Join Date: May 2005
Location: Mayenne France
My Motorhome: Carthago
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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.