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    First T4, First Camper Conversion

    Hi everyone,

    The misses and I had our first kid in July, so we obviously thought this is the best time do convert a T4 Panel Van into a T4 Camper!

    Never had a van before, but thought T4 would be an obvious choice on our budget, so we went and found this:

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    1.9 TD 800 Special, registered 1999.

    We both wanted to get something clean and something that we could do ourselves from scratch, so this looked ideal.

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    And one of the family when I got it back to my parents.

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    First things first:

    Strip it
    Clean it
    Remove Bulkhead
    Clean-up any rust

    Top half of the bulkhead came out first, and the mat was removed:

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    Very grimy and lots of orange. There was a lot of concrete, brick, screws, anything you can think of under here really. So as the surface gets damaged, moisture gets trapped by the mat, it's going to corrode a bit.

    Hoover and a scrub later:

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    (Just started to tackle the bottom half of the bulkhead)

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    Nice solid van as a starting point you have there mate. Keep us all updated. We love a build thread on here.

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    These were the main problem areas I knew I'd have to deal with:

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    First off however, I wanted to get that bulkhead off!

    With 2 afternoons of angle grinding this was the result:

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    With that done, next on my list was to tackle all that surface rust. So a trip to homebase was in order, where I got a flap-disc, some Kurust, and some Hammerite. I've since been told Hammerite isn't the best stuff to get, oh well!

    Anywhere there was a hint of orange got blasted by the grinder, ended up using a whire wheel for some of the more narrow parts.

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    Next was the Kurust
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    You'll have to take my wrod for it, as I don't have a picture apparently, but after a couple coats of Hammerite, it looked 100 times better.

    The next thing I did was cut some ply for the floor, as kneeling on the ridges of the floor was starting to hurt.

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    Thats everything I've got documented so far! There has been more progress so I'll try and get some pictures tomorrow and upload them. Unfortunately this is going to be a slow one, but hoping to have our first camping trip in March/April!

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    Quote Originally Posted by S49 View Post
    Nice solid van as a starting point you have there mate. Keep us all updated. We love a build thread on here.
    Cheers dude! Yeah hoping to do regular updates. Doubt it's something I'll properly ever finish, but I'd like to make it campable by the spring.

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    You've "attacked" the cargo bay much the way we did. And your right ours wont ever be finished I suspect.

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    Welcome mate 🤙looks to be a decent job you're doing there !!!
    Keep the updates coming

    Sell my T4 !!! I'd rather stick wasps up my butt.

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    Welcome mate , cranking job so far and the van looks to be a very clean example

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    Welcome mate. I have 2 young babies with 13 months between them so sometimes time can be an issue. Iím about 40% way through converting my van but Iíve just got to grab every minute I can to work on it.
    Cracking progress though, your family will love it just like mine do


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    Good work there mate!! Had to do exactly the same with the cargo bay!


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    Looks a proper job, I went the easy option and bought a converted one but you are sooo right it will never be finished, thinking of doing a rip and strip, rear unit full bed style now. Welcome


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