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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2008 1:30 pm 
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Thought it better to start a new topic as the other might get too long
OK Heres the van as I bought it. Bog standard 1996 VW T4 2.5 Diesel.
Used as a home maintenance vehicle by painters since new.
And I have to say...anyone can do this, no special tools were used, though you have to pay attention to the electrics, but having wired up 4 of my houses and several motorcaravans it isnt difficult.

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First job was stripping out, someone had dropped a tin of glue and it had seeped through the wood flooring as had some cement.
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That done, time for some side windows and new indicators, Note the only rust around the bottom of the door/ diesel filler but it was only minor surface rust.

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Time to fit out. There are two Ikea wall units there, one double and one single. The upright with the 240V Sockets and zig unit was some spare Ikea units which were in the skip at the back of the Ikea store. Ive been told there are always these around the back/car parking areas of Ikea. I bet any enterprising person could fit out a van from that throw away stuff. Wall panel carpetting was standard stuff from Rainbow Conversions.
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Shows the 240V Circuit breaker box which is connected directly to the outside 240 Camping Hook-up plug. Also can be seen Ive changed the front passenger bench seat for a single one.
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And heres the 99% finished version. Just some trimming to do and a few odds and sods but useable

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This one showing the water container, now moved to the rear of the van, I dont like fitted water tanks
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And as she is now, camping on one of the rare sunny days this year
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The missus loading it up
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2008 1:40 pm 
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:smt012 love it mate had a thought of doing the very thing myself, then the credit crunch and aint spending on nothing at moment, :smt012 shh dont tell the missus :smt003 :smt003 :smt003 thats just what i was thinking of the right van with the right gear in it. :smt012 great stuff

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The van is simply a matter of being in the right place at the right time I think.
I had been looking for ages for a decent one and saw some real sheds then this came up.
It was sold by a smalltime dealer in Essex, and I had to really annoy him and haggle over the price pointing out lots of things like Vacuum pump on its way out, in need of new cambelts etc, then finally after 2 hours I waved the wonga and he said 'youll take it now?' I agreed and drove it home, never had a problem in 2 years, been all over France in it as well. Gets the odd 20 litres of veg oil in the fuel tanks and still doesnt mind.

And that 18 inches or so in length from a SWB to a LWB does make an alarming amount of difference.

And there was me thinking size didnt matter??

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Great job on the T4 camper conversion :smt012 What more could you want from a camper van eh ? Great idea using the Ikea units, keeps it all looking nice and neat and very functional :smt004

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Excellent work,everything kept simplistic.Ikea do come in handy sometimes then l :lmao.Those units look perfect in there. :smt012

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Just in case anyone wants to convert a van I can give you a rundown of the order of build which sometimes confuses people.
Just PM me.

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