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June 30, 2017

For some reason I didn't think to snap a photo when it was completely gutted, so this is the closest thing. The sub floor, bed frame and insulation around the wheel wells are the only things installed at this point. All the dangling wires are from the original van conversion.

This is the fun part. Now that we have a solid platform to work in, it's time to start making the dream a reality. The first thing we designed and built was the bed frame. In the front half there are openings for two drawers, and a little compartment for a safe and a battery on the driver's side of the van that will eventually be concealed under the bed and behind the closet. The back...

April 22, 2017

Apparently 20 years is about the life span of a spring leaf pack on a 3/4 ton truck, because the amount of sag on our rear axle was not normal. We determined to replace them along with the rear shock absorbers in hopes of getting a better ride in the van (hehe). My buddy Mike offered his assistance and assured me that with two people working the job would be done in a weekend. Silly Mike, the Big Mountain Jalopy is actually a sentient being, and it would no sooner let go of any part of itself than you or I would let someone remove our own arm...

It started out fine. Mike and I began by removing the old shock absorbers. They came out without issue...

March 23, 2017

Mikhaila and I looking out over Lake Tahoe after buying the BMJ only hours prior from a rock climber in Reno. I swear we aren't that fat, the back end just sags like that on its own!

Back in July of last year during a backpacking trip to Rae Lakes in the Eastern Sierras, Mikhaila and I began to realize that we weren't doing as much travelling or spending as much time outdoors as we needed. Looking back I had no excuse to feel this way because I had just gotten back a month prior from a long trip to the German Alps and then on to Denmark. The feeling was probably induced by the solace of hiking through pristine valleys and over majestic mountain passes, swi...

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