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New 'scared' Ambulance owner

Hi, my name's Jody... I just wanted to introduce myself and my impulsive Bedford Cf Ambulance purchase! I wanted to buy a vw transporter van to convert into a camper but saw this on eBay and fell for it's good looks (in my opinion) All my mates have laughed at me and think I am crazy! Hopefully I can prove them all wrong and fix it into well furnished, reliable (LPG) Euro bound camper.
I only paid £310 for it so I can't grumble too much with the price!
The dissapointing parts are the entirely missing radiator, fan cowl and rad hoses.
The really dissapointing parts are the rotten cab floor, inner wings and wheel arches oh and the majority of the electrics don't work and all of the rubbery bits are perished etc etc etc.....

I can weld and have a mig and a tig welder so that shouldn't be too bad, I'm a plumber so the radiator shouldn't be a problem if I can lay my hands on one being as its a watery based item.
Electrics and plumbers don't mix but I do possess a multi meter so I shall see what I can melt.

My dad has a very nice accident damaged caravan sat in his field that he inherited when he bought his house, so guess where the insides of that are going??!!

If anyone knows anything about this particular beast or any advice in general it would be extremely helpful to hear from you as I think I will need all the help I can possibly muster!

Anyway here is a pic, I'll update the post as the work progresses, won't be for a couple of weeks as there is a poorly golf I need to fix and sell first::

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Mon 13 Sep 2010 @ 17:40 Edit this messageQuote this messagePMQuote this message
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Hello and you've picked the best site to join.
Lots of knowledge, and advice from lots of the members on here.

A lovely looking van you have, and the bad bits can only get better.

When you start the modding from ambulance to camper it would be interesting to see a thread on your project with loads of pics as well, so we can all black our noses lol.

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Nigel.

Welcome to the site, At least the outside looks in good condition. We look forward to seeing your progress…. Hopefully not too much to do for the MOT

Nigel & Nikki
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Hi and welcome.
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Welcome.

Hi,

Its an ambulance people's lives depended on it and now yours does, its not so bad by the sound of it, looks good, and just like the health service you are going to make all better.

Doug.

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Mon 13 Sep 2010 @ 19:41 Edit this messageQuote this messagePMQuote this message
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hi, love the ambulance should be great once all kitted out and welded up, my cf had all the welding tasks yours has by the sound of it.
like you i have a golf ( mk1 gti cabby ) but i couldnt sell that, no no no.
you will find loads of good help and advice on this site, i know i have.
so welcome to the club
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Hi Teabag - hello and welcome to the Bedheads. Your ambi looks great

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Thanks for all the messages, I'm glad some people think it looks good!

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Hi Jody/teabag
welcome to the forum. good to see another ambulance on here
Are you keeping the small hump on the roof that houses the front ambulance light during your conversion?? been trying to get one for ages.
good luck with everything. i feel your pain as i converted mine last year.

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Ianwolfe, hi yes I'm keeping the pod bit, it's all one part of the roof and doesn't come off separately.
I'm going to try and keep as much ambulance as I can, although it is turning to dust in front of my eyes.
Has anyone used wheel arch repair panels from a different vehicle to repair their van? Mine have pretty much dissintegrated!

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ian- you could now make your own mould!
Well done teabag- keep us posted with pics as you develop it!

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Welcome ..youv'e got a good looking van there ,don't worry we all start off by welding bits here & there ..then comes the rest that keeps us all busy ,then it's back to doing more welding & buying more bits ...sounds like a circle

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hi jody, i recently brought some outriggers and bonnet repair section from
http://www.classiccarwebsite.com/home/a0_C/a0_CL/i172_Classic_Car_Sills
im sure he had some wheel arches for the cf in stock, if not he will make them up for you. im sure his name is jim and his work is spot on
hope this helps
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Cool, thanks for the info. I'm hoping that I can make the panels myself, but if I can't then i'll definately give this guy a call.
I've started cutting bits off it already and i'm feeling a bit more confident with it now.... I've even found some bits that aren't rusty! Bonus!!
I'll start a blog thing on it because the pictures are "interesting"!

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