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Monday, December 14, 2015

Snail Dude

Somewhere out there is a quadriplegic snail who has managed to install two or three of these tops in the amount of time it's taken me to get to this point. 

Go ahead and laugh it up, snail dude.

Since our last installment, other obligations have taken priority around here, so remarkably little has gotten done over the past week. As of today, however, the insulation is finished, meaning the top is now little more than a really expensive solar oven.

The insulation is called Low-E, the very same stuff I used to insulate the rest of the van during its initial build, and several cans of heavy duty 3M contact cement secure it to the top. Astute readers may notice that the top few inches of insulation do not appear to be glued to the inside of the top. That's because the top's inside edges need to stay reachable for the adhesion (to the van) phase. Once the top is on the van permanently, the insulation along the edges will then be contact cemented to the inside of the top.