Van Project Photos

Starting here are some pictures of the van, and stuff I either built, or was in the process of building for it.

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Overall view of the interior from the side door. The bench along the wall folds down into a "twin" bed.
This is a view towards the rear area. Below that back bench are one of the 6x9 mid range speakers (seen), and two 10" sub-woofers behind the carpet. The top lits up for storage underneath.The storage (and critters) has not been very kind to the carpet...
These are the two 10" sub woofers packed in below the back bench. Behind those you can barely see one of the mid-range 6x9's
This is the small desk area on the other side of the rear (by the side door. Behind this is an area where the main stero head unit, radio receivers and TV are located. Above are storage cabinets.
This is the drivers compartment. It is still very much under construction. The instrument panel is transplanted from a Pontiac 6000 and has full gauges, lots of indicator lights, and most important, lights up red. To the right above the engine is another gauge panel for the "important stuff" ( Sun Oil press, water temp, trans temp and oil temp)
An overall view of the front overhead console from the rear.
This is the overhead console between the two front seats. The panels are the same as a/c panels and the engraved legends light up red... There are some missing as not all of it has been built yet. The four here are (From back) interior lighting, power controls, servo controls, and a partially complete exterior lighting panel). At the front is the stereo head unit - from a Pontiac 6000, not cause of the sound, but because the front panel lights up red...
This is one of the control panels in the overhead console (interior lighting, dark one is power control)
A general shot of the overhead console in the front compartment. The center area was for switch & COntrol panels. YOu can also see the two CRT monitors.
These are the 5" TV Monitors in the console above the driver. This was before LCD screens were affordable, so they are CRT monitors created from portable TV Sets. Above the monitors are the rotary controls for brightness, contrast, etc. The left one was for the computer (C-64), and the right was switchable between various cameras. A smoked glass cover goes over this area normall.
Another shot of the 2 5" TV MOnitors on the right side of the overhead console. You can see the two input selector switches and their wiring - a pain in the ... to wire & cram in here..
Every van has a CB. I spent quite a while remaking the front panel on this Radio Shack Model so the legends light up red like everything else.
The right side of the front console. SHowing the CB radio location and the power distribution terminal board.
This is the right side of the console. The terminal board in back was power distribution to the console area.
This is the pabel beside the side door. At top is the lighting controls, at bottom is an ac inverter control and outlets (1 of 2), as well as DC outlets.
This is the lighting control panel that is mounted in the side of the cabinet next to the side door.
This is the back of the lighting switch panel beside the rear door.
The rear of the control panel beside the side door.
THis is the power distribution and control area beneath the bench seat. The front cover swings down for access.
His is the left power bay below the bench. It was maimly the large power relays, buss filtering and monitoring equipment
This is the rear power area where the aux batteries connected, and contained filtering (red round thing) and monitoring bits & pieces.
The center "power bay". This controlled the configuration, charging systems and batteries, as well as status monitoring.
This is the control board for the power systems. This controlled the configuration, charging systems and batteries, as well as status monitoring.
This is the upper "termination center" behind the drivers seat. All the sides of this area swing out for access, and are covered with mostly terminal boards. Mounted on the front (right behind seat) were a few special control panels - such as alarm system. Note this is messy on purpose as I was constantly re-connecting and modifying interconnections (Between terminal boards) here. All the cabling in the van terminated here on terminal boards.
This is the upper "termination center" behind the drivers seat. All the sides of this area swing out for access, and are covered with mostly terminal boards. Mounted on the front (right behind seat) were a few special control panels - such as alarm system. Note this is messy on purpose as I was constantly re-connecting and modifying interconnections (Between terminal boards) here. All the cabling in the van terminated here on terminal boards.
This is the lighting control relay panel in the bottom equipment bay. I tended to lay a lot of things out in "breadboard" fashion as the whole point was to be able to modify everything.
This is the equipment "bay" below the tower behind the drivers seat. Mounted in here right now is the lighting relay and control panel. The cables are for two other assemblies (communications & servo control).
This is a swing out panel for the rear electrical distribution. the area below this is where the AUX batteries were mounted in an enclosed area. The little switch panel here is for things like the air compressor and jump start relay.
This is the equipment "bay" below the tower behind the drivers seat. Mounted in here right now is the lighting relay and control panel. The cables are for two other assemblies (communications & servo control).
This is another shot of the rear distribution area.
This is another shot of the inverters mounted to the back of the panel at the front of the bench seat. The two in the foreground supply 28VDC. The three grey ones behind that are aircraft 400hz static inverters modified to 12 volts.
This is an overall shot of the inverters mounted to the back of the panel at the front of the bench seat, and the stereo amps mounted to the rear wall. In between was storage..
This is another shot of the inverters mounted to the back of the panel at the front of the bench seat. The two in the foreground supply 28VDC. The three grey ones behind that are aircraft 400hz static inverters modified to 12 volts.
Overall view of the stereo amp mounting in the rear of the under bench compartment. 2 1200 watt power amps, a 300 watt power amp for the front speakers, active crossover and caps on the AMP inputs.
A photo of the stiffening caps and their mounting. This was the '90 before these were popular in car stereos. They are actually .7 farad electrolytic caps from an old computer power supply with a separate connection right at the power amp DC input.
This is another shot of the stiffening cap mounting. This was the '90 before these were popular in car stereos. They are actually .7 farad electrolytic caps from an old computer power supply with a separate connection right at the power amp DC input.
One of the 2 large power amps. These are 600 watt dual channel. Each unit is bridged to drive each stereo channel midrange & bass. The subs had a passive crossover till I could afford more amplifiers...
One of the 2 large power amps. These are 600 watt dual channel. Each unit is bridged to drive each stereo channel midrange & bass. The subs had a passive crossover till I could afford more amplifiers...
This is the amp for the front compartment midrange (in the doors) and tweeters.
Active Crossover mounted between the two large power amps
This is the unit that goes on top in the front. The lights are retractable and "steerable - left/right/up/down. (Fog lights still being used for testing, but would be driving lights). In the center is a platform that raises up 8 inches out of the framework (under construction). This is where I intended to mount a camera,,,
This is the rear wing. The trailing edge is 1/4" nylon that lights up red/green/blue or a mixture. The lights are inside the wing.
This is the rear wing with the top trailing edge skin removed to show the lights mounted in the trailing edge.
Inside of the wing showing the colored light positions
Another view of the inside of the wing showing the lights
This is the rear. At the top is where the wing goes in between the brackets. The actuator is actually inside mounted to the roof.
This is the left wing mounting on the top rear, At the front is a retractable antenna mount. (Well, rotates forward & down)
This is the right wing mounting on the top of the rear. In the middle is a red marker light bar.
This is the left side of the engine.
This is the right side of the engine... You can see where the plug wires have been chewed :-(

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