iPhonenography ~ Whisky16–An interesting use of styles, 10/17

Now with 39 styles…


FTC ~ Rhino-Rack Zenith Masterfit Cargo Box–RMFZ86, 10/12

Rhino-Rack Cargo Box Options

2016 Ford Transit Connect LWB XLT–Mod Update, 10/10

2 months 1 week, and 5 days [received 07/28]…

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  1. Bulkhead–COMPLETED, 08/04 [Story, 1st cmt.–a doozy!]
  2. Painted door panels–COMPLETED, 08/04
  3. Window wind deflectors–COMPLETED, 08/04
  4. 4′ x 6′ Rug–COMPLETED, 08/05
  5. Bike Transport Rig [BTR]–COMPLETED, 08/14
  6. Graphics–COMPLETED, 08/10
  7. Accent lighting [Chris’ work for 3 areas of accent lighting-rewired 08/26–08/28]. 7A [reflective tiles] and 7B [3-LED Cargo Area Light Switch] COMPLETED, 08/16. 7C is yet to come.
  8. Driver & Passenger side window tintingCOMPLETED, 08/18
  9. Thinkware F770 Dash CameraCOMPLETED, 08/25 [rewired power source 08/26]
  10. Rhino-Rack USA Trackmount Roof Rack–COMPLETED, 10/10 [ordered 09/05]. 
  11. Side Rails–No one has found running boards, side rails/skirts for this van.

FTC ~ Roof Rack–Rhino-Rack USA Vortex Trackmount Roof Rack [The next step], 10/11

I think it will be awhile.

Yes, for photo gear and for travel, this is the cargo box I prefer.


The Zenith Masterfit Cargo Box has a beautiful modern design that is highly aerodynamic, reliable and secure. It is the perfect accessory to carry your gear along on family vacations or on that road trip with your mates. The capacity of this Cargo box is 440L and is 2100mm long so you can fit an assortment of awkward items within. Some of the special features include impact resistance, UV protection, 4x premium fit mounts and the Cargo box has dual side opening for convenience.

FTC ~ Roof Rack–Rhino-Rack USA Vortex Trackmount Roof Rack [Installed], 10/10

It is done [and I am glad]!

It took 11 days for receipt on 09/29–all of it relating to drilling through the hardened steel above the van cab. Those holes were drilled this morning. I have a bit of touch up to do.

FTC ~ Roof Rack–Rhino-Rack USA Vortex Trackmount Roof Rack [Rails Installed], 10/10

I am delighted to be installing the rack. It is happening…

October 07, 2016, I said it would happen. Five holes were drilled this morning by Josh of TBC Race Cars of Fayetteville, North Carolina [referred by Robert Gonzales of Rhino-Racks of Colorado]. The owner did it for free! This has been a very nice start to my Monday morning and the beginning of a new work week. Thanks, Robert & Josh!

Looking at the rails & track leg bases, without the crossbars installed.

FTC ~ Roof Rack–Rhino-Rack USA Vortex Trackmount Roof Rack [update], 10/07

I will be delighted to have the rack installed. It will happen…

Not yet, but soon!

Okay! I worked [unsuccessfully] many hours yesterday and today with various “hardened” drill bits in an effort to get through the #$@* roof above the cab. I have a small fortune invested in various drill bits. The seller thinks they should work; but, the do not.

I conferred with Rhino-Rack, Colorado again. Their chief installer called the parent company in Australia for a solution–use a 1mm Carbide Bit to drill a pilot hole and go larger from there up to the 5mm hole I need for the rivets. He also referred me to a local fabricator who may drill the holes for me. I called. They can see my Monday morning.

In spite of the woes, this will be done and the van will be just perfect. Remember, Rome was not built in a day.

Thanks to the crew at Rhino-Rack, Colorado