Since my last post I’ve taken some time to do a few interior upgrades to the BOV Truck Project. First, let me remind you of what it used to look like with a few interior photos from when I first got the old fella.
I’ve always said to choose a BOV that is a very common make/model. This not only helps with parts availability post collapse but certainly helps when making any upgrades or replacements in general – even during times of plenty. I was able to find replacement door panels and a dash board for reasonable prices. These additions quickly cleaned up the inside.
Next, I ordered one of those Blanket Baja Seat Covers to clean up the seat a bit. I think it turned out pretty good.
Then, I added a few toys. First, a driver’s side Mag-Lite / Beating Club.
Second, I added a few mounts for some firepower. I picked up a custom under dash mount right hand draw holster for my Glock 19 from Texas Custom Holsters. It’s pretty sweet.
Then, I added an overhead shotgun/AR rack from Big Sky Racks.
You’ll notice also that I mounted a pistol grip rechargeable spot light. This is from StreamLight and has an infinite number of uses both in and out of a Bug Out Scenario.
On the dash I also mounted a canister of Tornado Pepper Spray. It came with a pretty cool thumb release surface mount system.
Just below and to the right of the steering wheel I mounted a Midland CB. I’m a big CB fan and it’s one communication tool that myself and the others in my Bug Out Convoy will use to keep in touch while in route.
In the center console I mounted a fire extinguisher and custom aluminum billet quick release mount from H3R Performance.
I also picked up an X-Grip cell phone window mount from Ram Mounts. If the cell service works, great. If not, I still have off-line maps loaded that can be used independently of cell and internet connections. If you haven’t considered a Smart Phone App that allows off-line navigation, you may want to think about it. The one I use with my DROID is called CoPilot GPS. It does not require cell or wifi connections and is not Google Maps dependent.
The military used a chain that is bolted to the floor under the driver’s seat to lock the steering wheel to prevent theft. I picked up a pad-lock for that as well. Simple but effective anti-theft tool.
I’ve still got several interior upgrades planned, including dash mount 12V and USB charger ports, but I thought I’d share a quick update of what I’ve done so far. The interior is looking pretty darn good – especially considering what I started with.
You’re not going to believe what you see in the next post! I’m taking the exterior of this truck to a completely new level. I know I should keep it plain but I just can’t stand it 🙂
Be well and Happy Thanksgiving my friends.
As always, thoughts and ideas are appreciated.
Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,