My ex British Gas conversion

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Re: My ex British Gas conversion

Post by kneecap » Sun Mar 28, 2021 8:41 am

@robblowen cheers for that. It seemed easy but imagined a bloody mess! Followed your build as you had done the same as me and then you started all the electrical stuff, split charger , VCDS tweaking etc that I was put off through inexperience. My 1.9 is knocking on £206k so thinking of selling and doing the same again, however tempted by the ease of buying a maxi life and tweaking a lil less.Prices are crazy though compared with a few years ago for maxi vans and lifes.

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Re: My ex British Gas conversion

Post by robblowen » Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:50 pm

Little headlight upgrade to get rid of the standard yellow candles. I've just fitted standard halogen and 1157 bulbs to avoid the dash warning. They're are around 5000k each so a pretty close match and alot better than before. It'll tide me over until I decide what permanent upgrade to go for?ImageImageImage

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Post by robblowen » Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:55 pm

Also stripped out all the light grey plastics from the can this morning, washed them all down and sprayed them darker. I'm not sure if it's as dark as I want them yet, I'll wait and see once they're back in the van. Definitely an improvement either way.ImageImage

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Re: My ex British Gas conversion

Post by charlie- » Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:59 pm

I like those sprayed trim panels! What sort of paint did you use?

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Post by robblowen » Tue Mar 30, 2021 3:26 pm

Cheers man, I picked up some grey vinyl paint from halfords, it was reduced to £5 a can and is specifically for interior plastics and bumpers, it says it soaks into the plastic so hopefully it will be quite hard wearing! We shall see?

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Re: My ex British Gas conversion

Post by Ripley55 » Tue Mar 30, 2021 3:40 pm

What’s the colour match like to the existing plastics @robblowen ? Parts look Bob on mate 👍
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Post by robblowen » Tue Mar 30, 2021 3:59 pm

Cheers @Ripley55 I've not had them in against the bottom half yet, I tested some on white paper first and it was pretty close, it looks a little bit lighter on the plastic but it was in bright sun, so hopefully it's still pretty close when I fit them. I'll put some more photos up when they're back in, possibly tomorrow before work.

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Re: My ex British Gas conversion

Post by robblowen » Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:48 am

Parcel turned up this morning, Audi Q7 door handles fresh from Ebay with the door handle illumination still attached! Not bad at £18 for the pair! There are plenty on there if anyone else is interested, you have to hunt for a bargain though and double check the pictures to make sure they're still there! Just need to look at wiring now!ImageImage

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Re: My ex British Gas conversion

Post by robblowen » Thu Apr 01, 2021 12:35 pm

Got my resprayed trim refitted this morning, not sure I'm 100% with it, but it is a definite improvement and fits in with the darker trim and dyed headlining a lot better than the original light grey!ImageImageImage

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Re: My ex British Gas conversion

Post by Doc » Thu Apr 01, 2021 1:29 pm

The trim looks great in the photos, what are you not happy about?
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Re: My ex British Gas conversion

Post by Ripley55 » Thu Apr 01, 2021 2:20 pm

Looking really good @robblowen 👍 are you thinking a shade darker ? 🤔😃
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Post by robblowen » Thu Apr 01, 2021 2:29 pm

@Doc @Ripley55 cheers guys, it's not quite as dark as expected but I do like it. It's more the fact I don't think it's going to be very hard wearing, I thought about plastic priming it first but the vinyl paint I bought said no other prep was needed because the paint soaks into the top layer of pigment within the plastic, causing a permanent colour change. But where I've had a little scratch on bits that are out of sight, it scratches off as if it's just sat on top. I'm happy with the look, so I'm planning on leaving it, if it lasts then alls good, if starts to get scratched and ratty then I'll change it for something stronger.

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Re: My ex British Gas conversion

Post by robblowen » Tue Apr 06, 2021 7:21 pm

Heated fan type washer jets plumbed/wired in this afternoon, in between blizzards and with zero feeling on my fingers! But it's worth it, I think! Managed to fix the loom inside some existing conduit and retaped it all back up. Earthed under the near side headlight and a 5 amp fuse into position 31 in the cabin fusebox, which I think is the original position for heated washer jets.ImageImageImageImageImage

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Re: My ex British Gas conversion

Post by robblowen » Tue Apr 06, 2021 7:53 pm

Some progress in the back as well, finally carpeted the wheel arch boxes, ran out of glue so couldn't carpet the near side lid, over the battery. That will have wait for now! Ignore the state of the floor, had to do a tip run the other day and havent had a chance to clean up!!!ImageImageImageImage

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Re: My ex British Gas conversion

Post by robblowen » Mon Apr 12, 2021 7:58 am

Reverse camera fitted and wired up today, theres so much contrasting information about fitting them to RNS 510 head units, I'd bought a cheap licence bulb camera from ebay before I'd chosen a RNS 510, so decided to persevere. Bought a cvbs to RGBS conversion kit off of ebay, wired it up as per the sellers instructions except instead of breaking into the reverse lights for a signal wire I just used an ignition live off the fuse box with a 5 amp fuse, I connected all 3 positive connections to this. The RNS 510 knows when you're in reverse due through the canbus system, it sends a signal down the loom to the camera, everything works as it should! Also had to chang a bit of coding on the head unit so it changes to camera view automatically when put in reverse and shows the parking sensor screen at the side of the camera view.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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