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Post by scooby8272 » Sun Nov 06, 2016 12:50 pm

Great build that Fella

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Post by ffarrell » Tue Nov 08, 2016 11:12 am

Love your caddy conversion- thank you for the inspiration!

I copied you're bike holder idea, it's working well. Though now I am currently converting my Caddy to take on surf adventures and would love to know the dimensions of your bed? (Any info on the bed of that matter)

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Fi

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Post by Mardyboy » Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:44 pm

I'm taking it your heater is fitted inside the cab. Spoke to my garage today (had timing belt etc done) and they said they'd be happy to fit one, but I'm thinking it would be down to me to state were to put it . Any advice would be much appreciated.
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Post by mostlysimon » Thu Nov 10, 2016 7:23 am

ffarrell wrote:Love your caddy conversion- thank you for the inspiration!

I copied you're bike holder idea, it's working well. Though now I am currently converting my Caddy to take on surf adventures and would love to know the dimensions of your bed? (Any info on the bed of that matter)

All the best,

Fi
No problem, I'll pm the link over to the plans. Although, I'm just in the process of chopping a little bit of leg height off to give more head room which is basically determined by the wheel arch height.

edit: I can't pm the link to you because you can't receive them yet

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Post by mostlysimon » Thu Nov 10, 2016 7:25 am

Mardyboy wrote:I'm taking it your heater is fitted inside the cab. Spoke to my garage today (had timing belt etc done) and they said they'd be happy to fit one, but I'm thinking it would be down to me to state were to put it . Any advice would be much appreciated.
Tim
Yeah it's mounted in the passenger footwell. I'm away at the moment but I'll take some photos when I'm back at the weekend for you.

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Post by Mardyboy » Thu Nov 10, 2016 8:53 am

mostlysimon wrote:Yeah it's mounted in the passenger footwell. I'm away at the moment but I'll take some photos when I'm back at the weekend for you.
Thank you, have a great time whatever you're doin.
Tim

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Post by drcw84 » Thu Nov 10, 2016 10:49 pm

Really nice job, Hopefully I can do some thing similar.....cant decide whether to take my bulkhead out like you have or not (Have Maxi panel van so would have about 2.2m in back for bed)

Does it make a lot of difference removing bulkead - Warmth wise? & with condensation on windows?

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Post by mostlysimon » Fri Nov 11, 2016 8:20 am

drcw84 wrote:Really nice job, Hopefully I can do some thing similar.....cant decide whether to take my bulkhead out like you have or not (Have Maxi panel van so would have about 2.2m in back for bed)

Does it make a lot of difference removing bulkead - Warmth wise? & with condensation on windows?
I can't really comment as I didn't sleep in the van before I took the bulkhead out because I wouldn't have fit! We store a lot of our stuff on the front seats and overhead when we're staying in it anyway so would have needed the bulkhead out regardless, but that's less of an issue in a maxi I guess.

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Post by mostlysimon » Sun Nov 13, 2016 10:26 am

Mardyboy wrote: Thank you, have a great time whatever you're doin.
Tim
Here you go, excuse the mess.

Image

And the control panel...

Image

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Post by drcw84 » Sun Nov 13, 2016 5:44 pm

That's nice attention to detail




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Post by Mardyboy » Sun Nov 13, 2016 5:52 pm

Thanks for the photo's, looks like it stops the seat going back a tiny piece, can see the diamond bashin the crap out of it there. :lol: I'll have to give it some thought.
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Post by ffarrell » Mon Nov 14, 2016 3:16 pm

mostlysimon wrote:No problem, I'll pm the link over to the plans. Although, I'm just in the process of chopping a little bit of leg height off to give more head room which is basically determined by the wheel arch height.

edit: I can't pm the link to you because you can't receive them yet

Thanks Simon. I have added you to my friends list (hope this works for PM) and will contact board admin to allow me to receive posts.

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Post by mostlysimon » Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:54 am

ffarrell wrote:Thanks Simon. I have added you to my friends list (hope this works for PM) and will contact board admin to allow me to receive posts.
Here are the plans that I gave the company to make up the bed frame, it cost about £100 if I remember rightly:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/29tq84bw11xp7 ... n.pdf?dl=0" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

They are pretty over the top in terms of detail, but I just wanted it be right first time around.

When I'd sorted out the anchor points in the van and attached the frame, I measured up the top (be aware that the length might limit how far back you can slide the driver seat). I used 12mm ply, carpeted and hinged it.

In the opening side of the bed, there are tee nuts to attach the legs (http://www.screwfix.com/p/easyfix-4-pro ... pack/47225" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;) and then dowel screws (http://www.screwfix.com/p/easydrive-mac ... pack/7618h" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;) in the legs so that they're easy to get on/off quickly.

The same tee nuts are in the ply floor of the van, so it only takes a minute to remove the bed from the van, 6 bolts.

I've found that with my cushions on the bed I have to slouch to sit in van as I'm too tall (although the missus is fine!) so I'm having 40mm taken off the legs, which is limited by the wheel arch height obviously, but also means I'll lose storage space under the bed. I'm also modifying the bed so that it slides out rather than folds out, but I'll post up the photos of that next week when it's done (hopefully!)

There's photos of how it turned out on the first page of the thread.

Any questions, fire away.

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Post by DeefLeppard » Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:41 pm

Really nice build man. Definitely be pinching the bike mount idea :lol:

Daft question, well more like 2, the curtain rail...where did you get one and how did you fit?

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Post by mostlysimon » Tue Nov 22, 2016 7:02 pm

DeefLeppard wrote:Really nice build man. Definitely be pinching the bike mount idea :lol:

Daft question, well more like 2, the curtain rail...where did you get one and how did you fit?
Cheers! The curtain is this one: http://www.veedubtransporters.co.uk/sho ... rtain-kit/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; although there's loads of different ones kicking about online. The rail was just cut to size and screwed into the headliner (although my headliner is plywood so a bit more substantial than the woodchip type that is standard). 10 minute job. Hope that helps.

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