I’m Blanche, about 6 years into jewelry making, 4 years into silversmithing.
I live out west, and partner bought me this nifty van for mobile work, travelling to shows, and so on. It’s basic white, a little visibly dinged, cargo van, nice and anonymous. Salvage title but that’s due to an unlucky 6 month period of the previous owner, a contractor business, with repeat cosmetic damage and the insurance company finally just threw up their hands and said “junk it.” Everything mechanical was dealer-maintained, and in superb shape. No leaks, transmission in great shape, mechanic who went over it was impressed at its condition.
(Thinking about a magnet sign for a housekeeping service to reduce theft desireability.)
I’ve got some serious repair work on the rear doors - the latches are not just broken but look like someone went at the guts with a hammer from the inside, rods replaced with cables wired to the latch, the exterior latch replaced with a rope pull of all the crazy things. I can hack a lot of the parts (jewelry work is basically metal work and there’s a lot I can fabricate if I can figure it out.)
Driver’s side lock cylinder is non-functional, but I can unlock the passenger side then use the power lock rocker switch to unlock the driver’s side. That’s a relatively low priority since when running errands most stuff gets put on the passenger seat first anyway. Side door’s latch system works fine but the auto-lock doesn’t work on that (which is probably not a bad thing at least until I get duplicate keys. )
First order of business - INSULATE THE ROOF.
We’ve got this heat wave, the AC needs recharging (Savana people, is that something I can do myself? I have some home auto maintenance experience but never did anything with AC) and would be easier getting little stuff done if the roof wasn’t hotboxing the van.
I have a roll of about 1/2" thick high impact floor foam, no idea where partner got it, it might work but if I have to buy a roll of fiberglass - how thick? well, that stuff isn’t insane as it’s basically recycled glass these days.
Which forum is best for looking up past comments on insulation?
Also eventually I’ll need a roof rack.
Will also need to do something about the very typical peeling finish (a common problem on that make/model/decade I’ve been reading.
Anyway, I’m looking forward to having a mobile jewelry bench/travel setup, and this seems like the place for it.