If you ever decide to do your own van conversion, plan to spend a lot of time looking like this:
Yup, that is yours truly removing some temporary screws left over from the seat rail fiasco, and replacing them with a neater configuration of pop rivets.
Jef and I had quite a few minor details to take care of today in preparation for applying a healthy coat of Monstaliner bed liner to the interior, which we hope will happen tomorrow. Thankfully, we’re doing it in the comfort of Jef’s parents’ driveway instead of on a busy public street in Glendale.
We’ve been wondering what this stuff is for a while:
The plan is to coat the interior walls with bed liner, and then apply sound deadening and insulation over that. These funny-looking drips looked like they might get in the way of one or all of those layers, so we decided to chisel them off.
Not 5 seconds after Jef finished popping the drips off, Jef’s uncle came sauntering up and informed us that those drips were Bondo body filler, and the drips helped the Bondo grip the metal. Um, oops? Were we not supposed to chisel those off? The van hasn’t fallen apart yet, so I think we’ll be okay. The strange thing is that we really couldn’t see any reason why anyone would have needed to use Bondo on this panel. We couldn’t find any dents or dings that might have needed repairing, so while we now know what the funny-looking drips were, we still don’t know why they were there.
These odd scorch marks are a mystery as well:
It’s interesting how unconcerned for my own safety I’ve become after having gotten comfortable using spinny spark-throwing power tools. I used my handy dandy angle grinder to cut off and grind down these four bolts that used to hold the jack down.
Wearing flip flops, shorts, and no safety glasses, I got rid of those pesky bolts within about 5 minutes. A couple of months ago I would have made absolutely sure to wear long pants, boots, and all the protective gear available within a 5-mile radius. Nowadays feeling sparks hit my bare skin feels all too familiar to be concerned about. Yes, I am aware that I should at least wear safety glasses and natural fabrics, and without basic safety precautions I am headed for the Darwin Awards. Kids, don’t try this at home.