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 Post subject: Campervan Project
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:27 pm 
Dirt Disciple
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Location: Halesowen, West Midlands
I bought this 1985 Mercedes 508 last year as a project. She'd been stood for 6 years but is remarkably solid despite appearances with very low miles and quite lavishly equipped inside. After 6 new tyres, a bit of welding on the drivers door and a general tart up I'm just waiting on some new headlights before I take her for an MoT.
I've never ever named any of my cars but the previous owners insisted we kept the name Betsy and SWIMBO backed them up!
She's a real retro driving experience with a 4 litre diesel, no power steering and drum brakes.
Once the Mot is passed it'll be a complete respray (not decided on colour) and new carpets and curtains.
I'm not sure about the bike rack - it's held on with pop rivets!

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Green and dirty Betsy by Andythefeatch, on Flickr

She scrubbed up quite well.

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Dirty Betsy by Andythefeatch, on Flickr

We're planning to visit friends in Italy as our first big trip combined with a few Alpine Cols on the bikes.

Andy


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 Post subject: Re: Campervan Project
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:50 pm 
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looks awesome,just enjoy yourself and dont think about how much its gonna cost you to keep the old girl running. :D :D


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 Post subject: Re: Campervan Project
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:53 pm 
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that is so cool!!!
what colours are you going?
maybe i can help with the paint, i run a classic restoration and paint co.
any pics of the inside? oh...i do love a camper!!


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 Post subject: Re: Campervan Project
PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:27 pm 
Lincs, East and South Yorks Deputy AEC
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thats cool, and one hellover bench saw next to it


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 Post subject: Re: Campervan Project
PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:42 pm 
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Location: Birmingham
A-Team colours just for the lols


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 Post subject: Re: Campervan Project
PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 4:10 pm 
South East Deputy AEC
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A-Team all the way!!


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 Post subject: Re: Campervan Project
PostPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 2:47 am 
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Location: Gorleston-on-sea (If there is a bright center to the universe this is place furthest from it
Scooby-doo Mystery machine paint would suit it better :lol: :lol: 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Campervan Project
PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 10:44 am 
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Those motors go on for 500k easy, on just about any fuel mix, and are actually economic for the size of vehicle.

I would paint her a subtle colour, always helps to keep a low profile when laying up away from official areas.

My eyes are on two locally for conversion, but they are still in use for Snap On and a mobile welder.

Look forward to seeing it ready to roll.


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 Post subject: Re: Campervan Project
PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 3:26 pm 
retrobike rider
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why not keep the original paint job/colour scheme?
and what is that small door on the near side rear panel?
please post up pics of the interior :) i love how these things are layed out.
my favourite holibobs from my youth are ones spent in campervans/caravans :P


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 Post subject: Re: Campervan Project
PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:35 pm 
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I'd do it battleship grey with dummy rivets and plating. 8)


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