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Van is still away, but I’ve had some updates posted for me

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Was told the colour was Ford Garnet Red, but colour matched as Ford Aporto Red. So was repainted that colour (I know I should probably have chosen a Vauxhall colour, but I like the colour it was and it has a history)

Hopefully will collect it end of next week :)

I’ve got some new number plates, replacement speakers and a couple of other bits ready for when I’ve got it back
 
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Hopefully collect the van tomorrow, had updates all the way through

Went down on Thursday to help fit doors and loose panels

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Since back I’ve washed and polished it :)

I repaired and refitted the tailgate loom where it had cracked and broken wires and insulation going through the bellows
Got the rear window tinted, paid someone to do this as I attempted last time and made a complete dogs dinner of it!

And since it was too high still, I swapped the springs, so now it’s -60 front and -35 rear
And looks a lot better (it’s loaded for work in the photos)

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In case anyone is interested, Kevin above owned the van for the 17 years between it being used on the railways and me buying it.

The original story I was given was almost true,
Kevin corrected it;
It was the On-Track machine supervisor at Guide Bridge, greater Manchester. In 1999 Kevin used the van alternate weekends and at the time the mileage was very low.
The timing belt went in October 2000, and it was recovered to Vauxhall main dealer in Leicester for engine repair.
It went to Newcastle In 2001 for the Supervisor there until the lease end, when I bought it off Lex knowing it was still relatively low mileage.

Kevin was going to find some photos of the van in Railway livery, but before the repaint, when unwashed the Jarvis livery could be seen in some light

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I’m hoping to get to a show this year, RetroRides at Goodwood in September. But that depends on this pandemic....

It’s also just about as far away from you as could be! So hopefully next year I’ll find a show going north :)
 

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