The Green Conversion Company

Total price for a fully fitted system £600 Total price for a ready to fit kit £400

Contact details

email: chris@nxtgn.com

tel: 01789 266203  OFFICE HOURS and speak to Chris, Andy or Den

I would like to welcome all my fellow motorhome/campervan owners to my site. I own a Talbot Express Autoquest 320 2.5 diesel. I enjoy driving my van very much and exploring the UK as well as Europe even traveling as far as Bulgaria in it.

The only thing I disliked about my van was the lack of power steering, I own a 16″ wheel version which is even heavier than the usual 14″ wheel versions.

I uprated my rear leaf springs with new heavy duty ones which lifted the rear of the van and made the van sit level and which helps to lighten your steering slightly, as well as checking my tyre pressures were correct. I still wasn’t happy so I started looking into fitting an original hydraulic steering system off a donor van, for those of you who haven’t looked into this , you won’t know that it is virtually impossible to find. After a month or few of looking I gave up and decided to have an electric power steering system fitted EPAS, (electric power assisted steering) to be more precise the widely used Corsa B unit. I read about it on a forum where it was mentioned that someone was fitting it to Volkswagen campers.

After more fruitless searching I decided that no one was fitting electric power steering to the Talbot Express, Peugeot J5, Citroen C25 and Fiat Ducato 1982-94. After much research and a good knowledge of all things mechanical and electrical I decided to fit it myself.

Two at a time, one by me and a client fits his own with supervision

A quick visit to my local car breakers and I was equipped with all the parts I needed except for some heavy duty wire and a big fuse holder, this is why I call it “The Green Conversion Company” because everything is re-used. First I examine the motor unit and re-adjust the torque converter which is the only piece which alters over time, this is what interprets your movements of the steering wheel and activates the motor to assist you. Once that is done I combine the motor unit with the original steering column, keeping the original steering lock and ignition unit as well as the indicator and wiper stalks. Then I re-attach it to the van using the original nuts and bolts with the addition of a heavy duty bracket from the motor unit fastened to the top of the pedal unit which is removed and modified for this purpose. Other companies have copied this idea, but their designs cut away too much of the original bracketry and greatly weaken the steering column. My design is stronger when I have finished than when it left the factory.

 

 

My youngest mechanic takes a break to pick some flowers
My youngest mechanic takes a break to pick some flowers

A few pictures of a LHD Talbot converted to power steering (£650)

 

Once this is done I remove the speedo cluster to fit the ecu for the steering unit, a wire is passed through into the engine bay and is connected to a battery supply via a large fuse. A live ignition feed is used to activate the unit with the option of a separate on/off switch fitted to an existing hole in the dashboard. Then the original plastics are re-fitted to the column, and a quick test drive to make sure the steering wheel is sitting level when you drive in a straight line and the van is ready.

If you are having problems with your ignition switch being worn or stiff then I can replace this with a new one supplied with 2 keys for £30 when I fit the steering or when you purchase a kit.

My van took me a few days to complete, now I complete the job in approximately 4 hours and offer this service to you.

Two real stretched monsters

I have to date fitted more than 642 of these power steering systems to Talbot Express, J5, C25 and Fiat Ducato vans and supplied many kits to very satisfied customers. The vans are so light to steer afterwards that every client leaves happy and waving as they reverse around the corner to leave my car park.

I charge £600 for a fully fitted system, I am based in Stratford-upon-Avon and you are welcome to stay overnight or longer if you want with electric hook up and wi-fi provided while the job is completed. I can also take you to the train station which is 5 minutes away if you don’t have a day to wait.

The 2 pictures at the right hand end of each row show one of my Talbot kits being fitted in New Zealand, they even came and picked the kit up from me!

The parts I modify and some some stock of extra parts.

I also provide a ready to fit kit, which includes everything you need for those of you who enjoy getting your hands a little dirty. My first client for the kit was over 80 years old and he fitted it himself, he called me to tell me how happy he was with it and even offered a few tips to include in my instructions which come with the kit. You are welcome to fit the kit here yourself and I will offer advice and assistance if you get stuck. The price for the kit is £400.

Sherpa Van half way through     Sherpa Van Power Steering      Peugeot Boxer for conversion    Peugeot Boxer half way through

Just a little project last week, an old Sherpa camper with very heavy steering. I fitted power steering to it and it was transformed into a useable van.

A Peugeot Boxer van ready for a power steering conversion, I think they all had factory power steering fitted after the first 2 or 3 years. If you have one of the early non power steering models that you would like converting then I charge the same price for this van as the Talbot. The Peugeot Boxer is the same as the Citroen Relay and Fiat Ducato, from 1994 until 2002 they are essentially the same.

The 2 pictures at the end underneath are of a Sherpa/Rover pop top camper, in excellent condition and now a pleasure to drive after having power steering fitted.

As mentioned in MMM (Motorcaravan Motorhome Monthly), Classic Campers and other magazines.

I have found that for many parts for this van that  jktowers.co.uk  is a great place, he started by solving the problem of sloppy gear changes  with this van and now sells a kit and fits it as well, he also sells a lot of other hard to find parts for this van.

An active forum especially for this type of camper is talbotoc.com, very informative and friendly with several meets arranged every year in different parts of the country.

 

Contact details

email: chris@nxtgn.com

tel: 01789 266203  OFFICE HOURS and speak to Chris, Andy or Den