I didn't get to do a Collectshun thread and my Internet has reverted back to dial up for the last three weeks so at last here is an update...
The collectshun went ok and when i got there the vender pointed out a few things that he hadn't mentioned on the Ebay listing.
These were new alternator, glow plugs, tyres and a full tank of diesel.
The tank is a 5 gallon jobbie that lives behind the drivers seat.
The first thing i noticed when i drove away was a strong diesel smell...
The van ran perfectly at 70mph the 150 miles home, unfortunately i didn't fare so well, developing a headache within minutes of getting on the M25.
I had taken my medicine with me but it was in our other car with the wife following. As soon as we got on the M11 i stopped at the first services and downed three aspirin, it didn't really help and by the time i had got to Wymondham about 20 miles from home the pain in my head was intense and my speech had gone all slurred,
I then took one of my prescription Migraine melts and carried on, somehow i made it home to bed.
I am still not sure if it was diesel fumes or bad luck that i got a migraine.
I have taken the tank out and it isn't leaking and none of the connections are either, but the diesel smell has been quite bad although it seems to be better now.
There was a spill mat under the tank and this was saturated and so was the carpet, both were binned and everything scrubbed with listerene and then a layer of soda crystals put down.
Don't try and clean diesel with Listerene as the smell of both of them mixed is terrible and twice as strong.
My guess is that the hose from the filler to the tank has split at some time ( it looks quite new) and caused a leak and been replaced, but the van wasn't cleaned out properly.
The condition of the van is very good and i can only find one bit of rust under the windscreen
The faults i have found so far are... The windscreen washer doesn't work and the instrument lights are very dim.
I must admit it is a bit of a novelty going to work with a roof, windscreen and a heater. I usually leave my house at 05:50 and it is still chilly even this time of year sometimes.
There was a fair bit of mickey taking the first time i turned up to work in it, but some people did say it they actually liked it. I don't really care either ways. A 660 litre bin was put in the back when i got back to the yard on the first day, luckily i noticed before i drove home.
In the last three weeks i have done 750 miles with no trouble apart from this morning when she stopped on the way to the garage, luckily some lads pushed me onto the forecourt and i filled her up.
She then refused to start and that point i realised i know nothing about diesels.
When the ignition is turned off the needle on the fuel gauge goes right down, but when the diesel tank is empty and the ignition is turned on the needle stays on the first line. How even! The low fuel warning light never came on. The result was she had run out of Diesel.
A quick call to the wife who is in the RAC and she came out in her car and rang them up before she left.
The RAC man showed me how to bleed the system and she fired up straight away.
I have yet to try and put a motorcycle in the back, but i am pretty sure it will fit, i did talk to a racer at Mallory Park a few years ago and he had all his gear, tools and a Vincent in a Renault 4, and that's like one less than a Renault 5, Man.