Vanagon Sunset

Vanagon Sunset

Monday, August 29, 2016

Sound and Temperature Insulation

When I picked up "Ferdinand" the '82 Diesel, I wanted to strip it down and check everything out before committing to the project.  I did an inspection of the undercarriage/drivetrain and managed to get the motor running pretty good after sitting for a few years.  I then began to tear apart the interior to inspect the panels for rust and corrosion.  My end goal is to modify the existing cabinets slightly to be a bit more comfortable when camping.  At any rate, to my surprise, there wasn't much cancer taking place aside from the driver's side seam behind the door.  I wire-wheeled it down to bare metal, applied some Ospho and some rust control paint to stop the process and I think that'll hold her. The yellow stuff on the panel in the photo is the glue that is used at the factory to hold the fiberglass insulation in place.

Anyhow, since I had most of the panels out, I decided to take the time and replace the old fiberglass insulation with something new and add some sound dampening as well.  I did a little research and decided to use a knock-off dampening material similar to Dynamat or Fatmat. Luckily, a good friend of mine had a bunch left over from doing his van and it cost me $0.  It's a peel and stick application and it helps keep the panels from vibrating and gives the panels a bit more thickness to help keep the resonance down.  I put pieces where my hands could fit: doors, firewall, side panels, etc. I put more detail into the footwell area with both the dampening and insulation to keep our feet a bit cooler when driving on hot days as well as wind noise.  I also added some of the dampening material behind the front grill on the exterior and then sprayed over it with a rubberized undercoating to keep down wind and road noise.

Then using some peel and stick foil type insulation from Home Depot,
 I spread that over the same panels, getting it wherever I could.  The end result so far has been great.  I'm still formulating my plan for re-furbing the panels themselves, but I'll tackle that in a new post.  I also am going to add a thin layer of insulation under the cargo area when I put in my new floor. I still have the headliner over the driver and passenger seat to tend to, but I'll re-insulate that when I pull the panel for refurb.

I notice a big difference in the way the van sounds and feels on the inside.  When It been sitting in the sun for a while, I don't feel like I'm sitting in a steel box.  Furthermore, the sound dampening material really make the doors sound solid upon closure.  Pretty easy, cheap and satisfying project.  If you haven't taken the time to pull your interior panels and inspect your "shell", I highly recommend doing so... You never know what might be lurking in there.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing such great information. It has help me in finding out more detail about floor sound insulation