My Bedford CF AutoSleeper

Page 2 of 5 Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5  Next

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Re: My Bedford CF AutoSleeper

Post by Roo on Fri Feb 14, 2014 12:51 pm

inspiredron wrote:Your curtain material looks like William Morris. We recovered a suite using it about 15 years ago. It is still available if you need more.

Thanks, I'm going with the curtain material I managed to find the other week.
avatar
Roo
Member
Member

Male

Posts : 75
Joined : 2013-11-07
Member Age : 39
Location : Cambs
Auto-Sleeper : SV100

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: My Bedford CF AutoSleeper

Post by Roo on Fri Feb 14, 2014 2:46 pm

Today this arrived:




A NOS length of Lino in the correct pattern for the kitchen floor area.  smile!
avatar
Roo
Member
Member

Male

Posts : 75
Joined : 2013-11-07
Member Age : 39
Location : Cambs
Auto-Sleeper : SV100

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: My Bedford CF AutoSleeper

Post by Dutto on Fri Feb 14, 2014 9:18 pm

Hi there,

Great work and well done;  allthumbz  allthumbz but be aware that they are selling Easter Eggs in Tesco!!  Whistle1 

Looking at the wood used for the seat boxes I think we share the same "build for strength" ethos, but it has its downside and that is "weight".

So, before you pack your swimming trunks and take her out for the first time, may I suggest that you get her weighed at your local weigh-bridge to establish what load you can carry.

Best regards,
 drinksallround

_________________
Dutto - Living more in hope than expectation; and seldom disappointed!
avatar
Dutto
Donator
Donator

Male

Posts : 7866
Joined : 2011-06-14
Location : Lincolnshire
Auto-Sleeper : Duetto

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: My Bedford CF AutoSleeper

Post by inspiredron on Fri Feb 14, 2014 9:31 pm

Roo wrote:
inspiredron wrote:Your curtain material looks like William Morris. We recovered a suite using it about 15 years ago. It is still available if you need more.

Thanks, I'm going with the curtain material I managed to find the other week.
That's the William Morris - charity shop £15 I think you ssid.

_________________
Best wishes - Ron
avatar
inspiredron
Member
Member

Male

Posts : 1597
Joined : 2012-06-02
Member Age : 76
Location : Carshalton
Auto-Sleeper : Lancashire
Vehicle Year : 2012

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: My Bedford CF AutoSleeper

Post by Roo on Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:53 am

Dutto wrote:Hi there,

Great work and well done;  allthumbz  allthumbz but be aware that they are selling Easter Eggs in Tesco!!  Whistle1 

Looking at the wood used for the seat boxes I think we share the same "build for strength" ethos, but it has its downside and that is "weight".

So, before you pack your swimming trunks and take her out for the first time, may I suggest that you get her weighed at your local weigh-bridge to establish what load you can carry.

Best regards,
 drinksallround

Yes! I have a countdown app on my phone reminding me of how much time I don't have left. I try not to look at it too much!

With regards to the weight, I am returning the Motorhome to its original specification. The wood used is original where possible with same spec replacements as required so technically it will be at the weight Auto-Sleeper intended when it was made in '81.

If anything, it will be lighter as I have removed a lot of 'extra' wood used in the wood butcher phase and now the water leaks are getting fixed that will help too. Wet carpets weigh a ton!  smile!
avatar
Roo
Member
Member

Male

Posts : 75
Joined : 2013-11-07
Member Age : 39
Location : Cambs
Auto-Sleeper : SV100

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: My Bedford CF AutoSleeper

Post by Roo on Fri Feb 21, 2014 12:42 pm

Not my most exciting photographs but it shows another bodge I am having to deal with.
I knew there was a water leak in the wardrobe (N/S rear window) so in anticipation of removing and resealing I removed the lump of silicone sealant.
It was successfully holding about an eggcups worth of water. Prevention is always better than cure so this area will be sealed properly. In time I will replace the wardrobe woodwork but have decided to leave that at the moment. I have enough to do as it is!


avatar
Roo
Member
Member

Male

Posts : 75
Joined : 2013-11-07
Member Age : 39
Location : Cambs
Auto-Sleeper : SV100

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: My Bedford CF AutoSleeper

Post by pat and jim on Sat Feb 22, 2014 9:04 am

Look at reg on ebay
avatar
pat and jim
Member
Member

Male

Posts : 45
Joined : 2012-08-22
Member Age : 75
Location : blandford forum dorset
Auto-Sleeper : sigma ek

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: My Bedford CF AutoSleeper

Post by Roo on Sat Feb 22, 2014 10:37 am

pat and jim wrote:Look at reg on ebay


Reg?
avatar
Roo
Member
Member

Male

Posts : 75
Joined : 2013-11-07
Member Age : 39
Location : Cambs
Auto-Sleeper : SV100

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: My Bedford CF AutoSleeper

Post by Dutto on Sat Feb 22, 2014 12:25 pm

Hi there,

Registration number??  think_smiley_46 

It's not unknown for someone to be offering someone else's motorhome for sale on eBay!!  tap_fingers  tap_fingers 

Best regards,
 drinksallround


PS  Keep up the good work.  With the water your removing the Load Carrying capacity has to be climbing!! allthumbz

_________________
Dutto - Living more in hope than expectation; and seldom disappointed!
avatar
Dutto
Donator
Donator

Male

Posts : 7866
Joined : 2011-06-14
Location : Lincolnshire
Auto-Sleeper : Duetto

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: My Bedford CF AutoSleeper

Post by modelman on Sat Feb 22, 2014 4:06 pm

Thats going to be a nice van when you've finished, well, we never really FINISH do we!!  

Some of us 'saddos' actually ENJOY it  hugegrins

_________________
I DO have to grow old, I DO NOT have to grow up!
avatar
modelman
Donator
Donator

Male

Posts : 4330
Joined : 2011-09-16
Member Age : 71
Location : Barnsley,S/Yorks
Auto-Sleeper : Talisman
Vehicle Year : 1998

View user profile http://www.modelslipway.com

Back to top Go down

Re: My Bedford CF AutoSleeper

Post by Roo on Sat Feb 22, 2014 10:21 pm

modelman wrote:Thats going to be a nice van when you've finished, well, we never really FINISH do we!!  

Some of us 'saddos' actually ENJOY it  hugegrins

This one definitely falls into the never finished category I think!

So to start the weekend, this arrived:

So off out to the MH to check for fitment and see how much water i'd collected:

Its so much more dry in there now.  smile! 

Then I removed the panel above the rear door.

Removing the material revealed the original:

Does anyone know what the holes would have been for?

Then I turned my attention to the floor and removed the remaining carpet backing:

I also wired the speakers into the rear of the living area.


And finally, I couldn't resist trial fitting the seat bases.


More tomorrow!
avatar
Roo
Member
Member

Male

Posts : 75
Joined : 2013-11-07
Member Age : 39
Location : Cambs
Auto-Sleeper : SV100

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: My Bedford CF AutoSleeper

Post by Roo on Fri Feb 28, 2014 5:16 pm

So last Sundays work:
End boards fabricated and fitted. I just need to source the edge strip now. (or rather make)


I also made a new board for the kitchen area incorporating some speakers. (these will have covers.)

And another example of the previous high quality refurb 240v Light, shade cut in half and a piece of yellow conduit to make the two components compatible!


Last night I trimmed the Wardrobe/Battery cupboard door. Old vs new:

And fitted:
avatar
Roo
Member
Member

Male

Posts : 75
Joined : 2013-11-07
Member Age : 39
Location : Cambs
Auto-Sleeper : SV100

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: My Bedford CF AutoSleeper

Post by Dutto on Fri Feb 28, 2014 5:58 pm

Looking good!!  allthumbz 

Five weeks to Easter - plenty of time! Whistle1  Whistle1 

Best regards,
 drinksallround

_________________
Dutto - Living more in hope than expectation; and seldom disappointed!
avatar
Dutto
Donator
Donator

Male

Posts : 7866
Joined : 2011-06-14
Location : Lincolnshire
Auto-Sleeper : Duetto

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: My Bedford CF AutoSleeper

Post by Roo on Wed Mar 19, 2014 1:47 pm

Well its been a couple of weeks since I last updated this. How time is flying!
I have managed to get a bit more done on the MH. Here is the progress:

Speaker panel trial fitted:

this cant go in until I have trimmed the adjoining panel.

New panel made for the door:


Another new panel made, this time a piece that sits behind the drivers seat.


Now the fun stuff. Carpet!


And seat boxes:








Really happy with the progress now. Today I have given the go-ahead for the seats to be made. I finally found a suitable fabric.  smile! 
I have also purchased a cabinet on eBay removed from an old Auto-sleeper. This will donate its handle and beading to the cutlery drawer I need to make.
Lino is going down this weekend.
I currently have the back board edge beading being manufactured too. This should be due next week. I need to ask my sister-in-law to make my curtains too.
avatar
Roo
Member
Member

Male

Posts : 75
Joined : 2013-11-07
Member Age : 39
Location : Cambs
Auto-Sleeper : SV100

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: My Bedford CF AutoSleeper

Post by Roo on Mon Apr 07, 2014 12:29 pm

*update time*

Its been a couple of weeks now and I have made good progress on the CF. In no particular order:
New door fitted:
Was a pig to line up but I got it looking (and more importantly closing) very well.

I purchased some striping for the bodywork. Whilst the exterior isn't a priority at the moment I wanted to give it a little lift and also tie in the new doors with the rest of the bodywork.
Various 'in progress' pics:





I made a new panel for above the door and trimmed in new fabric:


I also fitted the speaker panel:

I have also trimmed the door panel and handle surround:



I also made an AS sticker and fitted:

In the original specification AS provided two tables. I have one but not the other. I don't have the resources to make another laminated table but as the part forms part of the seating layout I decided to make one for that purpose only. I just need to radius the edges.


Last month, I won a very good grill on eBay. My one had been hand painted gloss black (completed with brush bristles!)
This did however raise the issue of the hand emulsioned lower panel being way to scabby to sit alongside the new grill!
So I decided to give it a freshen up. This is what I found: Initially disguised with copious amounts of filler and wire mesh.

so I did this, some grinding and a skim of filler:

A few coats of primer and colour resulted in this:

Its not perfect but I think its a lot better than the previous effort.  smile! 

and finally, I cut the lino ready for fitting:


Easter in two weeks! content
avatar
Roo
Member
Member

Male

Posts : 75
Joined : 2013-11-07
Member Age : 39
Location : Cambs
Auto-Sleeper : SV100

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: My Bedford CF AutoSleeper

Post by Betty Bedford on Tue Apr 08, 2014 7:44 pm

loving the way you have covered you seat boxes in carpet i am going to do the same in Betty when i replace them as i think the same person that messed with your van may too have been in mine!
avatar
Betty Bedford
Member
Member

Female

Posts : 42
Joined : 2013-09-14
Member Age : 28
Location : Anglesey
Auto-Sleeper : Bedford CF

View user profile http://www.our-duetto.com/betty.html

Back to top Go down

Re: My Bedford CF AutoSleeper

Post by Roo on Tue Apr 15, 2014 10:31 am

A little update (I'm too busy getting it ready for the Easter trip lol)

The upholsterer visited last week to ensure the sponge was correct and ready to be covered. So a couple of shots:




They have actually already been covered but I'm keeping those pics until they are in the motorhome!
avatar
Roo
Member
Member

Male

Posts : 75
Joined : 2013-11-07
Member Age : 39
Location : Cambs
Auto-Sleeper : SV100

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: My Bedford CF AutoSleeper

Post by Roo on Wed Apr 23, 2014 12:53 pm

So! Here we are, Easter just a distant memory and I can proudly say we had a very successful first trip.  smile! 
The lead up to Thursday was like this:
I cut the edge beading for the end boards. Decided not to fit just yet as they need to be stained and glued in place.


I then decided to use the door cards from the purchased doors (with warped and rotten backings) and the replacement plastic backs someone had made for my original cards. They came out a treat but sadly as with everything else on this MH they didn't fit that well (the poppers are all out of align) so in the future I will remake some.


Then this happened!

and I had a text message from the trimmer:  hugegrins 



I'm really happy with the results. The finish is superb.
They were duly fitted:


So then it was off to the campsite.  wave 
The journey was slow and eventful, Having not really looked at the engine I had left myself open to failure but we did make it eventually. I'm not sure what we used the most of, fuel, oil or water! More on that another time.
A few shots from the weekend:



All set up with (some!) curtains and cushions.  smile! 

My view at night...

Relaxed doggies.


And finally, back home.
avatar
Roo
Member
Member

Male

Posts : 75
Joined : 2013-11-07
Member Age : 39
Location : Cambs
Auto-Sleeper : SV100

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: My Bedford CF AutoSleeper

Post by Betty Bedford on Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:05 pm

love the cushions realy good fit. Them there dog's look like natural campers! ;)
avatar
Betty Bedford
Member
Member

Female

Posts : 42
Joined : 2013-09-14
Member Age : 28
Location : Anglesey
Auto-Sleeper : Bedford CF

View user profile http://www.our-duetto.com/betty.html

Back to top Go down

Re: My Bedford CF AutoSleeper

Post by Paulwest55 on Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:26 pm

Great job Roo, looking really good.  up!
avatar
Paulwest55
Donator
Donator

Male

Posts : 241
Joined : 2012-10-10
Member Age : 62
Location : Anglesey
Auto-Sleeper : Duetto

View user profile http://www.our-duetto.com

Back to top Go down

Re: My Bedford CF AutoSleeper

Post by Roo on Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:53 am

Just a quick update,
After our first trip out I noted a few things that needed to be finished or adjusted.
First up was the fridge door, it had been turned round at somepoint (by the Motorhome butcher) Cue copious amounts of seam sealer and screws lost in the fridge void. I really do despair at the sheer lack of competence sometimes. I dread to think what the engine change will turn up...
Anyway, next, I installed the TV aerial and box of tricks.


This is in the wardrobe with the aerial lead going through into the cupboard (wires still to be tidied). I'm keen to have most 'modern' items hidden when possible and i'd rather not hack about the interior too much. I think its had enough of that in its lifetime!
I'm off out again this BH Weekend.  smile!
avatar
Roo
Member
Member

Male

Posts : 75
Joined : 2013-11-07
Member Age : 39
Location : Cambs
Auto-Sleeper : SV100

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: My Bedford CF AutoSleeper

Post by Roo on Thu May 08, 2014 12:46 pm

Another BH weekend done, 200ish mile round trip to Merryweather Farm Caravan Park for an event organised by the classic car club I am a member of.
A great 4 nights in the MH and we were blessed with lovely sunshine for the majority.
Before I left, my sister in law finished the remaining curtains:






Whilst at the campsite I thought id fix my waste tank. The drain tap was not on the tank when I bought it but the retaining nut was still floating about inside. So I dropped the tank, cleaned and fitted a new tap.



Although I didn't take many pictures at the campsite, I did have a play about with the seating/bedding configurations. (I've also added the end board cappings)


avatar
Roo
Member
Member

Male

Posts : 75
Joined : 2013-11-07
Member Age : 39
Location : Cambs
Auto-Sleeper : SV100

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: My Bedford CF AutoSleeper

Post by -mojo- on Thu May 08, 2014 1:07 pm

Great choice of curtain fabric!

The exposed bits of the chassis look in pretty good nick too.
avatar
-mojo-
Member
Member

Male

Posts : 3676
Joined : 2012-08-04
Member Age : 18
Location : Southeast
Auto-Sleeper : Trooper
Vehicle Year : 2006

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: My Bedford CF AutoSleeper

Post by Mald on Sat May 10, 2014 11:08 pm

Brilliant job - thoroughly enjoyed following the topic.
avatar
Mald
Member
Member

Male

Posts : 86
Joined : 2014-04-27
Member Age : 63
Location : North Wales
Auto-Sleeper : Symbol

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: My Bedford CF AutoSleeper

Post by Roo on Mon May 12, 2014 12:56 pm

Another weekend passes, another weekend CF'ing!

There are some parts of the cab that are not looking at their best and I have always been on the lookout to try and find a solution to my rotten gutter rails and scabby windscreen surround. As luck would have it, someone posted on the Bedford CF Facebook page that they were breaking a CF. Luckily for me it was not too far away so a deal was done and I went over with a friend on Saturday to procure some metalwork.
The van had been sat for 15 years outside but was in remarkably good condition in the areas I required for mine. Other areas were rotten!
The parts will go into storage for now until I get time to unstitch the various spot welds and make the decision to start the cab restoration.



avatar
Roo
Member
Member

Male

Posts : 75
Joined : 2013-11-07
Member Age : 39
Location : Cambs
Auto-Sleeper : SV100

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Page 2 of 5 Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5  Next

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum