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.
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 “plans and pipe dreams” are a few possible ideas for the future, & Spares & tools for longer trips.

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.

When time allows I will try to add links to all 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.

Alternator drive belt cover.
Fix accelerator cable, (remedial work).
Air-oil separator, (if not already fitted).
Oil level indicator /gauge senders on the engine.
Attach pipework to air-con pump, (when the air-con is reinstalled).

E C U, (mapping still not correct).
New ECU junction box.
Cruise control, (adaptive if possible).
Onboard diagnostics and programming.

     Fuel system.
Field maintainable diesel filter, (flushable).
Underslung fuel tanks x 2,
Small fuel header tank in the engine bay, (if required).

      Oil system.
Lower charge cooler, (remedial work to clear engine hatch properly).

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

      Engine cooling.
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).

     Exhaust system.

     Drive train.
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.
Bushes replaced with poly bushes where possible.
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.

    Braking system.
Reroute back brake pipes.
Uprated front disk brakes.
ABS braking system.
Possible reroute and or change hand brake cable system.


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.

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,  (under construction).
LED illuminated front logo,  (under construction).
Fog light cornering assistance system.

Fully LED rear light clusters.
High-level rear brake lights.
High level (LED) hazard lights front & back.

Upgraded dash clocks binnacle, (needs fixing).
Engine oil level/temperature, (in dash clock binnacle).
Engine water level/temperature, (in dash clock binnacle).
Gearbox oil level/temperature, (in dash clock binnacle).
Change dashboard control & switch layout.
Interchangeable MPH / KPH speed dials.
Second head unit.
Extra USB charging points in the dashboard.
Phone charger mat.
Switchable CB aerial connection.
Dash monitored tyre pressure indicator.

       Driving aids.
Parking sensors.
Reversing camera and LCD display mirror.
Heated front window, (electric).
Anti-mist film on wing mirrors.

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

Safety equipment.
Additional, separately wired air horns 

     Travelling comforts.
Air-con, move to the front and fix.
Move air-con controls to dashboard.
Recirculating heated air modification.
Fix electric window winders, (intermittent problem needs investigation).
Modify electric window winders.

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


    Engine cooling.
Reroute radiator pipework, (see mechanical and electrics).

     Fuel system.
Underslung fuel tanks x 2, (see mechanical and electrics).
Move fuel inlet up higher & fit flap that locks with central locking.

Indicator and approach lights (LED) in wing mirrors.
Spacers for rear light clusters, (to improve visibility & provide a power outlet).

   Driving aids.
Windscreen Washer Jets upgrade, ( Triple Jets).
Water jets on headlights.
Electric folding truck style wing mirrors.

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

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

   Of road additions.
Rear winching attachment points.
Strengthened sills & jacking 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, (see bodywork).

Modified rear bumper & 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).
Mudflaps to fit extended wheel arches, (front & Back).
Acrylic covers on headlights.
Water jets on headlights.

     Access, doors, windows & hatches.

Extend side door runner, (for better rear-wheel clearance).
Nylon rollers for the side door, (on backorder).
Pull out sidestep,
(integrated into Underslung fuel tank).
Foldout rear step, (to reach ladder).

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.

Twin swing-out arms attachments.
        Modify wheel carrier mount, (180 degrees, wheel faces the other way).
        Second wheel carrier mount.
Spare wheel covers.
        LED light for the top of the flag pole.
        Telescopic pole, (fixed on drivers side).
        Wind turbine generator to mount the telescopic pole, (planed mod).
        Remote control camera or video to mount the telescopic pole, (planed mod).
        Storage containers for in spare wheel hub recesses.
        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, (possible some of the Waffle boards).

      Wild camping.
Solar panels, (possible on the awning, roof rack or roof boxes).

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

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

         Pop-top roof, (load-bearing, needs second van).
  Move cross member back when fitting pop-top.
  Retracting three-point seat belts in the roof in the back of the van.

  Pipe storage box & awning integrated into sides of the pop-top roof.
  CB aerials integrated into sides of the pop-top roof.
  Roof rails & crossbars.
  Sunroof/access hatch at the front.
  Sunroof type vents in pop-top, (x2).

     Long-term protection.
Inner wheel arch protectors.
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?).


Recessed roller blind.
Laptop draw.
Storage compartment with lid.
        (See also
Mechanical and electrics above for more)

       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.
(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 addition.
Fully waterproof/air-tight engine hatch.

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

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.
Reduce engine hatch size, (to clear intended cupboards).

      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.

Map pockets in the sliding door, (access above the maximum waterline).
Camping seat storage in the tailgate.
Storage under and in the back of front seats.

      Heating & insolation.
Thermal insulation to panels,  (waterproof closed-cell type).
Diesel space & water heater.
240v mains night heater, (damp and frost prevention when parked at home) 

        Camping mods and additions.
Roller blinds on all windows, (to replace curtains).
Thermal screens for windows, (to fit between planned roller blinds & glass).
Rotatable driver’s seat.
Forward folding front seats.
Aluminium tread plate on the back of the front seats.

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

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


3/4 R&R bed.

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

      Privacy & hygiene.

      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).

       Pop-top roof.

      Long-term protection.

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.

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

   Attachments for the swing-out arms,(also in external).
   Attachments for 4 bar roof rack, (also in external).

      Heating & insolation.

       Camping mods and additions.
          Chainsaw/pole saw, (recovery, requires charging facilities).
          Portable floodlight,  (repairs & recovery, requires charging facilities).
          SDS drill, (caving trips and recovery, requires charging facilities).
          Angle grinder, (repairs & recovery, requires charging facilities).
          Jet wash, (cleaning caving kit & van, requires charging facilities).
          Vacuum cleaner, (Housekeeping, requires charging facilities).

      Insect protection.

      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 candle, BBQ, gas or diesel hob).

Washing line to fit on the side of the van, (possibly 2).


Square ended down sleeping bags, (under consideration).

      Wild camping.
Axe or bill hook, (log splitting).
Bow saw.
Electric fence.

       Privacy & hygiene.
Popup loo tent.
Portaloo seat, (needs more research).
High power LED head torches, (caving lights).

      Travelling comforts.
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), (under construction).
Flatpack fire pit/stove (MK 3 titanium), (under consideration).
Electric bikes, (under consideration).

      Long-term protection.

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.

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, (under construction).
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).


      Wheel & tyre maintenance equipment.
Tyre bead breaker, (under construction).
       (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.

Sand ladders, (4mm aluminium).

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

         Fuel system.
Emergency fuel leak bag & connectors.

  Custom tools, kit & equipment.

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

           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