The Fiorino, from the Italian automotive giant Fiat, in its third generation, demonstrated a departure from the commercial vehicle world by the creation a greatly reduce-sized van while maintaining a real van body – with double back doors, low loading floor, and optional side door. So, keeping all the conveniences of a traditional commercial van, but with the convenience and maneuverability of a city car.
And people took notice … tradesmen, craftsmen and small companies, especially in cities and small towns, where it is ideally suited for urban driving, yet without giving up its tough, big van body.
On this page, we see an example of a Fiat Fiorino with plastic drawers and shelving – converted by the Syncro team for a company that provides service and maintenance to industrial lifts and elevators.
Let’s take it step by step, starting from the bottom…first we installed a 12 mm resin-coated birch plywood floor panel. Its phenolic glues are extremely water resistant. The panel is CNC cut to perfectly fit the Fiorino loading bay, and its job is three-fold: prevent damage to the original floor, create a perfectly flat loading surface, and provide a solid base to which it is possible to mount the racking components.
Note that the floor panel is complete with protective non-slip steel borders and embedded anchorage cups that remain flush with the floor’s surface.
The right-hand side racking solution consists of a partially closed wheel arch base, equipped with the patented rotational hinge system, allowing ‘wide-open’ access for easy loading and unloading of items.
Above the wheel arch frame, Syncro technicians mounted two metal drawer units with thirty plastic drawers, each with automatic locking mechanisms, and aluminum dividers.
At the very top of the units, we placed a metal structure holding six plastic removable and portable bins.
On the right-hand side, there is a basic shelf with two sturdy steel shelves, both complete with rubber mats and dividers. The lower compartment is equipped with a strap for securing cargo; the top part consists of the Syncro long object storage shelf for safely transporting elongated objects such as pipes, tubes, rods, etc.