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The 1990 Toyota Odyssey V6 4x4 that we call The Comvee (warning: long post with photos)

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ARB deluxe front bumper installed. 

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We finally got a few minutes of dry weather today to get the truck out of the shop. This gave me a chance to snap some photos of the finished painted cab with bumper, as well as the near complete interior. Heated set buttons installed as well as marine grade 12v usb outlet. I also rebuilt and fixed up the shift console with new bushings and lubrication for smooth movement. I still have to wire the seats and USB as well as install a stereo head unit and speakers. 

The filon wall siding has been ordered and will be arriving within a few days which means the walls will soon be glossy and going back on the vehicle! 

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From the way it looks so far, when your done you should be able to swap straight across for an Earthroamer.😀

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8 hours ago, WME said:

From the way it looks so far, when your done you should be able to swap straight across for an Earthroamer.😀

I think I’d rather have my yota!

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Hey guys! I'm excited to announce that we are ready to apply the Filon siding to the walls, and then the walls to the truck! This thing is going to be shiny! 

Walls are prepped and filon is rolled out, I purchased 40'. Each wall is about 16 feet in total length. I have enough filon for both walls to be one solid piece of filon for the entire side, and enough leftover to do the rear wall as well as accessory doors and main entrance door. 

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Tracing walls onto rolled out filon material for cutting.

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Trace Complete (double and triple check tracings are correct as well as orientation on filon since it has a good and a bad side)!

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Lots of careful cutting and then let it get some sun and soften up! 

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It's really nice looking stuff and should really bring the Toyota a classy look. We will be gluing the filon to the walls early this week. 

 

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This thread is a real blast; thanks for documenting the project! I look forward to hearing about the process you used for gluing the filon (and your adhesive of choice) and can't wait to see the walls up/mounted on the frame. 

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Been following your build on you tube. Pleasantly surprised to stumble across your build this morning here. Hows the filon application coming?

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Haven’t posted here in a while but the walls are on the truck! We will be applying the filon soon. The first filon application failed as it showed way too many imperfections, more info in my YouTube video. To ensure getting the walls as smooth as possible we filled and sanded them several times with a marine fairing compound. 
 

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1 hour ago, Derek up North said:

Ah Doing the good work, thank you! Even better, here's the filon install video...

https://youtu.be/6PZkcn015k8

 

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I may be almost as excited to see the little camper your building. What 3d printer do you have. 

Linda S

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1 minute ago, linda s said:

I may be almost as excited to see the little camper your building. What 3d printer do you have. 

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I have a Maker Select V2 that I've modded a bit to get okay prints out of. For a cheap Chinese printer, it does well. For the more intricate parts of the build I am using a FormLabs Form 2 SLA printer which prints in ridiculously detailed quality! A few pics of the model build BEFORE the cat knocked it off my window seal and broke a bunch of parts off of it! 

Custom functional headlights!

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SLA printed replica ARB bumper and matching wagon wheel rims to the actual truck. Kinda close to the real thing! 

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Mostly scale subfloor with entry step. 

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First rough draft of custom designed cab-to-coach partition piece! 

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Yup I could definitely afford the Maker Select. The Form Labs will cost almost as much as a new camper. I have a friend who works at the university though. Bet they have some nice ones. I'm thinking a little bigger though. Something like this would be fun

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVbovtKOIpQ

Linda S

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Some more progress! The walls are on and in place, front overcab section is built and mostly complete, front bunk roof partially built, interior layout rough drafting in place! 

We will be completing the roof build next week. 

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This is an amazing build you're doing & I'm gaining a lot of insight into what's "under the hood" on my '86.  Thanks!

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A couple of questions:-

What's your planned for inside height?

I see you are supporting the bunk from the ground during construction. Does climbing aboard to work on the bunk from inside not throw things off? Or do you also have the truck frame supported to stop this happening?

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On 12/17/2019 at 8:18 AM, Derek up North said:

A couple of questions:-

What's your planned for inside height?

I see you are supporting the bunk from the ground during construction. Does climbing aboard to work on the bunk from inside not throw things off? Or do you also have the truck frame supported to stop this happening?

The way we are doing the roof design brings the interior height to about 6'4", maybe the tallest interior height of all Toy homes now? I'm 6'1" and got tired of my head scraping the roof in toy homes. 

What you see supporting the bunk is actually just holding the fiberglass petition piece so it isn't hanging on its own free weight prior to permanent attachment. It's now properly attached to the wall structures via screws from the interior out and exterior in. The walls support a majority of the weight of the bunk area believe it or not. Kinda confusing to type out but I hope this helps

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We got the majority of the roof finished up. We first framed it with the two outer main boards running parallel the length of the truck, followed by the front and rear main boards running perpendicular. We tied those together to keep it square to the true shape of the truck, followed by removing it from the vehicle and onto "flat" ground. We measured the locations for the bathroom vent, ac, rear dinette vent, and rear ladder supports, and then framed around that. A piece of aluminum L channel was added to the front and rear framing of the AC unit to assist with the weight and prevent sagging. Everything else was framed out from there, traced onto our interior ceiling luan board, holes pre-drilled and counter sank, and then wood glued and screwed together. The main roof plywood will go on once this roof is on the truck. 

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We are also now ordering the flooring material, I really like the Marmoleum sound deadening flooring. It is all natural and the exact interior width of the truck (79") which means the entire floor can be put it in once piece. I am probably going with they neutral grey color.

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Any arc to the outer roof? Rain run off.

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54 minutes ago, WME said:

Any arc to the outer roof? Rain run off.

The original design didn’t have an arch and I didn’t think to add one...maybe I should have! 

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Wouldn't take much 1" arch scabbed on the crossbraces would do it, actually even a 1/2" would do a lot.

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Super stoked to see this project coming along the way it has. The last time I saw it you guys had just begun so it's great to see all this progress!

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1 hour ago, Boundfornowhere said:

Super stoked to see this project coming along the way it has. The last time I saw it you guys had just begun so it's great to see all this progress!

Thanks guys! It’s been neat watching your adventures as well! 

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New roof build video here!

The roof is about finished and on the truck. 

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Rear wall is also near complete (with outdoor shower)...

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My daily craigslist searching has also again paid off and I grabbed this oven for $75.00 from a very nice couple. They had never used it in their new rig and replaced with an induction cooktop. They also gave me the matching vent hood with it, 2 large 30 amp cords, a wrap around front window and side window covers, and some other stuff. I'm super excited!

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