Re: 1985 Cf350D van restomod

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Post by Phil Bradshaw » Club admin » Thu Sep 29, 2016 10:14 pm
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Ratchet straps or chain wrench/adjustable pipe strap of suitable proportions usually is easier than the recommended threaded bar with double nuts each end (one each end a safety nut) and cup seatings in place of the front shock absorber and lower mounting plates.

Another trick is to chisel split the nuts from the lower arm fulcrum bolts to save fighting against threads damage due to wear and corrosion.
Bolts and nuts should be renewed anyway whenever the arms are disturbed.
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Re: 1985 Cf350D van restomod

Post by entwistlecymru » Sun Oct 09, 2016 9:16 pm
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Ratchet straps worked fine thanks Phil. I was surprised how easily most of it has come apart. All bushes and ball joints need replacing despite not giving any noises and B/J boots being intact. Most of it is now ready for powder coating, I just need to get the lower arm pivot off and the bushes out.

The rear axle is also stripped but the bearings sound awful so that's another job for the list.

I've finally finished all rust proofing and sound deadening so after fitting the front headlining and dash covering I can get the windscreen fitted and start making it properly watertight............
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 Jan 24, 2017 10:31 pm
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Despite the poor weather I've finally managed to get the van rolling, although the rear axle still needs some little bits doing. I found my original steering rack to be U/S so found a decent 2nd hand one and had CPS Drivelink in Gateshead recon it for me. That means I now have a completely rebuilt steering and suspension system - ideal for taking a bit more power :D

As for the brakes, Bigg Red reconditioned the calipers and I've got a set of Goodridge hoses off a Land Rover to go on. The servo was tatty and M/cyl needed work so instead of getting them refurbed (for ££££s) one of my suppliers by the name of Robert Bosch AG came up trumps as their warehouse in Denmark were having a clearout. One of the items was a Servo and M/cyl for an Iveco daily with a near identical bore size to the CF2. It's bolted straight in though the pedal needs slight modification due to the pushrod being slightly longer than the original unit. I've had the rear shoes relined, the drums have been skimmed and new cables fitted. I also had difficulty finding a matching pair of the correct cylinders after ordering nearly 20 pairs from differing suppliers of mine. In the end, using what I learned with the front brakes, I found late 80s Transits used a near identical cylinder and there are no signs it'll be made obsolete any time soon (unlike the ones I needed!), so a little work modifying the backplates to take a bolt on cylinder and they're now fitted safely.

In order to try and clear two vans worth of bits from my old mans garage I decided to have a sort through the various boxes of bits and start bolting what I found onto the van. Things like heater, loom, lights etc. have made a shell look more like a van finally:

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I know it looks like its on stilts but there's a 250kg lump of iron to go in the front and a fairly plush interior to fit in the rear which should bring it down a bit 8-)

One of the items that lead to lots of cursing on my last van was the lighting. I replaced the sealed beams with halogen lamps and added spot lamps but it wasn't enough. One of my reps brought a catalogue in last summer which had, from what I can gather, the first E-marked LED 7" conversion lamps on the market. They look a little space age for the CF but they throw out so much light, its amazing. Before I'd seen what they could do however, I'd already ordered matching spot lamps so I'll have no shortage of light now 8-)

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Another issue I'd forgotten about was the way the doors, particularly the sliding door, seal. It has such a large gap at the front its not fun, especially in the rain :(
Now the doors are fitted I've begun measuring to get some different profile seals from COH Baines to hopefully make the thing watertight!

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This weekend, weather depending, I'll be getting the brake pipes and hoses made and connected and try and get the brakes functioning properly. Then I can finally look to get the engine fitted..............speaking of which............I didn't realise the petrol CIH has a slightly different bellhousing pattern to the GM diesel. It's to make allowances for the fact the Diesel has a larger flywheel (though that doesn't affect the bellhousings) but the starter motor needs to be spaced out slightly to allow for it. Because of this I've lopped off the offending corner from the petrol engine and am in the process of making a new section from steel which can be welded to the block, allowing me to use the bigger clutch, flywheel and starter from the diesel engine. Fun and games but it'll all be worth it when that straight six fires up on open pipes for the first time :twisted:
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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 johnnyonions » Subscribing Member » Thu Jan 26, 2017 5:08 pm
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your having great progress Its looking good , I know what you mean about crappy lights the LEDs lights look fantastic ,

John

Re: 1985 Cf350D van restomod

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Post by Phil Bradshaw » Club admin » Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:08 am
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LED headlamps should significantly reduce the load on the original wiring: the answer for every CF owner wishing to upgrade from original candle light. :)

Do you have any information on where to purchase them (and for how much of course)?
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Re: 1985 Cf350D van restomod

Post by entwistlecymru » Fri Jan 27, 2017 7:15 pm
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I can supply them - I own a motor factors :D if a few people are interested I can ask my rep to give us a bulk discount - they'd normally be £150 each :(
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 » Sat Jan 28, 2017 9:14 am
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Hi John found these on eBay not bad for a pair, compared with £150 each.
Dave

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LAND-ROVER-DE ... Sw~gRV7B0o
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Post by johnnyonions » Subscribing Member » Fri Feb 03, 2017 7:06 pm
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still too expensive , ill give it a miss . thanks :(

Re: 1985 Cf350D van restomod

Post by philbut » Mon Feb 06, 2017 8:55 am
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cant you get LED bulbs that are a replacement for standard fitment - a bit like the HID kits? They come witha small ballast box for each bulb i think

Re: 1985 Cf350D van restomod

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Post by VDUB384 » Club admin » Mon Feb 06, 2017 5:18 pm
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Yes you can if your headlights take bulbs but if you have the original type sealed beam it means new units.
Dave
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