See new updated post below by Pete!
That is really bizarre, because when I went to look at my previous attempts to fix it, they just showed up as just the link text, or little question mark boxes. Do they look OK on your computer now?They all look good in the two posts you deleted - why did you delete them?
I cut small pieces of aluminum angle and pre-drilled them. Installed them with the birch plywood uprights sandwiched between two angle brackets. This can be seen in some of the pics. Then I marked the position of the brackets on the wall and installed riv-nuts into the van walls to bolt into with 1/4"-20 bolts. The only thing that gets tricky is that you have to note where you will be able to drill before installing any wall paneling. Also, the riv-nuts I used were meant to crimp into sheet metal thickness only, so the holes through the wall panel material had to be enlarged to get them to take a good bite. Each upright only has two pairs of brackets, one at the top and one about halfway down. The bottom of each upright is dadoed into a varnished maple cleat to prevent water damage / de-lamination of the birch plywood. These cleats just sit on the factory wood floor in the van.Nice. What did you do to anchor all that to the walls?
My PM is my only personal vehicle and I also use it for some extra curricular work when friends and relatives call and need a hand with projects etc. It is not for business purposes, although if my employment status were to change, it could be on a moments notice. At this point, running my own business does not seem all that appealing. I have worked for the same contractor for 16 years. My company issued truck is a 2010 Sprinter 3500 Long wheelbase. It is set up very similar to my PM with indoor pipe racks to haul 10' lengths of PVC and copper on top of the shelves. I only carry a 5' step ladder in my trucks. If I need something longer I have to load it in the middle aisle. I am 6'3" and I really like being able to walk down the aisle without ducking. I also really like being able to hit the drive thru for lunch, banking, etc. Most drive thrus around here are 9' max height. So for my use I have learned to live without a rooftop pipe rack. I find that service work rarely requires 20' lengths of pipe. If I did a lot of new construction or remodeling, I might have different thoughts.Hey Pete
Looks like you're a plumber and I see you don't have a rack on your PM.
Do you plan on getting one in the future?
In Europe this van is so popular that you can find this part new for 30$ not OEM , but identical to the original...Attached is what my front end looks like ever since I collided with a small car. I was surprised to find out the cost of the replacement plastic fender. I expected big bucks, but it was only $96.