Camper conversion, no turning back now

  1. SteScouse

    SteScouse Forum Supporter

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    Beautiful day here, so spent a good few hours clearing out the van in advance of actual conversion work

    Body work is in really good condition for its age, seen much worse on vans half this age

    Only welding needed is a tear in van floor, almost looks like metal was punctured

    Really lucky where it is too, nothing awkward or flammable in surrounding area underneath and patch needed only about 100mmx75mm. Drilled some holes to stop tears spreading before i get it done. IMG_20191027_155107772_HDR.jpg IMG_20191027_133759770.jpg
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    Think been lucky with racking too, was going to flog it but reckon worth more to keep. Going to put toolbox on top and fit new locks, handy storage in garage. Was a pig to get out by myself tho, weighs a ton
     
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  2. SteScouse

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    I'll probably be asking tips before i do the weld but possibly next weekend before i get chance

    Considering using a jack to hold metal box against underside to catch majority of sparks. Fuel tank about 15 inches away so thinking wet towel over that

    Its diesel tho and read on here thats not worth removing tank if sensible precautions taken

    Which lead to the never ever asked before question.... disconnect battery or not?

    Read everything available on this, here and elsewhere. None the wiser, :dontknow:
     
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  3. eLuSiVeMiTe

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    Nice racking. If you were closer I'd persuade you to sell.
     
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  4. SteScouse

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    Cheers. It didnt get called nice names earlier. No idea what its worth, its seriously well made tho.

    Also got matting for under it, bracing for the back to extend brackets to van sides and a step adapter so mat supported

    Oh and a steel tube guard type thing. Think that was extra protection on side lpg tank was
     
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  5. cheb Forum Supporter

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    Yes, disconnect the battery. That said, I've only ever heard rumours about problems, and never directly from someone who's had it happen to them.
     
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  6. SteScouse

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    Cheers cheb
     
  7. Parm

    Parm I have fun doing stuff

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    Good luck with your project
     
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  8. SteScouse

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    Thanks mate, appreciate that :thumbup:
     
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  9. Ashley Burton

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    Not had any issues welding up my van with the battery still connected

    I always put the earth clamp within close proximity of where I'm welding
     
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  10. SteScouse

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    Cheers Ashley, but this is where the confusion is for me. Got as many people saying do as saying dont.

    Not your fault mate, just wish i could find a definitive answer. Going off my own (albeit limited) understanding you should be ok to leave connected cos of shortest route etc

    Plan on using a magnetic earth clamp on bright metal literally 6 inches from the weld

    Dont mind stripping paint to get bright metal as giving floor a coat of paint anyway before flooring done
     
  11. Ashley Burton

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    Top tip for you:

    Weld a tab to the body & use that as your earth point. Then cut off when finished!
     
  12. SteScouse

    SteScouse Forum Supporter

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    Good idea mate, thanks
     
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  13. roofman

    roofman Purveyor of fine English buckets and mops

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    Only over the water Ste.if you change your mind over selling shelving let me know mate;)
     
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  14. ukracer Forum Supporter

    wonder if this place did the racking? https://www.google.com/search?clien...hUKEwi5i9GCir3lAhWRwqYKHah4Bu4Q4dUDCAo&uact=5
     
  15. keithski122 Member

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    I prefer to grind somewhere clean then clamp some vice grips to the metal then the welder clamp on the grips.
     
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  16. SteScouse

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    Anotyer good tip, cheers Keithski22

    Will do roofman, I'll mull it over. Definitely good racking, van was first owned by AA and guess they get good gear.

    Its a big old chunk of metal, dimensions are 124cm high, 145cm wide and 44cm deep

    And aye UKracer, was made by Bri-store like you say mate
     
  17. Justme

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    Have you checked the new guidance for camper conversion registration?
     
  18. SteScouse

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    Not expecting DVLA acceptance if thats what you mean mate, believe thats nigh on impossible now

    Link seems to be re driving lessons?
     
  19. Ashley Burton

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    Yeah it's a load of...

    I wouldn't even bother, I haven't modified anything structurally on my van as I don't want my insurance to go up any more than it currently is
     
  20. Got my Transporter reclassified as a motor caravan. Had to send pics, Van had to have a removable table, 6ft bed, two ring burner as a minimum along with separate gas supply, water containers and maybe more. Can’t remember if there was more.
     
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