This is where the pegboards need to go for the car keys and house keys in our Nissan NV subcompact cargo van.First, Weston makes a template for the curves on the the roof line so it’s nice and tight. After the roof line is traced, he jigsaws the pegboard, and frames the back.Easier said than done.
Umm.. OK, show-off. That’s enough. We opted to put bags between the peg boards where the partition slanted back instead dropping straight down and having a gap behind the board and a loss of space. Glad we did. The bags fit well there and we thought about putting lockout tools there but it seemed a waste of space. Two pegboards aren’t going be enough. Here is the pegboard above the workbench. Now there is a lot of room for hanging keys. That wire hanging is for the fan but we moved the fan to the corner of this side door. It’s a better fit for the truck there and boosts the cross flow of air pretty good. It reminds me of the old fans in the school buses for the bus driver.Weston has done it again. Well played, sir. It’s time to install the key machines, hang the keys, stock the car ignitions, mount the first aid kit, new tool bag, organize the lock hardware, and put bags behind the machines.Best vehicle build ever, besides his Scout II build, or his VW Beetle build. Ok. Ok. Best Locksmith Truck build ever. This was a fun one, and we are happy that we gained two inches between the benches from what we had in the old trucks. We cut it in tight. Stay tuned for decals and equipment install. We have to sell ‘El Burro’. We’re not buying new tires for it, again.
So the shipment for the Nissan electrical arrived and we went to town on wiring up the locksmith truck. We went the solenoid setup over the diode setup for the battery charging system. We had the diode system in ‘El Burro’ . I remember one of the guys at Broadway Electrical saying they were “not that great”. He was right. It was problematic and had to be replaced, after frying itself out. Didn’t do wonders for the battery either. Those guys at Broadway Electrical, in Lemon Grove, are great. They really know their stuff. They ran a short down for us once. We searched for a couple days. It kept blowing the fuse and we couldn’t find it. They ran it down. Good service and knowledgeable. Solenoid all the way for us. We have the same charging setup in the ‘The Stickman’ and it works great. Not one problem.
Running the lines for the lights and the fan went pretty quick. Nice and tidy. Here is Weston, checking out his handiwork at the fuse box. Solid marine grade setup he found on the web. Perfect for our ocean air environment.
So then comes running the main electrical wire to the engine compartment.
This can only really be properly done by removing the seat. You almost always have to remove the seats on a good build. You don’t want wires sticking out or chaffing on a bad run. I know your wire comes in a thick plastic coating, but you have to hide and protect your electrical system. It’s more fragile than you would think.
Next I run the wire into the center console and then through an existing hole under the dashboard. I look rad in those Oakleys. I managed not to scratch them throughout the run. My eyes felt super relaxed the whole time. Hooray Oakley! Made in USA. USA! USA! Bringing back the chant! This is me, licking the emergency brake handle. That’s a pretty hair bun.
So the wire has been run through to the engine comparment and there is a lot of room in the front engine compartment. That made mounting the solenoid a piece of cake. There is a nice spot on the body near the battery.
Here is the two battery charging system all hooked up and with the inline fuses for both batteries installed. Overall, a tidy little install. Good job, Wes.
It has been three weeks since the last post about the 2015 Spring Locksmith Build and I’m sorry for the delay. There has been a lot of working and sleeping, as it tend to go with buildouts. There is finally a chance to update you all on the Locksmith Build. It’s been a fun one. Check it out!
So the last time I posted, we had installed the toolboxes and shelving, and now it was time to build the tabletops. This tabletop had to fit the high security machine, the HPC key cutter, and a pinning kit. Tetris anyone?Just like the shelving and toolboxes, we needed to cut the toolboxes in as close to wall as possible for maximun space. Here is Weston looking at his handiwork. We cut them in real nice. and we were happy about the space.One of the toolbox mounts was on top of the toolbox, where the tabletop would be. Here is Wes routering out the bottom of the tabletop so it would lay flat on the top of the toolbox. Next came the sanding. I know it looks like I’m doing no work, but Wes isn’t taking any pictures of me. I am sanding as well, but you wouldn’t know it.
Nice and level. Next came the backsplashes so small lock parts and springs going flying could be reasonably retrieved. We also didn’t want a bunch of key dust falling behind the toolboxes where the vacuum couldn’t go.
Then came the measuring, the angles, the remeasuring, the cutting, the remeasuring. The saw had a laser light. That was pretty helpful. After all the little pieces of the backsplash were cut, we glued them and hit them with the brad gun. Here is Weson wiping excess glue from the seams. Nice job.Both sides turned out nice. The vise needed to be installed on this side.
Now it was time to run the electrical for the machines, the lights, the fan and install the charging system. Stay tuned for the next installment of the 2015 Spring Locksmith Build.
The third locksmith truck in the Dup-A-Key commercial fleet. Technically, a station wagon, this vehicle has a low profile and small footprint, but has more room inside than the other trucks. This is Weston after receiving the key truck. The new Dup-A-Key locksmith truck is sweet. This is an exciting build out for us.
We scoured the internet for the Adrian Steel tool boxes we would need for the build. Weston found them in Placentia, near Anaheim. We got a good deal on them and even had one left over for Big Red, our new beach lockout tricycle build.
So then comes the custom fabrication. Weston lives for this part. We put all the hardware in and make the measurements for cutting the toolboxes and fitting them into the locksmith truck. You need a certain amount of room to move around between benches. So you have to cut out around the wheel wells and tighten everything up against the wall. Here is my handiwork, cutting out a shelving unit for the work bench where the wheel well is going to be. The blue tape is there so I don’t slice my hand when the grinder kicks. Cutting commercial grade steel takes time and a few cutting wheels.
Wes is cutting and drilling things too. He wears eye protection to protect his long eyelashes. He wants to know what’s up? Are you mad dogging him? Better not.
Here is the base of the work bench ready to be installed. Weston wants to know what’s taking so long to get it in the van. I’m documenting this install, Wes. Chill.
They’re all fitted in! Time for a well deserved brewski. Looks good, Weston. Living the High Life. You are a craftsman. That top on the workench is not staying on there. It was the old one. We don’t like it. Stay tuned for the rest of the 2015 Spring Locksmith Build. We’re having fun this year building out locksmith vehicles. Vroom vroom.