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 Post subject: Re: The fleet.
PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2018 8:49 pm 
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The S has received a bit of attention recently and I was due to carry on with a few more tasks but, I’ve been diverted.

You know how easy it is to say, ‘I’ll never buy another one of them’ or, ‘I’m never going to do that again’?
I’m quite good at breaking my own rules.

Point in case. For the last few years I’ve been quite happily running a VW T4 as the family fun machine. Cheap on parts, easy to live with and no massive amount of electronics to go wrong or transport me into the fraught world of limp mode.

Before that, I had several T25s. Great vans, slow, the diesel versions are quite good on fuel and they do what they’re supposed to with no real dramas.
However, due to age and construction, many of then suffer badly from rust in certain areas. For example a T25 hightop will almost certainly have serious corrosion where the fibreglass roof meets the tin top and, if you have a camper with a fridge, the condensation caused by the fridge will have rotted the floor and lower sill and seam.
So basically, if you do buy a T25, don’t buy a hightop with a camping interior. Remember those words.....

A couple of months back as the little one is 3 now, we thought it would be nice to introduce her to camping as she seems to be quite outdoorsy. In light of that as the T4 wasn’t practical to put a double bed and a kids bed in, we decided to sell it and look at getting a van, any van, and converting it into exactly what we needed.

Obviously, avoiding a T25 hightop camper.....

The T4 sold easily enough and I started looking for another vehicle. Obviously down here at the pointy end, unless you want to travel for hours to see anything, you’re limited to what’s available locally.

A few weeks later Mrs G announces that she may have found something locally. As you’ve probably already worked out, a T25 hightop campervan.

I obviously said no and pointed out the reasons already stated above. However, Mrs G said we may as well at least have a look. It didn’t look too bad, rust in the expected places but, it did seem to be reasonably well cared for. As time was slowly running out to get it sorted and ready for this summer, I against my better judgement bought it.

I got it home and a friend who saw it said that it looked quite tidy and if I decided against it, he’d fake it off my hands. Maybe it was better than I thought and I was just being negative?

I started to strip the interior out to convert it into a full width rock and roll bed downstairs and a single bunk upstairs with just a bit of storage ( I don’t do cooking in the van, I prefer campsites with a lovely village pub nearby that does good food!).

This is where it started to go wrong..........

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1986 928 S2 Long term project. Been in storage, needs full recommissioning.
1981 2.0 N/A. Still not running and I’ve had it for months!
1979 Mercedes 450SLC
1955 Land Rover Series 1 107 pick up
1981 VW T25 camper. ‘The nail’ very slow diesel burner.
1991 Toyota Celica. At £182, too cheap to refuse....


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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 2:08 pm 
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This is how it looked...

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Not too bad really


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1986 924S. Needing love but, back on the road and loving it!
1986 928 S2 Long term project. Been in storage, needs full recommissioning.
1981 2.0 N/A. Still not running and I’ve had it for months!
1979 Mercedes 450SLC
1955 Land Rover Series 1 107 pick up
1981 VW T25 camper. ‘The nail’ very slow diesel burner.
1991 Toyota Celica. At £182, too cheap to refuse....
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 2:13 pm 
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But with the interior out....


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1986 924S. Needing love but, back on the road and loving it!
1986 928 S2 Long term project. Been in storage, needs full recommissioning.
1981 2.0 N/A. Still not running and I’ve had it for months!
1979 Mercedes 450SLC
1955 Land Rover Series 1 107 pick up
1981 VW T25 camper. ‘The nail’ very slow diesel burner.
1991 Toyota Celica. At £182, too cheap to refuse....
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 2:18 pm 
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I’ve been cracking on with it yesterday and today and I’ve got this far!


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1986 924S. Needing love but, back on the road and loving it!
1986 928 S2 Long term project. Been in storage, needs full recommissioning.
1981 2.0 N/A. Still not running and I’ve had it for months!
1979 Mercedes 450SLC
1955 Land Rover Series 1 107 pick up
1981 VW T25 camper. ‘The nail’ very slow diesel burner.
1991 Toyota Celica. At £182, too cheap to refuse....
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 2:19 pm 
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:dope: And Mrs G has told me she wants to go camping on the second weekend in June

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1986 924S. Needing love but, back on the road and loving it!
1986 928 S2 Long term project. Been in storage, needs full recommissioning.
1981 2.0 N/A. Still not running and I’ve had it for months!
1979 Mercedes 450SLC
1955 Land Rover Series 1 107 pick up
1981 VW T25 camper. ‘The nail’ very slow diesel burner.
1991 Toyota Celica. At £182, too cheap to refuse....


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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 4:23 pm 
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I would suggest a tent in the back of the S would be a better bet ;-)

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1984 924 N/A RUBY RED METALLIC - full service history, every MOT, 3 previous owners.
1986 924S GUARDS RED - previous owner from 1990.
1988 924S Guards Red - sold
1984 924 N/A Black - sold
1980 924 LE MANS#1 - ex National prize winner and NEC exhibit 2011 & 2016. - sold
1980 924 LE MANS#2 - Saved from 10 years as a garden ornament - sold
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 4:29 pm 
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scm924s wrote:
I would suggest a tent in the back of the S would be a better bet ;-)


You are, without a shadow of a doubt, correct.
After 2 days solid on it, I hate it!

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1986 924S. Needing love but, back on the road and loving it!
1986 928 S2 Long term project. Been in storage, needs full recommissioning.
1981 2.0 N/A. Still not running and I’ve had it for months!
1979 Mercedes 450SLC
1955 Land Rover Series 1 107 pick up
1981 VW T25 camper. ‘The nail’ very slow diesel burner.
1991 Toyota Celica. At £182, too cheap to refuse....


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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 10:43 am 
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I feel a bit better today. I’ve actually managed to weld something on, as opposed to cutting something out!


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1986 924S. Needing love but, back on the road and loving it!
1986 928 S2 Long term project. Been in storage, needs full recommissioning.
1981 2.0 N/A. Still not running and I’ve had it for months!
1979 Mercedes 450SLC
1955 Land Rover Series 1 107 pick up
1981 VW T25 camper. ‘The nail’ very slow diesel burner.
1991 Toyota Celica. At £182, too cheap to refuse....
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 11:24 am 
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At least there seems to be plenty of panels available for these.

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1984 924 N/A RUBY RED METALLIC - full service history, every MOT, 3 previous owners.
1986 924S GUARDS RED - previous owner from 1990.
1988 924S Guards Red - sold
1984 924 N/A Black - sold
1980 924 LE MANS#1 - ex National prize winner and NEC exhibit 2011 & 2016. - sold
1980 924 LE MANS#2 - Saved from 10 years as a garden ornament - sold
1977 924 Martini - sold


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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 6:03 pm 
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Its a shame marine ply is so expensive these days :lol:

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