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#1 OFFLINE   Mr_Bo11ox

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 10:03 AM

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Hows it going gang? I have got a new addition to my fleet of hopeless old shitters and this one is a GAME-CHANGER.

 

Story goes that I woke up one morning the week before last and had a quick flick through my phone as I am addicted to it (see other bit of forum). Wuvverine had posted an ebay ad for a sherpa van that looked interesting and was cheap as chips. It finished in like 2 hours and I was already full of Sherpa love having recently had a shot in lanky Tim’s sliding door effort. This one looked straight, had the old Freight Rover face on it, and a hatchback rear door so ticked all my ‘Dream Sherpa spec’ boxes apart from having a sliding drivers door and a Perkins prima (Its got a Peugeot XUD). I chucked a bid in of about 260 groat and by the time I had got my computer stoked up at work it was mine for 250!!!!!! YOW!!!!!

 

It was at a scrapyard in Leicester, about 40 miles from home. I tried to get it Shiplyd but they were all quoting like £120, which seemed just too much. I briefly thought about ‘framing it but then the yard where it was said theyd do it for £80 and in the end I went with that. It got unceremoniously dumped on the drive while I was at work, blocking in Mrs_Nutz’s motor until I could get it started and shifted. Here is what I ended up with:

 

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So its an LDV 200 panel van. Got the 1.9 XUD, power steering and a hatchback. I have to say its much better than I expected and I friggin LOVE IT. Its obviously not free of rust, but what rust it’s got is fairly manageable, I can see one wheelarch is a bit crispy, and theres a bit beside the battery tray that has rotted out the front wing at the bottom, dunno if its an MOT fail but it does need sorting with the welder.

 

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Heres the engine – seems remarkably clean and unmolested. Mileage is 42,000. I have had it started now which took some doing – I have ordered a new set of glowplugs for it. However once started it sounds as sweet as any XUD ever does. Lovely!!!!

 

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POWER STEERING SUCKERS!!!!!!

 

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Heres Mrs Crab looking on open-mouthed at the sheer beauty that comes with like 35 years of natural evolution of CLASS. She reckoned the rugs in the back seem faintly sinister? To be fair I actually did find a few marbles under them and it would be easy to imagine the van making an appearance in a series of Prime Suspect or whatever. Whats good is, despite not being panelled out inside, it obviously hasn’t been carrying big heavy stuff as there is really not a mark on the side panels from cargo clattering about inside, its amazing really.

 

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This is the crispy wheelarch I mentioned

 

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And this is the grot beside the battery tray.

 

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Get a load of this. LDV security system!!!!!

 

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Still got the fob!!!! Theres no way this has get central locking surely.

 

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Yeah that looks like a quality install, I presume it has started playing up and someone has just chopped through more and more of its wires till it was dead.

 

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LDV-branded radio cassette! Can you believe it?

 

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Interior is a bit grubby, but its all there and not completely ravaged. I reckon it will clean up pretty well

 

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I know that a big LDV killer is rot in the rain gutters. This one is starting to go above the middle of the windscreen but I don’t think its gone through yet, certainly the interior is dry. I will have to do something about this though as that will be a serious problem if it gets much worse.

 

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FUCK!!!!! 21W CARGO LAMP JUST KICKED IN Y0

 

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Morris marina ignition key!!!

 

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This thing just has CLASS oozing out of it, get a load of the clutch master cylinder man. Straight out of an Austin princess or something.

 

Anyway that’s the van. As I say I did get it started, and it runs lovely. I have no paperwork of any sort for it beyond a receipt from the scrapyard I got it from and I know nowt of its history. It does have ‘Ford & Slater Leicester LDV’ dealer numberplates though. I have moved it up and down the drive and the brakes are a bit sticky but all the steering, clutch etc seem to work as they should. The van has so little traction that it can barely reverse its sorry a$$ up the drive without busting into a big wheelspin, but that might improve when I free off the back brakes a bit more. I am gonna chuck some heater plugs in it this weekend hopefully and then I guess I will try and give the brakes a bit of looking at. I can’t wait to get this on the road and rumble round the lanes in it, I reckon its gonna be class to drive. CHEERZ.

 

PS. Anyone know if you are supposed to go to town on the front suspension of these with a grease gun every other week?

 

 

 


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Posted 09 March 2017 - 10:14 AM

MEGA JEALOUS.

That looks class Bol, you can't argue for 250 sheets.

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 10:18 AM

Wow! That is just utter shite and makes my smiley transit look like a Rolls... I LOVE IT!

XUD FTW! Still maintain they're the best domestic dizzler ever built and if I could have one in every motor I would.

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 10:19 AM

 

 

PS. Anyone know if you are supposed to go to town on the front suspension of these with a grease gun every other week?

 

I would be pumping grease into the kingpins regularly.200Kingpin.jpg

 

Does it have steel front springs or the fabled composite springs?

 

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 10:27 AM

Qwalz Bolz!! Great work :-D

 

I think you yourself once described these LDV hatchbacks as the Golf Plus of the MGB world...A fitting description.


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Posted 09 March 2017 - 10:33 AM

These really have a certain charm to them nowadays. In Royal Mail red, they have a very British vibe to them - very much like old Routemaster buses.
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Posted 09 March 2017 - 10:41 AM

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 10:53 AM

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 11:05 AM

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 11:11 AM

MEGA JEALOUS**.

That looks class Bol, you can't argue for 250 sheets.

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 11:14 AM

That is shite gold.

Looks like it should be lurking suspiciously near the back door of a bank with the engine running
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Posted 09 March 2017 - 11:15 AM

So, given it's done about 160,000 fewer miles than Tim's slidey-door wonder, is the gearchange any better?


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Posted 09 March 2017 - 11:16 AM

I would be pumping grease into the kingpins regularly...

 

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 11:16 AM

Which scrappy did you get it from?was it glenfield?Ford and slater are still going i think.Van looks a bargain



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Posted 09 March 2017 - 11:17 AM

Yes glenfield!!!!


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Posted 09 March 2017 - 11:21 AM

That's just officially the best thing ever in the history of everything. Ever.


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Posted 09 March 2017 - 11:23 AM

So then... Why heading to the 'frag bag'??  :?

 

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 11:32 AM

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 11:39 AM

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 11:41 AM

Blimey, that does look in remarkably good order. Love it!


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Posted 09 March 2017 - 11:43 AM

I think you're meant to grease the pins every 1000 miles or so. I don't think I've even got a grease gun.

Mine drove PROPER shite until everything loosed up a bit and now it actually drives alright, I suspect this may be similar.

It'd be great to find out some of its history!

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 01:13 PM

Nicely done. Tis looks in better condition than the 16 plate Chinese LDV I spotted on the motorway the other day.

Any signs that it's had livery on it at any point?


I estimate this car needs £3000 maybe £4000 spending on it to get it rite and when this is done it will be wotrth about £1500!!


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Posted 09 March 2017 - 01:27 PM

Quality stuff. Looking forward to seeing this fixed up.

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Posted 09 March 2017 - 01:28 PM

This looks fantastic, i think the colour and one piece rear door really make it what it is, once you've registered it then it could be worth sending a V888 form off to find out about it's history.
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Posted 09 March 2017 - 01:34 PM

I wonder how hard it would be to fit the sliding door from mine onto this? I think it's just a slidey thing welded to the roof gutter and a few brackets.

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Just done a cheeky HPI at work; only 2 owners, the first until 2013!!


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Posted 09 March 2017 - 01:56 PM

That's flipping AMAZING for only £250! Top purchasing even by your usual high standads.
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Posted 09 March 2017 - 02:03 PM

Amazing! I want one.

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