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T4 Ben

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PostSubject: VW T4 2.5 TDI   VW T4 2.5 TDI EmptyMon Jan 30 2012, 14:31

Hi, Ok so a bit of backround firstly, Having got the camping bug a few years ago, we found ourselves in Newquay, where it appears people only seem to drive Vdub vans. Having seen what could be done and to be frank how amazingly cool they looked I wanted one. I told my Wife and that was that, it was on the list of things we want but couldn't afford. hissy fit

Times change and as my Wife was given a company car (VWdub Passat- VWdub family), this meant her Saab Convertible could go to finance the T4. Luckily she loves the van as much as I do and given that our camping equiptment grows every year, it was a very welcoming solution to the " where there hell is that gonna go conversation we have every year"

Big thanks to Supa78, who after a frantic phone call came on our road trip to Barnsley to see what was essentially a red T4 panel van ( luckily the vision in my head saw past that Smile.

Ok So..... What I have is a 2.5TDI, 130000 miles on the clock, ran really well, and the previous owner had forked out for a respray, (nice of them!)

This is how it was when we picked it up.

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It was really the perfect base to start working on, and had a really long list of things which I wanted to do, Having searched for various parts on Flea bay, I came across Unique Campers in St Neots, They took care of the 2 side windows, the rear tailgate window and lowered the suspensiion,

I would love to say that I done it all myself, but if i had it would be on it's way to the nearest breakers by now as my skills are that of a deformed carrot, but hey at least i'm honest Thumbs up

I done a bit of trawling around Flea bay and found a set of 18" Torras, having got a bit stuck with the usual "what size should I fit" issue, I really liked these and thought they would look really nice when in place... I then read about the whole, can I can't put car wheels on a van, in the end I thought sod it as van wheels are to pricey, I also thought these are different to Audi rims which are the more common wheel, understanable as they are nice rims. I called on the assistance of Supa78 again ( it's good having a brother that know's what he's doing Thumbs up ) he gave the arches a look over and sorted any rust, which luckily was at a minimum. After a fraught session of trying to get the steelies off, thanks to some bloddy rusty bolts, we discovered I was missing 2 spigot rings! Evil or Very Mad, another vist to my favorite auction site and they were in the post.

Eventually have found the time I got the wheels on, and I think they look good, could possibly do with a referb, but at the moment they'll do.

This is how it looked after the work had been carried out....

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I had a few ideas for what else I wanted to do, firstly had to have the clear indicator lenses

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I went for the half clear rear lights as they match the front nicely.

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I have a few graphics in mind, the first 2 I bought were animal, I originally wanted these to run diagonally front to back, but they were too small, so I opted for the bottom of the door, I have one more for the other side but haven't got that fitted yet.

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Rear Window was next

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I still have more to do, and will add these as and when I have them.

Next up was the bonnet bra, I went for the plain black one. I fitted this last saturday, and at least it keeps the bird crap off my bonnet!!

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As for inside, I opted for the day van look as I still wanted to have a functioning van, I was offered a r & r bed but that isn't the direction i was going in,
The van came with a double seat in the back

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This was no good as there was no seatbelt, pc plod wouldn't approve i'm sure, I found these seats on flea bay not bad for 70
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While the van was with Unique Campers they also fully carpeted and vinyled the floor, fitted some led roof lighting, they done a brilliant job and I would defo recommend them.

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Love how these look at night!!

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Very tidy job done.

With the seats and a table fitted, it's all looking good

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The van came with a JVC head unit and multichanger which rattled around under the seat, with the help of Supa78, the van now has a new (to me ) Sony head unit which I plug my ipod too, and a nice set of 6 x 9s inder the front seats.

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There is still a lot too do, I was looking to get the seats covered, but as there not that comfortable anyway, I'm looking to replace them, I'm looking for leather seats with armrests, any ideas Question , the plan is to get the rear seats reupholstered to match.

So that's it for now I will update this as and when, roll on spring!!
















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PostSubject: Re: VW T4 2.5 TDI   VW T4 2.5 TDI EmptyMon Jan 30 2012, 15:12

Like this a lot. I would luv one at some point too for camping again...

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PostSubject: Re: VW T4 2.5 TDI   VW T4 2.5 TDI EmptyMon Jan 30 2012, 15:14

quite a few people go for leather saab seats as apparently they are very comfy in a van and fit. i have jsut got myself some porsche seats and they are cool too.

just have a look around and see what people have got.

looks good tho dude Thumbs up
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PostSubject: Re: VW T4 2.5 TDI   VW T4 2.5 TDI EmptyMon Jan 30 2012, 16:11

jackc wrote:
quite a few people go for leather saab seats as apparently they are very comfy in a van and fit. i have jsut got myself some porsche seats and they are cool too.

just have a look around and see what people have got.

looks good tho dude Thumbs up

Cheers man, I did think about Saab, but the haven't got the armrests, thinking Sharan or Galaxy, but as you say keep looking and i'm bound to find something. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: VW T4 2.5 TDI   VW T4 2.5 TDI EmptyMon Jan 30 2012, 16:14

MK1G60 wrote:
Like this a lot. I would luv one at some point too for camping again...

Looking forward to the first camping trip in it, thinking June, but sure won't be able to wait that long! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: VW T4 2.5 TDI   VW T4 2.5 TDI EmptyMon Jan 30 2012, 17:56

looks good ben.........look out for seat alhambra front seats they are the same as the sharan sport seats with arm rests ,heated, and can swivel round to face your table .would give you so much space when camping
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PostSubject: Re: VW T4 2.5 TDI   VW T4 2.5 TDI EmptyMon Jan 30 2012, 18:26

looking good dude, keep up the good work
i really need to sort my interior , i'm going to do it in the summer
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PostSubject: Re: VW T4 2.5 TDI   VW T4 2.5 TDI EmptyMon Jan 30 2012, 18:37

It's looking sweet now with the bonnet bra fitted, I'm glad you've been busy Smile, Its great watching it come together Wink
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PostSubject: Re: VW T4 2.5 TDI   VW T4 2.5 TDI EmptyMon Jan 30 2012, 19:49

coming along nicely, best colour for the T4 too imo Thumbs up Thumbs up

what are the rear seats from ??.......i've fitted a bongo seat but would prefer 3 proper seat belts
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PostSubject: Re: VW T4 2.5 TDI   VW T4 2.5 TDI EmptyMon Jan 30 2012, 21:10

Nice work looks good Thumbs up
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PostSubject: Re: VW T4 2.5 TDI   VW T4 2.5 TDI EmptyTue Jan 31 2012, 09:03

RS4Paul wrote:
looks good ben.........look out for seat alhambra front seats they are the same as the sharan sport seats with arm rests ,heated, and can swivel round to face your table .would give you so much space when camping

Thanks for the tip, I'll keep an eye out Thumbs up
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PostSubject: Re: VW T4 2.5 TDI   VW T4 2.5 TDI EmptyTue Jan 31 2012, 09:14

nelds wrote:
coming along nicely, best colour for the T4 too imo Thumbs up Thumbs up

what are the rear seats from ??.......i've fitted a bongo seat but would prefer 3 proper seat belts

I love the red, so bright and goes really well with the black, not really sure where the seats came from originally, I bought them off a bloke who had taken them from his T4, I'll get the brand name off them, that may help with ideas at least. Thumbs up
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PostSubject: Re: VW T4 2.5 TDI   VW T4 2.5 TDI EmptyTue Jan 31 2012, 09:16

Supa78 wrote:
It's looking sweet now with the bonnet bra fitted, I'm glad you've been busy Smile, Its great watching it come together Wink

Cheers bro, looking forward to getting the spoiler on!, Ordered the VW logos, should be here this week Thumbs up
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PostSubject: Re: VW T4 2.5 TDI   VW T4 2.5 TDI EmptyTue Jan 31 2012, 09:18

mark-1vw wrote:
looking good dude, keep up the good work
i really need to sort my interior , i'm going to do it in the summer

I'm going to do some work in the cab in the Spring, give the dash a spray, floor mat, general tidy up reaaly Smile
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PostSubject: Re: VW T4 2.5 TDI   VW T4 2.5 TDI EmptyTue Jan 31 2012, 20:24

T4 Ben wrote:
mark-1vw wrote:
looking good dude, keep up the good work
i really need to sort my interior , i'm going to do it in the summer

I'm going to do some work in the cab in the Spring, give the dash a spray, floor mat, general tidy up reaaly Smile

yeah i'm doing the dash, insulation,carpet lining, floor then looking for r'n'r beds

by the way yellow is the best colour lol!
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PostSubject: Re: VW T4 2.5 TDI   VW T4 2.5 TDI EmptyTue Jan 31 2012, 23:05

T4 Ben wrote:
nelds wrote:
coming along nicely, best colour for the T4 too imo Thumbs up Thumbs up

what are the rear seats from ??.......i've fitted a bongo seat but would prefer 3 proper seat belts

I love the red, so bright and goes really well with the black, not really sure where the seats came from originally, I bought them off a bloke who had taken them from his T4, I'll get the brand name off them, that may help with ideas at least. Thumbs up

that'll be great mate Thumbs up
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nice dude Smile

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PostSubject: Re: VW T4 2.5 TDI   VW T4 2.5 TDI EmptyThu Feb 02 2012, 16:37

mark-1vw wrote:
T4 Ben wrote:
mark-1vw wrote:
looking good dude, keep up the good work
i really need to sort my interior , i'm going to do it in the summer

I'm going to do some work in the cab in the Spring, give the dash a spray, floor mat, general tidy up reaaly Smile

yeah i'm doing the dash, insulation,carpet lining, floor then looking for r'n'r beds

by the way yellow is the best colour lol!

I do like the yellow, yours looks tidy, think any bright colour looks good and you'll never lose them in a car park! lol!
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PostSubject: Re: VW T4 2.5 TDI   VW T4 2.5 TDI EmptyThu Feb 02 2012, 16:40

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nice dude Smile

Cheers dude Thumbs up
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