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Needing a little more space for motorcycles and using the van more and more for camping trips, I decided it would be nice to have a bit of a project van on the go so picked up this T4 from a mate... paid £2600

Untitled by matt goodman, on Flickr

Current spec :

1.9TD
Gearbox rebuilt with longer 5th for better crusing
Wastegate tweaked with fueling adjusted to suit
New discs/pads all round
New exhaust
Audi A4 alloys with correct Van tyres
Lowered all round 40mm
recently serviced

Plans

Cambelt change
Banded Mercedes Vito steels
Lowering to -60mm
Window installed
Ply lined
Body work made immaculate (it's not bad but needs a few bits doing)
Dinitrol/waxoyled
Badgeless grill
ply lined
Cupboard unit fitted as will be used for bikes and dayvan/camping duties
Golf VR6 chin spoiler
Red/Grey rear lights
Tinted front indicators
Fully carpeted/lino floored
sound deadened/insulated
Decent entertainment system

eventually a 1.8 20V turbo is the plan but that should keep me going a while.
 

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That’s a very clean example for the money you’ve paid .
White alloys have definitely got to go first lol ;)
 

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That’s a very clean example for the money you’ve paid .
White alloys have definitely got to go first lol ;)
It'll be getting 17" Mercedes Vito steels with a bit of banding but they aren't cheap so will have to wait until spring. Will run these over winter as the tyres have loads of life in them. Might give them a coat of silver though to make them less offensive in the short term
 

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Needing a little more space for motorcycles and using the van more and more for camping trips, I decided it would be nice to have a bit of a project van on the go so picked up this T4 from a mate... paid £2600

Untitled by matt goodman, on Flickr

Current spec :

1.9TD
Gearbox rebuilt with longer 5th for better crusing
Wastegate tweaked with fueling adjusted to suit
New discs/pads all round
New exhaust
Audi A4 alloys with correct Van tyres
Lowered all round 40mm
recently serviced

Plans

Cambelt change
Banded Mercedes Vito steels
Lowering to -60mm
Window installed
Ply lined
Body work made immaculate (it's not bad but needs a few bits doing)
Dinitrol/waxoyled
Badgeless grill
ply lined
Cupboard unit fitted as will be used for bikes and dayvan/camping duties
Golf VR6 chin spoiler
Red/Grey rear lights
Tinted front indicators
Fully carpeted/lino floored
sound deadened/insulated
Decent entertainment system

eventually a 1.8 20V turbo is the plan but that should keep me going a while.
Maybe to save a bit of money only ply line it the once lol :whistle::ROFLMAO:
 

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Couple of pics now it's home....

Untitled by matt goodman, on Flickr

Untitled by matt goodman, on Flickr

Ordered clear front indicators and submitted a "best offer" on red/grey rears and a VR6 chin spoiler so hopefully will get those :)

Lot's of research being done. Going to look at suspension options next then hopefully get a coat of silver on these temporary wheels before it gets too cold to be painting.

Will get over to a bodyshop over winter to get the work it needs quoted.
 

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Few little jobs done on this and some more bits ordered.....

- Badgeless front grill fitted
- Gearstick extension fitted (looks OE, standard gearknob refitted it just makes it much more user friendly)
- Smoked front indicators fitted
- Red/Grey rear lights fitted
- Golf VR6 splitter purchased, trial fitting has begun, wants some fettling but will fit that soon.
- Banded steels on order (16" Merc Vito banded to 8" all round)
- Alpine 4" dash speakers fitted under standard grills. (will add 6x9's and a small sub when interior is done)

Once the wheels are on, i'll get the new suspension ordered and fit that up to set the ride height. Once that's sorted it's off to a specialist in Wales to have the bodywork done (any grot cut out and new metal welded in) and once that's done it's onto the interior work.

Few pics

Untitled by matt goodman, on Flickr

Untitled by matt goodman, on Flickr

Untitled by matt goodman, on Flickr

Untitled by matt goodman, on Flickr
 

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- Gearstick extension fitted
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAA!

Big Matt can't reach the gear lever?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Have you had wooden blocks put on the pedals to help you reach those too???

Finally proof you really are shorter than Tom Cruise :D:D:D:D:D:D:D

Are you thinking about giving the bumpers the body colour treatment ?
Yeah go on @Matt-SRI go for those extra unique ScEnE Pr!ck points :LOL::LOL:
 

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Are you thinking about giving the bumpers the body colour treatment ?
Absolutely not. I prefer the black, will go with the rest of my plans better
 

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAA!

Big Matt can't reach the gear lever?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Have you had wooden blocks put on the pedals to help you reach those too???

Finally proof you really are shorter than Tom Cruise :D:D:D:D:D:D:D



Yeah go on @Matt-SRI go for those extra unique ScEnE Pr!ck points :LOL::LOL:
Let's think about this for a moment...

Gearstick extension brings it higher, would a short person be wanting that?

:p
 

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Let's think about this for a moment...

Gearstick extension brings it higher, would a short person be wanting that?

:p
Yes because it moves it closer to your shot T-Rex arms :ROFLMAO::LOL:
 

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Been gathering more bits for this lately, some starting to arrive now, others due in the next week.

Insulation and ply lining kit including floor - picked up from someone breaking a rotten one for £50
Tinted side window - as above out of a breaker for £40 for a genuine VW one.
Faulkner short springs for the rear (torsion bar to be dropped at the front)
Sachs HD short shocks
17" Mercedes vito steels banded very slightly to 7.5" front and 8" rear to give a chunkier look but without any daft stretch or sticking out wheels rubbish, will be fitted with correctly load rated tyres, fitted properly. Painted in the same colour as the Monaro wheels.
Centre caps from a newer shape Caddy van to go with the above.
Drive away awning for camping at the weekends

But most importantly it's off to the bodyshop at the end of the month to have the few small rust areas sorted and painted so it'll be mint and of course have the glass cut in. Then I can get on with fitting all the new bits and kitting it out ready for this years camping/motorbike trackday and racing duties :)

Untitled by matt goodman, on Flickr

Untitled by matt goodman, on Flickr
 

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Progress has been slow as i've been held up waiting on parts. Decided that bodywork can wait until winter as I now need it for trackday and camping season. Anyway, had the window cut in this week

Untitled by matt goodman, on Flickr

Untitled by matt goodman, on Flickr

Dampers should arrive this week so I can get the suspension all fitted and the new wheels on at some point in April. Got all the sound deading and insulation here so hoping to get it semi converted during April and of course use it for some trackday support :)
 

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Will you be signwriting the sliding door, Clarkson style?
This is a distinct possibility :)

ride height now much more appropriate...

Untitled by matt goodman, on Flickr

We have custom shock mounts, cut down bump stops, short uprated shocks, wound down front torsion bars and Faulkner 6" rear springs. Rides really well.

Wheels next week :)
 
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