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460 minibus.

Postby sheff » Wed Oct 14, 2020 3:20 pm

Hi, i am thinking of buying 460 minibus to convert into a camper.
What are the pro's and con's. Cheers.
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Re: 460 minibus.

Postby dumper » Wed Oct 14, 2020 4:20 pm

Pros windows done roof lining done ( I only used mine upto the rear of the sliding door) powered side step most come with a single passenger seat and aircon cruse control speed limiter power mirror fog lights they are cheaper then a 470 van and more available BCA car auctions have two comeing up this week with less than 1000 mls a 2.2& 2.0 l . And I sold my seats for £1000 mine was a lease van from a school and only did 7000 kilometres being a x school bus they don’t do a lot of miles.

The cons from my conversion to many windows all bar the 2 front side windows boarded over rear air con I had removed still has a rear heater under the passenger seat which I don’t use when the seats removed to many holes in the floor so I fitted a new floor but would have done this on van anyway speed limiter that I couldn’t remove till log-booked as a camper mine had a tachograph fitted witch I had removed I ( needed the slot to fit a two way radio ) and mileage put back on the dash this was done at a Ford dealership but someone like vantuner maybe able to do this for you mine being a 65 plate it has add blue as Euro 6 came in a year earlier on the 2.2 it’s not to bad on add blue use but At least it’s future Proof .
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Re: 460 minibus.

Postby sheff » Wed Oct 14, 2020 4:36 pm

Cheers Dumper,
If a minibus has a tacho, can they be fiddled like the mileage can be.
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Re: 460 minibus.

Postby dumper » Wed Oct 14, 2020 4:44 pm

I had no problem having mine removed before it was fully converted it’s only the speed limiter that I had to wait for as I understand it you only need a tachograph for higher and reward most of the PSV services bus one don’t have one
MK 8 L4 H3 Motorsport campervan
Past camper vans
1974 mk1 v4 with 2.0 pinto fitted
1986 mk3 2.5 di swb
1990 190 lwb 2.5 di
1998 100 lwb 2.5 di
2006 350 jumbo 135 tdci
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Re: 460 minibus.

Postby sheff » Wed Oct 14, 2020 4:52 pm

Sorry Dumper, i haven't explained myself properly. Its very easy to clock a van/car even with full service history. (it proves nothing) Is it easy to turn back the mileage on a tacho? The reason i ask is, most of the vans have upwards of 75000 miles on, where as lots of minibuses have very low miles and seem to be cheaper.
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Re: 460 minibus.

Postby dumper » Wed Oct 14, 2020 6:08 pm

I don’t know to be sure I think that they can only be reset to zero have checked the mot gov site .
MK 8 L4 H3 Motorsport campervan
Past camper vans
1974 mk1 v4 with 2.0 pinto fitted
1986 mk3 2.5 di swb
1990 190 lwb 2.5 di
1998 100 lwb 2.5 di
2006 350 jumbo 135 tdci
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Re: 460 minibus.

Postby MiniNick » Sat Nov 21, 2020 7:17 pm

Hello (my first post on the forum)

I am looking at a Transit L4 for my camper-van conversion, when i saw a load of 460 Minibus' for cheaper, less mileage and as you mentioned all the mod cons (aircon, cruise etc).

Dumper as you said the pros seems to be really in favour of a camper foundation build, plus i would reckon that most minibus' are kept in better condition that a lot of vans out there. Also one i has seen doesn't that the skylight which is better as i can install a fan where i want it rather than where the skylight was installed. Additionally the 4600kg GVW actually helps as adding up the weight of the campervan install with not much in the way of luxuries i was up to 860KG of payload, which takes you to 80% of a 350 Van.

The issue i am trying to think around (well two actually), is the driving licence bit. Being a 4600kg GVW poses a tricky question. While I have a C1 licence, it means that I need to get a D1 in the mean time to driving it before/during the conversion (until it is reclassified). This seems a pain in the rear (and a wasted cost)!!

Secondly I wanted the three person up front seats. Do you know if you can fit the double passenger seats from the van with ease (i assume the mounting holes are there???)

Good luck Sheff.

Cheers

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