Sprinter 4x4 - last of the old shape

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Re: Sprinter 4x4 - last of the old shape

Postby DaveS » Sun Mar 08, 2020 2:06 pm

Nice one Chris - underside sounds about standard for an unrestored one (my outer sills were toast - someone had bodged them at some point - and sliding door bottom was pretty much non-existent, but otherwise good - after repair she's holding up well now).

Bearings we just got from Merc - from memory they used a couple of different variations, so worth sourcing off the VIN, oh, and you need a special castlated socket for them, to do them properly - lots of people do you a chisel, but I would't recommend it!

You thought any more about the layout yet??

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Re: Sprinter 4x4 - last of the old shape

Postby andy-in-weymouth » Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:43 pm

Hi Chris,
Don't know if you sorted the seat base issue, I have an 09 313 and brought a single seat; cut the existing seatbase down and re-welded it up (professionally). Providing your careful you can cut it; locate / bolt it back down and mark the surfaces to be aligned and welded accordingly. A blow over with paint or upholstery makes it look neat and tidy.
I had a problem with the SRS light - overcome by fitting a resistor.
Hope the project is going well - any pics?

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Re: Sprinter 4x4 - last of the old shape

Postby Chris S » Sat Mar 14, 2020 8:33 am

Thanks Dave,

Hopefully we've caught them in time and can nip them up for the time being.

Rust wise, i think the bit i'm looking forward to the least is the windscreen surround - everything else i'm happy enough doing the chopping, even if i need to get a bit of help making a tidy weld, but the screen surround looks like it wants a whole different level of finesse!

Layout wise, its all a bit up in the air as it might need to be a little more multi purpose now so i'm thinking maybe go down the route of some of that aluminium tracking like they use in minibusses and making everything modular so it can be swapped around easily from load carrying to travelling.

Once its MOT'd, I want to start with things like a roof vent, side windows in the front ( jury is still out on finding second hand rubber mouted minibus ones or go for some cassette type ones) and start on insulation getting it so we can at least start to use it as a metal tent to start with, but i think if possible, we want to try and have a full sized, fixed bed at the rear (even if it's quite high) and the rest will kinda evolve from that. From past trips, where we have had a lot of miles to cover in a short time, theres nothing worse than pulling over and then having to sort out the sleeping area when you're ready to drop.

Cheers Andy, I might have tracked down a seat but not got any further than that yet so far but its handy to know the existing seatbox can be modded fairly simply. The brother of the guy i bought it from had found some seats froma people carrier that took minimal fitting and worked really well and were spinny ones as standard so thats another option yet.

No pics as yet, i'm currently without a computer, i cant get photos off my phone yet (theres probably a way but i'm not clever enough to figure it yet!) and i'm still figuring out these new fangled tablet things......

I will sort some pics soon though :D

EDIT: Something I'd forgot to ask was about tyres - by my working out they need to be at least a 112 load rating but theres not a huge choice from what i can see. Currently its on 225/70/15 winter van tyres but I'd like to go a little taller (I'm told 235/75/15 will go straight on without rubbing anywhere?) and I'd like a mild A/T pattern ideally. All I can find so far is a Toyo or a Nokian that are 116's but are little more agressive than a winter tyre.

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Re: Sprinter 4x4 - last of the old shape

Postby DaveS » Sun Mar 15, 2020 1:24 pm

Nice one.

Re tyres - this one comes up a lot. You are right on the load rating and the limited availability.

A few people have swapped to 16" G wagon wheels, as this gives you more tyre choice - not much in the 15 range unfortunately.

I decided to stick with 15s and fitted 255/70/15s Yokohama Geolandar ATs on the stock rims - been on 5 years now I think and wearing well. Not the most aggressive tyre, but we do mostly road miles with the odd bit of dirt/gravel/wet fields, etc and they've coped well. These go on with no fouling or rubbing, but you do have to modify the spare wheel carrier (though some fit a rear door carrier).

Edit: Can't recall if I mentioned, but my van came with the rear seats on unwin rails, so they can be moved back and forth, or taken out completely on quick release clamps. Works well, though to be honest in practice I've only taken them out a few times (surprised how heavy the seats and bases were!).

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Re: Sprinter 4x4 - last of the old shape

Postby Chris S » Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:07 am

The G wagon wheels sounds a good solution, it looks like a set of new steel modulars in G Wagon fitting isnt too bad, especially with how much people seem to want for used sprinter rims so that could be an option maybe. We're probably looking for something similar tyre wise, not too aggressive but a bit more thana winter tyre and a bit taller than standard.

Putting the spare on the rear door is on the cards too, the guy who makes the carriers that are on ebay is just up the road from me but we'll probably cobble something together ourselves.

Its just about ready for MOT (finally managed to get a tailpipe that looks half like it is right, and two sills to tack on) but its currently sat at the garage and i'm not sure if they are opening next week or not so it might be a bit long yet.

Really thought finding spares like doors would be easier than its proving to be - seems most of the low roof ones that are being broken are either too far away to warrant going for a look at or are local and worse than what i have already :evil:


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