This year I decided that I will spend time on the road pursuing my passions for travel, photography, storm chasing, astronomy and deep sky imaging. In order to do that I need to have a reliable vehicle that I can work from, sleep in and haul my gear in. My son found me a 2008 Honda Odyssey that was in excellent shape and was worthy to spend a few dollars on. So begins the Honda Odyssey Project.
I’m fortunate that my son is a very knowledgeable and detail oriented licensed technician who has been instrumentally supportive of this project. This blog and photos will document the transformation of this stock 2008 Honda Odyssey into my “road” vehicle.
The first step was put this on the hoist and begin.
Remove the steel tires and rims
Replace old brakes
New front brakes, struts and undercoating
New rear brakes, shocks and undercoating. Total cost including tires (front & rear): $1492
New all weather tires on original rims.
Time to tackle the interior.. remove seats
Remove third row seats and right panel
Remove left panel and spare tire
Remove seat hardware from floor
Remove floor carpet
Install sound proofing
Reinstall carpet panel insulation install begins
Roof insulation complete reinstall headliner. Cost for the insulations, HID headlights, bedframe, mattress & labour $1500.
Remove & replace sound system, cowling and add extra plugs Cost: $400
Add bedframe and mattress
I did pick up a Bluetti EB55 power station to provide power to my electronics for $700. My next step will be a short excursion to test that I haven’t overlooked anything, that storage works and determine what I really need for the future trips. More to come…