Post by westycapri on Sept 25, 2016 23:02:08 GMT 1
Following on from the other posts the leak and location:
The water mark is just below the heater matrix and on the basis it only leaks when the engine is on I deduced it is probably the heater matrix.
So having ordered and received a new matrix I emptied the water
Pretty disgusting, it was black.
Removed the heater box
Portable dismantling table
Fan removed… Foam in good nick
Moved back outside when it got dirty and we have a winner!
The heater matrix was goosed.
New matrix in
I then got sidetracked by one of the windscreen vents that was damaged
I didn’t get the photo of the other side but that was worse with the whole tab snapped off.
Some duct tape fixing;
Not pretty but its not seen and will hopefully mean I’ll be able to demist the windscreen!
Back to the heater matrix… back in position.
The engine side attachment was painted over and sealed to the bulkhead so I couldn’t remove. So I gunked up with gasket maker to seal the hole
I reassembled and run up to temperature 3 times to try and flush out the colour of the water. It was better but will give it another change in the not to distant future.
Next was the air filter housing asking for trouble with rubber pipe.
So I broke the housing so that the nozel is turned 180 degrees
This has already been altered so will be picking up a K&N when some funds free up. In the mean time this will do.
The easiest oil change I’ve ever done.
There was a bit of swarf in the oil which is a concern. The engine was rebuilt so could be a new part failing or what I’m hoping is a bit of swarf left over when assembled. I’m going to change the oil again soon and fit a magnetic sump plug to see what comes out
Not been doing anything with the van apart from using it and it's been great. Been up to the peaks and although didn't sleep in it used it for a nap and a cup of tea when the gf went to look around the gardens of this house.
There was a tvr show on in the grounds. I hadn't realised how far back tvr go. There were some awesome cars and the noise with the cars rumbling by was even better. I wasn't very good with the camera unfortunately.
Second trip involved me and 2 mates the new forest our bicycles and campsite. My mate who owns a t25 had a a few mot problems so he had to drop out late this week meaning 3 of us on board which was cramped but brilliant. Purchased a bike rack and loaded 2 bikes on that and one in the back. Got to the new forest went for a cycle dodged some cows and ponies then set up.
It was a beautiful evening with a full moon
Fire blazing bbq and marshmallows and few beers drunk
Woke up and it was hammering down
And the best thing is that it didn't leak. We arranged it with 2 of us on single beds and one of the floor on a futon fold out thing and although tight it was doable.
The best purchase I've made to date is this argos 10 pound heater we had to turn it off overnight as we overheated
Actual van update… i have sourced a phase 1 front panel, indicators, the rear lamps and reversing lights off ralph to convert back to original. The front panel needs a bit of work, I just need the time to strip repair and repaint it. The lights are all nos. Only item im missing is the rear fog light. Also purchased a new dash voltage regulator as temp and fuel gauge read a bit low… just need the time to do this
Thought Id show some pics of what I’ve been up to in the van over the last couple of months. I’ve put on a few thousand miles on him and he’s been pretty much perfect bar a few old car grumbles.
Our final night away camping of 2016 to Kent we drove down from a wedding in Essex for our anniversary. We ended up in Whistable staying in the local campsite where we paid the few pounds extra for the hookup so we could use the £10 heater.
Whitstable was great, nice pubs and small shops that the gf could enjoy. We were a bit hungover from the wedding so didn’t do much browsing or drinking but ended up back in the van ordering an indian takeaway. Next day weather was great so we got up early and left the campsite before breakfast. We ended up parking in Reculver had a bacon and egg sannie looking out over the sea. We then walked through herne bay and back to Whitstable before getting a bus back then driving home.
Weather was great which really helped.
Since November no nights away but the van has been put to use… as a van
I have done a few bits
New radiator cap as the old one was looking past its best
For future reliability and as I had a intermittent hesitation I fitted a new electronic distributor to replace the points and whilst I was there i changed the HT leads - didn’t change the sparkplugs but will do soon. I had initially retarded the timing to much as noticed a drop in fuel consumption and down on power/top speed. I did the timing just before xmas and didn’t advance it again until after I’d been up and over the M62 so was struggling over the the moors. When I changed it was accelerating up all the hills and had plenty of power.
I changed the oil to check whether any fragments of metal in the oil as the first change there were some flakes. Thankfully there wasn’t. I fitted a magnetic sump plug so I can keep tabs on it. I had whipped the front wheels off to grease kingpins. I managed to shear a nipple off so I’ve got to replace it and it slipped off the jack denting the sump… need to get a bigger jack (see below) as although I’ve got a 2.6 ton jack it definitely struggles with the extra weight.
You can make the dent out here...
Brake pins are a bit short so have ordered some new ones.
The brakes actually work really well so although aesthetically they look tired I’m pretty sure the discs and pads were new but rusty.
I swapped in a new drivers sun visor as the string was required to hold it up.
And test fitted an older rear light to return back to earlier spec. I need to add some metal back in as by fitting the newer lights the metalwork was cut away.
Looks a lot cooler though. (I know this is a mk1 light got the mk2 lights in the garage wrapped up). Will figure out how to do it soon.
The main problem I kept having during this time was a battery that keeps going flat when left to stand for a week or more so I purchased a small solar trickle charger to keep it topped up when parked up that I plug in the cigarrette lighter socket. I later discovered that the negative earth wasn’t tight on the battery terminal. I had broken it at somepoint and not picked up on it which wasn’t helping. So a new terminal sorted that.
Another issue I had whilst on an Xmas trip to lancashire was the oil cap coming off and exploding oil over the engine bay on the A1. It luckily happened as I pulled into fuel… the cap landed on the exhaust manifold and was starting to melt but I managed to retrieve it before it went up! Not sure why, but maybe it was on loose/worked loose. Anyway I’ve tied on a replacement I had on one of my spare engines and will keep an eye out on it future. At least it adds some rust treatment to the engine bay...
I used him extensively overr Xmas and New Year between London, Essex, Sussex, London, Lancashire, London so done a few miles and been exposed to a bit of cold
Smoke screen in sussex
Frozen with Frozen locks in lancashire
Drive back during sunrise was great
This left me with a dirty transit
So I went through a jet wash to get a cleanish Transit
Although lost some paint
After then parking up for a couple of weeks the starter battery was flat despite having a solar trickle charger. I think the cold weather finally killed it after it had gone flat a couple of times after I left the lights on and as a result of the alternator failing. So I took the battery out and brought it indoors to charge it. After leaving it for a day on charge I tested it and it read 12.6 volts I then did nothing to the battery and left it until the end of the day and it was 12.2 volts then it had dropped further to 11.9v, By this time I’d condemned it and ordered a new battery which was the biggest capacity I could buy for under £50.
I needed the van working, not to go away but to transport a quarter of a Capri to repair my capri..
Its bloomin useful to have as I can transport all sorts of stuff in the back… the joys of a van and it sure beats my old v70
On the way back from dropping the quarter off at the repair shop I picked up a PCV valve and grommit from Burton power to help with oil cap issue. Had a half hearted attempt at fitting but gave up after I couldn’t get the flame trap out and it started raining. I also thought I’d be better off reading a haynes manual first rather than forcing it.
I did however manage to try out my new 3ton jack and stands from SGS engineering. I’ve got the 2.5 ton low profile jack already and the transit had fallen off once (as above) so invested in this as has a wider lifting point. Its seems well made like my other one so happy with it.
What I wanted to check when I jacked it up was there is a creaking noise coming from the drivers side suspension that is getting worse. I wanted to make sure leafs weren’t about to drop off… which they aren’t. The rubbers in the springs look pretty knackered so reckon it is that. I’ll look out for a bush kit and do a refresh of both sides or check the spare leafs I’ve got in the garage and swap them in.
As it had started to rain I retreated indoors and took the old stereo out. (Old archive pic)
I then took the stereo that I had removed from my XR3i
And fitted it back to here
Happy days - much better sound and also tunes into radio stations considerably easier.
As it was still raining I went into the back and noticed the lights didn’t come on…. Ahhh bugger the 2nd battery was flat…
I removed it from the rear cupboard which was easy as its not secured down. It was the first time I’d had a good look at it and after googling it it seems to originate from a mobility scooter. It seems a good brand and although the date says 2008 I’m hopeful. I’ve left it on charge since yesterday - currently sat at around 12.5v. I’ll leave it until tomorrow morning on charge then remove the charger to track any voltage loss over the day,
Whilst I had the battery out I thought I’d test the circuit for charging. Theres a black box in the engine bay that I assumed would be a relay that switched to charge with ignition on. Unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be the case and with the engine running and a healthy voltage being produced nothign was reaching the battery. So I’m going to redo the elements of the wiring so I know whats going on and add a voltage sensitve relay. I suspect that if theres no way of charging the battery the last time the battery saw charge was when on shore power in whitsable at the end of november and was probably killed as I suspect I left a light on
The rest of the wiring in the rear cupboard looks like this - this shows the 240v fuse box and 12v fuse box
Overall not to bad I did do a bit of tidying up by shortening some overly long wires and will swap out the 12v fuse board to take blade type fuses. The next step on this is to wait for some ebay packages including a battery tray to relocate the battery to under the bonnet and win back some storage space.
I’m quite looking forward to sorting the wiring out as its strangely satisfying. I will change some of the feeds from being off the car battery to the leisure battery - the stereo is the obvious one as want to be able to leave it on when onsite without fear. I may also do the same to the courtesy light and an accessory 12v socket. I’ll also add a battery voltage meter so I can keep an eye out on the state of the charge.
Are you going all phase1 in time then? She's a bit mix and match in the pics. Also, what's going on with the back door handle?
She's nice all the same.
Yeah will be going all phase 1. I've got all the bits just need time and weather on my side. For the front end I'll need to repair and paint the panel I got off ralph. For the rear I need to rewire the rear end lights and add some metal back in to secure the earlier lights.
The handle works haha. Will swap out when I can be bothered to source one and fit. I suspect the current set up has had holes drilled to fit so may be easier purchasing a whole door and painting
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