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Big Red Van: Conversion project diary

Saturday, October 09, 2004

Busy at the back

Took the towball off and replaced it with my Hollywood bike carrier - that carries three sensible bikes or four greyhounds, and hinges down to allow the back door to open. Dead solid, dead good, and well worth £110 if you're a regular bike-carrier. Unfortunately, it also completely obscures the number plate, so I've had to get a new one in the little square style and fit that plus a new lamp to one side of the door. All very lovely, now, and looking pleasingly quirky.

Meanwhile I've been shopping fit to burst, and have most of the things I'll need to finish the shell. Particularly good was the Cooly thermoelectric coolbox - that's mini-fridge to you - which I got for a mere £25!

I still can't find my Flettner vent, though. These are the spinning roof vents you see on every other tradesman's van, and is ideal for ventilating mine too. You'd think that scrapyards would have loads of 'em, but no! They're hens' teeth - and new, they're over £100, so one in decent nick from a scrappy would be massively preferable. If you happen to have a spare, Gentle Reader, drop me a line!


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