Ford Transit USA Forum banner

1 - 20 of 45 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
140 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
We just had a 2019 Quigley Transit delivered last week and have started our build-out.

This van is going to see several different uses:

1) Work van transporting test equipment and samples for my technology company;
2) Day use as a toy hauler for windsurfing and cycling trips;
3) Off-road wilderness camping;
4) Occasional night photography platform and post-processing facility.

Because the uses are so varied, we want to be able to swap out and change around much of the interior. So my plan is to 1) install lots of aircraft style L-Track and mount everything to the track and 2) use lightweight materials such as sail-fabric, and composites, to make fold-able/stow-able cabinets and bed.

I expect it will be a work in progress over the next year as we test various ideas.

So first up, here is our brand new Quigley, fitted with a nice set of OEM sized MSW Type 48s sporting a set of 245x75 16" BFG TA KO2s
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
140 Posts
Discussion Starter #2
The first task was to remove the interior side panels and install insulation on the sides and roof. I went with EPS foam blocks on the roof and mold resistant 3" R15 "Pink Stuff" on the sides.

Here it is stripped out, fitting the roof panels and with the interior panels re-fitted. I'n going to install a ceiling shell later, when we have installed the roof rack, roof lights, awning and ceiling fan.

The roof rack should arrive in a few weeks.
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
140 Posts
Discussion Starter #4
A set of Van Compas shock mount relocation brackets are going on tomorrow to raise the bottom of the shock mounts 2". So they will be ~3" higher with the larger rolling radius tires. I may look for a more radical solution to move the lower shock mounts level with the axle, that's for another day.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
140 Posts
Discussion Starter #5
Got the Van Compass shock relocation brackets installed. It results in ~2" off additional clearance between the bottom of the shock and the ground and raises them usefully higher than the bottom of the rear diff housing. The photos show the drivers side installed and the passenger side diss-assembled but not yet cut.
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
140 Posts
Discussion Starter #6
It was my first good look at the underside of a Transit. I was really impressed with how much room there is under the floor to add stuff like tanks, generators, auxiliary heaters, tool boxes, gun safes etc.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
140 Posts
Discussion Starter #8
A few of my boards in my van
Nice where do you sail?

I am just getting back on the water after a couple of years off, while I was working out of State. I sail mostly in the SF Bay, launching from His Lordships and Pt Isabel.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
29 Posts
Did you trim the wheel wells / bumper? I just got back to Portland from Quigley with the same exact van, and am saving for that same tire combo... nice choice!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
140 Posts
Discussion Starter #10
Did you trim the wheel wells / bumper? I just got back to Portland from Quigley with the same exact van, and am saving for that same tire combo... nice choice!
Sorry for the slow response. Yes I trimmed the front plastics and rolled the weld seam. However, after doing it, I'm not certain it was necessary with this wheel combination.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
140 Posts
Discussion Starter #11
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.
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
140 Posts
Discussion Starter #12 (Edited)
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.
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
140 Posts
Discussion Starter #13
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!!
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
140 Posts
Discussion Starter #15
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.
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
1,432 Posts
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.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
140 Posts
Discussion Starter #17
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.
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
1,432 Posts
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.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
140 Posts
Discussion Starter #19
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.
 
1 - 20 of 45 Posts
Top