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#211 OFFLINE   Zelandeth

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Posted 26 May 2018 - 09:39 PM

Tidy job there. Doesn't need to be absolutely showroom minty on a working vehicle I think.

Sort of what I'm going for on the Lada really - it's the sort of car which actually looks better to me if it looks a bit "lived in" I think. Same goes for a van I think.
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Posted 14 June 2018 - 09:18 PM

A brief photo-heavy update on the van! A minor annoyance was the lack of a glovebox light, so managed to rig one up with a compact switch.

 

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Then I decided to make the sleeping space a bit longer by cutting holes in the ply lining. Unfortunately I had forgotten about the sliding door rail, so the cut-out on the nearside was eaten into somewhat.

 

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Hatches cover the holes when not in use, so the seat cushions can remain velcroed upright.

 

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I cursed my wonky jigsaw - I thought by screwing a batten to the wall and following that I would be guaranteed a straight line, but no. The blade kept jumping off the guide roller so time for a decent tool I think. Then I'll have nothing to blame apart from myself!

 

Then I tidied up the rear door frame - before:

 

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And after:

 

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I also changed the rear tyres:

 

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Looks a little precarious up on a jack!

 

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Jobs done and ready to roll :-)

 

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 09:49 PM

Nice job on the bed. I have a similar 'across the back' bed in my LDV convoy camper, I'm only 5'7" so won't need to go to those lengths though!
If you're doing that kind of job again you can plunge cut with a circular saw, if you have one, and just take out the last inch or so with the jig saw.
My camper is dark green/blue, it's a change from the usual white but I'm envious of your colour scheme, it really suits the boxy shape.
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Posted 25 June 2018 - 09:46 PM

We've made it to France now and as usual the weather is scorchingly hot (at least by Welsh standards!) No problems so far, all is going well. And it's true what they say; in bed those extra few inches really do make a difference! I can fully stretch out now without touching the walls.

Could this get any better?

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Chod spotted en route:

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We have a week staying in a house now - after 1200 miles at 55mph it's nice to have a bit of a base. Not sure the van is entirely in keeping with the surroundings though...

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Posted 27 June 2018 - 12:43 AM

I disagree. That looks like you have completely won at life.
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'Ridiculing shit engineering for over half a century'

 

Vomit colour Corsa 1.4 Comfort badermatic (the one constant, reliable thing in my life /Quentin)

XM 2.1 SEDTurbo (leaky driveway ornament)

LT Multicruiser (guest bedroom and backup kitchen)

Mk1 MR2 (rumours of its health are lies)

 

In the Voyager Sanitorium:

Chrysler Graf Spee Limited 3.3 + LPG (suspected OMGHG, Driver's window failure, ABS, AC and driver's seat heater failures)

Spears and reapers Chrysler Graf Spee Limited 3.3 + LPG (suspected long term abuse by PO, passenger's window failure)

 

(I'm sure I've forgotten at least one...)


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Posted 04 July 2018 - 08:27 PM

Back home now, 2200 miles and the only problem is a chipped windscreen. That will be the 4th screen it's needed in my ownership!

 

A few photos which may be of interest:

 

Bulldozer in Norfolk

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Camping friends!

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Living the dream

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Supermarket chod

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Camper chod

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Renault 4 van with its replacement behind

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One of only 3 BXs seen in two weeks :-(

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Charming little Renault Estafette camper

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On Mrs 6C's recommendation we stopped at the derelict Aerotrain rail.

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The heat was immense, and although the AC was on almost constantly I reckon it only brings the internal temperature down 10 degrees C or so. So when it's 40+ outside (we saw 42!) it still gets a bit toasty during the middle of the day!

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 09:37 PM

This was put to use at the weekend, towing a tiny digger for some work we needed to do in the garden. I'd have much preferred a bigger machine, but limited by what fits through the gate and archway. Handily you can even bring the tracks inwards to fit through a normal doorway!

 

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At 1500kg probably a bit too much for stable/legal towing with the Stellar, so the LT it had to be.


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Posted 30 September 2018 - 08:35 PM

Minor tinkering this weekend, as the front fog lights had seen better days.
 

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Not sure how old they are, but given that they state DDR on the front they would appear to pre-date the van. There is original wiring for front fog lamps, but doubt that VW would fit East German parts? So time for some West German decadence!

 

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These are actually of a driving light beam pattern, which I will find more useful. So I might rewire the original wiring so they come on with main beam.

 

Then we had a night away over in Shropshire...lovely spot on the edge of a forest overlooking a valley.

 

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Once the sun had set there was absolutely zero light pollution - not a single light was visible anywhere so we could have been the only people in existence. Bliss :-)


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Posted 15 December 2018 - 09:08 PM

This hasn't been used for a couple of months, but we slept in it last night after a Christmas party. It was a freezing cold night so were glad to be able to plug into the mains, and have electric heating overnight. Even the dog had a heater in her 'bedroom' up front!

 

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It ran fine, part from occasionally dropping the rev counter signal to zero and stopping charging :-( First guess is sticky alternator brushes, as it only did it for the first half hour of the journey. But it doesn't inspire confidence, so I'm half tempted to put a complete new unit on as this one (a *really* cheap supposed new one) has been nothing but trouble. New brushes, bearings and regulator all needed in 50k miles. Maybe a reputable place would be able to rewind it for more output?


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Posted 21 March 2019 - 02:07 AM

Random question for you..
 
I've pretty much decided to go down a similar route to you with regards to climate control in the living area of my van.  I just can't handle heat these days...so air con will be a must have.
 
That all-in-one form factor is ideal for me as it means no cutting holes in a nice waterproof roof, not having to route cabling to Perth and back, and should fit in the storage compartment under the bed/sofa.  There's bags of space down there, even if I might need to move the mains switchgear and the gas heater a bit.  The van being set up for two means that rather than there being a bunk over the cab there's a massive locker - so the one under the sofa is barely ever used.
 
Plenty of room!
 
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Do you know what make and model yours is, and roughly what you paid for it?  Will be making a start on hunting one down for myself soon, so would be useful just to have something of a ball park starting area...

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 06:52 AM

Mine is the Truma Saphir Compact, but Dometic do a similar underseat unit. Your van has more volume, so may need a more powerful unit - although is likely better insulated.

I paid £800 second hand, which looks a bit steep compared to the new price. But it comes with the Truma inverter, which I remember was incredibly pricey new! I did wonder about just buying an appropriately rated pure sine wave inverter, but was unsure whether it would handle the surge current of the motor starting - that causes a noticeable 'brownout' even with a 300 Ah battery bank!

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 11:11 PM

Thanks for that. Going to be pushing the budget a bit, but we'll make it work. I'm not really too bothered about being able to run it off 12V to be honest, as being realistically we're not likely to be spending much time off grid...and being wholly honest, if I put my mind to it I could probably gather the bits needed to retrofit the cab with conventional A/C for not a massive amount of money. Biggest headache there will probably be the heater box if it's different to the standard one. Will be able to see that soon as I need to take my heater apart to sort the blower fan anyway...ventilation in there isn't a massive issue thanks to huge windows that you can have fully open even at speed without horrible buffeting.

I have to admit that the engineer in me is wondering whether a somewhat cheaper solution would be to start with one of the conventional free standing portable air conditioners and hacking that up to make it fit into the available space...Though I suspect I'd need to cut lines so would need to get it vacced down and recharged by a HVAC engineer if I can find one...
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Posted 22 March 2019 - 09:09 AM

I've got a diesel eberspacher water heater that I'd like to see the back of, is it any use to anyone looking in on this thread?

 

As far as I know it all works, it's a 12v one.



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Posted 22 March 2019 - 09:52 AM

That might be of interest, I'm after a water heater for the van, so if you want to drop me a message with details and price that'd be great.

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Posted 22 March 2019 - 09:04 PM

A couple of points regarding the AC - an engine-driven system would be more powerful, and more efficient for cooling on the move. I've rarely felt the need for AC over here, as the insulation and reduced glass area compared to a car mean it is relatively cool. The 12V operation is useful for keeping the dog cool if we have to leave the van somewhere though - but I do worry about well meaning people seeing her unattended in the van and breaking in!

 

Whatever system you go for, it made a big difference positioning the outlets higher up. So I'd advise choosing a position from where you can easily/neatly run ducting.



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Posted 06 April 2019 - 09:31 PM

I've noticed a recent rumble from the engine on this, so I reckoned a bearing was nearing the end of its life. I was fairly confident it wouldn't be the alternator, as I replaced the bearings in that last year. But water pump was a possibility, as that was done at 150k miles (i.e. 120k miles ago). But I popped my head underneath and reckoned it was coming from the power steering pump, so I slackened off the belt and sure enough it fell silent. I could feel play in the pulley too, which was a bit of a giveaway!

 

Unfortunately the only place I've found with the pump in stock is over 500 Euros :-(

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Plenty of people listing it for £150-300, but out of stock. So at that price I think I'd be better off getting the original unit rebuilt, but that puts the van off the road for a while - and we're off to Europe in it at Easter. Will it last...?


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Posted 06 April 2019 - 09:37 PM

Not sure on the belt runs, but could you bypass the pas pump with a shorter belt? if so it might be worth working that out now and taking the right belt with you, just in case. 

 

On the other hand, I bet it's a fairly standard pump and the exact same one is £69 but with a different pulley on.


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Posted 06 April 2019 - 09:47 PM

Fortunately the alternator and PAS belts are seperate, so if the pump does fail I can just remove the belt.

 

Good point re the pump, I hadn't thought of that. Although it appears not to come with a pulley, so may not apply in this case. The 2.4 diesel is basically one and a half of the old 1.6 litre JX diesels, so I wonder whether a pump for one of those would be a good starting point?



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Posted 13 April 2019 - 09:08 PM

I'm not sure how long this has sat on the shelf, but £100 for a new (albeit dated 1993) genuine VW pump I'm happy with! :-D Plus time for an oil change so picked up a filter.

 

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Still looks pretty much new after 26 years of storage:

 

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I've done the oil and filter, but not the pump yet, as I got sidetracked fitting an undertray which I was given last summer. Anyone at FOTU may have seen this crammed into the back of the Stellar, which was only possible by unbolting the rear seat base and having one of the rear windows permanently open. I was praying it didn't rain!

 

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 08:36 PM

The old pump came off without a fight, which is more than can be said for the pulley! First of all I hd to drill out one of the allan screws holding it on (although that was my fault for not seating the bit fully).

 

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Then the pulley itself was well and truly stuck on - had to break out the puller, which even with the tighten/tap/tighten method, ended up bending the rim slightly, so I spent about an hour straightening that out to prevent premature belt wear.

 

Then on with the new pump - accessed both from above:

 

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And below:

 

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Haven't been able to try it yet, as I drained the oil seeing I already had a container of new, waiting on the shelf. Only when I picked it up I'd for some reason put a completely empty bottle of oil back instead of binning it! I can only think I was keeping it to fill with waste oil for disposal?

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