The Making of a Chase Vehicle *LOTS OF PICS WARNING*

Dec 18, 2003
Lubbock, TX
EDIT: I realize I left this thread sorta hanging with the van not "finished". Due to ST moving the board to StormTrack X2 and the thread getting stuck in the archives, I sorta lost the motivation to finish it. Then when ST moved to Invision Board it broke all the image tags in the thread, which pretty much ruined the whole thread. The thread was way too long to go back and try and edit all of those to fix it sooo......

I will be recreating the chase vehicle buildup on my personal website. Once that is done, I will post a link to it here (if I am still able once the board is frozen, nonetheless you will be able to find it linked on I have deleted all my other posts in this thread since they are broke, they really no longer serve their purpose.
Facinating read! I love vehicle fabrication stuff, and you seem to be doing a superb job. Very pro looking. I probably would never go to such lengths in my own truck, but I still like seeing mods.....Keep em coming! :)
Chase Vehicle


Thanks for the indepth coverage of your vehicle!

I've been thinking about using one of those TV antennas on my vehicle as well, however in my case I might setup something more temporary. I normally move the spare tire to my roof when I go on a trip (it usually sits in the rear area of my Grand Cherokee); I was thinking of a setup that would place the TV antenna on top of the spare tire, mounted in some fashion that would allow quick removal if necessary. Seeing that you and others have had good success with these types of antennas then the decision is a bit easier for me.

Keep up the good work, I'll be looking forward to seeing what comes next!

Sorry about the setback. However, this is absolutely the best thread I have ever read on any internet forum. It's better than prime time TV, or even (dare I say it) Oprah. :wink:

No kidding, this is a real education and it really demonstrates your dedication and talent to chasing. Everyone here is learning from this thread.

Take lots of pictures and keep good notes and documantation so when it all done, you can write a book, get it published, and buy a brand new Van with the profits.

Keep it coming.
One cosmetic issue that was bothering me, was that during the repairs from the accident, they replaced the passenger side headlight, so I had one nice new headlight, and one headlight with lots of oxidation that looked like crap. My solution, rather than buying a new replacement for the driver's side at nearly $200 was to use some plastic cleaner and buff out the old light.
was wondering what type of buffer you used to do this?i have the cleaning liquid,but don't know what type of buffing pad to use.
Excellent thread! However, my poor dial-up connection really struggled trying to load all those pics. Hehe. Nice work and thanks for sharing.
This is like a great mini-series!

How will he wire all this stuff up without blowing up the van? What will be done about the trim and headliner? Will the van be ready for the first chase?

I'm eatin' popcorn David, waiting for the next episode.....
Agreed Sheila!

This thread is much like one of those shows you see on Home and Garden TV where they show you a project from beginning to completion.

Of course there is one major difference: This thread is interesting, whereas those HGTV shows are not. Hehe.
Wow! :shock:
Thats totally amazing! Too bad I dont know enough about cars to make my own vehicle.
Keep up the good work!
Again, Bravo for an excellent article!

I will be particularly interested in your experience with the monitor in the dash, especially the plexiglas cover; I was anticipating a similar protective cover for another screen, but was wondering how the glare will work out; LCD panels usually have a "matte" finish to prevent glare, but the plexiglas is quite reflective. I was thinking of somehow taking the glare down a notch or two with some very fine abrasive, but I might just try it first without it.

This article should be preserved somehow; were you considering archiving it somewhere on your site or elsewhere?
very nice david ;) this is a pretty cool thread.. just been watching it and stuff... cant wait to see it finished :D

catch ya later.