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Post by debbie on Tue 10 Feb 2015 - 16:36

So it's warm enough, at last to get out and start work on my van, managed to get two windows installed, but now need a trip to the tip to get rid of some of the woodwork that came with the van

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Post by tessajoe on Tue 10 Feb 2015 - 19:16

what happened to your other project? did i miss something.

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Post by debbie on Wed 11 Feb 2015 - 10:55

I did have some problems with both the base vehicle and with the exterior ply that I used. Once the temperature dropped the ply started de-laminating, and after a bit of tinternetting discovered that most of our exterior ply comes from China, and subbed out to Turkey, in other words it was crap! I did camp out at Hawes and a couple of other places when a hooley was blowing, and I have never been scared in a van before, but the VW seemed to have very little stability, so the decision was taken! I stripped the Vee-dub and sold the chassis, and went looking for a van to convert, so that's where I'm up to Frank.
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Post by elldwin on Wed 11 Feb 2015 - 12:32

Glad you have explained Debbie we were puzzled as well, good luck with this one.
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Post by debbie on Wed 11 Feb 2015 - 13:58

Methinks I should have got a van in the first place, but hey ho, we do what we think is right, and sometimes make the odd wrong turn.
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Post by theredrooster on Wed 11 Feb 2015 - 14:56

Is that an Iveco 35s12?
i've got an Ex Parcel force one!

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Post by tessajoe on Wed 11 Feb 2015 - 15:28

oh well,onwards and upwards.good luck with this one.

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Post by debbie on Wed 11 Feb 2015 - 16:55

theredrooster wrote:Is that an Iveco 35s12?
i've got an Ex Parcel force one!
Mine is a 35s14, but was not ex GPO, it belonged to a roofing and general builders repairs firm. Its a 2007, and was one of the new facelifts. It does look like GPO paint, but the owner must have liked red, certainly makes a change from white.
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Post by whistlinggypsy on Wed 11 Feb 2015 - 18:01

best of luck with this one Debbie, know you will get it right this time.
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Post by The Burchies on Wed 11 Feb 2015 - 18:21

Hi Debbie, Is it a 3.5t or more as the Ivecos have a good payload?
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Post by debbie on Thu 12 Feb 2015 - 11:19

Hi Mark, its 3.5t, and I will be glad when I get some weight in it to stop it boinging down the road. bounce
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Post by Adele on Thu 12 Feb 2015 - 12:32

Hiya Debbie will it be ready for the beer and sausage fest you've got your name down for that 
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Post by debbie on Thu 12 Feb 2015 - 16:56

Hi Adele, I hope to have it in a usable condition, albeit unfinished, the break will do me good. Very Happy
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Post by debbie on Thu 12 Feb 2015 - 17:26

Today I managed to get the rest of the floor out, and not without difficulty. Underneath was full of crud as expected, and of course the obligatory cement. There was a bit of surface tin worm to treat, and when those areas are dry, I will fibre glass the screw and bolt holes. The floor will be going back in, but raised approx 50mm for insulation.

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Post by Leapy on Thu 12 Feb 2015 - 18:31

Looking forward to following the transformation
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Post by PaulW on Thu 12 Feb 2015 - 18:54

Phew!!  Many thanks to Tugga for directing me here....I was quite concerned at the way Debbie's other thread suddenly ended.  Hope this one goes smoothly for you Debbie!

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Re: New build

Post by Don Quixote. on Thu 12 Feb 2015 - 20:15

Debbie, good luck with this one, looks like a nice van and project.
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Re: New build

Post by theredrooster on Fri 13 Feb 2015 - 14:50

Debbie good luck on this build.
What floorplan are you thinking of?
If any of my pics on my one '54 reg 35s12 are of help, I'll fire them through!

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Re: New build

Post by debbie on Fri 13 Feb 2015 - 15:11

My floor plan is done, and it is based loosely on the Canadian design that Roadtrek and Pleasureway use, but it is always interesting to see other peoples vans, so put the pictures up if you wish, and we can all have a look. Very Happy
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Post by The Burchies on Fri 13 Feb 2015 - 16:23

Yes we are a nosey lot on here aren't we Very Happy
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Re: New build

Post by debbie on Sat 14 Feb 2015 - 16:29

Long day today, first had to go food shopping, then wood shopping, then home and do some more on the van

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Post by whistlinggypsy on Sat 14 Feb 2015 - 16:51

Looking good already Debbie, soon have it comfy n warm.
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Post by debbie on Sat 14 Feb 2015 - 18:08

Hope so Bob, not very good at doing cold, but do like winter, makes you appreciate spring and summer, and especially autumn!
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Post by debbie on Sun 15 Feb 2015 - 13:08

Was not intending doing anything today, but the sun came out, and I thought, just go out and make a start on the forward bulkhead. Done that, and very shortly will be going for a hot soak with a glass of red.

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Post by whistlinggypsy on Sun 15 Feb 2015 - 13:15

Great job keep it up.
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Re: New build

Post by debbie on Wed 18 Feb 2015 - 19:43

Here is my old drill and its cheapie replacement, and a view of my workshop and today’s work

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Post by whistlinggypsy on Wed 18 Feb 2015 - 22:08

Coming along well Debbie, keep it up, hope the weather warms up a bit for you as it cannot be comfortable working out in the cold.
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Post by The Burchies on Wed 18 Feb 2015 - 22:34

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Re: New build

Post by debbie on Thu 26 Feb 2015 - 17:00

It's that time of the year, the sun is shining, we are getting hail showers, rain showers, and it's flippin draughty.
Still, managed to get out and do a bit more to the van. Had to make a small change to my design as where I was going to put the the gas locker behind the back door, it would have left the seat/bed too high. My gas locker will now be positioned  to the right of the space immediately behind the sliding door, and there is already a hole there with a rubber bung in it for the drop out - sorted!

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Post by debbie on Fri 27 Feb 2015 - 17:31

Got a bit more done even though there was a pretty cold wind blowing, The one downside with a van, is of course, it's a funny shape when it comes to panelling. Still got the insulation and the second skin to install

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Post by whistlinggypsy on Fri 27 Feb 2015 - 17:50

Looking good Debbie, and the van coming along as well  Wink
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Post by debbie on Thu 5 Mar 2015 - 17:17

Well, what a difference a day makes, lovely day here yesterday, so back on the van. First job, install new aerial for radio at back. Then prepare for cutting of hole in roof for Mini-Heki, got three different levels on roof just to make it interesting, had already been to local double-glazing company who allowed me to have a ratch in their rubbish mountain for some plastic strips. Finally got roof level for Heki frame to sit on, then installed the Heki. Not the most straight forward job!  Then cut hole in floor for Trumatic heater, and started making shields to prevent water and muck from getting to where it disnna need to be! Have also started putting wiring in.

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So today, Had to go out am on errands and more wood so that pm I could start putting the rest of the floor in.


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Post by whistlinggypsy on Thu 5 Mar 2015 - 17:26

Coming along nicely Debbie, hope it stays nice for you so you can crack on with the jobs.
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Post by The Burchies on Thu 5 Mar 2015 - 17:42

I bet the Heki has made it a lot lighter in there!
Also insulated floor should keep some of the cold out.
Good work Debbie cheers
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Post by Polly on Fri 6 Mar 2015 - 19:44

Hia

Yes coming along nicely
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Re: New build

Post by pudsey bear on Mon 9 Mar 2015 - 8:09

I've done a build so if I can help in any way just sing out, I have loads of pictures and can either post or link to them.

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Post by pudsey bear on Mon 9 Mar 2015 - 8:28

debbielectric wrote:Today I managed to get the rest of the floor out, and not without difficulty. Underneath was full of crud as expected, and of course the obligatory cement. There was a bit of surface tin worm to treat, and when those areas are dry, I will fibre glass the screw and bolt holes. The floor will be going back in, but raised approx 50mm for insulation.

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I wouldn't do that, fibre glass is good, but you'd be better off getting some red lead, (B&Q) you'll need some for any cut edges and any rust spots you've rubbed down, once it's dried apply enough StiXall to the holes and sort of mushroom it so you have a plug inside and out, I did this with mine and it's rock solid after 3 years, also a good plan for any steel screws you use which go through the floor, red lead them outside and put some StiXall onto them.
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Post by debbie on Mon 9 Mar 2015 - 15:31

Hi Kev, I used fibre glass cos I had some laid in the cupboard, but I wire brushed the holes and used Kurust and zinc paint prior to glassing. Smile
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Re: New build

Post by pudsey bear on Mon 9 Mar 2015 - 15:36

The trouble is it's rigid and most van bodies flex, so over time it'll slowly come away from the metal and be a possible leak & rust point, When I posted it was at the post mentioned, and I'd not read the whole thread so obviously I missed the boat, looking good though.
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Post by debbie on Tue 17 Mar 2015 - 17:22

I was annoyed with myself on Friday, as I discovered my Heki had sprung a leak! mutter mutter, so I removed the whole thing, cleaned it up and re-instated it, I found where the leak was and it was tiny!, but that's all it takes, I did wonder if that three level roof would come back to bite me.
Have made the floor fitting for the Trumatic heater, aluminium would have been easier, but I used one of the window cut-outs, then today was about doing the over-cab, which is coming on nicely. The struts in the middle are there for support till the Stixall sets. Hmmph, looks like the flash did not go off! confused

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Post by pudsey bear on Wed 18 Mar 2015 - 7:45

I'd never have thought of closing off the cab like that, are you fitting a sliding door to make the hab warmer at night?
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Post by debbie on Wed 18 Mar 2015 - 8:33

Morning Kev, and yes I will be making and fitting a sliding door to go on the cab side, so that it slides behind the passenger seat. On B and C class motor-homes the cab is the biggest problem for losing heat. The cab heaters were never designed to heat the whole van up, and even without the door, my cab is considerably warmer Very Happy
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Post by pudsey bear on Wed 18 Mar 2015 - 8:50

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Post by debbie on Fri 20 Mar 2015 - 16:52

Have now got my nuclear power station fitted, flue for the trumatic heater, ceiling fitted, and started lining out. Feel like I'm getting somewhere now!

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Post by whistlinggypsy on Fri 20 Mar 2015 - 17:48

As usual going along nicely Debbie, keep it up and soon you will on the road again.
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Post by debbie on Fri 20 Mar 2015 - 19:47

Certainly looking forward to getting out Bob.
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Post by debbie on Sun 26 Apr 2015 - 17:29

Looking forward to the weekend in deepest Lancashire for a well earned rest. Van not finished but is usable.

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Post by Leapy on Sun 26 Apr 2015 - 17:32

Getting there !
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Post by KSH on Sun 26 Apr 2015 - 17:52

You should have give us all a job to do, we could have finished it over the weekend, too late now, for health and safety reasons you need to give a weeks notice Razz

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Post by debbie on Mon 27 Apr 2015 - 16:44

Sounds like a politicians statement.
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