Monthly Archives: Oct 2018

On a slightly more positive note.

Over the last two months I’ve been working flat out on my new van to get it ready for the fishing/camping expeditions I hope to do.
The engine is finally dyno tuned, the wiring sorted, its been panel beaten and painted.
One thing that did show up on the dyno (and to a certain extent on a recent trip to Taupo) is the fact that the engine runs a little hot under high load.
Discussing this with the tuner (who also runs the same 1UZvvti engine in a competition truck) we decided it was just an airflow issue. It has a larger than standard radiator and two 12inch SPAL fans sucking through it but the problem appears to be that the air is obstructed from actually getting into the radiator due to the bullbar/winch etc.
I have since fitted a 16inch Davies-Craig ‘pusher’ fan to the front of the radiator. This is currently on a manual switch so that I can have it still running after shutting down.
This required a lot of surgery to make room for the fan between the grille and radiator
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Other than that, she’s going well enough. I’m still having issues with the tiptronic unit digital display freezing which causes it to eventually lose TCL requiring a stop/restart.

Went for a fish locally this weekend. Conditions weren’t ideal with a stiff southerly blowing, making life uncomfortable on the beach. No fish were caught (by me at least) but some others did well.
Those who ventured north a few hundred kilometres did very well indeed with plentiful Snapper filling their bins etc.
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You can follow the progress of this van build on its own dedicated page here https://vanman.blog/my-next-van/

Shit things that happen..

So its been a shit last few months in my life. After losing my mum in September last year, I lost my only brother in July this year to suicide.
Its not something you can ever come to terms with. You can try and try to understand why, and question yourself forever with the ‘what-ifs’ but nothing is going to change the facts, they’re both gone and I’m alone.
These things make you painfully aware of the need to avoid taking anything for granted. Family and friends, loved ones, life is so fragile and ultimately temporary..
I am eternally grateful to my wife Michelle and my kids Jason and Samantha for their support.

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Stephen (mouse) and Mum – rest in peace 😦