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Thanks Curtis, it all started with wanting to carry the bike inside, it's somewhat evolved from there 😁 still so much I want to do.
 

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I think within the first few days of owning the van and joining here I realised it'll be A Never Ending Story 😁
 

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I love a project, as soon as i've finished building/modifying a car i get bored and end up selling it so i can get something new to start on .
 

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Great project Pete, must be a lovely to watch it all slowly coming together and becoming the bus you always wanted. I like the way you've allowed for a bike to be stored in the back while still having a full bed too (y)
I have a few ideas for mine which are slowly coming together in my head and looking forward to getting started :)
 

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I've borrowed a pair of Dewalt drills from work so I can pilot the hole then drill the screw in rather than using one drill and having to change the bit every 10 seconds!:oops:
They are some seriously good pieces of kit, I think I'm going to invest in some myself.
Use one drill with a dewalt flip driver that way you pilot countersink in one and then flip the bit to screw
 

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I love a project, as soon as i've finished building/modifying a car i get bored and end up selling it so i can get something new to start on .
So the T5 will be around for a long time yet then...how are the rear doors looking? 😋
Great project Pete, must be a lovely to watch it all slowly coming together and becoming the bus you always wanted. I like the way you've allowed for a bike to be stored in the back while still having a full bed too (y)
I have a few ideas for mine which are slowly coming together in my head and looking forward to getting started :)
Thanks mate, it is a fantastic journey especially considering this is my first van and any type of conversion. I've modified every car I've own but they're usually parts pre designed, this is making it up as I go 😬 I spent ages designing the back, would model it all up then spent time in the back marking it out with masking tape to see where everything would sit, then test fit the bike. I'm lucky that as I'm a technical designer I use Solidworks at work so I actually modelled the back of the van and the furniture to get it exactly how I wanted. The bike in my mind has to be inside and out of sight, especially when I camping out as I'll be on my tod.
Sounds good, look forward to seeing what you have planned, I would suggest making a list of the things you want to do, but it just keeps growing so you'd really need to use a toilet roll to right on, however they're a hot commodity currently and you'd probably get crucified for that! :eek:😂
Use one drill with a dewalt flip driver that way you pilot countersink in one and then flip the bit to screw
Thanks Stu, once work reopens I'll be returning these but will definitely invest in a set for myself.
We do love our toolbox toys 😁
Quality photos there mate (y)
 

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Update...
Nothing too exciting but keeps me busy and ticks off an item on the to do list. The dining room table was just loose fitted in the rear cupboard with some foam edging around it to protect it, and as the furniture is in situ there was no way I was going to be able to get my arm in and fix the brackets in place, so as the door is set in from the outer panels, I cut the old seat base down once again using a hand saw and sanded the edges back before mounting the brackets and latches. I didn't get any pics of that as, well, it's a panel but once fitted I took some...
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And then threw in my camping chair...
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Will be making shelving and storage boxes to suit the kit I'll be carrying. As I say it's nothing exciting but another step forward to the van becoming the tin tent 😁
 

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Hi, I've enjoyed reading this thread and have gained some inspiration for my bus (similar in lots of ways to how yours started). I've noticed some green hoses online for the engine bay if that's still bothering you, it got my attention after reading through the thread last week. Is it worth changing them from standard in your opinion?

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Hi Danny, thanks for the positive feedback (y) I'm actually ok with the blue thanks, still need to fit the intercooler ones but was waiting for the warmer weather so the bumper plastic is more flexible. Only question is, while I have the bumper off, should I order and fit the Forge cooler? :unsure:
It depends on whether you're looking to remap your van, if you are then the extra pressure going through the pipes can cause them to distort and restrict airflow (on standard rubber hoses) where as silicone ones are a lot stronger so only help the engine to breathe. If you're staying with standard power, they will still help the engine's airflow, but you'd not notice any difference really. There is of course the bling factor. :cool:
If I'm honest, depending what your plans are with your van, I'd concentrate of the furniture, storage etc first. Make sure you fire up a build thread of your own so we can follow your progress.
Any questions, just ask and I'll help where I can mate.
 

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Thanks Pete, I am very envious of your set up :) I know its taken a lot of hard work and planning!
Some mods had been done to the van when I bought it to include Revo remap to 140bhp, Lowered on Bilstein 14s, carpeted and DIY pullout bed, windows on side panels, 5.1 front end and it came with 20 Range Rover wheels that I had swapped with some 17 banded steels for now, the ride is better but not all that great.

I want it for an adventure van that I can take away and ride the bike with the odd night I can stay in it but not necessarily cook. I would just like to make the engine and ride as good as it can be for a start so that's why I am thinking hoses. Was it a tricky job to replace? Is there a kit that you buy?
I am not thinking Forge cooler yet but if I do fogs and need the bumper off I could be tempted with the 170 remap and cooler upgrade :unsure:

Thanks again for your time.
 

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Hi Danny, thanks for the positive feedback (y) I'm actually ok with the blue thanks, still need to fit the intercooler ones but was waiting for the warmer weather so the bumper plastic is more flexible. Only question is, while I have the bumper off, should I order and fit the Forge cooler? :unsure:
It depends on whether you're looking to remap your van, if you are then the extra pressure going through the pipes can cause them to distort and restrict airflow (on standard rubber hoses) where as silicone ones are a lot stronger so only help the engine to breathe. If you're staying with standard power, they will still help the engine's airflow, but you'd not notice any difference really. There is of course the bling factor. :cool:
If I'm honest, depending what your plans are with your van, I'd concentrate of the furniture, storage etc first. Make sure you fire up a build thread of your own so we can follow your progress.
Any questions, just ask and I'll help where I can mate.
Not strictly true that pete
A standard 204bhp van rolls out of the factory with rubber hoses and ive seen vans with 300+bhp on stock hoses
The reason i bought forge silicon hoses was because a whole set of 4 was cheaper than 2 genuine oe hoses
And of course because they were red ;)
 

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So the T5 will be around for a long time yet then...how are the rear doors looking? 😋
Ouch! :p ...some of us are still at work you know.
In all fairness we have been and fetched the stuff from the lock-up to to this little job and even had today off but decided it was too hot and faffed in the garden instead . :cool:
Maybe one day :rolleyes:
 

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Thanks Pete, I am very envious of your set up :) I know its taken a lot of hard work and planning!
Some mods had been done to the van when I bought it to include Revo remap to 140bhp, Lowered on Bilstein 14s, carpeted and DIY pullout bed, windows on side panels, 5.1 front end and it came with 20 Range Rover wheels that I had swapped with some 17 banded steels for now, the ride is better but not all that great.

I want it for an adventure van that I can take away and ride the bike with the odd night I can stay in it but not necessarily cook. I would just like to make the engine and ride as good as it can be for a start so that's why I am thinking hoses. Was it a tricky job to replace? Is there a kit that you buy?
I am not thinking Forge cooler yet but if I do fogs and need the bumper off I could be tempted with the 170 remap and cooler upgrade :unsure:

Thanks again for your time.
I do over think things...a lot! But if I'm honest, there's a few things I would change if I was starting from scratch, but it's my first go so very much learning as I go. I've no doubt over the coming months / years I'll be tweaking my set up.
Have you got the receipt for the Revo map? Only thinking that you may be able to get your van on the 170 map for a cheaper price, especially when you get the intercooler at the same time ;)...might be worth a phone call to your local authorised dealer.
I've got a portable gas hob for cooking, boiling water etc for cups of tea in the morning. Basically the things you would take while camping in a tent, only mine is a "Tin Tent" (y)
I've only fitted the boost hose, was a bit fiddly as you have to move some other components out of the way to access the clamps, I'm no mechanic but managed it on my drive. Here's a link to them, seem to be the best price.
Sounds like you've already got a decent van, make sure to set up a build thread mate (y)
Not strictly true that pete
A standard 204bhp van rolls out of the factory with rubber hoses and ive seen vans with 300+bhp on stock hoses
The reason i bought forge silicon hoses was because a whole set of 4 was cheaper than 2 genuine oe hoses
And of course because they were red ;)
I've always seen that the majority of tuned vehicles opt for silicone hoses because they withstand higher temperatures and pressures, the reason they don't come stock on vehicles is mainly down to cost, not to mention if the oe hoses fail, people not in the know will go back to the garage for like for like replacements in turn making the original manufacturer more Wonga. Stick some silicone ones in and they'll last and last and last.
Certainly didn't know the oe ones were as expensive though, but to be honest if something fails on my car / van I'd always look to upgrade rather then simply replace 😁
Ouch! :p ...some of us are still at work you know.
In all fairness we have been and fetched the stuff from the lock-up to to this little job and even had today off but decided it was too hot and faffed in the garden instead . :cool:
Maybe one day :rolleyes:
Sorry bud I'm only messing 😁
Well at least the stuff is now at home, that's a step in the right direction. It is a pain to do but looks so much better. (y)
 
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