Sprinter van conversion.

vwalan

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i thought it would be a six cylinder .
but there are v8,s .
just seems strange having 1624 on the doors .
 

Risky

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i thought it would be a six cylinder .
but there are v8,s .
just seems strange having 1624 on the doors .
Having spoken with the guy Alan, we are pretty certain that the old fella that owned it must of just stuck them on, why? No idea.
We might be popping back that way in a week or two so I will be taking a closer look at the old truck.
I also asked if the electrics and gas work. He hasn't had a chance to do anything with it so maybe I'll get everything working when we're back there.
It's in his best interest to let me try all the gas and electrics. From looking around the truck I would say everything is okay. The couple was using it right up until the old boy died.
Thanks for info.
 

vwalan

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mind i dont think you will be able to register it in uk with that rear overhang .
be worth measuring it .
i tried googling but couldnt find the right truck. i do have some 68-69 mercvedes catalogues here and sort of took it from them ,mind they list 1620 /24 .
you could be right about its gvw . its just after being involved with trucks seeing that marking . just thought 16 tonner .
be worth a good check over all ov it . too late if you spend your cash and get it wrong .
 

vwalan

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could be right .
i wondered if he was thinking of going larger to have a bit of luxury.
 

Risky

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could be right .
i wondered if he was thinking of going larger to have a bit of luxury.
I actually quite like it. It's too big for what we do but something about it feels right.
It is obviously for sale and I said I'd try and help him with UK. Then the overhang issue came up.
I've given him that info and he should be back with the measurements soon.
I could see me buying this and just making it a project to keep me busy here. If all the gas and electrics work fine then it would be quite nice to have a new project. Aggys uncle has a farm so we could possibly lose it in a corner on there. Just ideas, pipe dreams and probably go nowhere but if the measurements are good and it doesn't weigh too much then maybe.
We're staying out here for a while. We've decided to hang around and use where we are staying as a base to travel from. We've got friends that are in Lithuania so we can pop over and see them. They sold up in UK and brought a big old place that needs a fair bit of work on it. He's a builder so the task is all part of his job but my god, this is a big task he's taken on. I can give him a hand, some banter and catch up with them.
We're looking at going to drift around a bit of Germany soon. Always driven straight through to get out here so not had a look around Germany yet.
Will sort out the emissions sticker for the van windscreen and we're good to go.
Spoken with parents and they are happy we're doing what we're doing. I keep regular contact with my son and brother and they inform me how Mum and dad are doing health wise.
Dads problems are behaving and mum is still coughing her way through the day.... And they're still cracking jokes!
I miss not being around them and not being able to pop in and say hi. I'm conscious that each day, week that goes by will be lost time away from them BUT they are happy we are doing our thing.
They both travelled a lot when they was able to and like dad said a few days ago, the country's they visited 20 years ago are now nothing like they used to be.
There's still plenty to see and we'll get out and see it but I do feel that the Europe they had the chance to tour is now losing its appeal.
Still, we have what we have and will try to make the most of it. Take each day as it comes.
 

chrisjones18

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As for the 1624, it's probably just the badges stuck on....I very much doubt it's anywhere near 10 ton let alone 16. And 240hp....definitely not a V8 and it gains momentum rather than accelerates!!
all merc's just gained momentum until they got 1635 on the door :D
I had a 1625 once and you might as well rubbed 60 off the speedo as it never got there. :(
 

Risky

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Just been looking over the many hundreds if not thousands of pictures from various trips either in UK or around Europe over the past few years. I guess you all probably have much the same situation as I do, click away and take pictures but not share them. My excuse was I hadn't really played around too much to upload them or they failed to load for whatever reason, the other thing is I guess you've all seen amazing places and how many pictures of other peoples adventures do you need to see?
I guess too we've been sat in some stunning places that really do deserve not to be broadcasted out and then ruined by hoards of vanners rocking up...selfish?....whatever it is there seems to be so many places that get commercialised and then lose their initial charm so if I find a little gem that's just wonderful...i'd like it to stay that way.
Aggy can remember the names of most places we've been, i'm just forgetful already so I just ask her where a particular photo was taken and then I remember...often with many small details but unless prompted by Aggy there's just a sea of memories that I think about.
Considering that we're 2 months into this particular adventure and I've hardly put up any pics before, I just thought i'd share this one. Nothing special...just a bit arty and got the van in it...sort of.

We're hanging around here for a couple more weeks and then it looks like we're definitely going to pop back into Germany. Never had a drift around there so before it gets too late in the year we'll go and sniff around there for a while. No plans...see what comes up along the way.
 

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This is Dougal, our little fella. He's a Jack/Corgi cross and simply awesome. Having come to us from a rescue centre he is the main reason we are now living in a van rather than living the dream in Thailand as a diving instructor. We had the chance to go and live in Thailand and took 3 weeks out. My friend that I know from living in Egypt moved to Ko Phangan and now own their own dive centre. Whilst their we was offered the chance to live and work with them. All very nice, great diving and scenery but there was no way we could be without Dougal and to take him out there...nah.
So UK and Europe, driving around and seeing what we see as a team suits us just fine. This little fella has certainly seen some places already and now we're FT we intend to expand on that a whole host more.
 

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Greetings all. This was a place we stopped over night last week. A few years back we stayed in the same location but that was when we had the Delica towing our caravan. Just wanted to go back and stay here again as it was the first "real" wild camp in that set-up and we wanted to reminisce a bit.
We've had a good drive around Poland over the last few years and seen as much as possible.
Recently we've taken a look at a few things and decided that we may like to buy a little place out here to use as our base. It sort of makes a lot of sense when given thought.
The area we have decided upon ticks a lot of boxes as does the house. Location, amenities and homely feel amongst many other factors are all ticking the boxes.
Having spoken at length to family and friends it looks like we're going for it.
I've sniffed around at various implications that Brexit may or may not bring with it and from the people in the know it seems situation normal. I've already done the legals regarding my temp citizenship and all is sorted.....simple process and easy with Aggy doing the translating!!
Just keeping an eye on the exchange rate at the moment. I have an absolute minimum and a number that will hopefully come into play in the coming week or so if the markets play ball.
So possibly we'll have a lovely little home out here to use as our base to drift off to wherever we fancy going to.
We have zero intention of returning to London to live again. Obviously family are in our thoughts but a 2.5 hour flight and anyone can pop over to stay with us.
Much as I love the travelling on the road, going all over Europe and even the UK, we do want a base to call home and that at present we will choose Poland.
It may fall out of bed and not happen BUT it's looking more than likely it will.
New and exciting..slightly scary..times ahead.
 

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alf&m

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We hope it all pans out for you and enjoy your new life in Poland so good luck and wishes goes your way from us,as I always say you only get out of life what you put in, Regards Alf&M .
 

Risky

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We hope it all pans out for you and enjoy your new life in Poland so good luck and wishes goes your way from us,as I always say you only get out of life what you put in, Regards Alf&M .
Cheers....what could possibly go wrong!

We just had a phone call from the house owners and it sounds as though everything is set their end. They've spoken with our chosen notary and the paperwork is all in order so that's good. In a nutshell we will probably own the place by Thursday or Friday if all goes well.....(watching exchange rate)
I've always been a bit cautious when it comes to doing deals with a fair bit of money and this of course is a big chunk to lay out BUT we have ran through all the plus's and minus's and it does seem to be the way to go.
I can leave my money in the bank and look at a nice healthy balance OR I can buy this place. All that money sat in the bank gave me £5.50 interest last month...GREAT!! So sod it, why leave it in the bank when I can buy us a lovely base to live in and have a roof over our heads out here for Winter. We could drive to Spain or Portugal, park up with all the others and sit there sunning ourselves. Lovely as that is it will still cost us to get there, feed ourselves and also we have to get to grips with being down that way. Our intentions was to be heading that way by now to start sussing it all out and maybe even rent somewhere for 6 months. Few things caused us to stay out here and we've explored many areas and decided to do what we're doing..funny how things turn out.
We'll sit out the remainder of this year and watch the pennies for a few months, come March next year we'll be back in front and sorted.
We'll pick up our travels again next year but with the benefit of a solid base over here and also the UK.
If it turns out a wrong move then so be it. It's not a holiday home it's a home. A base to travel from and a place for friends to visit....what's not to like.
 

BwB

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I think a nice house warming party for all your M365 friends could be in order, Risky :)

Good luck with the house purchase, having someone speak the local (is a local) lingo is a massive benefit to help with any fears about what you're doing. Almost certainly a better deal than keeping money in the bank these days.
 

Risky

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I think a nice house warming party for all your M365 friends could be in order, Risky :)

Good luck with the house purchase, having someone speak the local (is a local) lingo is a massive benefit to help with any fears about what you're doing. Almost certainly a better deal than keeping money in the bank these days.
Over the time that we've been coming to Poland we've gone from top to bottom, left to right and nigh on all over the place and it just keeps giving little treats.
With everything we need local in the area and the forest/national park 200 yards away, it really does feel like the right choice for us.
Money in the bank is all so well and good but one thing I know for certain is that you get no help if you have savings in the bank for a rainy day. Mum and dad have never been given anything by way of benefits simply because they had savings or should I say a bit of inheritance from dads brother...cancer at 54...game over.
So....use the money, buy the place hopefully at a decent exchange rate this week and be lucky!
If anyone is ever thinking about passing over this way then more than welcome to stick their noses in. There's some fantastic places to visit and a whole country to explore. Cheap food, fuel and wild camp anywhere you want within reason. From lakes to mountains, coastline to bear country...it's all here.
 

BigMomma

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Good luck to you both, it is your life so do things the way you want to do them, if you need to change things later then so be it, every step you take is a new adventure, what's not to like about that :thumb:;)
 

Risky

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Haha I've just looked through your album but backwards
Done a lovely job there
Cheers Danny....the van works for us and has more than proved itself over time.
I've got loads of pictures of the van in various stages but they're all over the place. I really should make a bit of an album but ......well, too lazy!!
Cheers again.
 

Risky

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Back in UK. Dad took turn for worse and a few issues with house purchase cropped up. One minute we're sat with Notary/Solicitor doing paperwork and the next we're on a ferry back to UK.
Dad has improved in the last day or so but obviously his situation is deteriorating. It's now apparent that we'll be staying closer to home and keeping an eye on the pair of them. That's life. Parents are still laughing and joking about things and coping together but I know the health issues are of concern.
So another twist in the ever changing tale of life. Taking each day as it comes and still making the most of being on the road albeit back in London.
 

vwalan

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sorry to hear that.
i know what its like .
my dad was in hospital one year when we were leaving . ,told us not to cancel as his time was his time and not to waste ours . we did spain,morocco ,but when we were in portugal he died ,was 5 months later,we drove back feeling guilty not being there . bust the gear box on the way.
but 5 weeks later mum died . i was at home 10 miles away , still not with her.
i,m sure they are together now .
hate to say it but not being with my mum helped ease the guilt of not being with my dad . 2000miles or 10 miles still wasnt there .
but do look after them , i miss mine . even after 7 years .
but good on you for making the trip.
look after them .
 

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