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Old 15-11-16, 21:10
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Today is a little bit of a historic day for me, I've wanted a T4 since I was about 16, had a couple of cheaper vans over the years, could never afford a good van... Then as I got older and wanted to do more things I decided a T4 wouldn't be big enough... and near enough 20 years later I have bought an LT!

It's an LT35 158 LWB, bog standard van at the moment, 190k miles but one previous owner who bought it 11 years ago for his plumbing business, and with FSH, so I know it's been well maintained (or rather, I hope it has!). No dents or rust to speak of, only a couple of little bits to sort and a huge job to get it clean. All in all I think it's been a good purchase. There is a bit of a noise/vibration that increases with speed, apparently not always there, which I'll have to investigate. Apparently VW couldn't find anything wrong and "they all do it, sir". Not sure I believe that one but as the engine feels good, I still thought it was too good to miss.

I have big plans for this, I keep thinking about what I want to do and I will put up a list in the next couple of days, but overall it's going to be a 2 berth camper, with full cooking facilities, fridge, toilet, and bed over garage (for the motorbike(s)). Swivel captain seats up front, with a table and a double seat facing forwards.

I will "modernise" it a fair bit, with things like central locking, electric windows, Android head unit, and if possible cruise control.

On the outside it will be off-roady, with big tyres, spotlamps, roof rack, etc. I will add windows on the first panel either side, and if possible respray it something other than white.

I don't have a huge budget, but as the van was cheap I have about 3k to play with for a good conversion, I want to build something that will make it into a really nice van.

I will add some photos once I take some in the daylight. I have been looking forward to building a van for so long and have had great enjoyment reading everybody else's threads, so I will keep this one updated as I go.
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Old 16-11-16, 07:07
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Nice one Alex, welcome to the world of wide screen! The vibes are probably prop shaft out of alignment or balance.

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Old 16-11-16, 10:24
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Thanks! What's the best way to confirm and fix a misaligned propshaft?

Today's mission is to find a steering wheel, captain seats, indicator and some replacement mirrors. Oh, and to set a budget for everything!
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Old 16-11-16, 20:16
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Right, as promised, here's the van:



It doesn't look like much, but it will do as the first "before" picture.

My plan for the next few weeks is to strip out all the existing boarding, clean it, get windows fitted, insulate it everywhere, board it again.

Once that's done I'll take stock and plan further.

I will build a storage unit over the cab area and some cupboards along the roof, what's the best way to secure these? I'm thinking I might have to fix them directly to the van's frame? or would Sikaflexed batons be strong enough?

Should I attempt to run any electrical cables first, or remove and refit panels as necessary?

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Old 17-11-16, 15:18
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Single passenger seat base ordered, 56 delivered, that will do nicely! Just need to find some seats now.

I want to find a double seat with integrated seatbelts for the rear of the van, ideally with Isofix. Needs to be comfy too (no minibus seats!). Any suggestions?
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Old 18-11-16, 07:48
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Tidy looking van. One of the last.

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Old 21-11-16, 17:19
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Big plans for next week, I'm going to fit strip the interior out, clean, insulate, then fit stereo, speakers, reversing camera, central locking, windows, and run cabling for everything I can think of so I don't have to remove too many panels later on.

Has anyone fitted power windows to their vans? Any recommended kits?
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Old 21-11-16, 18:17
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Wow, that's a big weekend!
I fitted Wolf windows in mine but they said that I had the last kit and they wouldn't be having any more so you might struggle. Don't be tempted by the universal kits, I doubt that they would cope.

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Old 21-11-16, 18:44
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Thanks, that will be a welcome plus rather than a requirement so it's not the end of the world if I can't find anything...

I've got the whole week off work to do all this by the way, I needed time off anyway so I wanted to get the van to a comfortable position ASAP!

I've not thought much about the leisure battery yet but I might try to fit one and run loads of cabling for it too.
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Old 21-11-16, 19:22
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If you need electrics check out my website

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