We ended up going in a more modern vehicle despite getting the van pretty cosy.
I have since spent time purchasing little items to try and make things more reliable / practical.
First on the list was the ignition barrel and having only one key left.
I have trial fitted a new on/off key barrel tonight which I am mounting in the dash and have fitted a push button start / stop ignition. Works great!
I found myself getting in too much of a flap with the old juggling of the original barrel. A full turn of the key wouldn't start the engine so you would have to back the key off to the right spot. Juggling that with adjusting the choke at the same time and then what seemed like fuel evaporation in the fuel line got me quite stressed at the petrol station
Changing the barrel is easy enough if anyone wants a guide?
Repair kit for the rear wheel is en-route from Martin. Come rain or shine I am going to get the rear hub sorted out.
Closely followed by a full inspection of the braking system and some new brake fluid.
Oh, and the electrics failed to work last time I got in and started it, even though I am sure they worked when I rewired the key switch / ignition?.......
Currently off work with a flu bug. Trying to be as active as I can.
Couple of small jobs to do:
Check air pressures in tyres (looks around 45psi for the setup I have)
Remove the log from the rear axle!
Sort out hazard light wiring.
I have a log above the rear axle. A wooden log.
Reason for this is I don't have anything but a trolley jack yet so I jack the chassis as high as I possibly can (which doesn't get the wheel fully off the ground) and then I have a hardwood log that I fit between axle and chassis rail.
Then I can put the trolley jack under the axle and lift from there. Gains more height to work on wheels.
Where does time go???
Van is due a run out to Pembrokeshire next weekend so have been spending some quality time with it.
All electrics sorted. Found the failing hazards were due to a dodgy contact in the switch.
Trced some other loose cables and stripped them out as not needed.
Fitted a new stereo with USB, Bluetooth, CD player, hands free etc and got the cigarette lighter working!!
Since I serviced the engine it seems to run really clean now and no apparent oil leaks which were there before the oil change!?!?
Any spare time is being spent tarting up the paintwork. Oh, and the jack will be here Wednesday