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Almost 8 month ago today, the van was first lifted into the air at Diesel Rover and the first parts starting coming off of it. Most of them were covered in oil, some rusted out (or rusted together) and there were even a few failed or broken parts. Okay, well, if you have been following along, you know there has been more than a few.

Our van has actually required a whopping 1750 lbs. of new parts, many of them coming from GoWesty Camper Products in California. Included in our first massive shipment of parts was the All-Terrain Suspension Bundle. There’s nowhere we can’t go!

Anytime you get into suspension work or fiddling with anything on the corners of your vehicle, you are going to need an alignment. This is done using lasers (pew pew!) attached to the wheel to confirm everything is squared up in order to prevent pulling to one side and premature tire wear.

The alignment machine all hooked up to the van!

The alignment machine all hooked up to the van!

When Hunt Club Volkswagen approached us to ask if there was anything they could do to help support Searching For Sero, the first thing that came to my mind was help with the alignment. The team at this family owned and operated dealership said “no problem” before I could even finish my sentence.

We knew this van required no ordinary alignment. Absolutely everything had been changed. All the bushings, springs, shocks, steering rack, ball joints, tie rods. Everything! The entire front and back end had been completely taken apart and rebuilt. It was going to take some serious time in the shop to get everything lined up. The only good thing is that everything was new, so we knew it would move.

Eric dials in the front drivers side wheel.

Eric dials in the front drivers side wheel.

Hunt Club VW Owner, Irene Thomson, didn’t worry for a minute. She knew the team in her shop could handle it. After all, they have some of the best VW mechanics in the city, with years upon years of experience. Some of them even remember working on Vanagon’s when they were new!

The @SearchingForSero van getting some work done by Eric, our front-end expert. 📸: @JohnRathwell

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Eric was assigned to the task. He is the front-end expert at the shop. In no time, he was able to get it all together and bring the wheels into spec. We took the van out for a test drive and she drove as straight as an arrow on the first road test. It was a huge success!

Eric is Hunt Club VW's front end expert. He was assigned the task of getting the van to drive straight!

Eric is Hunt Club VW’s front-end expert. He was assigned the task of getting the van to drive straight!

We owe a huge thanks to Hunt Club Volkswagen and their entire team. They are Ottawa VW experts. If you are in need of parts, service or a new ride, we strongly recommend stopping in to see them. They pride themselves on treating everyone that walks in the doors as family, and they certainly do a great job of it.

Irene Thomson, Allyson Bell, Mike Lavinge and the rest of the Hunt Club VW service team pose for a portrait in front of the van.

Irene Thomson, Allyson Bell, Mike Lavigne and some of the awesome Hunt Club VW service team pose for a portrait in front of the van.

The van will be headed back to Diesel Rover shortly, where it will get its final touches. The Bumper Mounted Swing Away System, GoWesty-Designed Pop-Top Tent, propane tank, roof rack, Goal Zero Solar System, and anything else still left in the pile of parts to install.

The very last piece before we hit the road will be the K6 Media half-wrap, which you will be able to see in person for the first time at our Send-Off Party at Dominion City Brewing Co. in Ottawa. We hope to see you there!

#FoundSero

John Rathwell

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