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Old 12-18-2016, 02:26 PM   #471
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Is it a Cold Air Intake system?
During the winter months I would assume so...
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Old 12-18-2016, 04:26 PM   #472
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Is it a Cold Air Intake system?
As cold as the air is coming from behind the fender and a few holes in the core support...
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Old 12-26-2016, 05:34 PM   #473
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Hood latch relocation day. The intercooler's massiveness forced me into a situation of "find another latch" or "move the stock latch". I chose move the stock latch because it didn't require cutting into the hood, only minor surgery to the upper core support. Using pieces I cut out of the van already and some of the core support itself, I got the shape to look like it is supposed to be that way. Some reinforcements and finishing left to do before it goes off to powdercoating but I'm happy about the outcome. I just need to cut the striker on the hood down a little bit and it will work like stock. It's kind of funny to me that there's actually enough room under the hood to pull this off.




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Old 12-28-2016, 03:48 PM   #474
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For some reason I got a little side-tracked today but the result has me super stoked at the time I'll now save not having to deal with this anymore.

The APPS (Accelerator Pedal Position Sensor) that comes in the van is similar to yet worlds apart from the APPS for the Cummins. They are both made by Hella, both share the same connector but the mounting surface to pedal angle is WAY off. Enough that I've been dreading the goofy bracket I'd have to make in order to put the pedal in a comfortable position. Not to mention that I should really have the the seat and flooring at least simulated in the van while I make the bracket so I know it will clear what it needs to. I was pretty much leaving this as one of the last items on the list because I just wasn't excited about dealing with it.

Well...today I was messing around with the ECM on the bench and I thought, "I wonder if the Ford pedal will drive the throttle position monitor on my diagnostic tool? Nope. Won't do it. But wait a second... The portion of the APPS that houses the pedal pivot and the electronics looks very similar to the RAM truck APPS. Let's potentially destroy two $80 parts to see if we can just swap pedal arms..." (actual internal dialogue from earlier).

See, they're close but not close (RAM truck part on left, Ford van on the right). The shape of the pedal is way different but the housing and electronics look like they're related. (pay no attention to the broken clip on the housing)



and then I discover an F*** YES moment!



All the internal parts are the same! I swapped pedal arms, reassembled then hooked up to the ECM. Works like a charm. Full sweep of the APPS (0.00%-100.00%) on my screen and hours saved not having to make a bracket for an oddly shaped Chrysler part. So now I just bolt the pedal in place in the factory location and it will look and feel like the original.

Taking this factory look Cummins swap to a whole new level!
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Old 12-28-2016, 05:20 PM   #475
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Sweet. Always nice when something you dread doing turns out to be easy.
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Old 12-28-2016, 08:03 PM   #476
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The Devil is in the Details. Nice to get a little lucky here and there!


What's in there that drives the signal?
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Old 12-31-2016, 06:02 PM   #477
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Well... My last post of 2016. The "Year of the Van" has been pretty crazy for us. I really did try to have this Cummins van up and running before the New Year but life and paying bills just got in the way. I can't complain one bit though! After I lost my job, working on vans turned out to be the best option for me. I get to do something I love and make a living at the same time. I've also met some truly awesome people through this community and continue to make great connections as our little business grows. I consider myself to be very lucky!

2017 will be full of some challenging (but super fun) projects. The Cummins van will be wrapping up early in the year, pop tops coming out soon after and of course we pick up our new Transit in early February for more product development fun. I can't predict the future but I have a great feeling about the opportunities that lie ahead. Many thanks to you all for reading my build thread, buying the products I've designed and entrusting me with your vans for custom work! Without you, this family business doesn't exist.

I'll be revealing a new website soon that will detail out our plans moving forward. We have a pretty ambitious set of goals but a van load of confidence in our abilities and tremendous optimism for the future of this industry.

Happy New Year everyone! Be safe!
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Old 12-31-2016, 06:40 PM   #478
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Happy New Year to you & yours! I have to say you're a truly talented, inspiring and gifted individual Michael. Here's to an amazing 2017 for you & all your mind blowing projects. Cheers ~ Mark


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Many thanks to you MG, in the short time I have been here you've been a big help to me and many others slugging away at our home builds and managing all the details. Your Cummins project has shown us that anything is possible and serves as a huge inspiration to anyone willing to to go for it on any level really.

Can't wait to see what you have in store for 2017.

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Happy New Year to you and your family MG, and wishing you a great year with your new venture.

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