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Thread: Nora the LDV; build thread...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wanderingwill View Post
    most of leaks on lvds can be traced back to the british leyland sherpa they leaked also...
    and WikiLeaks

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    Getting a bit ahead of myself, but this turned up on ebay, only 12 miles from home so I had to have it...



    Complete with fiddles, so my kettle wont fall off while I'm driving
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    You have to get these things when they come up!

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    Ffs ive been looking for something similar for a while....

    That or a hob sink thats not listed at a stupidly high start price!

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    I think I did OK for 85...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick69 View Post
    Ffs ive been looking for something similar for a while....

    That or a hob sink thats not listed at a stupidly high start price!
    Theres a few scrap caravans at the storage yard i use,ill ask the owner if theres any cookers n stuff in them.Im not that far from you.
    Hebridean at heart..everywhere else is just somewhere on the way back there...
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    it's gimballed too, looks like it's off a boat.

    james
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    Quote Originally Posted by NomadicRT View Post
    Theres a few scrap caravans at the storage yard i use,ill ask the owner if theres any cookers n stuff in them.Im not that far from you.
    Thankyou kindly

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    It's often the little things in life that take all the time.... In checking all the lights before I go for an MOT, I noticed the number plate lights were both very dim, and falling out of the rear "roo bars"... Stupid piece of LDV design, the back of the chassis is finished off by a crash bar thingy, which carries the rear lights and, presumably offers some crash protection... It's made of tube steel, and the wiring for the number plate lights goes in through the top.... which of course means water goes in there too... 17 years later this results:



    The tube rots out around the lights! Rooting around the shed, I found an offcut of 37mm steel pipe so I decided to repair the tubes, and refit the number plate lights... Well, that plan didn't last long! I took the lights apart for cleaning and one of them just disintegrated in my hands! A quick scout of ebay didn't turn up a replacement but did lead me to this:

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/381701731575





    That makes life a lot easier.. I can patch the tubes, without bothering about holes for the lights, and I can plug the cable entry holes in the top too... so I did!



    And after a coat of underseal...



    There's plenty of room to mount the new light above the number plate... should only take about an hour, when it turns up next week.. Shame it's taken most of the day just to do that one little thing!

    MOT next Saturday, all being well!

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    Hmmmmmm.... well the LED number plate light arrived, in pieces! Bad packaging partly to blame, and poor design... Nothing I couldn't fix, just some screws pulled out.... Needless to say, stern words were sent to the supplier!! I didn't want to risk a delay in getting a replacement so the screws got glued back in, and the light fitted, and it actually works very well!

    So MOT is booked for Saturday at 11:30, subject to the MOT place being able to take a 3m tall vehicle!

    Fingers crossed for me please, folks!

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    Fingers and toes crossed,ATB.
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    good luck with the mot .. i find mots stressfull dont you...
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    Quote Originally Posted by wanderingwill View Post
    .. i find mots stressfull dont you...
    Yes! I bloody hate them! Specially the first on a new-to-me vehicle....
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    Well, I have to own up to a spectacular silly cock up on the MOT front, which means it's been postponed until Monday... I trusted a well known chain of MOT centres to have a sensible online booking system, but they don't! It accepted my reg number, and told me what the vehicle is, and let me book a test... but they don't do Class 7! DOH! So it's booked in elsewhere for Monday..

    In the meantime, I thought I'd better do something productive... it's got a window!!!




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    There goes the stealth!
    Please tell me you weren't going to QuickFit.....

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    Yep... there goes the stealth... I'm going for Motor Caravan, so side windows are a must... I'm planning on putting some stealth back buy painting Bat Survey on the side.. hence the name Nora...

    NO! not QF... MOTest are a small chain in the Berks/Surrey/Hants area, and generally very good, I've been using them for cars for years...

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    Dvla have no size requirements for windows...

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    It only went and bloody passed!

    The tester was most complementary on the state of her... commented that not even the brake pipes were rusty...

    One advisory on rust in the inner front wing.. I think I can live with that!

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    Oh well done! They have to find something don't they?
    Had that with the transit. Advisories - oil leak (er it's a DI) and power steering leak (where?)

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    Yes, they do like to find something... But this was fair enough... I'll get it in to my local welder at some point...

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    Ok, so after yesterday's celebrations, time to get on with some actual work!! I made a quick trip to my local DIY chain store, and relieved them of some of their finest, treated roofing battens.

    And hour or so later, I have the right wall battened, ready to put the lining ply back on.... just need the insulation and vapour barrier now!



    Those self drilling screws are magic!
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    Been a busy boy over the last few days, ably helped by the ever lovely and practical Yaz... Insulation up on the walls on Saturday, and putting the under floor studding in tonight.... Yaz reckons we'll get the floor laid tomorrow night, but I think she's a little optimistic!


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    Insulation going down....

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    Last of the floor insulation in place... it's noticeably warmer in the van already, with the heat from my 400W work light.....



    So tonight I'll be cutting the plywood to fit the floor!
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