1985 Cf350D van restomod

Post by entwistlecymru » Sat Oct 31, 2015 10:53 pm
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So after spending too much time on my first cf250d which turned out to be completely rotten, here's my second attempt at successful cf ownership. I bought it as a bare 350p shell to transfer all the 250d bits into but I wasn't happy with some bits that looked solid on the face of it so I've welded the front end up (floors, front chassis, door steps) and bolted the 250d running gear in yo get it to the body shop for the remainder of the welding and painting to be done.

It started life as a minibus in blue, then the window were played over and it was painted white and last of all painted in brown household gloss and used as a festival bus :?

Image seen here with my current daily driver

Image front end now solid

Image Nice full headlining

Image Floor full of holes for seats!

The plan for the body shop is to get the rear end welded then bare metal the whole thing - I know Lee isn't looking forward to that bit! Then it'll be painted in DOT colours - polar white, grey and yellow.

I've had the gearbox rebuilt using a Maserati biturbo first and second gear which are slightly higher ratio, the flywheel has been refaced and the clutch cover and plate have both been reconditioned.

To power it all is a 23dtr from a frontera with rebuilt turbo, new timing chain kit, full strip and rebuild and a home made loom, seeing as the engine only had half a loom attached. I'm planning to used an easily obtainable glow plug controller (psa dturbo looks promising) and make a loom to to suit, in an effort to write a definitive how to for this particular engine!

The van will be an all rounder so it'll have a second row of seats for the kids but retain enough load area to hold a motorbike or two! It's also gonna be used for a tour of Scotland (to find the noss ness monster :lol: ) next year with the 5 of us so needs to be able to accommodate 5 beds somewhere! The electrics will get a thorough update which will include a decent sized alternator and updated batteries, modern type fuse boxes, led lighting where possible and a cd/DVD system to keep the brats entertained.

Not a lot will happen until the shell is back from painting but I'll get pics up of the engine and box once it's back together as a unit!
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1978 Manta SR, 1980 Rekord van, 1984 Carlton 1.8S estate, 1985 Carlton 2.2 GL estate, 1985 Carlton 2.2 CD, 1985 Manta GT, 1984 CF FF LWB minibus, 1985 CF 350, 1986 CF SWB minibus, 1987 CF 250, 2006 Triumph Tiger 1050, 2016 Triumph Thruxton R

Re: 1985 Cf350D van restomod

Post by entwistlecymru » Sun Mar 20, 2016 10:44 am
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Just a little update....... The van is finally solid and Lee the painter has stripped the entire shell down to bare metal. I've had all the bolt on panels blasted - both front doors are excellent, but I've got my work cut out on one of the rear doors!

Plans have changed engine wise after I won a senator 12v on eBay. I've had a lot of CIH engined cars so I'm sticking with what I know - it'll give a very useful hike in power too :twisted:

I won a set of wolfrace turbovec alloys with a proper set of adaptors which I've had powder coated.

Interior wise I now have two rows of blue leather seats from an Airbus A321 and have given a pair of period recaros to a friend to trim in matching material.

Hopefully the painting will finally start this week after months of being messed around by the welder and I can start thinking about putting it together!
1978 Manta SR, 1980 Rekord van, 1984 Carlton 1.8S estate, 1985 Carlton 2.2 GL estate, 1985 Carlton 2.2 CD, 1985 Manta GT, 1984 CF FF LWB minibus, 1985 CF 350, 1986 CF SWB minibus, 1987 CF 250, 2006 Triumph Tiger 1050, 2016 Triumph Thruxton R

Re: 1985 Cf350D van restomod

Post by entwistlecymru » Thu Sep 08, 2016 11:54 am
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I've finally got the van home from the paint shop. It looks lovely in Polar white! I've started to rustproof the box sections with 5l of Fertan rust killer then 12l of Indasa cavity way. I've then got 10l of Indasa Schutz to go underneath once the axles are off!

I've trial fitted the straight 6 and it fits, albeit tight in the hole! The gearbox will mount to the original crossmember, the front panel needs some modification to get a radiator in there but that's not the end of the world. The only big(ish) job is to modify the inlet manifold which fouls my left foot :D I've sacrificed one manifold to make a prototype but I'm toying with a 2.6 Dual Ram manifold which wraps over the top of the rocker cover. We'll see!

For the time being I'm concentrating on getting the van undersealed and waxed and making it watertight. I'll get some pics up soon
1978 Manta SR, 1980 Rekord van, 1984 Carlton 1.8S estate, 1985 Carlton 2.2 GL estate, 1985 Carlton 2.2 CD, 1985 Manta GT, 1984 CF FF LWB minibus, 1985 CF 350, 1986 CF SWB minibus, 1987 CF 250, 2006 Triumph Tiger 1050, 2016 Triumph Thruxton R

Re: 1985 Cf350D van restomod

Post by tctor68 » Subscribing Member » Thu Sep 08, 2016 12:36 pm
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Sounds a great project :thumb:
Any photo's

Tor

Re: 1985 Cf350D van restomod

Post by entwistlecymru » Sun Sep 18, 2016 8:47 pm
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As it is at the moment. Nearly finished the rust proofing, then it'll be on to stripping and re-bushing the front and rear axles ready for putting it back on 4 wheels

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It does fit!

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As it was at the body shop before I got it home!
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1978 Manta SR, 1980 Rekord van, 1984 Carlton 1.8S estate, 1985 Carlton 2.2 GL estate, 1985 Carlton 2.2 CD, 1985 Manta GT, 1984 CF FF LWB minibus, 1985 CF 350, 1986 CF SWB minibus, 1987 CF 250, 2006 Triumph Tiger 1050, 2016 Triumph Thruxton R

Re: 1985 Cf350D van restomod

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Post by VDUB384 » Club admin » Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:14 am
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Looking very nice my only query is when you've got the second row of seats in how are you going to get space to accomadate the beds to sleep five?. I was at a rally in Pontefract at the weekend and I saw a panel van with a full size roof rack and on there was a big tent what they slept in its not the first time I've seen something like that I've seen them before on land rovers, just a thought to solve your sleeping requirements good luck with your project and keep the photos coming.
Dave
Whilst good maintainece is the best prevention"If its not broken don't fix it."
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Re: 1985 Cf350D van restomod

Post by entwistlecymru » Tue Sep 20, 2016 6:40 pm
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That's precisely what I've got! Double mattress in the back with a hammock across for the little one and me and the Mrs can take the upstairs room!
1978 Manta SR, 1980 Rekord van, 1984 Carlton 1.8S estate, 1985 Carlton 2.2 GL estate, 1985 Carlton 2.2 CD, 1985 Manta GT, 1984 CF FF LWB minibus, 1985 CF 350, 1986 CF SWB minibus, 1987 CF 250, 2006 Triumph Tiger 1050, 2016 Triumph Thruxton R

Re: 1985 Cf350D van restomod

Post by entwistlecymru » Tue Sep 27, 2016 9:14 pm
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No real updates other than the rustproofing is done. I've brought the front and rear axles into the workshop for stripping. As expected the wishbone bolts are TIGHT. A scaffold pole isn't enough and neither is my old Draper impact gun sooooooo............ I've treated myself to an 18V Milwaukee gun - 610Nm of torque :evil: and some new Sealey impact sockets. I'm a distributor for both so it's time to put their reps promises to the test :D

Does anyone have any tips for getting both wishbones off in relative safety - ie without the spring flying away and taking a limb off? My idea was to ratchet strap the wishbones together as I've done with Mantas in the past, but the CF spring is a fair bit more heavy duty!
1978 Manta SR, 1980 Rekord van, 1984 Carlton 1.8S estate, 1985 Carlton 2.2 GL estate, 1985 Carlton 2.2 CD, 1985 Manta GT, 1984 CF FF LWB minibus, 1985 CF 350, 1986 CF SWB minibus, 1987 CF 250, 2006 Triumph Tiger 1050, 2016 Triumph Thruxton R

Re: 1985 Cf350D van restomod

Post by philbut » Wed Sep 28, 2016 7:42 pm
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I've used ratchet straps for a CF before. Just make sure there are no sharp edges contacting the strap (obviously). Think I used 2 tonne straps and they worked fine. Used a trolley jack underneath and straps to compress them when re-fitting.

Re: 1985 Cf350D van restomod

Post by entwistlecymru » Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:11 pm
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My new, shiny Milwaukee 18V impact wrench has loosened all the bolts so the next step is to get the springs out. I'll have a night in the workshop tomorrow so by Friday morning hopefully the front subframe will be stripped completely ready for painting
1978 Manta SR, 1980 Rekord van, 1984 Carlton 1.8S estate, 1985 Carlton 2.2 GL estate, 1985 Carlton 2.2 CD, 1985 Manta GT, 1984 CF FF LWB minibus, 1985 CF 350, 1986 CF SWB minibus, 1987 CF 250, 2006 Triumph Tiger 1050, 2016 Triumph Thruxton R

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