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  1. Yep, almost a teal green. A lot brighter than those photos make it look. If I ever find the box with the original negatives in I'll try to get s better scan. Rather than a scan of a cheap photo print from a 1999 era scanner. I get the impression that the rust protection on the later ones was a lot better. Aside from a tiny bleb on one rear wheel arch the body on this one was spotless. Looked like new underneath despite living in Aberdeenshire.
  2. Zelandeth

    Bus Shite

    Remember back in 2003 a wayward pedestrian having a very lucky escape in Hamilton when we'd had replacement vehicle put on our run down south on the NX590. They materialised from behind a parked van and got clobbered by the bus, we were doing less than 20mph so the actual impact wasn't huge. Luckily for them we were in a Bova Futura, so the pointy shape of the nose of the bus just chucked them back onto the footpath where they landed on their backside looking slightly dazed. We were meant to be in a Van Hool Alizee. Imagine with the completely flat front on there they'd have been far more likely to end up under the bus.
  3. Found some photos of our much missed one. L25PAS, I miss you. If I had the choice of any this is basically the exact Panda I'd spec, even down to the colour. I love how the interior was so perfectly matched to the exterior.
  4. Only had an hour after dinner today, but as per my recently set out rules, I always want to get at least one thing on the to do list ticked off. So out we went. Today I wanted to start getting the void in between the oven and the gas locker actually starting to look like a cupboard for the first time since I'd owned the van. This whole area was just an empty void when I got it. Out with some high quality drafting materials for our template... Which was then translated into actual material. I have moved away from the chipboard now and will be using this laminated chipboard going forward. It's a lot stronger and cuts more cleanly. I didn't start out with this as I had yet to have confirmation that these panels were actually fair game to be used or I would probably have gone with this to start with. This was then assembled into an actual shelf. The battens along the front and rear edges serve a dual purpose of helping add a little additional rigidity to the shelf and also giving us an edge to prevent things from being able to fall off. Bearing in mind this *is* a van, so there's always the chance of things moving around in transit - even though I will be putting non-slip rubber matting on the shelves and the door will have the ability to be secured closed. I will be adding a panel to cover most of the heater fuel tank (being careful of screw length - I'm aware that there are quite a few I need to cut back in this area as it is - nowhere local had anything shorter than 1" long in stock, so I just figured I'd spend half an hour with a Dremel trimming back some screws where necessary) to protect it, just leaving myself a "window" to observe the fuel level through. Another identical shelf will go in above this one, just above the fuel tank. As the door itself is quite narrow (about half the width of the opening here) it will be quite a black hole, so I will be fitting lighting in here so that you can actually find anything. While it's a small thing it feels like quite a big step forward as it is the first time that this space has actually been starting to take shape. Feels like I am actually starting to put things back together now rather than pulling stuff to bits.
  5. If you do decide to substitute a modern speaker (not necessarily a bad idea) do expect to have to tweak the tone correction circuitry as modern ones will have *way* higher top end frequency response. I fell into that trap with a Bush VHF71 I restored a while back as my main bedroom set. It sounded horribly harsh until I'd subbed a few components around the tone control. In that case I had way too much treble, way too much bass and nothing in the middle. It sounded most peculiar!
  6. That's what the slots above the door are. Air is drawn in through a grating at the lower edge of the back and exits above the door. There's a gap left open to the area below the oven enclosure to allow it to breathe. I'll ensure there is a vent into the small locker that will be under there so it can breathe (like any of this will be air tight enough for that to be an issue!). Likewise the "flue" for the grill burner is through a slot in the middle of the hob.
  7. Already done. It's an ancient tin of stuff made by Boss, but same idea. Says it's suitable for both gas and water on the tin. Definitely wouldn't entertain the idea of putting together connections for gas dry given the safety implications. I was always taught as a rule that when dealing with compression fitting that if it squeaks when being tightened that it would almost definitely leak somewhere down the line.
  8. This is one of those days where there's depressingly little to show for a lot of work at a glance! While I didn't do a direct before and after, here's the general area a couple of days ago before work really started beyond pulling off the worktops. Here's where we left things today. Prior to this working the oven was basically just floating. It was held in purely by the four screws in the surround (which in itself had about as much structural rigidity as silly string). Step one for today was to remove the oven so I can get into the area behind it unhindered. Step two was further carpentry to make the divider that separates it from the cupboard. Again, this fitted with surprisingly little hassle...the only fettling that was needed was to make the cutout for the pipes a little deeper as I hadn't taken account for the fact that I had bent the gas lines for the hob and oven back a bit to keep them out of the way. This then allowed me to locate a shelf beneath the oven for it to sit on, and to properly tie the front of the worktop frame to the wall of the van again. This was where I also discovered that it wasn't actually screwed onto the floor anywhere except for right at the one end. Once this had been corrected it actually felt sturdy for the first time ever. This is relevant as the oven is by far the biggest source of squeaks and rattles while driving, so anything I can do to reduce its ability to wobble and bounce independently of the van itself is to be taken advantage of. After probably an hour of faffing around with the L shaped metal panels which I have to guess originally formed a box around the oven I ran out of patience. I have to assume that there was an additional piece or a load of battens or something that went with them that I just don't have. I decided to just use them to line the enclosure the oven was going to live in and call it good. I've no idea how they were originally used and I'm sorry if the designers see this and tear their hair out. One is mounted underneath the oven and to the rear, the other is to the front and left. The little strip left in the one corner has been covered with aluminium tape to offer a bit of thermal reflection too. I think this is probably a bit overkill given the amount of heat that isn't chucked out of the back and sides of the unit (most of the output comes out of the vent below the control panel at the front), but I figure the more heat that's kept away from wood the better. The underside of the shelf which was then put in to close this area off (after leak-checking the reconnected gas line of course) was also foil lined. The liner for the grill was then attached to the shelf - this shelf was reused from the original setup - I know it's what the liner was originally attached to as all the holes line up! I've no idea what the rear of this was originally closed of with - if anything. I'm going to slot a piece of steel sheet in here though. Already have it marked out, just need to get the grinder out to cut it out. I'm planning to make a couple of plates to go over the top as well either side of the burner to keep the heat off the frame and keep it as completely enclosed as I can. Not going to make those until I've decided precisely where the hob assembly will sit as it will obviously affect the geometry. Just the fun and games of trying to make something that is designed to get hot with a frame out of what's essentially low grade plywood! The oven is pretty easy as it's inside a pretty well insulated metal box, the grill needs a bit more care taken, which means I need to do some metalwork. That's where we left off today though. Doesn't look like much for more or less a full afternoon of work does it!
  9. Is removing the ABS even an option? I thought it was one of those safety systems that for the MOT "if it was fitted from new it must be present and working" or it will fail. I'm positive I recall a friend having problems getting a Saab 9000 with ABS issues through a test where the parts were made of pure unobtanium, and having totally removed all trace of the system ran into an "MOT computer says no" situation. As I recall it took about another year but they did eventually get it sorted, after finding a donor car and having to reinstall a lot of kit they'd taken off. This is going back to 2010 or so, so things may have changed since!
  10. It definitely helped in my van - though as soon as we got the 30C weather nonsense last year it peeled off the vertical surfaces I'd put it on...but should be fine for the floor.
  11. That's not a bad thought, though as far as I'm aware they have come out of here originally...there are definitely used screw holes in several areas. I'm just struggling to figure out how it's meant to fit together. I'll figure it out eventually I'm sure. Or decide I've wasted enough time on it and do it my own way! Further fixings have now been acquired so I should be able to pick up where I left off later. Very much doubt I'll get as far as reinstallation of the worktops today, but we'll see. There's quite a lot to be done before I get to that stage.
  12. Bit of work done in the van today to start putting back together what I pulled to bits yesterday. First up was to extend the top of the countertop over the fridge so we didn't have two different heights to work with. Luckily I found a couple of offcuts floating around which were exactly the right size to get the height right. By complete and utter random chance it turned out that I had a thin MDF offcut floating around that was almost the exact right size to close this off. It's a bit warped from sitting in the back of the shed for about three years but that's hardly a problem here. Yes I did make sure to leave enough of a drop so the drawer can latch closed. Those little metal L brackets will feature heavily in this job, and are a favourite of mine for many tasks. I decided against bothering to elevate the fridge. Doing that would have required me to dismantle and completely redo the flue and I really didn't want to take that apart again. Having thought on it overnight I decided that the fuel tank for the heater was going back more or less where I had first put it. It was just going to be awkward having it inside the gas locker and there was always the worry of it getting bashed while putting the gas bottle in - though it is really sturdy. I prefer this as well in that it means that the fuel level can be checked visually from inside the van without needing to go outside. It's positioned such that filling can be easily done through the gas locker door though. While I was working in that area I finally got the water pipes into the two brackets right in the corner. I didn't have enough hand strength to do that when I was standing on my head under there when I did the plumbing! The clips are really intended for 15mm copper pipe so these hoses are a really snug fit, it takes quite a bit of effort to get them to snap closed. I need to tidy up the tail light wiring. That's probably going to be a job for tomorrow. That's what all that spaghetti is, the feeds for the high level tail lights. Also, yes. That is a patio gas cylinder. I've got a proper one in the garage waiting to go in along with a new regulator and hose tail. This was the only one I had to hand for testing a year and a half ago (nicked from the barbeque) and I had honestly forgotten about that until seeing the "patio gas" logo on it today. Not sure what the difference is mind you, the ratings on the regulator are identical to the one which will be going in, just a different fitting. I'll be sealing around the tank so it doesn't leave a gaping hole in the gas locker. I will be constructing things a bit differently to how they were originally as well as I'm not bothering having a separate lid on it. This got me to an a stage I was dreading...starting to rebuild. There are some things I am good at and some things I am not good at. Carpentry is one of the latter. Generally no matter how much care, patience and care I put into jobs involving woodwork things degenerate into a complete farce in no time flat and the results make the dimensaional control on the Lada production line on a Monday morning look like something from the space program. Even if all I was cutting out was a simple square. With that in mind I didn't have great hopes for making things like this. How far away from fitting was it then? I nearly died of shock...aside from some slight wobble on the long edge that I was aware of and really isn't a problem here, it's pretty much a perfect fit. I didn't need to take it back out to be altered, which means it's nanometre perfect in my book! How about the other side? Now I'm getting a little scared...that fit too! The joins along all the edges will be sealed carefully to ensure that the cabinet is as close to sealed from the rest of the van as possible. I'll be cutting bigger vents in the floor as well before everything is buttoned up. I've got appropriate grills to cover them. Around where the pipework passes know if out will also be treated with tape and/or expanding foam. I'll add a buffer next to the edge of the heater fuel tank where it protrudes into the locker to protect it from getting bashed when inserting or removing the cylinder. I could have set it back a bit further but that would have made filling more awkward. I do have a cylinder securing kit in the garage too, will be nice to switch to that and ditch the bungee cords and ratchet strap system! While it looks tight it's not bad actually. Probably the most annoying thing when inserting/removing the cylinder is the kitchen sink waste - however I can't really move it any further back due to the position of the chassis outrigger this corner of the van sits on. It would have been flush with the wall if there wasn't a 3mm thick steel plate under there! I'd like to ditch as much of the flexible drain pipe as possible somewhere down the line anyway, so that may be revisited. Yes, the tail light wiring is running through a ventilation hole... it's already on my list (and has been since it was lashed up like that). Pretty much everything in this corner was done to prove things worked and fully expecting to come back to it (which I now am) to do a proper job of it. I had to stop at this point as I have run out of fixing brackets, and nearly run out of woodscrews of an appropriate size...will need to make a Toolstation run to restock. Next steps (in no particular order): [] Tidy high level tail light wiring. [] Replace gas cylinder regulator & hose. [] Install gas cylinder fixing kit. [] Install buffer adjacent to heater fuel tank. [] Seal gas locker. [] Add further ventilation to floor of locker. [] Add further hole for sink draining rack drain line. [] Trim screws where they protrude into the locker (not strictly necessary but feels the right thing to do). [] Pick up more brackets, screws & gas fittings. [] Paint everything under there white once it's all fitted. [] Install cupboard and gas locker (remotely switched obviously) lights. [] Properly figure out where sink, hob and draining rack are going! [] Refit oven heat shielding. Speaking of the heat shield... I'm *assuming* that's what these bits of pressed metal are. There are two identical ones there. Has anyone who's done work on something like this have the foggiest idea how they're meant to be fitted...it really isn't obvious! To be honest the outside of the oven doesn't really get all that hot so I'm not sure how necessary they are. I've had it running for a full hour flat out during testing and it never got to a point where the surface temperature was worrying. It's double skinned as it is. The panelling between it and the cupboard will be lined with foil for heat reflection anyway and there will be a decent air space around it on all sides. Feels like progress is being made...was a bit disheartening seeing the mess I'd made yesterday and the amount of things I'd out together that I had just pulled apart again. Nice to see proper panelling going in rather than paper thin chipboard you can cut with scissors or Foamex which was used for a lot of "this will do for two trips I've one afternoon to prep for" too.
  13. I might die of shock...just been doing work involving carpentry and it didn't descend into a complete farce! Everything actually fitted...first time. Sure I'll make up for it when I continue tomorrow - need to make a Toolstation run first though as I've run out of mounting brackets and am nearly out of the relevant size of woodscrews.
  14. I should have been at a convention this weekend but it was of course cancelled due to the current situation. They've had a few events streaming over the weekend online though so it's been nice to feel like a part of things at least a little bit. The real grin though, even though the event was cancelled through, we've still managed to raise £16K and counting for this year's charity. That's through people donating some or all of their membership costs rather than requesting a refund and through donations made over this weekend. That's a lot of money from an event that basically never happened.
  15. Today I made a horrendous mess. The main reason was that I really wanted to do something about these stupid worktops in the kitchen. They're just standard household ones, and aside from being massively heavier than the purpose built caravan ones they are about twice as thick. This is a problem because it means that the fasteners on the underside of the hob and sink aren't long enough to reach all the way through, and I've had to do nonsense like this with the taps. Reason being that the threaded section was slightly shorter than the thickness of the worktop. So I went out and picked up something at least a little more sensible. It's just furniture board so nothing special, but it will do the job. That panel even before it's trimmed down etc is lighter than what has been taken out by a fair chunk. Next step of course was to start tearing things to bits. Wasn't done here yet, the one remaining partition in there was also pulled out before I was done. On the plus side, this means that I can actually sort a lot of the jury-rigged nonsense I threw together when trying to get the van ready for the first trip out in a massive hurry. Getting things under there sorted out will be an order of magnitude easier without the worktops in place. I've got a bunch of decent laminate board which will do just fine for panelling stuff down there out. I'll get the fridge lifted up an additional 1/2" as well so it actually fits properly in the hole for it. Does mean that I need to try to figure out how on earth some of the original bits and pieces fit together though!
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