Primo Van Build 1 – Want some Milk?
A few months ago NZPC was approached by Primo Flavoured Milk and asked to create a cool vehicle for Primo. We jumped at the chance to go full-Xzibit on the project. Besides all the X-to-the-Z 'yo dawg’ joke opportunities that were sure to present themselves, it was also the perfect chance to sink our teeth into something a little more chilled out than our usual world of turbochargers, smoking tyres and flame-belching exhausts.
Right from the start we wanted this 'Primo Van’ to be a machine our mates would be jealous of. It had to be comfortable, unique, cool to look at, pack plenty of space for mates and, of course, delicious Primo. There were surprisingly few options that fit all those criteria, but after checking out some duds, we settled on a well-loved 1987 Bedford ambulance. It wasn’t in tip-top condition, but that would soon change.
We’ve written a huge list of wants for this vehicle, but before we could get on to the fun stuff (which you will see over the next few months), we had to make sure the motor was actually going to make it out of Auckland city, let alone all the way down South.
That meant the first stop on the Primo Van journey was Auckland’s Waikowhai Automotive. Peter and the team there have a wicked rep, especially when it comes to older vehicles. With compression down on one cylinder of the motor, spongy brakes and some steering issues, serious work was required. Fortuitously, shop owner Peter actually spent his apprenticeship working on Bedfords like these, so we knew the ambo was in good hands.
A week later, the Primo Van was purring like a kitten. Well, as much as an old Holden motor can purr.
Next time we’ll be taking the Bedford straight over to West Coast Hoppers, where it will receive the mother of all airbag systems. That’s right, airbags in an ambulance. NZPC doesn’t do things by halves!