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Post 7 – Re-covering the headliner and adding a shelf

Another job completed recently was the recovering of the headliner and utilising the wasted space above head height in the cab.

I had looked at potentially putting one in from a low roof sprinter and adding the shelf above, as someone else on here had done successfully. However, finding a reasonably priced one over here seemed […]

By |May 21st, 2017|Van Build|0 Comments

Van Build Post #6 – Fitting Vetus Portos Vents and Repairing Roof Seams

Been chipping away at various bits of the van, not really anything completed worth of a post until now though.

The last of the cutting into the roof, hopefully/thankfully. I needed two extra vents on the roof to accommodate extractor fans in both the bathroom and the darkroom. after looking at plenty of options, and not […]

By |May 21st, 2017|Van Build|0 Comments

2007 T5 For Sale

2007 SWB T5 2.5Tdi (130bhp) 6 speed in Indian Blue. 213k on the clock, 12 months MOT until May 2018. Reluctant sale as I needed something Sprinter sized which I now have.

I’m the 3rd proper owner of this van, was previously used by a corner shop for cash and carry runs so it’s had a […]

By |May 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

1973 Ragtop Beetle Restoration – 2007cc Stroker Motor, Fuchs

One long post chronicling the rebuild and restoration of a 1972 1200 model VW Beetle between June 2009 and August 2010. And a bit more in 2016/2017. Words mostly lifted from the Durmah Dubbers/Flat4dubs forum, hence the conversational style of reportage. :p

1. Well as some of you may remember I had this on the road […]

By |April 29th, 2017|Beetle|0 Comments

Van Build Post #5 – Fitting a Dometic / Seitz Midi Heki Rooflight

Another job that could have been done in an afternoon but had to be spread over a few days dodging rain to compensate for the poor quality North of England weather.

So…I was left with a Midi Heki that I wasn’t quite sure I wanted to fit, now the Maxxfan was in. I wasn’t overly impressed […]

By |April 16th, 2017|Van Build|0 Comments

Van Build Post #4 – Removing the Mercedes factory glass sunroof – reducing the hole in the roof – fitting a Maxxair Maxxfan

Lengthy, picture heavy post ahead…

With the windows in, thoughts turned upwards…to the roof. I was really keen to have a source of natural light, and potentially some means of forced ventilation. The van had a fixed Mercedes factory sunroof towards the front, which turned out to leak in heavy rain.

Not forgetting the later addition of […]

By |April 4th, 2017|Van Build|0 Comments

Van Build Post #3 – Fitting Bonded Side Windows

I agonised long and hard whether to fit side windows, my old van was a full on panel van. Many arguments for (light, views, improved ventilation) and against (reduced insulation, less secure, reduced stealth) but in the end I mostly decided I wanted to enjoy the view if it was raining, so decided fit a […]

By |March 31st, 2017|Van Build|0 Comments

Van Build Post #2 – Stripdown, Insulation and Soundproofing begins

First jobs were to strip out the interior, lose the stuff I don’t need, check the condition of the floor and make a start on soundproofing and insulation. Boring stuff, but arguably the most important part of the build. I’ll be camping in extremes of temperature, the highs of Southern Europe and the lows of […]

By |March 30th, 2017|Van Build|0 Comments

Tintype / Europa Adventure Van Build Post #1 – Introduction

Here’s a lengthy, picture heavy intro to my ongoing Sprinter project…

The Van

I picked it up last month after some last second bidding on a popular auction site, having viewed and test driven it the week previous and being very impressed. It’s a 2001 MWB T1N, 2.1 CDi with an unusually low 160k miles on the […]

By |March 29th, 2017|Van Build|0 Comments