Time for a bit of an update...
This probably won't be very interesting, but it's one of those jobs that just needed doing to make the van usable. The van has had no dashboard thingy/heater controls/stereo etc... for several months now, so I decided to dedicate the bank holiday weekend to sorting it out. This is actually the last thing I wanted to spend the weekend doing
Anyway, this is what I've achieved:
If you look closely, it's a slightly unusual dashboard
This is how it started. I had been planning this for weeks, started drawing it up in CAD etc. In the end, I just grabbed the panel and pretty much just drew the design straight onto it and cut it out with the jigsaw. It was one of those moments when you have a sudden burst of "let's just get on with it"
I've spent the whole day immersed in spaghetti world, 9AM until 9PM. It's like some kind of punishment, and definitely the last thing I wanted to be doing on my bank holiday... I think I already said that somewhere.
Anyway the dashboard has a couple of features, the reversing camera comes on when you are reversing and I have also added an over-ride so you can switch it on whenever you want (just for fun, and possibly for use as a security camera). The stereo works normally (!), but also has a switch on the dashboard that allows you to switch it on with the key out of the ignition, so that I can use it as a stereo when I'm sitting in the back.
Part of me is glad I've got a few more bits sorted... but a bigger part of me just wants to stop faffing about and start using the van now. This is typical of me - over-complicate and then spend months and months constructing.
I plan to get away in the van towards the end of May, like I planned in April. Feel free to send arse kickings my way