Hello Billy P:
So you sometimes feel Dazed, Confused and Broke as well, eh?
I’ve been lax in keeping this thread up. Sorry. I’ve also been spread around on a couple of new threads.
I will try harder in the New Year to pull those threads together and to up date people on my progress.
Often, the work seems frustratingly slow.
I know I said at the outset that I’d be “done when I’m done” but, truth be told, I think I also thought I might be down in places like Baton Rouge, Austin or Santa Fe instead of up here in the snow this winter.
Sometimes it helps if I look back at all that’s been done instead of thinking about what’s still to do.
The list of what has been done in 14 months is fairly satisfying:
-Completely decommissioned; stripped bare inside and out (that’s always the fastest, easiest part).
-Frame and undercarriage sand blasted and painted.
-New, larger holding tanks. All new drainage, “waste management system”, sensors installed.
-All new 110 v wiring throughout in BX armor shield cable; new circuits for A/C and inverter system; new 12 v circuits added.
-Marinco power inlet installed.
-19.5” x 29.5” Seitz Roof light installed. A beauty.
-Wall to wall Maroleum flooring down.
-Bath walls and ceiling done in POR 15 WhiteCoat. New ceramic toilet waiting to go in. Shower fixture mounted “in-wall”.
-All new IKEA furniture through out. Dry fitted; weight considerably reduced. LG fridge standing by.
-Xenon pot lights installed throughout; Frilight 12v
dimmer system from Sweden.
-LG “Art Cool” split air unit on hand; wiring and gas lines already run.
-All new IPEX plumbing completed stem to stern
-Diesel Powered Trailer achieved. All components sourced and installed. (Webasto Coolant Heater, Indel Water Heater, COZY space heaters, Tempo tank). Getting the hydronic system up and running is first on our work list for the New Year.
-Interior primed (2 coats) and painted (2 coats). Final touch up coat after furniture install.
-Cabinetry for the two gauchos, fold out table and galley counter being built by relative and member DavidsonOverlander
-All upholstery materials on hand; upholster semi-patiently waiting on me.
-Exterior paint removed with aircraft stripper. Prepped too. (Final prep to be done before painting in Mini Cooper colours ).
-Much insulation done.
-Winter work shed erected. Warm and cozy.
-Sprinter ordered last January, delivery taken last JULY. Drawing plans for ramp system right now; job to be quoted in the New Year.
So it’s much done; much yet to do.
These things always seem to take longer than one thinks they will.
I’m also off into new Airstream renewal territory for much of the stuff. It’s something like building a prototype. The models that follow will go much more quickly.
The trouble is that I ain’t going to be buildin’ no second ones, as they say here in Elgin County.
Happy New Year Billy and All.