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  1. OK, I just confirmed, based on my VIN, that my van does not have a fuel filter. There's a "sock" (filter), as they call it, attached to the fuel pump, inside the fuel tank. Now I'm thinking the part in the picture is a fuel pressure regulator. The electrical plug suggests that it would send a signal to the computer if the pressure dropped below a certain level.
  2. My crappy little owners manual does specifically state that the van has a fuel filter, it just says to replace it at 90,000 miles. Problem is, when I call my local auto parts store, or even the Ford dealer, neither of them can find it in their systems. O'Rileys said it was "non-serviceable" and thought that it was in the tank (doesn't mean it's non-serviceable), and the dealer couldn't find any mention of it at all. It's likely the useless little manual that comes with the van, doesn't distinguish between diesel and gas models, and just covers everything that "might" have been installed in the vehicle from the factory. I did find this little object on the passenger side firewall, behind the foil heat shield. It has fuel lines attached to it, along with an electrical plug, but it seems far too small to be a fuel filter. I described the part to the dealer, but they didn't know what it was. It has the numbers PA66-GF33 stamped all over it. I called the dealer back with that part number, but it didn't help. When I called the dealer, I spoke with a different person, and they couldn't find it either, saying that maybe it was part of the fuel pump. Does anybody know what this part is?
  3. Oil Change

    I'm glad I found this thread. I couldn't find the oil change intervals in my owners manual and was going to change the oil/filter on my '10 TC today. Then I found my maintenance records and saw that my last oil change was only 4,000 miles ago. I'm glad I read the replies here before going outside and crawling under the van. Looks like I can wait another 3,500 miles.
  4. Well, it's happened. The driver's side door, which has been giving me the same grief as the passenger door did since replacing that latch, has started unlocking itself now. I just ordered another $335 door latch from the Ford dealer. My local auto wreckers won't sell me just the latch. They want me to buy the entire door, and that's more expensive than a new latch. It would also result in my installing a used latch of questionable reliability. I hate to throw so much money at a problem that I don't really know the cause of, but at this point it seems like the next-best step before having a comprehensive diagnostic run ($140) to see if they can find the "real problem".. Does anyone know if there's a module for the doors, somewhere between the doors themselves and the main computer? If the new latch doesn't fix the problem, and I fear it might not, that would seem like the next place to look. ~
  5. Yeah, is this thing running yet? I wish like hell that Ford would come out with a manual from the market, available in the US. Seems like Europe gets all the good stuff.
  6. It's called Reflectix, and yes, you can find it at your local home improvement store. I picked it up at Home Depot. It's foil on both sides with bubble-wrap material in the middle. Very easy to cut into any shape you need. It's also very affordable. We don't get super cold temps in this part of California, so I don't have a lot of personal experience with cold weather insulation, but I have used it in very hot weather. It works great at keeping out the heat. The moment I pull it off the window, I feel the heat radiating off the glass that it was blocking. (If you look closely, or zoom in, you can see the little, white conduit clamps I use to support the curtain rods). (At the bottom of the picture you can see the hardwood trim I use to hang the kitchen counter / table between the rear doors).
  7. And with a minimum of weight added. That was key for this wimpy and painfully underpowered little van.
  8. Thanks! 40mm ---> https://www.americastire.com/buy-wheels/voxx-mga/p/77987 I'm still trying to figure out what to do about the extra lug bores. I'm hoping to find rubber or plastic caps, but I haven't completely ruled out just painting them black.
  9. A friend bought a house in Pebble Beach recently, I hauled pretty much all the furniture that went into it. So yeah, being able to remove the interior was a consideration for me too. I thought about using aluminum for the table supports, but getting it would have required driving several miles further than the Home Depot, where I was buying the table top material from anyway. (It was a much shorter trip from the plywood to the trim department). The kitchen counter / table weighs nothing at all, but supports anything I place on it....... which is typically food and my stove. I'm not going to try sitting on it, though. =/
  10. I wish we could get them with manual transmissions here.
  11. That's pretty cool! They look great! It's too bad Ford discontinued the design. I've never seen a TC with those caps before, and I can't even find them in a search. Maybe the pre-2010's weren't being sold on the west coast.
  12. Oh those. They look great. I considered that look, with the addition of trim rings, but my wheels didn't have the little tabs the cap hooks to. Someone said you can get center caps that attach to the lug nuts. When you said "original" I thought you meant stock. (where's the dunce smilie?)
  13. What caps did you lose? Not these? https://www.amazon.com/Hubcap-Transit-Connect-Wheel-Cover/dp/B014I98LB8/ref=sr_1_3/137-6203258-9253013?ie=UTF8&qid=1517763452&sr=8-3&keywords=ford+transit+connect+hubcaps *
  14. A quick Google search suggests that they did.
  15. Thanks, I went the minimalist route because eventually, if Chevy ever comes out with their promised, full-sized Express high-top, I plan to upgrade to a larger space. By not making the mods TC-specific, I can more easily move them to whatever vehicle / platform I like. I was against the idea of cabinets, shelving and modular kitchen slide-outs, because they tend to add a lot of unwanted weight, and the puny engine can't handle it without a huge loss of MPG. Imo, once the fuel economy drops down into the 16 - 19 MPG range, I might as well just buy a full sized van. If I'm going only going to get 19 MPG, I want power! Speaking of better fuel economy... I went with a narrower, lighter, bed because, 1) I camp alone, and 2) I wanted room to swing my legs off the bunk and onto the floor so I could more easily get dressed and eat at my table. Every time I see a huge, plywood-framed bed that takes up 100% of the usable interior, I wonder how they stand it. The shower holds 6 gallons, but in truth, much like the leaf on the bed, I rarely use it. I have a low volume shower head, so it lasts quite a while. Still, you're taking "Navy Showers", not long, lavish baths while whistling a tune; not a care in the world. Ultimately I want to attach a 12V compressor with a pressure regulator on it so I can better control it. Right now I use a compact bicycle tire pump, and while very quiet, it's somewhat less than perfectly suited for the job. If I had a little more height on the garage door, I'd get the "Road Shower" with its aluminum body ($300 - $400, depending on capacity). It's much more efficient at heating water than ABS, and it won't explode if you put too much air in it, like mine will. My shower was really just an experiment to see if I could make something decent. It's OK, but besides blowing up in my face, I worry about the pipe glue (dope) leaching into the stagnant water in the tube. I don't drink or clean dishes with the water in the shower. I've also read that ABS pipe, which is designed for sewage, not drinking water like PVC is, has a tendency to insulate the water from outside heat, even though it's black (it's usually buried). Still, it's what most people use when they build their own systems. PVC tends to crack if left in the sun. Then it becomes a real danger to its users. I completely forgot to look at Lowe's / Home Depot / OSH today for those black, rubber plugs. *