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2508, 2019

Van Build Post 11 – Thinsulate Insulation, Interior Panelling, and Interior Layout Begins

After much deliberation, I had just about decided on the final layout of the van – more on that later. But before that could start, it was time to return to finishing off the insulation of the Van. As mentioned previously, I’d bought a roll of Thinsulate Insulation, which whilst expensive is very lightweight and […]

2408, 2019

Van Build Post 9 – Solar Panel Array: Hinged and Fixed to Roof

With the weather turning a little nicer, thoughts turned to making a start on the house electrics, to be powered exclusively by the big hot burning ball of fire in the sky. As referenced in previous posts, the roof layout is less than ideal due to the factory fitted skylight location so it was a […]

1902, 2018

Van Build Post 8 – Tarting Up: Wheel and Bumper Repaint, New Lights, Reverse Cameras

A few smaller jobs that are all kind of related but completed months apart are covered in this post.

Reversing Cameras

First up is fitting a reversing camera. With it being a bigger van than I’m used to, and having no rear windows, I needed to put a reversing camera on so as not to end up […]

2105, 2017

Van Build 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 the Sprinter forum had done successfully. However, finding a reasonably priced one in […]

2105, 2017

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 worthy 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 […]

1604, 2017

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 […]

404, 2017

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 […]

3103, 2017

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 […]

3003, 2017

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 […]

2903, 2017

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 […]

1402, 2016

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 […]

2910, 2010

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 Durham Dubbers/Flat4dubs forum, hence the conversational style of reportage. :p

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