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Old 01-03-2013, 02:47 PM   #21
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Re: 1973 Chevy Step Van Conversion

I used PEX in my build but found that it doesn't willingly make sharp bends. I ended up using the PEX for straighter runs and using reinforced clear plastic tubing for the bendy stuff. PEX is known for being much more freeze resistant than copper or PVC.
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Update time... and then I'll address the PEX VS FLEX BATTLE ROYAL!

These are the cabinets that will go over the wheel well.


Corner detail. My wife put a nice strip of wood to cover the plywood edges, reinforced the corners.


See, I do work too! Made a wooden 1/4 plywood cover for the breaker box. The metal cover was too big to fit in the space we needed. I'm still not sure if this is a terrible idea, or a really terrible idea putting wood in front of power. Hmm.


Flooring almost done. Just need to do the driver's area and the toilet area. They get something special (thick).


Trying to figure out what to do with the back door floor gap. Possible angle to a piece of flat bar screwed and caulked down. Then just a small rubber strip to keep the water out.

We're thinking of just strapping the doors shut semi-permanently. We're going to check with some of the food truck makers in the area since a lot of step vans are becoming food trucks and there should be a lot of windows and hardware from that.

Sampler of they grey stain for the floor. The putty came out looking weird, so we have to hit it with something other than poly. Looks kind of cool and will hide dirt well, I think.


Okay so Pex or no pex. What I'm seeing is that flex can fail under pressure. I have a pressure regulator that keeps me under 50 PSI, so I'm hoping to not have the issue of swelling that Glenn had. I think we'll try flex for now because it's a little cheaper and esier, but keep a watchful eye on it. Everything is very accessible for water, so it shouldn't be an issue to replace if we have to. I'm going to use 1/2" screw connectors hose clamped for all of my tubing, so hopefully that'll help with a nice, tight connection. Right now we're just looking at fresh water in from a city source through a T-connector, and to a sink and the toilet. It's all inside, so the freezing aspect of PEX doesn't really matter so much.

Thanks so much for the input so far! We're getting close, just need to score some sweet front seats and we'll be complete for equipment! Also still looking for ABS - anybody got about 6" of 3" diameter sitting around I can buy off of them?
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I'm going to use 1/2" screw connectors hose clamped for all of my tubing,
What is that? If you are talking about using this for pex, I think you are bound for failure. Worm type hose clamps won't
exert anywhere near enough pressure for pex, they also don't clamp round, especially on a small diameter.
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I'd use some sort of "Z" flashing on your rear door gap to keep water from getting under your flooring. That would be REALLY bad. Basically, one leg of the "Z" butts up against the end grain of the floor and the other two angles follow the floor out the back. Imagine you're water and think how it can get past your door seals and where it will go once it does. You approach the problem differently depending on whether you're going to seal the rear door or leave it functional. Use a good quality caulk to seal the cut corners of the flashing.

I do building maintenance and over the years I've come to view water as the enemy.
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Roger & Double what Roach said --- you guys are correct in assessing that your rear door could be a source of many future issues. Plywood and water don't play well and trapping it between wood and metal is even worse. I like Roaches solution...seal the crap out of joint between the wood & metal floor...then cover the whole joint with rust proof or at least, resistant, one piece "Z"flashing that is also sealed watertight to both the ply and floor. Then I'd probably cover the whole arrangement with still more sealer.

And if the door is to remain functional, some time shopping weather seals will also be very well spent. And I don't mean the cheapo, Home Depot general purpose foam. Look through a few truck supply houses for some real door seal material. Any water you keep out will just make life on the inside that much better.

And...I have visited with Cargo Chris and the Blue Bird project out at Rice University...I'd love to take a look at your rig and swap stories/sources/whatever. Lemme' know if you are up for visitors. Is the truck still in the Heights? Just shoot me a PM if you feel like it. Like I said...I think there could be some real benefits if all the Houston area converters had an occasional confab over coffee or Coronas.
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I'm going to use 1/2" screw connectors hose clamped for all of my tubing,
What is that? If you are talking about using this for pex, I think you are bound for failure. Worm type hose clamps won't
exert anywhere near enough pressure for pex, they also don't clamp round, especially on a small diameter.

I can see the confusion! No, no PEX. I'm going to use flex hose, clamped to screw fittings, rather than clamping directly on to the water input, T-s, etc. I think that'll make it easier to swap it out in the future if I set myself up like that.
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Sorry for low quality. My wife just sent over the cage she made for the black water tank. We got a low toilet and built up a base for it over top the tank.
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sweet...very handy wife
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looks good! keep er up!
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Nice job. keep her busy...
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