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That is a beautiful build out. Very impressive. I have a similar situation with my home-made commercial rack system in that I got part way through the job to make it usable and had to take a break. I hope to get to the rest soon. Yours looks about 90%+, mine is only at about 60% complete. I did not even start the passenger side rack yet. This inspires me to get back into it. Thanks.
 

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Pete you should check your postimg settings. Some images are showing up sideways plus there is a lot of junk images on the bottom of the photo page they link to that aren't yours. Have you actually registered with them? Guy and I don't seem to have this problem. Are you selecting the image url from postimg and then inserting it in between
brackets? This is a far better and cleaner way to post images.

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They all look good in the two posts you deleted - why did you delete them?
 

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I have been wanting to start a thread for some time on my PM build out. It seems I haven't done a very good job of documenting the build step by step though. What can I say, I'm a plumber not a shop teacher. I can answer any questions you have at this point though. I am attaching a selection of interior pics. So the project got to a certain point that I would call "useable" in fall, and the build stopped due to winter weather conditions. Now that spring is showing signs of appearing, I am getting ready to finish a few loose ends that were left hanging. The LED cargo light strips that I installed on the ceiling still have to be wired. I want to mount a set of speakers in boxes in the rear for camping etc. once all of the wiring is hooked up to the up-fitters harness, the cargo partition will get completed and attached to the passenger B pillar. I have to make and install brackets for hanging cords, tools, etc. My PM is also going in to get all of the gray trim smoothed and painted body color later this week. I'll post more pics when it comes back from the body shop.
I also added some close up pics of the partition as I've had some inquiries from members about it.



























 
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They all look good in the two posts you deleted - why did you delete them?
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?
 

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Nice. What did you do to anchor all that to the walls?

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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.
 
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Project Not For The Faint Of Heart!

I took the PM out by my buddy Tim last night, and we took off all the Tupperware for smoothing and painting. I have to say it might have been better if I wasn't there to watch. I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist and I don't think there is a perfect way to accomplish this task. The plastic side trim is held on by two sided tape and about 150 clips that self destruct when pried on. The broken clips then remain stuck in all the holes. Removing the broken clips without causing major paint damage under the trim should be real fun. Tim will be doing that and removing the two sided tape residue tomorrow. I will find something to occupy my time. I can't watch. I know he'll have it looking great in no time, but the process is killing me. I also found that there are actually 4 air pressure vents behind the rear quarter trim panel (check out the pics). They flap wide open when slamming doors. It's hard to believe this still isn't enough.












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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?
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.
 

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Now I understand.

Good move to work for someone else. I've been working for myself for close to 30 years and my boss is a real idiot ;-)
When you work for someone else you get to have your nights and weekends and that's important.

At first I didn't put a rack on my van. I built a channel up high on the inside for 10 footers. It worked fine. For any job requiring 20' material, I'd just have it delivered. But then I decided to add the rack just for the occasional time I might need it. So far so good.

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.
 

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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 $96.
In Europe this van is so popular that you can find this part new for 30$ not OEM , but identical to the original...
http://www.ebay.it/itm/CANTONALE-PARAURTI-ANTERIORE-DX-NERO-S-FENDI-FIAT-DUCATO-06-14-DAL-2006-AL-2014-/181164136056?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_101&hash=item2a2e395678
 
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