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  1. sKiZo

    2012 Ford Transit Van

    I'd love to see a pic of the older cargo van with the false floor removed. I've popped the roof on my 2011, but wouldn't mind a bit more headroom to stretch.
  2. Sure you need a heater? Been here in Michigan for decades and never found a need for one on any of my vehicles, both cast iron and aluminum blocks. Just make sure you have fresh antifreeze, flush the system every now and then, and have the proper 50/50 mix. Keep the battery charged up as it may crank a little slow when it gets down to zero ... PS ... does this look like a block heater? Not sure as it was there when I purchased the van. There's also an inverter installed and I was thinking it might have something to do with that.
  3. I use a tray I picked up at the local farm and fleet for groceries and small stuff. A couple strips of dense foam tape on the bottom keeps it from sliding around. PS ... there's plenty of room for a couple of these trays if you're planning on a lot of groceries or odds and ends.
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    Wheel nuts what and where do you buy

    What's the wheel offset on the Volvo rims as opposed to stock? Thickness of the rim at the holes? You're inviting all sorts of issues if you drive it like that.
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    Typical Mileage

    The core delivery system for natural gas (LNG) is already in place or available in half the homes here in the states. Conversion kits for vehicles and home recharge kits are available. Some LNG suppliers even offer discounts and installation. Then again, no idea what would happen if you were traveling, but I assume any conversion would be able to use different gas types commercially available.
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    Typical Mileage

    ... and speaking of Tesla ... wonder if anyone's still playing with wireless"broadcast" power? Seems to me there were hopes of running entire cities with that ... Then again, with all the objections to having a cell tower in the neighborhood, I imagine seeing one of these pop up next door would tend to p!ss off a lot of folk. <G>
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    Typical Mileage

    Not to mention what to do with the mountains of dead batteries created since we went electric ... Fun fact - right now, less than 5% of the lithium ion batteries used are recycled. Costs to recover are just too great to be economically feasible. That leaves about 900 pounds of hazardous waste heading for the landfill every time a vehicle is repacked, which is on average every five years or 60K miles ...
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    Typical Mileage

    Depends - estimates are that most of these systems MIGHT save you maybe 5% on fuel, but the tradeoff is more expensive repairs and additional wear and tear on the premium components used. Most of the starter motors themselves are larger, with larger batteries to boot, so you're not doing much to improve the environmental bootprint either. I also wonder how much raw gas gets dumped down the pipe every time the feature cycles ... (Not to mention the aggravation of people like me telling you your motor stalled every time you come to a corner.) <G> I'll pass ...
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    Different Cargo Dimensions?

    ** Not seeing anything for the older TCs at the links provided. I had the roof bumped up on a 2011 with good results.The new top adds about a foot, and height was around 54" without. Few other mods so far on what's still a work in progress. I was gonna get fancy with steps and such (notice the step bumper on the rear doors, but decided to go with a portable for the side door. Not much weight, 350 pound capacity, sturdy with no wobble, and just pick it up and toss it inside when not in use. The two stepper is perfect for splitting the height up to the cargo floor. I'll be adding a couple grips once I get the "kitchen" and storage unit installed. Six foot tall, so I still have to hunch over a bit, but I can actually walk into the thing now. Mine came with a two piece cargo wall, so I just removed the section behind the drivers seat so I'll be able to fold that forward for a bit more sleeping room. Left the passenger side cargo wall in place as it's handy for the already mounted inverter and such. Total length from the rear doors to the back of the drivers seat set all the way back is around 70 inches. Width is four feet between the wheel wells, and about 57" wall to wall. Yes, you DO need to get creative when setting it up, but there's a lot of different options, and lots of ideas from other folk who've converted them over the years. My plan is to just use it for a weekend solo camper, so it should work fine, and I figure it'd be good for a couple if you're extremely friendly.
  10. I seriously doubt it's the PCM ... I'd be looking for either a short or other problem with the harness. Maybe even just a dirty connection.
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    Hello from Minnesota

    I was driving this back when working for Ford during the "Japanese Invasion" ... Used to scare the bejesuz out of Datsuns and such when I pulled up behind them.
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    Backup camera recommendations

    The Metra camera I used has a bendable stalk that's easy enough to adjust for center. Not much, as the camera location is only a few inches away from the stock setup. About $30 with excellent night vision.
  13. Wonder if that might be a similar issue that I had with my Oldsmobile Aurora. The "smart stalk" on that one is known to have corrosion issues that can cause all sorts of weirdness with flashing lights and whatever. GM wanted several hundred to replace it, but I was able to get inside the column and use some DeOxit cleaner on all the contacts - no problem since.
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    Backup camera recommendations

    My stock system had issues, and I'd been wanting to upgrade the factory radio, and I'd been thinking of a GPS ... so I got all three. Replaced the stock radio with an integrated double din head that has it all. Camera is a Metra unit that just mounts to the license plate holder. Works nice! The head also does the thumb drive thing so I can just load up a few hundred favorite tunes for trips. My only complaint is going with a somewhat cheaper head (Boss Audio) that could use a bit more contrast for better visibility in daylight. I found a shield that clips into the CD slot that helps a lot there, but still looking for an anti glare screen cover that actually works. The one I got is useless shite. PS ... stock backup camera is still in the TC. The mirror has a light on it to show it's powered, but nothing there. I hope to eventually get it working again, and just make it active all the time for a rear view mirror kinda thang. I did install windows in the back doors that help a LOT, but I still wouldn't mind the camera for extra visibility. Just picked up a replacement camera (the stock type that is also the license plate light) but haven't got around to swapping it in yet.
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    2010 FTC Seat Replacements

    Sure it's not just you? Took me forever to figure out how to adjust mine, but right happy with it now ... tricky one was the height adjustment - whooda thunk you gotta pump it up??
  16. Recently purchased a 2011 TC with hopes of doing some overnight camping down the road. Was a time I'd have done this work myself, but too old and decrepit for that now. Found a friend of a friend who likes to do custom work (couldn't find a body shop that would touch it), tracked down the parts, and let him have at it. Short list of parts: - Fiberine full length one foot topper - Slider windows - Universal retractable side step - Aries step up bumper - MaxxAir roof fan Here's the original concept I photoshopped from stock pics off the web. Nothing to scale, but it did give a good sense of what I wanted to see when it's done. This uses an actual pic from the dealership's online ad. Vehicle already has a nice 1K inverter and dual battery system for going off grid, and is in excellent condition with 70K on it. And here we are a week later with the real deal. Stopped by today to take a peak, and lots of progress: I ordered the Fiberine topper with the extra wood reinforcement inside the glass shell. Lot stronger, and better for attaching headliners and such. I was expecting maybe some blocking here and there, but they gave it the full monty ... So far, no complaints - the guy does really nice work, especially considering that it's a first. He's mostly custom racers and resto-rods, but figured why not - always ready for something new. Asked today if he'd do one of these again, and it was ... not a chance! Took four men and a chain hoist to get that roof on there, and plan is to leave that for the younger guys. Anyway - been planning this project for several months now - good to see it actually happening!
  17. Neither one of those steps would work for me as I have enough problem with a standard 7" step. What I liked about the double step I got ... steps at 7" and 14" and then about 20" floor height ... perfect! I was able to walk up inside easy enough with the steps, and backed out and down without hurting myself. (Don't know if I mentioned it or not, but recent amputee here, and full reconstruction on the remaining leg, plus a replacement shoulder, all from a vehicle accident, so I have ... issues ... which I'm hoping the van will address.) Also looking into a folding hand rail but not sure how to mount that. Shouldn't be a problem once I get my kitchen/shelving unit built ... Speaking of which ... playing around in photoshop again. I took the original shelving unit out as that's just too bulky and didn't lay out right for my liking. This one would fit between the side and rear doors. PS ... already figured out the watch for low decks thing. Hospital parking lot tops out at 7 feet, and I guess they're not kidding. They're nice enough to have a plastic bumper hanging down before you hit the concrete, so I backed out as soon as I heard the thonk. Bit of a scratch is all.
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    Fuelling the Air conditioning

    Vent wings help a lot ... cuts down on the wind dramatically and also nice visors for low sun. Also handy for venting the vehicle when parked and keeping the weather out as well. They just press fit into the window channels. I put em on all my vehicles.
  19. BREATHING KILLS!! How about warning labels and directions on fresh meat?? Seems to me, somebody too dumb to know how meat works should kinda leave it to someone else, eh.
  20. Made arrangements today for a local boat repair to do some fiberglass work on the roof to add a box mount for an air conditioner. Bit tricky as there's some crown to the existing roof. Plan is to go with a Coleman Mach 3. Small footprint at 80 pounds and also has an option to add a heater coil. Should be interesting to see how that works out. ... And ya, I'm sure it could fly off and kill somebody, - just don't follow me too close. Also got the steps in today. Right sturdy, and a whole lot less work than any disappearing stairs, not to mention a whole lot cheaper. Just the thing for us aging gimps ... High Country Plastics Trailer, RV Entry Step
  21. At least they were kind enough to put it on blocks instead of just dropping it to the ground ... ** Wonder if the guvmint is ever gonna require RFID tracking on cement blocks like they do with explosives and such? Of course, that would just make stealing concrete blocks that much more attractive to the shady crews doing this sort of thing.
  22. Gloom! Doom! Brought to you by the same people who probably figure we need seat belts on bar stools ...
  23. I gotta think they just filled a boat up with that stuff and sent it back to Turkey for "recycling" into the next batch of "wagons" coming over ...
  24. Aha! Thanx for that ... I'll be able to sleep nights now ... <G> Mine already had the third brake light on the roof. Wonder if the cutout is still there for a Euro version, or they were just too cheap to retool the die for the door ... same thing like the glued in panels instead of windows I suppose.
  25. Here's what's left of my cargo wall ... Converting it to an RV so didn't really need it. Mine came in two pieces, so driver's side was removed, and visibility greatly improved by cutting out the waffle section at the top of the other side. Nice place to mount the inverter and a fire extinguisher. Anyone want the driver's side half? Pay the shipping and it's yours! (of course, we're talking about 100 pounds.) <G>