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Re: The Green Syncro Machine

Postby Bigjcc55 » 15 Jul 2018, 21:47

I like the green lettering on the spare wheel cover.

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Re: The Green Syncro Machine

Postby irishkeet » 17 Jul 2018, 06:25

Bigjcc55 wrote:I like the green lettering on the spare wheel cover.

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Cheers £5 from my local sign shop :mrgreen:
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Re: The Green Syncro Machine

Postby irishkeet » 17 Jul 2018, 17:14

So I've been getting the van ready for our French trip, I had planned to use the Pendal bike rack I had but I didn't fancy lugging a separate light board. I managed to find a Thule one in the nick of time, both racks still allow me to use the Paulchen shelf. :mrgreen:

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I can get one bike comfortably on the Paulchen and the front wheel wedges behind the spare wheel without touching the tailgate, when I modify the trombones I will be able to get both bikes on even with the spare, an autumn job when I get around to finding a good second-hand welder.
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Re: The Green Syncro Machine

Postby irishkeet » 03 Aug 2018, 10:51

So not long back from a 10 day tour of France, it has been the first chance to really test the new equipment in the van and see how well it works.

Firstly the compression fridge was excellent (working very hard in temps of 37!) It also doubles as an extra seat in the van and a nice step to get bits from the luggage rack, I love it when van bits have many uses :mrgreen:

Secondly the solar (2 x 100w, CTEK D250S & 100AH gel deep cycle leisure battery). We left on 100% and returned on 100% with no need for hook up. We had phones and a laptop to charge daily, the usual lights and tunes plus the fridge was working overtime on the hot days. We were parked up for three days and the lowest the battery got to was 68%, mainly due to the fridge been set to -3 in the day & -1 at night, and the outside temp been set to 37.

The ARB awning allowed us shelter from the sun and the last minute purchase of the Cadac Safari meant all the cooking was done outside, (I'm so glad we had this on the trip). So all in all I'm very happy with the current set-up allowing us to be totally independent if we wish. A photo of the old girl on holiday :mrgreen:

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Re: The Green Syncro Machine

Postby silverbullet » 03 Aug 2018, 13:38

Compressor fridges and solar are the way forward as summer temp averages climb year on year...
The only problem I had with a Waeco CF110 in hot weather was it continually cycling on/off all night and keeping us awake, whilst trying to freeze all the food regardless of the temp setting!
Eventually diagnosed a failed thermocouple, so always carry a spare and know how to change it!

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Re: The Green Syncro Machine

Postby irishkeet » 04 Aug 2018, 07:19

Totally agree Ian, its the best thing I have installed on the van. I have the National Luna NL40 and we use it for parties, BBQs etc etc. I just had a read of the instruction manual after I read your post and it covers replacing a thermocouple, with photos which is good :mrgreen:



silverbullet wrote:Compressor fridges and solar are the way forward as summer temp averages climb year on year...
The only problem I had with a Waeco CF110 in hot weather was it continually cycling on/off all night and keeping us awake, whilst trying to freeze all the food regardless of the temp setting!
Eventually diagnosed a failed thermocouple, so always carry a spare and know how to change it!

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Re: The Green Syncro Machine

Postby rollercoaster » 09 Aug 2018, 21:01

Good to see that a few long drives have not brought to light any problems,
after such a thorough rebuild as well..
If it was me, anxiety would be just about turning into slightly confident by about now.
Wishing you all the joy you deserve after putting so much into your van!
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Re: The Green Syncro Machine

Postby irishkeet » 10 Aug 2018, 12:04

rollercoaster wrote:Good to see that a few long drives have not brought to light any problems,
after such a thorough rebuild as well..
If it was me, anxiety would be just about turning into slightly confident by about now.
Wishing you all the joy you deserve after putting so much into your van!


cheers for the kind words, much appreciated :mrgreen: Only issue I have is the engine is using oil, it was an unknown so it may be an engine out over winter to sort whatever it is (oil ring/) otherwise its all good, off to the T3 Meet today so it will be nice to catch up with some like minded (poor) people :mrgreen:

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Re: The Green Syncro Machine

Postby rollercoaster » 11 Aug 2018, 02:17

They are good thanks, just fitted swivels in the camper.
Drove the long haul from West Cornwall to Edinburgh in the pickup.
Lovely drive, fast and smooth, remarkably only about £140 in petrol, and no leaks.
I was expecting worse.
Its getting the heart transplant anyway..
Someone is sure to want a good WBX.
Happy to have left it with Russel for his masterful tinkerings.
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Re: The Slinky Syncro Machine

Postby irishkeet » 15 Oct 2018, 16:19

Not been posting on this thread for a while as I've been busy with other stuff....also I have an issue with the engine which had left me feeling fed up with the old girl for a while. I'm using about 1L of oil for every 200 miles, tried a few things but its most likely the rings. The engine was an unknown so its coming out this weekend to any going off for a strip down, I found an excellent scooby guru who is going to work his magic. I had planned on sourcing a Subaru to drive around and prove but this option makes a lot more sense. More info to follow when its done.

On the plus side the van now has a name 'Slinky' :mrgreen:

When I bought the van it had this check sticker on the back
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which was actually hiding this image...
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When I rubbed down the van I got rid of this completely but a week or so after the respray the image reappeared, must have been a reaction to the paint :mrgreen: Anyway I was at a meet this year and I was asked what it was, to which I replied "no idea..." the person's wife said it looks like someone with a slinky, hence the name 'Slinky' :mrgreen:

I recently found out that the image is a lucky Spanish symbol called Indalo Man, more info here found in the Almeria region of Spain, this ties in with the fact that the van had been imported from Spain before I bought it. A nice little bit of history and hopefully a bit of good luck for the future :mrgreen:

I've had a few Slinky decals made up and fitted too....a great service from Sticker Pig.
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Re: The Green Slinky Machine

Postby silverbullet » 15 Oct 2018, 18:16

I'll be having a word with Mr Pig in due course ;)

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Re: The Green Slinky Machine

Postby irishkeet » 15 Oct 2018, 19:10

silverbullet wrote:I'll be having a word with Mr Pig in due course ;)

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yep he is a nice guy :)
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Re: The Green Slinky Machine

Postby rollercoaster » 15 Oct 2018, 20:18

I can only see the image of the man with the slinky in the last two pictures!
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Re: The Green Slinky Machine

Postby irishkeet » 15 Oct 2018, 20:18

rollercoaster wrote:I can only see the image of the man with the slinky in the last two pictures!


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Re: The Green Slinky Machine

Postby bene » 18 Oct 2018, 18:41

Nice work as always dude....
I like the name slinky.
I can't write the name of our van as offensive words are not allowed on the forum! Ha ha!
Sorry to hear about the engine... Hope it gets fixed!
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