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Shauns Webbers
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Hey Permies ... 
  
     SOoo my girlfriend Olivia and I have been trying to get a van for a while....  WE plan on converting this  into a tiny house/ Camper van ...  Basically this would be something we get to comfortably camp in and out of while building a homestead / cabin  on some land.. We don't have land as of now  still on that hunt.   We are currently residing in central New Jersey  while we build our project...

    Anyway I know some of the van progress may not seem to Permaculture-ish at first... Ultimately This will very very much reduce our current footprint of where we are at now adding to the grid........ But if anyone is interesting in following us along in this journey. there should be quite a bit of creative building including lots and lots of repurposed reclaimed building..  Eventually leading to our journey in building up our homestead with this camper....     We have recently obtained a pretty crunchy  old work van for cheap Soooo yup here goes .... 1993 Ford Econoline 250  with 200,000 miles !  

   Here are some of the photos from Day 1 Of purchasing the van ! ( followed with photos of the first bit of progress being started .)   Thanks for looking I hope you all enjoy the journey with us ! ....
 
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Day 1
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Day 1
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Day 1
 
Shauns Webbers
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The first day basically only consisted of stripping everything inside of the van ...
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This is the state in which we obtained van
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Ah yes lovely hidden rust holes !
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more secret rust ! yay !
 
Shauns Webbers
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pretty crusty but we got that ....
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Olivias brother lending some tools and help !
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a step closer to a healed patch..
 
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Some further progresss..... But ohh yeah, since you will most likely see him hanging out in further posts anyways, I would to formally introduce... Our rescued dove ! His name is Wing$loW .... He loves to hang out and supervise AloT... He is a pretty grateful bird , I am pretty sure he thinks  I'm his Momma ...

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Meet Wing$loW
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Some Crusty-ness
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Grinding...
 
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.......
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grinding out an old rusty spring shackle bolt ..
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Ahh some lovely assistance from car guys.. I really love to watch the community this project has already attracted...
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My brother and Wing$sloW just hanging " taking 5"
 
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trying to eye up some thin bu secure patching..
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some layers of bondo and some fiberglass mesh ...
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more layers....
 
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just some more progress.. I swear the more fun to check out creative stuff should be coming soon ... we just have to prevent and seal lots first ! thanks for looking /...

  

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our attempt at patching a large hole...
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my brother Jamie helping us out with some metal glue ! we have both welded only twice each before don't judge !
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not exactly professional looking but that should work for what we need...
 
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...more progress we aren't too worried about the texture in our patching , the whole floor is going to get foam insulation and then plywood so all covered up anyway...
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some more weld beads added to this beginner welded patch !
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then some heavy layers of bond with a big sheet of fiberglass mesh / then well of course more bondo ...
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ahhh feels so good to see these big floor holes all sealed up !!!
 
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Wing$slow making himself comfy.
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added some paint + primer to some walls patch and floor..
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