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#3091 ONLINE   phil_lihp

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 09:00 PM

This Mazda van has been knocking around my local area for years, getting increasingly less roadworthy.  The driver looks elderly and not entirely on top of things and the rear window recently became an ill-fitting tarpaulin,  I finally got to snap it tonight, albeit in a dark, damp Sainsburys carpark.  Note the excellent parking skills, top-quality bodywork repairs using most of an entire roll of gaffer tape and the roof, which is barely attached.  How this gets through MOTs, I have no idea.  

 

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Its days must be numbered, I doubt it's maintained very well mechanically given the state of the bodywork and the state of the interior doesn't really bear thinking about,  Seeing it always brightens my day a little though, so long may it soldier on.

 

Edit: perhaps unsurprisingly, its last MOT ran out in October, as did the tax.  Oopsie.


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#3092 OFFLINE   Yoss

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 09:07 PM

That's special.
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#3093 OFFLINE   danthecapriman

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 09:14 PM

That van is awesome. Such a shame cars (and vans) don't 'age' like that anymore. The roof rust is my favourite bit I think, there must be a very real risk of it blowing off at higher speeds.
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#3094 ONLINE   phil_lihp

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 09:16 PM

If anything, that is its better side.  It must be quite damp inside.  The MOT history is...interesting.  Although it does have a relatively clean sheet on the last one somehow, in previous years it has racked up quite the fail sheet.  It looks like the owner has been fighting against severe rot for over a decade, quite impressive really,

 

I'm going to go out on a limb, however, and say that having seen the driver, the state of the van and his parking abilities, combined with the lack of tax and MOT, the chap should really not be out on the road.  Still, it is quite a thing to behold.


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#3095 OFFLINE   bramz7

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 09:17 PM

Wow. That is the best shed I have seen for a considerable time.

The MOT history is like War and Peace. Obviously.

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 09:20 PM

....It looks like the owner has been fighting against severe rot for over a decade, quite impressive really,


Probably parked in damp conditions where it lives - I'm thinking possibly soft ground / a field.

Terrible thing to say but, which will last longer: van, or its owner/driver?
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#3097 OFFLINE   danthecapriman

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 09:24 PM

I bet there's a hell of a draught in it when it's on the move! And that irritating wind noise like you get off a roof rack or slightly open window!
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Posted 14 January 2018 - 12:33 PM

That's weirdly impressive (albeit illegal). An epic determination to hang on to it, judging by the MOT history. I think I would have given up on it in 2006. To keep it going for another twelve years is something else. Must have cost a fortune in welding over the years. Now at 244,000 miles!


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Posted 14 January 2018 - 02:37 PM

I think Junkman would agree, this is as cool as...
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The Mustang was equally as shonky as the Studebaker with missing chrome bits. Also a 90s Lincoln Continental and some big truck thing nearby. Not interesting enough to take a picture of.
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Posted Yesterday, 07:37 PM

Shite spot of the day...

 

02 plate Suzuki WagonR - in beige - and apparently in absolute base spec.  Black bumpers, steel wheels (with pound shop wheel trims and all) and travel rug over the top of the rear seat.

 

Driver apparently doesn't know what red lights mean either as he drove through two.


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