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  1. Do you have any recommendations @beko1987?
  2. Before we moved, I borrowed a nice Vax 121 from my wife's Grandad, our then neighbour. He was moving into the in-laws place and therefore downsizing, so I had hoped to keep it. The in-laws wanted it to clean the upholstery on their camper van, so itnwent to live with them, and now 18 months later has been lost completely. How do you lose a whole wet vac, in its box with all its accessories? This grump also served to remind me of when my wife and I spent some time with her grandad sorting his bungalow ready for the move, and we had left a pile of things to be moved into our house only to find the next day when we went back that FIL had been round being helpful* and skipped the lot... including a nice 1980s Technics amp and tape deck. The van seats are still manky, and I am Grumpy.
  3. So the plan for the floor... A lot of the foam padding from under the carpet had been eroded by big boots and heavy soiling from aggregates and farm dirt. In places this was over an inch thick, more than is usually available from carpet shops, but they do keep a rather dense foam underlay... a bit more excavation of the old underlay and a bit of cutting down gets the first layer in; The top coat of the old floor has cratered up where it has worn through, so next was to trim the edges back and start building the various profiles found here originally. I think there are about 4 layers in places stuck together with carpet glue and to their surroundings (and my hands, the pedals, the scissors and anywhere else that a wonky nozzle could conceivably squirt) Lastly, a layer of this incredibly sticky, thick black tape that I happen to have. A whole roll was used here, the plan was never to hide the repair (obviously) but to remove the horrible void feeling under the pedals that even the thickest mat wouldn't hide. Lastly, I rescued these from the scrappy yesterday amongst other small items, which once spruced up will finish the job nicely. So not far from @paulplomand @beko1987's suggestions, and still cheaper than replacing the whole floor. The Eagle eyed of you might spot the door mirror control switch has reappeared, one of those definitely didn't pop off of a full switch pack and fall into my bag of bits. Certainly not. Fitted nicely too. That's all of the MOT fails fixed and all of the advisories bar the slight play in the steering UJ. Re-test by the end of the week.
  4. Great little trucks those, still too small to be any use to me though! That one looks to be hiding something under that tide mark though!
  5. This morning, I gave the rear brakes a service and ground the lips off of the discs, finishing up with a quick pass with the flap wheel to remove any rust from where it has been stood. The glove box handle has been repaired with araldite as I wasn't about to pay over a hundred quid for a second hand one, or a monkey for a new one. The interior looks far better but will get another pass with the wetvac... Its also had a new aerial, new pedal rubber and a plan is in place for the floor.
  6. A bit of light cleaning today 🤮 That is just front the dashboard! stage 1 is an improvement, I've fixed the loose door card and have attempted a repair to the glovebox handle. A new one will rush you nearly £500!
  7. Bump, I could do with using up the last of these Lizzy Blue Face stamps before they are unusable.
  8. So the results from the MOT were reasonable; a couple of bulbs, a tyre with a lump on it and aome broken exhaust hangers. Of course you start with the simple stuff first, only it's not just a bulb. Some sausage fingered ape child has been in there before and pulled half of the wiring out of one of the terminals. Wire shortened and a new terminal soldered on and it's away. The tyre issue was due to me trying to identify the vibrations, the spare wheel ended up fitted to the NSF, and I didn't notice the tyre was kippered. Now as almost anyone who has been under a post 2002 Citroën or Peugeot will tell you, it was around that time that they just clean forgot how to attach exhausts to cars. Gone were the sturdy bars of old, and in came the shitty pressed tin ones that fell off, usually whilst the vehicle was still under warranty. The van has 2 such mounts that were no longer er... ...mounted. the metal at the curve is incredibly thin, to attempt a weld here is to blow holes. Also my mig welder is enjoying a holiday with @RichardK so another plan was hatched. Best clean up the old munt with a flap disc first though... One of the things I miss about being in a garage daily is access to good bits of scrap, and do today's repair includes parts of a broken lazy-tong rivet gun that I dismantled around 12 years ago. Cut, bent and clamped into position. Now I did mention industrial pigeon shit... it appears here courtesy of this incredibly heavy but reliable buzz meister... Turned down low, it managed to stick a fairly thick bit of steel to the tinfoil bracket, well enough that a localised hammer attack failed to dislodge it, however rough it may look... this is repeated both sides of the bracket, and the resultant mess is then sparkled in the general direction of the exhaust; It looks crappy, but it is solid and the exhaust is no longer resting on the rear suspension. Retest is next week, so a bit of breathing space to do some more cleaning and a few 'tidyup" repairs.
  9. Sorry for the lack of pictures, but after replacing the NS driveshaft (the one with a load of play in it) the van still had an horrific case of the death wobbles at anything more than 30mph. It would only misbehave under power, and there were no strange noises. I went around and shook all the suspension joints again, and swapped the front wheels around with the spare all to no avail. So I bit the bullet and replaced the offside driveshaft complete with intermediate bearing. Bugger me, it's like a different van. I ran it up to my former employer for tomorrow's mot, but I suspect it may have a binding rear brake as it was a little smelly when I arrived. No sign of the "running fault" the owner described however.
  10. Got a nearly new van on the driveway at the moment... It's a 2014 Peugeot Expert with the 2.0 16v Hdi engine. Owner states "Drops into limp home mode, *might* need an MOT, needs an engine mount." Again due to the nature of his company, it is utter, utterly ditched inside. I've removed the seat covers and the seat doesn't look too bad save for the the wear on the seat base. The whole inside is covered in "farm dust" which never seems to dry fully and clings onto surfaces and sticks around like your first dump at a new girlfriend's house. By this point I've spent an hour just rounding all the shit up from the cab and load area. At least one bin bag of rubbish and several boxes of treasure later, I can begin cleaning. Who doesnt love a half and half shot? I borrowed a fairly industrial looking steam cleaner and the passenger door came up pretty well... Driver's side to do next, and I shall have to do something with that floor covering... ideas on a postcard? As an aside, this is the rear garage here, it is made out of a dlack hand of blocks and a load of shitey old wooden cladding, with some wiggly tin resting across the adjacent sheds. Plan is to pull the lot down, replace the slate and put a metal shed over the whole lot. To the right here are the rear of the 2 sheds. Looking backwards towards the fence "wall" and block work generator shed. The view from outside, with the slab empty it'd give an approximately 16' x 16' space.
  11. Just unwrapped it, it looks far closer than the other one did!
  12. Ordered a good used driveshaft for the Peugeot van that is languishing on my driveway. Checked the part numbers and in spite of it coming from a vehicle with the same engine and gearbox, the cutting thing is 1/2" longer and has less girth. Fucking useless. Bit the bullet and ordered one from ECP instead.
  13. Oooh, heater matrixes are great fun* on those. A rear beam swap is a fairly straight forward affair and I think we changed a few fuel pump regulators on the 2.0 hdi engines (on the back of the HP pump)
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