1998 G20 Van Toy Hauler Project
I found this site by searching around for different applications to run on a computer I am planning on installing in my van. This forum seems exactly what I am looking for to get direction and advice and to show off my completed project in the near future. Since I am finding this site before work, I will be brief in my introduction and then poke around the site later today to see what I can learn.
Here is a list of the things I plan to do with my recently purchased 1998 Chevy G20 cargo van:
1. Install electric winch and ramp for single-person loading of motorcycle <- COMPLETED
2. Install back-up camera and monitor <- equipment purchased, not yet installed
3. Install Dell Optiplex SX270 computer with Exorvision 15" touch screen LCD <- have equipment, not yet installed
4. Install Axiom A2 GPS and interface with computer <- have equipment and tech specs...haven't visited Radio Shack yet for necessary stuff
5. Install webcam array on top of van <- have equipment, not yet installed
6. Install active scanning radar system <- currently scouring military surplus sites and stores
7. Install infrared and nightvision cams <- have technical specs to hack webcams to do the trick, haven't done it yet
8. Increase overall security of vehicle by routing start-up functions and access control through computer or computerized lock-out system <- have magnetic card scanner and various bits of equipment, still looking for reliable method to accomplish this
9. Install alternative power source through either solar panels, card-deck fuel cells, or some other suggestion <- currently in contact with various suppliers of these types of equipment and a couple of professors who seem to have perfected low output fuel cells for my type of applications
10. Install GPS on motorcycle that will wirelessly interface with main system for downloads and mapping <- have equipment, looking for hacks and tech specs to accomplish
11. Install weapons systems and defensive counter-measures <- turns out, this is a felony in my state so that stage is ON-HOLD
Ok, I was just joking on that last one, although I seriously contemplated the potato-gun ramifications of 6" by 12' pipes mounted to the top of the van when I bought it. (It was a fleet vehicle for a large plumbing company.)
As you can see, my goals are somewhat ambitious, maybe even unrealistic, and certainly early on in their development. This has the potential to suck massive amounts of my time, so I am forcing myself to relegate it the weekends. However, this isn't stopping me from visiting Fry's while I am out and about for work later today.
I appreciate any and all direction the other members here. I know I am new to this clique, but I learn fast, understand most of the technical stuff, and am not afraid to sweat and get my hands dirty.
The eventual goal is create a James Bond meets Starship Enterprise type of vehicle to take on long excursions to the west with my motorcycle and to just generally impress the bejesus out of my friends. As I progress, I will update with pictures and questions. Thanks for this site!!!!