A bit of DIY and traveling

So after installing the silent-coat sheets (not really, I’m only half way through with that stuff) I had to go back to Madrid for the holidays. Had a lot of plans for the van during those two weeks in my parents house but didn’t really do them all.

Managed to change the heaters with the exception of one of them which didn’t want to come out and I didn’t have the right tools to insist, also changed the small hoses that connect the cylinders, I believe they’re called fuel return lines or something like that, since when trying to remove one of them for better access it basically snapped off.

The other major thing I did was taking off the inside heater. This is the standard one that came with the van and used the coolant circuit to heat the air I believe. I just had to remove the T shaped union that diverted the coolant to  both the front and back refrigerators and replace that piece with a single piece of copper pipe. Easy enough.

Yesterday I changed the oil filter and the actual oil and I’m waiting for a few more pieces since when I was returning from Madrid it started to lose power on some situations when I was going uphill. Weird… Still looking into that

Other than that I’m looking for a two seat rock&roll bed, that’s not a crappy home made copy, since in Spain that would make it impossible to legalize. If anyone reading this (is there anybody out there) knows about where I could find one, let me know

 

Bought Silent Coat

This can be the first post for this blog, a blog that’s using a domain name I purchased 6 years ago today and that served as a programmers rant blog most of the time, but nobody read anything I wrote, so I stopped caring, and when you stop caring, you stop writing, and then the blog dies.

I’m now embarked in an adventure that’s born on the lack of success of a previous adventure, a trip with my girlfriend and my dog Ira across Europe promoting volunteering. Nobody seemed to care, so I stopped caring, and the adventure eventually died.

But in the process you learn lots of stuff, you learn to share your space and life with someone in a very tiny space, because we were living inside an old VW T3 (T25 for you brits) and there is a certain scarcity of space of course. You learn to have a little patience and listen and you learn that the way you thought the van was going to work doesn’t really work.

So now I’m redoing all the insides of it, and fixing the rots, and changing stuff that needs to be changed and spending all the money I have in the process. I won’t tell anyone about this blog, and hopefully someone, someday will read it and enjoy it if maybe just a little.

The title suggests I bought Silent Coat and it’s true, I purchased some isolating sheets to see if it can help with the noises inside the van when cruising at a whooping 85km/h