Work in progress.

Below is the list of jobs we are currently working on, or are planning to do in the future! 

As the jobs are completed they will be moved to the slowly growing Permanently fitted section, in reviews.
Also included below are the ideas & parts we are working on for, maintenance, recovery and camping kit etc., which when completed will be moved to their relevant sector in the reviews section.
There is no set order for the jobs, they will be completed when the opportunity arises, or as necessity & money dictates. Whenever possible we hope to make or fit the items for ourselves.
The list also helps us by highlighting when ideas conflict. Some of them will probably be on the list for a long time (or possibly removed if not feasible), and more certainly added.
We have tried to group them into there most relevant categories.

The basic categories.

Permanently fitted or available.
        Mechanical and electrics.
        External.
        Internal.
General use & Camping.
       For use with the van.
       Camping kit.
Maintenance, spares & recovery.
       
Maintenance & spares.
        Basic tool kit.
        Recovery kit.
Second van.
        (ideas guinea-pig for the Beast).

Custom tools, kit & equipment.
       Custom tools.
       Custom kit & Equipment.

Looking further ahead.
Long term plans and pipe dreams for a few possible ideas for the future
&

Spares & tools for longer trips, and the general maintenance of the van.

Items in “Grey” are still todo.
Items in “Mauve” needs to be fixed, replaced, upgraded or we need more.
Items in “Brown” are under construction or on order.

Items in “Green” are almost completed.
The headings “in Blue” provide links to what’s been completed and other related items from all categories.

When time allows we will try to add links to the items on the list, giving our thought and reasoning behind them and information and reviews when completed.

Permanently fitted or available.

 

Mechanical and electrics.

      Engine.
Alternator drive belt cover.
Fix accelerator cable, (remedial work, temporary).
Replace
accelerator cable with an electronic accelerator pedal, (see ECU ).
Modify engine cradle, to allow the engine to tilt, (clutch/gearbox removal).
Air-oil separator, (if not already fitted).
Attach pipework to air-con pump, (when the air-con is reinstalled).
Water level/temperature senders on the engine.
Engine oil level/temperature senders on the engine, (see oil system).

       ECU 
E C U, (mapping still not correct).
New ECU junction box.
Electronic accelerator pedal.

Cruise control, (adaptive if possible).
Onboard diagnostics and programming.

      Fuel system.
Field maintainable diesel filter, (flushable).
Three-way fuel pump system, (tank to tank & engine).
Small fuel header tank in the engine bay, (if required).

      Oil system.
Lower charge cooler, (remedial work to clear engine hatch properly).
Move charge cooler pump, (to increase storage space above the bash plate).
Engine oil level/temperature senders on the engine.

       Engine air supply.
Washable main air filters on the engine air intake.
Fabricate & fit Cyclonic dust filter on the engine air intake, (before the main filter).

      Engine cooling.
Fabricate & fit fan shroud.
Twin (second) radiator fans.
Lower water expansion tank, (remedial work to clear engine hatch properly).
Reroute radiator pipework, (to allow for storage/battery compartments).
Integrated filling and air bleed system.
Modify engine bay air intake, (also in external).

      Exhaust system.
Automatic wading valve.

     Drive train.
Non-return valves on clutch servo bleed point.

Oil level indicator /temperature gauge senders on the gearbox.
Cable gear linkage, (should also allow for a second full-size underslung box).
Lockable viscous coupling, (locked – Syncro – Decupled).
CV boot protector.
Upgrade CV joints.

     Suspension & wheels.
Raised front top spring mounts 2” -3”, (to accommodate 2” lift springs).
2” lift springs on the front, (only if spring mounts, can be modified).
Adjustable rear ride height.
Go westy” 2″ lift progressive rear springs, (when spring mounts, are modified).
Run-flat tyers

    Braking system.
Reroute back brake pipes.
ABS braking system.
Reroute hand brake cable, (to allow for second underslung storage box).

      Steering.
Move Electric power steering pump, (to increase storage space above the bash plate).

    Electrics.
Fusses replaced with circuit breakers, (some left to change).
Mover main fuse box, (dashboard centre under flap or next to gear stick).
Upgrade wiring harness.
Lithium battery system.
Integrated engine, solar, mains power input system.
Charging system for portable tools and other devices.
Inverter.

      Lighting.
Twin headlights.
LED headlights, (on hold for the moment as it seems their illegal).
Sidelights on with ignition, (for driving in Scandinavia etc.).
Daytime running lights with fog lights.
LED illuminated front logo,  (See personalisation).
Fog light cornering assistance system, (Under consideration).
Fully LED rear light clusters.
High-level rear brake lights.
High level (LED) hazard lights front & back.

      Communication & Navigation Systems.
Dashboard mounted CB radio, (Under consideration).
Second CB aerial connection in the dashboard, (see dashboard).
CB aerial connection in the back of the van.
Switchable CB aerial connections, (see dashboard).
Second head unit, (see dashboard).
Compass and clino, (see dashboard).
Extra USB charging points in the dashboard, (see dashboard).
USB charging points in the back of the van.
Onboard Wi-Fi.
Dash-mounted 10m radio, (will need a licence).

     Dashboard.
Upgraded dash clocks binnacle, (needs fixing).
Fuel level gauges for main and spare tanks, (in-dash clock binnacle).
Engine oil level/temperature, (in-dash clock binnacle).
Engine water level/temperature, (in-dash clock binnacle).
Gearbox oil level/temperature, (in-dash clock binnacle).
Analogue clock, (in-dash clock binnacle).
Interchangeable MPH / KPH speed dials, (in-dash clock binnacle).
Dash monitored tyre pressure indicator.
Change dashboard control & switch layout.
Second head unit.
Compass and clino.
Move air-con controls to the dashboard.
Extra USB charging points in the dashboard.
CB aerial connection.
Second CB aerial connection.
Switchable CB aerial connection.
Phone charger mat.

     Driving aids.
Parking sensors.
Reversing camera and LCD display mirror.
Heated front window, (electric).
Fix electric window winders, (intermittent problem needs investigation).

     Of road additions.
Waterproof engine.
Compressor, (high power and air tank).

      Safety equipment.
Additional, separately wired air horns 

      Travelling comforts.
Air-con, condenser moved to the front and integrated with heating.
Move air-con controls to the dashboard, (see dashboard).
Recirculating heated air modification.
Modify electric window winders.

      Long-term protection.
Fire suppressant system in the engine bay.

 

External.

      Engine air supply.
Roof level engine air intake, (will require some bodywork modifications).

     Engine cooling.
Modify engine bay air intake, (will require some bodywork modifications).

     Fuel system.
Underslung fuel tanks x 2, (see bodywork).
Remove the existing fuel tank, (replacement underslung tanks must be working).
Move fuel inlet up higher & fit flap that locks with central locking, (see bodywork.)

    Electrics.
240v mains power input point.
12v power output points, (see spacers in lighting).
Solar panel input point, (see bodywork).

     Lighting.
Indicator and approach lights (LED) in wing mirrors.
Sidelights (LED) in wing mirrors, (if legal).

Spacers for rear light clusters, (to improve visibility & provide a power outlet).

   Driving aids.
Windscreen Washer Jets upgrade, (triple Jets).
Water jets on headlights, (will need the water reservoir bottle upgrading).
Anti-mist film on wing mirrors.
Electric folding truck style wing mirrors.

     Safety equipment.
Hi-vis reflective stripes, black in daylight, (see personalisation).

     Communication & Navigation Systems.
CB aerial, (second still to fix).

      Of road additions.
Reinforce engine cradle.
Second spare wheel, (need carrier).
Rear winching attachment points.
Strengthened sills & jacking points.
Reinforcement plates for the prop bar mounting points.

Modified front bash-plate, (will be replaced with aluminium).
Modified engine Sump guard, (to be replaced with aluminium).
Aluminium, Sump/Engine protection.
Aluminium, front bash-plate.
Aluminium, driveshaft protection plate.
Rock Sliders, (aluminium if practicable).
Adjustable height tow bar, (part or rear bumper modification, see bodywork).
Removable blanking plates for all access holes, (see long-term protection).
Cooking & heating exhaust & air intakes at roof level.

       Bodywork.
Modified rear bumper (storage & adjustable tow bar).
Reinforce floor around storage and battery-boxes.
Recessed waterproof access points for CB aerial cables, in the roof.

Recessed waterproof access points for solar panel cables in the roof.
Recessed awning pole mounts on side of the van, (will need pole extensions).
Underslung fuel tanks x 2,
Move fuel inlet up higher & fit flap that locks with central locking.
Mudflaps to fit extended wheel arches, (front & Back).
Acrylic covers on headlights.
Water jets on headlights.
Replace end caps on the front bumper.
Extended upper channel detail in the side of the van, (See personalisation).
Bat logo for the front of van & wheels centres. (See personalisation).
Bat logo on mudflaps. (See personalisation).

      Access, doors, windows & hatches.
Extend side door runner, (for better rear-wheel clearance).
Nylon rollers for the side door.
Pull out sidestep,
(integrated into Underslung fuel tank).
Foldout rear step, (to reach ladder).
Sand screens & fixings for windows & lights.

      Storage.
Underslung storage and battery-boxes, (second still to be installed).
Storage rack in front bash-plate.
Storage racks for levelling wedges,
(under the front of the van).
Storage lockers behind rear wheel arches.
Storage lockers in the ends of a  modified rear bumper, (see bodywork).

     Twin swing-out arms attachments.
       Modified wheel carrier mounts x2, (so wheels face the other way).
       Storage containers to fit inside the spare wheel hub recesses, (planed mod). 
       
Spare wheel covers, (UV protection for the tyres).
             1 bat logo for wheel cover, (for use with single spare wheel).
             2 cats-eys logos for wheel covers, (for use when both spare wheel are fitted).
        Locking clips for the flag pole, (will secure light string as well).    
        Telescopic pole, (fixed on drivers side).
         Flags with the bat logo for the poles, (see personalisation).
         LED light for the top of the flag pole, (see personalisation).

        Wind turbine generator to mount on the telescopic pole, (see wild camping).
       
Remote control camera or video to mount the telescopic pole, (planed mod).
        Space saver spare wheel, (for local trips only, under consideration).
        Bike rack, (under consideration).

     4 bar Roof Rack attachments.
        Rain baffle under wind out awning case.
        Sand ladder racks.
        Central walkway boards,
       
Solar panels, (see wild camping).

      Heating, Cooling & insolation.
No planned additions at present.

      Wild camping.
Solar panels, (possible on the awning, roof rack or roof boxes).
Wind turbine.
360° motion detection system, (linked to lights, cameras,  alarm, or all 3).

      Privacy & hygiene.
Curtain surround for the open tailgate, (shower cubical).

       Travelling comforts.
LED lights on the underside of the awning.

       Long-term protection.
Removable blanking plates for all access holes into chassis and bodywork.
Inner wheel arch protectors.
Road wheel covers, (UV protection for the tyres when parked at home).
Spare wheel covers, (see twin swing-out arms).
Sand screens & fixings for windows & lights.
Treat rust & total respray, (white with 2 or 3 horizontal black lines?).

     Personalisation.
Extended upper channel detail in the side of the van.
3M reflective black stripes in the side channels of the van.
Bat logo for the front of the van.
Bat logo for wheels centres.
Bat logo on mudflaps.
Flags with the bat logo for the poles,
LED light for the top of the flag pole.

 

Internal.

      Dashboard.
Recessed roller blind.
Laptop draw.
Storage compartment with lid.

      Driving aids.
Printed speed conversion sheets, (mph – kph – mph).
Automatically resettable checklist.

       Safety equipment.
Fire extinguisher, (old one needs replacing / upgrading).
CO2 smoke detectors, (need replacing).
Retracting three-point seat belts in the roof in the back of the van.
360° camera system.

      Communication & Navigation Systems
USB charging points in the back of the van.
Onboard Wi-Fi.
Compass.
GPS,
(additional to the fixed sat nav in the van, possibly on phone).
Dash-mounted CB radio, (malty channelled if possible).
Dash-mounted 10m radio, (will need a licence).

      Of road additions.
Clino.
Fully waterproof/air-tight engine hatch.

Waterproofing panels for all door openings, (deep water fording).
Cooking & heating exhaust & air intakes at roof level.

       Bodywork.
Plywood floor with hatch to access storage /battery box.
Extend floor where the fuel tank was, (planed mod after fuel tank is moved).
Water storage where the old fuel tank was, (accessible from inside van).
Altro Flooring on the plywood floor.
Channels on door surrounds for the deepwater fording panels, (see of road addition).

Reduce engine hatch size, (to clear intended cupboards).
Dashboard modifications, (see dashboard).

       Access doors, windows & hatches.
Replace vapour barriers (door liners).
Change locking system on quarter lights, (to allow for roller blinds).
Change locking system on front doors, (to allow for roller blinds).
Deadlock through bolts on all doors.
Internal recessed pull handle in the rear of the side door.
Internal rear tailgate release.
Short releasable rear door stay, (prevent door flying open).

      Storage.
Cupboard units, (under construction).
Water storage under the back seat, (see bodywork).
Map pockets in the sliding door, (access above the maximum waterline).
Modified storage pockets in front doors, (access above the maximum waterline).

Camping seat storage in the tailgate.
Storage under front seats.
Storage in the backs of the front seats under tread plate,
(see seating & sleeping).
Dashboard storage, (see dashboard).

      Heating, Cooling & insolation.
Thermal insulation to panels,  (waterproof closed-cell type).
Roller blinds on all windows, (to replace curtains).
Thermal screens for windows, (to fit between planned roller blinds & glass).
Diesel space & water heater.
240v mains night heater, (damp and frost prevention when parked at home) 

      Insect protection.
Midge netting for opening windows, (possibly second roller blinds).
Midge netting for the side door.
Midge netting for the back door.


      Camping & cooking equipment.
Gas hob, sink and cupboard units, (under construction Temporary).
Diesel hob, sink and cupboard units.
Compressor fridge/freezers, (remote compressor).

      Housekeeping.
No planned additions at present.

      Seating & sleeping.
Rotatable driver’s seat.
Forward folding front seats.
Aluminium tread plate on the back of the front seats.
Removable buddy seats.

3/4 R&R bed.

      Wild camping.
Pump from the water heater to an external showerhead.

      Privacy & hygiene.
No planned additions at present.

      Travelling comforts.
Heated front seats.

Heated back seats.
Electric fans to rear side window vents.
Cup holder in the back of the van.
Fix the speaker system.
Rear parcel shelf, (must fold-away).

      Long-term protection.
No planned additions at present.

       Personalisation.
No planned additions at present.

 

General use & Camping kit,

  For use with the van.

      Safety equipment.
First aid kit, (permanently in the van).
Emergency snatch bags,  (possible part of seatback storage).
Digitised first aid manuals.
Fire extinguisher, (old one needs replacing / upgrading).

      Communication & Navigation Systems.
Tablet computer & Charging system, (Wi-Fi navigation & manuals).
GPS receiver for tablet or laptop.
Digitised maps, (of the intended destination).

      Storage.
No planned additions at present.

      Heating, Cooling & insolation.
No planned additions at present.

      Insect protection.
No planned additions at present.

      Cooking equipment.
Sharp knives & cooking utensils, (permanently in the van).
Glasses, cups & plates, (possibly plastic, permanently in the van).
Cutlery, (permanently in the van).
Collapsible oven, (for a candle, BBQ, gas or diesel hob).

      Housekeeping.
Washing line to fit on the side of the van, (possibly 2).
Vacuum cleaner, (requires charging facilities).
Jet wash, (cleaning caving kit & van, requires charging facilities).

       Tents.
No planned additions at present.

      Seating & sleeping.
Camping seats,
(Travelling comforts).
Square ended down sleeping bags, (under consideration).

      Wild camping.
Wind turbine.
Chainsaw/pole saw, (see recovery).
Portable floodlight,  (see recovery kit.).
Axe or bill hook, (log splitting).
Bow saw.
Electric fence.

       Privacy & hygiene.
Popup loo tent.
Portaloo seat, (needs more research).

      Travelling comforts.
Camping seats & table.
Suspended Slide door table.
Sun shield to fit on the side of the van, (opposite the awning).
High power LED head torches, (caving lights).
Flatpack fire pit/stove (MK 2).
Flatpack fire pit/stove (MK 3 titanium), (under consideration).
Electric bikes, (under consideration).

      Long-term protection.
No planned additions at present.

     Personalisation.
1 spare wheel cover with bat logo, (for use with single spare wheel).
2 spare wheel covers with cats eys, (for use when both spare wheel are fitted).
LED light for the top of the flag pole.
Flags with bat logo for tope of the fixed poles.
Bat logo on glasses
, cups, & plates, (see cooking equipment).

 

 

 

Lightweight camping kit.

No planned additions at present.

Maintenance, spares & recovery.

Van maintenance & spares

      Spares & Tools for in the van.
Hydraulic fluid, (for brake and clutch).
Hydraulic fluid, (for power stirring).
Bulb Set, (possible LEDs).
Accelerator Cable.
Hand brake cable.
Hydraulic brake pipe tube repair kit.

Overalls, (possible waterproof).
Jacking point clip-in lever jakes, (rapid suspension height adjustment).
Electric tyre pump, (fitted onboard).
Permanent engine hoist points in the roof of the van.
Lightweight engine hoist, (Dyneema and micro pulleys).
Illuminated (LED) reflective warning triangles.

Digitised works manuals.
AA card and or phone number, (need to print numbers and laminate).

Basic tool kit.

      Basic tool.
Socket extension bars.

      Consumables.
Disposable gloves.

Wire, (assortment).
Cable ties.
Jubilee clips, (various).
Hose Clips.

       Recovery kit.

      Ground anchor kit.
Ground Anchor plates, 2 plates per set, (need a second set).
Dead-man groundsheet attachment for anchor plates.
Ground anchor pin extractor, (Mk 2 ).

     Rops, straps cables & bars.
Tow rope, (need to splice eyes in a new one).
Ropes, “hulling static dynama, (may need more).
Rigid towing bar, (possible A-frame configurable).

       Pulleys & shackles.
Pulleys single sheave, (may need more).
Pulleys double sheave, (may need more).
Multi (5)sheave 10-ton pulleys x4, (will need to be homemade).
Soft shackles, (may need more).
Hard shackles and or maillons, (may need more).

     Winch systems.
Wheel-mounted recovery winch system, (under consideration).

      Jacks & stands.
A stronger version of the original jake. (homemade, the original brock lifting the van).

      Wheel & tyre maintenance equipment.
Tyre bead breaker.
       (Attaches to the 3/4″ breaker bar permanently stored in the van).
Tyre repair kit.
Inner tubes, (requires the correct type of tyres).
Inner-tube repair kit.

        Traction.
Sand ladders, (4mm aluminium).
LiftTrax, (under consideration).

         Recovery tools.
Chain saw/pole saw, (battery-powered, requires charging facilities).
Portable floodlight, (battery-powered, requires charging facilities).
An angle grinder, (repairs & recovery, requires charging facilities).
SDS drill, (battery-powered, requires charging facilities).
Rock bolting/splitting kit, (needs SDS drill).

         Fuel system.
Emergency fuel leak bag & connectors.

       The second van, still to get.
The ideas guinea pig for the Beast.

Pop-top roof,(load-bearing).
Storage lockers in the side panel behind the driver’s door.
Anything from the above lists or Long-term plans for the Beast, that needs prototyping.


  Custom tools, kit & equipment.

           Custom tools.
Metal brake, (for large thin sheets).
Fabricating-tools Stand/Bench.
Tube bender, (still in the planning stage).
Fly press metal brake, (under construction).

          Custom Kit & Equipment
Modified engine bash plate Sump guard.
Ground anchor plate fabrication.
Strait Ladder & Rack.
Second storage box for the swing-out arm. 
Flatpack Fire Pit/Stove, Mk2.
Uprated rear winching attachment points