Monthly Archives: September 2012

Snow tires

Many people have some recollection of the Previa. Those that do, especially in the northeast, often ask if it’s an All-Trac. The 4WD Previa All-Trac was renowned for its remarkable combination of versatility, stability, capability, and reliability. It was especially noteworthy … Continue reading

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Sliding Door

Sliding door bushings Sliding doors have two latches; one on the back of the door, and one on the front. The front latch is engaged by the door sliding into it,  the rear is engaged by the last part of … Continue reading

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Tailgate

Tailgate When I got the van, the handle for the tailgate didn’t do anything but rattle in the door. I spent an afternoon dismantling the door and realizing that 17 year old plastic requires a delicate touch. After removing the … Continue reading

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Cleaning

Cleaning The first task was cleaning, which may seem pedestrian, but it should be noted that for all intents and purposes, this van had a German shepherd living in it for a year. Half an hour of vacuuming, another hour of spraying and … Continue reading

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Work in progress

The reason this is a blog, and not a single post, is that this van is a project. Without getting too schmaltzy, it’s a learning experience and a great way to chase the special sense of accomplishment that comes with … Continue reading

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About the van

You’ve probably seen a Previa. It’s the one that looks like an egg, which is imagery Toyota has used in ads for it. Most don’t know about the more idiosyncratic elements of its design. The engine lives under the driver’s seat at … Continue reading

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By popular demand

I bought a van. It’s an old van and it was cheap, so it’s charmingly rough around the edges. I started this blog as a place to track progress on the van and its adventures, repairs, and enhancements. Enjoy

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