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#2 Re: Camper Conversions » Trying to camperize my Fiat Scudo (second try) » 2019-02-27 17:21:29


You certainly put a lot of thought into it. 

And a lot of work too.  Will the units transfer into the bigger van?

#3 Re: Camper Conversions » Mid February trip up to the Borders, Edinburgh and down the East Coast » 2019-02-27 16:51:16


You certainly packed a lot into a little time Ken.

Just arrived back myself.  A great trip in the incredible weather.  Empty roads all the way down as far as Hawes, then it seemed like every biker had taken the day of work to enjoy the sun.

#4 Re: General Discussion » Newbie » 2019-02-20 21:02:15


Looks nice.

(The van's not bad either.  wink)

Hope you will share the progress of your conversion with us.  Quite a few campers on here.  They do make ideal campers if you don't need loads of space. 

Good mpg, get under height barriers, same as a car for the ferries, drive like a car, fit in a garage or multistory, ...etc...etc...

Cosy for two, roomy for one.  I could live in mine.

#5 Re: Maintenance » 2.0 Hdi not starting!!! » 2019-02-19 02:35:45

kenbw2 wrote:

Oh look, a big list of problems my crappy 68bph DW8 will never have!

Me too.  I was seriously considering something newer later this year but the cpu's and excess electronics seem to be unavoidable.

Thanks for the explanation vaz.

Glad you got it sorted Ricko.  When you setting off?  Look out for ken and I as you pass through the borders.  Suppose you will be going up M6 for the west coast though.

#6 Re: Maintenance » 2.0 Hdi not starting!!! » 2019-02-18 00:45:38


Unless it's the glow plugs not working, how might easy start overcome an electrical problem?


#7 Re: Maintenance » 2.0 Hdi not starting!!! » 2019-02-17 16:07:39


Strange one.  I can't see how easy start would overcome anything but low starting temperature problems or perhaps a delay in proper fuel delivery at startup.  An air leak or a failing pump perhaps? 

You must be getting proper fuel delivery once at tick over as it runs on ok.

Could the fuel pump not be performing properly till up to speed?  The easy start getting it turning over fast enough to deliver and run on?

#9 Re: Spare Parts » Squeaky Door? » 2019-02-16 15:12:44


Let me know you got it and I will delete.


#10 Re: Spare Parts » Squeaky Door? » 2019-02-16 14:53:50


Thursday evening is just right.

I have a few things to do over the weekend while in the borders.   

Are you there right now?  If so I will post my number and then delete it as soon as you confirm you have got it.  Then give me a call and we can have a chat.

#11 Re: Spare Parts » Squeaky Door? » 2019-02-16 01:11:11


Cheers.  One gone four left.


Off up to the Borders for a week or so next week if you are out and about.  Stopover in Teesdale on the way.

#12 Re: Maintenance » Cam belt change ruined performance » 2019-01-24 12:52:47


Don't know if the turbo makes access any worse but they definitely didn't fancy it.

Another reason I haven't had it done is I have needed the van for regular travel between the Borders and Yorkshire.  As soon as settled back in Yorkshire I will get some quotes.

Sorry to deviate your topic Ant, How's you getting on with yours?

#13 Re: Maintenance » Cam belt change ruined performance » 2019-01-22 15:52:00

kenbw2 wrote:
OAT wrote:

I am considering an expensive bill to get the glow plugs replaced.  Two garages tried and couldn't get them out.  It's going to need the engine dropped.

Wait, what? I did mine myself. Took me an hour or two, and definitely didn't need the engine dropping!

Yours is the XUD9, yes? Access to a couple of them is a right arse especially near the fuel pump, but definitely doable. Just keep your spare glow plug nuts, you'll probably drop a couple.

A few people have said similar.  But one of the garages was not exactly a back street place and did specialise in diesels.  They got two out but couldn't get the other two.  When they said it needed the engine dropped and would be expensive I said go ahead.  They then said that they feared wrecking the head in getting them out and that a replacement head may be required.  Again I suggested they did it but they made it clear they didn't want to.   We were talking potentially around £1,000!

Would love to have a go myself but have serious mobility problems.  After hardly using a garage in over 50yrs, I am now totally in their unreliable and expensive hands.

#14 Re: Maintenance » Cam belt change ruined performance » 2019-01-21 22:40:50


I agree  regarding it being worth investing time, effort and money in an older vehicle... sometimes.  But also admit to it not being the case for me on a number of occasions in the past.

Like you though, my current van could be described by some as past its best before date but I would still spend what I paid for it to give it another few years.  Its perfect for my usage, drives better than many saloons, and is totally rust free.  I am considering an expensive bill to get the glow plugs replaced.  Two garages tried and couldn't get them out.  It's going to need the engine dropped.  After considering a replacement, newer van, I have decided to stick with this one and have it done.

Stories like yours though make me fear using garages.  Hope your turns out ok.

#15 Re: Maintenance » Dispatch 1.9 2006 Starting Issues... Help! » 2019-01-21 22:28:41


First thought was air in fuel line till I read the no start and black smoke.

But I am no mechanic and know nothing of sensors.  I expect someone will be along with an idea or two though.

Have you tried easy start?  Not a cure obviously but might be interesting to see if it fires and runs.

#16 Re: Maintenance » Total power loss » 2019-01-20 14:21:44


I am really out of touch with modern vehicle electrics myself.  But I did have a modern Yamaha scooter with everything cpu controlled.  After it was stolen and wires cut etc with them trying to start it, it was totally dead until someone "reset" the controler.

Sorry I have no idea how they did it.

It also switched off all electrics and required resetting if the bike were ever tipped on it's side.

#17 Re: Camper Conversions » Has anyone here added stretch carpet to their front door panels? » 2019-01-18 21:37:35


I chickened out of doing mine and insulated behind them with cheap camping mat and that plastic wool stuff.  Then I realised that I had blocked the cavity for the window to wind down into. kiss  Worked well on the side and rear doors though, big improvement.  There is room to glue some camping mat behind the window channels though.

My beds are made up from the front and rear seats so you sleep right next to both doors.  After insulating the doors it's incredible how much cold radiates off the door pillars though.  And there is not much you can do to insulate them.  In the worst weather I use a self inflating camping mat on edge between the sides of the seat and the doors.  Fits snug from front to back, keeps out the cold from the pillar, and gives a padded edge to the side of the bed rather than the cold doors.  I carry the mat for outdoor use in summer anyway.

Some tricky fitting work there Casper, nice job.

#20 Re: Camper Conversions » A pre-Christmas trip to the Cairngorms. The sun even came out. » 2019-01-18 01:20:28

kenbw2 wrote:

I'm always planning one trip or another so let me know when's good with you smile

You mean you actualy plan!!! wink

I'm only home when there is some demand keeping me there these days.  No commitments, and diesel in tank, and I'm off.  One of the few benefits of getting older I suppose.

Give me a couple of weeks to settle in and we'll sort something out.

#21 Re: General Discussion » Off road (ish) » 2019-01-17 15:27:08

tee_cee wrote:

Where the white panel is on the drivers side, that's where the snow/sand/mud grip control knob should be.
With the current van I don't have air con, and although I can live without it, if I'm going to the effort of transfering my conversion, I'd like to fix all the niggles I have in one go. On the other hand I'm not sure if I have the energy to comit to the work involved.

I think you might get to more exotic climes than me.  I spend most of my time in Scotland.  It's vitamin D I need not aircon.  smile

Would there be an independent control knob for each side then?  Preset I assume as you wouldn't reach from drivers seat.  ???

#22 Re: General Discussion » Off road (ish) » 2019-01-16 19:57:40

tee_cee wrote:

This one looked interesting - Crown owned, nr Glasgow …
Outside looks good, but inside looks a bit of a mess. No aircon, so not for me.

They have certainly taken trouble cleaning it up outside.  Even painted the tyres! 

It would be another grand getting a pop top fitted and a lot of work swapping my conversion over though.  Which I would have to pay someone to do.  And although they say it seats three, there are only two seats???  Would be around £6,000 by the time I'd done.  Maybe in a year or two when the prices have dropped and mines a bit more knackered.

Strange. No aircon is a plus for me.  But then I would also rather do without electric windows and central locking too.  (Do they do one with a starting handle?  wink

Anyone any ideas what the white panels at each end of the dash might be?

#23 Re: General Discussion » Off road (ish) » 2019-01-16 17:33:32


I would certainly snap one up if I ever saw one!

k_wyndham_t wrote:

Would be fun though  smile

Kept getting a feeling of familiarity with your name.  The penny finally dropped:-

Saw them a few times.

Any relation?  smile

#24 Re: Camper Conversions » I Christmassified the van » 2019-01-16 17:20:12


Clever use of space with that reverse pyramid structure.  smile

Hope you enjoyed your festivities.  For the last 5 years or so I have gone to considerable lengths to avoid them. 

Not easy though.

#25 Re: General Discussion » Lighter broken, replacement needed » 2019-01-16 17:11:29

kenbw2 wrote:

F16 according to my handbook, 10A fuse.

Cheers Ken, is that in the engine bay or glove box panel?

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