My Blackberry Caddy

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My Blackberry Caddy

Post by Barbel330 » Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:30 am

So, my old work Combo had served me well as a used and abused SMART repair van for 9 years, I think I'd washed it three times in that time :shock: It was still a solid van but was beginning to look tired so not a great advertisement for my business, there was only one choice for the upgrade and that was a Caddy.

I'd also owned my BMW e46 330ci for 10 years and in that time I think I'd only done 18k miles so it just wasn't being used enough for me to keep paying for its upkeep. The plan was to get rid of the Combo along with the BMW and buy a well spec'd Caddy that I could kit out for work yet still be nice enough for me to drive when not going to work.

I started the search for my new Caddy in December but all the vans with the kind of spec I was looking for were just out of my price range. I didn't want to end up with a standard white van with no electric windows for the reasons stated above so when I noticed a one owner, full VW service history, 65k miles blackberry coloured van with electric windows and mirrors, a/c climate, mfsw, auto lights and wipers, heated seats, bluetooth phone kit etc I knew I'd found what I was after. I struck a deal with the owner at £7.300+vat and got it home a couple of days later.

There was a lot of work to do to get it ready to start earning me money and the weather wasn't exactly helping matters as it seemed to pour with rain just about every day making fitting out the back harder than it should be.
The van needed to carry all my smart repair equipment and be easy for me to work from but also leave enough room for all my carp fishing gear to fit in. As you'll see, my compressor is pretty large so that really determines the layout for the rest of my kit.

As I got it.
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Let the fun begin.
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Post by Barbel330 » Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:37 am

Altro flooring down and compressor in place, it was a case of building the rest around it.
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Far away from being finished but in a state where I can work out of it nicely.
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Post by Barbel330 » Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:01 pm

I added led lighting and made a camo roof lining as a little carp fishing inspired touch (I think I stole that idea from somebody on here so thanks) ;)

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The solid oak slide out work bench doing me proud. Vanguard window covers fitted and made a start on the carpeting.
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The rear wooden panel will soon be replaced with a black acrylic panel because I can't carpet that section as it'll no doubt get paint splatters on it due to me working on the work bench. The rest of the racking will be carpeted too.
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I also started on the modding side of things too by having RAD fit my coilovers.
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Some Tommyzoom bulkhead covers and a bit of a seat upgrade.
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Post by Barbel330 » Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:12 pm

A few little touches.
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De-badged and real carbon fibre bumper protector fitted. Wiper delete and painted handle next and the rear is done
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Made a start on the paint correction. 3 stage machine polish on the rear doors. The whole van will be done when the weather improves as its covered in swirl marks.

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Re: My Blackberry Caddy

Post by rftrft » Thu Mar 03, 2016 12:49 pm

Wow never seen a caddy in this colour and looks amazing!

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Re: My Blackberry Caddy

Post by tommyzooom » Thu Mar 03, 2016 10:18 pm

Yeh, lovely colour.
How do you find the fit of the bulkhead covers on the cab side, they weren't really designed for this side?

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Post by sxstar » Thu Mar 03, 2016 10:44 pm

Liking the mods what year is this on
It's never to late to be what you might have been!!!

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Post by Barbel330 » Thu Mar 03, 2016 10:48 pm

tommyzooom wrote:Yeh, lovely colour.
How do you find the fit of the bulkhead covers on the cab side, they weren't really designed for this side?
They fit fine mate. I had to put them on that side as my racking unit butts up tight against the bulkhead grill on the rear behind the drivers side so there's no space to get them on there.
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Post by Barbel330 » Thu Mar 03, 2016 10:50 pm

sxstar wrote:Liking the mods what year is this on
It's a 2012

New 19" wheels and tyres should be with me by the middle of next week, can't wait to get rid of the steelies :D
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Re: My Blackberry Caddy

Post by caddyirl » Fri Mar 04, 2016 9:40 am

its a lovely colour mate, where did you get the bumper protector if you don't mind me asking? :mrgreen:

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Post by Barbel330 » Fri Mar 04, 2016 11:41 am

It's off eBay mate, item number 131725567609
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Re: My Blackberry Caddy

Post by danrr85 » Fri Mar 04, 2016 3:48 pm

Love the van. That's a superb colour!!

Whites so boring Want to respray mine blackberry for me?

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Post by Spider » Fri Mar 04, 2016 5:07 pm

Such a nice colour. Sweet camo touch too! ;)

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Re: My Blackberry Caddy

Post by torque777 » Sat Mar 05, 2016 8:26 pm

Looks great

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Re: My Blackberry Caddy

Post by amt1 » Sat Mar 05, 2016 10:27 pm

nice van love the colour

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