Budget, cash flow, cash flood as of 10/4/2019

SEMA Show
Sema Show, the best & craziest place to see what is new the auto world

This isn’t some magical logo that results in parts and free labor flying in to save your project. Usually, this is what gets burned into your wallet as all the little things you forgot to add up along with all the time and labor to blow your budget out of the water.

Oh and that assumes you even started with a budget and not something along the lines of “hey it would be cool to build XXX for SEMA”.

This will be a living document that I try to update as I go along so check back often. I will do my best to include real invoices, real quotes and as much as possible all the little things that usually escape these types of articles but really add up.

Here are the dirty details in case you don’t want to read about each item, remember there is an additional cost to a project like fuel, meals, hotels, rental cars, and such….but I will keep those off the Van list. I will list what I actually paid and if there was any discount:

  • $34k Van : 2019 Ford Transit 130 RB LR 3.5 ecoboost
  • $14k Sportsmobile colar matched poptop & more
  • $???k Quadvan 4wd conversion getting everything they have 🙂
  • $3k Alumiess front bumper
  • $600 Extreme Outback Endura compressor (x2), tank and all the bits
  • $270 ARB X-Jack
  • $560 MaxxTrax (4 red board & mounting pins) 20% disc
  • $2550 Van Compass tuned rear Fox resi shocks, storage box, bump stops, grab handles, ditch light brackets, front Bilstein struts
  • $ Vehicle Graphics
  • $788 Method 701 (x5) & lug nuts w/ shipping (50% disc)
  • $ Rock Solid Products custom roof rack and panel inserts and more
  • $ Tires, mount & balance
  • $ TBD Lightforce LED lights (price depends on how much I help them)
  • $ TBD Mile Marker winch (price depends on how much I help them)
  • $110 Winch cradle for rec’r hitch, out of stock at Mile Marker
  • $800 Northern Arizona Wind & Sun solar panel and misc bits
  • $1034 Heatshield Products (if I get the right media coverage 100% refund possible)
  • $ Misc circuit breakers, wire, zip ties, loom and more
  • $ Plus nuts for interior mounting options
  • $ L-track
  • $ TBD Rollercam straps of all kinds (price depends on how much I help)
  • $ TBD SafeJack Rennstands, Bottle Jack, Jack plate (price depends on how much I help them)
  • $ 7P International Recovery Ring/Soft Shackle (10% disc)
  • $ Paint for fab work
  • $ Glue, panel & vinyl for interior
  • $1500 Scheel-man driver/pass seats (demo units at disc)
  • $ 700 Fridge (NIB off craigslist, but I would still like a partner on that)
  • $ Owl Vans Rear tire carrier and Sherpa panel
  • $ TBD 23Zero Peregrine 270deg awning & walls (price depends on help)
  • $ TBD Racechip Tuning setup (price depends on how much I help)
  • $59,912 total so far

The Van itself……On the Ford Transit Forum I came across Ed Bowers (CrewVanMan) who works sales for Matt Ford and is an amazing resource. Ed helped me spec out just what I wanted (not white), and get through the crazy options and configurations (no slider door).

Transit Order Summary
Everything I wanted from the Factory

So this is the Order Summary that outlines just want I wanted. From this Ed was able to find all the rebates and get my price down to $33, 954. That was great! I added GAP insurance in case anything happens before I get the van paid off and an extended warranty since I put on a ton of miles.

At the same time there were companies that have treated me really well in the past that I wanted to pay full retail in order to show my thank. Sportsmobile was one of them so between the color matched poptop, a drivers side CR Laurence window, solar wiring I am looking at about $14k.

 

 

 

Day 0 of SEMA 2019 Build a Ford Transit 4×4 Poptop Van Roadtrip

Today is the Day a Van gets built…..I think, I hope, I have not been able to make sure, but I trust the power of positive thinking, and a little 1 leg luck.

Yesterday I spent a bunch of time with the great folks at Matt Ford, from the parts guys that helped me figure out where some boost/pressure sensors where (cool news coming on that) to the finance fellow Fred who helped me pay for a van that doesn’t actually exist yet.

I also got to test drive a high top, 148 Ecoboost for a buddy. I had been telling folks how easy it was to deal with Ed and the folks at Matt Ford and there are actually people who want high roof vans. After seeing how much room is inside those things I can understand why. Now I can say I am really an influencer since a deposit was made and a trip arranged for another VanLifer to join the fray.

Another cool thing about Ed the mighty salesman is how tight he is with the Transit powers at Ford. From big things like the new CrewVan model to small things like a factory floor mat. And never scoff at a well-designed product like this floormat, after all the times Martin our engineer has complained about a poor design I get that the little things matter. The 2 part design keeps you from spilling the dirt and rocks out when you want to dump that mess. Not bad price at $95 (I paid for it quick, they only had 1 left).

Of course, I had to end the day with some Kansas City BBQ, and I knew my belly led me in the right direction when I saw a Transit parked in front of Slaps. They were out of ribs by 6 pm but everyone knows a quality joint should run out of meat each evening. Never trust a place that has plenty of long smoked meat around.

Keep an eye on our Instagram account pegleggarage for the latest updates, let’s all lift our eyes to the sky and say “Get Lance his Race Red Chase Van Today Please”, and thanks for following along.

Day -1 of SEMA 2019 Build a Ford Transit 4×4 Poptop Van Roadtrip

Update time for everyone, we ARE in Kansas anymore Toto! Or Claycomo to be more precise. But amidst the soybean fields, I found where Ford grows Transit vans! And some of them grow pretty tall.

And I admit I geeked out a bit at the serious architecture of the Ford Assembly Plant, very solid.

Now you know I am embarking on a serious Overland Trip when I drive through Overland Park and even see Overland Photo supply since it is really all about the ‘gram after all.

Back home Dave the Fabricator (really of Rock Solid Products) is working hard on the double tube rack to handle the torsional load of the massive 23Zero awning, 270 degrees and 280 square foot of coverage are not to be messed with, plus something has to support the Lightforce Nightfall LED’s.

Meanwhile, I am testing a new leg while trying not to abuse the temp socket too much.

Also just before I left I wanted to put in a new Treehouse to Tacoma gasket and make sure everything is right on this setup before I put it up for sale. So if you know anyone who needs a killer ready to roll ride this is the one.

Lastly, for today, there is still some parts selection going on. Quadvan just sent me these pictures of their Intercooler skid, Transfer Case skid, and Gas Tank skid. Yeah, I ordered them all. I had already ordered the VanCompass intercooler skid and rear diff skid but it is nice to have everything come from one place so I think I will switch out to the Quadvan products since they are doing the 4wd conversion.

The Way it SHOULD work with “Influencers”

Heatshield Products is a company I knew I wanted to work with as soon as the idea popped into my head to build a Ford Transit Poptop 4wd. I had worked with other companies before like Sportsmobile West, Extreme Outback and Aluminess, but Heatshield was new to me but not new to lots of racers I knew.

Heatshield logo
Keep the heat and sound away BEFORE it becomes a problem.

In previous builds I had gone a more DIY approach with FatMat, Reflectix and HyTech Sales insulated paint. But on this build I wanted to treat the van more like a race car where the goal is to keep the heat away in the first place.

Now to the influencer part. We I contact Heatshield Products about working with them we chatted and then I got a chance to read through the way they do things, and I like it. Their goal is for me to take the risk (makes sense) and for me to prove myself (again makes sense). That way if I fail, no loss to them, and if I succeed I can get 100% of the cost refunded back to me.

Heatshield Products Buy Back
I take the risk, I do the work, I get my money back.

Now this is just a bit of the entire program, the outline what qualifies, the time frame and the rest of the details. But the core concept is great, if I can really influence then I shouldn’t be worried. And if I can’t afford the product then they should be worried I could do anything I promised in some proposal.

Why these wheels?

Choosing a wheel, it should be more than good looks…

Normally I am not a fellow that goes crazy when it comes to wheel choices. I either run a stock looking steel wheel so I can beat it back into shape if some rock attacks me in the back country or stick with the stock aluminum wheels if they are the right size.

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Blowouts, pot holes or wayward rocks can all damage a wheel.

However there are times even someone like me who isn’t about looks needs to find the right wheel, and that is usually when your wallet is also going to lighten up buying bigger tires.

In the case of our Transit build, Ford blessed us with a cute little 28 inch tire on a 16 inch wheel of steel. Normally this would be great as a 255/85/16 has been a fantastic size on my last few builds. However with the Quadvan 4wd conversion I also need to change the offset in order to squeeze as much tire in and not rub against the coil spring on the strut. Oh and yeah in the very near future we are going to see what can be done about some custom reservoir shocks with custom rate coil springs.

This mean a bit of research into 5x160mm bolt pattern wheels…..and only a few showed up. While I didn’t have first hand experience with any of them I did know Method from watching how well they held up during all the NORRA Mexican 1000’s I chased for. Almost any wheel will work on the street and most will work for a normally loaded rig on forest roads. But beat on a wheel in Baja or put it on a heavy vehicle and the real test begins.

Method Race Wheels
They really are lighter, stronger…but I am not usually faster.

Now is the point you start thinking, “well of course he likes Method, they are giving him free wheels”. Nope, I am paying for these, yes there is a discount but I would rather pay for something that works in remote areas than run free that leaves me stranded.

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wheel design matters

With previous SEMA builds the wheel choice did come down to the best partner deal since all the choices were about the same in performance. However for this van since I can’t more than a 33 inch tire and can’t really go wide I know I will be airing down often and many times way way down. That means a higher risk of rolling off a bead in sand, mud or snow. Sure I know how to re-seat a bead, and with the Extreme Outback compressor and a tank it won’t be hard. But even better is not having to deal with the problem in the first place.

I have seen first hand Method Trail series wheels aired down to 5psi and hold a bead, to me that is worth paying for.

So the winner for our Chase Red Transit will be Method 701 bronze wheels in 17 inch size……and now to figure out tires.

Method 701 bronze
Method Trail 701 so pretty, but more important, so strong

SEMA Status Report 8/27

Partners Transit Poptop
Current Partners on our SEMA 2019 Ford Transit Poptop 4×4 van

We more moving right along lining up the right partners who make the best goodies for this Overland, VanLife, Chase Van.

Sportsmobile has us on the schedule for the electric poptop, it will have a Thule rack rail that we plan to use for solar panel mounts.

Quadvan has us scheduled for the 4wd conversion which will include a gear ratio change to 3.73, limited slip/lockers, rear axle shock mount shortening, installation of VanCompass intercooler and diff skids, and a bit more.

Aluminess has us on the schedule for a front bumper install.

Extreme Outback is working on our list of On Board Air Compressors, tanks and bits…..can’t wait to check out the new Endura line. Having owned a Magnum and High Output compressor I am sure the Endura rocks.

Scheel-Mann is getting our super supportive and amazing seats ready.

Heatshield Products is figuring out the best way to keep the heat and sound out of the van. Watch for some testing on our Tacoma & Treehouse camper soon.

And we are working out a match between a Redarc Manager 30 and some solar panels.

Plenty more to setttle like tires, wheels, lights, winch, fridge, recovery gear and more.

Our current stress fest is getting a hold of the right person at Ford to let us come in and tour/video the Van moving down the assembly line. Our build date is October 3rd. I know the Kansas City Plant doesn’t do public tours but the hope is that as a media company with a disabled guy who will drive the van it would be great to meet any disabled Ford employees who helped design/build it. Always great to see and hear stories of workers who are well supported by companies.

Watch for update on each partner on why we choose them, the cool stuff they make and best of all the struggles happening behind the scenes to line up the rest of the build.

Giving away all our SEMA swag…Free shipping even!

We grabbed some neat stuff at the SEMA show this year and figured why not give it away as thanks for everyone who subscribed to our YouTube channel, follows us on Facebook or Instagram or just sends an email to say hi.

Watch this video to learn more….

Borla cat back exhaust sound clip and install notes

With the SEMA show behind us we can now go back and give some install thoughts on various bits we put on our 2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo.

Borla was great to work with, the cat back exhaust was a breeze to install late at night in our driveway because that is how SEMA crunch goes.

With plenty of highway time driving Phoenix to Las Vegas and back we can safely say there is no drone, buzz or other nasty noise to worry about. Borla does give a great rumble at the autocross or just powering around town.

Here is a quick sound clip, leave your thoughts on this exhaust or other aftermarket systems you have installed. Remember to subscribe to our Youtube channel for more fun videos.

Autocross at AMP Sunday 11/13/16, post SEMA racing

Hyundai Veloster Turbo
The boys are happy to be at the SEMA Ignited party with the public after a crazy week at the show.

Well we can finally put the car through some paces now that SEMA 2016 is over and pretty isn’t as important.

Come on out this weekend if you are in the Phoenix area and join Azsolo.com for a cone cruising good time. Bring your ride and test your skill or hop in our passenger seat and feel the sticky Federal Tires wrapped around our NS Wheels, the Borla roar, the firm Ksport coilovers, the whoosh of the Tork Motorsports Big Gulp intake and tuned ECU.

Check out our Youtube channel for videos of past events and of course our antics this weekend. Pics on Instagram or follow us on Facebook for more action in the moment.

 

SEMA 2016 Setup and first impressions

So we made it to SEMA 2016, yeah some carbon bits are still in transit but Socal Garageworks tells us we should see them sooner or later.

Good times driving up from Phoenix especially as we got in some dirt play to show the rallycross side of the Veloster Turbo.

Dirt fun with the Suburban and Veloster Turbo
Dirt fun with the Suburban and Veloster Turbo

Set up with QuickJack in booth 61007 was easy, some great guys working hard there. Funny to see all the detailing folks desperate to clean our ride, but we want the dirt side, track side look.

QuickJack display SEMA 2016 for our Veloster Turbo

We did some walking around as we checked in with our partners Federal Tires, NS Wheels, and Borla.  Plenty of neat rides to catch your eye……

Old school race cars will always be cool….

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Terry our vinyl wrap guy and the folks at Cortez Visual who helped us cut all the graphics said we would see some plastic fantastic at SEMA…

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We are here to learn and each day has some classes scheduled…

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And of course scout out ideas for all our Peg Leg Fleet….

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QuickJack booth 61007 for SEMA 2016 check out our display

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Well good news, we are teaming up with QuickJack in booth 61007 at SEMA this year to show off how “uplifting” their portable lift system is….sorry I couldn’t help it.

As the one leg guy in Peg Leg Garage I am always looking for easier ways to work on my rides. I was already looking into QuickJack when we got to talking about our SEMA build.

Watch for videos soon from us testing a unit out at home and at the races but until then zoom on over to their site and learn more.

https://www.quickjack.com/

The WAVE at SEMA & San Diego Autoshow

Ok here is another from the “wayback machine”…..Before we were Peg Leg Garage my son’s and I ran Disabled Explorers. After our FJ Cruiser that traveled the Continental Divide we needed something more wheelchair friendly.

Our good friends at Sportsmobile West helped us build a 2009 Ford E-350 4×4 RV with all the cool mobility toys. Lift, hand controls, camera system under the rig and sooooo much more.

SEMA once again donated a booth for display and we also showed it at the San Diego auto show, along with a ton of outings, events and good times. Alas water in the motor killed it, sad day.

San Diego auto showWave at SEMA

SEMA FJ Cruiser

Always fun to look back at what you did before. This is the first vehicle we had featured at SEMA. It was a 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser that we built to travel the geographic Continental Divide. Disabled Explorers was a non-profit that used backcountry travel as therapy for folks with physical disabilities. SEMA was kind enough to donate booth space to DE.

FJ at SEMA
Toyota FJ Cruiser at SEMA 2008

Peg Leg Garage launches, let the crazy begin!

First post, how exciting for us and we hope the future is exciting and fun for you that follow along.

Want to know how to build a car for SEMA?

Want to know how to get sponsors for your project car, truck, vehicle?

Want to know how to get better at autocross? We do to on that, rallycross and track days. Learn with us.

So here is the deal, we are an family that loves cars and everything that goes with them. This year you can follow along as we build a Hyundai Veloster Turbo for SEMA 2016. We are calling it a Tri-Sport project, tri as in autocross, rallycross and track day adventures.

Yeah we are doing this as a marketing company, happy to be honest about that. But we will not pitch crap. We will do our best to tell you what we like, why we like it and are happy to argue with all of you as much as we will argue among ourselves. Just because a sponsor gives us a part doesn’t mean we say it’s the snazzy best, instead we will search out good stuff and then beg. And along the way you get to learn the inside story.

Here is an amazing rendering by David Neal from Local Motors. We worked with him on the concept. Let’s get the party starting by hearing what you think.

Hyundai Veloster Turbo
Hyundai Veloster Turbo SEMA 2016 project