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You canít really do much at all until you get some idea of cost from your garage.

One thing is for certain, and thatís the cost of repair will be vastly less than the cost of replacing Hank! Done properly a repair to the rusted parts will be all thatís required. I recall spending many hours underneath Angliaís and such like welding in patches around spring mounting points etc. Itís not difficult, you just have to find where the nearest point of decent metal is (you canít weld rust!)

I think you need to have a sit down with the garage once you get an idea of cost and see if there is anything you can do to lessen the bill somewhat (sorting the lights etc). I would be inclined to think that the imbalance of the brakes probably just requires a bit of ďenthusiasticĒ use to get rid of the inevitable rust etc that has built up due to them not being used.

It might be worth suggesting that you are prepared to leave hank with them so they can do bits and pieces as and when they have a spare hour or two rather than them blitzing all in one go?

I am sure all will get sorted, you might be surprised at how little it will cost.
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Find another MOT station and see if it's any less. If not bite the bullet. I managed to change the battery shelf and rusty front cross member on my Hobby at 74 Baz. Get the tools out and get dirty.

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Rusty bits and pieces a dirty shitty job but easily doable by someone with knowledge and proper equipment.
Excessively binding brakes WILL NOT BE CURED with some enthusiastic driving, it will be caused by rusted / corroded caliper pistons on front and rusted / corroded cylinder pistons on rears, replacement brake parts are not excessively expensive and normally available.

Obviously can't actually help owing to the few hundred miles that separate us but find someone with the knowledge, experience, equipment and inclination and then it's a basic old fashioned problem, just not a very appetizing job.

There must be someone oop North to help you out just not main agent type companies or fly by night dreamers.
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Rusty bits and pieces a dirty shitty job but easily doable by someone with knowledge and proper equipment.
Excessively binding brakes WILL NOT BE CURED with some enthusiastic driving, it will be caused by rusted / corroded caliper pistons on front and rusted / corroded cylinder pistons on rears, replacement brake parts are not excessively expensive and normally available.

Obviously can't actually help owing to the few hundred miles that separate us but find someone with the knowledge, experience, equipment and inclination and then it's a basic old fashioned problem, just not a very appetizing job.

There must be someone oop North to help you out just not main agent type companies or fly by night dreamers.
See Baz, what he said!
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AFAIK it is perfectly legal to drive it TO and FROM a prearranged MoT appointment, if necessary to get a second opinion that may be what you have to do.

If you trust the place where it's at, ask for a written quote, not an estimate, and then duscuss if you can cut it by eg doing the lights and the battery security yourself.

You really need their expertise for welding, a time served mechanics job, but you don't need to pay for the Receptionist's coiffure or even the "complimentary" coffee. We had similar problems with our brakes, sorted here in France, but the overall bill was not cheap as I think they replaced everything from the rubber down, it included slave cylinders (two ?), master cylinder, and some discs, it had only done a few hundred miles that year......

Note to self; get MrsW to take ours for a drive (my licence is still with the French authorities so no driving for me for the foreseeable future).
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Oi stop all this bad mouthing of Bodgers. They were in fact craftsmen. From Wikipedia: "Bodging is a traditional woodturning craft, using green wood to make chair legs and other cylindrical parts of chairs. The work was done close to where a tree was felled. The itinerant craftsman who made the chair legs was known as a bodger or chair-bodger".
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This is not a posh fancy garage. Its just an honest mechanics with two units down a side street in Darlington. I think their Labour rate is about £40 an hour so not hugely expensive. Matty welded an industrial size towing eye to the front of the van once and I dont think he even charged me for it. He made a new section and an aluminium weld when I knackered the scooter rack for about £20 I think. So we are not talking main dealer prices or top end labour rates. They do have a good rep as a body shop though. Ive also put a fair bit of work their way for probably getting on 30 years so you would think that would stand for something.

Still not heard anything which is a bit ominous. They dont normally like having the van long as they like most places struggle with space so I surprised they have not got back to me. Ill give it until midday tomorrow and call them.

Forget me doing anything to it. Out of the question not just because of my Arthritis but if it hasnt got a keyboard and a screen or strings its all alien to me. Ill just make it worse. The failure for the rear light is probably the trailer board on the scooter rack. I literally crashed the scooter into it on the drive.
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