Multi-use Adventure Van Build - Page 2 - Ford Transit USA Forum
 13Likes
Reply
 
Thread Tools
post #11 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-07-2019, 05:12:PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Posts: 57
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
OK I have been busy working on the Van so here are a few updates.

First the roof rack. When I ordered mine for Aluminess, I was certain that I wasn't going to use a roof fan. Needless to say that by the time it arrived, I had added a Maxxair so spent a full day making and bracing a hole in the rack. I went with the perforated Al floor and added 3 section of L Track to the rack, to make mounting stuff and strapping down easier.

Then I had some friends help me mount it. I used my car port as a staging area for the rack and walked it onto the roof in two pieces. I have no idea how I would have done it without a car port or other right-height flat roof structure.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 20190601_161831.jpg (878.8 KB, 33 views)

Quigley Transit mid roof, work truck, equipment hauler and occasional camper
OldMadBrit is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #12 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-07-2019, 05:33:PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Posts: 57
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Next task was to put the basic interior together - L-track, cut and re-mount the stock side panels and fit a ceiling liner. One thing I'm learning is that while I could save money by fabricating more myself, given other pressures on my time and availability, its worth buying pre-configure where I can. So I ordered a roof liner from US Upfitters and got a MOAB bed and mounting racks from Adventure Van in Oregon. Very pleased with both.

So the main job was RivNuts, RivNuts and more RivNuts - I have forearms like Popeye now lol.

Couple of nice surprises:

1) the van is pre-wired and set-up for two additional speakers. The feed wires are looped and hidden behind the lower section of the side-panes. I had two unused twin cone 6" Kickers from another project so mounted them up to see if it would work. After a bit of experimentation to to get the phasing right, they sound fantastic. Definitely worth the effort!

2) I got the MOAB with the charcoal hex pattern - and its a really good match for the OEM Ford side panes. Makes the whole interior look OEM.

3) the MOAB is brilliant! Easy to set up and pull down, stows easily in the van and probably has a 1000 other uses.

So far my screw-ups have been:

1) 3 poorly seated and then siezed RivNuts - sawzall and dremmel to the rescue
2) managed to nick the wiring loom behind the rear passenger door mount. The caused the rear parking assist to error out. I was lucky, the damage was minimal and easy to fix - but BIG lesson learned!
3) took the two front interior LEDs out to re-mount to the new liner and cant get them to work. Checked the fuse and its OK. So that's still a work in progress.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 20190605_173504.jpg (660.7 KB, 38 views)
File Type: jpg 20190607_105124.jpg (792.7 KB, 40 views)
File Type: jpg 20190605_173549.jpg (405.1 KB, 38 views)
File Type: jpg 20190607_104142.jpg (742.1 KB, 39 views)
Gstarbuck and Inkog like this.

Quigley Transit mid roof, work truck, equipment hauler and occasional camper

Last edited by OldMadBrit; 06-07-2019 at 08:18:PM.
OldMadBrit is online now  
post #13 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-07-2019, 05:40:PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Posts: 57
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
This configuration lets me haul muddy MTBs and wet windsurfers and well as being able to camp in it. Now we are going to use it pretty much as a mobile tent, before figuring out what we really need to add.

My wife is out of town for a couple of weeks, so I took it to play in the rocks before I put the rack on it. In the middle of nowhere 50 miles from the nearest road - I found several other Transits!!
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 20190525_100338.jpg (1.34 MB, 35 views)
File Type: jpg 20190525_103838.jpg (1.31 MB, 34 views)
File Type: jpg 20190525_104454.jpg (1.74 MB, 33 views)
Inkog likes this.

Quigley Transit mid roof, work truck, equipment hauler and occasional camper
OldMadBrit is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #14 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-07-2019, 05:47:PM
Senior Member
 
Inkog's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2018
Posts: 597
Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 203 Post(s)
Looking good!

I couldn't begin to count my screw-ups throughout my build Thankfully I'm almost done, although I've been saying that a while.

Check your harness repair. The LEDS ground in that area.

2018 3.5L HR EX Dual Slider Cargo in Metallic Silver.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Inkog is offline  
post #15 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-07-2019, 08:12:PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Posts: 57
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Inkog View Post
Looking good!

I couldn't begin to count my screw-ups throughout my build Thankfully I'm almost done, although I've been saying that a while.

Check your harness repair. The LEDS ground in that area.
OK will do, but the LEDs were still working after I messed up the harness. They stopped working when I took the front two out, disconnected them to thread them through the ceiling panel and attempted to reconnect them. I got one front one and both back ones working then they all went out. I suspect I shorted something but can't find a blown fuse.

Quigley Transit mid roof, work truck, equipment hauler and occasional camper
OldMadBrit is online now  
post #16 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-07-2019, 08:53:PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: East TN
Posts: 971
Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 312 Post(s)
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by OldMadBrit View Post
OK will do, but the LEDs were still working after I messed up the harness. They stopped working when I took the front two out, disconnected them to thread them through the ceiling panel and attempted to reconnect them. I got one front one and both back ones working then they all went out. I suspect I shorted something but can't find a blown fuse.
LED's are diodes, so current only flows one way. Unmount them, reverse the positive and negative wires, and I bet they will work.

2018 T350HD Dual Slider Dual Window 3.5EB 3.73 LSD

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
GapRunr is online now  
post #17 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-07-2019, 08:59:PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Posts: 57
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by GapRunr View Post
LED's are diodes, so current only flows one way. Unmount them, reverse the positive and negative wires, and I bet they will work.
Yes that was the first thing I tried. Weirdly, the first front one I reconnected, worked with either polarity. When I connected the second front one all 4 went out. My initial thought was that I had shorted the feed threading through the roof channel. But no blown fuse.

This one issue is starting to drive me nuts.

Quigley Transit mid roof, work truck, equipment hauler and occasional camper
OldMadBrit is online now  
post #18 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-07-2019, 09:58:PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: East TN
Posts: 971
Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 312 Post(s)
Garage
Hmmm. intriguing. Out of curiousity did you simply remove the assembly, or at any time did you remove the LED from the assembly?

How about going back to just one connected? If that works then I would check for a short after that light in the wiring. These kind
of issues are hard to troubleshoot, but I like the exercise in logic it represents.

2018 T350HD Dual Slider Dual Window 3.5EB 3.73 LSD

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
GapRunr is online now  
post #19 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-07-2019, 10:42:PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Posts: 57
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by GapRunr View Post
Hmmm. intriguing. Out of curiousity did you simply remove the assembly, or at any time did you remove the LED from the assembly?

How about going back to just one connected? If that works then I would check for a short after that light in the wiring. These kind
of issues are hard to troubleshoot, but I like the exercise in logic it represents.
I pulled the complete assemblies and kept them that way. I like logical challenges as well. I tried every combination of polarity with and between each assembly but no luck so far. I suspect there must be a secondary fuse somewhere or I have somehow blown both assemblies - which is hard to imagine.

Quigley Transit mid roof, work truck, equipment hauler and occasional camper
OldMadBrit is online now  
post #20 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-07-2019, 11:45:PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Posts: 8
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Great job.. Good looking Van
TexasXC is offline  
Reply

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Z-Rex Transit 350 HR Build / Overland Coffee Van terryz Ford Transit General Discussion 0 03-30-2019 12:09:PM
Ford Transit w/Premium Van Package, many/most options, Lightweight Camper Conversion mark79 Ford Transit Classifieds 7 03-12-2019 10:28:PM
Red Leader Build davcenmt2 Camper Vans and Conversions 22 03-05-2019 12:46:PM
LiFeP04 Battery and BMS Questions (New Build) davcenmt2 Camper Vans and Conversions 10 11-09-2018 08:42:AM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome