Family Bus - W638

Discussion in 'New member introductions' started by Smash, Oct 24, 2016.

  1. Smash

    Smash New Member

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    So I recently bought this Vito:
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    its in decent condition and only has 28000 on the clock.
    its a 110cdi auto box.

    Anyway, its an ex transport vehicle for a charity and registered as an NHS vehicle.
    The interior has loads of bits for wheelchairs, a ramp and 2 fold up seats at the back

    I'm gutting it to convert to camper.

    what are the auto boxes like in these? it seems tight and nice at the moment, but what is there to look out for?

    I've had it undersealed and whacked some nice alloys on it:

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    I'm currently looking for a bench seat or 3 individual seats to fit the Unwin/Koller rails or info on fitting a viano back seat into it - any info gratefully received.


    Anyway, I hope to be around on this forum quite a bit - so hello!
     
  2. Aspotofbother

    Aspotofbother New Member

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    Nice, looks like you've got a good one. Great colour too
    I love the w638 Vito. Currently own my 2nd one.
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    Mine needs to be lowered though, looks like a monster truck!

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  3. BTB 500

    BTB 500 MB Club Veteran

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    The auto gearbox in the W638 is not a Mercedes one. It has the ZF 4HP20, which was widely used in many other makes & models (Renault, Peugeot, Citroen, etc.):

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZF_4HP20_transmission

    If you Google it you should be able to find lots of info.!
     
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    Smash

    Smash New Member

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    I've had mine a month and i also love it.
    My 4 year old daughter claimed that she wasn't coming beck in the house ever when she got in the first time.

    If I could just get these seats sorted, I'd be over the moon.
     
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    Smash

    Smash New Member

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    thank you very much. I'll look it up - Where can i get a manual for the engine, brakes etc?
     
  6. Aspotofbother

    Aspotofbother New Member

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    I use this one, I don't believe there is a Haynes for it....
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    Hope that helps.

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    Smash

    Smash New Member

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    nice one.
    on order from amazon
     
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    Smash

    Smash New Member

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    Can someone show me some pictures of how the W639 rear/centre seats are attached underneath?
     
  9. BIG UN

    BIG UN Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Mercedes Vito Sport,Mercedes CLK Brabus, Alfa Romeo Alfetta
    Hi & welcome firstly and great vans the 638 absolutely loved mine.. as far as the 639 rear seats they are fitted via captive nuts that are built into the floor pan of the vehicle.
     
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