1978 CF350 Dual Wheel Jumbo Poptop Camper

Post by jimbo110 » Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:36 pm
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To quote Adele, Hello from the other side.................New Zealand :D

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I bought this Camper on Trade me, the Kiwi version of Ebay. The first thing that stood out to me was the number plate, I remembered it from my Post office Telecoms days and I used to drive it in the mid 80's, and probably 10 others too. I had the last CF230 in the fleet before the change to Hiace's, and the last CF350 before they changed to Daihatsu's.
It had been a cable truck like this:

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Yes that was a real work site in the 1980's, before the need for 100 road cones!

We have had Dual Wheelers before, this is my dad's from the late 80's

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I bought it running on 2 cylinders, hence the reason to come home behind my Defender

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It was professionally converted to a camper here in Christchurch by Crestacraft (they build caravans and boats) in 1986 when it came out of service with the Post Office. Some inside pic's

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Lot's of head room with the roof up

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My intentions for it are to give it a tidy up and repower it with a Holden 3.8l V6 and auto transmission, I have purchased a parts car for this reason.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/Dx5TO ... 00-h667-no

So (hopefully) I will end up with a nice Fuel Injected V6 automatic Camper. And so it begins............................. :shock:
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Post by VDUB384 » Club admin » Fri Mar 31, 2017 3:45 pm
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Hi Jimbo good luck with your project keep a good blog with photos I'm sure lots of members wil be interested in how you are getting on with it.
Dave
Whilst good maintainece is the best prevention"If its not broken don't fix it."
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Post by jimbo110 » Sat Apr 01, 2017 12:23 pm
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After a bit of a nose around have found the reason it was running on 2 cylinders was 2 plug leads reversed, corroded points, 1 fouled plug and one plug with the electrodes melted together.
The fouled plug

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I have driven it around and decided to still do the repower as it's a bit smokey and over 80km/h the main and big end bearings make themselves known :(

During this time I finished my new garage, the first thing in was :

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Then the hoist went in

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So first some body work. The owner before me lived by the ocean so there is some surface rust and deeper rust to tend to.

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A bit of welding, a bit of filler and a bit of paint :)

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Angle grinder with wire wheel on roof

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A bit more paint

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Then tidy up the bum a bit

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Windows out

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More paint goes on

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Post by Phil Bradshaw » Club admin » Sat Apr 01, 2017 6:31 pm
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Someone has been busy. :)

Pop top on a LWB CF panel van is rare. Nice. :thumb:
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Post by jimbo110 » Sun Apr 02, 2017 10:57 am
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VDUB384 wrote:Hi Jimbo good luck with your project keep a good blog with photos I'm sure lots of members wil be interested in how you are getting on with it.
Dave
Sure will, thanks......jim.b.

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Post by jimbo110 » Sun Apr 02, 2017 11:00 am
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Phil Bradshaw wrote:Someone has been busy. :)

Pop top on a LWB CF panel van is rare. Nice. :thumb:
Yeah mate, not enough hours in the day :lol:

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Post by jimbo110 » Sun Apr 02, 2017 11:21 am
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New power plant removal

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Old power plant removal

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Post by VDUB384 » Club admin » Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:58 am
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Looking good Jimbo you should have plenty of power with that engine.
Dave
Whilst good maintainece is the best prevention"If its not broken don't fix it."
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Post by philbut » Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:45 am
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Great project!

I'm also really jealous of your garage! It sure beats working outside in the rain!

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Post by jimbo110 » Wed Apr 05, 2017 6:47 am
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VDUB384 wrote:Looking good Jimbo you should have plenty of power with that engine.
Dave
Yep, going from 83hp to 200hp and a gearbox with 0.7:1 overdrive and lock up torque converter. :thumb:

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