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    Floatylight reacted to 2cvspecial in New members, introduce yourself here.   
    I have a 2cv as my daily  and i am a teacher of cover lessons , i live down in Dorset on the coast
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    Floatylight reacted to Six-cylinder in Six Cylinders Motoring Notes - WANTED Driver's seatbelt for our Citroen XM   
    A pair of new rear Tyres for the 200TE today.
    The ones on the car were not quite worn out but we did not like the cracking between the treads.

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    Floatylight reacted to Six-cylinder in Six Cylinders Motoring Notes - WANTED Driver's seatbelt for our Citroen XM   
    I have  been offered a pair of seat belts for the XM that I have agreed to and now I am waiting for the guy to confirm.
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    Floatylight reacted to juular in Vanshite - stuck in Trafic   
    Wood facing, drawers, doors.
    Now to hide away all the wiring and pipes.  Underneath the sink I planned to have a couple of drawers, and above the fridge some USB / 12V sockets.
    Drawer fronts were made from single slabs of wood run through the table router with a curved cutter.

     
    The same was done to create a door for the electrical cupboard.

     
    These were treated with the pine-hiding walnut stain formula.

     

     
    A wood panel was made, edges finished in the router, and then glued to the front of the gas box and stained.

     

     

     

     
    Drawer sides were fitted.

     
    Power sockets were fitted above the fridge. It's a real pain but it's difficult/impossible to find these units in anything but black plastic. A chrome or brass finish would be nice.

     
    The worktop I made earlier also got put through the table router and stained.

     
    If this looks wonky it's because I replaced the camera module in my phone and for some reason this caused epic pincushion distortion on all my photos.

     
    Drawer fronts on.

     
    Push button toggle catches were sourced from China. These are quite expensive for what they are, but they work really well and are worth the money. Unfortunately I could only source them in Nickel rather than brass, which doesn't go with some of the other fittings.

     
    Drawers and electrical cupboard door fitted.

     
    Snap hinges were fitted to this, so it stays open/shut without a catch.

     
    The stained wood could do with a little bit of refining. I'm thinking a bit of further sanding with wet and dry followed by a couple of spray coats of matte varnish. I will leave all that to the very end however, as there's no point finishing that off while I'm working near it with sharp tools and bits of metal.
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    Floatylight got a reaction from Mrs6C in Six Cylinders Motoring Notes - WANTED Driver's seatbelt for our Citroen XM   
    Quite a few xM's in bits at Chevron in stafford last time I went past, happy to collect and forward on if needed
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    Floatylight reacted to brownnova in The new adventures of brownnova: Midweek tinkerage   
    Exhaust bits arrived yesterday, but yesterday’s task was chasing the creak on the Saab... 
    Today however! 

    Car was like this for easy access

    One of the real joys is that working on anDeux Chevaux can be so simple. 
     
    Mere minutes later: 

    Small blow in the middle where the clamp had seized and wasn’t pushing the pipes together properly, so it was lucky I’d bought the full set of clamps.
    And refitting the wings seems fiddlier than removal, but car all back together and ready for its retest! 

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    Floatylight got a reaction from scdan4 in Collecting underway...now got an slk   
    @Tamworthbaymay be your man, failing that put something on the shitely thread, where have they got to get to?
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    Floatylight reacted to juular in Vanshite - stuck in Trafic   
    Power :  Part 2 of 2
    Since I was occasionally planning a trip to warmer parts of the world I thought solar power would be a good idea. This is one area where I tried not to be too tight fisted.
    I went for an 80W semi flexible panel in a kit with a MPPT controler. These have a an advantage over cheaper PWM controllers on dull days so I thought it would be worth the extra. With the 80W panel dimensions I have space for a second panel on the roof if I ever decide I need it, whereas I couldn't fit two 120W ones on if you catch my drift.
    First step was to give the roof a good clean, which I'd never done before so it was a bit of a shock scraping off all that green crap!
    I marked out the space.

     

     
    I decided to sikaflex the panel on rather than bolt through the roof. Partly to avoid future leakage, but also because lazy.

     
    Plop

     
    Next up is to make a hole for the cable grommet.

     

     

    Cables fed through.

     
    Had to take a bit of the ceiling away temporarily.

     
    The cables come through just behind the driver's seat, which is where I'd planned to fit the fuse box anyway.

     
    Junction box glued on. In retrospect I should have put on a lower profile one or at least painted this silver. Meh.

     
    A quick test.  On a sunny mid-morning in Scotland with the battery already at full charge, I'm led to believe 1.9 amps is quite good.

     
    I've since seen up to 4 amps on a low battery and a high sun, which is really pretty good.  I also recently found out that the split charge relay is dual sensing, and so the solar panel will charge both the leisure battery and the starter battery should there be spare electrical faeries without a job to do.
    Next : water
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    Floatylight got a reaction from Disco Fever in eBay tat volume 3.   
    2006 C70 Soft top, low mileage £745
    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/160603305742104/




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    Floatylight got a reaction from KruJoe in eBay tat volume 3.   
    2006 C70 Soft top, low mileage £745
    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/160603305742104/




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    Floatylight got a reaction from Dirk Diggler in eBay tat volume 3.   
    2006 C70 Soft top, low mileage £745
    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/160603305742104/




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    Floatylight got a reaction from motorpunk in eBay tat volume 3.   
    2006 C70 Soft top, low mileage £745
    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/160603305742104/




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    Floatylight got a reaction from w00dy in eBay tat volume 3.   
    2006 C70 Soft top, low mileage £745
    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/160603305742104/




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    Floatylight reacted to juular in Vanshite - stuck in Trafic   
    Initial woodworking
    Since I now had fixed measurements I could order timber and parts and make things.
    I started by creating a worktop. Instead of buying a premade timber board or a kitchen worktop I thought I'd try my luck at edge-gluing strips of timber. It seemed to make more sense than starting with a full board and chopping most of it away to fit the hob and sink into.


    The hob and sink arrived. Fitting was a challenge as no instructions or template was supplied, so I flipped it over and drew round it.

    The surface needs cut with a router halfway through so that the metal fits, but the screws have material to bite into.

    Lots of swearing and angry words got it flush.


     

     
    A lid for the gas box made in the same manner.

     
    Test fit in place.

     
    I'd also started a shite paint lab in my shed, trying to find the colours and finishes I wanted. This took me ages and it soon occured to me how difficult it can be to make pine look less, well, pine-y. With the majority of stains it has a tendency to just go a bit stripy, a bit orange, pink or some other random variations in-between.

     
    With the worktop height finalised I scribed and cut some finishing trim to cover the ugly remnants of the bulkhead.

     

     

     
    I tested out a concoction that darkened and aged the wood and finished up with a sort of mild rosewood / dark walnut colour that I was quite happy with.  I bought some simple brass screw caps that covered the ugly self tappers that held it all in place. Will probably have to restain the roof to match.

     

     
    I then celebrated by ripping everything out of the van!

     
    Next job while the floor is out - welding some more things.
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    Floatylight got a reaction from Brodders in eBay tat volume 3.   
    2006 C70 Soft top, low mileage £745
    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/160603305742104/




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    Floatylight reacted to scdan4 in Collecting underway...now got an slk   
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    Floatylight reacted to juular in Vanshite - stuck in Trafic   
    Marking out
    The next bit involved a lot of measuring, head scratching, and then wiping it all out and starting again. Having to make everything fit but also make way for other all the other things that needed to open / move / dispense water / blow heat out / keep cool can be a headache. The other thing is that I wanted to minimise dead space, that is: space that contains nothing but you can't actually access in any meaningful way.  That, coupled with being able to access everything that you need to whilst inside the van was important to me and posed a fairly difficult challenge.
    My way of doing it was to work out where all the utilities (gas, electricity, water, heating) were going to go and try to hide them in dead space as much as possible. The rest can then be accessible storage.
    First up, gas.
    Many conversions use these campingaz refillable butane bottles.

     
    They're quite compact, but my issue is that they are astoundingly expensive (do you see a pattern?) and contain comparatively little gas so you have to resupply more often. I didn't like the idea of being stranded abroad without gas and having to work out compatibility issues with the myriad of LPG suppliers and their different fittings whilst not being able to speak the language very well.
    Furthermore I was considering fitting a gas powered heater and read that these small cylinders can last as little as a week in a cold climate. On the subject of cold climates I also wanted the option of using propane which lights easier when the temperature drops.
    For that reason I decided to stick with Calor gas bottles, as per Kg of gas they work out less than a third of the price, sometimes less, and their increased capacity meant that I wouldn't have to refill.
    I wanted the gas bottle to be stored inside and accessible from the van living area, to be avoid being mauled by the midges. I worked out that when the bed is in seating mode there is a large bit of dead space between the seat base and the wheel arch.  

     
    Knowing this I could then prototype the location of the kitchen and main storage cupboards using some timber scraps.

     


    The next challenge is that (if you're following the regulations - you don't have to, but I will) the bottle needs to be housed in a metal locker like this, with a drop-out hole to the outside world (LPG is heavier than air and sinks in the event of a leak).

     
    It's a chunky thing, especially in calor gas size, and if you opt for a side opening locker like this, you're essentially taking up an enormous cupboard space. In my chosen location a top opening gas locker here would be perfect and the lid would form a very handy extension to the kitchen work surface.  Top opening is actually safer and preferable, due to gas sinking as mentioned.
    With the location known I created a dropout hole.

     

     
    Onto the gas locker.. nobody actually seems to make them in this size. Solution? Tickle stick! At this point I'd not welded a single thing in my life, but it seemed a good project to learn on.
    Improvised metal bender.

     
    Zappity.

     

     

     

    That is going to be sealed to the floor above the gas dropout vent, then lined at the lid with a rubber seal.
    I tested my welds by shining a bright light through them, and then trying to run water down the beads to see if they leaked. Nevertheless a quick bead of seam sealant was shoved on to make sure it was 100% gas tight.
    Feeling quite chuffed with that I went on and made the TonyBMW metal bending clamp from what is arguably the single best thread on the blue forum.

     
    It looks ok here, but I had to reweld it a few times due to being a rank amateur and fucking up quite a few of the welds. It was a good learning experience though (biggest lesson - remember to turn the gas on).
    Those gas lockers scrape £200 new and this is around £5 worth of steel.  Tight fisted Scotsman : 1 - Vanlife cash cow : 0
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    Floatylight reacted to dollywobbler in Dollywobbler's Consolidated Tat Thread   
    Daihatsu news. After an oil flush, a refill with 5w40 and a couple of different additives (Liqui Moly's Oil Additive and Motor Saver - this one softens rubber apparently), today's cold start was not the damp bonfire affair of earlier cold starts. Still a tinge of blue, but better. Quickly cleared out on the road. The rear brake binding was down to the handbrake a cable. Tugging the cable instantly freed the brake, so it's fine as long as you don't use the handbrake... Have ordered a cable. Once it arrives, I'll put the Charade into daily duty.
    2CV was fine today. New plugs seem to have sorted her out. Should get some goodies for the Fox today.
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    Floatylight reacted to Tim_E in The new news 24 thread   
    Comedy news.
    I changed the fuse for the cigarette lighter 12v socket on the Mondeo. It's been broken since we bought it.
    Easy enough, I though thought I'd just check it by pressing the lighter element.
    Sure enough it worked, and burnt years of crap down there.
    Now I've not smoked in 12 years or more, but I don't remember the hot element ejecting itself clear of the socket and flinging itself across the car...
    It landed hot bit down on plastic trim while I was driving and the plastic burst into a small yet significant flame. Yikes!
    Fortunately it was a piece of plastic trim in the now-removed ashtray space, and it went out quickly.
    Yikes again 😂
    Still, job done. Phone power in car, tick.
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    Floatylight reacted to JJ0063 in Clarke Instant Garages / similar   
    At the moment I’ve got the 4 wind in posts it comes with in the grass in each corner as a temp measure but I’m going to either concrete some eyes into the ground or whack 2-3ft of angle iron into the ground and then drill it so a strap can hook into it... fingers crossed!
     
    In all honesty, no. It’s got all 4 fixings it comes with in currently, it’s also got middle fixings that I need to bolt to the ground, it also is going to have 4 more fixings as above, finally I’ve also rigged up an extra ratchet strap to the top of the frame that in bad weather I can loop under the car or something.. shouldn’t be going anywhere!
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    Floatylight reacted to TripleRich in 1975 Ford Granada Coupe - 1222 hours of work - Engine is in the car!   
    Continued doing various small jobs all over the place.  The seats now have the plastic side trims fitted.  These are usually broken to some extent but luckily I had some spare ones and made an almost perfect set.
     
    The engine is now ready to start.  Everything is fitted/connected and I've filled it with coolant and oil.  I've also put some ATF in the power steering and will top that off once its running.  The gearbox is ready to go back in so a few more hours and I should be ready to turn that key.
    The oil is Millers 10w40 which is the recommended grade for these engines.
    Coolant is Comma 50/50 premix - The water here is liquid rock so some premixed stuff will do a much better job than a rad full of limescale. 
    I've used waterless coolant several times in the past and I'm personally not convinced after trying it in several different restored cars/vans.  Everything I've poured it in runs hotter because the waterless coolant is so thick.  From my experience you need extra coolant capacity over standard if you wish to run waterless coolants.

    A square post battery is in the post and that should complete the look inside the engine bay.  I've lots of little jobs and details to fuss over but it only makes sense to do that once its proven it can run and drive.
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    Floatylight reacted to Saabnut in How much shite is too much shite? A Flurry of MOTs   
    This one has a 780cc Kubota 3 cylinder diesel. 
    Today was a day of trailer fixerating.. My ever reliable Ifor Williams had picked up a puncture and the current tyres were approaching 6 years old and bitter experience has shown they start to deteriorate rapidly after 7 years and the original 15 year old rims were starting to get very rusty so I decided it was the perfect opportunity to replace them all. £270 of evilbay specials and today I fitted them. Also refitted the jockey wheel as I had remembered to buy a replacement clamp. I no longer need to use a trolley jack to hitch/unhitch which is nice.
    After which I had another play with the digger by levelling off the ground where I park it. My mate would have done it in 2 minutes. These things look easy.......
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    Floatylight reacted to Mrs6C in Six Cylinders Motoring Notes - WANTED Driver's seatbelt for our Citroen XM   
    Nice workshop!!!
    The VP looks like a performance artiste from the circus, balancing on things!
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    Floatylight reacted to Andyrew in Six Cylinders Motoring Notes - WANTED Driver's seatbelt for our Citroen XM   
    3 weeks of moving shite into the new workshop. The VP is first up on the operating table. 

    (Please note the wood infront of the tyres is just in there as a just incase)
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