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Wolfbus stage 2

Postby wolfbus.uk » 01 Jun 2015, 22:02

the bus has been back a month & fully road & off road tested. She goes really well & the little JX engine purrs. Changing the 6:16 to 5:43 diff is a massive difference in terms of not holding up the traffic. She now cruises 57-60mph and can do 70 when pushed. I'm getting getting 600kph to a 70L tank, seems like 30+ mpg perhaps?

An oil cooler seems to be a must and will get one before any other mods.

Love this engine & having driven in a 1.9tdi syncro I can see the benefits of extra power, but I fear it would be at the expense of character, common sense and over straining the 4x4 gearbox.

The gearbox feels great, thanks Aiden & Si has done it proud too with his work.

So on with the interior;

Engel MT27 fridge arrived today so will see if it fits with the bed.

I did dabble with the idea of buying a Westfalia interior, but where is the fun in that?

Also i don't like the idea of travelling around in someone else's old furniture so want to start from scratch. We used to have a Toyo camper where I am sure
someone else's skin used to fall out of the roof carpet into our bacon sandwiches. If it happens in the wolfbus at least it will be mine.

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Re: Wolfbus stage 2

Postby wolfbus.uk » 01 Jun 2015, 22:05

cleaning the insides up

although the army had pretty much kept it spotless & dry except for some dinitrol which I've left alone & will probably add more to the lower quarters & inside the cavities
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Re: Wolfbus stage 2

Postby wolfbus.uk » 01 Jun 2015, 22:07

new exhaust
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Re: Wolfbus stage 2

Postby wolfbus.uk » 01 Jun 2015, 22:15

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armaflex & 3M insulation arrived. Had a couple of experiments with the self adhesive on both types. Holds up well on small areas but need to add some weight as I have a feeling unsupported the adhesion wont hold forever.

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first mock up of the interior

Rako boxes over engine bay, Engel fridge by bed. Frontrunner wolfboxes next to fridge seems to leave enough room for the 1200mm bed & leaves around 470mm to bulkhead for the drawer seat system being built for it.
Trying to have an interior that can be removed in a few minutes & modified to suit different roadtrips & expeditions.
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Re: Wolfbus stage 2

Postby wolfbus.uk » 01 Jun 2015, 22:18

sadly it got dark in the garage, but next week hopefully Huw will resolve this problem I keep having just after sundown!
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Re: Wolfbus stage 2

Postby wolfbus.uk » 01 Jun 2015, 22:21

the cat think the wolfboxes are great
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Re: Wolfbus stage 2

Postby wolfbus.uk » 01 Jun 2015, 22:30

so a load of wood is coming from Robbins timber Bristol (thoroughly recommended, speak to Andy) & a load more Armaflex from the place Hugomonkey recommended. (be careful they dont charge you double & spend three days to refund!)

The floor will be; 10mm bevelled armaflex to fill in corrugated voids. Then 13mm armaflex layer over this, then 12mm baltic birch ply.

As for the back area I have one of those wonderful over engine bay thick mats moulded to suit corrugation of floor & rear bulkhead. I really don't want to dispense with it & will see what insulating properties it has before I do. I am loathed to but feel it will be for sale on here soon as it is just too high for the storage plans for the back.
The r&r bed will have to sit over 9mm ply base on top of 117mm high storage boxes. The engine mat cover seems to add around 20mm so if someone makes me a good offer..
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Re: Wolfbus stage 2

Postby wolfbus.uk » 01 Jun 2015, 22:46

Somethingto note for anyone making a bespoke interior using an Engel fridge. The Engel fridge dimensions of a MT27 are stated at W308 by L538mm which in theory would leave no room for a 1200mm wide bed. But the bottom of the engel unit is much less than this. Around 290mm by 480 perhaps. So with the contours of the bus an Engel works out very well indeed. Whether we will be able to sleep at night is another question with a D4 eber running & the fridge whirring all night!
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Re: Wolfbus stage 2

Postby wolfbus.uk » 01 Jun 2015, 22:54

while it was away being sorted mechanically we built a little home for it, a drive through garage. The nicest thing being I can drive it into my back garden & work on it in the sunshine! The one drawback to this is that the garage is infinitely weaker built this way, so one day we may wake up to a flattened syncro.
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Re: Wolfbus stage 2

Postby jes*b » 02 Jun 2015, 06:18

Excellent work . Nice to see an original interior coming together . If the rear jx rubber mat is in good nick and you do decide to sell it you can put me down for first refusal as mine could be improved upon . Cheers
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Re: Wolfbus stage 2

Postby irishkeet » 02 Jun 2015, 06:41

greetings I was wondering the other day how things were going with the van, I was up with Si last week while he did an assessment on mine 8) good luck with the build :mrgreen:
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Re: Wolfbus stage 2

Postby bene » 02 Jun 2015, 07:52

That looks great... I am watching this with beady eyes.
Its good to see the Armaflex being used. I plan on making my own thermal insulation paint (similar to Lizard skin) and then stuffing Armaflex in all the nook and crannies and covering any flat surfaces with the sheets. I have a huge amount of the pipe insulation that was a bargain brand new on ebay to stuff in the high top and everywhere i can!
Keep up the good work!
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Re: Wolfbus stage 2

Postby Wedgbury » 02 Jun 2015, 17:45

We have got Armaflex stuck to the roof and the sides in the back of our converted panel van and after a year it is still well stuck on.
It looked good as it was so we did not bother covering it, the good thing is that it molds nicely around the bodywork.
Used Lloydy's trick with the pipe lagging in the cavities its amazing how much you can fit it and with not a lot of additional weight as that is what you need to keep to a minimum with a JX.
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Re: Wolfbus stage 2

Postby toomanytoys » 03 Jun 2015, 22:41

the floor looks like you can eat your dinner off it now.. :ok :ok :ok
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Re: Wolfbus stage 2

Postby wolfbus.uk » 06 Jun 2015, 22:42

jes*b wrote:Excellent work . Nice to see an original interior coming together . If the rear jx rubber mat is in good nick and you do decide to sell it you can put me down for first refusal as mine could be improved upon . Cheers


thanks, I am going to persevere with the mat for now & see how well it insulates alone I sat on it tonight & got a pretty cold ass though!

bene wrote:That looks great... I am watching this with beady eyes.
Its good to see the Armaflex being used.
cheers

working with it this week it really is nice stuff to work with, cuts & contours beautifully. I am using 10mm & 13mm thus far & the sticky stuff is really sticky mind!

Wedgbury wrote:We have got Armaflex stuck to the roof and the sides in the back of our converted panel van and after a year it is still well stuck on.
It looked good as it was so we did not bother covering it, the good thing is that it molds nicely around the bodywork.
Used Lloydy's trick with the pipe lagging in the cavities its amazing how much you can fit it and with not a lot of additional weight as that is what you need to keep to a minimum with a JX.
Following the build with interest.


Cheers, yup limiting the weight seems crucial for the little JX. I am trying to weight everything as it goes in but it soon adds up! Good to see the adhesive has held on yours & looking at the cavities today I think it's an order of the round pipe lagging for me too. Especially the cavities at the rear below vents they seem like bottomless pit. This lagging is used in the industry I work in, but sadly have to buy it the same as everyone else!

toomanytoys wrote:the floor looks like you can eat your dinner off it now.. :ok :ok :ok


haha it was actually a cathartic exercise!
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