Well, dear readers. It is at this point we come to the beginning of the end of the adventures of Herman. However, aficionados of pictures of middle-aged old punks, covered in oil and staring in bewilderment at engine pieces, fear not! –for there is more to come on this ‘ere corner of the intarwebs. Read on and all will be revealed!
I’ve been sticking a few pennies away at the end of the month for a year or two now, with the long-term aim of some day upgrading to a newer van. After all, although Herman has served me well and was probably the best £600 I’ve ever spent, I just don’t have the time, tools or facilities to ever do more than keep him [metaphorically] ticking over –especially with regards to his aging bodywork. I was planning to go for something 4x4, maybe a Merc Sprinter, or in a fantasy world [coz they’re rarer than hen’s teeth] a 4x4 LT. But when this fella popped up on eBay just after Chrimbo, with only just over 11000 miles on the clock and nearly full service history, I thought it was too good an opportunity to miss:
So I decided maybe I could postpone my dream of one day owning a 4x4 camper for another several years and see if I could score this LT for a reasonable price. In the end, I paid a bit more than I really wanted to, £3600 to be precise and, for the first time in my life bought a vehicle unseen.
A few days later, the missus’s brother-in-law gave me a a lift to the deepest, darkest Welsh borders [Presteigne in Powys to be exact] to go and pick up the new boy.
I gave him a good going over and could hardly find anything wrong. Just a bit of bubbling starting to come through at the dreaded front windscreen bottom corner and a couple of “gatepost argument” scrapes on the sides. The engine was so clean inside you could still read all the labels on the components and there wasnae a drop of oil anywhere underneath.
After a quick test drive to make sure he started, ran, steered, went through the gears and stopped OK, I handed over my pennies and took possession of Herman2.
There then followed a pretty uneventful drive back to Manc although Herman2 did struggle a lot on the hills, especially at the start of the journey. He did improve as the long journey home progressed though and at one point [allegedly!] nearly touched 80mph on the motorway [which must be a record for an LT!] I reckon there’s probably a lot of damp in his gizzards needs driving out, as I understand he’s been standing unused for a while.
So here we are, I’ve now got two Hermans. Unfortunately only for a short while, as I’ve only got one allocated parking space here, so I’m afraid Herman1 will have to go. Hopefully I can get a few quid for him from someone who’ll get him MOT’d and on the road again. I’d hate to see the old boy go to the big LT showroom in the sky.