The owner of the van described on this page is an electrician who runs a TV and radio shop in a small hillside town. He needs to carry out installations and repairs in surrounding villages with the certainty of always having everything to hand, and without having to return to his shop for forgotten items, wasting valuable time and presenting a poor image to his customers. A van like the one shown in these photos is the ideal solution for this kind of requirement. It is a compact Ford Custom with racking on both sides, a large number of containers, plenty of cargo retaining accessories and a practical roof rack too.
You really need to get your van lined to protect it against damage. Robust liners also provide secure anchorage for racking. It’s only a small investment but it pays big dividends!
Sometimes all that is needed is to protect the floor, as this is the surface most subject to wear and damp and most likely to be scratched or dented by falling tools, equipment or materials. This was the choice made for the Ford Custom seen here: the only protection deemed necessary was a floor liner, in birch plywood with a marble-look surface.
For other ideas on how to line your Custom, look here.
The full-height racking on the left of the van consists of:
The solution adopted for the right of the van comprises transparent plastic containers in various sizes, some tilting and others pull-out, but all of limited depth. Because these containers are perfectly transparent, the user can see what is inside without having to open them. This offers important advantages: firstly, there’s no risk of running short of material and secondly there’s no need to waste time searching for what you want!
Worth noting is the extra-heavy-duty horizontal profile with Airline holes at the top of the wheel arch compartment and the addition of a cable holder on the side of the racking near the side door.
The Custom’s roof provides additional cargo space thanks to a Syncro System roof rack with an Ultrasilent vibration-damping profile at the front and a roller at the rear for easy loading.
If you are looking for a ladder rack or a pipe carrier, or wish to see other roof transport options, look here.