Mk2 Transit Pacemaker

Mk2 Transit Pacemaker

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scrw.

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1,832 posts

134 months

Tuesday 16th April
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Good old ebay and its ability to drain my wallet! Been looking for something to convert into a sales van for my apple juice & cider business, and this popped up. Been to the moon and back a few times, had a recent engine, expect it to drain my wallet faster than the kids but it is quirky and cheaper than most similar vintage vans. Expect tales of welding and woe. First off it to get it collected and into a garage to get it an MOT.

bus by Old_Chad, on Flickr

mk2psv2.jpg~original by Old_Chad, on Flickr

Johnnybee

1,812 posts

165 months

Wednesday 17th April
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Awesome!

The word "clattery" was invented to describe the noise a mk2 Transit diesel engine makes when started from cold smile

scrw.

Original Poster:

1,832 posts

134 months

Wednesday 17th April
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Thankfully this had had the original perkins (?) 2.5 replaced with a mk3 "banana" diesel engine, not a huge upgrade but better.

I would really like to swap the engine out anyway, preferably stick an auto it too. There is a ford 4.6 with auto box from a crown vic police car on the bay at the moment but too costly at the mo, would really like to fit that in!

shovelheadrob

1,446 posts

115 months

Wednesday 17th April
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scrw. said:
Thankfully this had had the original perkins (?) 2.5 replaced with a mk3 "banana" diesel engine, not a huge upgrade but better.

I would really like to swap the engine out anyway, preferably stick an auto it too. There is a ford 4.6 with auto box from a crown vic police car on the bay at the moment but too costly at the mo, would really like to fit that in!
That would "wake it up", I put a 5.0 engine from a Mk2 Mustang into one for a customer in the Channel Islands years back, it was a fairly straightforward swap with just a little massaging of the bulkhead iirc.

rob0r

347 posts

114 months

Thursday 18th April
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That's very cool....!

Triumph Man

5,934 posts

112 months

Thursday 25th April
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Wow a new 7 series is actually longer and wider than it!

scrw.

Original Poster:

1,832 posts

134 months

Friday 26th April
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Well the beast has arrived. First job a new battery and a jetwash to see what we have and see what is needed for an MOT. First looks it needs 6 tyres and the seat adjustment fixing.

2019-04-26_07-10-29 by Old_Chad, on Flickr

scrw.

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1,832 posts

134 months

Friday 26th April
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scrw.

Original Poster:

1,832 posts

134 months

Friday 26th April
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4 numbers away from my bus reg, what is should look like...

Capture by Old_Chad, on Flickr

scrw.

Original Poster:

1,832 posts

134 months

Friday 26th April
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beer & internet...LOL
1 reg number away, looks like my bus served Taunton

Capture by Old_Chad, on Flickr

A1VDY

669 posts

71 months

Saturday 27th April
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Good old Transits, has and always will be the van to have going from the original Mk1 with a York diesel to the latest offering which again is a superb driving van. Last year did Zarragoza to Norwich in one hit, the previous year Milan to Norwich one hit and this year Zakapan Poland, again will be in a Transit Custom. Beats anything VW/Merc/Vauxhall/Renault ect have to offer.
Would love to see more pictures of the Pacemaker during and after restoration..cool

scrw.

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1,832 posts

134 months

Saturday 27th April
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Managed to find a photo of my bus is service in Taunton!

SOUTHERN NATIONAL 304 C866DYD TAUNTON 230594 by Old_Chad, on Flickr

Schmeeky

4,119 posts

161 months

Saturday 27th April
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scrw. said:
Managed to find a photo of my bus is service in Taunton!

Awesome! Any idea when that photo was taken?

scrw.

Original Poster:

1,832 posts

134 months

Saturday 27th April
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details say 1994 but it looks earlier to me

scrw.

Original Poster:

1,832 posts

134 months

Saturday 27th April
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so this seems to be the colour mine had

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Schmeeky

4,119 posts

161 months

Saturday 27th April
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Done a bit of searching to see if I could date that photo from Taunton, but have come up with a blank. Our Price shut its doors in 2004, and I couldn't find out anything about the other shops. The cars don't help much either. All I did find was the current appearance of the location...




eldar

12,657 posts

140 months

Saturday 27th April
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1994 would be reasonable, cars in the background look of a similar age. VW T5, Volvo & Cavalier..

scrw.

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134 months

Saturday 27th April
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First day of spannering cut short by taking offspring to the cinema in a bit. On first inspection:

Inner arches need some welding, otherwise seems fairly solid.
Bonnet is past it I think, will start looking for a replacement.
Lower front grille/valance is okay, will strip the front end off and clean up and paint.
Needs all new tyres.
Brake lines are okay.

Had a fight with the bonnet to open it as the cable had come out of the release under the bonnet, now sorted. Nearly had it running, lots of air in the lines, going to get a facet lift pump fitted monday as it makes everything easier to bleed. There are lots of previous owner bodges to the electrics, light stalk is not working so they put a switch in the dash for the lights, so annoying, plus lots of other strangeness. Radiator fan is on a manual switch as it is a slim electric one due to the mk3 engine being fitted, need to get a fan controller.

Hope to get it jetwashed tomorrow and see what state the body is in, quite happy to remove the ally panels and replace if they are too far gone, think the rear left panel behind the rear wheels will need replacing.

2019-04-27_01-28-38 by Old_Chad, on Flickr

scrw.

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1,832 posts

134 months

Sunday 28th April
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Jetwashed. Shifted years of moss and lots of flakey paint. Discovered a few more bodges by PO, like the legs for a bed over the front seats fixed in with coach bolts all the way through from the outside, FFS. Debating if I sould just strip both outer side back to the frame and re skin the sides, would be a much better job especially as I will need to reconfigure the windows for serving hatches/bar, will mull it over while it gets through its MOT.

2019-04-28_12-51-27 by Old_Chad, on Flickr

2019-04-28_12-51-58 by Old_Chad, on Flickr

2019-04-28_12-52-39 by Old_Chad, on Flickr

dudleybloke

14,974 posts

130 months

Sunday 28th April
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Superb project.