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Old 08-01-2019, 05:06 AM   #1
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G'day everyone, we've just bought a 2010 NCV3, 319CDI low roof van. MWB auto 5 speed, 3.0DT. Its an ex ambulance and its still decked out in the back with seats and cupboards. The only thing that looks to be missing is the gurney.
Who ever fitted this thing out did one hell of a job and did it to last and stay put. Its going to be a bigger job than I thought to gut the back out.
The van runs well but drains the start battery within a few days if its not driven. It now sits with a trickle charger on it which keeps it topped up. Once we gut the back out I'll get it to an auto electrician to see if he can find out why its draining the main start battery so fast. There's also a sealed battery under the bonnet on the passengers side that has a very swollen end on it, I think it might be stuffed. I've tried to charge it and it starts to charge and then the charger beeps showing a fault in the battery.
I'm not 100% sure how it all works but I'm learning as I go. This is a very handy site to have on hand, thanks. Hooroo, Kevin.


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Old 08-01-2019, 07:54 AM   #2
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Hi Kevin

Welcome to the forum.

It looks like an ETT built ambo like our 2 old Melbourne metro 315's.
If its wired up the same way as our old 315's, then all the ambo gear is wired up to the main battery, which results in a flat battery after a few days standing still.
Only the communications gear was connected to the aux battery.
It looks like the ambo ecu & control switches have been removed to be fitted to a new ambo, which will result in all the ambo accessories (driving lights, reverse camera & external work lights) will not work.
Removal of the front passenger seat will reveal the where the ambo gear modules are/were fitted. One of the solenoids/relay connects the aux battery to the starter motor via a solenoid/relay mounted under the aux battery, to start the engine on the aux battery. Could be very handy to leave that one there.
Removal of the fuses to the ambo gear under the passenger seat and in the main battery compartment should hopefully stop the drain on the main battery.
There should be a fuse under the bonnet connected to the aux battery. Remove that fuse as well, because the dead aux battery maybe draining the main battery?

Using a cheap multimeter will help determine what wires are connected to the main & aux batteries, due to the different voltages of the 2 batteries.
This will also save a lot money on an auto electrician, whom could spend many hours trying to work it out.

To gut the back out, start at the bottom and work upwards. The rear upper cabinets were the first to be installed and therefore the last to be removed (if not wanted).
There is a lot of silastic sealing the cabinet joins, so a good utility knife is needed after you think you have removed all the mounting bolts/screws.

I would recommend keeping the wiring to the external work lights (they are so useful when reversing in the dark)
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Old 08-01-2019, 11:10 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forum.
You have a good 3 months work to restore your vehicle to factory specks, I have done many like yours. Best not to take it to an auto electrician, they tend to freak out when they see the mess. If you strip out the ambo components then rewire the way you want it. If you need a hand with the job you could come to see me in Melbourne. Eric.
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Thank you for the welcome.
I've struck gold with you two guys, I'm grinning from ear to ear.
Sockeye you know your stuff. Driving lights, reverse camera, internal drivers cab lights aren't working.
There's a lot going on under the passengers set (I'll remove the seat and take photos to post)
It looks like I'm going to be doing a lot of multimeter work trying to work out what wires go where.

My game plan is to unbolt from the floor and then work my way up the walls.
The cupboard near the passengers side sliding door is bolted down with nylon lock nuts which have the fuel tank hiding them. I hope to drop one side of the fuel tank just enough to get my hand in there and get to the hidden nuts.
I feel I've bitten of a bigger job than I first thought, bit by bit I'll beat it.

Its guys like you two that make this a great site. I really appreciate your input and help.

I'll snap pics as I go and post them on here in the hope it might help others. Kindest regards, Hooroo, Kevin.
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Hi Kevin...

mine's a different model, but you should find that the original wires are wrapped in cloth and the ambulance wires are in plastic.

Yeah, the wires go in all directions seat to seat to dashboard to under bonnet to out the back...and each bundle can split off to go to a number of places (and mine had a heavy gauge unfused live wire going to under the passenger seat)

But it's all doable...one at a time occasionally.

Plenty of help on this forum

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Kevin.
By now you will have found the tool box under the passengers feet, just to the right of the tool box you will have a disconnect for the battery, if you pull that each time you park the vehicle your battery will stay charged. Eric.
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Bought my ex ambo nearly a year ago, I originally thought nice 3 month project to convert to camper.

Now nearly a year later and I'm just fitting the cabinets and furniture, lots more work than I ever anticipated but I'm trying to do it right first time, lots of floor prep work, insulation, anti corrosion and I ripped all the old roof AC off leaving a multitude of holes, all welded filled and full roof respray.

Really enjoying seeing it now come together as most of the previous work will be unseen.

My biggest problem is sourcing the right materials here in Oz, like nice finished lightweight furniture board, trims etc. All readily available in the uk but hard to get here, I've imported lots of gear like seat swivels, trims etc, but prices and freight soon add up !

I have had to settle on some Baltic birch ply for cabinets and maybe some spray painted finishes like cabinet doors, didn't want to use pre finished MDF as it's so heavy.

All good fun though and I'm still enjoying the build so far but can't wait to get out there in it as a camper.
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All good fun though and I'm still enjoying the build so far but can't wait to get out there in it as a camper.
I feel your pain about sourcing good materials. You could do what I did, and just rough out what you need using whatever comes to hand. Then you can actually get to use it as a camper. And just gradually replace stuff with the proper finished item.

The trouble with this is that you never get finished items. Because you are forever re-doing things because you find a better way of doing it after using it in anger. Multiply this by 100's of various things in your camper and it becomes a never ending process.
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Kevin.
By now you will have found the tool box under the passengers feet, just to the right of the tool box you will have a disconnect for the battery, if you pull that each time you park the vehicle your battery will stay charged. Eric.
I never found the battery disconnect in my ambos as shown in the owners manual.
ETT removed the jump start post under the bonnet in my 315's, thought they may have done the same with the battery disconnect?
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I feel your pain about sourcing good materials. You could do what I did, and just rough out what you need using whatever comes to hand. Then you can actually get to use it as a camper. And just gradually replace stuff with the proper finished item.

The trouble with this is that you never get finished items. Because you are forever re-doing things because you find a better way of doing it after using it in anger. Multiply this by 100's of various things in your camper and it becomes a never ending process.
I would take the same approach. I would even go to the point of camping out in it overnight in my driveway to checkout the ventilation, lighting and privacy issues throughout the conversion.
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