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Mk7 ambulance to camper

Postby bortaf » Sat Apr 25, 2020 12:58 pm

Thought i'd pop a post up of my latest (well 2 months ago) purchase

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I call it the colonel in deference to the reg plate (KFC) there are many chicken jokes to come trust me :lol:

It was up on here in the ebay section a couple of months back but i'd already bought it by then, to answer a few of the easy questions -
I paid 4grand for it, yes i could of bought a merc for 2.5G but then i'd own a frikken merc FFS, i dont want a V6 with leaking injectors or a 5pot with twin turbos and leaking injectors, i wanted a ford with a low millage engine 59K (replacemnet)
a box i can stand up in (6f3 in the wilker body as opposed to the 6Ft in the merc WAS bodied conversions)
i wanted the simpler and less power hungry phoenix managment system (4 amps on standby 2 when asleep as opposed to the WAS conversions genisys system with its 12A on standby no idea what they draw when asleep),
the tail lift was already removed and trust me that's a pain in the arse of a job i'd rather pay the last owner to do (and i did in a way),
also payed him (in the prurhase price) to remove the dam batenburgs! another pain in the arse job, also it has a half decent paint job so all in given the work i didn't have to do and the parts the last owner put into it i was more than happy with the price i paid.

Walk round vid here
https://youtu.be/8mAUKoGdfb4
small follow up here of the managment system
https://youtu.be/-1SFeYeZrks
P.S the YT name is cos it was ment to be my metal detecting channel but been busy caring for pensioners for the last 6 years hense my dissapearance from the web (some may remember me? if you do Halloo chaps) :mrgreen:

Things to do ? evrything ! i'm waiting on the V5 back from DVLA with change of tax class to PHGV so i can tax it and get it home, i picked totaly the wronge time to send owt to DVLA as it's been 6 weeks and not only isn't it done but they wont communicate through email about it due to lack of staff (understandable given the current crisis) hohum it'll be back home soon i hope!
I have a Cmax steering wheel and hopefully will be getting the BCM sorted to use the CC at some point, i'll possably visit vantuner with it cos i also want the BCM in my fusion updating to use the spec 2 info dash from my fiesta i'm breaking, no idea if he can do that not even contacted him yet? all still in the planning stage till we can all get about again ???
I have speed and direction controls for the roof fans, they are bloody noisy and way too fast at the mo to be running all day/night so i intend to control them with PWM controlers form ebay

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DC-9-60V-12V ... Sw~AFdnFNL

I'll be simplifying the charging sytsem (well sort of), at the mo it uses a 3 way battery isolator (alt in - 3 curcuits out) to seperate and charge 3 battery banks, vehical-phoenix system- tail lift, i have a Dc to Dc charger to replace that that also takes solar input so i will have just the 2 battery banks, camper and vehical with the camper bank charged by solar (400w) and alt when on the move, the B to B charger will also float charge the vehical battery from solar when the camper battery bank is full and handle the 40A charge when on the move, this is made easyer cos when orderd new the base vehical was orderd to euro 4 standard so no DPF or smart charge, nice of them :)
Speaking of when new, the base vehical was a chassis cowl not chassis cab, it was converted by wilker for use in Ireland, the speedo was in Km and it reached 188Km before decomissioning, it then went to a driver training school in Bolton where it had a new engine fitted at some point (from what i can mke out from invoices and contacting the driving school) and a MPH dash fitted and programed at a local ford dealer, that's about all the history i have at the moment, i am in contact with my local amby service center but again they are a bit busy at the mo but a great bunch of blokes i've know for a few years and i have a few mates who sub for LAR and use the same managment system in their trucks so i'm slowly gaining knolledge on it.
I'll keep this thead updated as i go but it will be slow till i get the V5 back and the colonel comes home so i can play ! :lol:

If anyone is interested i'll put up a list of what i use when i get it ?
i use renogy PV pannels and B2B+solar charger, mainly due to recomendation on YT and i got a 10% off offer (5% more than standard) when i enquired so coant grumble really.
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Re: Mk7 ambulance to camper

Postby walt1984 » Wed Apr 29, 2020 7:07 am

Reminds me of a guy that has a channel called project amber that posts videos on YouTube of his conversion, maintenance, day to day living and trips.
His is a merc but painted same colour and the cupboards etc look similar to what yours has.

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Re: Mk7 ambulance to camper

Postby bortaf » Wed Apr 29, 2020 8:28 pm

Yep i know project Amber and project WAS, well when i say i know them i chat with them online :lol: unfortunatly the best ambulance group seems to be on facebook which i don't do, i know, i know but i don't do FB end of :mrgreen:
TBH they ni-on all have the same style cupboards even though Amber is a German build and mines a UK build, lights, locks ect ect are all from the US so are the same :)
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Re: Mk7 ambulance to camper

Postby walt1984 » Thu Apr 30, 2020 11:14 am

I'm on Facebook mainly for all buy and sell pages, landrover spares etc.
Been watching his videos of the conversion of his ambulance and the sleeper added over the cab.
Watched a few of yours on your channel too.
Now I've caught up with bangers and cash and car sos on the telly there's nowt much worth watching.

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Re: Mk7 ambulance to camper

Postby bortaf » Thu Apr 30, 2020 10:59 pm

TBH i havn't watched TV for 3 years, don't even have an aerial on my TV :oops: been pretty much exclusive YT all that time, i prefer real ality over reality TV :lol: well if you ignor the vanlife luvies that pervade YT theres a dam lot of content 8)
When and IF i ever get the amby taxed and get it home i'll make a start on a video series, i'm off to it to check a few parameters of the Phoenix system tomorrow, if there's enough i may do another vid but at the mo all i can do is show what i've bought and have planned and TBH the plans will most likely change as i get stuck into it so a vid on plans will be a waste of peeps time watching ? frustrating but rather small on the scale of things to worry about at the moment :(
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Re: Mk7 ambulance to camper

Postby bortaf » Tue May 19, 2020 11:24 pm

A right crappy update :lol:
DVLA finaly rang me monday after 2 months to tell me the dept that deals with ambulances is closed, it was closed a month before they told me to send in my paperwork and have no idea when it will reopen :roll: so more waiting i guess :mrgreen:
In the meen time i found a stash in the roof space :lol:

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Re: Mk7 ambulance to camper

Postby bortaf » Thu May 28, 2020 12:50 am

Want to see an overly complicated split charging system ? no ? no worrys don't click the link :) , yes ? click away LOL :lol:
https://youtu.be/mWi7pI1zk4s

That mess has taken me 2 months to trace, check, sort, adapt and build :roll:
Try and remember this isn't just a camper it's also my mobile workshop, hense the 3 seperate battery systems, vehical, camper and workshop :shock: jump starting/powering up a stranded boat takes a few special items :lol: like 60Ft jump leads and ability to leave the vehical locked and running without the keys in the ign, normal car stuff needs the outside lighting and on site (IE boat yard) works requires a well lit workshop and the odd power take off point for powering up parts i'm trying to fix/test.
As i say in the vid i could of just ripped it all out and started again but then i'd loose a lot of the functionality the ambulance control system provides, the downside being it needed adapting to suit, IE all the isolators and relays :? i really have gone through a shitload of asprin over this one :oops: and lost some sleep, even started counting live wires to try and fall asleep :lol:
Yes the videoing is dire but i am getting better, just watch the early stuff to see how bader? worser that was :oops:
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Re: Mk7 ambulance to camper

Postby bortaf » Tue Jun 23, 2020 12:53 am

Finally got my V5 sorted and the amby is taxed :D
Brought it home this eve, now time to start ripping it appart :lol:
New tax class - PHGV
New body style - van with windows
they even put a Revenue weight on the V5, in fact everything a asked for they did :o i know right, EVERYTHING :o
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Re: Mk7 ambulance to camper

Postby Jay2018 » Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:09 pm

This mk7 looks awesome!
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