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The Beast

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The Beast

Postby Ncarter » Thu Jan 21, 2021 4:46 pm

So I thought I’d start something here rather, as per my post in the gallery section, I recently purchased an ex Police Mk6 jumbo. It’s the 135 with twin rear wheels. Being ex police, it was no doubt in numerous battles and does have some rough paint repairs. On the 100 odd mile journey home in drove fantastic, the power and pull really do show with the 135. At work we had 90’s and the 100’s, which are good vans in their own right. Now there has been a dry spell I decided to have a more detailed look at what awaits me. Cosmetically there is a decent amount to get done, but the priority is getting it water tight. Both the front doors have laminated/strengthened glass on the front quarters and drop downs. I initially wanted to get the glass swapped out and tidy it up but after looking at it the door cards are butchered, the doors have numerous holes from the additional locking devices and the quarter light glass frame is drilled into the frames. On the inside the framing is thicker and as such the seal between door and body trim on the A-pillar is poor/not water tight, as such the A-pillar has surface rust which I need to deal with. Because of the mods to the glass on the doors the trim for the A-pillar will not locate and has been glued on, inner tabs being removed. I need to get the windscreen changed, it has a full length crack in. There is a locking mechanism on the scuttle under the windscreen, that needs to be removed and a new scuttle facia installed. Above the screen there are the old holes for the lights and rails for the windscreen shield that have been poorly filled. So that also needs to be addressed. The roof has two vents, these are both leaking, it looks like there are able to be closed so I will investigate that one. That should then make her a lot more water tight. The side loading door needs to be replaced. It looks ok but on the inside it has been cut and modified for now removed equipment, so for ease I will look at replacing. Regarding the rear windows I am a little stuck in what to do with the three that remain. The don’t look pretty but are water tight and the conversation has be cut to suit them. I may need to see if it’s possible to get like for like replacements. Other than that there are some minor surface rust areas that I need to address. On the inside, I plan to keep 7 seats, I was going for 6 but have decided on 7. There are some trim bits that need to be replaced and a few dash parts to replace. The previous owner was planning to convert to a camper, I’m going the day van/multi-use van route, so will need to dispose of the fridge, gas bottle, water tank, sink unit, hob unit and two seats. There a rear heater that I will probably remove as well. Being the 135, I know it has the delicate fuel system, so a full service with genuine Ford filter etc will be happening. Anyway, a lot of waffle, but that is a overview of what lays ahead. This will be a first for me so lots of learning along the way!
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Re: The Beast

Postby dumper » Thu Jan 21, 2021 7:43 pm

When I got my 135 the bad rep on here had just started to appear mine had always had the correct filter fitted I got it with 52000 mls on it and sold it with 153000 mls on it never missed a beat the best transit engine I’ve ever had but I may have been lucky hope you have the same.
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Re: The Beast

Postby Ncarter » Thu Jan 21, 2021 8:08 pm

It seems there is a mixed feeling with them. I had a 54 plate about 8 years back, it was ex highways incident van, lwb, hi roof. It had just over 300k on it but the guy I brought it off had abused it, a pump and injectors later it ran but still had niggles. I wasn’t aware of the issues with the fuel system and I suspect the garage wasn’t either. It ran and pulled but there was always a flat spot about the 2k Rev area. That said it never cut out on me after the pump and injectors. Later found out he was running his vans on bio-fuel so no wonder things went south.
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Re: The Beast

Postby ned » Thu Jan 21, 2021 8:51 pm

The mk666 tdci gets a bad rap usually from those who haven’t owned one :wink: :lol: :lol: it takes a special kind of person to own one
03 transit 125t280 2.0 tdci swb executive college blue 92. Built in Belgium so deserves lots of love. 228,000 miles on the clock.

Another year WITHOUT needing welding 8)
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Re: The Beast

Postby blue estate » Thu Jan 21, 2021 9:23 pm

ned wrote:The mk666 tdci gets a bad rap usually from those who haven’t owned one :wink: :lol: :lol: it takes a special kind of person to own one
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Re: The Beast

Postby andz327 » Thu Jan 21, 2021 11:23 pm

Was it not heavy on the fuel being twin wheeler?

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Re: The Beast

Postby Ncarter » Fri Jan 22, 2021 12:55 am

Hi Ned,
Yeah I think your right! Hopefully this one won’t give me the issues I had all those years back. What is it they say, your not a car nut if you’ve not owned an Alfa, maybe your not a Transit but if you’ve not had the 135 :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Compared to my 90, I didn’t think it was too bad. It had 1/4 tank when I picked it I’m up and the fuel light came on just as I got home, it was 117miles from collection to my drive. I was expecting it to be a bit more thirsty, like you say twin wheeler and a heavier beast but I was pleasantly surprised. My 90 would probably return 350-400 to a tank depending on travel, it does have the 5.13 ratio mind, it definitely lets me know it’s working from 60mph :lol:
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Re: The Beast

Postby ned » Fri Jan 22, 2021 8:11 am

Mines a 125 tdci :wink:
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Re: The Beast

Postby Ncarter » Fri Jan 22, 2021 11:45 am

Ah yes I forgot there was a 125, they are the FWD’s is I remember?
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Re: The Beast

Postby ned » Fri Jan 22, 2021 11:47 am

Aye 2.0 fwd, fast little bugger when it works correctly (which isn’t very often :lol: ) still in the early tdci club though 8)
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Re: The Beast

Postby Ncarter » Fri Jan 22, 2021 1:03 pm

Must be one of the first, but it’s still alive :twisted:
It was funny watching the look on people’s faces as I went past on some of the steep uphill sections. My buddy who drove me to pick it up was in his 08 115 and he couldn’t keep up.
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