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13 hours ago, catsinthewelder said:

Going to look at it at the weekend.  I used to drive a couple of Convoy minibuses and didn't find them that bad.  I've driven a worse Vectra ?

I was/am hoping to get a chance to drive @Zelandeth's camper van but ill happily settle for this low rent budget autoshite version if you bring it to the FoD or such LOL

although I take no responsibility if when I chuck* it into one of the corners at the FoD if the coach built bit simply just tears away from the chassis of the vehicle like a disintegrating caravan :mrgreen:

(but yeah would be epic if you got it :) )

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4 minutes ago, spartacus said:

LBF, if and when I make it to the FOD in my LDV Convoy camper I'll happily let you take it for a spin. That will allow you to tick the 'camper', 'large vehicle' and 'LDV' boxes on your list of things to drive.

Oh cool! that would be very much appreciated :) 

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I love the irony of this thread title,  I went to look at the cheap slow one earlier.  Took the girls and travelled over in the 405 as I find its best to show you like old cars when looking at other ones which was a good plan as he liked it and recommended a local specialist to me who I didn't know of despite sharing a name.  He really should be on here being as he owns 14 Sherpas/LDVs.  Its a bit crusty around the edges but seems solid where it counts.  The interior is a lot cleaner than I expected and as spacious as I hoped so I should be able to fit seatbelts for the girls.  The electrics weren't as bad as the description made out so I asked if he wanted me to bid or make an offer.  He replied £450 and its mine so I said yes, he took the £20 I had on me as a deposit and I'm going back tomorow with the rest.

We can worry about minor details like keys, MOT, V5 and where to keep it later on ?

 

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26 minutes ago, catsinthewelder said:

I love the irony of this thread title,  I went to look at the cheap slow one earlier.  Took the girls and travelled over in the 405 as I find its best to show you like old cars when looking at other ones which was a good plan as he liked it and recommended a local specialist to me who I didn't know of despite sharing a name.  He really should be on here being as he owns 14 Sherpas/LDVs.  Its a bit crusty around the edges but seems solid where it counts.  The interior is a lot cleaner than I expected and as spacious as I hoped so I should be able to fit seatbelts for the girls.  The electrics weren't as bad as the description made out so I asked if he wanted me to bid or make an offer.  He replied £450 and its mine so I said yes, he took the £20 I had on me as a deposit and I'm going back tomorow with the rest.

We can worry about minor details like keys, MOT, V5 and where to keep it later on ?

 

Woo! I look forward to prodding/piloting  this around the FoD :) 

(and I look forward for the 3 days to do 20 miles/climb a hill collection caper :mrgreen: )

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On 9/2/2020 at 10:28 PM, wuvvum said:

I've never found LDVs that unpleasant to drive.  Slow, sure, and the seats are rubbish, but they're not actively horrid.

I used to drive an LDV Pilot regularly; often long distances, a B powered version.

As a panel van back in the early 90s it was alright, pros were a good gearchange, impressive load carrying capability and good brakes. Cons were the very narrow body, heavy steering that needed constant correction and above all noise- an awful lot of it!

They are no worse than most other vans of the time but pay out £6k for one? No chance, even in good order I wouldn't pay more than half that.  

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Unconventional pez shot on the way to pick it up ?

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Collected

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The drive into Ludlow was helpfully held up by a tractor so I couldn't do more than 30mph anyway which disguised that I was sticking to that speed due to a horrible noise I thought was coming from the OSF wheel bearing.  Might have been further back though as the van cut out on a junction.  A Lancia Delta Intergrale was stuck behind me at this point.  He roared past and I got it going and stormed around the corner which caused a horrible noise and a reduction in top speed to 15mph.  Fortunately I was only 400yds from work so pressed on to find this.

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Jacking it up was a nightmare but it's changed now.

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Not certain about driving home without a spare tyre though ?

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On 8/24/2020 at 4:01 PM, eddyramrod said:

I've driven both, although granted the Sherpa was a B-series.  There's no contest, I'd buy the Sherpa every time.

My only experience of sherpa's is a minibus in 1978 , hired to take us to a custom car show in Manchester from kettering 

It made it as far as hilton Park services before it shat itself , one of the lads was an apprentice mechanic so borrowed some tools and set about it

Took a plug out , shouted turn it over and a shot of water just missed his face

OK it's fucked 

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On 9/6/2020 at 5:00 PM, catsinthewelder said:

I love the irony of this thread title,  I went to look at the cheap slow one earlier.  Took the girls and travelled over in the 405 as I find its best to show you like old cars when looking at other ones which was a good plan as he liked it and recommended a local specialist to me who I didn't know of despite sharing a name.  He really should be on here being as he owns 14 Sherpas/LDVs.  Its a bit crusty around the edges but seems solid where it counts.  The interior is a lot cleaner than I expected and as spacious as I hoped so I should be able to fit seatbelts for the girls.  The electrics weren't as bad as the description made out so I asked if he wanted me to bid or make an offer.  He replied £450 and its mine so I said yes, he took the £20 I had on me as a deposit and I'm going back tomorow with the rest.

We can worry about minor details like keys, MOT, V5 and where to keep it later on ?

 

Brilliant. And at that money surely an almost risk free enterprise! Best of luck with it

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I'd love to bring it to the FoD, let's see how the real MOT booking on Friday goes ?

It does at least have a fuel supply that doesn't require the window open now.  Unfortunately it's still from the Jerry can so needs somewhat more permanent.

I got a high* speed run home, saw 45mph on the flat with a bit more to go and 5th gear downhill was fairly quiet?

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Amazing stuff!

happy to hear you managed to get home with it without it disintegrating (too much) :) 

I look forward to seeing how you get on with it and hopefully seeing it in person some day!

I do love how slightly ridiculous  and shonky it looks :) 

 

(do let me know what fluorescent tubes you find inside its interior lights if it has any!)

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On 25 August 2020 at 1:29 PM, barrett said:

I would love an early Sherpa panel van. I would even consider converting a camper back into a van except the lovely ribbed roof is the best bit and impossible to replicate. Maybe I'll find one when I go to Malta at Christmas

I like the Sherpa roof as well, I think it might be the same pressing as an Austin J4.  As for replication, I wonder if this icecream van has a moulded roof, taken from the original, or the original steel roof, unzipped and wobbed up on a spacer? This van works around here, I guess I need to try sheep ice cream and carry a magnet on a stick...

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These have really deep box section chassis rails but it's still a surprise that it's not a chassis cab given the extra work in sectioning out the van shell and presumably abit of structural box section to replace the lost strength, imo personally speaking these are the definition of a mechanically well specced work horse.

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^^ Well that Transits probably faster and quieter than mine ?

Got a couple of hours tinkering time today although the promised help from the kids swiftly evaporated.  The bonnet now opens and shuts without needing a screwdriver but is really rusty, I asked the PO about buying a spare from him but he didn't want to sell, I have remembered that a mates employees other half has a few LDVs cluttering up a yard nearby so fingers crossed.

Checked the tyre sizes and the spare I put on is a 185/14c when all the others are 165 so rang the tame garage to ask if they had a partworn.  The bosses wife answered and kept assuring me that it should have a number in the middle so I thought sod it and drove it down in the 405.  They didn't have either size but not a wasted journey as I asked them about my silly plan to flush the 405s power steering with diesel and was told not to as it would knacker the seals.  Went home and tried to work out how to drain it but probably a job for the yard and the ramps.

Back to the 200 I lobbed 4 litres of diesel into the actual fuel tank and it didn't leak out, the pipes above felt alright  so I figured I'd try and run it from the tank.  Apparently the fuel system is a twat to bleed but I have a headstart as if I connect the pipe from the tank up to the mechanical pump I can continue running the engine from the gravity setup until it comes through.  Unfortunately I can't find the fuel pipe and in looking for it I found a lot of rust in the passenger step I hadn't noticed before.  Should be able to remake it with some box section if it exists in roughly the right size though.

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