Camper conversion, no turning back now

  1. mike 109444

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  2. That’s the one. Amazing skills with minimal tooling and no access to spare body panels! Bookmarked it myself now. Thanks.
     
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  3. SteScouse

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    Window's getting added to van tmw, post pics when done
     
  4. SteScouse

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    Got one each side. Nipping back now to get rear screen tinted too. All adds to the privacy.

    Van already feels safer to drive being able to glance over shoulder before changing lane. But easier to park too

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    I prefer my wire speed to be set by my hand not a computer :whistle:
     
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    Good point mate. Still finding my way with MIG. Prefer stick so far like I say.

    That said hoping to hit a good few MIG projects over winter now garage sectioned off.
     
  7. Parm

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    You’ve done a good job on the window. It looks straight out of the factory
     
  8. SteScouse

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    I didn't do it mate, got it done at Superfast Autoglazing in St Helens. There's places closer but glad I went there, can recommend 100%.
     
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  9. SteScouse

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    Wasn't so much the cutting out that bothered me. More the getting decent alignment. That's why it looks factory when pro's do it.

    Side windows got 85% tint looking in. Can see a lot better looking out. Film on rear window picked by guy fitting it to be closest match the the new side windows.

    Really am pleased with job they did. Even trim on inside looks factory.

    EDIT: Noticed they used a nibbler for the cuts.
     
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    I like and dislike this thread in equal measure.

    I like alot of the comments posted. Dislike how I agree and it gets my temper up.

    Think what it boils down to is everywhere you look idiots upto all sorts of stupid antics, mostly impacting on rest of us.

    Top three area's probably on roads, in work and on news.
     
  11. eLuSiVeMiTe

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    Wrong thread?
     
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  12. SteScouse

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    Definitely, meant for things that bug you :doh:
     
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  13. Farside

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    Thirty years ago, when the motorways were a bit less clogged (but still pretty nose-to-tail at roadworks and around the M25) I worked out my average on many occasions, while on the bike, going all over the UK.
    Sitting in the outside lane whenever possible and doing a steady indicated 85mph (just below the tug point), my trip average ALWAYS worked out to 55mph.
    On several other occasions, using my Mk2 Transit or the company Escort, I'd do the same and it wasn't too much different, even driving the Tranny (2L petrol) with an eye to economy in the inner lanes mostly.
     
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  14. SteScouse

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    Managed to find the existing split charge relay while trying to suss vans factory wiring from AA kit.

    Relay had been very poorly wired and all five wires came loose when I moved relay. Permanent live fell onto bodywork and blew inline fuse.

    I think of this as fortunate, better now than when panelled in and carpeted.

    Going to test relay tmw, only a cheapy if it needs to be replaced. If it's sound it's a bonus. Ordered a leisure battery and a box for it too.

    Also removed AA work light, temporarily most likely. Was located inside tailgate opening. Probably more use to me nearer sliding door. In great nick and £25 on eBay so another bonus. IMG_20191118_183654528.jpg IMG_20191118_183544681.jpg
     
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  15. Ashley Burton

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    @SteScouse I went down the Ring DC30 charge controller. Rather than a split charge relay. More expensive, But it's a far more intelligent battery management option imo
     
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    Not 100% certain if I'm right but my best guess is this is some sort of bus bar. Was attached to that racking I took out of van.

    The holes in plastic shroud that match the tapped holes in the metal piece are only on one side. Guess they'd have to be if it is a bus bar.

    Metal inside got me bit baffled, as it's slightly magnetic. I got a neodymium magnet that sticks like glue to steel.

    It sticks to this too but only just. Flick the bar and magnet falls off :dontknow:

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  17. SteScouse

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    Yikes Ashley, thats expensive. Roughly 10 times the price of replacing relay van already has like for like.

    Is your van late euro spec and needs kit like that cos of "smart" alternator?

    Got to say mate, if i have to replace relay I'll go cheap and spend the savings on diesel and pub grub :drunk:
     
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  18. Ashley Burton

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    I paid around £150 for mine, But my battery wasn't cheap either. So wanted to protect my investment & make it last as long as I can. The unit is dual purpose as it offers charging from the vans battery charging, But I can also use a solar panel with it.
     
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    Yes, thats about price now on ebay. But relay like fitted about £16 online. Just ordered battery tonight. Had 20% discount code from ebay so only £52 with free delivery.

    Will only be fitting basic electrics in mine. Lights, water pump, second stereo i already have and USB & Ciggy lighter charging points.

    If i think of owt else later on should be spare capacity in 110amp batrery
     
  20. Parm

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    Have you thought about a blue tooth speaker stereo thing? No wiring, speakers etc etc require

    Got my son a JBL unit, absolutely fantastic.
     
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