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For Sale / Holden 6 engines (other bits) and gearboxes for sale
« on: May 11, 2013, 07:59:15 AM »
Hi guys,
I was going to go down the whole update of my 202 with blue 3.3 but did the v6 swap instead.
Now I've got holden 6 bits I need to sell.
I live in Lismore NSW and will put them in my ute and drop them to you within say 100k radius.
How you get them off the ute is your issue though.

Here is the list
- red 202 and Beddie Trimatic. Genuine 16000k since reconditioned as a Gem motor.  Auto was reconditioned at the same time.  This was in 1986!!!  I got it with 8k and put another 8k on it. I got hardened seats in the head and got it reco'd before I put it on the road too $300
- red extractors. solid but not perfect $50

- blue 3.3 x2 NOTE. This is what I was told.  I have not pulled apart to check.  one is standard bore with mild port job. Second is +60thou, HC pistons, 4 cyl rods, balanced, mild cam, good flowed head, hardened valve seats.  This is a lucky dip because I haven't got into them and they are as I bought them.  I can see the porting in the heads and that looks good but not internals.  So, $150 for both.

- Blue inlet manifold with Falcon 2 BBL carby. $100

- TH700 4 speed auto out of a VP V6.  Included the Dello adaptor plate for fitting to a holden 6. $350.

Anyone interested PM me and I'll get back to you.

If no interest I'll be putting on Gumtree or something soon.



Exteriors and Interiors / Collapsible steering column choices
« on: February 11, 2013, 03:04:20 PM »
Hi all,
It looks like i may need to change my steering column to a collapsible one for NSW engineering after the V6 transplant.  Because  have increased the horsepower by more than 40% I must now have a collapsible steering column.  >:( 101kw to 147kw :-\
So, I need help. (Some would probably suggest that this statement is very accurate  ::))
I have seen whole of dash transplants from Commodores etc but I am keeping the Bedford instrument binnacle and am wondering if there is a collapsible steering column that will pretty much bolt in.

Has anyone got any suggestions or had any experiences that they can share?



Driveline / Let the VT V6 swap begin
« on: September 26, 2012, 06:58:30 PM »
Well, the time has come. 
I have gathered most of the bits and am going to start swapping out the 202 and Trimatic for a VT V6 and 4 speed auto.
I am currently fitting up the new digital speedo into an old instrument binnacle that I had. 
I have seen this done many ways including drilling a big hole in the clear perspex and poking it through the front and just adding a second electrical speedo. I wanted to keep the original looking binnacle but with a modern digital speedo and tacho (I have an overhead console with all the other gauges already) so I kept them behind the perspex by spacing it with a piece of MDF.
I made up an MDF spacer and fitted it up behind the perspex and mounted the gauges into it.  This weekend i'll add the trip meter button and wire it all up.  I want to make sure that all the lights (new because I removed the printed circuit because of the longer speedo) all work before I remove the motor.
I've uploaded a couple of photos to my album (Willos CFL camper) of the dash as a work in progress.  Will tie more of them together with more explanations as I go along.



Driveline / V6 Conversions and the guys that do a kit at Moree
« on: March 08, 2012, 01:53:56 PM »
I am still getting the 202 to run correctly but the thing dies so much on a hill that it is embarrassing.  It's getting OK on the flat but revving very high (and downhill with a tailwind for that matter) ;D ;D but really slow up a hill.  This is with the 5.22 diff in it too.  I guess the 202 just wasn't meant to pull 3 tonne over some of the hills around here.
I thought about the 4 speed auto behind the 202 to overcome the high revving and this would have worked well. I even started to gather the bits and pieces.  Then i found out that I would need to cut the floor to fit the box.  Not doing that and still have something that dies on hills. The TH700 would be fine in a van but not a 3tonne motorhome.   A cut is a cut is a cut.  If I'm gonna cut the floor etc then it is for a V6 or V8.

Next phase begins... ???

I can get a good VT v6 and auto at the right price.  Spoke to Pat Gardiner at Moree about the conversion and he said he has done heaps of them and has developed a DIY kit to do the job. I wil be doing it myself if I do end up doing this transplant.

I know there is no substitute for cubic inches but I also reckon that a 3.8 V6 would be OK. 
Another advantage is that the V6 is close to the 202 in weight.  One more thing I have to consider what with a big fibreglass double bed over the cab already  ::) ::)
Has anyone:
a) got a V6 auto in a Beddie?
b) Still running the 5.22 diff? and if so tell me a bit about how it goes and fuel economy please.
c) had dealings with the mob at Moree and their products?  he sounded OK on the phone and gave me time and I felt he knew his stuff.

What do you reckon folks?  I'd love to hear your views and experiences please.

Give me some advice and if i do it i'll run a diary of my experiences for you to access in the future if you end up going down this path yourself.


Maintenance / Bedford 202 water pumps
« on: January 29, 2012, 03:32:30 PM »
Hi all,
Been doing my usual wander through the EBay pages on a wet Sunday and found a few Gates water pumps only for CF 202 Bedfords.  I'm curious.  Is there a specific water pump for a 202 powered Bedford as opposed to a 202 Powered HQ-HZ Kingswood? ???

I thought they were all the same.  I know they are interchangable.  Maybe the Beddie one moves more water around?


Driveline / TH 700 Commodore 4sp auto in a beddy
« on: November 25, 2011, 02:00:46 PM »
Hi all,
in all these discussions about motors and diff ratios etc, has anyone put a 4speed auto out of a VN or VP commodore into their Beddy?  I'm wondering if it is a good thing or a bad thing to try.  My camper is a trimatic and I like the auto thing in it.  A 4 speed would give me an electric overdrive that i could control with a switch on the dash (maybe). 



Driveline / Steering coupling help needed
« on: September 20, 2011, 08:54:47 AM »
Hi all,
well, i got under the camper the other day and noticed that the steering coupling has started to split.  I went to the Nolothan site and found that they list a replacement part (N41070).  Not paying too much attention I ordered it but when it arrived it turns out to be 61 ml between the holes and 10 ml thick.  Problem is that mine is 2" between the holes and 1" thick.  I have another steering rack with an RS coupling on it and it too is 2" (abt51 ml) another spare shaft that I have is also 2" between the holes.  Has Nolothane got this so wrong that these just do not fit CFs? all my couplings take the 2" spaced bushes.

Secondly, Where can i get one of these that will fit?  My old one is not going back in so i need something rather urgently.

Is there a company that sells NOS Beddy parts in Oz that I can check with?



Driveline / Engine transplants without cutting the floor
« on: June 28, 2011, 11:42:59 AM »
Hi all,
I have just got the motorhome back on the road after 18 years of being parked.  It is a red 202 with a Traumatic and a 5.22:1 diff.  Motor is pretty fresh and has done 8k only. (Paperwork in camper when i bought it) ;D  It runs OK and does all it should do really given that it is nearly 3 tonne but I am weighing up an engine swap down the track to enable it to cruise at 90k a bit easier. :D

I am wondering what fits into the current engine bay (if that is what we call it) without cutting into the floor and engine cover to make it fit.  Maybe a falcon 6 (AU or BA???) or some other 6 cyl or 8 cyl if I can get it low down.  I am thinking an overdrive gearbox would be handy as well so the diff ratio doesn't have to be changed as well  ;D (I've still got to run the dual wheels for weight requirements)

Has anyone seen an engine transplant that did not require major surgery to the floor and cover?  I can now walk through to the back from the driver's seat and if I chop things around too much this would become difficult.


 (on the road again... Apologies to Willy Neilson :D)

Miscellaneous Technical / Stromberg Carby Jets and Carby Specs
« on: May 04, 2011, 11:20:26 AM »
Hi all,
this might sound like a silly question but... i cannot for the life of me find a listing of *standard* jet sizes for the 173/202 Stromberg Carby on the net.

I've searched the old holden site etc etc without success

i can find all sorts of numbers that refer to venturi sizes for the different carbys and what one person has *found to run the best* which is always a debatable point anyway.  But, i cannot find a table that shows all the original jet sizes for the various Stromberg carbys so I can establish a baseline with my carby tuning.

I recently put a kit through the carby and found a #65 main jet.  geez, it is big enough to drink a milkshake through!!!  :o I suspect that it might have had an adjustable main jet and someone has only removed the outside bit and left the bigger main jet inside the carby because it is too hard to get at.

has anyone got any suggestions where to look? ???

If this info doesn't exist around the traps what do you reckon if i set up a spreadsheet and people can add their own info so a comparable dataset can be developed.  Chances are that not too many 35 year old Strombergs will have the original jets but by comparing a heap of them we should get a pretty good list to compare sizes (and fuel economy if interested?)



Electrics, Audio and Security / CF Fuse box wiring question
« on: March 08, 2011, 07:16:39 PM »
Hi all,
can I ask a silly question please about the fuse box?
I've checked the wiring diagrams and all wires are in the right place but I have problems with some fuses not having power across them but everything works still???  Got brake lights, hazards but the fuses on the right side of the fuse box for these circuits can be totally removed but everything still works.  What the????

I assume that this is not normal.  Even Lucas electricals will use all the fuses surely...

I have two 'constant live' brown wires and ignition powered white/blue wire but that is only powering the light circuit.

Have i got a bridged wire somewhere or is this it normal for half the fuses to have no power?



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