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Thread: VERA FROM HORSEBOX TO HOUSEBOX

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    VERA FROM HORSEBOX TO HOUSEBOX

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    Nice! That looks like it was made to be converted, it'll be beautiful!
    Yawn I'm so tired with this big bag of coal on my head...

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    Dunno if it's the angle but that's as long as it's high! Sooooo cute!

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    looking forward to updates as this is a long term plan for me ..... good luck

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    I'm in love with it allready

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    Quote Originally Posted by vanman84 View Post
    Dunno if it's the angle but that's as long as it's high! Sooooo cute!
    Hi I did write a load of text to go with the photo but lost it ?

    yes is almost a big box 18ft long 11ft high

    I have had Vera ( from the BIG V on the roof ) for nearly 3 years after a lot of searching finally found on ebay for 1650 , I was after something tax exempt short but with the full lenth able to be used so vera is 18 ft long with 18ft of living space

    the conversion is a no rush , do when I get an idea , try not to spend much money ( most parts tatted, car boot bargains or free) job , with a steampunk , chitty chitty bang bang , gypsy caravan mutiod look

    here a few more in the beginning photos

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    Right so the jobs in order were going to be
    1 underneath , chassis, brakes , tyres, wiring, and running gear as there is no point spending ages converting a truck on a crap running gear
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    3 outside
    so my partner and myself spent around 20-30 hours wire brushing the chassis back of all oil grease rust ect , followed by 2 coats of red oxide and then 2 coats of post office red synthetic enamel paint , newish tyres where needed , wheel cylinders, brake shoes and a complete back end rewire ( no dodgy bad earths ) to complete underneath
    a few before and after photos


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    [URL=http://s602.photobucket.com/user/boneheaddread/media/SDC13941.jpg.html][/URL]

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    And finally finished

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    Top plan do the bits u cant see first an forget em.

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    Fantastic!!
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    well done that looks ace

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    Excellent thread

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    what a beautiful truck, showing my age now but first firm I worked for had tk tippers always loved their looks
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    oh wow, this is going to be brilliant, good job so far
    "The best way to get something done , is to begin "

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    Great work, looks great so far!

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    That'll be nice, I like the red already.
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    Hi all thanks for your comments I will carry on the thread then , I wernt sure if some might think I was a bit of a twat or show off or something
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    That'll be nice, I like the red already.

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    Next on the list was the engine , it ran ok but blew on the block/exhaust manifold ( common problem with bedfords ) and the points were missing sometimes causing a loss of power or backfire ( yes its a petrol) , first thing I did was take the head of have it skimmed , clean up check all the valves then refit with a nice new copper head gasket , check the tappets and reset , make a new exhaust for it out of scrap bits and bobs and a transit silencer , then carefully remove the points carry them out of the truck , then trow them on the floor and stamp on them before throwing them in the bin and fitting a electronic ignition and high performance coil kit from acu spark 50 for the lot excellent , booked it in for its hgv test ( still a empty horsebox at that time ) , got plenty of stares when I pulled up at the ministry test centre as she looked like a bag of shit from the outside but passed first time
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    This thread looks like it is going to be a good one.

    Do it once, do it well, do it yourself.

    I loooove the red undercrackers.

    Can i reccomend an old off roader trick, think about puttting thin PTFE sheets between the leaf springs, it really smoothes out the ride, reduces wear and keeps the springs looking good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boneheaddread View Post
    Next on the list was the engine , it ran ok but blew on the block/exhaust manifold ( common problem with bedfords ) and the points were missing sometimes causing a loss of power or backfire ( yes its a petrol) , first thing I did was take the head of have it skimmed , clean up check all the valves then refit with a nice new copper head gasket , check the tappets and reset , make a new exhaust for it out of scrap bits and bobs and a transit silencer , then carefully remove the points carry them out of the truck , then trow them on the floor and stamp on them before throwing them in the bin and fitting a electronic ignition and high performance coil kit from acu spark 50 for the lot excellent , booked it in for its hgv test ( still a empty horsebox at that time ) , got plenty of stares when I pulled up at the ministry test centre as she looked like a bag of shit from the outside but passed first time

    Absolutely awesome, van looking great. Its a great achievement doing it all yourself. Loving the thread...

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    Wow PETROL!! R u keepin that or goin deisel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vanman84 View Post
    Wow PETROL!! R u keepin that or goin deisel?
    Yeah petrol was a bit of a dilemma , but I have had loads of Bedford j types in the past and even a RL all with petrol lumps in , they are good strong and very easy to work on , mines only got 19,000 on the clock from new, I save 250 a year on the tax another 250 by it being classic insurance so for now I will stick with the petrol , I could go with the right engine replacement that would be a 220 4 pot diesel , but underpowered and noisy , or put in a modern engine , but then it would be gearbox , prop maybe rear axle , or ever go with a gas or hydrogen conversion but I will wait and see happy with what I have at the moment
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    Hi quick update on vera ,first job inside was to ripped out all the old inside , put a burner in a temperary spot for now , put in a 25 boot sale bargin chaise lounge , another boot sale find at the weekend was a industral lamp for 10 , that now my bedside lamp ( yet to make a bed yet , started on the cross beam and side runners , its about now that I wondered why I ended up drawing so many butterfly champers to carve out
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    If u r near London trawl gumtree freebies for a sofabed as a temp sleeping solution. Oh an the recyclin areas. I got 90% of my stuff from both!

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