I’m learning a lot more than I wanted to know about van interiors. While I’m having fun discovering new things, I’m also getting frustrated at the lack of information freely available on the interweb regarding what doohickeys are what. Although to be fair, perhaps the information is there, and I’m simply not savvy enough to find it.
Gypsy came with a rear air conditioning unit that I’m in the process of removing. Yesterday it didn’t seem like a difficult task. Today I’m wondering why I didn’t just buy an empty cargo van and install windows, instead of buying a passenger van and removing all the extra stuff. I thought that after removing a few bolts the unit would simply lift out. Ha! Shows you how little I know. Turns out that the unit (inside) connects to a bunch of pipes (outside) that run along the underside of the van. I’ll have to figure out what all those pipes do, and how to safely disconnect them. Once the a/c unit comes out I’ll be left with a big hole in the floor, Fred Flintstone style. It’s a good thing I took that welding class.
One of the plastic panels that I removed today was a big long piece that covered half of the driver’s side. I only wanted to keep a small section of it, so I made what I consider to be my first true van-dweller-like move: I hacked it off with a compact hack saw. It ain’t pretty, but it’ll work. I plan to cover the raw edge with my ingenious design for interior panels. More on that later.