I cannot afford an OEM one and neither do I require one given the frequency that I carry passengers. For me it was a toss up between the Bluebird version and the one made by Cannons Forge. I chose CF on the basis that the seat belts attach to the Bed and not the van sides.
This post was originally about the floor being done but since suffering a camera card blow out and losing a load of photos from the process of carpeting I though I would update it and make it carpeting focused. You can also see the wheel arches that I have carpeted.
So next job was to get the floor insulated so the ply can be laid. I had problems here. The 9mm ply just wasn’t strong enough to use batterns under the floor. I had planned to use wool and then an aluminium foil and foam composite. As it was I just ended up removing the batterns and wool just using the aluminium stuff. I’m thinking I’ll be grateful for the coolness anyway.
I have started the process of insulating and I never really made up my mind as what was BEST or the way to do it. I had to make a decision otherwise the van would never get done. Insulation has been a two step process: 1) Sheeps wool produced by Black Mountain and sourced from Encon who have depots throughout the country; and 2) Aluminium Bubble Wrap from B & Q.
So today after school I finished fitting the flashing tape. I didn’t really follow the instructions and just slapped it on. Main reason for application here is to dampen sound and road noise. The Waxoyl should protect against condensation. Anyway – jobs a good’un. Cost 6 x 100mm x 10m rolls of No-nonsense flashing tape approx £50
So after much deliberation and thought the ordered carpet arrived from Mark @ MegaVanMats. It arrived really well packaged and is exactly what I was expecting – bargin. I must give notice to all the other peeps who sent me samples: Rainbow Conversions; Martrim; CMC and T4World whose both got lost in post; and finally TotallyT4 who don’t do samples!
Note: T4World do a guide on how to carpet!
What you see is: 8metres of Anthracite carpet; 3 metres of semi perforated black vinyl; 10 tins of spray adhesive; and some really nasty liquid stuff. Mark has also be superb enough to send me some mock-ups of van mats with yellow edging so I can check it out against the beast!
Top quality customer service makes all the difference