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windguy last won the day on February 24

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  1. New to TC and new to forums

    great job. thanks for sharing.
  2. check out this older thread http://fordtransitconnectforum.com/topic/3191-rear-license-plate-mounting/
  3. Cargo Mat for Van Models

    no, I didn't. I didn't like the soft spongy feeling of the mat so I added a sheet of 1/2" or so ext grade plywood and then adding carpet from Home Depot. Same carpet I used for my hanging rack. I primed and painted the plywood first and then used Weldon's adhesive to hold the carpet to the plywood. On the sides, I wrapped the carpet around the edges and under a few inches so it has a nice finished look. In the back, I let the carpet run a little longer to create a flap. It's held up pretty well the last two years but I do add a tarp in the back half because of sand and water splashing.
  4. Interior panels added

    I would have liked to have surfed back in the 60's when the waves were empty, so I've heard. below is a close-up of the hanging rack, used to store my windsurfing sails and masts up and out of the way. perfect storage solution for me. windsurfing boards and surfboards below for easy access. The TC is the perfect surf mobile for my needs. couldn't be happier with the utility of the van.
  5. with this new forum, I just tried to insert a pic from my Gallery, but had problems doing so. When you select INSERT OTHER MEDIA and select INSERT EXISTING ATTACHMENT, then GALLERY IMAGES, the first page of gallery images is posted, I have four pages of gallery images. There is a button in the lower right labeled INSERT SELECTED. There is also an X in the upper right to close this gallery window that takes you back to your post. But if you tab to other pages in your gallery, the INSERT SELECTED option and X exit option aren't shown and so you can't select an image to post nor navigate back to your original post. If you go back to the first page of gallery images, those options are no longer displayed as well. thanks
  6. thanks for sharing your build. so far looks good.
  7. Interior panels added

    @tcconvert - that's what great about these vans, each owner can customize the box to their own needs. See attached pic I'm in agreement that it's nice to have your add-ons easily removable when you need the space for hauling. I recently removed my hanging rack in order to move a family member. This van is excellent for that purpose. You can stuff a lot of items inside and the interior dimensions seem ideal. I couldn't be happier with the van's utility. Pickups cab be more cushy in the cab area, but IMHO the ride is very bumpy compared to the smooth ride of the TC. I took a road trip in a friend's Silverado and it took me a while to get used to the constant road vibration from the stiff suspension. My TC has no added insulation or paneling so I pick up a lot of noise. I just turn the radio up louder to compensate
  8. a dealer enrolled with an auto buying service either pays a flat yearly fee or a per vehicle fee. But, it doesn't matter what the dealer pays for the van or how much they make on it, all that matters is if you are satisfied with how much you pay for the van and the process of buying it. how much time are you willing to invest in the buying process and at what cost. That's a personal decision. Best of luck and please share your experience.
  9. Interior panels added

    thanks - I thought those threaded insert, which were used for seat belts, are all metric - perhaps a T50. I plan on using those inserts as well at some point so was curious to know the exact size and thread type. For my needs, I'd like to put a storage cabinet on each side if feasible. Don't think I've ever used the rear window washers. Those rear windows sure do get dirty though.
  10. @buckethead - thanks for posting pics of your mods. Are you using the open area behind the seats for storage? It appears like you have that covered up in your last pic. any new mods to share since July?
  11. Interior panels added

    thanks for sharing. very nice job - looks great! what size metric bolts did you use? regarding that cable bundle in the upper right corner of your pic - right rear of the van, I snagged that thing the other day since I attach a bungee in that cutout. I wonder why this bundle couldn't be run behind through the framing. didn't look at it very closely but sure would be better if this was tucked out of the way.
  12. thanks for posting about how to adjust the lights. this has been on my To Do list since I got the van. As the days are getting shorter again, I keep thinking about needing to do this. the high beams and fog lights are great but I can't see very well with regular beams and I love the how the lights project to the sides when turning the wheel.
  13. Hit by Lightening at 60 mph

    @osco - thanks for sharing your experience. what a story, amazing!! glad you are on the mend and your TC will be driveable again. I think you used up a few coupons surviving this force of nature. This is a case of being unlucky and lucky at the same time. Go figure. I assume no one wants to carpool with you any more please keep us posted on how the repairs go. stay well!
  14. thanks for posting. heard about this on the news on Friday and was wondering about it.
  15. if you belong to Costco, then try their auto buying program. I was very satisfied doing this. I used that to buy my 2015 TC that was factory ordered. I got the van for dealer invoice ($100 less) and there is no haggling or negotiating, which takes the stress out of buying the van. Costco will assign you a dealer that's in the program based on your zip code. If you don't like that dealer or it's not convenient to get to, call Costco and they will assign you another dealer. I did that because the first one was closer mileage wise but not driving time wise. You will get your pricing via email and then if you want you can take that to another dealer to see if you they will match or beat it, if you prefer going elsewhere. I would first build the van using Ford's website to see what options you want. Other sites like Edmunds will provide MSRP and dealer invoice pricing so you will have an idea of what pricing will be. If you don't belong to Costco, there are other buying services that I've heard are comparable. Check AAA if you have a membership. Good Luck!