Back in a bay having made a rather rash eBay purchase, pressed the "Buy It Now" button despite the listing info being very vague (no mention of an MOT, even). Full service history was claimed and for the money it looked solid, honest and usable. It was fairly local - so I thought, why not? "Ernie has had all the major welding done underneath and new fuel tank and battery plates,now needs cosmetic paint work and interior done. Good reallaible engine that runs well and has only circa 16k miles on it. Comes with all 240 Volt links, fridge, gas cooker, CD etc. We have had great fun, but due to foot operation can't drive a manual now." Pictures from eBay below: Having spoken to the owner on the telephone it turned out that she had failed to notice that the MOT had lapsed. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise as she then got it MOT'd (needed a few small bits and bobs) so it came with 12 months ticket. I went to check it out / pick it up on Christmas eve. Large wedge of cash in my pocket and butterflies in my stomach. Initial impressions were that it wasn't too bad. Got underneath right away and found pretty much what I was expecting - the bus was pretty solid but had evidence of quite a few welding repairs over the years, some neater than others. Despite some flaws, the bodywork was in pretty good shape for the age (and the price) with very little evidence of filler and the previous paint job (from over 10 years ago) holding out well. It probably goes without saying that the mileage was incorrect, but I don't think it's done more than 116,000, and there are receipts to show that the engine is a Vege unit with around 30,000 on it. The van came with a large folder of history including photos documenting a previous restoration/paintjob and recent welding repairs. If the receipts and paperwork are anything to go by it's been looked after fairly well over the years. The engine ran well, no smoke or nasty noises and any oil leaks appeared to be very minor. On a brief test drive I was impressed. The van drove really nicely, although the brakes were initially pretty scary - probably because the van has been sat for a while. The grubby interior was better than it looked in the pictures and it turned out the fridge was almost new. Despite the errors in the eBay listing I couldn't really complain, and I had already fallen for the bus... I handed over the cash and drove it home. The van made it back with no issues apart from an intermittent indicator and a slightly high idle once warm. There was no heat in the cab, but then I had already noticed that the heat exchangers had had it. I'm itching to get working on the van, tidy it up and give it a service and some general TLC. Family life being what it is, and the days being short, I've had an hour so far and started at the top. So the previously filthy roof is now clean. It needed a good scrub but came up fairly well, and the good news is the grubby looking gutters are all solid, despite being full of plant life and compost. There's a little surface rust on some of the edges but nothing that can't be dealt with fairly easily. I didn't have time to hose it down after (hence the streaks in the picture below) but the gods were smiling on me and it rained.