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MODIFICATIONS

Peso was pretty awesome already when we picked her up from the port in Long Beach, but considering we are living out of her for a couple of years we made some upgrades.  Making an overland vehicle self-reliant means we will able to live from the van for extended periods of time in remote areas. As such, we need a few things: fresh potable water, hot water, sleeping space, cooking and refrigeration, security, solar power and recovery systems.

Below are the upgrades we have done.  Click on the links for more details of the modification and how we did it.

EXTERIOR

INTERIOR

ENGINE

SUSPENSION

  • Upgrade rotors and add steel braided lines on brakes
  • 1.5" Front lift 
  • Add leaf spring to rear for added weight
  • Replace all shocks

Interior Photos of Peso

Roll Over Bed & Cabinets

Roll Over Bed & Cabinets

We wanted to sleep inside the van for safety, stealth mode and for convenience.  We definitely toiled over what the best design should look like and had many frustrating moments and it took a lot of time trying to figure it out.  The final design may not be perfect, but it is the best for […]

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Steering Wheel Upgrade

Steering Wheel Upgrade

The Delica’s OG steering wheel is so completely reminiscent of a giant bus that we had to change it for our own driving sanity.  We ordered a few different steering wheels to test for comfort and aesthetics. 

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Espar Diesel Heater

Espar Diesel Heater

Who doesn’t want to take a hot shower after a long day on the trail or playing in the ocean? Hot water that used the same fuel as our van, diesel in this case, is why we chose to go with the Espar Hydronic D5E heater. We also loved that we could heat the interior […]

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Manual Locking Hubs

Manual Locking Hubs

We installed new Aisin manual locking hubs because we wanted manual control for our journey.  In our research, we saw that there have been some issues with the automatic OG hubs on the Delica breaking or disengaging at inopportune times.   The auto hub removal and manual hub installation is very simple. Just unscrew the […]

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Bigger is Better: Battery Lessons on the Road

Bigger is Better: Battery Lessons on the Road

Bigger is better; in the case of batteries for overlanding.  In the planning process for building out our battery and solar system we found there is a lot of information out there, but little that applied and that was relevant to our situation and charging capabilities. Each system is unique to your own power needs […]

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Sun Power on the Road: Solar Setup

Sun Power on the Road: Solar Setup

What we have on board: MorningStar SK12 Solar Charger SunPower 100 watt Flex Panel (2) SunPower 50 watt Flex Panel MC4 Extension Cables Seaview Waterproof Aluminum Gland 2-15mm MC4 silicone plugs MC4 Cable  Splitter - Y MC4 Diodes MC4 to 8mm Adapter for GoalZero (Click here for the write up on our battery setup) Solar […]

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