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

very nice job david. one thing you might want to consider though... the main line where you solidered the 60 amp fuses in jsut doesnt seem the best way to go about that. sure it'll work great but what if in a freak occurence one does blow mid-chase? perhaps it has a flaw from manufacturing? who knows.... but anyway I think that you standard spade lugs will slip right onto them and are available in larger guages. if not then i'd consider going back to the junkyard and getting the fuse panel from the other van and modifying it to work for you.

I had a fuse blow mid chase before and thanksfully i had a spare on hand and it never blew again... so i could have had a bad fuse to begin with.

just something to think about.

anyway i really dig the console, looks great!
yeah no doubt you'll have a trouble free setup but ya know, just thought i'd throw that out there.

its basically the same as the fusible links used on older cars. if one blows its gotta be resoldiered anyway.

keep teh pics coming. I'll be basing in San Angelo from may 8-19 so I'll be somewhat near. I'd like to check this thing out while i'm out there
re: fuses

I just thought I would throw in here some commentary on the fuses; I used one of those AGU fuse blocks to add the extra circuits. These are the "flashy" ones you see the loud stereo guys using; the advantage is that you can easily find the fuses at most stereo shops and super centers (Circuit city) etc. These blocks make for a nice installation too and will accommodate heavy 4 or 8 ga wires.

David, how's the van coming along? I've thoroughly enjoyed this thread btw... looking forward to seeing the images when it is completed.

I can't wait to see more.. I've been following this build since day 1. Once I get my act together and get ahold of some money, I'm going to try and build something along the lines of your setup.

A+++ thread! :D
One thing I am enjoying in this thread is the level of detail you go into and the pictures! While I am probably not doing the exact same mods, I can pick up ideas and some suggestions when modifying the van I use.

One question - you mounted the LCD screen in the van (looks great BTW) - what do you plan to use it for? GPS/moving map? WxWorx? Wifi and internet?

Thanks again!

Hey david, A little idea for ya I came up with while looking at one of the pics of the console... You might want to consider some sort of false top that covers the radios but has a lip around the bottom to stand it off abit so its not actually contacing the radios. This should deter some prying eyes in motel parking lots.

just a suggestion. Good luck with whatever ya got let to do. it looks great.
I don't think there really is a van personally. I think Dave simply hooked us all on his project like a drug dealer giving out freebies. Then he's going to want us to pay $13.95 to see the last article.