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I was horrified at the MPG on that transit I borrowed last week. Just scraped 27 there and 26 back. Perhaps I was dreaming, but I thought - unladen - early/mid 30s should have been easy.


Oh well!


That does sound pretty crap. Our VW Crafter Minibuses generally average 22-24mpg, our Peugeot Boxers more like 28-30, and it's not exactly motorway cruising around here. I'm sure I got somewhere near 20mpg with the 7.5 tonner when I collected the Invacars. Didn't use anywhere near as much fuel as I expected! 

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I expect Wuv/Barmatt/Greengartside will all be at work - but if it turns out they could be passing Weds morning - then great!


Yeah, sorry I'm busy Wednesday. Shame as this would have been a hoot. I'm free all weekend if plans change though.

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£195 isn't bad really for that distance. I was working it out the other day and by the time you factor in diesel, something to eat and 2x Dartford crossings, it'd be £100 just in fixed costs. Unless Jarek's conveyance of choice is a lot more economical than my LDV, of course - some of these modern vans are supposed to do daft mpg.

Chances of Jareks steed of choice being a merc sprinter with a 2 car bed and triple axle trailer with another 3 cars on it behind, fair to good, chance of cherry in the tank - check, foreign registered to avoid tax, test & insurance - triple check.


Good job there's only camera enforcement these days.


I was horrified at the MPG on that transit I borrowed last week. Just scraped 27 there and 26 back. Perhaps I was dreaming, but I thought - unladen - early/mid 30s should have been easy.


Oh well!

I was horrified when I realized I was getting the same mpg from a 2.0 pinto as a modern turbo diesel in a transit jumbo.

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I think my biggest worry right now - despite massive chunks of body work missing ;-), is that box of electrics in the cabin where all the main controls are. If that is totally ruined - I'm going to be struggling to do anything.


Hell - I don't even know if these are 12v - assume so!

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most certainly 6v


does anyone have a mk12 workshop manual/PDF or such?


I imagine that would be a very helpful for egg to have when it comes to figuring out all the bits :)


(especially as the Model 70 one I have has a wiring diagram, so I would hope the Mk12 workshop manual would have something too :) )

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More prep for its arrival. The Mondeo has been SORN for 46 days. I wanted to leave it there longer, but needs must...the garage should be needed for an Invacar..


So have a cold start vid. Never in doubt.



Then the Mazda goes in until Weds. On Weds I'll get a train to Whitstable, walk up to the lock up, remove the Mazda, and hopefully welcome an Invacar!




Glad to have the base back in service though



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