Chopping the Van!

posted in: Conversion 0

Well, it’s very wet and windy today, but that’s good it’s testing yesterday’s efforts… It was a cracking day yesterday and I had no excuse to put off chopping holes in the van for the window and toilet cassette access door. I had in mind to fit windows to both sides towards the rear of the van but SWMBO says she only wants one – so guess how many we’re having 😉. You can see the installed window from the … Read More

Laying the Floor

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I’ve managed to do a bit more work on BFG (Big Friendly Giant is the name of the new van). I glued floor battens down using Stixall and then left overnight to cure – The gap between battens at the left is for the charge cables that will run between the vehicle battery and the leisure battery bank. Here we have laid the insulation between the battens and taped over the joints to create a vapour barrier – You might … Read More

Progress at Last!

posted in: Conversion 2

A long run of poor weather has been stopping us making and significant progress with the van conversion but at last, we’ve had a couple of nice days, and we’ve made the best of them. The first job was to fit a decent reversing camera as the van will not have any rear windows. I bought a unit specifically for a Relay, Boxer, Ducato, van from eBay. The camera is integrated into a replacement high-level brake light so the camera … Read More

Desecration of a Hymer – Poor Forrest!

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I’ve not been able to make much progress on my van conversion as the weather has just been too bad with high winds and rain. Cancelled ferries have meant I’m still waiting for my sheet materials, insulation and plywood, to be delivered. I was at least able to make a start stripping things out of the inside of Forrest. I’ve removed all the key electrical components – mains consumer unit, solar panel controller, TV, mi-fi router, microwave, and other sundry … Read More

…Let the Fun Begin – It Starts Here

posted in: Conversion 2

I mentioned in my last post that we had bought a 2013 Citroen Relay as the base vehicle for our planned self conversion. I picked it up yesterday and am very happy with it. It needs a bit of tarting up here and there and there is a fairly major ding that our son and I need to tackle, but it’s doable. Driving it over Orkney Mainland to the ferry to Westray it was a dream! The power steering is … Read More

RIP Forrest! and New Plans

posted in: Mods/Maintenance 0

Well, after a promising start with a passed MOT after the engine repair things have gone rather downhill! After the repairs, although the knocking was gone the engine was overheating after even a fairly short run. There were problems with the electric radiator fans not cutting in so we temporarily bridged out the thermostat on them and that did seem to alleviate the problem a bit but things were still not right. I also noticed that it was losing water … Read More

1st Outing since Repairs – MOT

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The MOT on Forrest expired during the engine repairs so this needed attending to before anything else once he was back on the road again. At this time of the year, the ferries between Westray and Mainland need booking pretty well in advance and the date we booked Forrest in for his MOT we were normal booking out from Westray to Kirkwall but would have been 4th standby for the return journey to Westray. In a motorhome, there would be … Read More

He’s Fixed!

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At last, I think Forrest is fixed. After the disappointment of the valve springs we really were out of options, doing things by the book. I did, however, a cunning plan that took me off-spec, a thicker head gasket. I ordered a bespoke head gasket from Dobsons Gaskets in Keighley. The new gasket is 0.5mm thicker than specified in the manual. Fitted the gasket last night and fired up the engine. and while it was initially quite alarmingly noisy it … Read More

I’m in Despair!

posted in: Travels 4

This has turned out to be a rather long post but if anyone reading this happens to be an experienced diesel engineer, I’d love you to take the time to read it through and offer your thoughts. To start with, I’ve only noticed now that I haven’t posted any progress reports since my last “Repairs, Slow and Steady” post. Well, that didn’t work out so well after all! The engine ran but sounded like a bag of bolts – So … Read More

Repairs, Slow and Steady!

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It’s been a wee while since I did any significant work on Forrest’s engine repairs. We’ve had family visiting and it’s been fun tracking down replacement parts, and, the weather here hasn’t been great with at least some rain on most days. Of course, all these are just excuses and now the family have left, all the parts are on hand and we’ve finally had some more or less dry days so I’m all out of excuses! We managed to … Read More

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