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Stick, twist or fold?

Postby Gordon_Watt » 20 Sep 2019, 21:01

Advice needed. Our beloved 1990 T25 Autosleeper gave up the ghost on the Lecht a few weeks back and we are not sure what to do next.

It was a fairly spectacular breakdown, with a con-rod through the engine casing which also managed to take out some of the wiring… Reversing a heavily laden camper to safety down one of the steepest roads in Scotland in the lashing rain is probably my least favourite memory of it.

We’ve had it for 10 years and paid £6.5k, so we don’t feel it owes us a penny. Done around 80k. Bodywork is OK, although some rust on the exterior seams around the petrol tank. Brand new starter motor before the final voyage (only used it twice…). Stainless steel exhaust, new clutch at 70k. Interior as original.
 Two kids have grown up with it, and are starting to get a little bit big for sleeping upstairs.

We may have access to a barn, and a friend who rebuilds Land Rovers as a hobby and is keen to help. I personally have little or no vehicle mechanical knowledge outwith the basics.

Given the above, our options seem to be:



1. Scrap it
2. Sell it as a project
3. Fit a new engine and sell
4. Fit a new engine and keep it.



What would you do?
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Re: Stick, twist or fold?

Postby JeffRoo » 20 Sep 2019, 21:27

I would fit new engine and keep. If not a complete rust heap and you still enjoy using it, just get an awning and kid can sleep there. I’m sure you would regret not having it if you got rid of it.
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Re: Stick, twist or fold?

Postby R0B » 20 Sep 2019, 22:00

Ditto
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Re: Stick, twist or fold?

Postby Mocki » 20 Sep 2019, 22:26

Grab one of the many second hand engines that are offered for sale and swap it over, it’s a very basic job, and anyone used to fight with land rovers will be easily able to do it

Give Mick at NWVW a shout, he will have a engine .
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Tell him Mocki sent you .

It’s going to cost you for a good engine, but as long as you are not paying garage prices to swap it over , you will be on a winner .
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Re: Stick, twist or fold?

Postby irishkeet » 21 Sep 2019, 08:24

Gordon

What engine is in the van?
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Re: Stick, twist or fold?

Postby chewbacca » 21 Sep 2019, 09:30

New engine, then decide if you want to sell it. I guess you won't.
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Re: Stick, twist or fold?

Postby itchyfeet » 21 Sep 2019, 11:37

replace engine.
if body work is good then don't let it go.
everything bolts on except bodywork so thats the no1 deciding factor.

remember second hand engines are a big risk. many are removed because they show early signs of failure and sold on.
even if you can see it running thats no guarantee low oil pressure or losing coolant when hot won't show up.

I know a few people who bought from dealers and the engine didn't last long.

as said what engine?
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Re: Stick, twist or fold?

Postby Mr Bean » 21 Sep 2019, 12:43

Fix and stick.
I was probably down £6K all in by the time I got my 2.1 WBX Liesuredrive High top as reliable as you can get one without making a hobby of it and have literally thrashed it to death since 2006 often towing a boat both in the UK (what was :rofl ) and in Europe.

First thing I did when the engine rattled to a halt in 2008 resulting in a dodgy rebuild by what appeared to be the lads from the Queen Vic was to start a fund for a less worrying experience. Surprisingly the dodgy rebuilt lasted until this summer when my fund coughed up for what appears to be a good quality rebuilt engine with new heads and ready to fit on a four day delivery. So for around £3K including new clutch.rad etc. I am now well back in action.

The way I look at it is that if someone offered you your van with a new or decent rebuilt engine for that sort of money you would probably snatch off their hand. Unless of course you have in mind chucking your lot in with one of the new vans serviced by the smart lad in the freshly dry cleaned overalls, latex gloves and computer...
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Re: Stick, twist or fold?

Postby Gordon_Watt » 21 Sep 2019, 20:13

Thanks all

That's a fairly unanimous response. We would miss it enormously, and would probably be looking at buying a replacement if we didn't fix it.

irishkeet wrote:Gordon

What engine is in the van?


It's still got the original water-cooled flat 4 1900.
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Re: Stick, twist or fold?

Postby irishkeet » 22 Sep 2019, 06:36

Gordon_Watt wrote:Thanks all

That's a fairly unanimous response. We would miss it enormously, and would probably be looking at buying a replacement if we didn't fix it.

irishkeet wrote:Gordon

What engine is in the van?


It's still got the original water-cooled flat 4 1900.


Gordon I have westy Im breaking soon with a 1.9 in it drop me a PM if you would like more info as I plan to list it soon
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Re: Stick, twist or fold?

Postby ash1293 » 22 Sep 2019, 13:21

Ok so you now reckon the van owes you nothing?


For the price of an engine and fitting makes owning it a bargain.


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