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I am looking for a VW T4 enthusiast who'd like to do some body and mechanical work (in their own time) on my 1992 VW Caravelle (front wheel drive, watercooled 1968cc petrol) in the East Sussex area - perferably near Hastings. Work I reckon it needs: some welding (sills etc), cambelt, water pump etc replacement, electrical work (many of the indicators not working) plus a replacement of one or two water hoses. I hear some knocking sounds from engine but I'm not sure if its coming from the big end/crankshaft area. Please let me know.

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Welcome, lol.

Would it be hard to travel over to england to work on vans illegally? Sounds like a business. Low grade earl grey for payment? Fair enough.
 

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I apologise, I should have mentioned that I will (naturally) pay for all the work done and parts of course. I didn't expect free services. I can do quite a bit and have done lots of car repairs over many years like many of my neighbours ... but I live in a flat (no driveway or front garden) in a narrow street in London that's now become very gentrified .... Complaints and nasty looks from some neighbours even when I do small jobs ... but then I no longer see anyone doing up cars round here any more!! Big jobs impossible by the side of the road nowadays. Being 76 does not help. So to recap I'd happily pay some one (reasonable sum) to do the T4 minibus up.
As someone mentioned above "that's one way to introduce yourself to the forum" ..... So let me introduce myself properly: I've lived in this neighbourhood in South London for over 40 years and six of my neighbours and I were car enthusiasts. Very friendly enighbourhood. No one minded cars being repaired and engines hoisted etc by the side of the road. We were always helping and advising each other ... we loved doing up cars (Minis, Triumph Dolomites, Alfa Romeos, Fords) ... Four small very friendly car repair garages near us even loaned us specialist tools when we were stuck. Crates of beer flowed very smoothly ... BUT As I mentioned earlier, it's all changed ... garages all shut. and tall buildings gone up .. neighbours moved away or retired elsewhere ... one really brilliant car genius who spent most of his time pulling both of his Alfa Romeo Spider convertibles apart and re building them, adapting them to his liking and cursing the engineers and designers at Alfa Romeo for poor accessibility to various parts (always at it even on Christmas days!!!) had fantastic knowledge of cars/ engines/ approaches to repairs ... tremendous help to every one ... he sadly passed away. Sorely missed.
Perhaps sad tale of woe and changes ... but life and VW T4 goes on!
I've always had Volkswagen vans or minibuses ... so at the ripe age of 76 I decided to persevere with this VW and hope to drive it around by next summer .. Lots of beautiful places in the British isles to be visited with a small fridge at the back. beer and some wines must be drunk cold after long drives while gazing at beautiful hills and valleys ...
I mentioned East Sssex and Hastings because one of my daughters live in Hastings and recently bought a small pub!! So I go there a lot!! I love the town and the people.
Sorry for long prose but one should never skimp on intros!

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Just a word of caution before you start - You say you live in S London, I assume you currently live outside the ulez? Be aware that if it expands as being talked about (across the whole of greater London) you are likely to the hit by the expanded ulez emissions zone by 2023.I know oetrol engined vehicles get an easier time, but I suspect your T4 may be too old to comply.
 

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Yes, Thank you. I am just inside the ulez area which is an absolute pain! I have to park a few minutes drive away outside ulez. By 2023 both minibus and I are planning to move outside greater London altogether. Possibly Hastings. Got caught last year (didn't think there were any cameras in that quiet, almost suburban area) ... 拢80 fine. Painful.
 

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I had that in Bath with the clean air zone in my 1992 T4 and the signage for entering the clean air zone was so tiny I just sailed on through and ended up with a 拢60 fine and the 拢9 charge for entering the zone, I wouldn't mine but I didn't even stop in Bath
 

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I had that in Bath with the clean air zone in my 1992 T4 and the signage for entering the clean air zone was so tiny I just sailed on through and ended up with a 拢60 fine and the 拢9 charge for entering the zone, I wouldn't mine but I didn't even stop in Bath
@Dubnity. My memory may be playing tricks on me, but I thought they had to serve a PCN within 28 days of the offence. I am basing this on what I understood some years ago and it might have changed. Could be worth a web search to check, even if you have paid it you may be able to appeal it.
 

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Hi poffer, well I visited Bath Park and on a second occasion and actually seen the sign but one entrance of the park is a slight bit before the zone but with the one way system in the park the exit brings you coming back through the zone so when I phoned them to pay the 拢9 day charge I said to them that I must of gone through the zone the previous 2 weeks ago without realising it and they said in that case you will have to pay the 拢60 fine because the 6 days after going through had elapsed and the fine come 4 weeks after
 

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I apologise, I should have mentioned that I will (naturally) pay for all the work done and parts of course. I didn't expect free services. I can do quite a bit and have done lots of car repairs over many years like many of my neighbours ... but I live in a flat (no driveway or front garden) in a narrow street in London that's now become very gentrified .... Complaints and nasty looks from some neighbours even when I do small jobs ... but then I no longer see anyone doing up cars round here any more!! Big jobs impossible by the side of the road nowadays. Being 76 does not help. So to recap I'd happily pay some one (reasonable sum) to do the T4 minibus up.
As someone mentioned above "that's one way to introduce yourself to the forum" ..... So let me introduce myself properly: I've lived in this neighbourhood in South London for over 40 years and six of my neighbours and I were car enthusiasts. Very friendly enighbourhood. No one minded cars being repaired and engines hoisted etc by the side of the road. We were always helping and advising each other ... we loved doing up cars (Minis, Triumph Dolomites, Alfa Romeos, Fords) ... Four small very friendly car repair garages near us even loaned us specialist tools when we were stuck. Crates of beer flowed very smoothly ... BUT As I mentioned earlier, it's all changed ... garages all shut. and tall buildings gone up .. neighbours moved away or retired elsewhere ... one really brilliant car genius who spent most of his time pulling both of his Alfa Romeo Spider convertibles apart and re building them, adapting them to his liking and cursing the engineers and designers at Alfa Romeo for poor accessibility to various parts (always at it even on Christmas days!!!) had fantastic knowledge of cars/ engines/ approaches to repairs ... tremendous help to every one ... he sadly passed away. Sorely missed.
Perhaps sad tale of woe and changes ... but life and VW T4 goes on!
I've always had Volkswagen vans or minibuses ... so at the ripe age of 76 I decided to persevere with this VW and hope to drive it around by next summer .. Lots of beautiful places in the British isles to be visited with a small fridge at the back. beer and some wines must be drunk cold after long drives while gazing at beautiful hills and valleys ...
I mentioned East Sssex and Hastings because one of my daughters live in Hastings and recently bought a small pub!! So I go there a lot!! I love the town and the people.
Sorry for long prose but one should never skimp on intros!

SP
Hi SP
Welcome to the forum. I will be following the thread as, like many of us, someone who can fix/tart up a T4 would be someone I'd love to know! Someone could make a decent living at it I reckon!!
A fridge full of wine sounds like my kind of travelling!! Maybe we'll pass each other on the road one day. . . .(I'm in Kent so not too far from Hastings/Rye.)
 
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