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1981 Mercedes 508d LWB.


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#31 ONLINE   DodgeRover

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Posted 26 June 2018 - 08:44 PM

A 6x6 Zil would have made it through the field to safety...
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#32 ONLINE   binhoker668

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Posted 27 June 2018 - 03:47 AM

I’ll wager that one of you gents knows a good mate of mine - goes under the moniker of Denzil. Mates with Goaty Jon, Barry, Jay and Lester etc??

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#33 OFFLINE   Arthur Foxhake

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 05:40 PM

Big Mercedes van level. UNLOCKED!


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Bought from an old mate for a bargain price. Bonus points for being downplated and registered as a 3.5t motorhome already so anybody can drive it.
I'll be tidying the outside up and stripping the inside for a fresh start, I have an idea to raise the fibreglass roof a bit, it needs re-doing anyway so I'll if its viable when i get there.
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#34 OFFLINE   mitsisigma01

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 05:59 PM

Outside looks tidy enough already

#35 OFFLINE   Arthur Foxhake

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 06:14 PM

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Needs moar green.
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Posted 10 July 2018 - 06:19 PM

Park it next to my Sigma that seems to attract all the algae and moss spores and I don't even park it under trees

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 06:22 PM

Big Mercedes van level. UNLOCKED!


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Bought from an old mate for a bargain price. Bonus points for being downplated and registered as a 3.5t motorhome already so anybody can drive it.
I'll be tidying the outside up and stripping the inside for a fresh start, I have an idea to raise the fibreglass roof a bit, it needs re-doing anyway so I'll if its viable when i get there.


Was that down at a site in Weymouth?

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 06:28 PM

It's been in devon for a few years, parked in the spot seen for the last 2.
Has to be moved soonish.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 05:30 PM

Well bought, sir, and good luck.  

 

It's a far cry from my teddy boy lifestyle but I have always had a healthy regard for the travelling fraternity of new-age variety.    I even sneaked off to Stonehenge one year  - the one before the beanfield episode.   Which, incidentally, killed my remaining regard for Gubbermint and is something I will never forget.   

 

Happy meandering....


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 05:36 PM

Absolutely fantastic. Well done.


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 05:50 PM

I wonder who the first owner of that Düdo was, and why was it that they needed a van so damn big?   :mrgreen:


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 07:47 PM



Any shiters from the battle of the bean field era ...


A few. One is now a well respected lecturer in the university we both attended - when hauled up recently by the board about poor figures in attracting 'investment' from local companies, he responded "your management bully-boy tactics don't scare me - I've been chased across Wiltshire by the police while tripping off my tits on acid".

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:26 PM

Oooooh...Much want.

 

That has seriously epic potential that does...hope it's sound underneath though or there will be a heck of a lot of welding ahead!


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 10:36 PM

I wonder who the first owner of that Düdo was, and why was it that they needed a van so damn big?   :mrgreen:


Snap-On or Facom probably
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Posted 12 July 2018 - 01:18 AM

Looks a good size that, are you going to live in it?

 

It's a far cry from my teddy boy lifestyle but I have always had a healthy regard for the travelling fraternity of new-age variety.    I even sneaked off to Stonehenge one year  - the one before the beanfield episode.   Which, incidentally, killed my remaining regard for Gubbermint and is something I will never forget.   

 

Happy meandering....

Me too, despite being a straight-laced engineer type working to kill the planet I have always been interested in living a simple traveler/hippy life in west Wales.


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Posted 12 July 2018 - 06:17 PM

I may live in it eventually.
That isn't the immediate plan though.
My plan so far is coming good though, I have arranged storage for it less than 5 miles away from home.
Plans are to generally tidy up the outside but not try and restore it.
Strip the inside and start again with room to sleep 2 adults and 2 kids with fixed berths, shower/toilet room, kitchen with hot and cold water, fridge, full sized oven and a seating area that may possibly convert to another bed.
Plans always change so its not set in stone and as mentioned I may look at raising the roof but it may be too much of a PITA.
It'll be a slow old beast but I have previous with big old Merc vans and find them quite relaxing to drive as there really is no rush.

Have a few more pics.
It is still being lived in by my friend and has sat where it is for 2 years without being washed. I think my friend may have had a wash in those 2 years but dont quote me on that.

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 06:20 PM

Hero.
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Posted 12 July 2018 - 06:36 PM

Love it fella. Will show a pic to Denzil and see if he recognises it...

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 06:44 PM

droopy or dangermouse mural on the back

 

oh 110% better than anything cms picks people up in :P



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Posted 12 July 2018 - 06:46 PM

Snap-On or Facom probably

 

Seems most likely. I was also thinking Eismann frozen foods, as they used Düdos in the 1980s, but I don't recall them being that long.


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Posted 12 July 2018 - 07:46 PM

Snap-On or Facom probably

Possibly, but Snap On Mercs usually had a sliding passenger door and a forward tilting passenger seat for rear access.



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Posted 12 July 2018 - 09:37 PM

So do the 508Ds have the little 2.3 engine that the 308Ds used, or do they have a detuned version of the big four in the later 609Ds?



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Posted 12 July 2018 - 10:58 PM

Given how slow my 208D is with the 2.3 (OM.601) engine, it would be almost dangerously underpowered in something that size I'd think...

Surely that would have one of the bigger units fitted...

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Posted 13 July 2018 - 06:18 AM

They have an older variant of the bigger engine, almost 4l. OM316 I believe.

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Posted 13 July 2018 - 07:20 AM

will the grafifti be staying?


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Posted 13 July 2018 - 07:28 AM

That looks ace, looking forward to seeing where this goes.
+1 for leaving the graffiti!

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Posted 13 July 2018 - 09:51 AM

I would like it to stay but the back doors need repairing. If it can be saved it will.




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