James

Eva

Goodbye Pittsburgh, Hello Asheville (Hello Rust)

Goodbye Pittsburgh, Hello Asheville (Hello Rust)

Last Friday was my last day at work!

Only a week ago and it feels so far away. At the very least, it's about 500 miles away. Eva and I picked up what little we had left in Pittsburgh, said goodbye to a host of wonderful friends, packed the van, and scooted out of town on Tuesday. We're now at the comfortable abode of the Humphrey clan in Asheville, thanks to Eva's generous parents.

Goodbye Pittsburgh

Goodbye Pittsburgh

Hello Asheville

Hello Asheville

Not only are we out of Pittsburgh, but we've started working full time on converting the van! Well, mostly kind of sorta full time (ish). Eva and I have been trying, with moderate success, to get into a new groove of van projects and fitness goals. For me, that entailed tackling some small rust issues in the van.

Crunchy bits

Crunchy bits

Post scraping

Post scraping

Rust neutralizer applied after some light grinding

Rust neutralizer applied after some light grinding

Fresh coat of paint to seal it up

Fresh coat of paint to seal it up

After purchasing the van, we ripped out the existing carpet and insulation, only to find that water had been leaking through the exterior of the van through the fasteners for the trim pieces. Over the years this had resulted in water saturating some lower sections of the old insulation, and pooling in some areas of the walls. This, unsurprisingly, did some damage to the paint and metal. Before putting up new insulation and walls, we wanted to clean up as much of the damage as possible. The process was pretty simple:

  1. Scrape off any paint that easily gives way to a flat head screwdriver
  2. Scrape off as much rust as possible
  3. Lightly grind bad rust areas
  4. Apply and clean rusty bits with rust neutralizer
  5. Paint over the spots

The next step will be to seal the holes in the exterior walls with silicone and a small amount of spray foam. Hopefully this is enough to mitigate any future water/rust issues.

While I chipped away at rust with a screwdriver, Eva got to work getting the interior construction plans started. Our plans before this week consisted of a sketch on graph paper, and a mostly accurate SolidWorks model. We desperately needed to figure out details, such as building materials, quantity of materials, colors, etc. There seems to be no end to the details we'll need to figure out before this project is done.

Eva working on putting together some Minwax white pickle samples on walnut veneer ply

Eva working on putting together some Minwax white pickle samples on walnut veneer ply

You can tell it's the right color by the way it is

You can tell it's the right color by the way it is

6x 1/4" Birch, 2x 1/4" Walnut, 1x 3/4" Birch

6x 1/4" Birch, 2x 1/4" Walnut, 1x 3/4" Birch

There's a long way to go before this adventure-mobile is done... It's gonna be good :)

The Build Continues

The Build Continues

Homely Miso Soup

Homely Miso Soup

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