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Old 11-18-2023, 01:41 AM   #1
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E-Series for Datacom Work

I've been driving Ford vans for many years, from my EMS days in the late 80s/early 90s and then getting into datacom work a few years later (over 25 years now).
Back in July, I purchased a 2013 E-250 to replace my 2008; the new one has less than 1/2 the miles as the old one and only a fraction of the rust, which I can fix myself.

While I bought the van back in July, it's only been in the last 3 weeks that I have had time to work on it other than putting in my radio mounts back in August. The new van is great, drives nice and looks so much better. It was originally a U-Haul van, then had a couple other owners, which is funny because the 2008 had the same history.

I am really missing my radios and hoping to get them installed this weekend.

What have I done so far?
--Installed a nice stereo with CarPlay
--Installed mounting brackets for my phone, ham radio and a couple of other 2-ways that I use to listen to public safety stuff.
--Cleaned up the back floor with the grinder and wire wheel to remove some rust, cleaned it with degreaser and painted the bare metal with a rust converter.
--Put down a new subfloor with insulation on the back.
--Put down anti-slip flooring
--Started building some shelving and draws for tools and product.
--Set up an overhead system for my 8' ladder. (the orange strap you see in the photo is gone now, a better solution in place).

The van is still a work in progress, but coming along nicely. Between the wooden shelving instead of steel, and the flooring I chose, it is so much quieter on the road, which is a real plus.

To be done:
--Finish the LED interior lighting.
--Some more storage solution on the passenger side.
--Build 2 more drawers (by the way, this is the first time I've ever built drawers).
--Get all my electronic toys installed.
--Put the roof racks on so I can have my 12' ladder (putting this off till spring when it's warm enough for me to properly fix the rust where the old steel roof racks were. I have nice aluminum ones to put on from the other van).

Looking forward to browse the forum for some solutions for a couple of things I want to do.

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Old 11-18-2023, 01:43 AM   #2
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Old 11-18-2023, 04:11 AM   #3
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Welcome. Sounds like things are coming along. You mentioned a photo, but none are displayed.
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Old 11-18-2023, 06:17 AM   #4
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Swivel seat bases and a Door Talon!

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Old 11-18-2023, 09:32 AM   #5
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Thank you, I don’t know why the images are not showing up. They can be seen here, however:
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