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.