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Re: Tp's Caddy conversion

Post by Liam » Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:14 am

those seats are a bargain
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Post by Ddraeg » Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:21 am

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Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:40 am
Thanks! The bed admittedly is going to be slightly thrown together and not quite as fancy as many that I’ve seen! So long as it does the job though.
A mattress in the back will be sufficient!

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Post by Liam » Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:55 am

self inflating air mattress and you can have comfort and not have to lose space in the rear of the van - roll it up and put it away when u dont need it
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Re: Tp's Caddy conversion

Post by NZDubNurd » Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:18 am

Liam wrote:
Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:55 am
self inflating air mattress and you can have comfort and not have to lose space in the rear of the van - roll it up and put it away when u dont need it
Air ride :lol:

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Re: Tp's Caddy conversion

Post by Liam » Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:07 am

exactly
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Post by Tp88 » Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:40 pm

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Side door now cladded
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Seats going in on touran bases



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Post by Tp88 » Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:46 pm

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Makes such a massive difference!


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Post by Liam » Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:55 pm

looks really good must look out for a set of touran bases myself
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Post by Tp88 » Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:45 pm

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It’s not pretty but hopefully it’ll do the job. I’ve built it in two sections so if I still need to use it to love stuff around I can just remove a section...


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Post by Tp88 » Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:42 pm


Made heaps of progress today. Chuffed it’s all working out!

So... bed ply on.
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Then thw start of a pull out draw for coffee and storage
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Magnetic curtains went up today too.
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And finally just before dark, a coat of absolute black.ImageImage

A lot of it is very much rough around the edges. Plan is to throw it together as I’ve done now, re build it in the future but with a week until we set off to do the North Coast 500 I’ve nae had much choice.

Also was chatting with my neighbour about coil overs, he’s persuaded me to investigate lower springs and new dampeners (not sure if that’s what you call them? Bit in the middle of the spring) and potentially the lowering rear end from darkside or an axle flip. All of which i have absolutely no idea on and will probably come next year when I can afford that and some 18” alloys!

Next job is power...

The USB port into the radio continues to be intermittent and to add to my 12v power torment the loom to the cig lighter doesn’t seem to be throwing out power either. Very annoying!



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Re: Tp's Caddy conversion

Post by Liam » Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:12 pm

eibach lowering kit uses shorter front springs and pretty much the same rear axle fit thing as every other kit and u can keep standard shocks
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Post by Tp88 » Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:20 pm

Liam wrote:eibach lowering kit uses shorter front springs and pretty much the same rear axle fit thing as every other kit and u can keep standard shocks
Great shout-thanks! They’re not cheap are they!!!


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Re: Tp's Caddy conversion

Post by Caddyluv » Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:00 am

I think vanstyle do them for around £400 which includes fitting.


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Post by Tp88 » Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:58 pm

Couple of finishing touches...

I couldn’t make any sense out of trying to get the USB port to work from the head unit, nor could I get power from the coverage lighter loom so I decided to quite my loses and take power from the fuse box and use a double USB cig charger.

Next on the list was LED lights. I did a fair whack of research and came to the conclusion LED strip lights don’t take a great deal of power so in theory (famous last words) won’t drain the battery.

Electrical wiring baptism of fire... planned it out all on paper, bought a soldering iron electrical tape etc...

Taking power from the rear light, I wired it all up to a switch above the side door and put the stripping on the back of the top wood cladding.

When I was testing out before soldering all the parts I accident hit power to earth and blew the 7.5 fuse. I’d got so far and didn’t really want to give up given we’re departing on Friday so with a wee bit of googling I came to find using 10amp wasn’t going to destroy anything (hurra!) and I can nip to halford tomorrow and pick a new one up knowing it all works.

Chuffed to bits with this finishing touch.

Oh and we went to Ikea to buy a bed which fits perfect! So satisfying!

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Re: Tp's Caddy conversion

Post by Ddraeg » Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:29 am

Ahhhhh that well known bed fitting tool, the hammer!

Looking excellent, I hope your trip goes well.

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