Looking for a good van...

  1. Gav Enthusiast

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    Before I start I must say I like this site, and especially the buyers' guides etc.

    I am looking for a good Renault 4 van probably late 70s or early 80s - LHD or RHD it doesn't matter. I don't mind a bit of work and maybe a respray but I am not looking for a restoration project. It will be my daily driver to work and will be traditionally signwritten and will look lovely, be used and admired. There is a nice looking one for sale near Stamford https://www.facebook.com/pg/RoadHouseMotorCo/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1582877455080686 but this is a very long way for me to go and maybe not be impressed. I would pay someone in that area to look at it for me and assess it...!

    Anyone know of a nice one in the South West? I have up to £4000 to spend - depending on condition of course.

    Any good ideas would be welcome.
     
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  2. Tomcat

    Tomcat Enthusiast

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    Are you seeking a F4 or the slightly bigger F6?

    I thought the one at Stamford was overpriced, considering it's condition, but maybe I am out of touch with present day prices.

    Regards
    Tom
     
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  3. Lobster

    Lobster Screw loose

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    Agreed on the F4 in Stamford, it does look expensive considering it needs a fair bit of bodywork doing.

    In general whilst the F4 is perhaps more attractive, the F6 is slightly bigger and a touch more practical but its all really subjective. If you're wanting it to be a daily driver though I'd go for an 1108cc engined version either way.

    Prices can be all over the place for them so its worth seeing what comes up over the space of a few months. Theres a couple of RHD vans sold over the last few months so keep an eye on eBay etc and see what takes your fancy!
     
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  4. Gav Enthusiast

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    Hi and thank you for your replies.

    I am actually OK with either F4 or F6, either would be fine. I have been looking for a few months now, and a few have come up but all a long way away and mainly needing lots of work. The one I missed out on was Speedway Rob's beautifully presented service van down in Exmouth. I was the high bidder for this when he listed it on ebay, (just over £3000) https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Renault-...r1wPGP73hOusQBnuslkIk%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc but the reserve wasn't met. I then offered him £3500, but it seems someone offered more. I agree the Stamford one seems a little steep, but I could make an offer, but when I see it in the flesh it could have more faults than are evident in the pictures of course.

    Anyway, thank you for your thoughts and please let me know if anyone has any more suggestions.
     
  5. hutchr4f6 Enthusiast

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    Hi Gav,
    Saw your post re your search for a R4 van. Just to let you know that I have posted mine on the Renualt OC FB page...amongst others. My plan is to put it on ebay in the next couple of weeks..thought I'd let genuine renault people have first go at it!
    Its a 1985 R4F6 LHD, registered in the UK. MOT until December 2018. I've owned it for about 6-7 years and imported into the UK myself from France.
    Its very reliable and structurally sound. Passes it MOT every year. Its had some bits and bobs done to it. Body wise its pretty much rust free... there are a few areas but not perforated. Its also showing a few bruises from its previous life. Was a 1 owner van before I got it. Judging by whats recently sold on ebay etc I'm wanting £1500 for it. I'm near Leeds... can arrange transport..or personally I'd drive it!!
    PM me if you're interested and perhaps we can swap numbers and send pics.
    Kind regards
    John
     
  6. Gav Enthusiast

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    Thank you John for that, I would certainly like to see photos. I am sorry I am a bit of a dinosaur, I have no idea how to send you a personal message on this forum. Maybe you can advise me?! Gavin
     
  7. hutchr4f6 Enthusiast

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    Hi Gavin...like wise!!
    I have pics that I could email to you. I seem hopeless at uploading them.
    Could you mail me at john_hutch@hotmail.com
    Cheers
     
  8. Cornish4

    Cornish4 Le Dazzleur

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    Hello Gav. To send a pm, go to top right of the screen and click on inbox. Then click on, start a conversation. You will then see participant, where you type in the person to get your message, followed by your message in the box below. Good luck, regards Brian .
     
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  9. Gav Enthusiast

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    Thank you Brian, I now have the email address, but for the future I know how to PM someone. Gav
     
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  10. RenaultSpain

    RenaultSpain Enthusiast

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  11. Gav Enthusiast

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    Hi George, thank you for your message. You have in fact already emailed me lots of good pictures, but my problem is the distance. I know you stated the price includes delivery to any UK address, but this would mean buying unseen. I know I have seen lots of photos, but this is never the same as looking in person, and driving. On the face of it your van is tempting, but if it arrived and I wasn't happy what then? It is tricky isn't it? Gavin
     
  12. RenaultSpain

    RenaultSpain Enthusiast

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    Ok mate no probs I understand, if you did fancy a trip over though I could pick you up and drop you off to either Alicante or murcia airport free of charge and under no obligation to buy.
    Regards
    George
     
  13. Neil Enthusiast

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    Well Gav,

    with the simple application of the laws of supply; demand and availability, you may be waiting some length of time before an example surfaces that meets your criteria ..... i.e:- condition; asking price and location (just a couple of miles down the road)

    N.
     
  14. Pete Isom

    Pete Isom Enthusiast

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    I hear good things about Roadhouse, A friend has bough two classics from them, a Yank Tank and really old 2cv
     
  15. exyi8f

    exyi8f Old Blood

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    The thing I like about Convoys is the simplicity, I don't think there is anything I couldn't fix if it went wrong.
    AAAAAAnd the only problem apart from the usual general mtc things I have had is the battery in the immobiliser key went, try finding one of them in the wilds of Croatia.
    Do the belts waterpump and brakes if needed and you will have a reliable old bus and get years of use if you keep on top of it.
    Best of luck
     
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