Work in progress.

“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.
Items in “italics any colour” are listed in another category, (see link).

The headings “in Blue” provide links to 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.
High torque, gear reduction starter motor, (if it will fit).
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).
Temporary cover on air-con pump ports.
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).
Underslung fuel tanks (x2), (see bodywork).
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).
Reroute charge cooler pipework, (to allow for storage/battery compartments).

Move charge cooler pump, (to increase storage space above the bash plate).
Engine oil level/temperature senders on the engine.

       Engine air supply.
Roof level engine air intake, (integrated with pop-top roof eventually).
Modify engine air supply piping, (integrated with pop-top roof eventually).
Fabricate & fit Cyclonic dust filter on the engine air intake, (before the main filter).
Washable main air filters on the engine air intake.

      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. (will require some bodywork).

      Exhaust system.
Automatic wading valve.

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

Upgrade gear selector lever, (temporary until cable gear linkage is installed).
Cable gear linkage, (should also allow for a second full-size underslung box).

Fit oil filter on the gearbox
Oil level indicator /temperature gauge senders on the gearbox.
Lockable viscous coupling, (locked – Syncro – Decupled).
CV boot protector.
Upgrade CV joints.
Move vacuum reservoir & pipework, (to allow for storage/battery compartments).

     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, (to dashboard centre under a flap or next to gear stick ?).
Upgrade wiring harness.
Larger starter battery.
Twin leisure batteries (fitted not wired in yet).

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).
Fit fog lights.
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, (under consideration, 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, (in-dash clock binnacle?).
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.
Second CB aerial connection.
   Switchable CB aerial connection, (including one in the rear of the van).
Recessed roller blind for, (the front window).
Laptop draw.
Storage compartment with lid.
Phone charger mat.

     Driving aids.
Parking sensors.
Rear-facing camera and LCD display mirror.
Electric heated front window.
Fix electric window winders, (intermittent problem needs investigation).

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

      Safety equipment.
Automatic fire suppressant system in the engine bay.
High-level rear brake lights, (see lighting).
High level LED hazard lights front & back, (see lighting).
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, (
see safety equipment).

 

 

 

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.
Fabricate and fit two underslung fuel tanks, (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.
LED Indicators in c
lear front indicator housings.
LED approach lights in front indicator housings.
LED DRLs in front indicator housings, (under consideration if legal).
LED Indicator and approach lights in wing mirrors, (if legal).

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, on sides, (black in daylight, see personalisation).
Hi-vis reflective stripes, on front back & wing mirrors, (black in daylight).
360° camera system.

     Communication & Navigation Systems.
Twin fixed Aerials, (one fitted, need waterproof access points in the roof).

      Of road additions.
Reinforce engine cradle.

Rear winching attachment points.

Strengthened sills & jacking points.
Reinforcement plates for the prop bar mounting points.
Modified front bash-plate, (with storage facility).
Modified engine Sump guard.
Aluminium, Sump/Engine protection, (to replace existing steel one).

Aluminium, front bash-plate, (to replace existing steel one).
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).
Fabricate and fit two underslung fuel tanks, (see fuel system).
Remove the existing fuel tank, (replacement tanks must be working).
Move fuel inlet up higher & fit flap that locks with central locking.
Modify engine bay air intake.
Mudflaps to fit extended wheel arches, (front & Back).
Acrylic covers on headlights.
Upgrade water bottle for 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. (See personalisation).
Bat logo for the wheel centres. (See personalisation).
Bat logo on mudflaps. (See personalisation).

      Access, doors, windows & hatches.
Pull out sidestep, (integrated into Underslung fuel tank).
Foldout rear step, (to reach the ladder, part of the modified rear bumper).
Sand screens & fixings for windows & lights.

      Storage.
Underslung storage and battery-boxes, (second still to be installed).

Storage rack in front bash-plate, (see of road additions).
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).
            2 cats-eys logos for wheel covers, (see personalisation).
        Space saver spare wheel, (for local trips only, under consideration).
        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.
Cooking & heating exhaust & air intakes at roof level, (see of road additions).

      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).
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, (artist impression).
3M reflective black stripes in the side channels of the van, (artist impression).
         2 spare wheel covers with cats eys,(for use when both spare wheel are fitted).

Bat logo for the front of the van, (artist impression).
Bat logo for wheels centres, (artist impression).
Bat logo on mudflaps.
Flags with the bat logo for the poles,
LED light for the top of the flag pole.

Internal.

      Dashboard.
Upgraded dash clocks binnacle,(see dashboard).
Change dashboard control & switch layout, (see dashboard).
Recessed roller blind, (see dashboard).

Laptop draw, (see dashboard).
Storage compartment with lid, (see dashboard).

      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.

      Communication & Navigation Systems
USB charging points in the back of the van.

Onboard Wi-Fi.
Compass.
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).

       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 surround for the deepwater fording panels, (see of road addition).
Reduce engine hatch size, (to clear intended cupboards).
Dashboard modifications, (see dashboard).
   Recessed roller blinds in the dashboard, (see dashboard).
Recessed roller blinds on all windows, (to replace curtains).

       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).
Recessed roller blinds on all windows, (to replace curtains, see bodywork).
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, (120 degrees).

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.

      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).

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

      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.

      Of road addition.
No planned additions at present.

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

      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.
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).
Bat logo on glasses, cups, & plates, (See personalisation).

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, (may replace).

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.
Bat logo on glasses, cups, & plates.

Lightweight camping kit.
No planned additions at present.

Maintenance, spares & recovery.

Van maintenance & spares

      Spares & Tools for in the van.
Oil, (for the engine).
Oil, (for gearbox).
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.
Alternator drive belt.

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.
Printed spec sheet for main consumables, (In intended destinations language).
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,(strait lift, load-bearing).
        
Recessed waterproof access points for CB aerial cables, in the roof.
         Recessed waterproof access points for solar panel cables in the roof.
   
      Integrated wind out awning.
         Integrated pipe storage box.
         Strait Ladder & rack.
         Sand ladder racks.
         Central walkway boards, (possible some of the waffle boards).
         Solar panels, (see wild camping).
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