After removing the seats and the wheelchair lifter, today we approached the task of removing the floor which is the first job that has to be done to have a “clean canvas” to start the conversion.
The heavy duty floor cover used in this van it is glued to the plywood. The glue did not become soft using the heat gun so brutal force was only the way.
Once removed the vinyl we drilled out the pop rivets that secure the plywood the van’s floor.
The next task will be to remove the wheelchairs anchor points that I was unable to do it alone because the nuts under neath are spinning so I would need help to hold the nuts when I unscrew the bolts from the top.
We sold our vintage Franklin Arrow caravan and bought in Melbourne a Toyota Hiace Commuter for converting it to a campervan.
The van has only 112000 km which are very low kilometers for a 12/1993 model, they usually have well over 300000 km up to 700000 km or more for that year.
It is equipped with a wheelchair lifter and few seats that have to be removed to register it to a 3 seats van.
Here are few photos of it including boarding the Spirit of Tasmania ferry in our return to Tasmania.
Boarding the ferry
Melbourne at night
On the road to Hobart
The ramp out of the ferry in Devonport, Tasmania
Arrived to Hobart
We have a wonderful trip to the east coast making Scamander as our home base to explore the Bay of Fires area.
Binalong Bay has to be one of the most beautiful spots in the Bay of Fires.
The Franklin caravan is sold and now we are planning in converting a small van to a camper.
More news soon.
Stanley is town located in Tasmania north-west coast and a great “home base” to explore the west coast and inland National Parks.
We visited the west coast after a extreme low pressure system giving us the opportunity to see the sea at it best.
Also, at Stanley we went to the top of “The Nut”to appreciate the views of the valley.
Here are some photos from the top of The Nut.
And here are some photos of the west coast
We went to Scamander on the east coast of Tasmania. Nice area with very large beach.
Carlos and family took his vintage Millard behind the Disco.
At the foreshore and the beach
We stripped the outside paint, removed all windows and resealed them using Sikaflex marine, restored the four seasons hatch, replaced the full running gear ( axle, brakes and tyres) resealed the J …
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