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Forum: General Discussion Forum 02-04-2019, 07:04 PM
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Posted By NishimotosB
Here are a few Youtubers that we subscribe to....

Here are a few Youtubers that we subscribe to. They both have Xplorer vans.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC07r3BQtJoYYmJuDTqFzWFQ

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK-vism4ueY0CvQSUFPS-Xg
Forum: General Discussion Forum 08-01-2018, 11:43 PM
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Posted By NishimotosB
Thanks for the compliments! I've learned so much...

Thanks for the compliments! I've learned so much working on this!
Forum: General Discussion Forum 08-01-2018, 11:41 PM
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Posted By NishimotosB
We didn't do anything to the fabric on the walls...

We didn't do anything to the fabric on the walls except for cleaning. Quite a few of the fabric covered walls are steel. There's some upholstery foam glued to the metal panels and then the fabric is...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 06-06-2018, 05:51 AM
Replies: 151
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Posted By NishimotosB
Our restoration journey

I might as well post this video as well. My wife is quite talented with video tools.

https://youtu.be/MIYIV4khOBc

Hopy you enjoy it!
Forum: General Discussion Forum 06-04-2018, 07:14 PM
Replies: 151
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Posted By NishimotosB
Here are some videos: ...

Here are some videos:

https://youtu.be/Y4hyadt95yw

https://youtu.be/vY0IPeGuTb4

https://youtu.be/rstX8lpeMZQ

Hope these help. There is a lot of resouce material on YouTube.
Forum: General Discussion Forum 06-04-2018, 06:42 PM
Replies: 151
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Posted By NishimotosB
You could give it a try. You would be...

You could give it a try.

You would be better off to disassemble the frames and install new butyl tape on the frame and window. Also replace the frame lock seals. I did that and it wasn't too...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 06-04-2018, 01:04 AM
Replies: 151
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Posted By NishimotosB
Thank you! It's hard for us to believe the...

Thank you! It's hard for us to believe the progress we made!

The paint I used on the interior and exterior is Rustolleum Protective Enamel in gloss white.

I added the panelling since what was...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 06-02-2018, 06:54 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 60,428
Posted By NishimotosB
Our restoration journey

Here is a link to a video that my wife created showing the our van exterior.

https://youtu.be/uGJneUBLuBI

I hope you all enjoy it!
Forum: General Discussion Forum 05-31-2018, 07:29 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 60,428
Posted By NishimotosB
Correction on the cleaning solution. It was...

Correction on the cleaning solution. It was equal parts baking soda and hydrogen peroxide plus a few drops of dawn dish soap. This makes into a paste, and was a natural miracle stain remover. ...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 05-31-2018, 04:04 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 60,428
Posted By NishimotosB
Our restoration journey

Here is a video of the painting process:

https://youtu.be/tC5p21koOm8

And some more photos. You can see that I used a rattle-can. I did about 3 coats with light sanding between coats.
Forum: General Discussion Forum 05-31-2018, 03:48 AM
Replies: 151
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Posted By NishimotosB
Our restoration journey

Here are some videos of the process:

https://youtu.be/uSnHvpyv1h8

https://youtu.be/U-Hv6w5DGYs
Forum: General Discussion Forum 05-31-2018, 03:40 AM
Replies: 151
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Posted By NishimotosB
Our restoration journey

Next came masking and primer.
Forum: General Discussion Forum 05-31-2018, 03:33 AM
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Views: 60,428
Posted By NishimotosB
Our restoration journey

It was some weeks before I began other work on the exterior. The first task was to remove the faded and peeling blue stripes. I started on the right side.

In the one picture I'm sitting thinking...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 05-31-2018, 03:05 AM
Replies: 151
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Posted By NishimotosB
My van was pretty leaky from sitting for at least...

My van was pretty leaky from sitting for at least 2 years. There were signs of water damage pretty much all over the place inside the van; some worse than others. I replaced the side window frame...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 05-28-2018, 05:28 AM
Replies: 151
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Posted By NishimotosB
Our restoration journey

Emboldened by my success with the tank I decided to tackle a part of the van that everyone could see.

The hood and cowl!
Forum: General Discussion Forum 05-28-2018, 05:17 AM
Replies: 151
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Posted By NishimotosB
Our restoration journey

With the inside of the van nearly done, we turned our attention to the outside. This was definitely more daunting. I knew that I had to get going on the exterior or one of my neighbors might have...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 05-27-2018, 08:41 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 60,428
Posted By NishimotosB
Our restoration journey

More photos of the interior work.

FYI We used Rustoleum gloss white spray paint for most of the interior and hand painted the cabinet doors with Rustoleum.
Forum: General Discussion Forum 05-27-2018, 08:15 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 60,428
Posted By NishimotosB
Our Thetford toilet is non-functional as well. We...

Our Thetford toilet is non-functional as well. We use it with a small trash bag and cedar wood chiips for #1. And for #2 for emergency only (a very basic composting type). These we double bag and...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 05-25-2018, 07:47 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 60,428
Posted By NishimotosB
Our restoration journey

Here are some more photos of the interior.
Forum: Welcome Wagon - New Member Intros 05-25-2018, 05:58 AM
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Views: 1,330
Posted By NishimotosB
That's really cool! Do you know if it's original...

That's really cool! Do you know if it's original 4x4 or is it converted? Please post more pictures when you get a chance.

Welcome to the Forums!
Forum: General Discussion Forum 05-25-2018, 05:20 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 60,428
Posted By NishimotosB
Thank you! We have worked on the outside though...

Thank you! We have worked on the outside though it isn't complete yet. I'll post more photos soon.
Forum: General Discussion Forum 05-25-2018, 05:18 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 60,428
Posted By NishimotosB
Thank you for the compliments! We're nearly done...

Thank you for the compliments! We're nearly done on the inside. With the age of the van there is always something to fix/replace or repair.
Forum: General Discussion Forum 05-25-2018, 05:16 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 60,428
Posted By NishimotosB
Thank you for the compliments! I couldn't have...

Thank you for the compliments! I couldn't have done this without my wife's help. We are pretty much done on the inside of the van and I'll be posting more pictures soon.
Forum: General Discussion Forum 05-24-2018, 03:36 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 60,428
Posted By NishimotosB
Our restoration journey

The seats in the dinnette area were all worn out. My wife made a pattern from the old seat covers and she sewed new covers. I had new foam cushions made and we reinstalled everything.

The table...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 05-24-2018, 03:19 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 60,428
Posted By NishimotosB
Our restoration journey

The carpeting was not salvageable and we eventually covered it over with new indoor/outdoor carpet. We also repainted most all of the hard surfaces in the main cabin and I put in new wood veneer on...
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