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post #91 of 174 (permalink) Old 29-03-2021, 07:45
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I think I would still be inclined to pop it on Ebay with an honest description of what needs doing, you may find a welder with a young family who would jump at it.

Suppose you say it's worth £10 done, but it will cost £3500 to do it, if you get £7500 then you're fine, you could even get more, just remember to start fairly high and put a reserve you're happy with, that route will be a lot less hassle for you.
The problem with selling it 'as is, where is' is how does it get to where the buyer wants it. Legally it has to be going for repair, so cannot just be going to a home address. Unlikely to be stopped in normal times but at present being stopped is more likely.

This is bound to be on any prospective buyer's mind. Would be OK if buyer were a garage with a recovery vehicle, but they would probably be very low bidders.

Barry, would you be prepared to deliver?

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yeh i'm sure someone will give you a tenner for it barry

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Barry, my two penn'orth, after giving all your earlier comments and the difficulties you've already encountered to quote Jeremy Clarkson "this is what I think".
In my past working history through the years I have taken on and completed successfully many repairs to rusty vans and cars, from cosmetic on older stuff (70's) sill panels etc. right through to the structural ones, from the not so serious things like front suspension top strut mounts, inner flitch plates etc. to the seriously structural ones such as the Lancia Beta subframe fixings. Given the ability, equipment and inclination, such repairs are not difficult just not "a nice job". So from my experience done properly the repairs will outlast the remaining original bits.
In those days there were a lot of get rich quick cowboys that would bodge things with a bit of braze and thick underseal to get through an MOT and I'm sure that there are still many of those around, you don't want one of those! Find a good one and it will get done properly but at a cost.

From your list of fails I very much doubt Hank would be a couple of days job if done properly.

You also mention the gearbox, for the old Sevel vans it is becoming increasingly difficult to find parts other than the day to day consumables and on the various forums there are people regularly looking for parts or replacement boxes.

If you have the necessary funds, even given your problems finding a suitable replacement, I'd as advised by others put an honestly worded advert on ebay or the like and get rid, as Kev said hopefully you'd find someone with the ability but not much money to give it a new loving home.

More modern vans (10 years ish) don't suffer the same rusting problems (maybe some Sprinters do) and whilst the mechanicals are less DIY fixable at least you'll find someone to fix it no matter where you are in it, should it fail you.

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I also wonder about emissions checks now on older vehicles in general. Even after spending $$$$ doing the repairs properly you still have an old van pumping out fumes that will eventually fail another and tighter MOT check.

I'm thinking we are going to have to sell/dispose of our 18 year old car which functions perfectly and suits our needs, only because of the ever tightening pollution restrictions.

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I thought that as far as emissions go, the age of the van is taken into account as are the brakes.
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I thought that as far as emissions go, the age of the van is taken into account as are the brakes.
What, like it's old, smelly and doesn't stop -----failed. .


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What, like it's old, smelly and doesn't stop -----failed. .


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Is that Hank, or Barry you are referring to?
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The emissions thing is a problem in Europe. I cant get a Crit Air certificate for it so it would be a case of winging it in some parts of the country like France.

Dont know what to do now. I guess I should take it on Wednesday and see what they say first?


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The emissions thing is a problem in Europe. I cant get a Crit Air certificate for it so it would be a case of winging it in some parts of the country like France.

Dont know what to do now. I guess I should take it on Wednesday and see what they say first?
I think you only need that in the cities Barry, you donīt go to cities.
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