HI Folks, I have a MK1 1974 Transit Campervan. I bought her as a wreck & have slowly been restoring her over the past few years. I just have to learn how to upload photos to this site. She is almost complete. I only have the interior of the front cab to do & a little touch up here & there & then she is done! So keep an eye on this space as her story & pictures will be coming very soon!
HI Folks, I have a MK1 1974 Transit Campervan. I bought her as a wreck & have slowly been restoring her over the past few years. I started on the camper as she was leaking badly & was already drive-able. She was leaking from the roof on the right hand passenger's side over the cab. Unbeknownst to me she was rotted through, so I had to replace the roof, left hand side & the back. Still keeping the original windows & entry door. Being a crazy fisher person, I put up the long PCP pipe you can see on the side to hold my rods. After I had the roof, left hand side and back replaced
The good side which didn't need replacing
Rotted wood around temporary sky light
Roof falling in
More rot & water damage
Rotted front roof
Old cupboard doors
Door fell off, rotted roof caving in
Roof rotted all the way to the back
Better view of how damaged the roof was
There used to be a front window. Broken & leaking
Got rid of the cupborad & put in a fishing tackle rack
Driver's side view
New passenger's side
New sky vent
You’ve got to have tunes for your ride, so I put in a new stereo with blue tooth capability & USB so I can charge my phone & talk safely while on the road. New speakers for the back, the front speakers were already great. After that, I did what I could inside, like change the cupboard doors from terrible cheap chipboard to marine pine. Every time you opened a door, chips of wood would flutter down over everything. There was so much fake wood grain, I just painted them white. To break things up a bit & brighten it up. I slowly replaced the wood under the seats, as it had also seen better days too. I reupholstered all the cushions with an industrial water & fire resistant fabric which I got for a song & in just the right colour too. Lastly I replace the linoleum floor and man did that make a huge difference! It made everything pop & look new & fresh. The last thing I need to do is make new curtains which I hope will make a huge difference too. I’m glad I haven’t yet as there has been so much dirt & dust with all the Reno’s I’ve done. Now that I’m almost done, I’m tempted to re do the laminex in the kitchen. We will have to wait & see on that.
HI Fred, Yes the entire roof was replaced. It was just so rotted it couldn't be saved. As for fishing & camping. I've used her the whole time. I used to put a tarp over her while camping to keep the rain out.
My faithful camping & fishing buddies keeping an eye on the van for me!
Hi Folks, the next installment! She originally had the 200 cubic straight 6 cylinder in her. I tow my boat behind her & she was struggling to get up hills. Plus the engine was tired so I was able to find a new 250 cubic straight 6. She doesn’t go any faster but she has more torque & power to get up those hills. Plus I have a much larger boat now too. I don’t need speed, although she does get up to 110 kms, because, let’s face it, she is a loaf of bread on wheels. However, with this new power I found the brakes weren’t strong enough. Especially with the boat on the back. I never felt like I was going to stop in time, so I found myself travelling way behind the vehicle in front. So I got my brakes boosted. So much so, that I almost go through the windscreen now! As for petrol consumption she is pretty thirsty. She also had a small petrol tank of around 60 litres which would only give me a bit over 200kms. Plus the tank had a bad leak to boot, so I got a custom made tank made which holds about 110 litres now. After much tinkering, I’ve even got the petrol gauge working now too. This has made me a much happier camper!
So the camper part is done, she has a new engine and a long haul petrol tank, now for the front cab.
I was dreading the front cab, as I knew she had a fair bit of rust & it was going to be expensive. Under the windscreen I found there was mostly bog from bad work in the past on her. The driver’s side wing had a lot of internal rust too. I got new parts where I could, but, as most of you already know, it’s not that easy finding parts. Especially here in Australia. Never the less, I soldier on & you can see the result from the photos.
I got the stripe put back on her Left Hand Side I have to start a new post as I have reached too many photos for this one.
After the front cab looked so good, I decided to do the inside of the cab too. Man, am I glad I did, because when I pulled up the floor, I found the wheel arches had really bad rust & the driver’s floor was like the Fred Flinstone’s car. I could see the road beneath my feet!
Before After I ripped everything out
I’ve been able to get the heater working again after all this time. Have replaced all the hoses. What a treat! I bought 2 new truck seats for her. Suspensions ones with 2 armrests, which I just love love love!! Did I tell you how much I love my new seats? I’ve just got her back from the spray painter who painted the inside cab. This is where I’m up to. I'll got out tomorrow & take some photos of her newly painted inside. The sun has gone down now. I’ve been slowly pulling apart the dash, restoring the paint work. It’s starting to look really good. I’d love to find a new wiper & heater fan switch. If anyone knows where I might find them that would be a great help!
Next I’m going to install matting to reduce the noise & heat from the engine. As you can imagine not so pleasant in summer down here. Pretty nice at the moment since it is winter here. New carpet, the seats back in & she is done! Not long now. Will post photos on completion. I hope you have enjoyed her long winded history.
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conrod: Hi Bob, have emailed you about the stripes. I have a couple of sets left. Cheers Conrad
Jan 24, 2021 18:46:24 GMT 1
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Jan 8, 2021 5:36:54 GMT 1
transitmiler: Hi folks liked at some posts regarding heater fan. Have just bought a xtrail motor took magnets and armature out of old motor and replace with complete motor
Dec 31, 2020 22:32:25 GMT 1
aussiebob: very little rust rear wheel arch needs respray and minor panel beating/250 alloy head motor/upgraded front disc brakes/ running dedicated lp gas/zl fairlane alloy wheels
Nov 7, 2019 5:41:32 GMT 1
aussiebob: due to age and finances i have to put my sundowner for sale; auto/power steering ,disc brake rear axle,e
Nov 7, 2019 5:37:16 GMT 1
paultransit81: hi guys. have been reading some of your posts . I'm glad I live down under .. rust isn't our enemy . the sun is .. keep on keeping on.. transits rockin roll
Oct 11, 2019 12:19:23 GMT 1
paultransit81: mk1 transit standard doors rubber kit available rare spares aust
Oct 3, 2019 10:24:12 GMT 1
cortinae: Long shot aiming at my painting friends Got my screen out my MK 2 transit and for the love of god can not find the paint code for the metal part of the dashboard any ideas , went to paint shop and all the young guy kept saying can you not bring it in no it
Aug 24, 2019 22:02:15 GMT 1
soapysmith: Hi all, a friend of mine, whose husband died last year, has dropped in a cd with pictures of some MK1 bits. I see she has a diesel bonnet and grille assy. I also spotted a front axle with disc brakes. Anybody interested in anything?I am away for a few days
Aug 8, 2019 20:31:16 GMT 1
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Jun 12, 2019 18:20:49 GMT 1
FredTransit: Hello jonnochap!
Jan 25, 2019 22:18:33 GMT 1
aussiebob: Hi Conrod all the best for 2019 the strips look the part please let me know when you have sorted out the final details with them and i will arrange payment for a set. Regards
Jan 21, 2019 5:53:45 GMT 1