Welcome back! In the last issue, I had shown the outside of the service vehicle as well as the cab portion. This time, I will show the main work area, as well as ways I organize the contents. As previously stated, this vehicle is not designed to be a work of art. We work out of these trucks...
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The main work area is covered with an inexpensive ribbed floor mat. This holds pins and springs perfectly and costs around $2 per foot at the local home center.
The subfloor is 3/4 AC exterior plywood. It was glued to the truck's floor with construction adhesive. The vinyl is industrial grade Congoleum from a local flooring center. This was attached with regular flooring adhesive.
You will notice that the cabinets are not mounted directly to the floor. They are lag bolted to pressure treated wood. This is done to keep the bottom of the cabinets and their inventory from coming into contact with water. Dozens of trips in and out on a snowy day creates a real mess!
The ceiling was time consuming, to say the least. It's a full sheet of white pegboard laced with industrial elastic. If you decide to do this, be prepared to spend many hours! If you have children in need of disciplinary action, this is definitely the job for them. The laced pegboard is a great way to make sense of the spaghetti mess common to car-opening tools. By using the heavier gauge of elastic, I am assured it will last the life of the vehicle. It will also hold heavier items such as big punches and chisels as well as prybars and large screwdrivers.
The overhead lights were purchased from the local auto parts store. They use standard automotive bulbs and can be changed easily. These lights are inexpensive and easy to wire. It's brighter than daylight when all of them are on. Remembering to mount one or two close to the doors will also cast light out into the street or parking lot. This is just enough if you need to load up in the dark.
The rear compartment is also fully insulated. R11 from the local home center was used on the walls and Styrofoam on the ceiling. This makes a considerable difference when running the air conditioner in the summertime, or the heater in winter. As a creature comfort, I added two little fans. Some days, the little things make all the difference!
For the most part I try to keep the aisle clear, but we all know how that goes. Usually just a tote for deadbolt installations and my trusty automotive scan tool take up residence there.
When safe openings requiring drilling occur, they are known in advance. It's a matter of loading the scopes and rigs as needed. Small safe deliveries by use of a hand truck can also be accomplished easily with this setup.
Almost all of the cabinets were used in previous trucks. Several were cut and fabricated to some degree to achieve this setup. This is simply a demonstration of what can be done on a budget and in house, so to speak. The lettering was the only thing done by a third party.
Here are a few of the sources for the materials we had used during the construction of this service vehicle. Hopefully you will find a few ideas that can be implemented into your service vehicle to make your job easier.
• Weatherguard : www.weatherguard.com
• Silica Ultracode : www.americanautolock.com
• Snap-On Tools : www.snapon.com
• Lynch Display Vans: www.ldvusa.com
• Cornwell Tools: www.cornwelltools.com
• Stereo conversion kit: www.installer.com
• Jotto Desk: www.jottodesk.com
• Inverter: www.theinverterstore.com
• Redi -Line: www.rediline.com
• XM: www.xmradio.com
• American Van: www.americanvan.com
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