Re: 1978 CF350 Dual Wheel Jumbo Poptop Camper

Post by jimbo110 » Wed Apr 05, 2017 6:51 am
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philbut wrote:Great project!

I'm also really jealous of your garage! It sure beats working outside in the rain!
You got that right! Even got a Diesel heater to keep my bum warm in the winter :lol:

Re: 1978 CF350 Dual Wheel Jumbo Poptop Camper

Post by jimbo110 » Wed Apr 12, 2017 1:09 pm
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Sold the old ZF box for almost half what I paid for the van

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Old crossmember

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New Holden motor sitting in place

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Lots of room under here

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Test fit

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Seems to miss everything :lol:

Next to weld brackets for the factory hydraulic engine mounts..............
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Re: 1978 CF350 Dual Wheel Jumbo Poptop Camper

Post by jimbo110 » Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:12 pm
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Some more recent pix

Windscreen out
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Rust converted
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Engine mounts done
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Starting the wiring............
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Re: 1978 CF350 Dual Wheel Jumbo Poptop Camper

Post by jimbo110 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:54 am
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Well, it's been a long time coming, but the CF is alive again and moving under it's own power (Holden power). Finally got in enough wiring to make it run and bypass the security system. Fitted the new radiator and the air flow meter, though will still be waiting a wee while yet for a few more silicone hoses to come from China for the air intake, will still be using the Bedford air cleaner, now with a temp sensor fitted to the lid. The dates I removed the engines were the 7th and 14th of August 2016, so the Holden V6 has been sitting a while. Once I worked out how to get around the imobiliser (chip key) and get the security light to go out the thing would crank but not fire. I pulled a spark plug and it was dry, so turned the key on and off a few times, no sound from the fuel pump, fuel pump relay was clicking but pumpy no worky. Checked the wiring to the pump (in the tank) all good so time for a new fuel pump. Pump now working, but still crank no fire condition. Pulled a spark plug lead off and tried an old plug, had spark. Next tried a test light on an injector plug, yep light flashed while cranking. Next used a test lead and another 12volt battery to fire an injector. Very quiet injectors I thought to myself as I pulsed it on and off. Then after 30 seconds or so the injector started to click, bloody thing was stuck shut (gummed up). All 6 of them were the same and needed a good strong 12 volts across them to free them up. The engine started on 4 cylinders with 4 and 6 exhaust manifolds still being cold. Another shot with the 12volts to free them and on the next start all 6 cylinders running...WOOHOO! I ran it for a while to warm up and topped up the trans, I changed the filter about a year ago and put 4 litres in it. I took another 3 to bring it up to level. I took it for a very sedate drive today around the block to make sure the trans was shifting OK, all good. A very sedate drive as the exhaust ends at the end of the Y pipe and has no mufflers yet, no engine cover yet either. So, so, so much better now I can just turn the key and move the thing :D .
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Re: 1978 CF350 Dual Wheel Jumbo Poptop Camper

Post by jimbo110 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:38 pm
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Looks quite factory I think, typical van, no bloody room! Radiator sits nice and high. Heater hoses still to be fixed down. Factory Bedford air cleaner will sit near the brake booster.

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Brand new Commodore radiator, 5mm gap on one side, less on the other. Cut and paste the radiator crossmember over from the Commodore. Standard hoses still fit.

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Commodore gauge cluster all works, speedo, rev counter, temp and fuel gauges, low fuel light with buzzer. Park brake light, had to fabricate a switch on the brake lever. Commodore wiper stalk now fitted to the other side of the column.

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I don't think they saw the need for an air temp sensor in the air cleaner in 1978!

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The beast, Septone don't supply the white paint anymore, and I have only 2 litres of paint left (used 6 so far),, if worst comes to worst will have to repaint the whole exterior.


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Re: 1978 CF350 Dual Wheel Jumbo Poptop Camper

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Post by Phil Bradshaw » Club admin » Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:43 am
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Very Big Grin time then: it moves after all the time and toil!

Well done. :thumb:
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Re: 1978 CF350 Dual Wheel Jumbo Poptop Camper

Post by lord13 » Subscribing Member » Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:48 am
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Cracking job, and a grat looking van, interesting layout in the back too, I like it :)

Re: 1978 CF350 Dual Wheel Jumbo Poptop Camper

Post by jimbo110 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:51 am
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Thanks Phil and Lord...………... :thumb:

Re: 1978 CF350 Dual Wheel Jumbo Poptop Camper

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Post by Packern Contact Packern » Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:28 am
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WOW great work
Nigel Packer

Re: 1978 CF350 Dual Wheel Jumbo Poptop Camper

Post by jimbo110 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:57 am
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Packern wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:28 am
WOW great work
Thanks Nigel!

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