The End Of The Road?

Thursday, July 26, 2007

It’s been a long, long, time since the last update here so let’s have a recap of the last two years. We put the Devon21 in to storage prior to moving to Australia in June 2005. And then a year later in June 2006 we returned to London but weren’t in a position to put the Devon21 through the MOT he needed.

But now, two years after the van went in to storage we’ve faced a serious choice. The body work has never been perfect and since the attempted break-in and kick from a passing vandal it has deteriorated further. In places the panels have become so corroded that they are structurally compromising.

So the choice has been to either replace the body-work at a significant cost, or send the Devon21 to the great scrap heap in the sky. We were shocked at this realisation, but to spend so much money that we really need to buy a flat on an optional belonging like a campervan, can not really be justified. The reconditioned engine is in good condition after an overhaul by Jack’s Garage and the interior is a limited edition and almost entirely complete. So we could make some money from selling those parts rather than pouring yet more money in…

But you’ll be pleased to hear we couldn’t face sending him to the scrap heap. I’m happy to report that as we speak the Devon21 is undergoing major body work replacement. As luck would have it, there is a mechanic and body shop who specialises in VWs close to Mark’s parents. The work will take some months so we’ll miss having any trips out this summer, but there should hopefully be many more to come in future years. Check back for progress updates on the renovations.

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