I AM VERY LUCKY TO BE ABLE TO WORK ON A HUGE VARIETY OF VEHICLES AND THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE NICE TO SHARE SOME PHOTOS OF SOME OF THE MORE INTERESTING AND UNUSUAL ONES, I WILL TRY TO UPDATE THE GALLERY AS OFTEN AS I CAN AND HOPE YOU ENJOY THIS PEEK INTO MY WORK.
PLEASE CLICK ON AN IMAGE TO ENLARGE THE PICTURE GALLERY VIEW AND SCROLL THOUGH THE PICTURES IN DETAIL. THANKS, JON.
THIS IS A CAR PROJECT I COULD TALK ABOUT FOR EVER. MY OWN MAZDA RX7 FD.
ONE OF FIVE RX7 CARS I HAVE OWNED. I BOUGHT IT STANDARD AND PROMPTLY HAD A RESPRAYED AND SOURCED AND REFURBISHED THE MAZDA SPEED MS02 WHEELS YOU SEE IN THE PICTURE MYSELF. THEN I SET ABOUT THE ENGINE BAY WHICH WAS FULLY REFURBISHED AND POLISHED AGAIN BY MYSELF BEFORE I SOURCED THE MAZDA COSMO INLET BITS THAT WHERE CUSTOM FITTED DURING IT'S ENGINE REBUILD SEEN IN PICTURE 3. I DESIGNED AND BUILT WHAT I THINK WAS AN APPROPRIATE BUT NOT OVERSTATED I.C.E SYSTEM USING MOSTLY SONY XPLOD COMPONENTS. MY GOAL WAS TO HAVE AN AS ORIGINAL LOOKING BUT UNIQUE AND ORIGINAL CAR AS POSSIBLE. I HAVE HUNDREDS OF PICS AND WOULD LOVE TO BORE YOU ALL TO BITS WITH THEM IF I HAD THE SPACE.
I DO REALISE THOUGH THAT YOU PROBABLY CAN ONLY STAND SO MUCH OF MY SENTIMENTAL WAFFLE -BUT THANKS FOR LOOKING. JON.
This believe it or not is the chassis from a reliant regal(yes as in del boy's three wheel van). The owner stripped it down and did a full mechanical rebuild on it. We have rebuilt the loom and updated the fusebox and charging system. Hopefully there will be some more pics of the finished item soon.
I WAS GREETED BY THIS IVECO VAN ONE MORNING, IT HAD BEEN DELIVERED TO ME ON A RECOVERY TRUCK LIKE THIS AFTER BEEN DRIVEN TO THE MAIN DEALER FOR A STANDARD SERVICE BY THE CUSTOMER. THE DEALER TECHNICIAN DECIDED A RELAY WAS MISSING AND REPLACED IT, PRESUMABLY USING ONE LAYING AROUND IN HIS BOX????. THE RESULT WAS A BURNT OUT IGNITION LOOM GOING ALL THE WAY BEHIND THE DASH FROM THE IGNITION SWITCH TO THE FUSE BOX COVERING MOST OF THE IGNITION SYSTEM.
THIS LOVELY LITTLE OLD LADY WAS BROUGHT OVER FOR A BIT OF SECURITY.
ITS OWNER HAD CONVERTED IT INTO A ONE STOP COFFEE SHOP FOR SHOWS AND FAIRS. AFTER A CHAT TO DISCUSS HIS REQUIREMENTS A SECURITY SYSTEM WAS DESIGNED AND FITTED FOR HIM. WITHOUT GIVING THE GAME AWAY I CAN SAY WITH SOME LITTLE EXTRA TRICKS UNDER ITS BELT THE OWNER CAN SLEEP SOUNDLY AT NIGHT, UNLESS SOMEONE SETS THE ALARM OFF IN WHICH CASE THE WHOLE STREET WILL KNOW ABOUT IT.
THIS DECKER WAS TOWED IN FROM WORCESTER WHERE IT HAD BEEN OFF THE ROAD FOR NEARLY 6 MONTHS DUE TO NON START AND CUTTING OUT.
IT HAD, HAD VARIOUS PEOPLE LOOK AT IT AND PARTS FITTED BUT TO NO AVAIL. I WENT OVER FOR A LOOK AND IT WAS DECIDED TO RETURN IT TO BARDNEY. THE PICTURES SHOW IT BEING DELIVERED TO THE OLD BUS YARD IN BARDNEY NOW OWNED BY AERONAUTICA WHERE A FULL ENGINE FUEL PUMP LOOM WAS CUSTOM MADE BY MYSELF AND FITTED, STRECHING FROM THE ENGINE CONTROL UNIT BEHIND THE DRIVER A FULL 13 METERS TO THE FUEL PUMP IN THE ENGINE BAY, TO HER CREDIT SHE STRUCK UP FIRST TIME AND DROVE THE 135 MILE HOME WHERE AFTER A CLEAN UP AND INSPECTION IT IS BACK IN SERVICE AND EARNING A LIVING FOR ITS OWNER.
WOLDS VIEW MECHANICS.
THIS VINTAGE TRACTOR IS AN ONGOING RESTORATION AND ITS OWNER WANTED THE LOOM TIDIED UP. AFTER INSPECTING THE TRACTOR AND TALKING IT OVER WITH THE OWNER IT WAS AGREED THE BEST WAY TO ACHEIVE HIS GOAL WAS TO START AGAIN. I DESIGNED A NEW LOOM TO THE CUSTOMERS REQUIREMENTS AND MADE IT UP ON SITE FOR HIM. IT WAS FITTED AND TESTED THE SAME DAY MUCH TO THE CUSTOMERS DELIGHT.
THIS BEAUTIFUL M.G.B COMPLETE WITH ELECTRICAL GREMLINS, INCLUDING HEADLIGHTS COMING ON WITH THE IGNITION, INDICATOR FAULTS AND AFTERMARKET COOLING FAN NOT WORKING PROPERLY WAS BROUGHT OVER FOR INSPECTION. THE SMALL PERSON IN PICTURE TWO ISNT THE DRIVER BY THE WAY BUT MY SMITTEN 7 YEAR OLD SON WHO DIDNT WANT THE CAR TO GO BACK
REWIRED FUSE BOX AND SET UP COOLING FANS.
THIS VAN STARTED LIFE NOT LONG AGO AS A STANDARD V.W WORK VAN.
THE LADS AT PAINTTECH IN LINCOLN COMPLETLY GUTTED IT AND SET ABOUT TURNING IT INTO THIS RATHER NEAT AND VERY WELL FINISHED CAMPER. THEY REALLY WENT TO TOWN WITH SOME REALLY NEAT TOUCHES AND HIGH END SPEC WHILST KEEPING IT LOOKING CLEAN AND TIDY.
I WAS THEN CALLED IN TO SORT OUT THE ELECTRICS. AFTER CHATTING TO THE LADS AND DISCUSSING THEIR OPTIONS WITH THEM, I SET ABOUT FITTING AND WIRING IN ALL THE ELECTRICS, STARTING WITH THE 12 VOLT SPLIT CHARGE SYSTEM TO AN AUXILARY BATTERY AND THEN INSTALLED AND WIRED IN THE LIGHTING, FRIDGE AND SINK ELECTRICS. I THEN FITTED THE MAINS HOOK UP RUNNING THE MAINS CHARGING SYSTEM AND SOCKETS, AGAIN THE LADS HAVE CHOSEN SOME VERY GOOD QUALITY COMPONENTS WITHOUT GOING OVER BOARD ENDING IN A CLEAN BUT WELL SPECKED FINISH.
LOVELY JOB LADS.
BIT HARD TO PHOTO THE ACTUAL WORK HERE.
TRINITY PRESTIGE MOTORS BASED NEAR TATTERSHALL IN LINCOLNSHIRE CONTACTED ME AFTER THIS PORCHE'S OWNER HAD STORED HIS CAR IN A BARN FOR 6 MONTHS. HIS MICE WERE OBVIOUSLY HIGH CLASS AND TOOK A LIKING TO THE WIRING IN THE ENGINE BAY AND CAUSED DAMAGE TO THE WIRING TO THREE LAMBDA SENSORS, BOOT LOCK, SPOILER ELECTRICS AND BOOT SWITCH.
I WENT OVER FOR AN INITIAL INSPECTION AND WAS ABLE TO REPAIR ALL THE WIRING ON THAT VISIT AND HAD EVERYTHING WORKING WITHIN A FEW HOURS, ALL THAT REMAINED WAS A ROAD TEST FOR THE SPOILER ELECTRICS, AND YES HE LET ME DRIVE- THANKS, GUYS.
Cotswold CVS Trading purchased this minibus conversion and needed some additions to use it as a route bus. The first addition was an 12volt to 24volt transformer to allow the fitting of a ticket machine and destination. A fused feed was run into the bus and the step up transformer used to feed a small fuse box.
I removed the glove box and made a mounting plate to fit the 24v fuse box and mount the ticket machine base. Then I mounted the destination and controller before wiring it all in. A ramp alarm and warning light was also fitted.
All in all a nice neat job if I do say so myself and a very happy customer. They now have another one for me to do.
This car was delivered to me as a project car. The customer had done most of the work himself including stripping out the interior and building the rollcage. He had started removing the wiring loom but decided it was a bit bigger job than he wanted to tackle himself.
He had made the red panels himself and mounted a few loose switches. My task was to make it all work again. The fia approved kill switches where wired in and new interior brake lights and fog lights fitted and wired in. The old fuse box was adapted and used to feed the new basic electrical system including wipers running the screen wash, ignition and starting system. All the old looms where removed and everything tidied up and unused bits like the dash cluster, ignition and stalks removed. Hopefully one of three cars he is planning to build.
WENT BACK A LITTLE LATER TO HELP THEM WITH SOME LOOM WORKS AFTER AN ENGINE RE BUILD AND GOT SOME PICS OF THE NEW GRAPHICS....
This discovery started life as a v8 petrol with a gas conversion but after numerous engine problems it was taken to Tom at Wolds view mechanics near East Kirkby. The engine problems meant that it was uneconomic to repair and the customer agreed to a diesel engine conversion. Tom removed the v8 and fitted a recon diesel engine.
I was called over to have a look and it was agreed the best way forward was to completely remove the old v8 engine loom and start from scratch. This meant a complete engine, gearbox and instrument cluster loom needed to be made and installed. I started of with the basics building a starting and charging loom to get the vehicle moving again then set about wiring in all the other bits.
It needed the full instrument cluster including the speedo, rev counter, fuel gauge, temp gauge the warning lights for indicators, diff lock, lights ect. all wiring in again. new relays for starting charging and glow plugs where fitted and everything run through the original fuse box. It certainly wasn't a 5 minute job but was done affordably for the customer meaning the vehicle didn't have to be scrapped and can carry on to a ripe old age.
This quite rare Dennis type R coach belonging to Judd travel at Wisbeach went into the workshop for some routine work. However when they attempted to jump start it to bring it out, It all went a bit wrong. The coach kept blowing the fuses for the E.C.U's and would not start, It would also cause a huge spark when connecting the battery. After being unable to fix it in house they called Alexander Dennis who came out and told them they had blown the vehicles E.C.U's and it would require towing away and the E.CU's replacing at an estimated cost of £15,000.
Obviously being unable to justify the cost they found me through my bus and coach electrics site and called me over to confirm the diagnosis. After tracing and isolating the short I was able to reconnect the batteries and replace the troublesome fuse. Cummins Insite was connected and codes and live data for the engine was examined, The data looked promising and the vehicle was then started. The other E.C.U's where checked and the only fatality was found to be the Actia Camu which I removed and sent for repair. I returned a few days later to refit the Camu and tested the Actia system. All in all a much better outcome for Judd Travel.
Maybe not the most exiting project but with an absolute must for a perfect job on this reversing camera there was a lot of pressure to get it right.
The customer wanted a high quality product with the minimum disruption to his brand new £250,000 executive coach. So with a little persuasion I got him to try a new generation digital wireless system that removed the need to lay a cable the whole length of the coach. A bespoke mounting plate was made up to flush fit the screen on the dash giving a really tidy professional finish.
The customer is now looking at extending the system to the rest of his fleet.
I went down to a small coach company near peterbourgh to have a look at this service bus. It had been giving gear problems for a while and they had started to get worse. It would generally now run for about twenty or so minutes before loosing gears and refusing to drive. sometimes it could be put into 3rd gear and limped home and sometimes not.
The diagnostics were connected and the codes read showing a loss of gear selection signal. This is often caused by dirty contacts on the gear selector switch but as that had been re furbished I decided to test the gear selector loom itself, This quickly showed up an erratic resistance on one of the loom wires.
The loom was stripped and traced back from the gear selector to the gearbox e.c.u where a wire was found to have chaffed through in the electrical box, The loom had been disturbed at some point and not correctly secured when re fitted.
The wire and one other was repaired using water proof heat shrink terminals and the vehicle given an extended road test to confirm the fix.
NOT A DIFFICULT JOB BUT ONE THAT PERFECTLY OUT LINES LOOM DAMAGE CAUSED BY STRESS.
THIS IS A DOOR LOOM FROM AN AUDI TT THAT WAS BROUGHT IN WITH THE DRIVERS ELECTRIC WINDOW NOT WORKING.
THE DOOR AND BOOT SHUT LOOMS ARE VERY TIGHT ON MOST CARS AND CONSTANT FLEXING FROM DOORS OR THE BOOT BEING OPENED AND CLOSED CAN EVENTUALLY CAUSE THE OUTER PLASTIC CASING ON THE LOOM WIRES TO CRACK. THEN AFTER THE WEATHER AND CONDENSATION HAS GOT IN THIS IS THE FINAL RESULT.
CENTRAL LOCKING, ELECTRIC WINDOWS, BOOT LOCKS AND PRETTY MUCH ANY ELECTRICS YOU FIND IN THE DOORS OR BOOT CAN COME UNSTUCK HERE.
THE COMMON FIX IS TO SOLDER AND HEAT SHRINK THE LOOM BUT I HAVE FOUND THAT UNLESS THE REPAIR IS COMPLETLY WATER PROOF THEY WILL CORRODE AND FAIL AGAIN SO I USE THESE HEAT SHRINK GLUE LINED TERMINAL FOR A COMLETELY WATER PROOF REPAIR.
This started out as a Sunday evening call out. The van had broken down and been towed back to its owners Flying Hire Events yard. The story unravelled that it had suffered with engine faults, lighting faults and general electrical faults for months. It had been back and forth to a van specialist and racked up a very large bill. When I arrived it had some strange symptoms including the indicator lights on permanent, non start but would crank, ignition coming on with the side light switch and other minor faults. The first course of action was to get it running again. The immobiliser lamp was on permanent but no code stored so I checked all the fuses and found the blown culprit, this was replaced and after a bit of cranking up it struck. Still the lighting faults and that curious thing of the ignition turning on with the side light switch though. Obvious culprit was the tow bar wiring so this was checked and although a bit scruffy, It was ok. whilst testing the fuses I had noticed some erratic voltages at the fuse box so I traced the loom back from here to the primary fuse box under the bonnet which is when I came across the loom damage you can see, first noticing it being incorrectly routed and then when taking a closer look and stripping it back found the fault.
After cutting back and making it good again all systems tested ok.
This was a new one for me. This little Axiom electric vehicle had been sold to a lady in chapel st. Leonards, as the dealer was in London they wanted someone local to go out and have a look under warranty when it stopped charging.
I went over and after having a chat with the customer it was diagnosed as the charger overheating due to cooling fan failure. These chargers new are any ware from £1,100 - £2,400 from a dealer - if you can get one. I removed the unit and took it away, After some digging found some suitable replacement fans which I ordered and fitted, the unit was re built and I returned to the car and fitted and tested the charger again, This time all ok. After flushing and cleaning some plugs in the loom the vehicle was given a proper charge and the customer reported all was well the next day.
THIS IS THE FIRST FINISHED VEHICLE OF PART OF A NEW FLEET OF MOBILE SECURITY PATROL VEHICLES. THEY ARE HIGH PROFILE WITH ONBOARD GPS TRACKED CCTV RECORDED WITH TIME AND DATE STAMP AND ARE BEING DEPLOYED AT EVENTS AND SITES ROUND THE UK. THE VANS WILL HAVE ADDITIONAL CAMERAS AND FULLY EQUIPPED INTERIORS WITH ON BOARD POWER SUPPLIES AND FACILITIES.
PICTURES FROM A CURRENT PROJECT.
THIS IS ONE OF A FLEET OF MOBILE CCTV VANS CURRENTLYBEING FITTED WITH LOW VOLTAGE FROM AN INVERTOR AND A HEAVY DUTY EXTRA LOW VOLTAGE SUPPLY FROM 4 X 110AH BATTERIES RUNNING THE ADDITIONAL L.E.D AND FLOURESENT LIGHTs, FRIDGE, SINK, EXTRACTION, ADDITIONAL HEATING,HIGH PROFILE L.E.D STROBES AND CCTV.