traditional van for a traditional cleaner

Discussion in 'Traditional Window Cleaning' started by jambo113, Feb 27, 2012.

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  1. jambo113

    jambo113 Guest

    hi im just about ready to buy a van for my window cleaning business as im a trad cleaner i was thinking of buying an old retro/ vintage van that could also be used as an advertising gimmick, my problem is i cant think of any of the names of the older vans ive looked at a mini van but there quite expensive, has any one got any suggestions for 70s/80s vans i could search for for around 2 grand not fussed if it needs a bit of tlc on it. thanks
  2. Ryan

    Ryan Guest

    this is what u want

    ull find it hard to find a vintage car that wont have many probs for that cash tbh mate and it needs to be reliable
  3. laddergarder


    Nov 29, 2011
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    I have also thought about this, purely as a project and advertising method. I wouldn't consider using an old vehicle like this on a regular basis I would just park it up somewhere, take it out at the weekends, but to be honest I went off the idea purely due to the money I forecasted that would have to be set aside. Even if you buy a ten year old car for a few grand, it would still need allot less maintenance than a 50/60 year old car, also enthusiasts who do this tend to have to fabricate parts, if things do go on there old motors. So unless you have allot of knowledge in mechanics and fabrication, as well as a workshop, and potentially in the region of 5/6k just to spend on a old motor. then I wouldn't advice it.
  4. jambo113

    jambo113 Guest

    yer ive seen that old Anglia nice but a bit out of my price range. the vans not gona do alot of mileage the main reason i want one is to look a bit more professional and keep all my gear together rather than on back seats as well i might try and get a mk1 or 2 escort van these arnt to bad for price and looks
  5. badbusdriver

    badbusdriver Guest

    The words rocking horse and sh*t spring to mind!.
    I really like your idea jambo but there are a couple of fairly large obstacles to overcome. 1, vans, like cars, from the 70's and 80's (but especially the 70's) were not very well protected against rust. 2, they are vans, so the vast majority of them have had very hard lives, so if they aint rusted away, they will be knackered mechanically!. 3, because of the above, survival rate's are very low. 4, also because of the above, a van from the 70's or 80's worth buying is going to have been either expensively restored, or cherished from new, meaning their owners are unlikely to be willing to sell them to you for 2k.
    I have a few suggestions for you to think about though,

    Bedford chevanne
    Fiat fiorino
    Ford escort van (You mention mk1 and 2, but they will almost certainly be out of your price range, mk3 will be cheaper and still kinda retro)
    Ford fiesta mk1 or 2 van
    Peugeot 305 van
    Seat terra
    Renault 5 van (you got a 'high cube' version, but i dont remember what they were called)
    Vauxhall astra van or astramax
    Vauxhall nova van
    Morris marina van
    Austin maestro van (dont laugh, as a van, they were not bad!)
    Austin metro van
    Vw caddy mk1 (with canopy, as it is a pickup)
    Bedford rascal/suzuki supercarry.

    There are bigger transit sized vans you could think about, but i'm assuming you want a small van.
    I would suggest the bedford rascal/suzuki supercarry myself, i have driven a few myself, and used to own a version of the supercarry's ancestor, the st90. They are great fun to drive around town (not so much on the open road!), very cheap to run with their 1.0 petrol engine, they are easy to get parts for, due to a thriving owners club, they are highly manoeuvrable due to their size and ultra short wheelbase, and lastly, they are very useful indeed due to the size and shape of their load bay.
  6. neil_09

    neil_09 Guest

    There what you call budget busters.
  7. Reform

    Reform Guest

    ive had similar thoughts to you in the past, and nearly done it....especially when i started getting ecu problems with my van!

    give me a motor with points and rotar arm any day ;P
  8. jambo113

    jambo113 Guest

    i can see im gona struggle with getting a good one for a cheap price but its worth a look i not ill get a modern one but thanks for the list badbusdriver inever thought about a nova van my first car was a nova loved it[hr]
    like the look of the austin maestro van fairly retro and seen a decent one for 995 i reckon if i colour code the bumpers and put some nice wheels on it itl do the job
  9. badbusdriver

    badbusdriver Guest

    Yeah jambo, but as i said, your chances of finding one are virtually nil!. They made van versions of most small 80's hatchbacks, but when was the last time you saw one?!. It might be easier to try and find a nova hatchback and blank the rear windows with film than to find a van version!. But good luck dude! :)[hr]
    Re the maestro, my brother would be delighted to hear that jambo, he was a big maestro fan and has owned at least 3 (2 hatchbacks and a van) plus a montego (remember them?!). The diesel version is the version to go for if you can find one, with its 2.0 perkins unit, a real low revving slogger of an engine, and certainly capable of more than 55mpg!. But for your low miles, the 1275 petrol would probably suit you fine too.
  10. white-light

    white-light Guest

    i love the retro idea my first vans were the moggie 1000,s done in purple with gold lettering , dam i was a fool to get rid of them. but as others have already said there are many problems with older motors