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    After days of more rain I think I’ve cracked the leak at the rear. Seems to be mostly coming from that bloody cable that runs through the toilet area to the n/s taillight. But there also seems to be some water getting in around the bottom of the door, or could be the frame ?
    I’ll keep an eye on this whilst I’m fixing the rot around the wheel arch. I’ve also noticed that water runs down the outside of the van body and under the floor. Not such an issue at the back, but the main body area has no aluminium sheet underneath so the plywood is at risk. This is an obvious weakness that I’ll have to look at. If the side skirts are fitted it’ll run down the outside of course, but it’ll still get wet if driving in rain so needs better protection here. I’ve fitted and wired up my rear view camera but still need to fit the parking sensors and tidy it all up. Got a wedding to go to tomorrow so that’s another day lost and as weather was nice we took a trip out to Moreton Hall yesterday which I used as an excuse to pop over to Nantwich and collect a Garmin Nuvi 57LM for £20 ! Another bargain off Marketplace. It’s the lifetime European maps I really wanted as the cost of updating my old satnav was expensive. Hopefully I can download the maps as a file n use them on both units. He he

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      Manage to do some bits on the van. Tried out the cruise control and something still not right as it jammed the throttle open again. I may need to recalibrate it. I’m surprised it doesn’t have a failsafe of some sort to prevent this.
      Found a note stuck under the wipers asking if van was for sale, so that’s a no then.
      I made use of some upvc strip I’d got and stuck a couple of drip rails either side of the van. When it’s all dry I’ll deal with the wood underneath getting wet. I also decided to wash the van. Well, I tried anyway.
      Took it to local supermarket which has a jet wash. I also took some step ladders. But all the crap that comes off the trees isn’t that easy to clean off, so went to my local Kurdish Hand car wash. They offered to do it all for £8 so after telling them what a **** Trump was I stood back and let 3 of them go at it with suds n foam n jet washes. I’ve never seen it look so clean, so I gave them £10 and drove home happy.

      I suddenly realised that after all the fiddly routing of cables to my rear view camera, I’d done it a bit wrong ! My screen which is built into the rear view mirror has the facility for 2 cameras. As my kit came as 2 parts (parking sensors and camera) I used the second lead and ran it to the screen thinking that as it was such a bugger to get up behind the head lining to the interior light, I’ll do it now to save having to take it all apart in the future. Trouble is, I really needed to keep the second lead to extend the first one as it’s not long enough. Bugger eh ? I’m thinking now I’ll just buy another lead, I don’t fancy going through all that again ! Double bugger !

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        Originally posted by Martinez View Post
        Manage to do some bits on the van. Tried out the cruise control and something still not right as it jammed the throttle open again. I may need to recalibrate it. I’m surprised it doesn’t have a failsafe of some sort to prevent this.
        Found a note stuck under the wipers asking if van was for sale, so that’s a no then.
        I made use of some upvc strip I’d got and stuck a couple of drip rails either side of the van. When it’s all dry I’ll deal with the wood underneath getting wet. I also decided to wash the van. Well, I tried anyway.
        Took it to local supermarket which has a jet wash. I also took some step ladders. But all the crap that comes off the trees isn’t that easy to clean off, so went to my local Kurdish Hand car wash. They offered to do it all for £8 so after telling them what a **** Trump was I stood back and let 3 of them go at it with suds n foam n jet washes. I’ve never seen it look so clean, so I gave them £10 and drove home happy.

        !
        where do you live it costs me £20 a go to get mine cleaned

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          Ah, the advantages of a diverse community. Or in this case, poor Kurdish people trying hard to earn a living in Wolves. These guys only charge £2-50 for normal car wash and £15 for a valet !

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            Just read through this whole thread, you've done great work so far, i thought i was a glutton for punishment Keep it up and don't give in.

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              Worro Owd Bob, you must be a glutton too reading all this ! As they say round here ‘it treks wun t know wun’

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                Went to Classic Bike show at Stafford on Saturday, set out at 10am and arrived 12-40pm ! Stuck in a huge traffic jam for 2 1/2 hours then £16 on the gate + £3-50 for a tray of chips and all I ended up spending was £10 !
                but at least I got some rubber grommets for the cables causing the leaks at rear. I avoided the auction for fear of taking on another project but was please to arrive home and thinking how clean the van looked now, just need to crack on n get it finished eh

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                  Know how you must feel been to many Auto-jumbles etc only to eventually get there and find pound shop tool stalls and Indian/Chinese made repro' rubbish. Real parts and proper junk is getting harder to find

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                    Weather crap n nights drawing in make progress on the van slow. Bad day all round, England lost at Rugby and a nice letter I got from Shropshire telling me I got caught by a speed trap. So that’s £100 n 3 points on my clean licence ! Bugger !
                    Anyway, I tried to strip out opposite side of interior to get ready to fit new flooring. But a phone call from a mate asking for help stopped me. He’d got a new fan belt for his car but it was too small. So, 2 miles to his to pick him up n take him another 2 to change the belt for a bigger one then back to his. But the new belt was too big ! So back again to shop to get the original one he bought. This time though I fitted it and it’s the right size ! So half the afternoon wasted with a promise of free beer tomorrow. Anyway, I managed to remove the Propex Heater from under the bed. What a mess underneath. Plus looks like some damp down near the kitchen cupboard. Hope it’s not as bad as the other side but further investigation needed. I also bought a new battery off eBay for my car. Same battery as in the van and the old one seems to still read 12.76 volts after being charged and standing for 48 hours. So I’ll be keeping that one as a backup for both vehicles. At £43 inc delivery n 4 year guarantee I’m pleased with the new one as my Pug seems more sensitive to a weak battery and now runs better. I noticed they also do leisure batteries, 100 ah is about £65 I think so with next day delivery worth considering for the future eh.
                    The other day I spotted a post by Dunnie from 2011. Seems he had a similar job to me, wonder where he is now ?
                    Last edited by Martinez; 03-11-2019, 11:00.

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                      Originally posted by Martinez View Post
                      Weather crap n nights drawing in make progress on the van slow. .................
                      I also bought a new battery off eBay for my car. Same battery as in the van and the old one seems to still read 12.76 volts after being charged and standing for 48 hours. So I’ll be keeping that one as a backup for both vehicles. At £43 inc delivery n 4 year guarantee I’m pleased with the new one as my Pug seems more sensitive to a weak battery and now runs better. I noticed they also do leisure batteries, 100 ah is about £65 I think so with next day delivery worth considering for the future eh.
                      The other day I spotted a post by Dunnie from 2011. Seems he had a similar job to me, wonder where he is now ?
                      Yes I agree about the weather. I need to Waxoyl the Toyota but it is too cold and damp outside. Threats of rain have also put a damper on other minor jobs. So instead I have been trawling about pickups on the internet. I could convert the HiLux into an EV for about 30 grand - that is a lot of diesel!
                      I usually get my batteries from Alpha Batteries very good and if you phone helpfull. Re Voltage readings - the battery needs to be under load A Couple of spotlights 60 watt each will give a demand of 10 amps - put them on and then you will get an accurate reading. Not under load and absolute scrap batteries will give 12v plus readings.
                      Jon

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                        The continuing saga of an old man who bought a dodgy Motorhome. It’s winter already and my plan to get the van finished has pretty much failed. I’m going out there to do a bit today regardless of weather. I really wanted it all done n dusted to use next year and enjoy some time away with my partner, but don’t think it’ll be finished in time now. Still no interior done and things to do outside too. Ah well, I’ll just have to press on regardless and do what I can. Those pesky rear light units are my first task, Hope it doesn’t take all day eh

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                          Keep saving up and buying all bits you need or might need whilst you can still get 'em and whilst its off the road until better weather arrives. We are no nearer again getting ours finished off in all this wet stuff. We are well into our third year with it all on our mobile shed of dread. Hopeful it'll be worth all the effort and the wait, so hang in there Martinez.

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                            Well I managed to sort the rear lights out. It’s worth cleaning the connectors properly every year as these things are exposed to the weather unlike most vehicles where they’re inside in the dry. Here’s my tips for doing it yourself. You’ll need a pozi 2 screwdriver to remove the 8 screws, a pencil, some fine grade abrasive paper (I used 280 grade wet n dry) and some long nose pliers.
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                            Here’s one of them unclipped from the lens unit. There are 2 clips that hold it in that you’ll need to unclip then put the lens somewhere safe.
                            Next remove the bulbs, a little wd40 will help free them up if they’re stuck. Be careful if they’re very stiff as if they break you could cut your hands.
                            Next remove the clips that hold the contacts into the metal housing.

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                            These come out easy enough by squeezing the 2 plastic tangs inwards and pushing them through to the rear.
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                            Then take a piece of the abrasive paper and wrap it round the end of the pencil. You can now use this to clean the contacts and the holes where the bulbs fit. Take care that you clean the contacts along their length as they are slightly rounded inwards. Hence the use of the pencil although anything else of a similar diameter will do. Also, make a note of where each contact fits or you’ll get in a right tizz when nothing works right.
                            And clean the metal parts of the bulbs too just to aid contact. And that’s about it. No more dodgy lights (well for a while anyway !)
                            I’d suggest you consider fitting a strip of that draft seal stuff along the top edge of where the lens meets the body to keep the water from running down the rear and into the back of the light units. It’s available from most cheapo shops for around a £1
                            Jobs a goodun!

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                              Well, I finally bit the bullet this week. After years of feeling undervalued and having increasing workloads piled on me, I felt I could no longer continue to do my job except at the expense of my health. I resigned !
                              I can’t use the excuse of not having the time to work on the van anymore, but she who must be obeyed seems to have a list of other things that need fixing. Mm, should I have stayed in the frying pan I wonder ?

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                                Originally posted by Martinez View Post
                                Well, I finally bit the bullet this week. After years of feeling undervalued and having increasing workloads piled on me, I felt I could no longer continue to do my job except at the expense of my health. I resigned !
                                I can’t use the excuse of not having the time to work on the van anymore, but she who must be obeyed seems to have a list of other things that need fixing. Mm, should I have stayed in the frying pan I wonder ?
                                Good for you! I did the same thing 5 years ago at the age of 55 for exactly the same reasons. I don't know whether it was a blessing or not but I have been able to see my grandchildren growing up although sometimes too often...
                                Too old to know everything!

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