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=== [http://www.exmod.co.uk/othervehicles.html Mobile workshop 110 with lift up sides] ===
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* 2004 (53) 110 Hardtop
* 2004 (53) 110 Hardtop * Td5 Diesel
* Td5 Diesel
* Direct from Severn Trent Water plc * LEZ Compliant  
* Direct from Severn Trent Water plc
* LEZ Compliant  
* Fitted with DC welder and generator, Grinder, handwash etc
* Fitted with DC welder and generator, Grinder, handwash etc

Revision as of 09:26, 13 September 2012

Mobile Hackspace Project - "Go Anywhere, Build Anything!"

What is the mission

In 2010 some friends and I founded the Nottingham Hackspace, now a huge workshop filled with tools and space to work on nearly any project. Nottinghack has a thriving online community and over 120 members who pay monthly to use the space. Members and visitors share skills and get inspired by the space and the things they can make in it. A lot of the effort of Hackspace has been getting people to come to the Hackspace and see how awesome it is. Now I want to take Hackspace to them by putting it in a truck and taking it on the road.

What a Hackspace isn't

A Hackspace is more than a workshop with tools in it. A Hackspace includes the community built around the space. If you simply hire a room and fill it with tools and there isn't a community, that isn't a hackspace.

Focal point at an event

The sorts of event that the Mobile Hackspace might compliment:

The Mobile Hackspace Project is a personal project of Dominic Morrow acting as a part of the Hackspace Foundation. Mobile Hackspace project is a working title for this project.

The idea is to equip a vehicle with all the key equipment of a Hackspace and take that Hackspace to the hackers, wherever that may be. The mobile hackspace would provide tools, especially higher end technology used for prototyping or fabrication of nearly anything anywhere.

Additional applications of the mobile hackspace would be:

  • Schools and educational
  • Promoting the Hackspace movement

Can't think of anything else now. More stuff to come.

Go Anywhere, Build Anything!

The Nottingham Hackspace started as a group meeting in the pub. We had no real space of our own at all and almost no tools, litterally what we could turn up with. We had a lot of fun in those days. Ironically we were spending more in the pub in one night than many of us pay in membership for a month!

In those days we could only dream of having the sort of prototyping tools we have now at the hackspace, those tools have opened up the possibilities of what we can make, inspired us to learn more and helped us to continue to grow the hackspace. What if we could take that inspiration on the road?

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When members of the Nottingham Hackspace went to the EMF Camp we wanted to create a focal point for the camp that was an actual Hackspace. We were keen to have the one place at the event that people could make things and this proved to be a considerable draw.

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At the EMF Camp we tooled up my van with the Hackspace laser cutter, we also took loads of handtools, a vinyl cutter, soldering irons and other items.

Currently Under Consideration

Iveco Daily Luton Walkthrough


Example shown 2007 IVECO DAILY LUTON 3450 WB Diesel from Vantasticuk.com

£5340 inc VAT

  • 2007 (57 Reg)
  • Luton Van
  • 3,500 kg GVW
  • 2287 cc
  • Manual
  • 2 Seats
  • MWB
  • 120 bhp
  • Diesel
  • White (attitude needed)
  • 4 Doors
  • MOT Until 12/2012


Unit is spacious and has sufficient space on the left and right possibly for a workbench on one side and storage shelving on the other. There is also space for stuff above the drivers area. It has walkthrough access from the cab as well as a side and rear door.

No longer in the running due to cost considerations

Mobile workshop 110 with lift up sides

  • 2004 (53) 110 Hardtop * Td5 Diesel
  • Direct from Severn Trent Water plc * LEZ Compliant
  • Fitted with DC welder and generator, Grinder, handwash etc
  • Towpack
  • Full Service History
  • Warranted Mileage of 124,000 miles
  • Price £8,400 Including VAT (£7,000 plus VAT) Including new MOT, service and comprehensive guarantee




Item Est. Cost Notes Comment
Vehicle £8,400.00 An ideal vehicle with DC generator, power sockets tow set etc exmod.co.uk
Insurance - Annual £1,300.00 vehicle insurance only
Road Tax - Annual £215.00 DVLA
MOT - Annual £0 Not required in the 1st year
Secure Storage - Annual £8 per week City Council
Brownchurch Roof Rack £? 2nd Hand item required + fitting

Road Tax DVLA info

Some details about BD53 YFK from the DVLA site


Insurance vehicle only

The image below is based on a compare the market quote for insurance making a few assumptions. It would not include public liability and content, also I'd need to factor the cost of parking the Mobile Hackspace too.


How will the Mobile Hackspace Project benefit existing Hackspaces

For the cost of moving the Hackspace (includes fuel, overheads and driver), any UK Hackerspace or group can hire the mobile Hackspace to use as a platform for their group at an event, other Hack-day or whatever. The Mobile Hackspace can easily be re-branded with vinyl banners to become an extension of that Hackspace at any other venue.

How will this be funded?

I intend to run a campaign on the UK launch of Kickstarter.com. Kickstarter say that it will launch in the UK in Autumn 2012. I will need to make a video and will be looking for volunteers to speak about Hackspace and what it means to them.

Stuff we'll want in the van!

Item Est. Cost Notes Link
Laser Cutter/Engraver 40W CO2 A4 £1,400.00 HPC Lasers
Air Compressor £180 Machine Mart
Drill Press £200 Machine Mart
3D Printer £
Solder Station/Reflow Hot air etc £
Bench Power Supply £

Tools and Equipment for Hacking

  • vinyl cutter
  • laser engraver
  • 3D printer perhaps
  • power drills and drivers
  • glue guns
  • staple guns
  • pillar drill
  • CNC Mill

Mobile Hackspace Kit (build a Hackspace in a field storged on/in vehicle)

  • tables & chairs
  • pagodas ideally automatic erection (giggle)
  • hard floor matting
  • lighting
  • power adaptors

What the vehicle needs

  • power hook up
  • inverter/generator
  • solar panel?
  • lots of storage compartments (side entry like a fire engine or a sandwhich van like this )
  • lighting
  • water tank and tap
  • fire extinguisher
  • large roof rack storage
  • mobile hot spot (how do buses do this?)
  • secure locking and a massive guard-dog
  • air compressor
  • side awning
  • tow bar for add on unit or caravan! Hack Caravan!
  • projector and screen somehow

Suitable Vehicles

Ideally the vehicle could run on carrot juice and be very environmentally friendly. Budget suggests it might have to save the planet some other way. Bio-diesel seems plausible as does LPG conversion (though I am not sure what difference either option makes to emissions). Having it's electrical power (when not in motion) at least partially solar and wind would be great.

Remember the Gastrowagon? I have something in mind like "The Gastrowagon" from Cook on the Wild Side, an early 90s Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall show about cooking stuff you find. The gastrowagon was very cool. He lived on top of it in a box, it had water, an oven and all sorts of other stuff that opened out the side of it.

What appears to be the remains of the gastrowagon and a chap doing it up! I like Land Rovers a lot anyway so that might influence my decision somewhat.

Land Rover Defender 130 Quadtech Rear Box Body This item looks perfec, it's ONLY the Rear Box Body but £900 seems plausable to me. It requires a Landy 130 which is a little less obtainable. this one looks perfect

Here is a great page of Land Rover 130 Quadtech's and Workshops for sale!

exmod.co.uk Land Rover 130 Quadtech

other ideas

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It's always tempting to consider novelty vehicles like this one. However in practive these are not at all practicle, they are expensive to buy, run and insure. They are not fuel efficient or reliable and the draw of their coolness does not out weigh the disadvantages of their size and limitations.

Likewise I am avoiding anything special like this

  • Note should be made of the Mobile Hackspace project proposed by Bob Clough at HACMan using this novelty bottle forward control landrover
  • sandwhich truck
  • long wheelbase landrover (especially old fire engine type or anything with side lockers
  • UPS type van or any van you can walk into the back of from the drivers seat. I love that.
  • a Luton van is big
  • the van I already own (very small)

Why don't you get a bus that would be cool?

True, it might be cool and old buses might not cost as much as you think. At the Manchester Mini Maker Faire I spent some time talking with Andrew Teverson of The Stage Bus, a double decker dus (not a route master) that converts into a stage with large sound system, lighting, dressing room etc. Apparently on the top deck there is a kitchen and bedroom with bunks though Andrew (who was rather tall) said he bangs his head on the ceiling a lot and that it's hot in summer and cold in winter.

Of driving the bus Andrew said that technically anyone with a Full UK Driving Licence can drive upto 8 people in it. However he said he has an HGV licence which makes insurance considerably easier to get. Andrew said the bus cost about £3k but that the refit had been more. They have to store it at a caravan storage place and this costs them about £2k a year. Insurance covers the bus and contents I think and he said that it was expensive. I think Stage Bus is a great idea and I certainly plan to hire it if I ever have a suitable event. I think the model it uses as a business is a good one and very similar to how Mobile Hackspace might work.

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