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    mat_the_cat got a reaction from juular in Vanshite - sleeping in Trafic. Almost compleat.   
    There's a bit more info here:
    Basically the Planar pump is specifically stated as not being suitable for Chinese heaters (as it pumps more per stroke than the pumps supplied). But by changing the pulse frequency, you can tune the dosage to suit. It's not cheap, but if you look at the heater and pump as a package, it's still good value IMO.
    I've also tweaked the maximum fan speed down to around 3k rpm. Reason being that after it had turned off and the temperature dropped, it would restart at full rpm and wake us up! Having a slow start means slower temperature swings, quieter starting and less switch on/off cycles so sparing the leisure batteries.
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    mat_the_cat got a reaction from juular in Vanshite - sleeping in Trafic. Almost compleat.   
    I'm well happy with my 2kw Chinese heater in a bigger van, so yours must get toasty! I've gone down the route of an Afterburner controller, which allows the heater to turn off and restart when the temperature climbs too high. It also makes it easier to change pump settings, which in my case was handy as I've used a Planar silent pump, to avoid the ticking!
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    mat_the_cat reacted to juular in Vanshite - sleeping in Trafic. Almost compleat.   
    Finishing off the bed
    This bit has been onging throughout the build so a lot of the photos I've posted previously.
    Throughout the thread you can see the sliding bases, the mattress cushions, and the hinges being created.  At this point it was just putting it all together which involved nothing more than a couple of wooden frames and attaching the mattress.
    You can see here how the bed hinges work.  The middle (seat back) frames are lifted up and out by the offset.

     

     

     

     
    The only thing left to do is attach the cushions - which are now reinforced with plywood bases and screw right on to the frames.
    The rearmost cushion is fixed in place and doesn't move. This is where pillows and bedding are stored in transit.

     
    The middle two cushions form the seat back, and the front one the base.

     
    When the front seat base is slid forwards, the seat backs lower and connect together, forming a flat base.

     

     
    Another closeup of the hinges. The pivot pins are just 6mm bolts, nyloc nuts and some washers as spacers.

     
    So how well does it work? Well it's comfy, really comfy. Sometimes when parked on a hill you can feel like you're sliding off the seat a wee bit so I might angle the base a bit more.
    The overhang is solid. It doesn't move a millimetre when you sit on it. No creaking either.
    It sits lower than any other camper bed I've seen. The mattress frame rests right on top of the wheel arch. This way it feels like a sofa, not a high chair.
    A small finishing touch - a skirting board added to the front to hide the metal.

     
    At some point, this happened.

    It wasn't that long before the Doovla stopped issuing motorcaravan V5s, so I think I might frame that.
    I think it's far enough along for a bit of a tour.

     

     

     



     

     

     
    What's left to be done?
    - ventilation
    - Some of the wood needs tidied up or finished better.  I still haven't completely finished the stain on the drawer fronts and they could do with a bit more sanding and lacquer.
    - The ceiling needs modified to match the rest of the conversion. I will probably stain it, and then I might change the brass light fittings for nickel ones.
    - The worktop under the stove is fine, but the section over the gas locker has warped and will either need redoing, or replacing with some different type of worktop throughout.
    - Bed base needs paint
    - Need to add some wood trim to cover the bed metal at the back.
    Next job is installing the heater.
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    mat_the_cat reacted to juular in Vanshite - sleeping in Trafic. Almost compleat.   
    Under bed storage
    Bed frontage

     
    If you remember, a lack of storage under the bed was one of the things that bothered me about professional conversions. In this case I decided to build a large drawer under almost the full width of the bed.
    I started by building some panels in much the same way as with the panel doors, and dowelling them together to create sides.

     

     
    I previously routed a slot down the lower edge of one of the panels to take a plywood base.

     
    Under the bed.

     
    I then created some more panels to use as fronts. On the left is the area where the water storage goes. On the right is just a small cupboard for shoes or whatever. It goes as far back as the wheel arch.

     
    On the corner next to the door I made a sort of blanking panel just to finish off.

     
    Fronted and painted

     
    Catch installed.

     
    Underneath the drawer there are some small wheels which allow it to roll out on the floor.

     
    Trimmed and fit in place.

     
    The panels on the left and right of the drawer are held in place with screw-in neodymium magnets, which are surprisingly strong.

    Bar to stop the tank sliding.

    More storage

     
    Properly getting there now, the next job is to finalise the bed frame sections and connect the hinges, then the mattress.
     
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    mat_the_cat reacted to juular in Vanshite - sleeping in Trafic. Almost compleat.   
    Cupboards

    Using the seat cushions as a guide, I made a panel using the router table that forms the lower base of the cupboard unit.




    From here I could start forming the cabinets upwards.







    What you can see here will all be storage; two large areas under the bed, and shelf above the wheel arch for long items. I think this is where the forward planning is paying off, as there is nothing getting in the way of large amounts of storage.




    Shelf added.




    With the frame built I could start on the compartments.




    Some of the uprights were grooved using the router. These will be slots for the push-button catches on the doors.




    Shelving




    End facing scribed to fit.







    Then to the router table to make some panel doors.  This is one of my favourite jobs, so satisfying and I love the smell of pine.










    Stained and painted, with catches and overlay hinges fitted. I found a supply of miniature soft-close overlay hinges online. I absolutely love them and they are much cheaper than full blown kitchen hinges. They don't have to support much weight I suppose.







    Frame painted and the other halves of the hinges attached.




    Some minor tweaking required but not too bad.







    Stained the panel ends.




    Trial fitted






    Needs the wood finish sorted but I can live with that.
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    mat_the_cat got a reaction from loserone in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    I did once stop at the nearest restaurant (Frankie & Bennys) and asked whether I could purchase a single potato, for the very same reason. To be fair, they didn't charge us extra! (But I wonder what the waitress told people afterwards...)

    Have you ever been asked "So, how many cars *do* you own?", and then had to mentally add them up?
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    mat_the_cat got a reaction from Shite Ron in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    I did once stop at the nearest restaurant (Frankie & Bennys) and asked whether I could purchase a single potato, for the very same reason. To be fair, they didn't charge us extra! (But I wonder what the waitress told people afterwards...)

    Have you ever been asked "So, how many cars *do* you own?", and then had to mentally add them up?
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    mat_the_cat reacted to gadgetgricey in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    Worryingly yes, but of even more concern was I got the number wrong as forgot a car...
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    mat_the_cat reacted to rickvw72 in Varied fleet update, VW, Honda, Peugeot, Daihatsu etc   
    Fifth is the rustiest. And dirtiest. And smelliest.

    The rusty old Daihatsu fourtrak.
     
    2020 update: rusty as fuckery.
    thread here:
     
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    mat_the_cat reacted to rickvw72 in Varied fleet update, VW, Honda, Peugeot, Daihatsu etc   
    Thought I’d put the varied fleet together in one post, make life easier for updates.
    Starting with the oldest, longest owned and Lowest. The old bug:
    The car: 1972 Bug. My first car bought in 1999. Early panels, 67 only rear end. Removable panels on the back, high ratio GT gearbox, 1600 twin port engine. A combination that will fire you along at a terrifying 90mph!
    2020 news: didn’t turn a wheel 🥺
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    mat_the_cat reacted to rickvw72 in Varied fleet update, VW, Honda, Peugeot, Daihatsu etc   
    Third longest owned, the biggest, slowest and most useful thing in the world.
    1989 VW Caravelle with twin sliding doors. This I bought damaged in 2009, as a stop gap!
    2020 update: Not been out often in this year of crazy madness. New exhaust acquired, current issues include a slight coolant leak, gearbox mount gone, clutch juddering. Longer term issues are the body, at 32 years old, the rear arches are on their way, as are truthfully the sills. Tailgate rotten too, and a good replacement is more ££ than a usable car. 
     
    plenty to keep me busy with this one coming up. 
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    mat_the_cat reacted to eddyramrod in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    Have you ever taken a holiday rental car back to the depot with no petrol in the tank, having to be pushed by a random van and finally gliding into the yard in majestic silence?
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    mat_the_cat reacted to N Dentressangle in The oldest Land-Rover Series 3 around?   
    Looks good to me.
    Tow hitch should have M16 bolts for the ball, + M16 for the lower of the two chassis fixings and M10 for the upper, as well as appropriate spreader plates on the back of the rear x member.
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    mat_the_cat got a reaction from warch in The oldest Land-Rover Series 3 around?   
    The plating process was a nightmare - I think the chemicals have deteriorated in storage! So I just gave the tow hitch a coat of paint for now.

    I've also fitted my reversing lights but not wired them up yet as I'm waiting for the gearbox switch to arrive. The 12N socket hadn't been fitted when I bought it, so I installed one that I'd previously removed from another vehicle. I mounted it to a neat little plate which fits in the PTO recess, which I'm hardly likely to use!

    The socket is appropriately marked, which pleases me 
    In doing this I've noticed that the drop plate is only mounted with M10 bolts. Google image searches show similar bolts for the top row, but the lower ones look like M16. Also the plate is not folded on the edges, so  seems like a home made affair. If I do end up towing anything I want it to be sturdy, so will replace at some point.
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    mat_the_cat reacted to NorfolkNWeigh in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    Have you ever weighed some batteries in and the yard man has to shout to the crane operator not to grab your car whilst it’s on the bridge?
    Have you ever been blamed for other old shit parked in the area, when it’s nothing to do with you?
    Have you ever had to take the new* battery tray out of your car , because your Mrs needs it back for roast potatoes?
    Is there a special knack to getting in/ starting/ stopping/ locking/ keeping running, any or all of your cars?
    Is your AA/ RAC the one thing you make sure is up to date, above everything else?
     
     
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    mat_the_cat reacted to loserone in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    My record is 11.  
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    mat_the_cat reacted to Cavcraft in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    Has someone at work said 'Whose is that shit old car outside?' and before they've even looked, everyone replied it was yours? 
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    mat_the_cat reacted to bunglebus in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    Have you ever had to start your car in a petrol station, by shorting out the starter terminals with a large screwdriver?
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    mat_the_cat reacted to HMC in Autoshite credentials questions - a bit of fun...   
    Has someone* ever looked at your vehicle situation and asked; WHY?
     
    *Partners, friends, members of the general public.
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    mat_the_cat reacted to HMC in HMC motors- TAXI lockdown shenanigans   
    I’ve got hold of a used LTI400 taxi meter so I can now drive about and pretend to charge myself for exciting trips to the supermarket.



    Im going to blame lockdown for my behaviour.
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    mat_the_cat got a reaction from Jenson Velcro in The oldest Land-Rover Series 3 around?   
    That was my logic too, and at the price they are it's not the end of the world if I have to replace every so often. I've now removed the floorpans to gain access to the gearbox - surprisingly easy bit I guess seized fixings aren't unheard of.

    The hole at the lower right of the gear lever support I will fit the switch to, and then I can fix a tab to the reverse gate which will move the switch plunger.

    I temporarily connected up the lights to check all was working, and they look like they'll do the job. No sign of burning with 21w anyway!

    I've also fitted a rear fog light - mainly to cover an existing hole so only temporarily bolted in place! I thought it would look too new, but I reckon it doesn't look too out of place. Unless someone has a better idea?
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    mat_the_cat got a reaction from Sunny Jim in The oldest Land-Rover Series 3 around?   
    That was my logic too, and at the price they are it's not the end of the world if I have to replace every so often. I've now removed the floorpans to gain access to the gearbox - surprisingly easy bit I guess seized fixings aren't unheard of.

    The hole at the lower right of the gear lever support I will fit the switch to, and then I can fix a tab to the reverse gate which will move the switch plunger.

    I temporarily connected up the lights to check all was working, and they look like they'll do the job. No sign of burning with 21w anyway!

    I've also fitted a rear fog light - mainly to cover an existing hole so only temporarily bolted in place! I thought it would look too new, but I reckon it doesn't look too out of place. Unless someone has a better idea?
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    mat_the_cat got a reaction from LightBulbFun in The oldest Land-Rover Series 3 around?   
    That was my logic too, and at the price they are it's not the end of the world if I have to replace every so often. I've now removed the floorpans to gain access to the gearbox - surprisingly easy bit I guess seized fixings aren't unheard of.

    The hole at the lower right of the gear lever support I will fit the switch to, and then I can fix a tab to the reverse gate which will move the switch plunger.

    I temporarily connected up the lights to check all was working, and they look like they'll do the job. No sign of burning with 21w anyway!

    I've also fitted a rear fog light - mainly to cover an existing hole so only temporarily bolted in place! I thought it would look too new, but I reckon it doesn't look too out of place. Unless someone has a better idea?
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    mat_the_cat got a reaction from Tickman in The oldest Land-Rover Series 3 around?   
    That was my logic too, and at the price they are it's not the end of the world if I have to replace every so often. I've now removed the floorpans to gain access to the gearbox - surprisingly easy bit I guess seized fixings aren't unheard of.

    The hole at the lower right of the gear lever support I will fit the switch to, and then I can fix a tab to the reverse gate which will move the switch plunger.

    I temporarily connected up the lights to check all was working, and they look like they'll do the job. No sign of burning with 21w anyway!

    I've also fitted a rear fog light - mainly to cover an existing hole so only temporarily bolted in place! I thought it would look too new, but I reckon it doesn't look too out of place. Unless someone has a better idea?
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    mat_the_cat got a reaction from Tickman in Korean Cortina - the coolest Stellar in the UK?   
    Now that winter is here, I've taken this off the road for now, and time for a bit of tinkering. Main job is the gearbox leak, but I also need to replace the fuel hoses!

    That's after 18 months of use I've gone for Gates Barricade hose this time as, like the name suggests, it has a liner which is resistant to the ethanol content in modern petrol.
    I also needed to replace the fuel filter, but instead of replacing with the same straight through type, I reckoned a right angled filter would look neater, as well as routing the outlet hose slightly further away from the exhaust manifold.

    Inlinefilters.co.uk (unsurprisingly) have a large range, so I picked out one of similar dimensions so it would fit my existing clip, and with an 8mm inlet & outlet. It was ironic that after I bought it, I saw the list of vehicle applications!

    It was then the simple job of plumbing it all together - that's better

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