NZ Camper conversion

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Thenortherner
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NZ Camper conversion

Postby Thenortherner » 05 May 2015, 10:37

I have been quietly watching this forum for a while now and thought maybe it is time I contributed.....

I have had the van for a couple of years and it has been a gradual process of trial and error and slow improvement and slow transformation from family van to weekend surf wagon. I thought I would throw up some pictures of the progress so far.

I by no means think I did everything right and there are many things that I no doubt could have done better and maybe one day I will. There are lessons learned in the design and much of it has been restricted by either the funds at the time, or the availability of affordable components in this tiny country at the arse end of the planet! So much of it has been designed around what stuff I had to hand at the time, funds and my skills!

Anyway here are the pics so far....

Will gradually add some more pics when I have time
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After getting the windows tinted and the holes cut for the fridge and hook up
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Interior stripped out
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Brand new (to me) van on it's way back from auckland
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Thenortherner
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Re: NZ Camper conversion

Postby Thenortherner » 06 May 2015, 08:27

And some more progress.... started getting a bit more tricky once I started to put it all back together......

The biggest problem I found with the Granvia is that I wanted to keep all the plush carpets, door cards and nice trim intact which make it very difficult to find anything solid to mount to.

In the end I got around it by fitting some battens behind the trim that I could screw into and then putting the trim back over the top. With the floor I mounted everything by fixing battens to the seat runners, and then fixing everything else off this. Probably was an easier way of doing it all in hindsight.... but you learn as you go I guess.
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Interior starting to go back in, note I re-routed the factory rear heating to come under the cupboards so that you do get some heat on your feet after as surf as along as the engine is still warm or has been running.
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Hole cut for the fridge
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Thenortherner
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Re: NZ Camper conversion

Postby Thenortherner » 06 May 2015, 08:43

And some more,.... If there is one thing I could change on the project I would have made the bed wider.... oh well too late now!
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And the back end of the units starting to take shape.
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Fridge fitted, the units frame is in and the start to a home made/home designed rolling bed. It is a constantly evolving design that has still never quite been finished!
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Thenortherner
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Re: NZ Camper conversion

Postby Thenortherner » 16 May 2015, 11:49

Ok and some last pictures of how it is all looking right now. Taken today as the sun was going down.
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Double Rainbow
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Thenortherner
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Re: NZ Camper conversion

Postby Thenortherner » 16 May 2015, 11:52

And some more of the inside
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thewootts
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Re: NZ Camper conversion

Postby thewootts » 01 Jun 2015, 15:39

Nice man!!! i have the regius its slightly narrower than the granvia or i would have built side units like what you have done..

it looks really good!! :D

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Re: NZ Camper conversion

Postby Thenortherner » 04 Jun 2015, 04:02

thewootts wrote:Nice man!!! i have the regius its slightly narrower than the granvia or i would have built side units like what you have done..

it looks really good!! :D


Thanks for the feedback.... to be honest though if I were to do the project again I would not have put in the side units - or at least made them narrower if I could 'cos it does make the bed a little bit too small for two people. It is awesome for on my own as a surf wagon, just a bit tight for sharing.

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out though considering my general lack of skills to start with.

shiney
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Re: NZ Camper conversion

Postby shiney » 07 Jun 2015, 12:54

Love the conversion... very cool.

What wheels have you put on. I was hoping to get 17" replacements for the stock 15" wheels on mine. Any advice would be useful

Cheers
Regards

Martyn
1997 Granvia 3l Q-Spec 'ShineyBus'

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Re: NZ Camper conversion

Postby Thenortherner » 08 Jun 2015, 03:03

shiney wrote:Love the conversion... very cool.

What wheels have you put on. I was hoping to get 17" replacements for the stock 15" wheels on mine. Any advice would be useful

Cheers


Hi Martin, thanks for the feedback. I did quite a bit of searching around to find what would work and in the end they are some kind of Mitsubishi 4x4 or Ute wheels, but I don't know what off specifically.

I looked at 17" as well but decided against it for 2 reasons, firstly cost, secondly ride quality. I could not find any other vehicle that took 17" as factory standard with 6 stud pattern which means that the scrap yards won't have anything cheap, and it turns out that there are pretty much zero 17" 6 stud aftermarket wheels kicking around of the used market. This left buying brand new 17's as the only option which over here would be $1500 - $2000 with tyres which I just cannot justify. Second reason, as much as I want to improve the handling - it's a Granvia, it is not and never will be a race car so the slight improvement in handling is not worth the loss in ride quality that you would get because you would need to have pretty low profile tyres to not rub the bodywork with 17" rims.

2nd choice I was going to go with 16" but it turns out that tyres for 16inch rims are much more $ than either 17 or 15"- apparently even number rims are much rarer than odd numbers and therefor much more expensive for the tyres.

So that kinda left me looking at 15's but I didn't really like any of the standard Granvia alloys. As it turns out almost all Japanese van/ute/4x4 have the same 6 stud fitment which leaves endless options in 15 or 16 inch cheap as chips at the scrapyards. 4x4 wheels are kinda deep dish so when you put standard lower profile road tyres on they look pretty cool I recon. You have to watch the offset as they will stick out further than the standard van wheels.

I found that having 7inch wide rims instead of the standard 6ich, having the bigger offset so the van has a much wider stance (borderline illegal but I have a friendly MOT man) and having slightly lower profile tyres has actually improved the handling much more than I expected it to. In the end I am pretty stoked, it cost only $300 for the alloys, and I think it looks better and more unique than it would have with the 17's

Pretty long ramble of an answer but I hope it helps.

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Re: NZ Camper conversion

Postby shiney » 08 Jun 2015, 06:59

Really helpful info, thanks.

15"x7" - never considered that.

I'm looking around as well and can't find any 17" that work from a cost/looks point of view here in the UK. There are some 16" on eBay, but they are from 4x4s so the offset will be wrong and I don't want to take a chance and find they don't fit. Now I've seen what can be achieved with a decent set of 15" (if you get the correct ones) then I might take another look.

Thanks again for the post.
Regards

Martyn
1997 Granvia 3l Q-Spec 'ShineyBus'


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