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About sKiZo

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  1. Wanna have some fun? Talking to the proud owner of one of these, I happened to mention ... "Nice ... but I have a real one." and showed him a pic of my '69 Mach One ... <G>
  2. Huh - wouldna thought that would be an issue with closed cell foam. Wonder if pre-treating the surfaces with a couple coats of spray PlastiDip would prevent that sort of thing? I've seen folk paint their cars with the stuff and just peel it off when they want a new look, with no damage to the original surface. Personally sprayed several sets of wheels over the years and it's held up well, with no rust or bubbling. Bonus - the plastidip would allow you to remove the foam if you had to for body work and such.
  3. Older topic I know, but I have a 2011 TC with carpets and no mat pins, and just added a set of carpet mats. Those have a so called "stay put" cleats, but they pretty much slide all over the place. The new mats DO have the holes in them for the mat pins. Wonder if some of the aftermarket pins could be installed? I've seen some nylon ones that just screw into the carpeting, but they look kinda flakey. These Eagle Claw Clips look interesting - just stomp them into the carpet ... Better ideas? My next plan of attack would be to get a set of Weathertech mats - pricey, but they look like they have a fairly deep well that should help keep then where they belong? My only complaint would be they do look a lot more industrial than the carpets. Still might be nice up here in cold country. Experience?
  4. I'd think the low pressure tire warning would indicate that the rims were replaced and the correct pressure sensors weren't installed? Or one of the OEM sensors is defective? $20-30 each - a piece of black tape over the light's a lot cheaper. <G>
  5. I was taking a lot of notes as I watched Jay Droeger's build video ... looks like a relatively easy build, and has some pretty slick ideas to maximize space with easy setup. One change I might make is to split the slider into thirds to make it more flexible for seating and setting up the bed for the night. Maybe put the kitchen section on heavy duty drawer slides so it can be slid out the door when weather permits. Part of the grand plan is to add an awning over that door anyway which should keep things dry if the wind cooperates ...
  6. Do Polymethylenepolyphenyl polyisocyanate, polypropyleneglycol copolymer isomers and homologues count? <G> Wondering why the warning ... same sort of stuff they use to insulate refrigerators nowadays. There's certainly aerosol danger when it's fresh, but the low expansion stuff is basically inert once it sets. It'll go brittle if exposed to moisture, but that's about it. Open all the doors and ventilate with a fan and I figure that would minimize any exposure hazard.
  7. Duly noted are comments on the tires ... low noise rubber seems to have the best bang for reducing interior noise.. Oft overlooked, products like dynamat not only block sound, but they deaden vibrations in the metal it's applied to. The better the adhesion, the more damping, and the better the results. I use a rubber roller to make sure it's stuck tight. Trade off there is, it ain't never coming off. Also wondering if anyone's tried the low expansion foam from the local hardware store for the frame members of the doors and sides? Seems to me those could make pretty good echo chambers if ignored. And ... if a lot of the noise is due to the front suspension, maybe a couple layers of old school rustproofing in the wells would be a good thing? Seems to me there's still some shops that still spray it professionally.
  8. What to look for when buying?

    Can't help you much with the tips and tricks as I'm also a new owner, but I'd been looking at the TC for a while before pulling the trigger. In any case, here I am, and here you are, and welcome aboard!
  9. I'm sKiZo, and my favorite color is blue ...

    OK - I'm done! (In photoshop anyway) <G> Exterior mods will (hopefully) include a raised roof, steps for the side doors, and some slider windows for ventilation. Solar panels and a FanTastic fan on top. Interior is still up for debate, but I got a good idea how I want that to go ...
  10. Old post I know, but ... Was thinking of using horse stall mats in the rear to deaden noise in my 2011 TC Cargo. Heavy stuff, so it should also stay in place by itself. Plans here for an overnight camping setup, and I imagine I could even bolt the bed and such into the mats using fender washers for reinforcement - they're 5/8" thick and quite sturdy. That would eliminate the need for a plywood deck, and carpeting would be optional as it's a great insulator. 4x6 foot sections around $30 at the local farm and fleet.
  11. Madweevil says hello

    Already stole your idea for the center console/armrest ... <G>
  12. Saw a 2011 Transit Connect XLT for sale, test drove it, and thought "this could be nice!" - drove it home that day. High hopes for converting it into an overnite camper - I've seen some interesting plans and pics here and there that lead me to believe it could work for me. It's a panel van (no rear glass) and it already has a 1000 watt inverter and dual battery system installed. As is, I expect I could just jam my Aerobed in the back and do take out until I get further along in the build. Final results (hopefully) will include a convertible couch/bed, storage, and a mini kitchen with water and stove, as well as a porta potty for emergencies. Install slider windows in the rear doors and sides for ventilation, and a fan-tastic fan in the roof. The inverter is already rigged for solar, so a couple panels for keeping the batteries topped off as well. And speaking of roofs - already looking into popping the top for additional headroom. Should be a fun project!