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Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

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Tice84

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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by Tice84 on Tue Aug 09, 2016 11:15 am

Yes I did:


Will put a recap on our trip here soon, with more pics!
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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by uante on Tue Aug 09, 2016 11:25 am

There it is! Looking forward to seeing the recap!
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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by donivan65 on Sun Sep 18, 2016 12:19 pm

,,,,I would say the trip began just about here,,,,,,,,



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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by Tice84 on Mon Sep 19, 2016 1:10 pm

Haha yeah that was the first van I was chasing. Glad it sold before I could get it, the one I got now is so much better!
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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by Tice84 on Tue Sep 20, 2016 2:49 am

Little update: The van is on the containership, went through the Panama Canal a few days ago and is just North of Puerto Rico now. Will be in Portugal on the 27th, ETA for The Netherlands is October 5th. I can't wait to see our van again, really miss it!
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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by vanny on Tue Sep 20, 2016 2:57 am

You're in the home stretch now, Tice! Thanks for taking us on this USA adventure with you and a BIG Thanks to all those Vanners who pulled this off for you!!! In true vanner spirit, these people went out of their way to help a fellow vanner in need of assistance...We hope you have many more adventures with your van and continue to send us updates!

Enjoy!!!


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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by Tice84 on Tue Oct 18, 2016 2:43 am

Last week our van finally arrived in The Netherlands. My friend Ed and I went to pick it up at the shipper. It came over undamaged, which was quite a relief. And the van started easy, like we parked it the night before. So I was able to drive it home, but I thought it would be more fun to take a detour. I was very happy to be able to drive the van again, but now in my own country.

This morning I had to take for the license check. They basically do an identity check on the car and check it according to the periodic technical check every car here goes through every year. But the guy was easy on me, and only pointed out the major issues. That was corroded brake lines and a leak at the right rear wheel. So have to replace all brake lines and hoses. Apart from this issue the van was all fine. The guy really loved the van, and the condition it was in.

New parts are ordered already, so I can get on the road asap!


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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by Tice84 on Tue Oct 18, 2016 3:06 am

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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by vanny on Tue Oct 18, 2016 3:24 am

Congrats Thijs! So happy to hear the good news. Now you can experience a whole new set of adventures in your homeland. Please continue to send pictures and keep us posted on your progress!


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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by tody on Tue Oct 18, 2016 10:54 am

congratulations Smile
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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by uante on Tue Oct 18, 2016 1:06 pm

Great to hear your Van made the trip well! Sure was quite a start to what will hopefully be many years of traveling adventure!
btw, My right rear brake leaks a little too...but no one cares here! lol
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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by dix on Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:26 pm

now that's a new vanner smile , congrats and keep it fun...
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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by uante on Tue Oct 18, 2016 9:14 pm

Nice new Avatar pic Tice!
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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by Big W on Sun Oct 23, 2016 7:19 pm

Congrats on getting her home save and sound. Looking forward to more pics of future adventures. I most certainly enjoyed the last one. cheers
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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by Tice84 on Sun Nov 06, 2016 12:11 pm

Hi guys, since I have the van in my workshop now, I've looked into some things I want to fix. The floor in the front is not to good, but not bad either. Some rusted holes and some surface rust, but also a lot of smal holes. Some had some sort of putty in it. All in beads ends. What is there purpose? Is it wise to weld them shut?

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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by vanny on Sun Nov 06, 2016 12:22 pm

Looks like they must have had something bolted down to the floor. I would weld those shut. Maybe they just put those there to drain water if they were having issues with the windshield leaking or something...Just thinking out loud.


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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by jrdunn96 on Sun Nov 06, 2016 3:51 pm

Tice,
My EPup has those too! I have to admit, it looks "home made". My front floor looks suprisingly similar.
Jim
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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by Tice84 on Wed Nov 09, 2016 12:00 pm

I think I just weld them, I experienced there is more water coming in through these holes then it's draining, haha. And I can always make new holes Wink Thanks for your reply guys.
When the job is done I'll post some pics of what it'll look then. Want to paint both top and bottom of the floor to preserve is.
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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by uante on Thu Nov 10, 2016 8:40 am

Got to love your parking brake handle!
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Tice84

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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by Tice84 on Sun Nov 13, 2016 7:10 am

Haha yeah, oh well, it's working... I have a new one, but it's hard to get the old pin out that holds the remains of the old handle....
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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by econopoor on Sun Nov 13, 2016 8:15 am

Hey Thijs. Those holes are in all the floors on Econolines. They were filled with seam sealer from the factory. I assume they were to allow draining if water got under the rubber mat but Ford must have found they caused more harm than good so they sealed them. Seam rot is pretty common as well. The seam where the toe board and floor board meet usually have some rot in them. You can replace this with a single layer of metal in the effected areas. Just weld it solid. For the pitting in the rest of the floor I would use something like POR 15 or Rust Bullet on it. It will seal up pin holes and pitting to help stop it from spreading. Use either as directed. Your floor is not as bad as most. Even Rocky has a rust hole in the floor. A little prep will take care of it.

Duane.
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Tice84

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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by Tice84 on Sun Nov 13, 2016 1:15 pm

Thanks Duane!
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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by vanny on Sun Nov 13, 2016 1:54 pm

Duane, you never cease to amaze. I had no clue that those holes were there and were just filled with sealer...learn something new here every day! Thanks for all the knowledge you pass on! Very Happy


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Re: Thijs and Robin's USA adventure trip

Post by Tice84 on Mon Dec 05, 2016 1:16 am

Hi guys, a little update. I needed to redo the brake lines because they where corroded and leaking at ome point. I ordered a kit from Mac's to make it easy as I had quite a busy period at work. Unfortunately the lines from the kit didn't fit, so I still had to make them myself. Actually not that hard. I copied all the lines with new cunifer lines. And replaced all hoses. While underneath there, I also pulled of what was left of the clutch fork dust boot, and put a new one on. Hope I get it through inspection this time, so I can get on the road!









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