InsiderCarpentry's Clean Trim and Millwork Truck
|TYPICAL JOBS||millwork, trim|
|MODEL||2016 Ford Transit 350|
|BODY||Full-Size Cargo Van, Extended, High Roof|
|VEHICLE'S FUEL MILEAGE||15-15.5 mpg|
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ABOUT THE ORGANIZER
Spencer's extended, high roof, Ford Transit 350 has been in service since 2016 and has 80k miles on it as of September 2020.
He built out his van for his interior millwork and trim subcontracting business.
Spencer says the van is a work in progress, and if you watch some of his other videos, you'll see that this van has had some configuration changes.
Two shifts in his thinking:
First, while he started with separate compartments for some tools, he now tends to group tools or put them into a larger toolbox. This is a little more efficient than needing to walk back out to the van for a single tool.
Second, he's made a shift towards carts on wheels. Carts take up more floor space in the van, but he can also haul more stuff into the jobsite in a single go.
A length of BX cable with a plug on the end powers 4 outlets on the van. An extension cord hooked up to the plug is an easy way to get AC power to the van from the jobsite.
He's used this to power a microwave and it also powers a battery charging cubby at the rear of the van.
Spencer emphasizes in his work van shelf layout video that designing in modularity is important.
The build started with an interior upgrade package. This included a cushioned rubber floor mat and black plastic paneling that sheaths the walls. While some people like to use the recesses for extra space, Spencer wanted to protect the thin van sheetmetal from being damaged by heavy tools.
He finds 3/4" thick plywood easier to work with than 1/2", and he used prefinished plywood so that it would accumulate less dirt. The plywood substructure is bolted to the factory welded upfit points.
Shelves are set on pins for locating, then pocket screwed to hold them in place. Because the shelf pin holes are closely spaced, there's a ton of room for adjustability.
A side benefit to close pin spacing is that it's very easy to tilt shelves for tool retention - he drops the shelf 1 pin level on the back to tilt.
On Board Chow
When you drive a truck, it can be easy to just cruise down to a gas station and buy a sandwich. Not only is the food often terrible, it's usually not too healthy and terrible on your wallet.
He created a custom snack cubby center console that keeps him fueled during the work day. A microwave that used to live on the truck can now live on the jobsite thanks to his custom microwave cart.
The Clean Cab
The cab of the truck is walled off with a sliding Sortimo bulkhead. This keeps the cab clean and easy to heat and cool.
The bulkhead keeps tools and materials out of the cab. But opening the pass-through and designing a cavity in the snack center console still allows him to haul 16' long material.
About the Truck
He likes the low floor height for stepping out the back, but doesn't like how the back end of the van could drag due to the low overhang. He loves the EcoBoost engine because it has lots of pickup.
Check out some of his other videos here:
- Work Van Shelving Layout - How to Design & Build Efficient Van Storage Shelving
- Ford Transit 350 High Roof Extended - Better than expected
- The ULTIMATE Jobsite Microwave & Charging Station Dolly!
Also see his Youtube channel for lots of in-depth millwork and carpentry guide videos.
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