#velmathevan

(Post 2/2) Here are the after pictures of #VelmaTheVan! She will be ready to hit the road in 2020, currently working getting all her mechanical parts looked over and getting her new parts where needed! #vanlifers #vanlifer #travel #travellingdogtrainer
(Post 2/2) Here are the after pictures of #VelmaTheVan! She will be ready to hit the road in 2020, currently working getting all her mechanical parts looked over and getting her new parts where needed! #vanlifers #vanlifer #travel #travellingdogtrainer
(Post 1/2) This summer I was able to make one of my dreams possible and I got Velma. After working day in and day out on Velma over the summer, she is finally done her interior remodel and will be ready to hit the road in 2020! (Currently working on the mechanics of her now)
Big shoutout to my dad for helping me every single day with his handy work, I couldn’t have done it myself without his background knowledge on construction and how to remodel and create furniture. And of course my mom, thank you for helping everyday as well, constantly asking where she can help and then helping clean Velma up with the smaller details; I’m very thankful for the both of you! 
Here are some pictures of Velma before her remodel and during! Stay tuned for the after pics! #VelmaTheVan 🚍🏕
(Post 1/2) This summer I was able to make one of my dreams possible and I got Velma. After working day in and day out on Velma over the summer, she is finally done her interior remodel and will be ready to hit the road in 2020! (Currently working on the mechanics of her now)
Big shoutout to my dad for helping me every single day with his handy work, I couldn’t have done it myself without his background knowledge on construction and how to remodel and create furniture. And of course my mom, thank you for helping everyday as well, constantly asking where she can help and then helping clean Velma up with the smaller details; I’m very thankful for the both of you!
Here are some pictures of Velma before her remodel and during! Stay tuned for the after pics! #VelmaTheVan 🚍🏕
Got the old girl prepped for paint today and started to coat the ceiling! There was a thin ceiling cover made of pliable plywood type stuff that I may end up throwing back up once we insulate for convenience’s sake, but first, we paint. It’s kind of fun to see her real ceiling for the first time. Hopefully we’ll get that glossy white coat finished tomorrow!
Got the old girl prepped for paint today and started to coat the ceiling! There was a thin ceiling cover made of pliable plywood type stuff that I may end up throwing back up once we insulate for convenience’s sake, but first, we paint. It’s kind of fun to see her real ceiling for the first time. Hopefully we’ll get that glossy white coat finished tomorrow!
Been working hard giving Velma a fresh new look.....I can’t wait to show y’all the before and after shots of the new inside! Jax and I are super excited to start our adventures! 🐾🚍🏔 #vanlifers #dogtrainer #ftm
Been working hard giving Velma a fresh new look.....I can’t wait to show y’all the before and after shots of the new inside! Jax and I are super excited to start our adventures! 🐾🚍🏔 #vanlifers #dogtrainer #ftm
It was raining yesterday while dad worked on the van so I supervised from the garage....don’t worry... (I fell asleep) 😴 😂 #velmathevan #vanbuild #vanlife #dogsofvanlife #bodask9services #dogsof613 #613dogs
It was raining yesterday while dad worked on the van so I supervised from the garage....don’t worry... (I fell asleep) 😴 😂 #velmathevan #vanbuild #vanlife #dogsofvanlife #bodask9services #dogsof613 #613dogs
I love sunbathing while dad works on #VelmaTheVan! Can’t wait for long road trips! 🚍 ☀️ #doglife #vanbuild #vanlife
I love sunbathing while dad works on #VelmaTheVan! Can’t wait for long road trips! 🚍 ☀️ #doglife #vanbuild #vanlife
Leave sooner, driver slower, live longer. ☀️🚍🌲 #vanlife
Leave sooner, driver slower, live longer. ☀️🚍🌲 #vanlife
Not long ago I said that I felt like I had my first intimate time with Velma. I take that back. That was not intimate. This was. 
Originally I started out thinking that I was going to get started with the @por15inc rust cleaning/prep/conversion, but that plan quickly changed when I started to remove the chairs and carpet from the cab. 
The chairs came out easily enough, and the middle console in these older vans was made to be removed to easily access the motor, but that carpet was not going without a fight. This is also where my plan for keeping the carpet for a future template went out the window. 
After a LOT of fighting with it, I finally got it off and then went to work scraping off the foamy carpet glue that had welded itself to the bottom of the van after 43 years in the Arizona heat. Long story short, the rust treatment didn’t happen. But these #strangelysatisfying timelapses did.
Not long ago I said that I felt like I had my first intimate time with Velma. I take that back. That was not intimate. This was.
Originally I started out thinking that I was going to get started with the @por15inc rust cleaning/prep/conversion, but that plan quickly changed when I started to remove the chairs and carpet from the cab.
The chairs came out easily enough, and the middle console in these older vans was made to be removed to easily access the motor, but that carpet was not going without a fight. This is also where my plan for keeping the carpet for a future template went out the window.
After a LOT of fighting with it, I finally got it off and then went to work scraping off the foamy carpet glue that had welded itself to the bottom of the van after 43 years in the Arizona heat. Long story short, the rust treatment didn’t happen. But these #strangelysatisfying timelapses did.
“Happiness is being content with what you have, living in freedom and liberty, having a good family life and good friends.” #DivyankaTripathi 😎🤙🏻🚍🐾 #VelmaTheVan
“Happiness is being content with what you have, living in freedom and liberty, having a good family life and good friends.” #DivyankaTripathi 😎🤙🏻🚍🐾 #VelmaTheVan
Really starting to grasp that this may take me longer than I originally planned! Lately I work 9-10 hour days and am gone most weekends, so my windows of availability until the fall are slim. But that doesn’t mean I stop. It means I buy a work light. Day 3 and Velma’s interior is cleaned, scrubbed and vacuumed! Time for one last rub down, rust treatment and paint prep.
Really starting to grasp that this may take me longer than I originally planned! Lately I work 9-10 hour days and am gone most weekends, so my windows of availability until the fall are slim. But that doesn’t mean I stop. It means I buy a work light. Day 3 and Velma’s interior is cleaned, scrubbed and vacuumed! Time for one last rub down, rust treatment and paint prep.
The scrub down continues! In her first life, Velma lived in Arizona and her primary purpose was getting her owners from A to B delivering parts on dusty desert roads. Needless to say, there is a LOT of red dust to deal with. This is a small piece of what was (and still needs to be) done in there. #onward
The scrub down continues! In her first life, Velma lived in Arizona and her primary purpose was getting her owners from A to B delivering parts on dusty desert roads. Needless to say, there is a LOT of red dust to deal with. This is a small piece of what was (and still needs to be) done in there. #onward
For everyone asking for interior pictures of the lady, here they are! Had my first intimate time with Velma today, and it’s all systems go from here. Our mechanic buddy gave her a head to toe diagnosis and besides a few minor tubing/hose fixes, she’s ready to ride and looking incredible for 43 years old. I scraped out her insides, vacuumed and did a small rub down with some cleaning solution. Day 1 was only about 2 hours of work, but I’m still jazzed about the progress. #VANNIN
For everyone asking for interior pictures of the lady, here they are! Had my first intimate time with Velma today, and it’s all systems go from here. Our mechanic buddy gave her a head to toe diagnosis and besides a few minor tubing/hose fixes, she’s ready to ride and looking incredible for 43 years old. I scraped out her insides, vacuumed and did a small rub down with some cleaning solution. Day 1 was only about 2 hours of work, but I’m still jazzed about the progress. #VANNIN
SHE’S HOME! Velma now has a permanent home in our driveway. Took her for a spin tonight to get a hang of the #threeonthetree transmission and it wasn’t as intimidating as I thought. She’s a solid machine with a ton of potential and I can’t wait to squeeze it out of her.
SHE’S HOME! Velma now has a permanent home in our driveway. Took her for a spin tonight to get a hang of the #threeonthetree transmission and it wasn’t as intimidating as I thought. She’s a solid machine with a ton of potential and I can’t wait to squeeze it out of her.
Meet Velma. After a fuel pump replacement this week, she’s got a whole new life ahead of her as I attempt to convert her into a camper. Stay tuned for what I am sure will be an interesting journey into #vanlife.
Meet Velma. After a fuel pump replacement this week, she’s got a whole new life ahead of her as I attempt to convert her into a camper. Stay tuned for what I am sure will be an interesting journey into #vanlife.
Picturing what Velma will look like when she’s all done is much fun, but deciding on all the furnishings can be hard! Especially when you’re as indecisive as me! 😅 finally decided (with the the help of you guys!) on my flooring, can’t wait until it goes in! 🙌🏻 #furnishings #flooring #caravan #caravanmakeover #caravanreno #vanreno #renovations #vanrenovation #vanlife #velmathevan #verasfriendvelma
Picturing what Velma will look like when she’s all done is much fun, but deciding on all the furnishings can be hard! Especially when you’re as indecisive as me! 😅 finally decided (with the the help of you guys!) on my flooring, can’t wait until it goes in! 🙌🏻 #furnishings #flooring #caravan #caravanmakeover #caravanreno #vanreno #renovations #vanrenovation #vanlife #velmathevan #verasfriendvelma
First time driving Velma, now begins the remodelling!🚍😍 #roadtrek
First time driving Velma, now begins the remodelling!🚍😍 #roadtrek
Meet Velma; let the adventures begin. 🚍🌲 #newbeginnings
Meet Velma; let the adventures begin. 🚍🌲 #newbeginnings
She’s more than a van #velmathevan #t6kombi #vwtransportert6 #needsawash
Not op shop finds.. but they were some pretty good store finds, just had to share! 👍🏻
Mirror - H&M Home - $7
Clock - Spotlight - $12
#vanrenovation #vantastic #vanlife #caravan #caravanmakeover #caravanreno #caravanrenovation #caravanlife #storefinds #cheapfinds #littlethings #littletouches #littlegoldaccents #homewares #homewares #trinkets #velmathevan  #verasfriendvelma
Not op shop finds.. but they were some pretty good store finds, just had to share! 👍🏻
Mirror - H&M Home - $7
Clock - Spotlight - $12
#vanrenovation #vantastic #vanlife #caravan #caravanmakeover #caravanreno #caravanrenovation #caravanlife #storefinds #cheapfinds #littlethings #littletouches #littlegoldaccents #homewares #homewares #trinkets #velmathevan #verasfriendvelma
Velma is all painted! She’s so freshhhh! Now just the lino needs to go down and the bed needs to be constructed! Can’t wait to peel the masking taped garbage bags off the window 😃 
#caravanrenovation #vanrenovation #caravanmakeover #vantastic #caravanlife #makeover #littleproject #projectvelma #velmathevan #verasfriendvelma #velmaisback
Velma is all painted! She’s so freshhhh! Now just the lino needs to go down and the bed needs to be constructed! Can’t wait to peel the masking taped garbage bags off the window 😃
#caravanrenovation #vanrenovation #caravanmakeover #vantastic #caravanlife #makeover #littleproject #projectvelma #velmathevan #verasfriendvelma #velmaisback

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