Major issue accessing back bulbs on our Ford Jumbo

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  1. snowdrops

    snowdrops Funster Life Member

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    Had our conversion done by a great firm year before last. Took ages but loved the finished van. Just hit major issue ! We cannot access the back lights to change the bulbs ! The bulbs are fine, but we go to france for our long hols in 3 weeks and are now worried that if indicators go we're buggered !! Does anyone have a pic of where the access is on a jumbo ? The guy said they'll try to remedy access but doesn't know where to start as he has no idea where they are in the first place ?

    Currently have a panel going from the floor to our high bed.

    Chances of anyone having an empty ford jumbo slim, but asking anyway.
     
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    There is a plastic wingnut inside the van :)
     
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    Ours is blocked in by the look of it. The guy doesn't want to 'hack about' blindly trying to find where he needs to cut. Any ideas where and how far up ? Thanks
     
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    I can get a pic of the catastrophe if that will help ?
     
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    A trip to a Ford main dealer with a van section may be needed?
     
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    As above, find a similar vehicle and have a squint and take photographs but bluntly, you shouldn't have to do that as your "converter" should find out where access needs to be cut. But my guess is it needs some pretty big access holes cutting so you can get at the full hight of the rear light cluster and this will be level with the light clusters on the outside. I don't know your vehicle but on some all the bulbs are mounted on a carrier and you need to be able to remove it. You can't do that through a keyhole.
     
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    I'll take a pic tmrw :)
     
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    Thinking about this a little bit more and I'm coming to the conclusion that this is a massive cockup/oversight by the converters. Years ago when Adam was a lad all rear lenses were screwed on from the outside but I can't think of any that are now?
     
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    It's Deffo going to be a big cut, more like a hatch than a hole, 'hack about' ? I think not.
     
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    if you open the back doors you can measure the light relative to the floor. you will need to create 2 service hatches the same size as the lights and directly behind.
     
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    They are still done that way in most A and C class coachbuilts; certainly were on my previous Adria and are in my present Hymer.
     
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    Yes Peter I agree, but this is a PVC based on a standard manufactured vehicle not a coachbuilt.
     
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    We basically have a u-shaped bed and seating area at the back. Both lights are under the seating area. However, the panel at the back of the van is also hindering here as this covers the whole of the back up to the bed. Here's a pic if that's any help at all....
     

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    Try feeling around the area on the internal vertical post, may be a soft part that shows the area where there is a hole in the steel box section.
    You may be able to cut the trim neatly, depending on type of trim of course.
    In there are two plastic wing nuts.
    They are in the top and bottom 25%
    If never been off they are TIGHT!
     
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    Oops, just seen the pics,
    I am slow typist.
    That is one COCK UP
     
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    I know :( We never even realised this, it was Eddie Vanbitz guys who spotted it. In theory we are hoping it's just a matter of drilling out 2 round holes just to access the wheelnuts, however, this really is not gonna be the case :'(
     
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    It doesn't look good from those pictures, it isn't the back wall which is in the way, the ply side wall needs a way through and I really hope the metal frame isn't in the way. :(
     
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    If the bulb rack has to come into the vehicle your buggered, if you undo said wing nuts and the whole light fitting comes away outwards it might work.
     
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    He said that was our worse scenario :(
     
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    Sympathies. If he cuts a big enough hole you'll be able to stuff him in it and seal it off!

    It's the sort of mistake I would probably make if I tried to convert my own vehicle but someone who apparently does it for a living should have been wise to the issue, though that is little comfort.
     
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