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U.K. based Vandura 2500

Discussion in 'Photo & Video Gallery' started by big bopper, May 19, 2010.

  1. big bopper

    big bopper Member

    evening folks, as promised some photos and info in my van

    basically its a G.M.C. Vandura 2500 5.7 V8
    i bought this van as a replacement for my Ford Econoline that drank both fuel and money at a greater rate than i could throw at it.
    I bought this van of off Ebay knowing that it had gearbox problems, but as per usual that wasnt the only problem that i found have you ever noticed that no matter what you buy theres allways some thing else wrong or some thing that needs attention?
    As i bought it (ebay photos)

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    i had it relayed home by the R.A.C. well one of thier contractors the first vehicle they sent out was not big enough so i had to wait around in the rain for another lorry to turn up, it only took 6 hours !!!
    as you can see it was a tight squeeze

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  2. big bopper

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    once i got it home first thing to go was the stickers of off the back, didnt like them on there.
    i found that there was a few other problems with the van, heres the list

    1 - Gear box (Now repaired)
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    2 - Fly Wheel Cover missing (still missing)
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    3 - Lights - all interior lights not working (now repaired), front fogs not working (now repaired), front side lights not working (now repaired), front strobe lights not working (replaced), running board lights not working (replaced with UV led's),
    4 - Alternator, not working (stripped down new bushes fitted and now working)
    5 - Battery, not holding a charge (new battery bought and fitted)
    6 - Passenger Side electric Window not working, (removed stripped re-wired and now working)
    7 - Electrics - no Stereo (new stereo and multichanger fitted), towing electrics fitted
    8 - tyres -below legal limit (four part worns bought and fitted)
  3. big bopper

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    9 - front bumper rotten (good second hand one bought modified and fitted)
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    new one
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    10 - stabiliser bar bushes rotten (new bushes bought and fitted)
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    11 - front brake pads non existant (new pads bought and fitted)
    12 - exhaust rotten from cat back (home made one fitted but realy needs sorting)
  4. big bopper

    big bopper Member

    have also put more lights on the van from little U.V led's down the side
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    to blue strobes, white strobes, flashing Yankie flags on the bumpers and number plate led's
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    the inside is not in to bad condition, it has an inverter (which i have re-routed the wireing for) so it now works
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  5. big bopper

    big bopper Member

    under the bonnet there was a mass of wires all seemingly going no where, well after much chasing i have pinned all but one wire down to what it does and started chopping at it, all told i have actually cut away 8 foot of wire from under the bonnet, i have even found an air horn under there that was not wired up thats now wired up and is working nothing fancy more like a noddy parp than a blast, i have re-wired the front spot lights as they were not working and they are now but now i seem to have lost my white strobes i did not touch these at all and now they dont work, i have tried to wire them direct to the battery but they wont even work like that oh well i suppose its time to buy some more.
    i have also wired in the tow bar wireing for the caravan lights and fitted a supplementary switch, this was fun as i had to mount 2 relays under the bonnet then run 3 wires down the underside of the van, must confess i cheated there, rather than running 3 individual wires i used yellow 110V 3 core cable which meant only 1 episode of clostrophobia being under the van the bigest surprise of all was the fact that they only work!!!
    the back end of the van was also full of bundles of wire which i have chopped out, making a total of 14 foot of redundant wire removed from the van.
    have also fitted a LCD dreeview T.V with integrated DVD player just a pity i cant get a good digitial reception
    back in October i helped a "mate" out by re-wiring his Camero for him and in return he was going to sort out my blowing exhaust, well i duely sorted his car and he started on my van it turned out that my exhaust was blowing from the manifold as it had a stud snapped off in the head, "not a problem" he said i will just drill the old stud out and re-tapp the hole job done (now bare in mind this chap is a qualified mechanic who works on Wilkos lorries) so of course i trusted him, a week later i get a call, slight problem cant get onto the head at the right angle and have drilled the stud out at the wrong angle dont panic he says will just re-drill it and put a bigger bolt in, after two weeks i get a call from his wife your vans been pushed out side his yard come and collect it so off i go to find that the head has been removed, the hole os now so big its the size of a 10p and the manifold is in two parts (no i wasnt happy) i managed to find another pair of heads that were cheap (if very tired) and took them to a place in Worksop called Specialised Automotive DO NOT EVER USE THESE MUPPETS EVER!!!! i took the heads to S.A. and they had them feom 2nd December till 4th of february each time i called i got were working on them, hes not in today, hes off sick or were are waiting on parts i couldnt believe being screwed over again, finally had enough and paid him a visit accompanied by a couple of my friends in an mc club and got my heads back one was being used as a door stop and the other one had been ported? out too deep and was knackred, so i contacted B & H Automotive in Doncaster who looked at my "new" heads and told me they were too far gone but they might be able to repair the damage to my old heads by helicoiling? next thing i know they are there with a flat bed vans on the back,the van came back to me about 3 weeks ago with yet more problems [​IMG]
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  6. big bopper

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    as i said the van came back to me with more problems, it was chucking oil out of the gearbox filler pipe conection with the gearbox just as quick as i was filling it, so i have had to wait 3 weeks for a new pipe to be shipped over from the States (very frustrating) its now fitted and working fine

    heres the old pipe, think some one must have been a little forcfull with a knocking stick!!

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    just have a few other problems to sort out on the van now, when i put my foot down on the brake i get a hissing sound from a switch by the brake pedal, have been told this is due to the cruise control? is this normal? or yet another thing i need to replace? i have LPG installed but am only getting 9 mpg which is pretty rubbish (or so i have been told) and at some point i need to take out a mortgage and have a new exhaust shipped over from the U.S. $450 last time i checked OUCH!!!! no one breaking them in the U.k (or at least not with a good second hand exhaust :grrrrrr:

    any questions feel free to ask
  7. big bopper

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    heres some photos of it in prettier setting :glasses:

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  8. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts

    That's an awesome writeup and history on your new Van, thanks for sharing. :great:
  9. adampaul1964

    adampaul1964 Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    Welcome to the GMTC! Nice van, $h!t story!! It's a shame that you had to go through all that hassle. I'm originally from West Yorkshire by the way, born in Dewsbury, grew up in Morley and Wetherby and moved to the States back in 1980. Good luck with your van and if there's anything I can help you out with let me know.
  10. Eddie Z71

    Eddie Z71 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    Hi, and welcome to the site!:glasses: You have did a great job! Looks nice! Thanks for the pictures, and glad to have you here!

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